Top stats to know: 2014 MLB All-Star Game

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The last time the All-Star game was held in Minneapolis, there were no home runs hit.

The 2014 MLB All-Star Game marks the return of the Midsummer Classic to Minnesota for the first time since 1985, when it was held at the Metrodome.

While the National League leads the series with a 43-39-2 record and has won each of the last three, the American League is 19-6-1 over the last 26 games.

Here are some of the top stats to know on the 85th MLB All-Star Game.

World Series home-field advantage

Home-field advantage in the World Series is on the line tonight, which has been fairly significant in determining the World Series champion recently.

Since 1985, the team with the home-field advantage has won 23 of the last 28 World Series, including the last five. Also, the last nine times the World Series has gone to a Game 7, the home team has won each game. The last road team to win a Game 7 was the 1979 Pittsburgh Pirates.

The captain

Derek Jeter was elected by the fans as the AL starting shortstop in Tuesday's All-Star game. It would be his ninth career All-Star start at shortstop, breaking a tie with Luis Aparicio for third-most all-time. His ninth start at short stop would also tie him with Joe DiMaggio for third-most by a Yankee.

Most All-Star Starts
Yankees History

Jeter has two three-hit performances in the All-Star Game. Carl Yastrzemski and Willie Mays are the only others to also have two such games.

Jeter is 11-for-25 (.440) in the All-Star Game. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, among the more than 100 players with at least 15 plate appearances in the Midsummer Classic, Jeter is tied with Ken Griffey Jr. (who also had 11 hits in 25 at-bats) for the second-highest career batting average. The two legends trail only Hall-of-Famer Charlie Gehringer, who was 10-for-20 (.500).

Only 11 players have started in the All-Star game after turning 40 (the last was Barry Bonds in 2007). Only one of them did so at shortstop - Cal Ripken Jr., who was actually elected to start at third base.

Starting pitchers

Adam Wainwright has the lowest earned run average in the majors this season (1.83) and Félix Hernández has the second-lowest (2.12). According to Elias, this is the first time since the current ERA qualifier was created in 1951 that the pitchers with the two lowest ERAs in the majors started the All-Star Game.

Wainwright will be the first St. Louis Cardinals pitcher to start an All-Star Game since Chris Carpenter in 2005. Carpenter and Wainwright would be the only two Cardinals pitchers to start an All-Star Game in the last 40 seasons.

2014 Hernández and 1997 Johnson
Seasons heading into All-Star Game

Hernández is the second pitcher in Seattle Mariners history to start an All-Star Game, the other being Randy Johnson in 1995 and 1997.

The table on the right shows that King Félix's 2014 has been strikingly similar to that enjoyed by the Big Unit leading up to the game played at Jacobs Field in Cleveland in 1997.