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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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Robinson Cano Hit In Head By Stray Ball

Jun 28, 2015 2:08 AM

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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Mariners Release Rickie Weeks

Jun 22, 2015 8:11 AM

The Seattle Mariners have released Rickie Weeks, who was designated for assignment last week.

Weeks, 32, signed a one-year, $2 million contract with the Mariners in the offseason to serve as Robinson Cano's backup and a utility man.

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M's Hire Edgar Martinez As New Hitting Coach

Jun 20, 2015 6:40 PM

The Seattle Mariners are looking to the past to reinvigorate the worst hitting team in baseball, hiring Edgar Martinez as their new hitting coach Saturday and reassigning Howard Johnson to the minor league system.

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Mariners Interested In Revere, But Phillies Asking Too Much

Jun 11, 2015 6:51 PM

The Seattle Mariners have shown interest in acquiring Ben Revere from the Philadelphia Phillies, according to a report.

Talks between the two squads broke down when the Phillies reportedly asked for too much in return for the outfielder.

Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News reported that Philadelphia wanted either James Paxton or Taijuan Walker in return.

Ruben Amaro Jr. later told FOX Sports that the rumors were false.

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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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Mariners Win Despite Setting Mark For Scoring Futility

Jun 10, 2015 7:50 AM

The Seattle Mariners failed to score more than three runs on Tuesday night for a club-record 13th game in a row.

Despite the mark, Seattle defeated the Cleveland Indians 3-2.

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Cubs Close To Deal With Rafael Soriano

Jun 9, 2015 11:41 AM

The Chicago Cubs are close to a contract agreement with Rafael Soriano.

The agreement would be a Minor League deal.

The Seattle Mariners also remain in the mix for the reliever.

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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
Of the 36 first-round selections, 19 were out of college and 17 were from high school.

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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
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Robinson Cano Struggling To Hit Breaking Balls
Robinson Cano has struggled this season with just two home runs in 218 at-bats and a .326 slugging percentage.

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Mariners Acquire Mark Trumbo From Diamondbacks
The Diamondbacks will receive catcher Welington Castillo, right-handed reliever Dominic Leone and minor leaguers Gabby Guerrero and Jack Reinheimer while also sending left-handed pitcher Vidal Nuno to

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Hitting Coach: Cano Is Pressing At The Plate
Robinson Cano has just two home runs and is hitting .246 this season.

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Mark Teixeira Has Enjoyed Success Against Felix Hernandez
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Mariners Using Just Six Relievers Amid Crowded Roster
The Mariners have been operating with just six relievers this week, something Lloyd McClendon acknowledges can't continue much longer.

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Welington Castillo Was 'Shocked' By Trade
Welington Castillo was surprised when the Cubs traded him to the Mariners earlier this week.

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Mariners Acquire Welington Castillo From Cubs
The Cubs have traded Welington Castillo to the Mariners in exchange for reliever Yoervis Medina.

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Ichiro Ties Babe Ruth On All-Time Hits List
Ichiro Suzuki hit a bloop single in the fifth inning on Monday night, allowing him to tie Babe Ruth for 38th place on the all-time Major League hits list since 1900 with 2,873.

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Cherington Denies Red Sox-Mariners Trade Rumor
Ben Cherington says there is no truth to the rumor that the Red Sox offered Jackie Bradley, Jr. to the Mariners for Charlie Furbush this spring.

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Mariners Rejected Bradley-For-Furbush Offer From Red Sox
The Red Sox offered to trade Jackie Bradley, Jr. to the Mariners in exchange for Charlie Furbush this spring, but the Mariners declined.

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King Felix Gets 2,000th K In Win Against A's
Felix Hernandez and the Mariners defeated the A's 4-3 on Sunday.

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Keith Law Lists Brendan Rodgers As Top Draft Prospect
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Gattis Leads Astros To 10th Straight Win
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Experts Split On Tate, Rodgers As No. 1 Pick
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2015 MLB All-Star Ballot Released
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Cano Admits Mental Lapse On Basepaths
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