The media swarm in St. Louis focused on Blue Jays hurler Roy Halladay, and it wasn't to talk up his start in the All-Star Game. With so much attention, it was impossible for Halladay to deflect the trade talk and the Jays to not completely give in to the fact that Doc isn't long for Toronto. It's clear the first major deal of the season will involve Halladay, but who gets him? Stay tuned ...
Nelson Cruz has arrived
As if his stellar first half and All-Star selection wasn't enough, Rangers slugger Nelson Cruz gave further notice in the Home Run Derby that he'll be one of the premier sluggers of the next decade. Cruz reached the finals before falling to Brewers slugger Prince Fielder.
AL roll continues
World Series results paint a more even picture, but when it comes to Midsummer Classics, the NL has nothing on the AL. That was proven again on Tuesday night. You can point to the fact the AL has won four consecutive one-run All-Star Games, but at what point does the closeness of the games not matter and AL dominance is admitted? We think we reached that point on Tuesday night.
Mo's still got it
Enjoy it while you can. Mariano Rivera isn't getting any younger, but there he was again saving another All-Star Game for the American League. His fourth, actually, which gives him the major-league record. Rivera got Justin Upton, Brad Hawpe and Miguel Tejada to end it.
The Home Run Derby was a bust
Detroit's Brandon Inge didn't hit one out. Only twice did any contestants reach double digits in a given round. Yes, it's safe to say that the Home Run Derby was a major bust. Instead of being a showcase of the league's best power, it was a display of lackluster flyball hitting. The big boppers -- Albert Pujols and Ryan Howard -- never even gave the impression they could challenge for this year's title. A year ago, Texas' Josh Hamilton gave us something to crow about. This year's cast gave us a reason to watch The Bachelorette.
Pedro's definitely back
The Phillies didn't want their signing of Pedro Martinez to upstage the All-Star Game. Well, thanks for trying. Word got out Tuesday before first pitch that Pedro and the champs would be announcing a one-year deal on Wednesday. It was a signing most saw coming from a mile away. But now that it's official, welcome back, Pedro.