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Darvish Doesn't See Himself As All-Star
Yu Darvish is tied for the American League lead in wins (10) and fourth in strikeouts (106), but the right-hander doesn't think he is deserving of an All-Star bid. The All-Star teams will be announced Sunday. "But personally do I feel like I'm an All-Star? I don't think so," Darvish said through an interpreter. "I'm also hearing that there's a possibility I might start in an All-Star Game, and to me, that's totally out of context, I think."
Stanton To Hit In Home Run Derby
Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton confirmed Wednesday that he was chosen to compete in the Home Run Derby during All-Star Game weekend festivities in Kansas City, according to reports.
30-Team MLB Scoop, June 25th Edition
The National League The Kevin Towers AZ Snake Pit: "The Free Bauer movement can take a break, now that their favorite prospect will finally get his chance to bring his special style to the Major Leagues. Since being drafted last year 3rd overall, fans have been clamoring for Bauer to get called up, first for the playoff push in 2011, and this year to help bolster a rotation that has been shaky at best." The Frank Wren David O-Brien of Atlanta Journal-Constitution: "Dan Uggla's past month has been a bit like the Braves' season, shifting from two-week power surge to two-week slump without any middle ground. After hitting .316 with five homers, 16 RBIs and a .789 slugging percentage in 12 games from May 26 to June 9, the second baseman hit .125 with no homers, one RBI and a .150 slugging percentage in his past 12 games before Sunday." The Jed Hoyer Paul Sullivan of Chicago Tribune: "A couple of hours after his last start at Wrigley Field 11 days ago, Ryan Dempster walked around the infield with some friends, gazing at the old ballpark. Dempster's days as a Cub were seemingly numbered, and it appeared he wanted one last look at the place he'd called home since 2004." The Walt Jocketty Andrew Simon of MLB.com: "Mat Latos has posted a 6.75 ERA over his last five starts, giving up 34 hits and 10 home runs in 28 innings. His 16 home runs allowed this season are the third-most in the NL and as many as he surrendered in 2010 and 2011." The Dan O-Dowd Troy E. Renck of Denver Post: "Carlos Gonzalez is like nobody that's ever played for the Rockies before. He's brash, talented and has more tools than The Home Depot. Sometimes his motor purrs rather than roars, but his ability overshadows the random misfiring spark plug. So, of course, the Rockies want to move him." The Michael Hill Juan C. Rodriguez of South Florida Sun-Sentinel: "The Marlins and Jose Reyes had a bit of a scare in Sunday's game. In the third inning, Reyes and center fielder Scott Cousins got tangled up pursuing a Brett Lawrie pop to short left-center. Cousins appeared to hesitate when he saw the charging Reyes. Once he decided to continue his pursuit, the contact could not be avoided." The Jeff Luhnow Chip Bailey of Houston Chronicle: "The 31-year-old [Brett] Myers is in his third season with the Astros and has been extremely effective in two of those three seasons. After leaving the Phillies, Myers signed a one-year deal for $3.1 million that included an $8 million option ($2 million buyout)." The Ned Colletti Jim Peltz of Los Angeles Times: "Will Billingsley ever again come close to winning 16 games in a season as he did early in his career in 2008? ... Or is he destined to remain the .500 or so pitcher he's been ever since? ... And why is he so unsteady?" The Doug Melvin Michael Hunt of Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel: "About the time the Chicago White Sox were making the necessary on-field personnel moves Sunday afternoon to bring Kevin Youkilis aboard, the Milwaukee Brewers were going in a direction that could not be more contradictory to the Southsiders' objectives. The White Sox are intent on raising another American League pennant. The only National League flag the Brewers seemed interesting in hoisting was a whiter shade of pale." The Sandy Alderson Bill Madden of New York Daily News: "Talking about Dickey's knuckleball, Joe Girardi said the most impressive thing about it was the pitcher's ability to throw it so consistently for strikes." The Ruben Amaro Jr. Jay Floyd of Phillies Nation: "Tropical Storm Debby swept through Florida this