NL lineups aren't as deep

There are a few factors that might help explain the American League's recent dominance over the National League.

Originally Published: July 11, 2006
By Jerry Crasnick | ESPN.com

There are lots of surer bets than the American League beating the National League in a head-to-head matchup.

Try Phil Mickelson out-finessing Charles Barkley in a closest-to-the-pin contest. Or Takeru Kobayashi downing more all-beef wieners than Calista Flockhart. Or George Will besting Charlie Manuel in a Winston Churchill-quoting competition.

But the gap is significant enough that Tommy Lasorda -- bless his Senior Circuit loving heart -- was forced to go to great lengths to defend ...

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