The American League defeated the National League 3-0 on Tuesday night, in the MLB annual All-Star game at Citi Field in New York City.

A pair of runs and an rbi double from Jason Kipnis made the difference on the night, but the star of the show was the New York Yankees pitcher Mariano Rivera, who was given the Most Valuable Player trophy.

In his final All-Star game, the 43-year-old received a standing ovation from the crowd when he was brought on in the eighth inning by the American League coach Jim Leyland.

Rivera was full of praise for his coach's decision.

"I think the plan was perfect," he said.

The Panamanian save pitcher was introduced early to ensure that he would pitch, and Leyland was relieved that the decision paid off.

He said to reporters: "If anybody ever messed up Mariano Rivera, I can lay claim to that. I just couldn't take any chance. You know, I'm probably not the most popular manager in baseball. I wanted to make sure I got out of here alive."

The triumph for the American League will mean that they retain home advantage in this year's World Series.

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