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One-sided affair

The NL enters tonight’s game having failed to win the last 10 Midsummer Classics. The AL is 9-0-1 since 1997, including the infamous tie game in 2002.

Added emphasis has been placed on winning since 2003, when the victorious league was granted home field advantage in the World Series.

So is the AL really that much better than the NL?

“I don’t buy that,” Leyland said. “As I said on the telephone the other day, we talked about dominating in the American League. We didn’t dominate in the World Series last year. I can tell you that firsthand.”

Leyland’s Tigers, overwhelming favorites to beat the St. Louis Cardinals, lost the series in five games.