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MLB All-Star Game 2012: David Price Throws Just 7 Pitches In Easy Inning

The Rays' David Price was the first Tampa player to make an appearance in Tuesday night's All-Star Game, he it was a quick night for the ace. Price retired the National League in order in the top of the third, throwing just seven pitches against Joey Votto, Carlos Beltran, and Buster Posey. Price got Votto to ground out to third and then Beltran swung at the first pitch and hit a can of corn to right. The short inning ended on a three-pitch at-bat by Posey, with the Giants catcher fouling out to the catcher.

Price's easy inning was a stark contrast from AL starter Justin Verlander, who was roughed up in the top of the first. The NL put five runs on the board against the reigning AL Cy Young and MVP, with much of the damage coming on a bases-clearing triple by Pablo Sandoval that scored three. The AL now trails 8-0 in an early blowout.

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