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Shane Bieber Named ASG MVP As AL Tops NL

Jul 10, 2019 7:30 AM

Shane Bieber was named the MVP of Tuesday night's All-Star Game as the American League edged the National League 4-3.

Bieber earned the honor by striking out the side in the fifth inning at Progressive Field.

He is the third player in All-Star Game history to win the MVP award in his home ballpark, joining Pedro Martinez at Fenway Park in 1999 and Sandy Alomar Jr. also in Cleveland in 1997.

"I really didn't know what to think," Bieber said. "Kinda lost all feeling in my body. But it's an incredible feeling now. Now that it's kind of sinking in, just to be able to do it in front of the hometown crowd in my first All-Star Game is definitely not something I expected."

Bieber wasn't named to the All-Star team until Friday, when he replaced Mike Minor, who wasn't eligible to play because he pitched Sunday.

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Vlad Jr. Breaks Home Run Derby Records

Jul 9, 2019 8:07 AM

Vladimir Guerrero, Jr. lost to Pete Alonso in the final round of the Home Run Derby, but made history along the way.

Guerrero hit a Derby-record 91 home runs in the event.

"First of all, you just have to thank God and the fans for all the support," Guerrero, Jr. said after breaking the record. "We gave everyone a good show, and that's what we wanted. ... I feel proud of hitting 91 home runs because I broke the record."

At 20 years and 114 days, Guerrero, Jr. was the youngest participant in the history of the Home Run Derby.

Guerrero hit 29 home runs in the first round, 40 in the second and 22 in the finals.

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Tags: Toronto Blue Jays, All-Star, Misc Rumor

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Pete Alonso Wins 2019 Home Run Derby

Jul 9, 2019 7:52 AM

Pete Alonso bested Vladimir Guerrero, Jr. to win the Home Run Derby at Progressive Field in Cleveland on Monday night.

Alonso, hitting second, hit 23 home runs to surpass Guerrero's 22 in the final round.

He is the first New York Met to win the event since Darryl Strawberry was co-champion in 1986.

"That was a blast. Oh my god, that was a blast," Alonso said. "I'm gonna remember that for the rest of my life."

The win comes with a $1 million prize. Alonso's base salary this season is $555,000.

He said he would donate 10% of his winnings between two charities, the Wounded Warriors Project and the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation.

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Tags: New York Mets, All-Star, Misc Rumor

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Rangers Prospect Sam Huff Wins Futures Game MVP

Jul 8, 2019 8:05 AM

Texas Rangers catching prospect Sam Huff was named the MVP of the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game at Progressive Field on Sunday.

Huff hit a two-run, game-tying blast to the bleachers off Rockies prospect Ben Bowden in the seventh inning.

The home run sent the game to an extra inning, where it ended in a 2-2 tie.

"When I saw it go, my heart started going and then I just started smiling to myself," Huff said. "I didn't think it was something I was ever going to experience in my life."

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Futures Game Showcases New Tiebreaker Rules

Jul 8, 2019 7:48 AM

Sunday's Futures Game provided a preview of the new All-Star tiebreaker rules.

The format was changed this year with the game shortened from nine to seven innings. Texas Rangers' prospect Sam Huff hit a two-run home run in the seventh to force an extra, eighth, inning.

Both teams began their at-bats in the eighth with a runner at second, the same tiebreaking system already being used in the Minor Leagues.

The same tiebreaker could come into play in the All-Star Game on Tuesday. Major League Baseball plans to implement it after the past two games went 10 innings.

"It was definitely unique, but in a situation like this, it was necessary," Washington Nationals shortstop Carter Kieboom said. "Guys need their [All-Star] break, so you can't play forever and you only have so many pitchers here.

"It definitely speeds up the game in the minor leagues. I can't really predict the future. I don't know if the game of Major League Baseball will allow it because of its history, and it would be a drastic change. Maybe teams would try harder to score in the ninth inning if it happened."

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Christian Yelich Pulls Out Of HR Derby

Jul 7, 2019 9:38 PM

Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Christian Yelich has pulled out of Monday's Home Run Derby because of a back injury, Major League Baseball announced Sunday.

He will be replaced by the Oakland Athletics' Matt Chapman.

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Max Scherzer Out Of ASG With Back Injury

Jul 7, 2019 2:08 PM

Max Scherzer won't pitch in the All-Star Game because of a back injury, although the ace right-hander intends to represent the Washington Nationals on the sideline Monday and Tuesday in Cleveland.

