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MLB All-Star Game 2012: Melky Cabrera Lights Up All-Star Game To Give NL Early Lead

It's gotta be the shoes.

San Francisco Giants center fielder Melky Cabrera showed up in the batters box for the National League at the All-Star Game wearing bright orange shoes. After the way he's been hitting, he may not take those shoes off for the rest of the season.

Cabrera singled in the first to jump-start a five-run rally against Detroit Tigers' ace Justin Verlander. Then in the fourth inning, Cabrera drilled a pitch from Texas Rangers' left-hander Matt Harrison out of the park for a two-run homer, to give the National League a commanding 8-0 lead through four innings of play.

The NL did all of their damage against Verlander and Harrison, collecting eight hits to score their eight runs. Matt Cain, Gio Gonzalez and Stephen Strasburg have combined to shut out the American League, allowing just two hits.

Cleveland Indians shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera has yet to play while closer Chris Perez may only be needed for mop up duty at this point.

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Photographs by spatulated, Triple Tri, and chrischappelear used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.