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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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Tigers Place Miguel Cabrera On DL For First Time

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The Tigers placed Miguel Cabrera on the 15-day disabled list for the first time in his career Saturday.

The first baseman left Friday night's 8-6 win over the Blue Jays in the fourth inning when he strained his left calf while breaking for second base on an attempted hit-and-run.

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Miguel Cabrera May Be Headed To DL For First Time

Jul 4, 2015 12:33 AM

Miguel Cabrera left Friday night's win over the Blue Jays in the fourth inning when he got hurt while breaking for second base on an attempted hit-and-run, and Detroit expects the two-time AL MVP to go on the DL for the first time in his career.

Cabrera had an MRI, which showed no injury to his Achilles tendon. He will be examined again Saturday.

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Victor Martinez Has 'No Respect' For Pirates

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Victor Martinez said after Tuesday night's loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates in 14 innings that he had no respect for the team's players and coaches.

Martinez specifically named Gerrit Cole, who hit him with a fastball in the ribs an inning after Justin Verlander plunked Starling Marte.

"Yeah, everyone knows that," Martinez said when asked if he thought Cole's pitch was intentional. "I mean, I have no respect for no one on that team, including Cole and their coaching staff. If they think that Verlander hit Marte with a 1-2 count — he was battling that at-bat — if they really think we did it on purpose, they're playing the wrong sport."

The Pirates lead the National League with 44 hit-by-pitches.

"It's just about owning the inner half of the plate," Cole said, about the process of policing the game. "It's just about pitching aggressively."

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Justin Verlander Expected To Make Next Start

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Tigers manager Brad Ausmus says Justin Verlander will start Tuesday night against the Pirates.

The right-hander didn't pitch at all this season until June 13 because of an arm problem, and after making two starts, he was scratched from Wednesday's game against the Indians because of back stiffness.

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Cabrera Overtakes Hosmer In All-Star Voting

Jun 22, 2015 8:18 PM

Detroit Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera has overtaken Kansas City's Eric Hosmer in the latest results of All-Star fan voting, leaving seven Royals on track to start the game next month.

The leads of Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas and designated hitter Kendrys Morales also narrowed in numbers released Monday.

Major League Baseball says the record for the most starters from one team is held by the 1939 New York Yankees with six, including Joe DiMaggio.

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Tigers Will Be Patient With Nick Castellanos

Jun 22, 2015 1:02 PM

The Detroit Tigers won't send the struggling Nick Castellanos to Triple-A as a way to work through his issues.

Brad Ausmus says the Tigers will be patient with Castellanos, who is hitting .217/.267/.328.

"I mean, there's different approaches," Ausmus said after Tuesday's loss. "[Hitting coach] Wally Joyner and I were talking about a particular approach during the game, so we'll address that."

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Yoenis Cespedes has won the last two Home Run Derby titles, but isn't sure if he'll try for a third.

"Still thinking about it," Cespedes said, "but it'll depend on making the All-Star Game."

He won the 2013 title without being part of the American League All-Star team. He was a first-time All-Star at last year's event in Minnesota and won again.

Cespedes stood sixth among AL outfielders as of the most recent ballot results earlier this week.

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Brad Ausmus: 'Instant Replay Has Regressed'

Jun 17, 2015 6:45 AM

Brad Ausmus didn't hide his frustration with Major League Baseball's replay system after a questionable call on Tuesday night.

Trailing the Cincinnati Reds 2-1 in the bottom of the fifth inning, the Detroit Tigers thought they had taken the lead when Yoenis Cespedes lined a single off pitcher Michael Lorenzen's leg with the bases loaded. James McCann scored easily from third, but plate umpire Mike Everitt ruled that Joey Votto's throw home beat Anthony Gose to end the inning.

The Tigers challenged, and replays seemed to indicate that Gose had barely beaten Brayan Pena's tag, but the call was upheld after a 3:38 delay.

"I definitely think that instant replay has regressed this season," Ausmus said. "I thought for the most part, they changed calls in order to get the play right, and they did that on a regular basis.

"I'm not seeing that this year."

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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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