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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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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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Pirates Claim Travis Ishikawa Off Waivers From Giants

Jul 5, 2015 4:17 PM

The Pirates today claimed first baseman Travis Ishikawa off waivers from the Giants. The Pirates will make a corresponding move on the 25-man roster upon Ishikawa’s arrival in Pittsburgh. The announcement was made by Pirates Executive Vice President, GM Neal Huntington.

The 31-year-old Ishikawa went 0-for-5 in six games this year with the Giants after beginning the year on the 15-day disabled list with a lower back strain. He also hit a combined .266 with nine doubles, four home runs and 20 RBI in 37 games between Single-A San Jose and Triple-A Sacramento in 2015.

This will be Ishikawa’s second stint with the Pirates after making the team last season out of spring training as a non-roster invitee. He was designated for assignment by Pittsburgh on April 19, 2014, before signing a minor league contract with San Francisco on April 25.

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Victor Martinez Has 'No Respect' For Pirates

Jul 2, 2015 7:03 AM

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."

Anthony Fenech/Detroit Free-Press

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Justin Verlander Expected To Make Next Start

Jun 29, 2015 1:20 AM

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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Max Scherzer Throws No-Hitter Against Pirates

Jun 20, 2015 6:35 PM

Max Scherzer pitched a no-hitter Saturday, losing his perfect game with two outs in the ninth inning when he hit a batter in the Nationals' 6-0 win over the Pirates, according to an ESPN.com report.


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Adjustment To Back Foot Has Turned Around McCutchen's Season

Jun 19, 2015 7:17 AM

Andrew McCutchen struggled early this season, but has turned things around drastically as of late.

As recently as last season, McCutchen's swing included a repeated motion involving his back foot. Right around the time of contact, his right foot would come up, drive forward and slam back down.

"McCutchen didn’t design his swing specifically concentrating on his back foot, but what this demonstrates is good and mostly complete weight transfer. Because of that weight transfer to the front leg, McCutchen’s foot leaves the ground," writes Jeff Sullivan.

Early this season, McCutchen was swinging without the same back foot motion. The foot wasn't really coming up, but lately he has started to replicate the motion we saw last season. 

The explanation may be the left knee pain McCutchen was dealing with. It may not have allowed him to fully transfer weight to his front leg, which kept his right foot on the ground.

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Pirates Committed To 'Now And The Future' In Trade Market

Jun 15, 2015 6:12 AM

As has been the case in recent seasons, the Pittsburgh Pirates will approach the trade deadline with an eye on both winning this fall and remaining in contention over the long-term.

"A couple years ago there was an argument that we had two legitimate holes that we had to fill and we didn't at the trade deadline. We heard it a lot," Neal Huntington said. "We wanted to see how it would progress and where it would go from there. We were able to add Byrd and Morneau. We gave up a lot to get Marlon Byrd, in hindsight. We knew it the day we did it. Those are the types of trades that unravel an organization if you do those too frequently or too many of them. They unravel a smaller, mid-market team very quickly.

"It will be interesting to see where the trade market plays out. We always walk that balance between now and the future. We want to do everything we can to put this club in a position to make the playoffs this year, win a World Series this year. At the same time, we want to be able to be in that position as many years in the future as we can."

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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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