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American League steals victory

July 16, 2008

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— All Boston Red Sox manager Terry Francona needed was a green traffic light in the American League dugout.

The AL ran wild on the basepaths Tuesday night, stealing a record six bases in the All-Star game at Yankee Stadium. The previous mark also belonged to the AL, which swiped five bags in a 13-8 victory over the National League on July 7, 1998, at Coors Field.

Boston outfielder J.D. Drew had the record-breaking steal, taking second before White Sox slugger Carlos Quentin struck out to end the 13th inning. Michael Young of the Rangers finally delivered a run in the 15th inning, hitting a sacrifice fly to give the AL a 4-3 victory.

All of the AL's pressure on NL catchers Geovany Soto and Russell Martin almost went for naught because the league's big bats struggled with runners in scoring position.

Astros shortstop Miguel Tejada also stole second for the NL, leading to Adrian Gonzalez's go-ahead sacrifice fly in the eighth inning.

The seven stolen bases for the two teams also set an All-Star game record, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

The AL's aggressiveness on the basepaths backfired in the 11th when Pittsburgh's Nate McLouth threw out Tampa Bay catcher Dioner Navarro trying to score from second on Young's single to center.

Indians star Grady Sizemore had the biggest steal for the AL, taking second before pinch-hitter Evan Longoria of the Rays delivered a tying ground-rule double in the eighth off Mets closer Billy Wagner.

Cristian Guzman of the Washington Nationals was the only NL runner caught stealing.

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