2005 Major League Baseball All-Star Game

The 2005 Major League Baseball All-Star Game was the 76th playing of the midseason exhibition baseball game between the all-stars of the American League (AL) and National League (NL), the two leagues comprising Major League Baseball. The game was held on July 12, 2005 at Comerica Park in Detroit, Michigan, the home of the Detroit Tigers of the American League. The game resulted in the American League defeating the National League 7–5, thus awarding an AL team (which eventually came to be the Chicago White Sox) home-field advantage in the 2005 World Series. In this game Rawlings first previewed the Coolflo batting helmets.

2005 Major League Baseball All-Star Game
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DateJuly 12, 2005
VenueComerica Park
CityDetroit, Michigan
MVPMiguel Tejada (BAL)
Ceremonial first pitchAl Kaline and Willie Horton
TelevisionFox (United States)
MLB International (International)
TV announcersJoe Buck and Tim McCarver (Fox)
Dave O'Brien and Rick Sutcliffe (MLB International)
Radio announcersDan Shulman and Dave Campbell


Players in italics have since been inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.


  • a Player declined or was unable to play.
  • b Player replaced vacant spot on roster.
  • FV Player was voted onto roster via the All-Star Final Vote.


National League: Tony LaRussa
American League: Terry Francona


Renaissance Center with giant decal for the 2005 Major League Baseball All-Star Game.


Home PlateJoe West
First BaseTim Welke
Second BaseEric Cooper
Third BaseMike DiMuro
Left FieldC. B. Bucknor
Right FieldAndy Fletcher

Starting lineups

National LeagueAmerican League
1Bobby AbreuPhilliesRF1Johnny DamonRed SoxCF
2Carlos BeltránMetsLF2Alex RodriguezYankees3B
3Albert PujolsCardinalsDH3David OrtizRed SoxDH
4Derrek LeeCubs1B4Manny RamírezRed SoxLF
5Jim EdmondsCardinalsCF5Miguel TejadaOriolesSS
6Aramis RamírezCubs3B6Vladimir GuerreroAngelsRF
7Mike PiazzaMetsC7Mark TeixeiraRangers1B
8Jeff KentDodgers2B8Jason VaritekRed SoxC
9David EcksteinCardinalsSS9Brian RobertsOrioles2B
Chris CarpenterCardinalsPMark BuehrleWhite SoxP

Game summary

Tuesday, July 12, 2005 8:35 pm (EDT) at Comerica Park in Detroit, Michigan
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WP: Mark Buehrle (1–0)   LP: John Smoltz (0–1)   Sv: Mariano Rivera (1)
Home runs:
NL: Andruw Jones (1)
AL: Miguel Tejada (1), Mark Teixeira (1)

A superchoir consisting of three choirs from Windsor, Ontario, sang "O Canada", the Canadian National Anthem. Then, a moment of silence for the victims of the July 7 London bombings, which took place a few days before the game, followed by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra Brass Players' performance of "God Save the Queen", the national anthem of the United Kingdom. Brian McKnight sang The Star-Spangled Banner, the U.S. National Anthem. The colors presentation was by the Camp Grayling color guard, accompanied by University of Toledo ROTC officers who presented the flags in the outfield.

In the first inning, starters Mark Buehrle and Chris Carpenter each induced a double play, from Carlos Beltrán and Manny Ramírez respectively, to end early threats. The American League would score in the bottom of the second, when the game's MVP, Miguel Tejada, crushed a shot off John Smoltz to give the AL a 1–0 lead. The AL would score two more in the third, on the strength of a David Ortiz RBI single, and an RBI groundout by Tejada, his second RBI in as many innings.

The NL wasted a scoring opportunity in the top of the fourth, when with two runners on, Aramis Ramírez grounded into a double play to end that threat. In the bottom of that inning, Ichiro Suzuki hit a broken-bat, bloop single to score two, but was then picked off first base by Liván Hernández. Then, in the bottom of the sixth, Mark Teixeira, a switch-hitter, hit an opposite field, two-run homer off Dontrelle Willis, his first home run off a left-hander that season, opening the AL's lead to 7–0.

During the seventh-inning stretch, Brian McKnight sang God Bless America.

The NL finally got on the board in the next inning, when Andruw Jones launched a two-run shot just inside the foul pole off Kenny Rogers to close the NL to within five. They scored another run in the eighth, when Moisés Alou scored on an RBI forceout by Miguel Cabrera.

In the top of the ninth, Luis Gonzalez scored Andruw Jones with a double off of Baltimore closer B.J. Ryan, and then scored himself on an RBI groundout by Carlos Lee. Mariano Rivera then came on to stop the NL's potential rally. Rivera struck out Morgan Ensberg to end the threat, and the game, securing a 7–5 win for the AL.

Hall-of-Famer and former Tigers outfielder Al Kaline joined the ceremonial first pitch ceremonies.

Home Run Derby

In this event, the eight competitors each came from a different nation. This format dovetailed with the announcement of the launch of the World Baseball Classic the week before, as of the following year.

Comerica Park, Detroit—N.L. 66, A.L. 42
PlayerTeamRound 1SemisFinalsTotals
Bobby AbreuPhiladelphia2461141
Iván RodríguezDetroit78520
Carlos LeeMilwaukee11415
David OrtizBoston17320
Hee-Seop ChoiLos Angeles55
Andruw JonesAtlanta55
Mark TeixeiraTexas22
Jason BayPittsburgh00

Footnotes and references

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