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All-Star Game Starters Announced

Jul 5, 2015 9:24 PM


Leading Vote-Getter Josh Donaldson Sets All-Time Single-Season Voting Record, Edges Out AL Teammate Mike Trout for Top Overall Spot;

Bryce Harper Finishes as Top NL Vote-Getter, Sets All-Time NL
Single-Season Voting Mark;

Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson, MLB’s leading vote-getter, and Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper, who led the National League in voting, will be among the starters in the 86th All-Star Game, to be played on Tuesday, July 14th at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati.  The 2015 AL and NL All-Star starters were unveiled earlier this evening during the “Esurance All-Star Starters Selection Show” on ESPN.  

Donaldson, who collected 14,090,188 total votes, set a new all-time single-season voting record, surpassing Josh Hamilton’s 2012 total of 11,073,744 tallies.  

Harper receives his third Midsummer Classic selection (2012-13) and his second fan-elected start (2013), becoming the first player in Nationals-era history to claim multiple fan-elected starting assignments.  

Third baseman Todd Frazier of the host Reds received 9,233,686 votes, surpassing Matt Carpenter of the Cardinals (7,133,753) in the final week to earn his first fan election after being named an All-Star reserve in 2014.  

In the AL, reigning league batting champion Jose Altuve of the Astros reclaimed the top spot at second base in the final week, finishing with 9,634,464 votes to beat out Kansas City’s Omar Infante (8,999,117).  

Angels outfielder Mike Trout received 14,013,021 total votes, which was the second-highest total in the Majors behind Donaldson.  Trout will make his fourth consecutive All-Star appearance and third consecutive fan-elected start.

Joining Trout in the AL outfield will be Royals teammates Lorenzo Cain (12,399,127) and Alex Gordon (10,609,006).  

Rounding out the fan elections in the NL outfield alongside Harper is Giancarlo Stanton (7,036,537) of the Miami Marlins and Matt Holliday (6,362,653) of the Cardinals.  

Two-time AL Most Valuable Player (2012-13) Miguel Cabrera of the Tigers garnered 13,834,271 votes en route to his 10th career All-Star selection (also 2004-07, 2010-14) and third consecutive fan election.  

Cabrera’s NL counterpart will be Paul Goldschmidt of the Diamondbacks, who received 9,119,375 votes to attain his second consecutive fan-elected start.  

Giants catcher Buster Posey will make the start behind the plate in the NL, marking his third career Midsummer Classic selection (2012-13) and second career fan-elected start (2012).  

For the AL, Royals backstop Salvador Perez tallied 13,747,294 votes to receive his first career starting assignment in the Midsummer Classic after making the AL squad as a reserve in each of the last two seasons.  

In the AL’s tightest race, Mariners designated hitter Nelson Cruz (10,632,184) claimed his fourth All-Star selection (2009, 2013-14) as he held off Kendrys Morales (10,320,500) of the Royals.  

Up the middle of the NL infield will be Marlins second baseman Dee Gordon (7,574,750) and Cardinals shortstop Jhonny Peralta (8,478,474).  Joining Altuve up the middle of the AL infield is Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar, who tallied 11,960,907 votes to receive his first career All-Star selection. 

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David Ortiz will start at first base Sunday for the Red Sox against the Astros -- his first start at the position in an American League contest in almost nine years -- while the struggling Mike Napoli sits.

Ortiz, who played three games at first base earlier this season during interleague action, has not started there against an AL opponent since Aug. 5, 2006.

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The Red Sox are targeting young, controllable arms at the trade deadline.

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David Ortiz, who has hit seven home runs in his last 19 games, fired back at critics who questioned his bat speed earlier this season.

"I don't know why people go there," he said. "Why don't they throw me 96 miles an hour right down [the middle]. Tell all the pitchers to throw me fastballs 96 right down the [middle]. See if I lost bat speed.

"People like to criticize a lot about the game. I don't think people are sitting down watching the game. Oh, he lost bat speed? Why don't they throw me a fastball every pitch?"

