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Canzler Leads International League To Win Over PCL
Rays prospect Russ Canzler hit a three-run homer and the International League All-Stars pitching staff allowed just three hits in a 3-0 victory over the Pacific Coast League All-Stars on Wednesday night in the Triple-A All-Star game, according to an ESPN.com report .
All-Star Game Draws Record-Low TV Rating
Baseball's All-Star game has drawn a record-low rating for the second straight year, according to an Associated Press report. The National League's 5-1 win Tuesday on Fox earned a 6.9 rating and 12 share. That's down 8 percent from the 7.5/13 in 2010.
Fielder's 3-Run Homer Leads NL To Win
Prince Fielder hit a three-run homer and Roy Halladay and his relief combined on a six-hitter to lead the NL over the AL 5-1 Tuesday night, giving the senior circuit its first two-game winning streak since the mid-1990s. The NL claimed home-field advantage in the World Series, its only blemish being a home run by Adrian Gonzalez off Cliff Lee. "It was great to have the pitching set up the way it was," NL manager Bruce Bochy said. "It's hard to beat great pitching and a three-run homer."
Derby Champ Cano Hitting 8th For AL
Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano won the 2011 Home Run Derby on Monday night, but American League manager Ron Washington has slotted him in the eighth spot for Tuesday night's All-Star Game. Curtis Granderson will leadoff and be followed by Asdrubal Cabrera, Adrian Gonzalez, Jose Bautista, Josh Hamilton, Adrian Beltre, David Ortiz, Cano and Alex Avila.
Weeks To Leadoff For National League
Brewers second baseman Rickie Weeks will leadoff for the National League All-Star team on Tuesday night. NL manager Bruce Bochy announced his starting lineup on Monday. Weeks will be followed by Carlos Beltran, Matt Kemp, Prince Fielder, Brian McCann, Lance Berkman, Matt Holliday, Troy Tulowitzki and Scott Rolen. Beltran will be the NL's designated hitter.
Fan Nearly Falls From Stands During Home Run Derby
Keith Carmickle and his friends had already caught three balls during Monday night's Home Run Derby and wanted more. He nearly got a lot more: a headfirst fall to a pool deck about 20 feet below. Chasing a home run hit by Prince Fielder on Monday night, Carmickle was saved from a long fall when his brother and a friend grabbed him around the legs and arms, then pulled him back as he dangled above the deck area behind the pool in right field at Chase Field. "I thought: I've lived a good life," Carmickle said about dangling.
Exhausted Jeter Won't Attend All-Star Festivities
Derek Jeter won't be celebrating his 3,000th hit at the All-Star Game in Phoenix on Tuesday night. According to a report on FoxSports.com, which cited anonymous sources, Jeter will not be attending the festivities because of "emotional and physical exhaustion" from his pursuit of 3,000 hits. A source familiar with Jeter's thinking told ESPNNewYork.com's Andrew Marchand that Jeter "couldn't win" either way, but thought it would be best for his second half if he rested during the break.
Cano Wins All-Star Home Run Derby
Robinson Cano thought about hitting the Miller Lite sign, a 472-foot drive off an advertisement a good 50 feet or more above and well behind the swimming pool at Chase Field. "That was my favorite one. I'm going to have that in my mind for the next two or three weeks. I wonder how far could it be, that in New York?" he said. "I got power." In another Yankees-Red Sox showdown, Cano outslugged Adrian Gonzalez 12-11 in the final round of the All-Star Home Run Derby on Monday night.
Aramis Ramirez Declined All-Star Bid
Cubs third baseman Aramis Ramirez turned down an opportunity to be an All-Star, according to one of his representatives. National League manager Bruce Bochy asked Ramirez to be the replacement for the Philadelphia's Placido Polanco, but Ramirez opted to stick with his plan to spend the break at home in the Dominican Republic. Ramirez, who was an All-Star in 2005 and 2008, is batting .300 with 15 homers and 51 RBIs this season.
Halladay To Start For National League
Phillies right-hander Roy Halladay will start for the National League in Tuesday night's All-Star Game in Arizona. Halladay, 11-3 with a 2.45 ERA, started the 2009 All-Star Game while with the Blue Jays and will be the fourth pitcher to make an All-Star start for both leagues, following Vida Blue, Roger Clemens and Randy Johnson. He is the first Philadelphia pitcher to start since Curt Schilling in 1999.
Union Chief Defends All-Stars Skipping Game
Fifteen players have withdrawn from this year's All-Star Game, causing a bevy of replacements.
Weaver To Start For American League
Jered Weaver will be the first Angel to start the All-Star Game since Mark Langston in 1993.
Montero Replaces Polanco On NL All-Star Team
Miguel Montero of the host Diamondbacks will make the first All-Star appearance of his career.
Lester, Romero Named To AL All-Star Team
Jon Lester replaced Felix Hernandez as the next pitcher on the list, but because he is on the disabled list, Ricky Romero will fill his spot.
Robertson Replaces Price On AL All-Star Team
Dave Robertson will make the first All-Star appearance of his four-year career.
McCutchen, Rolen Named NL All-Star Replacements
The pair will replace Ryan Braun and Chipper Jones on the National League All-Star team.
Peralta, Youkilis Added To AL All-Star Team
Jhonny Peralta has been named to replace Derek Jeter, while Kevin Youkilis will replace Alex Rodriguez in next Tuesday's All-Star game.
Jeter, Rodriguez To Skip All-Star Game
Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez will not participate in next week's All-Star Game.
Ethier Added To NL All-Star Roster
Andre Ethier replaces Shane Victorino, who is on the disabled list with a sprained thumb.
A-Rod May Opt To Skip All-Star Game
Alex Rodriguez, who hasn't hit a home run since June 11, is nursing a sore right knee.
Angels' Walden Replaces Rivera On AL All-Star Roster
Angels right-hander Jordan Walden has been named to replace Mariano Rivera of the Yankees on the AL All-Star roster.
Rivera To Skip All-Star Game
Yankees closer Mariano Rivera will skip the All-Star game because of a sore right triceps.
Fans Elect Victorino, Konerko To All-Star Teams
Shane Victorino and Paul Konerko have been elected to the All-Star team by online fan voting.
Home Run Derby Participants Announced
David Ortiz selected three American League players for his squad, while Prince Fielder selected three National Leaguers for his unit.
Victorino, Konerko Take Lead In Final Vote
Shane Victorino made his first All-Star appearance two years ago by winning the NL's Final Vote spot.
Ortiz Selects Gonzalez, Bautista For HR Derby
David Ortiz might call upon Robinson Cano or Josh Hamilton to round out his Home Run Derby roster.
NL Roster Revealed; McCutchen, Victorino Snubbed
The National League All-Star rosters were revealed on Sunday and a pair of outfielders were the most glaring snubs.
AL Roster Loaded, Even Without CC, Teixeira
The Yankees have the best record in the American League, but ace CC Sabathia and top slugger Mark Teixeira were left off the All-Star team.
Bautista Tops All-Star Vote; Starters Named
Blue Jays' All-Star outfielder Jose Bautista hit his major league-leading 27th homer off Cliff Lee on Sunday.