Tip-Off for 7/17/13 (featuring Diahann Carroll): Mariano Rivera helps shut down NL in final All-Star appearance

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Called in during the eighth to make sure he would pitch in his final All-Star Game, Mariano Rivera soaks up an ovation. He tossed a perfect inning and was named MVP in the AL’s win.

Exit Sandman.

As the opening chords of Metallica’s “Enter Sandman” ripped through CitiField, Mariano Rivera trotted from the bullpen to an empty field. Players from both teams left their dugouts to join the 45,186 in attendance in a lengthy salute to one of the all-time greats.

The American League shut out the National League 3-0 in the 84th edition of the Midsummer Classic.

Mariano Rivera pitched a 1-2-3 bottom of the eighth inning to discourage any hint of a rally by the National League All-Stars. The American League scored in the top of the fourth and fifth innings and once more in the eighth to secure a 3-0 victory. Rivera was named the game’s MVP.

The National League’s lineup was loaded with contact hitters with some power mixed in, but they were unable to get anything going as they were held to three hits. The American League scattered 9 hits, leaving 16 men on base.

Chicago White Sox pitcher Chris Sale was awarded the win and Texas Ranger reliever Joe Nathan earned the save. Nathan — who earned his first save in an All-Star Game — awarded the game ball to Rivera after the game.

New York Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano says he’ll be good to go on Friday after he was hit by a pitch in the first inning by the New York Mets Matt Harvey.

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Happy Birthday to pioneer Diahann Carroll!

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