Ortiz was unimpressed that some of the people who have said he is losing bat speed are scouts and other talent evaluators within the game.

"You know why they talk?'' he said. "They want to make noise. They want people to listen to them. There's a reason a guy who throws 97 throws me a 3-and-0 slider, because he knows what I can do with a fastball.

"I don't like the knowledge people have about the game today. They just want attention. When you say Papi's lost bat speed, you're just calling people's attention."

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The Boston Red Sox inquired about Josh Donaldson before signing Pablo Sandoval last offseason, according to the Boston Herald.

The Oakland Athletics, who eventually traded Donaldson to the Toronto Blue Jays, told the Red Sox that Donaldson wasn't available.

Boston went on to sign Sandoval for five years and $95 million.

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Mike Napoli: Umpire Ejected Me For Not Picking Up Bat

Jun 29, 2015 7:44 AM

Mike Napoli says plate umpire Tripp Gibson tossed him because he didn't pick up his bat and tote it back to the dugout on Sunday.

Napoli was called out on strikes in the second inning and told Gibson he disagreed with the call. As he was walking away from the plate when Gibson threw him out.

"First of all, it was a ball," Napoli said. "I thought I walked. That's why I dropped my bat. And I had a conversation with him, told him I thought it was a ball. He said it was a good pitch, so I started taking off my batting gloves and started walking back toward the dugout."

Napoli had only taken a step or two when the umpire stopped him.

"He told me I forgot my bat," Napoli said. "I stopped a little bit, and [then] he told me to come back and pick up the bat. I pointed at the bat boy, who picks up our bats, and he tossed me. So then, when he tossed me, I told him how I felt."

Napoli gave an earful to Gibson, who is in his first season as a full-time major league umpire, before manager John Farrell pulled the player away and took up Napoli's cause for him.

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Red Sox Send Ramirez Back To Boston For MRI

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Red Sox left fielder Hanley Ramirez, who will miss his fourth game Sunday since being struck in the left hand by a line drive off the bat of teammate Xander Bogaerts last Wednesday, is being sent back to Boston for an MRI exam.

Earlier tests had shown no structural damage, according to the club, but Ramirez will undergo further testing because he is "not progressing as we anticipated, particularly over the last 24 to 48 hours,'' manager John Farrell said.

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Red Sox Send Joe Kelly To Triple-A Pawtucket

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Justin Masterson has been chosen to take Kelly's spot in the rotation.

Kelly has a 5.67 ERA and 60 strikeouts in 74.2 innings (14 starts) this season.

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Red Sox Show Interest In Trading Clay Buchholz

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The Boston Red Sox have shown interest in trading Clay Buchholz, according to sources.

The non-waiver trade deadline is a little more than a month away and Boston is 9 1/2 games out of first place in the American League East.

Buchholz has pitched well as of late, which has increased his value. His contract also allows for team options in 2016 ($13 million) and 2017 ($13.5 million).

As far as the right-hander is concerned, he will remain with the Red Sox.

"Yeah, unless something crazy happens I expect to be here," he said. "I've always called this place home. [Trades] happen, and it's happened to a lot of guys, where they walk in and they're told their somewhere. That's the business part of it and I think everybody understands that.

"I would love to be here throughout the next couple of years and everything goes well sign another extension. That's sort of how I look at it."

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The Boston Red Sox and Rick Porcello both insist the pitcher is healthy, which make his struggles this season all the more frustrating.

The Red Sox put a lot of pressure on Porcello when they signed him to a four-year, $103.63 million contract extension before he ever threw a pitch for the club.

Porcello has been a victim of big innings many times this season. John Farrell "has expressed no inclination to drop Porcello from the rotation; he will be given every opportunity to work his way out of the slump," writes Gordon Edes.

The right-hander has allowed five or more earned runs five times in 14 starts this season; he allowed five earned runs or more just six times in 32 starts last season.

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