AL, NL starters unveiled; pitchers, reserves next

Jays' Donaldson sets single-season voting mark; Nats' Harper leads Senior Circuit

AL, NL starters unveiled; pitchers, reserves next

The American League team is dotted with Royals blue. The National League club is more of a diverse melting pot. Still, there is no question that there will be enough stratospheric talent from all over the Major Leagues on display at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati on July 14 to do an All-Star job of painting the town of the Reds.

The starters for the 86th All-Star Game were announced on Sunday night, and the two marquee teams have enough fireworks in supply to keep the spirit of Independence Day humming right along.

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Doug Miller is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @DougMillerMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Alyson Footer

FAQ: How exactly are All-Star rosters constructed?

FAQ: How exactly are All-Star rosters constructed?

It's the time of year when division races become clearer, the Trade Deadline looms and the baseball world prepares to descend upon one lucky city that has been selected to play host to one of Major League Baseball's jewel events -- the All-Star Game.

With the All-Star Game, comes All-Star confusion -- not about the game itself, but the rosters, and how exactly they're configured.

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Alyson Footer is a national correspondent for MLB.com. Follow her on Twitter @alysonfooter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Barry M. Bloom

Future is bright for Mets with Matz on mound

Young lefty keeps Dodgers scoreless in 2nd career start

Future is bright for Mets with Matz on mound

LOS ANGELES -- No one can really say this enough: The Mets have so much good, young, frontline pitching. There's a bright future in store for an organization that hasn't made the playoffs since 2006 or won a World Series since 1986.

"I don't think it's the future, I think it's right now," said Mets captain David Wright on Sunday.

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Barry M. Bloom is a national reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Boomskie on Baseball. Follow @boomskie on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Anthony Castrovince

Predicting the AL All-Star reserves

Predicting the AL All-Star reserves

So after all that ballot banter, the Royals will not be making up eight-ninths of the American League starting lineup at the All-Star Game after all.

Predicting the NL All-Star reserves

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Anthony Castrovince is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his columns and follow him on Twitter at @Castrovince. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Phil Rogers

Predicting the NL All-Star reserves

Predicting the NL All-Star reserves

An All-Star Game without Clayton Kershaw? Without Madison Bumgarner? Without Craig Kimbrel? Without Yadier Molina?

As the kid said to Joe Jackson, Say it ain't so!

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Phil Rogers is a national columnist for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

The Week Ahead: Nationals on a roll

The Week Ahead: Nationals on a roll

The starters for the American and National League All-Star teams were announced on Sunday evening, and the rest of the rosters for the Midsummer Classic will be revealed on Monday. There will be much arguing, discussing, debating and debunking over the seven days of The Week Ahead in Major League Baseball.

And then there are the other All-Star-related topics to discuss as well. Who will you tab for selection for the big game at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati a week from Tuesday out of the Final Vote contenders? Who's going to win the Gillette Home Run Derby presented by Head & Shoulders? Who will shine the brightest in the Futures Game?

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Doug Miller is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @DougMillerMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Gordon good as Gold before KC walks off

Gordon good as Gold before KC walks off

KANSAS CITY -- This is how you win Gold Glove Awards.

Royals left fielder Alex Gordon, a four-time American League Gold Glove Award winner and the Platinum Glove winner last year, once again wowed observers with a did-you-see-that catch in the fourth inning of a 3-2 walk-off win against the Twins on Sunday at Kauffman Stadium.

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Jeffrey Flanagan is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @FlannyMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Did you know? Facts about All-Star starters

Did you know? Facts about All-Star starters

The starters for next Tuesday's 2015 All-Star Game in Cincinnati were revealed on Sunday night, making some history in the process -- and setting the stage for even more to be made at the game itself.

From teams setting franchise records to some of the game's younger players taking center stage, fans created plenty of story lines with their selected starters.

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Paul Casella is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @paul_casella. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

MLB celebrates Women's World Cup title

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MLB celebrates Women's World Cup title

One day after America celebrated its 239th birthday with salted meats and chilly drinks, we got to celebrate all over again with the Women's World Cup Finals. With the U.S. Women's National Team looking to win its first Cup since Brandi Chastain's iconic 1999 penalty kick, and facing off against Japan, a team that defeated the USWNT in the 2011 finals, the pressure was on. 

So even with a full slate of Major League games on Sunday, ballplayers found some time to get excited. 

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Alyson Footer

Power Rankings: Halos flying high

Power Rankings: Halos flying high

The American League East division is by no stretch the toughest division in the league, nor is it considered a powerhouse, a word that was, for a long while, synonymous with this particular cluster of teams.

But, as we head toward the All-Star break, gear up for the second half and take a look at Week 14 of the MLB.com Power Rankings presented by The All-New Chrysler 200, we have to ask -- will there be a more fun division race to watch?

