A hitter's ballpark yielded few hits as the American League downed the National League 3-2 in the 29th Florida State League All-Star Game on Tuesday night at Dunedin Stadium. Barry Manuel of the Charlotte Rangers, a relief pitcher with 19 saves this season and the fifth American League pitcher, hurled a scoreless inning to earn the win. He also was named the Star of Stars Most Valuable Player. Clearwater Phillies pitcher Toby Borland took the loss despite not giving up a hit or walking a batter in two-thirds of an inning.
The game featured just seven hits, four by the American League.
"(The pitchers) knew they were only going one inning, so they were throwing pretty hard," Rangers third baseman Fred Samson said. "They were really airing it out. I think that's why we didn't get a lot of hits tonight."
A crowd of 2,396 watched the game _ the second-largest All-Star crowd since the FSL revived the game in 1982.
Dozier meets with Mets: St. Lucie Mets outfielder D.J. Dozier met Tuesday with Joe McIlvaine, the New York Mets' vice president of baseball operations, and the two discussed Dozier's future in baseball.
The Mets would like to see Dozier, a running back with the Minnesota Vikings who remains unsigned for the 1990 season, concentrate his efforts on baseball.
"We just stated our position," McIlvaine said of his meeting with Dozier, who is hitting .307 with seven home runs and 37 RBI this season.
"From our angle, he has a chance to be a major-league baseball player. Baseball offers him a career that is probably longer and probably more financially rewarding. But there are no promises, and no financial promises."
McIlvaine said Dozier seemed receptive to a baseball-only career, although the former Penn State football All-American isn't ready to make a decision yet.
Said Dozier: "It's kind of tough to go back to an organization that has traded for a top-notch running back (Herschel Walker). I want to play football. I want to play baseball. I can't play football from the sidelines."
Two-sport stars: Dozier wasn't the only two-sport athlete in the game. There were three others: Osceola Astros outfielder Kenny Lofton, a member of the 1988 University of Arizona basketball team that reached the NCAA Final Four; Sarasota White Sox outfielder Scott Tedder, the 1988 Division III basketball player of the year from national champion Ohio Wesleyan; and Lakeland Tigers pitcher Todd Krumm, an All-America defensive back from Michigan State who played a season with the Chicago Bears before signing with the Tigers last fall.
Tedder already has been approached for a tryout by the Continental Basketball Association and is considering playing basketball in the off-season. Krumm says baseball is his game, but he would listen if the NFL called.
Miscellany: Dunedin Blue Jays catcher Greg O'Halloran won the pregame home-run hitting contest, blasting six homers in 15 swings. Teammate Jeff Kent was second with five. Mets catcher Alan Zinter, the club's No.1 pick last year, won the catcher's accuracy contest.