The 2014 All-Star Game at Target Field was always going to be about Derek Jeter.

Jeter has been the face of baseball for nearly two decades, winning five World Series titles and being named an All-Star 14 times in a career that is set to end with his retirement after the season.

So it was only fitting that the Yankees' legend went 2-for-2 with a double and a run scored to help lead the American League to a 5-3 win over the National League on a beautiful Minnesota night on Tuesday that saw a first-pitch temperature of 72 degrees.

"I'm not retiring at the end of the year, because I don't think I can play -- it's just the time is right," Jeter said. "So today, I was fortunate. I enjoy playing these All-Star Games and competing against the best, and today, I was fortunate to get a couple of hits. But I still feel as though I can play."

Angels star and All-Star Game MVP Mike Trout added an RBI triple in the first inning and a go-ahead double in the fifth, while Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera hit a two-run homer in the first to pace the offense for the AL, which won home-field advantage in the World Series for the second straight year.

Tigers pitcher Max Scherzer picked up the victory for the Junior Circuit, and Twins closer Glen Perkins picked up the save for the AL in front of the home crowd. Perkins, a Minnesota native, received a huge ovation as he trotted to the mound and pitched to his batterymate, Kurt Suzuki.

Perkins made quick work of the NL, throwing a perfect ninth on just nine pitches, much to the delight of the hometown crowd, which chanted his name throughout the inning.

"I think [it met] my expectations and more," Perkins said. "But coming in there and hearing the reception, hearing how loud the fans were, it makes me want to get to the playoffs, because I think it felt like a playoff atmosphere out there tonight."

And it was an electric atmosphere in what was Jeter's final All-Star Game and Trout's MVP performance. It was almost as if the 40-year-old was passing the torch to Trout, whom many believe is the best all-around player in baseball at just 22 years old and could soon replace Jeter as baseball's signature star.