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The latest victory by the American League probably won't recharge the debate about the outcome of the All-Star Game determining home-field advantage for the World Series, because this particular game actually may have argued in favor or it.

The winning pitcher was Red Sox closer Jonathan Papelbon. The save went to Yankees star Mariano Rivera. The MVP was Tampa outfielder Carl Crawford. Any of them have a legitimate chance to benefit from home-field advantage in late October.

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Don't know exactly why the AL has gone 12-0-1 in the last 13 All-Star Games and swept all the games that have been used to determine home-field advantage for the World Series since the infamous tie game of 2002 convinced baseball commissioner Bud Selig that something had to be done to create a more competitive atmosphere. I'm no longer convinced that's the best thing for baseball. I think it would make more sense to give home-field advantage in the Series to the league that has the better record in interleague play.

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