2005 Major League Baseball All-Star Game

2005 Major League Baseball All-Star Game
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
National League 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 2 5 11 0
American League 0 1 2 2 0 2 0 0 x 7 11 1
Date July 12, 2005
Venue Comerica Park
City Detroit, Michigan
MVP Miguel Tejada (BAL)
Attendance 41,617
First pitch Al Kaline and Willie Horton
Television Fox
TV announcers Joe Buck and Tim McCarver
Radio ESPN
Radio announcers Dan Shulman and Dave Campbell

The 2005 Major League Baseball All-Star Game was the 76th playing of the midseason exhibition baseball game between the all-stars of the American League (AL) and National League (NL), the two leagues comprising Major League Baseball. The game was held on July 12, 2005 at Comerica Park in Detroit, Michigan, the home of the Detroit Tigers of the American League. The game resulted in the American League defeating the National League 7–5, thus awarding an AL team (which eventually came to be the Chicago White Sox) home-field advantage in the 2005 World Series. The game was when Rawlings first previewed the Coolflo batting helmets.


Players in italics have since been inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

National League

Elected starters
PositionPlayerTeamAll-Star Games
CMike PiazzaMets12
1BDerrek LeeCubs1
2BJeff KentDodgers5
3BAramis RamírezCubs1
SSDavid EcksteinCardinals1
OFBobby AbreuPhillies2
OFCarlos BeltránMets2
OFJim EdmondsCardinals4
DHAlbert PujolsCardinals4
PositionPlayerTeamAll-Star Games
PChris CarpenterCardinals1
PChad CorderoNationals1
PBrian FuentesRockies1
PLiván HernándezNationals2
PJason IsringhausenCardinals2
PBrad LidgeAstros1
PPedro Martínez[a]Mets7
PRoy Oswalt[FV]Astros1
PJake PeavyPadres1
PJohn SmoltzBraves7
PBilly Wagner[b]Phillies4
PDontrelle WillisMarlins2
PositionPlayerTeamAll-Star Games
CPaul Lo DucaMarlins3
2BLuis CastilloMarlins3
3BMorgan Ensberg[b]Astros1
3BScott Rolen[a]Cardinals4
SSCésar Izturis[a]Dodgers1
SSFelipe LópezReds1
SSJimmy Rollins[b]Phillies3
OFMoisés AlouGiants6
OFJason BayPirates1
OFMiguel CabreraMarlins2
OFLuis GonzalezDiamondbacks5
OFAndruw JonesBraves4
OFCarlos LeeBrewers1

American League

Elected starters
PositionPlayerTeamAll-Star Games
CJason VaritekRed Sox2
1BMark TeixeiraRangers1
2BBrian RobertsOrioles1
3BAlex RodriguezYankees9
SSMiguel TejadaOrioles3
OFJohnny DamonRed Sox2
OFVladimir GuerreroAngels6
OFManny RamírezRed Sox9
DHDavid OrtizRed Sox2
PositionPlayerTeamAll-Star Games
PDanys BáezDevil Rays1
PMark BuehrleWhite Sox2
PMatt Clement[b]Red Sox1
PBartolo ColónAngels2
PJustin DuchschererAthletics1
PJon GarlandWhite Sox1
PRoy Halladay[a]Blue Jays3
PJoe NathanTwins2
PMariano RiveraYankees7
PKenny RogersRangers3
PB.J. RyanOrioles1
PJohan SantanaTwins1
PBob WickmanIndians2
PositionPlayerTeamAll-Star Games
CIván RodríguezTigers12
1BShea HillenbrandBlue Jays2
1BPaul KonerkoWhite Sox2
2BAlfonso SorianoRangers4
3BMelvin MoraOrioles2
SSMichael YoungRangers2
DHMike SweeneyRoyals5
OFGarret AndersonAngels3
OFScott Podsednik[FV]White Sox1
OFGary SheffieldYankees 9
OFIchiro SuzukiMariners5



National League: Tony LaRussa
American League: Terry Francona


Renaissance Center with giant decal for the 2005 Major League Baseball All-Star Game.


