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Matsui homers as Hall of Fame Classic ends in tie

Published on NewsOK Modified: May 24, 2014 at 5:18 pm •  Published: May 24, 2014

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (AP) — Ivan Rodriguez hit a two-run homer to knot the score in the top of the sixth inning, and the Knucksies and Wizards played to a 4-4 tie in the rain-shortened Hall of Fame Classic on Saturday.

The sixth annual classic at Doubleday Field also featured home runs by former major league stars Hideki Matsui, Luis Gonzalez, and Jack Wilson. It was called before the bottom of the sixth began.

The teams were divided into American League and National League squads, with Hall of Fame knuckleballer Phil Niekro managing the Knucksies of the AL and Hall of Fame shortstop Ozzie Smith managing the Wizards of the NL.

The game was scoreless until Matsui brought the crowd to life with a towering home run over the 312-foot sign in right field.