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Alyson Footer is a national correspondent for MLB.com. Follow her on Twitter @alysonfooter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

With final boost, Frazier named ASG starter

Third baseman voted into first All-Star starting lineup, will play in front of home fans on July 14

With final boost, Frazier named ASG starter

CINCINNATI -- With the equivalent of a big kick in the last lap of a race, Reds third baseman Todd Frazier sprinted his way in the final week of voting into the starting lineup for the National League All-Star team. Frazier will get to represent the host Reds in the All-Star Game July 14 at Great American Ball Park.

A two-time All-Star and first time starter, Frazier was elected by the fans with 9,233,686 votes. It was almost 2.1 million votes ahead of the Cardinals' Matt Carpenter, who led each week in voting updates. Frazier is the first Reds player to start in the All-Star Game since Brandon Phillips and Joey Votto in 2013, and the first Cincinnati third baseman to start since Chris Sabo in 1991.

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Mark Sheldon is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Mark My Word, follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon and Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Strasburg placed on DL with strained oblique

Reliever Jordan recalled from Triple-A; Roark headed back to rotation

Strasburg placed on DL with strained oblique

WASHINGTON -- The Nationals placed Stephen Strasburg on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left oblique and recalled right-hander Taylor Jordan from Triple-A Syracuse on Sunday.

Strasburg had an MRI early Sunday and the results revealed the injury.

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Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the Time. He also can be found on Twitter @WashingNats. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Best highlights for the AL All-Star starting lineup

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Best highlights for the AL All-Star starting lineup

If you thought the Fourth of July was full of fireworks, just wait until July 14 in Cincinnati when baseball's biggest stars converge at Great American Ballpark for the 2015 MLB All-Star Game. 

And with home-field advantage in the Fall Classic on the line, you can be sure that the Junior Circuit is going to send the best of their best to Cincy. We're talking guys on pace for 50 homers, guys on pace 50 steals, rookies, veterans ... the best of the best regardless of how they get it done.

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Key things to watch for in today's games

Key things to watch for in today's games

A host of intriguing matchups abound on Monday throughout Major League Baseball.

White Sox left-hander Chris Sale looks to stand alone in history, Houston's Dallas Keuchel attempts to turn in his third straight scoreless start and the Brewers go for their ninth straight victory.

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Cash Kruth is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @cashkruth. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Fred Zinkie

Markakis, Braves could get to Crew's Lohse

Markakis, Braves could get to Crew's Lohse

Welcome to DraftKings fantasy baseball, the Official Daily Fantasy Game of Major League Baseball.

The players listed below could provide difference-making stats for DraftKings participants on Monday.

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Fred Zinkie is the lead fantasy baseball writer for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @FredZinkieMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Donaldson receives most ASG votes in history

Third baseman becomes Blue Jays' fourth infielder to win fan election

Donaldson receives most ASG votes in history

DETROIT -- Josh Donaldson is not only headed to the All-Star Game as the starting third baseman for the American League, but he also shattered the all-time record for most fan votes.

Donaldson's vote total (14,090,188) surpassed the previous record, owned by Josh Hamilton (11,073,744). Toronto's slugging infielder also joins Jose Bautista as the only two players in franchise history to lead the league in voting.

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Gregor Chisholm is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, North of the Border, follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB and Facebook, and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

NL ASG starters' highlight-reel plays

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NL ASG starters' highlight-reel plays

If you thought July 4 was full of fireworks, just wait until July 14 in Cincinnati when baseball's biggest stars converge on Great American Ball Park for the 2015 MLB All-Star Game. 

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Marisnick makes stellar grab to end threat

Marisnick makes stellar grab to end threat

BOSTON -- Welcome back, Jake Marisnick.

Playing his first game since being activated from the 15-day disabled list, the center fielder made one of the best catches of the season in the Astros' eventual 5-4 loss when he followed a long run with a leaping grab while crashing into the Green Monster for the final out of the sixth inning to rob Brock Holt of extra bases.

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Brian McTaggart is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Tag's Lines. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

2015 Draft: Signing and Bonus Tracker

Here's a complete breakdown of which 2015 Draft picks from the first 10 rounds have agreed to terms, along with their reported bonuses and starting assignments. The list will be updated through the July 17 signing deadline.

Clubs have not announced or confirmed bonuses.

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White Sox rob another homer from Davis

Shuck makes leaping catch on Sunday to match Garcia's snag on Saturday

White Sox rob another homer from Davis

CHICAGO -- If Chris Davis falls two home runs short of a particular milestone this season, he knows they were taken away on the Fourth of July weekend at U.S. Cellular Field.

Davis hit a line drive to right in the ninth inning of the White Sox 3-2 victory Saturday that Avisail Garcia snared over the right-field wall for the second out of the inning.

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Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Merk's Works, follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Harper earns All-Star start with most NL votes

Nats outfielder headed to third Midsummer Classic, weighing Derby participation

Harper earns All-Star start with most NL votes

WASHINGTON -- After dominating the headlines in the first half of the 2015 season, Bryce Harper is taking his show to one of baseball's grandest stages. Harper has been voted into the 2015 All-Star Game as a starter by the fans, marking his third All-Star appearance and his second as a starter. He garnered more votes (13,864,950) than any other National League player.