Home Plate Joe West
First Base Tim Welke
Second Base Eric Cooper
Third Base Mike DiMuro
Left Field C. B. Bucknor
Right Field Andy Fletcher

Starting lineups

National LeagueAmerican League
1Bobby AbreuPhilliesRF1Johnny DamonRed SoxCF
2Carlos BeltránMetsLF2Alex RodriguezYankees3B
3Albert PujolsCardinalsDH3David OrtizRed SoxDH
4Derrek LeeCubs1B4Manny RamírezRed SoxLF
5Jim EdmondsCardinalsCF5Miguel TejadaOriolesSS
6Aramis RamírezCubs3B6Vladimir GuerreroAngelsRF
7Mike PiazzaMetsC7Mark TeixeiraRangers1B
8Jeff KentDodgers2B8Jason VaritekRed SoxC
9David EcksteinCardinalsSS9Brian RobertsOrioles2B
Chris CarpenterCardinalsP Mark BuehrleWhite SoxP

Game summary

Before the game, a superchoir consisting of three choirs from Windsor, Ontario, sang "O Canada", the Canadian National Anthem. Then, a moment of silence for the victims of the July 7 London bombings, which took place a few days before the game, followed by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra Brass Players' performance of "God Save the Queen", the national anthem of the United Kingdom. Brian McKnight sang The Star-Spangled Banner, the U.S. National Anthem. The colors presentation was by the Camp Grayling color guard, accompanied by University of Toledo ROTC officers who presented the flags in the outfield.

In the first inning, starters Mark Buehrle and Chris Carpenter each induced a double play, from Carlos Beltran and Manny Ramírez respectively, to end early threats. The American League would score in the bottom of the second, when the game's MVP, Miguel Tejada, crushed a solo shot off John Smoltz to give the AL a 1–0 lead. The AL would score two more in the third, on the strength of a David Ortiz RBI single, and an RBI groundout by Tejada, his second RBI in as many innings.

The NL wasted a scoring opportunity in the top of the fourth, when with two runners on, Aramis Ramirez grounded into a double play to end that threat. In the bottom of that inning, Ichiro Suzuki hit a broken-bat, bloop single to score two, but was then picked off first base by Liván Hernández. Then, in the bottom of the sixth, Mark Teixeira, a switch-hitter, hit an opposite field, two-run homer off Dontrelle Willis, his first home run off a left-hander that season, opening the AL's lead to 7–0.

During the seventh-inning stretch, Brian McKnight sang God Bless America.

The NL finally got on the board in the next inning, when Andruw Jones launched a two-run shot just inside the foul pole off Kenny Rogers to close the NL to within five. They scored another run in the eighth, when Moisés Alou scored on an RBI forceout by Miguel Cabrera.

In the top of the ninth, Luis Gonzalez scored Andruw Jones with a double off of Baltimore closer B.J. Ryan, and then scored himself on an RBI groundout by Carlos Lee. Mariano Rivera then came on to stop the NL's potential rally. Rivera struck out Morgan Ensberg to end the threat, and the game, securing a 7–5 win for the AL.

Hall-of-Fame Al Kaline joined the ceremonial first pitch ceremonies.

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
National League 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 2 5 11 0
American League 0 1 2 2 0 2 0 0 - 7 11 1
WP: Mark Buehrle (1–0)   LP: John Smoltz (0–1)   Sv: Mariano Rivera (1)
Home runs:
NL: Andruw Jones (1)
AL: Miguel Tejada (1), Mark Teixeira (1)

Home Run Derby

In this event, the eight competitors each came from a different nation. This format dovetailed with the announcement of the launch of the World Baseball Classic the week before, as of the following year.

Comerica Park, Detroit—N.L. 66, A.L. 42
PlayerTeamRound 1SemisFinalsTotals
Bobby AbreuPhiladelphia2461141
Iván RodríguezDetroit78520
Carlos LeeMilwaukee11415
David OrtizBoston17320
Hee-Seop ChoiLos Angeles55
Andruw JonesAtlanta55
Mark TeixeiraTexas22
Jason BayPittsburgh00

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