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Ichiro All-Star MVP American League Wins 10Th Straight

It may have been Barry's house, but it was Ichiro's night, as the soon to be $20 million man was the All-Star game MVP and the American League ended up holding on for the 5-4 victory. Ichiro Suzuki went three for three with two RBI capped off by an inside the park home run, the first in All-Star game history. The Seattle Times reported on Tuesday that the Seattle Mariners, and Ichiro are close to completing a contract reportedly for five years at $100 million, doubling his current salary. The American League had a 5-2 lead going into the bottom of the ninth when Seattle reliever J.J. Putz gave up a two run homer to Chicago Cubs outfielder Alfonso Soriano reducing the lead to one. The Senior Circuit looked like they had the momentum going their way as they loaded the bases off of Angels closer Francisco Rodriguez, but K-Rod got Philadelphia's Aaron Rowand to end the game with a fly out to right. Tampa Bay's Carl Crawford, and Cleveland's Victor Martinez both went deep for the A.L., Martinez had a two run shot. The National League's first two runs were driven in by Ken Griffey Jr., who had a RBI single in the first and a sacrifice fly in the eighth.

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