All-Star starter Cain sharp in two scoreless innings

All-Star starter Cain sharp in two scoreless innings
July 11, 2012, 1:41 am
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SAN FRANCISCO -- Matt Cain is in line to add All-Star Game winning pitcher to his already impressive MLB resume.

The San Francisco Giants' right-handed starter held the American League All-Stars scoreless over two innings of work in Kansas City.

With a World Series win and a perfect game under his belt, Cain was asked by Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal to compare those accomplishments with his All-Star outing.

"Its right up there with all of them," Cain said. "Its definitely right up there with all of them -- theres all the nerves, all the pressure, and all the excitement. That was a thrilling two innings right there."

Cain came out of the dugout to work the bottom of the first inning with a 5-0 lead, thanks in large part to his Giants teammates Melky Cabrera, Buster Posey and Pablo Sandoval.

The only blemish on Cain's pitching line was a leadoff single by Derek Jeter that never left the infield. The New York Yankees' captain hit a ground ball that deflected off the glove of Sandoval to shortstop Rafael Furcal, who couldn't get his throw to first in time to nab Jeter.

After Robinson Cano hit a foul pop up to Sandoval for the first out of the inning, the Texas Rangers' Josh Hamilton nearly took Cain deep, but his opposite field shot died at the wall, where Ryan Braun made the catch.

Cain struck out the Toronto Blue Jays' Joey Bautista swinging on a 95 MPH fastball to end the inning.

N.L. manager Tony La Russa allowed Cain to work the second inning, and he did not disappoint with a six-pitch inning. Cain got the Detroit Tigers' Prince Fielder to fly out to Cabrera in center, and Adrian Beltre followed with a sky-scraping fly ball in the infield caught by Furcal. Designated hitter David Ortiz made loud contact against Cain, but his opposite field fly ball ended up in Braun's glove for the final out of the frame.

Cain became the seventh Giants pitcher to start the All-Star Game, as he was preceded by Tim Lincecum (2009), Jason Schmidt (2003), Rick Reuschel (1989), Vida Blue (1978), Juan Marichal (1965, 1967) and Carl Hubbell (1934).

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