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Masahiro Tanaka Surprised To Be Replacing Marcus Stroman In ASG

Jul 7, 2019 1:40 AM

Yankees right-hander Masahiro Tanaka said he was caught off-guard when manager Aaron Boone delivered the news that he would be replacing Blue Jays starting pitcher Marcus Stroman on the American League's All-Star roster.

"It was similar to how everybody else, including you guys reacted: pretty surprised," Tanaka told reporters Sunday.

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Tags: New York Yankees, Toronto Blue Jays, All-Star, Injury, Misc Rumor

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MLB Invites CC Sabathia To All-Star Game

Jul 6, 2019 1:33 AM

For the final time in his illustrious career, CC Sabathia will be going to the All-Star Game.

Major League Baseball announced Friday that Sabathia, the New York Yankees' left-handed pitcher who will retire at the end of this season, will be participating in events associated with next week's game at Cleveland's Progressive Field.

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Anthony Rendon To Skip All-Star Game

Jul 6, 2019 1:26 AM

On Friday evening, MLB announced that Anthony Rendon has bowed out of next week's Midsummer Classic in order to rest his banged-up body. The Washington Nationals' third baseman will be replaced on the National League roster for Tuesday's game by utility man Max Muncy of the Los Angeles Dodgers.

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Gleyber Torres Replaces Brandon Lowe On AL All-Star Roster
The Rays have placed Brandon Lowe on the IL with a bruised right shin.

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All-Star Game Rosters Announced
Dodgers pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu is expected to start for the NL in the All-Star Game.

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Vlad Jr., Josh Bell, Carlos Santana Fill Last Three HR Derby Spots
Blue Jays rookie Vladamir Guerrero Jr. will become the youngest player to compete in the Home Run Derby.

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Christian Yelich To Compete In HR Derby
Brewers star Christian Yelich leads the majors with 29 home runs.

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2019 MLB All-Star Starters Announced
The reserves for the American and National League will be announced on Sunday.

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Mike Trout: MLB Asks About Home Run Derby 'Every Year'
Mike Trout will not participate in this year's Home Run Derby, but that isn't because Major League Baseball isn't trying.

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Latest AL All-Star Results Have Astros With Three Starters
The latest American League voting results are in with the All-Star Game just three weeks away.

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Tommy Pham: All-Star Process 'Never Going To Be Fair'
The Rays have a 41-26 record and are one of baseball's best stories in the first half of the season.

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Cody Bellinger Leads All-Star Voting In National League
Cody Bellinger leads all Major Leaguers with 1,189,380 votes in the latest All-Star Game voting returns.

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Mike Trout Leads All-Star Voting For American League
Mike Trout leads all American League vote-getters by a comfortable margin.

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MLB Unveils New All-Star Voting Process
The game will be held on July 9 at Cleveland's Progressive Field.

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Report: MLB To Give All-Star Prize Money
The highest All-Star vote-getter in both leagues in the first round will receive a $15,000 bonus.

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MLB Changes Include $1M Prize For Home Run Derby Winner
A million-dollar prize for the Home Run Derby winner will be implemented for this season as part of an agreement between Major League Baseball and the MLBPA, according to sources.

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Alex Bregman Wins ASG MVP After Go-Ahead Home Run In 10th
Alex Bregman was named the MVP of Tuesday night's All-Star Game after he hit a go-ahead home run for the American League in the 10th inning.

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Aroldis Chapman To Skip All-Star Game
Aroldis Chapman has decided to pass on the All-Star game to rest his left knee.

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Zack Greinke Replaces Jon Lester On All-Star Roster
Jon Lester is due to start for the Cubs on Sunday and would be unavailable for Tuesday's All-Star Game at Nationals Park in Washington.

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Jesus Aguilar, Jean Segura Win All-Star Game Final Vote
The Mariners shortstop and Brewers first baseman won the online fan votes for the final roster spots on the American League and National League teams, respectively.

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Max Muncy Says He'll Participate In Home Run Derby
Max Muncy says he'll take part in next week's Home Run Derby at Nationals Park in Washington.

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Buster Posey To Miss All-Star Game With Injured Hip
Buster Posey will miss the All-Star Game because of a lingering right hip issue that needs an injection to calm the inflammation.

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Chris Archer Calls Out Peers After Blake Snell's All-Star Snub
Chris Archer went public with his displeasure following Blake Snell's omission from the American League All-Star roster.

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