American League infielder Derek Jeter of the New York Yankees takes a curtain call after being replaced in the fourth inning during the 2014 MLB All Star Game at Target Field. Photo by Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports/Reuters
Derek Jeter completed a storybook ending to his All Star career by helping the American League to a 5-3 victory over the National League in Minnesota on Tuesday.
Jeter, playing in his last Midsummer Classic in the 20th and final season of his career, went 2-for-2 with a pair of singles and soaked in the appreciation from his fellow All Stars and the Target Field crowd.
While Jeter received the cheers, American League outfielder Mike Trout got the hardware and was named MVP after going 2-for-3 with two RBIs.
Trout broke a 3-3 tie with an RBI double in the fifth and also brought Jeter home with a triple in his team's three-run first inning.
Slugger Miguel Cabrera blasted a two-run home run against National League starter Adam Wainwright to help the AL to a 3-0 lead in the first.
The NL All Stars battled back with a pair of runs in the second inning with Chase Utley and catcher Jonathan Lucroy delivered RBI doubles.
Lucroy added another run-scoring double in the fourth to temporarily even up the score before Trout's decisive contribution in the fifth.
But it was Jeter's day and when he left the game in the fourth inning, the 40-year-old received a three-minute ovation and a hug from each of his AL team mates.
"To get that appreciation means a lot. I was not expecting that, it was a class act," Jeter told reporters.