These 3 Astros produce an All-Star first

 mlb.com  07/10/2019 01:38:38 

Springer, Bregman, Brantley get first 3 hits for AL; Verlander sharp

By Richard Justice @RichardJustice

17 minutes ago

CLEVELAND -- Color them Astros. At least the early innings were dominated by them. From Justin Verlander to George Springer to Alex Bregman to Michael Brantley. Verlander opened with a scoreless first inning for the American League, which defeated the National League, 4-3, in Tuesdays All-Star Game presented by Mastercard.

CLEVELAND -- Color them Astros. At least the early innings were dominated by them. From Justin Verlander to George Springer to Alex Bregman to Michael Brantley.

Verlander opened with a scoreless first inning for the American League, which defeated the National League, 4-3, in Tuesdays All-Star Game presented by Mastercard. His three teammates collected the first three AL hits.

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Its the first time in All-Star history that three players from the same club got the first three hits for one team, according to Stats by STATS.

The American League's first 3 hits tonight all came from @astros (George Springer, Alex Bregman, Michael Brantley).

It's the first time in All-Star Game history that one MLB team accounted for the first 3 hits by a league's All-Star team.#STATSInsights

— Stats By STATS (@StatsBySTATS) July 10, 2019

Brantley had looked forward to this All-Star Game for all sorts of reasons. He also knew thered be a swirl of emotions in returning to the city he called home for his first 10 Major League seasons.

Indians fans remembered, too, and gave him a nice ovation as he stepped to home plate in the bottom of the second inning for the AL.

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He answered those cheers by slamming a double into the gap in left-center field to score Bregman from first for a 1-0 AL lead.

Brantley raised both hands above his head at second base and gestured and smiled toward the AL dugout. That gesture elicited more cheers.

Those two hits in the second came after Springer led off the first with a single and was stranded at third base.

Verlander had a nice exchange with Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman, his final hitter in the top of the first.

Freeman, wired for sound, told Verlander before the game, Im going to homer off you.

Before he stepped into the box, he told Verlander, Throw me a heater. Verlander threw him one, then eventually got him to take a cutter for strike three. Both players smiled and gestured at one another as the inning ended.

"I guess I talked myself into getting a lot of offspeed pitches, Freeman said.

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CLEVELAND -- Color them Astros. At least the early innings were dominated by them. From Justin Verlander to George Springer to Alex Bregman to Michael Brantley.

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Verlander opened with a scoreless first inning for the American League, which defeated the National League, 4-3, in Tuesdays All-Star Game presented by Mastercard. His three teammates collected the first three AL hits.

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