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David Ortiz Won't Participate In Home Run Derby

Jun 29, 2016 2:42 PM

David Ortiz says he won't participate in the Home Run Derby at All-Star Weekend next month.

The Boston Red Sox wouldn't have stood in Ortiz's way if he wanted to participate, but they are thrilled he's sitting it out.

"If it turns out he doesn't participate in the Home Run Derby, I think that's probably music to all of our ears," John Farrell said. "But at the same time, he's earned the right to enjoy and experience that opportunity in San Diego as much as anyone."

Ortiz hasn't taken part in the Home Run Derby since 2010.

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2016 Futures Game Rosters Announced

Jun 28, 2016 3:51 PM

The rosters for the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game have been released.

The 18th edition of the Futures Game will take place on Sunday, July 10, at Petco Park.

U.S. Team
Anthony Banda, Diamondbacks
Phil Bickford, Giants
J.T. Chargois, Twins
Carson Fulmer, White Sox
Amir Garrett, Reds
Josh Hader, Brewers
Jeff Hoffman, Rockies
Joe Musgrove, Astros
Nate Smith, Angels
Ryan Stanek, Rays

Carson Kelly, Cardinals
Chance Sisco, Orioles

Alex Bregman, Astros
Willie Calhoun, Dodgers
Travis Demeritte, Rangers
Hunter Dozier, Royals
Ryon Healy, A's
Dominic Smith, Mets
Dansby Swanson, Braves

Andrew Benintendi, Red Sox
Dylan Cozens, Phillies
Clint Frazier, Indians
Austin Meadows, Pirates
Hunter Renfroe, Padres
Christin Stewart, Tigers

World Team
Jharel Cotton, Dodgers
Chih-Wei Hu, Rays
Joe Jimenez, Tigers
Reynaldo Lopez, Nationals
Adalberto Mejia, Giants
Dovydas Neverauskus, Pirates
Ricardo Pinto, Phillies
Alex Reyes, Cardinals
Francisco Rios, Blue Jays
Dylan Unsworth, Mariners

Francisco Mejia, Indians
Gary Sanchez, Yankees

Willy Adames, Rays
Carlos Asuaje, Padres
Jeimer Candelario, Cubs
Ronald Guzman, Rangers
Dilson Herrera, Mets
Jorge Mateo, Yankees
Yoan Moncada, Red Sox
Josh Naylor, Marlins

Jorge Bonifacio, Royals
Eloy Jimenez, Cubs
Manuel Margot, Padres
Tyler O'Neill, Mariners
Raimel Tapia, Rockies

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All Four Cubs Infielders On Pace To Start All-Star Game

Jun 23, 2016 8:54 AM

The National League All-Star team may start the entire Chicago Cubs infield next month.

If Kris Bryant, Addison Russell, Ben Zobrist and Anthony Rizzo are voted in as starters, it would be just the second time in baseball history that four infielders from the same team started the game.

"I'm happy for our guys," Joe Maddon said after the latest round of voting was released on Wednesday. "I think it's great. It's great for the organization."

Not since the 1963 Cardinals has a team started its entire infield in the All-Star Game.

"It will elevate their game," Maddon said. "I believe that."

Jesse Rogers/ESPN

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Arieta Interested In All-Star Home Run Derby

Jun 11, 2016 9:01 PM

Winning games on the mound isn't enough for Cubs ace Jake Arrieta, who on Saturday echoed Giants starter Madison Bumgarner's desire to participate in the Home Run Derby at the All-Star Game.

"If he's in it, I need to be in it," Arrieta said after earning his 10th win and collecting two hits in Saturday's win over the Braves. "That's for sure. He can hit the ball a long way, but I can too."

Tags: Chicago Cubs, All-Star, Misc Rumor

Madison Bumgarner Says Home Run Derby Doesn't Pose Injury Risk

Jun 8, 2016 12:01 PM

Madison Bumgarner says he's not worried about injuring himself if he's allowed to participate in the All-Star Home Run Derby.

Bumgarner pointed out to reporters that the San Francisco Giants let him ride a horse in April last year when he carried the team's World Series banner onto the AT&T Park field before the home opener. That posed a bigger risk to his health than swinging a bat would, he said.

"I mean, they had me ride a horse on the field, so if they trust me with something like that with 40-some-thousand people going crazy and I can't do baseball activities, that's a little bit different," Bumgarner told reporters. "We'll talk about it for sure. I'm not trying to say that this is a done deal or anything like that."


Tags: San Francisco Giants, All-Star

Jackie Bradley Takes Over Third OF Spot In AL All-Star Balloting

Jun 7, 2016 5:22 PM

Boston Red Sox outfielder Jackie Bradley, Jr. has joined the American League leaders in fan balloting for the 2016 Major League Baseball All-Star Game, it was announced earlier today on MLB Network.

Bradley, who is vying for his first career All-Star selection, has received 937,571 votes to move ahead of Baltimore's Mark Trumbo in joining Mike Trout of the Angels (1,344,578) and Lorenzo Cain of the Royals (944,362) among the AL outfield leaders.

The remaining AL leaders include: catcher and overall AL leader Salvador Perez of the Royals (1,605,922); first baseman Eric Hosmer of the Royals (1,272,557); second baseman Jose Altuve of the Houston Astros (893,332); and third baseman Manny Machado of the Baltimore Orioles (898,715).

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Madison Bumgarner Has Eye On HR Derby

Jun 5, 2016 10:47 PM

Madison Bumgarner's pleas aren't exactly falling on deaf ears, but Giants manager Bruce Bochy isn't about to give into temptation.

After putting on a display in batting practice on Sunday at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, the hard-hitting pitcher reiterated to ESPN's Buster Olney that participating in July's Home Run Derby is a priority.

"I want to do it," Bumgarner told Olney prior to ESPN's Sunday Night Baseball matchup between the Giants and Cardinals.

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Anthony Rizzo Leads All Players In NL All-Star Voting

Jun 2, 2016 8:22 AM

Anthony Rizzo leads all National League players in All-Star votes in the first returns for the 2016 game.

The Chicago Cubs first baseman, who also led the league in votes last season, has received 874,471 votes.

The remainder of the leaders at each position are:

Second baseman Ben Zobrist of the Cubs (732,519); third baseman Kris Bryant of the Cubs (776,107); shortstop Addison Russell of the Cubs (544,240); catcher Yadier Molina of the St. Louis Cardinals (517,825); and outfielders Bryce Harper of the Washington Nationals (838,599), Dexter Fowler of the Cubs (797,160) and Yoenis Cespedes of the New York Mets (792,395).

The next NL returns will be announced on June 8.

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