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Barry flies out but NL takes lead

SAN FRANCISCO -- The National League has a 1-0 lead after the first inning on Ken Griffey Jr.'s two-out RBI single to center. Barry Bonds' first at-bat ended with a high fly ball to shallow right that was easily cradled by Vladimir Guerrero. Jose Reyes led off the bottom of the first with a single and stole second but AL manager Jim Leyland still pitched to Bonds with first base open. Kudos to him. He told us yesterday that there's no way he ever walks Bonds in this game (but it counts -- right, Fox?). He kept his word.

Carlos Beltran followed with a long foul that landed in the stands over the wall deep in right and then struck out. Griffey then knocked home Reyes.

In the top of the first, Derek Jeter hit into a double play after Ichiro Suzuki singled. NL first baseman Prince Fielder then assured his place in the blooper reels by flubbing Chase Utley's throw on David Ortiz's routine grounder to second. Ortiz was barely halfway down the line when Fielder made his Little League gaffe. Mets third baseman David Wright followed with an anti-Fielder, diving to his left to grab A-Rod's hot shot and throwing to second for the force.

---Mike Harrington

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