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All-Star Starters Announced; Donaldson Leading Vote-Getter

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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Twins To Start Ervin Santana On Sunday

Jul 4, 2015 7:24 PM

The Twins have added a front-line starter for the second half of the season.

Right-hander Ervin Santana has been reinstated after an 80-game drug suspension and is scheduled to start Sunday against the Royals, according to an ESPN.com report.

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Twins To Promote Alex Meyer

Jun 25, 2015 3:33 PM

The Minnesota Twins will promote Alex Meyerfrom Triple-A Rochester for Friday's game, per a team release.

Minnesota hopes the right-hander will eventually work out of the rotation, but for now he's expected to throw out of the bullpen.

The Twins acquired Meyer from the Washington Nationals for Denard Span.

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Byron Buxton Scores Winning Run In MLB Debut

Jun 15, 2015 12:52 AM

Byron Buxton scored the winning run in the top of the ninth to give the Twins a 4-3 win, according to an ESPN.com report.

He went 0-for-4 Sunday in his major-league debut but reached base in the ninth on a fielder's choice before coming around to score from first on Eddie Rosario's double.

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Twins Top Prospect Byron Buxton To Make Debut On Sunday

Jun 13, 2015 6:55 PM

Top prospect Byron Buxton will make his major league debut for the Twins on Sunday against the Rangers, the team announced. 

Buxton, an outfielder, has been playing for Double-A Chattanooga, hitting .283 with 44 runs scored and 37 RBIs.

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Torii Hunter Decides To Drop Appeal

Jun 13, 2015 6:48 PM

Twins outfielder Torii Hunter dropped the appeal of his two-game suspension and started serving it Saturday, according to an ESPN.com report.

Hunter was in the original lineup for Saturday's game at Texas. His decision was announced by the Twins about an hour before the scheduled first pitch in the middle game of a three-game series.

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MLB Suspends Torii Hunter Two Games, Appeals Decision

Jun 13, 2015 1:45 AM

Twins outfielder Torii Hunter has been suspended two games and fined for his outburst toward umpire Mark Ripperger on Wednesday, Major League Baseball announced.

Hunter has appealed the suspension, calling it a "little harsh," and is in the lineup Friday for the Twins' game against the Rangers, batting second and playing right field.

"I didn't expect two games," Hunter said. "I got ejected, so I knew something was going to come down."

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Twins Willing To Make Upgrade If Opportunity Exists

Jun 12, 2015 7:17 AM

The Minnesota Twins won't shy away from upgrading their roster this summer despite swinging and missing last season.

They signed Kendrys Morales, who was tied to draft-pick compensation, after last June's First-Year Player Draft and ended up paying him about $7.5 million. Morales was awful, hitting .234/.259/.325 without providing value in the field. They eventually dumped him in a trade with the Seattle Mariners.

"I would do it again if I had an opportunity," Terry Ryan said. "It just didn't work."

"We'll see. We're all in the phase here -- We're doing pretty good and we certainly have to have our eyes open," Ryan said, when asked if he'd pull the trigger on another move this year aimed at improving his club's chances. "We're in contention, there's no secret here. We have an opportunity to do some things and hopefully we'll be able to."

Minnesota should get Ervin Santana back from suspension in July. They entered action on Friday seven games over .500 and two games back in the American League Central.

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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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