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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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Jul 3, 2015 10:25 AM

Josh Hamilton will get his first chance for revenge this weekend when the Texas Rangers face off against the Los Angeles Angels.

Hamilton says he won't do anything special to get ready despite an acrimonious split with the Angels.

"I don't do anything more different than I usually do before the game," Hamilton told USA TODAY Sports.

"Maybe the focus is a little more there, but nothing to get back at a team for any reason, just like when I left [Texas for the Angels after the 2012 season]," Hamilton said. "When I came back, I was like, 'Just treat it like any old road game.' I'm going to treat this like any other home game."

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Jul 2, 2015 6:31 AM

After Jerry Dipoto stepped down on Wednesday, the Los Angeles Angels and Mike Scioscia denied that the long-time manager had a role in the general manager's departure.

The Angels did not publicly give a reason for the split beyond vague allusions by president John Carpino to a recent team meeting that didn't go well for Dipoto. Scioscia and Carpino flatly denied reports of renewed tension between the two, insisting Scioscia would have been glad to keep working with Dipoto.

"I can only speak for myself, [but] there's never been a power struggle," Scioscia said. "I understand what the role of manager is in the organization. I'm hard-headed. I have opinions. ... I understand that a manager gets the word 'no' more than he gets 'yes.' I understand that, and it happens here. There was no ego, no power struggle."

Dipoto refused to cast blame Wednesday night in addressing his resignation with beat reporters.

"I am not leaving a disgruntled employee, throwing stones on my way out the door," Dipoto said. "I love the group. I really do. I hope the guys can continue to make as much progress as I feel we made the last 3½ years. This is simply about me believing that I was no longer in a position to be that person."

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Angels Name Bill Stoneman Interim GM

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The Los Angeles Angels have officially announced that Jerry Dipoto has resigned as the club's general manager.

Bill Stoneman will serve as general manager for the remainder of the season.

The Angels also confirmed that assistant general manager Matt Klentak and fellow assistant Scott Servais will remain with the team in their previous roles while assisting Stoneman.

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Jerry Dipoto decided to step down from his position as general manager of the Los Angeles Angels on Wednesday, according to a source.

The Angels have not confirmed or commented on the matter and Dipoto has not responded to several requests seeking comment.

FOX Sports reported on Monday that there is friction between the front office and coaching staff.

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Source: Dipoto Could Step Down As Angels GM

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Jerry Dipoto could step down as general manager of the Los Angeles Angels, according to sources.

FOX Sports reported on Tuesday that there is once again friction between the front office and coaching staff.

"It's possible," said the source, who couldn't speak on the matter publicly.

Dipoto packed up his office and left early Tuesday, according to sources.

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Tensions Return Between Scioscia, Angels Front Office

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Tensions between the Los Angeles Angels front office and Mike Scioscia have returned and far more pervasive, according to Major League sources.

Arte Moreno resolved the tension between Jerry Dipoto and Scioscia at the conclusion of the 2012 season, seemingly successfully.

"Emotions simmered in a series of meetings over the weekend when Dipoto expressed frustration with the coaches’ failure to convey scouting information to the players, sources said. At least one coach responded heatedly to Dipoto and first baseman Albert Pujols issued a pointed rebuttal to his GM, sources said," writes Ken Rosenthal.

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"I think it would be the last one," the nine-time All-Star said.

Pujols, who leads the American League with 23 home runs, has participated in the event on three occasions, most recently in 2009.

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The Los Angeles Angels are in the market for a hitter and have inquired about several players with other teams, according to a report.

The best fit would be a left-handed hitter with a good on-base percentage and who has the ability to play left field or designated hitter.

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Mariners star Robinson Cano was hit in the head by a stray ball while the Angels were warming up in between innings Saturday and left the game because of dizziness.

Cano was taken to the clubhouse after being struck by rookie shortstop Taylor Featherston's high throw over first baseman Albert Pujols as the Angels' infield loosened up before the seventh inning.

Cano had a sizable welt near his left temple, and the Mariners' medical staff checked the second baseman for a concussion. No signs of one were found.

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