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All-Star Game Draws Record-Low TV Rating

Jul 15, 2015 4:58 PM

The American League's 6-3 win over the National League on Tuesday night earned a 6.6 rating and 12 share on Fox, a record-low television rating.

The previous low was a 6.8 in 2012.

Fox said Wednesday that the broadcast averaged 10.9 million viewers. That's down from the 11.3 million for last year's game, Derek Jeter's final All-Star appearance.

Baseball's All-Star Game remains the highest-rated all-star competition of the four major North American pro sports leagues. It was Fox's best Tuesday prime-time rating since Game 6 of the World Series.

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Bryce Harper Won't Participate In Home Run Derby Until 2018

Jul 15, 2015 11:02 AM

Bryce Harper expects to skip the Home Run Derby the next two years.

After watching Todd Frazier win the event in his home ballpark on Monday night, Harper hopes to follow suit when Washington hosts the 2018 All-Star Game.

"Next two years, no," Harper told reporters. "Probably at home. I'd like to do it in D.C."

Harper, at 22 one of the game's young stars, currently ranks second in the National League with 26 home runs. He competed in the 2013 derby, finishing second.

ESPN

Tags: Washington Nationals, All-Star, Misc Rumor

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Todd Frazier Wins Home Run Derby

Jul 13, 2015 11:44 PM

Todd Frazier joined Ryne Sandberg as the only players to win the Home Run Derby in their home ballparks, as he edged Dodgers rookie Joc Pederson in the final 15-14, according to an ESPN.com report on Monday night.

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Tags: Cincinnati Reds, Los Angeles Dodgers, All-Star, Misc Rumor, Personal Award

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All-Star Game Starting Lineups Announced

Jul 13, 2015 2:58 PM

Earlier today, the 2015 All-Star Game managers, Bruce Bochy of the NL and Ned Yost of the AL, announced their starting lineups for Baseball’s 86th Midsummer Classic, to be played on Tuesday at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati.            

Bochy’s NL lineup will be:

Player, Club

Bats

Pos.

Statistics

ANDREW McCUTCHEN, PIT

R

CF

.295, 12 HR, 56 RBI, 24 2B, 5 SB, 48 R

TODD FRAZIER, CIN

R

3B

.284, 25 HR, 57 RBI, 26 2B, .585 SLG

BRYCE HARPER, WSH

L

RF

.339, 26 HR, 61 RBI, .464 OBP, .704 SLG

PAUL GOLDSCHMIDT, ARI

R

1B

.340, 21 HR, 70 RBI, .455 OBP, .610 SLG

BUSTER POSEY, SF

R

C

.314, 14 HR, 58 RBI, 14 2B, 46 R

ANTHONY RIZZO, CHI

L

DH

.298, 16 HR, 48 RBI, 24 2B, .413 OBP

JHONNY PERALTA, STL

R

SS

.298, 13 HR, 46 RBI, 20 2B, 39 R

JOC PEDERSON, LAD

L

LF

.230, 20 HR, 40 RBI, 46 R, .364 OBP

DJ LeMAHIEU, COL

R

2B

.311, 4 HR, 35 RBI, 11 2B, 10 SB, 45 R

Bochy has chosen right-hander Zack Greinke of the Dodgers as the NL’s starting pitcher.  Greinke, a three-time All-Star and the 2009 AL Cy Young Award winner, boasts a Major League-best 1.39 ERA at the All-Star break.  Greinke (18 GS, 8-2, 123.1 IP, 84 H, 106 SO, 20 BB, 0.84 WHIP, .191 average against) is currently amid a stretch of throwing five consecutive scoreless starts, which comprises a career-high streak of 35.2 shutout innings. 

Yost’s AL lineup is exclusively right-handed, marking the first time ever that the AL has not had a left-handed hitter or a switch-hitter in its starting lineup in the All-Star Game.   The AL lineup is as follows:

            Player, Club

Bats

Pos.

