Salvy Perez records Royals’ first All-Star Game hit since 1989

07/17/2013 8:58 AM

07/17/2013 9:01 AM

All three Royals All-Stars got in the game Tuesday night, and all in the seventh inning.

Alex Gordon went in as the left fielder. Allen Craig lined out to him in the eighth inning for one of Yankees closer Mariano Rivera’s final three outs in the game.

“I was going to dive, do anything I could to catch that ball,” Gordon said. “Just for Mariano.”

In his only at-bat, Gordon flied out to deep center in the ninth.

Reliever Greg Holland and catcher Salvy Perez began the seventh as battery mates. Holland faced two batters, getting Paul Goldschmidt to ground out to third base and allowing a single to David Wright before coming out.

In the eighth inning, Perez scored the AL’s third run after singling and then coming home on Jason Kipnis’ double. It was the first hit by a Royal in the All-Star Game since 1989, when Bo Jackson went two for four, including a 400-plus-foot leadoff home run.

In the bottom half of the eighth, Perez was the catcher for Rivera’s final appearance in the All-Star Game.

“Seriously, I got a little nervous,” Perez said of the opportunity to catch Rivera. “You see him, coming to the mound, I said, ‘Wow, that’s unbelievable.’ His last All-Star Game. Mariano Rivera pitches, and I’m going to catch? Wow, that’s awesome.”

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