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Orioles' Nelson Cruz, Adam Jones combine to go 0-for-4 in All-Star Game

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Designated hitter Nelson Cruz and center fielder Adam Jones, the Orioles' two representatives who played in the All-Star Game on Tuesday at Target Field in Minneapolis, had similar results in each of their two at-bats during the annual event.

Both Cruz and Jones were retired after breaking a bat in their first at-bat Tuesday. And then both players struck out in their final trip to the plate.

The American League eventually beat the National League, 5-3.

After the AL scored the first three runs of the game against the NL's Adam Wainwright of the St. Louis Cardinals, Cruz made the final out in the first inning. He hit a broken-bat groundout to NL shortstop Troy Tulowitzki of the Colorado Rockies.

Jones, who is batting .301 with 16 home runs and 54 RBIs, led off the second inning against Los Angeles Dodgers left-hander Clayton Kershaw. With a 1-0 count, Jones hit a broken-bat popup in foul territory to third baseman Aramis Ramirez of the Milwaukee Brewers.

Cruz, who is second in the major leagues with 28 home runs and 74 RBIs, struck out swinging against Dodgers right-hander Zack Greinke for the second out in the fourth before Jones followed with the same result to end the inning.

Jones was replaced in center field by the Cleveland Indians' Michael Brantley to start the top of the sixth inning, while the Seattle Mariners' Kyle Seager pinch-hit for Cruz in the bottom of the sixth.

Orioles catcher Matt Wieters also was selected by the fans to start at his position, but he didn't play after undergoing season-ending Tommy John elbow ligament reconstruction surgery last month. He watched the game from the AL dugout.

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