weekend and impacted the home of the Class A Advanced Clearwater Threshers, Brighthouse Field." The Neal Huntington Bucs Dugout: "Now that most of the picks from the first ten rounds have signed, the picture is becoming clearer on the Pirates' available pool money for above-slot signings. I thought it might be a good idea to revisit the known information on signability for some of the remaining outstanding picks." The John Mozeliak Viva El Birdos: "In the 6th inning of yesterday's game, with a 4 run lead, the Cardinals found themselves with runners on first and second and no outs. A quick look at a run expectancy matrix would tell you that the "average" team between 1990 and 2010 ended the inning having scored 1.56 runs in that situation. A successful bunt would have put runners at second and third with one out leaving the Cardinals with a 1.45 run expectancy. Is it a significant drop off in scoring? No. Why, however, would you sacrifice any probabilistic edge?" The Josh Byrnes Gaslamp Ball: "It's nice to see the dugout fired up after a big hit. We haven't seen that too many times this season. As good as he's been [Chase] Headley has taken over for Adrian Gonzalez with his permanent poopy face. The rest of the team usually looks about as bored as the fans." The Brian Sabean Steve Kroner of San Francisco Chronicle: "Matt Cain came oh-so-close to the Barber. That would be Sal "The Barber" Maglie, who won nine consecutive starts for the New York Giants in 1952. Cain brought an eight-start win streak into Sunday's game against the A's. No San Francisco Giants pitcher has won nine straight starts in one season." The Mike Rizzo Nats Enquirer: "Take a look at the "Clown Question Bro" beer logo." The American League The Dan Duquette Zach Helfand of Baltimore Sun: "[Jake] Arrieta didn't have too much time to refocus. After moving to the bullpen, an injury to Brian Matusz and the need to get Jason Hammel some rest put Arrieta right back into the rotation. Since then, Arrieta has been solid in three outings, with the exception of one pitch that led to a grand slam against the Mets." The Ben Cherington Nick Cafardo of Boston Globe: "With Kevin Youkilis gone, David Ortiz is the only player remaining from the 2004 Red Sox World Series team." The Kenny Williams Dave van Dyck of Chicago Tribune: "Let the record show that the White Sox won a one-run game Sunday - although it took them 10 innings to do it - and that is big news in the Central scheme of things." The Chris Antonetti Paul Hoynes of Cleveland Plain-Dealer: "Jeanmar Gomez has been put on notice. Following his fifth inning collapse Saturday against the Astros, he could be in line for a trip to Class AAA Columbus." The Dave Dombrowski Mark Emery of MLB.com: "When a team's offense has sputtered to the extent that Detroit's has recently, it's not uncommon for starting pitchers to talk about taking responsibility and hurling a gem to relieve some pressure from the other players in the lineup. But Tigers manager Jim Leyland called that "shop talk," saying pitchers don't think along those lines as much as it might seem. Justin Verlander, Sunday's starter in Pittsburgh, has kept plenty of opponents off the scoreboard before, and he took a no-hitter into the ninth inning at home against the Pirates in May. Even so, Leyland didn't think his ace would grab the ball Sunday assuming he needs to be perfect for Detroit to win." The Dayton Moore Royals Review: "I can understand fans and members of the media wanting Dayton Moore to keep his job. I can understand a balanced discussion, followed by the conclusion that Moore should be retained. What I can't understand is the complete lack of pressure or criticism directed towards this regime." The Jerry DiPoto Halos Heaven: "Mike Trout was drafted on June 9, 2009 by the Angels with the 25th pick in that year's amateur draft. 