July 27, Kurashiki
The Central League won its 3rd straight game by defeating the Pacific League 2 to 1. It is the first time in 36 years for such consecutive win. Tsuyoshi Shinjo of the Tigers won the game's most valuable player.
(This information was updated by Michiyo's assistant.)
July 25, Koshien Stadium
The Central League won its 2nd straight game by defeating the Pacific League 9 to 5. Bobby Rose of the BayStars batted in 6 runs in the game. He won the game's most valuable player.
(This information was updated by Michiyo's assistant. Sorry, poor English!)
July 24, Seibu Dome
Daisuke Matsuzaka of the Lions started for the Pacific League at home. In 3 innings, he struck out 5. He lost 2 runs but they were actually the results of the catcher's careless play. Another rookie, Koji Uehara of the Giants' was homered by Ichiro. But that was the only loss he faced in 3 innings. He pitched drenched in sweat and said in an interview afterwards that he was tense. His teammate Hideki Matsui homered for the 4th straight all star game. A feat noone has ever achieved. He won the game's most valuable player. The Central League finished 8 against the Pacific League's 4. Uehara was given the win while Matsuzaka the loss.
|Central League||Pacific League|
|Pitcher||Koji Uehara (Giants)||Daisuke Matsuzaka (Lions)|
|Catcher||Atsuya Furuta (Swallows)||Kenji Johjima (Hawks)|
|First baseman||Kazuhiro Kiyohara (Giants)||Taisei Takagi (Lions)|
|2nd baseman||Yutaka Wada (Tigers)||Hiroyuki Takagi (Lions)|
|3rd baseman||Daisuke Motoki (Giants)||Atsushi Kataoka (Fighters)|
|Shortstop||Tomohiro Nioka (Giants)||Kazuo Matsui (Lions)|
|Outfielder|| Tsuyoshi Shinjo (Tigers) |
Hideki Matsui (Giants)
Yoshinobu Takahashi (Giants)
| Ichiro Suzuki (Orix) |
Koji Akiyama (Hawks)
Tuffy Rhodes (Buffaloes)
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