Statistics

MIKE TROUT, LAA

R

CF

.312, 26 HR, 55 RBI, 68 R, 9 SB, .614 SLG

JOSH DONALDSON, TOR

R

3B

.293, 21 HR, 60 RBI, 22 2B, 65 R

ALBERT PUJOLS, LAA

R

1B

.255, 26 HR, 56 RBI, 52 R, .532 SLG

NELSON CRUZ, SEA

R

DH

.308, 21 HR, 53 RBI, 44 R, .546 SLG

LORENZO CAIN, KC

R

RF

.316, 8 HR, 42 RBI, 19 2B, 17 SB, 54 R

ADAM JONES, BAL

R

LF

.281, 14 HR, 43 RBI, 15 2B, 43 R

SALVADOR PEREZ, KC

R

C

.262, 15 HR, 38 RBI, 12 2B, 30 R

JOSE ALTUVE, HOU

R

2B

.293, 8 HR, 38 RBI, 16 2B, 25 SB, 45 R

ALCIDES ESCOBAR, KC

R

SS

.290, 2 HR, 33 RBI, 16 2B, 5 SB, 47 R

Yost has chosen left-hander Dallas Keuchel of the Astros as the AL’s starting pitcher.  Keuchel, 27, is 11-4 with a 2.23 ERA (19 GS, 137.1 IP, 104 H, 114 SO, 34 BB, 1.00 WHIP, .208 average against).   

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Yost, Ventura Agree On One-Inning For Sale

Jul 13, 2015 1:45 PM

White Sox ace pitcher Chris Sale will take the mound during the All-Star Game on Tuesday night, American League manager Ned Yost said Monday, according to an ESPN.com report.

ESPN.com

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Greinke, Keuchel To Start All-Star Game

Jul 13, 2015 1:40 PM

Zack Greinke of the Dodgers and Dallas Keuchel of the Astros have been named the All-Star Game starting pitchers for the National League and American League, respectively.

ESPN.com

Tags: Los Angeles Dodgers, Houston Astros, All-Star, Misc Rumor

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Clayton Kershaw Just 'Happy' To Be An All-Star

Jul 12, 2015 11:53 PM

Dodgers star left-hander Clayton Kershaw didn't care how he got there or how long he had to wait. The reigning NL MVP and three-time Cy Young winner is just happy to be an All-Star for a fifth straight season.

Kershaw (6-6, 2.85 ERA) was added to the NL squad on Sunday as a replacement for previously scheduled starter Max Scherzer of the Nationals.

ESPN.com

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Kyle Schwarber Leads U.S. To WIn Over World In Futures Game

Jul 12, 2015 11:47 PM

Kyle Schwarber hit a two-run triple that got the U.S. rolling to a 10-1 victory Sunday in an All-Star Futures Game managed by two members of Cincinnati's Big Red Machine. And Schwarber could appreciate what that meant, as the Reds were his favorite team while he was growing up in nearby Middletown, Ohio.

In the ballpark where he dreamed of playing, Schwarber got the hit that put his team ahead to stay.

ESPN.com

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Ryan Braun Replaces Matt Holiday For NL All-Stars

Jul 12, 2015 8:34 PM

Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun is an All-Star for the first time since his 2013 steroid suspension.

Braun was named to the National League All-Star team Sunday to replace injured Cardinals outfielder Matt Holiday.

Dodgers rookie Joe Pederson will replace Holliday in the NL starting lineup.

ESPN.com

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Max Scherzer Won't Pitch In All-Star Game

Jul 12, 2015 12:48 AM

Nationals ace Max Scherzer will start in Sunday's series finale against the Orioles and therefore will not appear in the All-Star Game.

"It's a great honor to be able to pitch in an All-Star Game," Nationals manager Matt Williams said Saturday, "but his view is that the most important thing is to help us win games."

ESPN.com

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Matt Holliday Won't Play In All-Star Game
Matt Holliday will not play in the All-Star Game because of the quadriceps injury that has sidelined the slugger for more than a month.

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Brett Gardner Replaces Alex Gordon On All-Star Roster
Brett Gardner has been named to the American League team after a spot opened up when Alex Gordon of the Royals went on the disabled list.

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A-Rod 'Disappointed' By All-Star Omission
Alex Rodriguez was hoping to make the American League All-Star team, but he's content to have a few days off next week.

Wallace Matthews/ESPN

Bryce Harper Passes On Home Run Derby Invite
Bryce Harper won't participate in the Home Run Derby this month despite being invited to the event for a second time.

ESPN

All-Star Game Starters Announced
Josh Donaldson sets the all-time single-season voting record, while Bryce Harper finishes as the top NL vote-getter.

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