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MLB 09 The Show predicts NL will win the 2009 MLB All-Star Game

July 10, 2009

NATIONAL LEAGUE ENDS TITLE DROUGHT WITH PREDICTION AS 2009 MLB ALL-STAR CHAMPS

ALL-STAR GAME SIMULATED USING BEST-SELLING VIDEOGAME MLB 09 THE SHOW ON PLAYSTATION 3 PREDICTS NATIONAL LEAGUE WILL TAKE THE CROWN

WHAT: MLB 09 THE SHOW, the popular baseball videogame for the PS3, was used to simulate the 2009 MLB All-Star Game and predicts the National League will win the title for the NL's 42nd victory since 1933. This ends a streak where the American League has won the past 12 All-Star Games (tie in 2002). Tim Lincecum threw two scoreless innings including four strikeouts, and collected one hit, on his way to earning MVP honors. The day included a number of spectacular plays including a towering solo homerun from Mark Teixeira of the Yankees in the 4th inning, and a key play in the 7th where the Jays’ Aaron Hill raced for home on a bloop single from Ichiro but could not beat a perfect throw from Ryan Braun. A combined bullpen effort of four strikeouts from the Padres’ Heath Bell and the Mets’ Francisco Rodriguez helped seal the win for the NL.

HOW: The 2009 All-Star Game was simulated utilizing the Artificial Intelligence (AI) in MLB 09 The Show. The most authentic baseball simulation available, MLB 09 The Show combines ultra-realistic AI, incredible stadiums scaled to exact detail, and lifelike player models utilizing scanned and motion capture data of real MLB athletes. MLB 09 The Show provides the ultimate MLB simulation for truly accurate game predictions.

All-Star Game Predictions Highlights

National League - 5 – American League - 2 (9 Innings)

Key performers: National League: -Tim Lincecum, pitcher, San Francisco Giants – 2 scoreless innings, 4 strikeouts, 1 base hit - MVP -David Wright, third baseman, NY Mets – 2/3, 1 RBI -Brian McCann, catcher, Atlanta Braves – 1/3, 1 RBI -Hanley Ramirez, shortstop, Florida Marlins – 2/2

American League: -Ichiro Suzuki, right fielder, Seattle Mariners – 3/3 -Mark Teixeira, first baseman, NY Yankees – 2/3, 1 RBI, 1 HR (solo)

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