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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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Cardinals Fire Scouting Director Amid Scandal

Jul 3, 2015 10:19 AM

The St. Louis Cardinals have fired scouting director Chris Correa, the first known fallout from the hacking scandal that has resulted in a federal investigation into whether the team illegally got inside the player personnel database of the Houston Astros.

St. Louis declined to say why Correa was fired but confirmed that he had been let go a day earlier after a team-imposed leave of absence. The team is investigating the alleged hacking, as is the FBI.

Jim Martin, an attorney hired by the Cardinals in February, declined to say how long Correa had been on leave. Correa, who was promoted to director of amateur scouting during the offseason, shepherded some of the team's top draft picks this season to interviews at Busch Stadium just a few weeks ago.

Martin said no other employees had been terminated and the investigation wasn't done.

Associated Press

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Jason Heyward Finding Swing With Cardinals

Jun 29, 2015 8:02 AM

Jason Heyward, 25, was traded to the St. Louis Cardinals this past winter but he struggled the first two months of the season.

After working with hitting coaches and exercising repetition, Heyward has started to free himself and let loose production – right when the Cardinals have needed it most.

Only Randal Grichuk has a higher slugging percentage than Heyward's .526 this month and no Cardinal has a higher average than his .321.

"We're watching the fluid nature of his swing improve just as every aspect of his game seems like it's falling into a good rhythm," Mike Matheny said. "He looks free, less locked up. Hopefully, this is something that he can now build on. When he gets right, he's pretty impressive."

The Cardinals invested heavily in Heyward by trading two young starting pitchers, including Shelby Miller, to Atlanta in hopes the right fielder would blossom.

"When a hitter looks like he's tied up at times it's not because the swing is changing, it's just not consistent," Heyward said. "It's not as consistent because you're not allowing yourself to have good timing with the swing. Absolutely when you're chopping groundballs like that it's rough. I felt like I was doing a lot of things on the way to the ball that I didn't want to and limited my ability to hit line drives somewhere. Being late to the spot is a huge part of that. You want to make them pay for their mistakes and at the time I wasn’t able to make them pay for their mistakes.

"You can't trust your hands, you stay through the zone and you don't have much plate coverage," Heyward concluded. "And then your strengths are not your strengths, and your weaknesses just become outs."

Derrick Goold/St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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Astros Haven't Received Subpoena As Part Of Federal Investigation

Jun 26, 2015 9:54 AM

The Houston Astros say they did not receive a subpoena as part of the government's investigation into the hacking of their private database and computer systems.

The New York Times previously reported that the Astros had been subpoenaed in recent months "for more information from their network."

"The Astros have never been subpoenaed in this matter," general counsel Giles Kibbe said. "We've cooperated with the FBI and U.S. Attorney's office throughout this investigation and provided them with everything they've asked for. And we will continue to do so."

Major League Baseball is not conducting its own investigation currently but may have to if the government does not share its findings with the league.

Evan Drellich/Houston Chronicle

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FBI Struggling To Pinpoint Who Hacked In Astros' System

Jun 23, 2015 7:01 AM

FBI agents are struggling to pinpoint exactly who within the St. Louis Cardinals organization repeatedly hacked into the Houston Astros' closely guarded baseball intelligence network.

The investigation is focused on a group of Cardinals employees who specialize in statistical analysis and computer programming and had access to a computer in a residence near the team's complex in Jupiter, Fla., during spring training last year.

Federal agents were able to trace at least one of the breaches directly back to that computer. At least four members of the team's baseball operations staff have hired criminal defense lawyers, according to people briefed on the investigation.

"To put it simply, investigators are trying to match up the intrusions with the different times that different Cardinals front-office personnel were on the computer," said one person briefed on the case. "It has been very difficult."

Another person briefed on the investigation added, "The FBI has some sense of how long different guys were on the computer, but it hasn’t been easy."

Michael S. Schmidt/New York Times

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Report: Cardinals Hacked Astros As Early As 2012

Jun 19, 2015 6:56 AM

The St. Louis Cardinals had unauthorized access to Houston Astros information as early as 2012, a year earlier than was previously known, according to a report.

The initial New York Times report indicated that the Cardinals first hacked the player database in 2013.

The extent of the Cardinals’ reach inside the Astros’ organization isn’t yet fully known but was not limited to one or two occasions, a person familiar with the details of the investigation said.

Evan Drellich/Houston Chronicle

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Cardinals Chairman: 'Rogue' Behavior To Be Punished

Jun 19, 2015 6:49 AM

St. Louis Cardinals chairman Bill DeWitt Jr. blamed "roguish behavior" for the team's involvement in the alleged hacking of the Houston Astros' player personnel database.

The club is still investigating the matter but said no more than a handful of individuals in an operation that numbers in the hundreds -- describing it as a "needle in a haystack" -- were responsible.

"I still don't know the reason for it," DeWitt said. "I can't come up with a reason for it. It goes against everything we stand for. We don't know who did what here."

DeWitt and general manager John Mozeliak met with media at Busch Stadium a day after an attorney hired by the team said high-level executives were not involved in the scandal.

Both teams have said they are cooperating with authorities.

ESPN

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Adam Wainwright Hopes To Return This Season

Jun 17, 2015 5:02 PM

Adam Wainwright, who underwent surgery to repair a torn left Achilles tendon on April 30, hasn't given up on pitching for the St. Louis Cardinals in 2015.

"Absolutely," he told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. "I know that I'm working toward the end of the season. I don't know if that will [happen], but we'll see."

Wainwright's recovery time was originally estimated to be from nine to 12 months.

However, after two months of rehab, Wainwright has shed his crutches and is getting around with just a walking boot. He began working on his upper body this week.

ESPN

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Cardinals: Anyone Involved In Hacking Will Be 'Held Accountable'

Jun 17, 2015 3:25 PM

St. Louis Cardinals chairman and CEO William O. Dewitt Jr. and general manager John Mozeliak have issued statements on the hacking scandal that came to light on Tuesday.

"These are serious allegations that don't reflect who we are as an organization," DeWitt said. "We are committed to getting to the bottom of this matter as soon as possible, and if anyone within our organization is determined to be involved in anything inappropriate, they will be held accountable."

The Cardinals are working with a local law firm in order to assist the FBI with the investigation. The team is also conducting an internal inquiry into whether any employee "engaged in the alleged conduct" related to the Houston Astros.

"The alleged conduct has no place in our game," Mozeliak said. "We hold ourselves to the highest standards in every facet of our organization.  It has been that way forever and is certainly true today.  We are committed to finding out what happened.  To the extent we can substantiate that these allegations have merit, we will take appropriate action against anyone involved."

Chris Cwik/Yahoo! Sports

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Report: FBI Focusing On 4-5 Cardinals Employees In Hacking Scandal

Jun 17, 2015 7:07 AM

The FBI investigation of the St. Louis Cardinals for allegedly hacking into the database of the Houston Astros is expected to end soon, according to people familiar with the situation.

The suspects had been narrowed to a group of four to five individuals within the Cardinals organization, according to one source.

How harshly Major League Baseball punishes the Cardinals will likely depend on how high knowledge of the hacking went within the organization.

Evan Drellich/Houston Chronicle

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FBI Traced Astros' Data Breach To Florida House
The FBI is investigating the Cardinals for possibly breaching the Astros' computerized database and stealing information, according to a New York Times report.

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ESPN

Cardinals Under Investigation By FBI For Hacking Astros' Database
The attack represents the first known case of corporate espionage in which a professional sports team has hacked the network of another team.

Michael S. Schmidt/New York Times

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