KANSAS CITY, Mo. The St. Louis Cardinals know all about the importance of home field advantage in the World Series. So Tuesday night at Kauffman Stadium, their five All-Star representatives did their part to ensure they'll have it again this year.
Rafael Furcal tripled and scored, Matt Holliday had an RBI single and Carlos Beltran walked and scored to help the National League defeat the American League, 8-0, in the 83rd Major League Baseball All-Star Game.
And because of it, the Cardinals will have the all-important extra home game in the World Series should they repeat as National League champions.
"It's very important," Furcal said. "The All-Star Game is very important because now we know whoever wins the National League will play at least four games in their house. It's very important."
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