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What separates the MLB ASG from other exhibition games is its postseason significance.

Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer touches home after hitting a solo home run in the second inning of the 87th All-Star game Tuesday night.

But if All-Star games determine the home field advantage for the World Series three months from now, they give struggling teams a moral boost. The ridiculous "55-foot timeout" in the National Basketball Association and the even more ridiculous "live-ball timeout" are two of them. The Yankees' Dellin Betances flashed his 100 miles per hour heat, and Astros reliever Will Harris came on to throw a called third strike past Cardinals rookie Aledmys Diaz on a 3-2 pitch on the outside corner with the bases loaded to end the eighth. Dates me a bit, but I do that every day.

This creates a horribly lopsided voting advantage for teams in major media markets. Last year, a lot of big names moved in the final week - Yoenis Cespedes, Johnny Cueto and Troy Tulowitzki, among them.

So that leaves the entire Cubs infield, who each got two at-bats.

The 26-year old first basemen for the Kansas City Royals has entered the prime years of his career.

Home runs are at a point that rivals the peak of the Steroids Era, but Commissioner Rob Manfred isn't anxious that PEDs are juicing performances. Seager, who was named to the roster as a reserve, did appear in the Mid-Summer Classic.

The Cubs have used guys like Bryant and Javier Baez in the super-utility role that Zobrist once manned as a member of the Tampa Bay Rays under Joe Maddon, but that doesn't mean that the veteran second baseman has become any less useful for the North Siders. Yet, he rode the pine for the first few innings.

American League's Eduardo Nunez, of the Minnesota Twins, left, and Carlos Beltran, of the New York Yankees, laugh during batting practice prior to the MLB baseball All-Star Home Run Derby, Monday, July 11, 2016, in San Diego.

"This isn't a game show, Eric". The Royals are 29-13 at home, 16-30 on the road.

This season is looking to be one of the best years for a Royals position player in years.

In his second All-Star Game and first appearance, Herrera displayed his dominant stuff.

In a pure logical sense, home-field advantage comes into play only in Game 7 - until then, each team would have played three at home. Same goes for Texas, the best American League team by record.

The All-Star Game returned to San Diego for the first time since 1992 at Jack Murphy Stadium.

Perez's homer made them the first pair of teammates to go yard in an All-Star Game since David Ortiz and Manny Ramirez back in 2004.

The increase "takes place against the backdrop where Major League Baseball does 22,000 drug tests a year", he said.

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