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All-Star Game Starters Announced

Jul 5, 2015 9:24 PM

2015 ALL-STAR GAME STARTERS ANNOUNCED

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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Gerrit Cole Records Major League-Best 12th Win

Jul 5, 2015 4:59 PM

Gerrit Cole overcame a rocky start for his 12th win as the Pirates rallied past the Indians 5-3 Sunday.

Cole (12-3) set down his last 16 batters after the Indians scored twice in the second inning and once in the third to take a 3-0 lead.

Cole threw 106 pitches while allowing three runs and five hits in eight innings. He struck out five and walked one after going winless in his previous two starts while pitching a combined 11 1/3 innings.

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Brandon Moss On Indians: 'We Have No Heart'

Jun 29, 2015 7:51 AM

The Cleveland Indians were shutout on both ends of Sunday's doubleheader, which promoted Brandon Moss to question his team's fortitude.

"If you were on the outside looking in, it would look like we have no heart," Moss said. "I can't blame them."

Terry Francona didn't disagree with Moss.

"Today was not a pretty day for us," said Francona, who was ejected in the ninth inning of the 8-0 loss to the Orioles in the nightcap. "I don't see guys grinding the at-bat. We're not doing the things we're capable of doing."

Cleveland (33-41) absorbed its first doubleheader sweep since Sept. 8, 2009, against Texas.

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Indians Reach Deal With Brady Aiken

Jun 19, 2015 2:44 PM

The Cleveland Indians have reached an agreement on a contract with Brady Aiken, who they took in the first round of this month's First-Year Player Draft.

Cleveland took a gamble on the 18-year-old, who is recovering from Tommy John surgery and won't pitch until 2016.

Aiken was selected by Houston with the overall first pick last year after going 7-0 with a 1.06 ERA in 11 starts as a senior at Cathedral Catholic High School in San Diego. The 6-foot-3, 210-pounder was unable to work out a contract with the Astros and had surgery in March.

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Indians To Call Up Shortstop Prospect Francisco Lindor

Jun 14, 2015 1:09 AM

The Indians will call up top shortstop prospect Francisco Lindor on Sunday, the team confirmed.

Lindor, 21, has hit .279 with two home runs, 22 RBIs and eight stolen bases at Triple-A Columbus this season, but has been on a tear recently, hitting .366 over his last 10 games.

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Indians Spoil Justin Verlander's Return

Jun 14, 2015 12:20 AM

The Indians spoiled the return of Tigers starter Justin Verlande on Saturday.

Carlos Santana homered and Carlos Carrasco shook off a bad history in Detroit to lift the Indians to a 5-4 win.

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Oklahoma Leads All Schools With 11 Drafted Players

Jun 11, 2015 7:34 AM

Oklahoma had 11 players selected in the 2015 Major League Baseball draft this week, the most of any school.

UC Santa Barbara was second with 10 players selected from Monday to Wednesday.

Arizona State, Florida, Illinois and Vanderbilt each had nine players drafted.

Nine schools produced eight players each, including LSU, Michigan State, Oklahoma State, TCU, Houston, Maryland, UCLA, USC and North Carolina.

 

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Pitchers Represent 52 Percent Of 2015 Draft Picks

Jun 11, 2015 7:28 AM

The 2015 Major League Baseball Draft ended on Wednesday after the 1,215th pick was made.

Overall, pitchers made up more than 52 percent of the selections. 633 hurlers were drafted (462 right-handers and 171 lefties). Positions players were taken with 582 picks.

Here's the breakdown by position:

109 catchers

53 first baseman

51 second baseman

102 shortstops

53 third baseman

211 outfielders

one utility player

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Position Players Dominate First Round Of MLB Draft

Jun 9, 2015 10:29 AM

The first round of Major League Baseball's First-Year Player Draft was dominated by shortstops, who went 1-2-3, but overall position players were a hot commodity.

Twenty-one of the 36 first-round picks were position players, including seven of the first 10 selections.

There was a run on pitchers in the middle of the round. There were just three left-handed pitchers taken in the first round.

In 2014, 20 of the 34 first-round picks were pitchers and seven south paws were selected.

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First Round Nearly Split Between College, High School Players

Jun 9, 2015 10:18 AM

The first round of the 2015 First-Year Player Draft was nearly split between college and high school players.

Nineteen of the 36 selections, which included several compensation picks, were out of college. If you include Brady Aiken, who was pitching for IMG Academy before undergoing Tommy John surgery, there were 17 high school players selected in Monday night's first round.

College players dominated the top 10. Seven landed among first 10 players drafted.

 

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2015 MLB Draft Slot Values
Major League Baseball informed teams of the slot values assigned to the first 315 picks of the 2015 draft back in April.

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First-Round 2015 MLB Draft Results
We are reporting live from the 2015 MLB Draft in New Jersey. Follow along for news, rumors and selections. Arizona selected Dansby Swanson first overall.

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MLB Apologizes To Royals For Costly Replay Error
Major League Baseball has apologized to the Royals for a breakdown in its replay process during a crucial moment in a 2-1 loss to the Indians on Tuesday night.

Associated Press

Indians Shave Their Heads In Support Of Mike Aviles' Daughter
Adriana Aviles, 4, was diagnosed with leukemia earlier this month.

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Josh Hamilton Ready To Join Rangers
Josh Hamilton is set to join the Rangers in Cleveland for the start of a series with the Indians.

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Adrian Beltre Hits 400th Career Home Run
Adrian Beltre hit a first inning home run off Bruce Chen on Friday night.

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Kluber's 18 Strikeout Performance Among Best Ever
No pitcher has posted a higher Game Score over eight innings than Corey Kluber did against the Cardinals.

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Keith Law Lists Brendan Rodgers As Top Draft Prospect
Keith Law, who works in scouting for ESPN, has updated his list of the top 100 prospects ahead of next month's MLB Draft.

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Indians Discussing Deal With Carlos Marmol
The Indians are "in the process of signing" Carlos Marmol to a Minor League contract, according to a report.

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Experts Split On Tate, Rodgers As No. 1 Pick
The Diamondbacks will pick first overall when the First-Year Player Draft is held on June 8.

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2015 MLB All-Star Ballot Released
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Trevor Bauer Focused On Improving Body Language
Trevor Bauer believes that poor body language may have led some people to misunderstand him in the past.

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Carrasco Takes Line Drive To Face, Suffers Bruised Jaw
Carlos Carrasco was taken to a hospital and treated for a bruised jaw after he was hit in the face by a line drive off the bat of Melky Cabrera on Tuesday night.

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Indians Add Depth, Sign Jhoulys Chacin
Jhoulys Chacin, 27, was cut loose by the Rockies this spring in a surprising move.

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Indians Sign Ryan Webb
Ryan Webb started the season with the Orioles and was traded to the Dodgers before they released him.

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Indians May Pursue Options At Catcher
With Yan Gomes out for up to eight weeks, the Indians won't look for a starter but could add a backup catcher to the roster.

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Indians Place Yan Gomes On 15-Day DL
The Indians are waiting for further tests on Yan Gomes' sprained right knee.

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MLB Releases Draft Bonus Slots
Major League Baseball has informed teams of the draft bonus slot allocations that will apply to the 2015 amateur draft.

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Carrasco's Extension With Indians Worth $22M
The contract guarantees Carlos Carrasco $22 million over the next four years and includes a pair of club options.

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Indians, Carlos Carrasco Agree On Three-Year Deal
During a span of 10 starts in August and September last season, Carlos Carrasco went 5-3 with a 1.30 ERA, 78 strikeouts and 11 walks in just 69 innings.

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