21 teams passed on him." The Terry Ryan Joe Christensen of Star-Tribune: "The Twins plan to promote left-handed reliever Tyler Robertson from Class AAA Rochester to fill an expected roster opening Monday, with closer Matt Capps likely headed to the disabled list." The Brian Cashman Erik Boland of Newsday: "Nick Swisher said the approach against R.A. Dickey was to have no approach. "You can't have a plan," he said Sunday night before facing Dickey's knuckleball. "There is no plan because you never know what it's going to do. Just see it and hit it." Solid advice. And Swisher followed it to a T, swatting a 2-and-1 knuckleball for a three-run home run in a four-run third inning as the Yankees gave CC Sabathia a 4-0 lead in a game they'd eventually win, 6-5. "See it high, let it fly," Swisher said of the pitch he hit out for his 11th homer of the season." The Billy Beane Susan Slusser of San Francisco Chronicle: "Oakland has a full bullpen at the moment, eight strong, with the addition of right-hander Evan Scribner on Sunday. Considering the inexperience of the rotation, pitching depth seems wise, plus, according to manager Bob Melvin, the team would like to be careful with rookie relievers Sean Doolittle and Ryan Cook and not overuse either one." The Jack Zduriencik Geoff Baker of Seattle Times: "Dustin Ackley is struggling mightily. Manager Eric Wedge talked about it after the game, showing support for his second baseman. I think he will ultimately be fine, and for now am willing to write this off as growing pains for a 24-year-old player in his first full season. A player who has hit everywhere he has been, and who showed so much potential last year in his first callup that I'm truly surprised at his ongoing struggles." The Andrew Friedman Roger Mooney of Tampa Tribune: "Rays third baseman Sean Rodriguez was involved in another collision with a catcher during Sunday night's 7-3 win against the Phillies, crashing into Brian Schneider as Rodriguez scored from first in the sixth inning on a double off the right wall by Brooks Conrad." The Jon Daniels Evan Grant of Dallas Morning News: "With their 22nd sellout of the season tonight, the Texas Rangers established a new club record for home sellouts in a season. The previous record was 21 in the team's first season at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington in 1994. The club has sold out five of its last six games in Arlington." The Alex Anthopoulos Bluebird Banter: "Adam Lind has had his contract purchased from AAA Las Vegas. Ben Francisco is being activated as well. To make room on the roster Mike McCoy and David Cooper are being sent back down."
La Russa Mulling Over NL All-Star Roster
Tony La Russa is already thinking about which players he might add to the National League roster for next month's All-Star game. La Russa retired after leading St. Louis to the World Series title last year. When asked if Mets knuckleballer R.A. Dickey or Giants ace Matt Cain would start for the NL, La Russa also added Cardinals pitchers Adam Wainwright and Lance Lynn into the mix.
RealGM's MLB Team Rankings Through 6/22
By Andrew Perna The Opsera is a statistic RealGM Executive Editor Chris Reina created in order to objectively rank teams by how well they hit (OPS) and pitch (ERA). In order to determine the Opsera rating for each, we take their OPS, multiply that number by 10 to move the decimal point over one place to the right and then subtract their ERA from that number. Below are the rankings through the Thursday, June 21st games: The rankings from last week are in parenthesizes. 1. (1) Texas Rangers - 4.44 2. (5) New York Yankees - 4.18 3. (3) Washington Nationals - 3.98 4. (2) Los Angeles Dodgers - 3.93 5. (4) St. Louis Cardinals - 3.89 6. (10) Los Angeles Angels - 3.78 7. (7) Cincinnati Reds - 3.76 8. (6) San Francisco Giants - 3.52 9. (9) Tampa Bay Rays - 3.48 10. (8) Baltimore Orioles - 3.47 T11. (12) Boston Red Sox - 3.45 -- (13) Arizona Diamondbacks - 3.45 13. (18) Detroit Tigers - 3.44 14. (11) Chicago White Sox - 3.32 T15. (T14) Philadelphia Phillies - 3.25 -- (T14) Toronto Blue Jays - 3.25 17. (T14) Atlanta Braves - 3.22 18. (19) Pittsburgh Pirates - 3.18 T19. (20) New York Mets - 3.14 -- (22) Milwaukee Brewers - 3.14 21. (T23) Oakland Athletics - 3.10 22. (21) Kansas City Royals - 3.07 23. (26) Cleveland Indians - 2.66 24. (17) Miami Marlins - 2.57 25. (T27) Chicago Cubs - 2.51 26. (T27) San Diego Padres - 2.50 27. (25) Seattle Mariners - 2.46 T28. (T23) Houston Astros - 2.42 -- (29) Colorado Rockies - 2.42 30. (30) Minnesota Twins - 2.07
Kemp Hopes To Play In All-Star Game
Dodgers star outfielder Matt Kemp still is optimistic about playing in the All-Star game next month in Kansas City, as long as he's sure he will be healthy for the stretch run with NL West-leading Los Angeles. Whether manager Don Mattingly and the medical staff give him the go-ahead is another question altogether.
