Subbed in less than a minute earlier, forward Cameron Iwasa scores in the 58th minute as Republic FC defeats English Premier League side Sunderland AFC 1-0 to give new coach Paul Buckle the upset victory in his first match at Bonney Field. It marks the first time that Republic FC has won a friendly.
Mike Trout becomes the first player in 38 years to homer leading off an All-Star Game, Prince Fielder drives in two runs and American League pitchers outduel their more accomplished National League counterparts. The result: the A.L. wins 6-3 – its 10th victory in 13 years – and secures home-field advantage in the World Series. Trout, of the Los Angeles Angels, is MVP for the second straight year.
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Here’s how Bay Area representatives fared:
Giants: P Madison Bumgarner, 1 inning pitched, 0 runs, 1 hit, 1 strikeout, 0 walks; SS Brandon Crawford, 0 for 1, 1 RBI on a sacrifice fly; 2B Joe Panik 0-2, 1 strikeout; C Buster Posey, 0 for 2
A’s: C Stephen Vogt, 0 for 1, 1 strikeout; P Sonny Gray, did not appear
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After the Kings missed the playoffs for a ninth consecutive season, an upgrade in talent was a given need, but a shakeup in the personalities was just as important. During that postseason absence, the Kings have often been too young and immature to become a winning team. Now, all but three players have been part of winning teams.
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