Young ends marathon

BOB ELLIOTT -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 8:53 AM ET

NEW YORK -- They came, they saw, they enjoyed.

Outside of hall of famers Whitey Ford and Goose Gossage suiting up, New York Yankees fans got all they wanted from the men on the mound, not to mention mucho bonus stanzas in the 79th all-star game and the longest all-star game ever played.

Michael Young hit a scoring fly ball to bring home Justin Morneau, who slid in safely on a bang-bang play, to give the American League a 4-3 win over the National League in the bottom of the 15th inning ending the marathon at four hours 50 minutes before 55,632 at Yankee Stadium.

Yanks fans were delirious booing Boston closer Jonathan Papelbon off the mound after he gave up the lead run in the top of the eighth.

They celebrated New York Mets closer Billy Wagner blowing the save in the bottom half.

With one out in the top of the ninth, Boston manager Terry Francona brought in Mariano Rivera with a man on first. Rivera struck out Ryan Ludwick and Dioner Navarro gunned out pinch runner Christan Guzman attempting to steal second. The chant went up "Mari-ANO! Mari-ANO!"

With runners on the corners in the 10th, Rivera got Dan Uggla to bounce into an inning-ending double play.

Meanwhile, an excellent game broke out with both teams having as many chances as your Blue Jays. The NL escaped a bases-loaded, none-out jam in the 10th as Aaron Cook got three ground ball outs after Uggla had back-to-back errors. And Nate McLouth threw out Navarro at the plate in the 11th on a bang-bang play. The NL left the bases juiced in the 12th.

The AL left 15 on base, the NL stranded 11.

Morneau doubled opening the seventh and with two out J.D. Drew pulled a 2-1 fastball to right for a two-run homer.

Matt Holliday battled Ervin Santana long and hard before taking him long distance for a solo homer. Holliday hit the eighth pitch, a 2-2 fastball, to right. The NL went up 2-0 in the sixth as Lance Berkman delivered a scoring fly ball.

Jays right-hander Roy Halladay had his best all-star outing to date. He had allowed six hits and four runs in three innings, for a 12.00 ERA. He left both the 2002 game at Milwaukee's Miller Park and the 2006 game at PNC Park in Pittsburgh on the hook for the loss.

The AL rallied for the tie in the ill-fated game in 2002 and won in 2006.

Halladay needed only nine pitches to dispose of the prime rib and mashed potatoes of the spots of the National League starting lineup.

First, he struck out Berkman, then allowed a drive to Albert Pujols which hugged the right-field line and bounced into the corner.

Ichiro Suzuki cut the ball off near the 314-foot sign and fired a strike to erase Pujols at second. Next, Chipper Jones bounced to shortstop Derek Jeter.

After arriving in the dugout, Halladay thanked Suzuki for his outstanding play.

"You can't say too much to him," Halladay said jokingly. "Oh, maybe I did understand a few words he said. The good play behind me helped me get out of their quickly."

Halladay wasn't bothered facing the 3-4-5 spots in the NL order.

"Really for me, it's not who I face, you never know who you are going to face," said Halladay outside the Yankee clubhouse, "but the guys behind you making plays. You have Ichiro in right, you had A-Rod (Alex Rodriguez) and Jeter making throws to first. It's fun playing with the guys you have behind you."

Halladay was impressed with the pre-game ceremony, which had 49 hall of famers on the field.

"It was very impressive, there was a lot of history out there," Halladay said. "They helped make the game what it is today. Whitey Ford was a guy I read a lot about growing up."

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LAST NIGHT IN NEW YORK

THEY CHEERED

New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter, closer Mariano Rivera and Hall of Famer Yogi Berra received the loudest cheers from the sell-out crowd in a pre-game ceremony which featured 49 hall of famers, including Fergie Jenkins of Chatham, Ont., who entered from the Monument Park area in left. Jeter won on flash bulbs. The hall of famers took their respective positions in the field and then the NL and AL starters headed out to stand with them.

New Yorkers not only cheered Alex Rodriguez, manager Joe Girardi and Yankees hall of famers Reggie Jackson, Whitey Ford, Rich Gossage and Wade Boggs but reserverd some of the loudest receptions for Baltimore's Cal Ripken, San Francisco's Willie Mays, Atlanta's Hank Aaron and former Mets broadcaster Ralph Kiner.

THEY THREW

Jackson, Gossage, Berra and Ford threw out four ceremonial first-pitches, delivered by Yankees owner George Steinbrenner, who came on to the field in a golf cart for a rare appearance.

THEY BOOED

Any and all of the Boston Red Sox: Jason Varitek, Jonathan Papelbon, David Ortiz, J. D. Drew, Kevin Youkalis, Dustin Pedroia and Manny Ramirez, plus David Wright and Billy Wagner of the Mets.

THE SWITCH

Dave Winfield, who went into the Hall of Fame as a San Diego Padre, switched to a Yankee cap. Gary Carter, inducted as a Montreal Expo, took off his Expo cap to flash a Mets cap as well.

LONESOME PAUL

Ex-Blue Jay DH Paul Molitor, wearing his Milwaukee Brewers cap, stood in front of second base where he was joined by the starting DHs.

WHO US?

Sheryl Crow sang the U.S. anthem. The Canadian anthem was played over the P.A. system while FOX-TV was in commercial.


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