Derek Jeter is the Star of Stars in Minneapolis

American League shortstop Derek Jeter, of the New York Yankees, left, talks with teammate second baseman Robinson Cano, of the Seattle Mariners, during batting practice for the MLB All-Star baseball game, Monday, July 14, 2014, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
American League shortstop Derek Jeter, of the New York Yankees, left, talks with teammate second baseman Robinson Cano, of the Seattle Mariners, during batting practice for the MLB All-Star baseball game, Monday, July 14, 2014, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

(SF Gate) MINNEAPOLIS — The All-Star Game could be viewed in the Bay Area as a celebration of two teams from the same region simultaneously having a whale of a season, recent Giants slump notwithstanding.

Oakland has seven All-Stars, San Francisco three. The not-so-twin cities are represented well in the Twin Cities.

And the Yankees are crashing the party. Thank you, Derek Jeter.

“He deserves a send-off at an All-Star Game like this,” A’s closer Sean Doolittle said.

The A’s, aiming for their third straight division title, have the majors’ best record and enough characters for another book. The Giants, with two championships since 2010, were baseball’s hottest team in the first two months.

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