Cabrera Overtakes Braun In All-Star Voting
San Francisco's Melky Cabrera has surpassed Ryan Braun of the Brewers to take over the third starting outfield spot behind Matt Kemp (Dodgers) and Carlos Beltran (Cardinals) this week. All other projected starters for the National League squad remain the same in the weeks leading up to the 83rd All-Star Game on July 10 in Kansas City. Braun, the 2011 NL Most Valuable Player, remains well in the hunt for the final outfield spot, just 25,182 votes behind Cabrera. Andre Ethier of the Dodgers is fifth, but he is a little more than 600,000 behind Braun.
Brett, Williams To Manage Futures Game
Major League Baseball has announced that Hall of Famer George Brett and former Yankees star Bernie Williams will serve as managers for the U.S. and the World teams, respectively. Brett, the only player inducted as a Royal into the National Baseball Hall of Fame, will act as both manager of the U.S. team and an official ambassador to Kansas City, the game's host city. Brett played 21 years with the Royals and helped lead them to the 1985 World Series title. "I am very excited to be managing the World Team in the Futures Game," Williams said. "This game has grown in stature so much through the years, and it is remarkable how many of the young men who have played and starred in this game have become stars in the game today. That will be the case with hopefully many of the players I will have the honor of managing in Kansas City." Brett, a 13-time All-Star, also managed the Futures Game in 2005, and said last month that he's looking forward to being a part of the All-Star Game again. "I'm excited to share the city and stadium I love with today's All-Stars and baseball fans around the world," Brett said. "It's an honor to once again be a part of the Midsummer Classic and baseball's special celebration."
All-Star Softball Game To Feature George Brett, Jon Hamm
George Brett will be back on the field on July 8 at Kauffman Stadium, where he racked up most of his 3,154 hits for the Royals in a 21-year career. But he has a lot of company. Jon Hamm of "Mad Men," David Cook and Haley Reinhart of "American Idol" fame, and past greats Ernie Banks, Andre Dawson, Rollie Fingers, Rickey Henderson, Ozzie Smith, Dave Winfield, Joe Carter, Mike Piazza, Bo Jackson and Mike Sweeney also will play in the 2012 Taco Bell All-Star Legends & Celebrity Softball Game.
Bautista Joins AL All-Star Leaders
Jose Bautista -- fourth in the American League in home runs (19) and RBIs (47) -- is the only new player among the top three vote-getters at any position in this year's All-Star voting. The Blue Jay occupies the third outfield spot behind Josh Hamilton (5,414,880) and Curtis Granderson (2,818,535). Hamilton's vote total puts him on pace to break Bautista's All-Star vote record of 7,454,753, set last year. An update in the National League voting is to be released Tuesday.
30-Team MLB Scoop, June 18th Edition
The Brewers need to trade Zack Greinke, Mark Trumbo getting comfortable, Seattle's bullpen enjoying tremendous June and Nelson Cruz starts in left field.