"I'm definitely excited," Harper said after the Nationals defeated the Giants, 3-1, on Sunday night. "Being able to play alongside some of the best in baseball at the All-Star Game, hang out and just have a good time with everybody, it's definitely exciting. I'm very happy and very blessed to be part of it. I have to thank our fans and all the fans across the country who voted for me. Thanks for all the support."

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Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the Time. He also can be found on Twitter @WashingNats. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Wong makes incredible diving catch

Wong makes incredible diving catch

ST. LOUIS -- St. Louis second baseman Kolten Wong injected life into Busch Stadium with a run-saving catch in the third inning of Sunday's 3-1 Cardinals win over San Diego.

With runners on first and second and the Padres leading, 1-0, Yonder Alonso lifted a shallow fly ball to center field. Wong, who was shading Alonso toward the first-base line, broke to his right and dove on the outfield grass to make the inning-ending catch.

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David Cobb is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Ramos' homer sends Nats to sweep of Giants

Ramos' homer sends Nats to sweep of Giants

WASHINGTON -- Off the bat, Wilson Ramos thought he caught all of his sixth-inning solo home run. After seeing a replay of the shot -- his eighth of the year -- the Nationals catcher realized the ball barely found the right-center-field seats. Either way, the home run proved the difference in Washington's 3-1 win over San Francisco on Sunday, which completed a three-game sweep of the World Series champions.

"Next time I hit it," Ramos said, "I need to hit it harder and run a little bit more hard."

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Jacob Emert is an associate reporter for MLB.com. Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Haft-Baked Ideas, follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Adrian hit on hand, expects to play Monday

Dodgers slugger diagnosed with bruised right hand

Adrian hit on hand, expects to play Monday

LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez left Sunday's 8-0 loss to the Mets in the fourth inning after he was hit on the right hand by a pitch earlier in the game. Gonzalez was diagnosed with a bruise.

In the first inning, in his first at-bat of the day, Gonzalez was plunked with a 95-mph fastball from Mets right-hander Steven Matz. Gonzalez remained in the game until the fourth, when Alex Guerrero pinch-hit for him.

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Steve Bourbon is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Young fan loses souvenir, Braun tosses it back

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Young fan loses souvenir, Braun tosses it back

Ryan Braun caught a fly ball near the wall in left to end the top of the second inning of Sunday's Reds-Brewers game, and, evidently well-versed in the Grand Unifying Theory of Souvenirs (read: just give it to the cute little kid) he knew exactly what to do. 

Unfortunately, the cute little kid in question was not on the same page.

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Danny Salazar impersonates teammates' batting stances

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Danny Salazar impersonates teammates' batting stances

If you're an American League pitcher, there's probably not a whole lot of time for you to worry about your swing. I mean, sure, there are Interleague games, but you probably spend more time answering fan mail, creating parody Twitter accounts and writing Game of Thrones fanfiction than you do in the batting cage.  

So, it's a little surprising that it's taken this long for pitchers to come to the plate with their teammates' batting stances. Just days after Trevor Bauer showed off his impressions, Danny Salazar did the same. 

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Trout elected to AL All-Stars' starting outfield

Trout elected to AL All-Stars' starting outfield

Mike Trout is headed back to the All-Star Game.

It's basically assumed at the start of every year, and it was deemed official, again, on Sunday, when Trout was named to the American League's 2015 starting lineup by virtue of the fan votes. The final tally showed the Angels' superstar center fielder with 14,013,021 votes, tops among AL outfielders and second only to Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson for the overall lead.

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Alden Gonzalez is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Gonzo and "The Show", follow him on Twitter @Alden_Gonzalez and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Dan O'Dowd

Five players most likely to be traded

Latos, Aramis, Harang, Papelbon, Lohse could be on new teams by Trade Deadline

Five players most likely to be traded

Baseball fans risk a lot by blinking around this time of year -- it's one of the season's most exciting and interesting stretches.

That's right, folks. It's trade-rumor season. Most clubs are in the thick of postseason contention, as the second Wild Cards have created near-unprecedented parity.

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Dan O'Dowd is an MLB Network analyst and MLB.com columnist who served as general manager of the Rockies for 15 years, building a National League pennant winner in 2007. Prior to his time with Colorado, he worked in the front offices of the Orioles and Indians. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

This time, Bryant obtains grand slam baseball

Soler activated from disabled list; Rizzo gets well-deserved day off

This time, Bryant obtains grand slam baseball

CHICAGO -- Kris Bryant wasn't able to get the ball from his first grand slam on June 17, which came off Indians outfielder-turned-pitcher David Murphy in the ninth inning of the Cubs' 17-0 win. The fan who retrieved that ball apparently wanted too much in exchange.

But Bryant had the grand slam ball in a case from Saturday night's game. This one was hit off the Marlins' Jarred Cosart in the second inning, and was his second homer of the game. No disrespect to Murphy, but is the second slam more legit since it came off a big league pitcher?

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Carrie Muskat is a reporter for MLB.com. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings. You can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat and listen to her podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.