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NL Beats AL in ASG; Fielder MVP; Brewers Trade For K-Rod

>>National League Downs American League In ASG

(Phoenix, AZ)  --  Brewers slugger Prince Fielder clubbed a three-run homer in the fourth inning to power the National League to a 5-1 win over the American League in the 2011 MLB All-Star Game.  Pablo Sandoval of the Giants doubled in a run, while Dodgers outfielder Andre Ethier added an RBI single for the National League, which earned homefield advantage in this year's World Series with the win.  NL starter and Phillies ace Roy Halladay tossed two scoreless innings.  Nationals reliever Tyler Clippard got one out in the fourth to earn the win.  Giants closer Brian Wilson got the final two outs to get the save.  After going winless in 13 straight Midsummer Classics, the NL has won the last two.

Red Sox first baseman Adrian Gonzalez belted a solo homer in the fourth for the American League.  Rangers pitcher C.J. Wilson allowed three runs in his only inning of work to take the loss.  Red Sox pitcher Josh Beckett was slated to start the second inning, but he was pulled back after experiencing soreness in his left knee.

Meantime, Cardinals outfielder Lance Berkman went 1-for-1, but he was caught stealing second when teammate Matt Holliday struck out in his only at-bat.  Cards catcher Yadier Molina went 1-for-1 with a double. Meanwhile, Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro went 0-for-1 with a throwing error.  From the Southside, Paul Konerko was 0-for-1, while Carlos Quentin was 0-for-2.

>>Brewers' Fielder Named MVP Of ASG

(Phoenix, AZ)  --  Milwaukee Brewers first baseman Prince Fielder was named the Most Valuable Player of the 2011 MLB All-Star Game on Tuesday.  Fielder belted a go-ahead three-run homer in the fourth inning as the National League defeated the American League 5-1 at Chase Field.  Fielder is the first member of the Brewers to ever win MVP honors.  Fielder was also the first Brewer to ever hit a home run in the All-Star Game.  With the victory, the National League secured homefield advantage in this year's World Series.  After going winless in 13 straight Midsummer Classics, the NL has won the last two.

>>Mets Ship K-Rod To Brewers

(Flushing, NY)  --  The New York Mets have traded closer Francisco Rodriguez to the Milwaukee Brewers.  The Mets will receive two players to be named later in the deal.  Rodriguez is 2-and-2 with 23 saves and a 3.16 ERA this season.  The 29-year-old Rodriguez compiled a single-season record 62 saves while with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in 2008.  K-Rod has gone 32-and-27 with 291 saves and a 2.54 ERA in 10 big league seasons.

>>Biffle Gets New Crew Chief

(Concord, NC)  --  Greg Biffle has a new crew chief.  Roush Fenway Racing has named Matt Puccia the new crew chief for Biffle's number-16 Ford.  Puccia, who is replacing Greg Erwin, has been with Roush Fenway Racing since 2004 and was most recently assigned to the research and development program.  He was also the crew chief of the number-98 Paul Menard entry throughout the 2010 Nationwide Series season.  Biffle is currently 14th in the Sprint Cup standings.

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