Final Vote underway for last AL, NL spots

Tulo contending with 4 pitchers on NL side; 5 position players vying on AL side

Final Vote underway for last AL, NL spots

Balloting is under way through 4 p.m. ET on Friday in the Esurance MLB All-Star Game Final Vote, a four-day blitz in which unique campaign alliances will form, digital balloting records will probably fall and fans will decide the 34th and final roster spots for the 86th Midsummer Classic on July 14 at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati.

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Youth served on All-Star Game rosters

Youth served on All-Star Game rosters

You can't host a rocking party without a guest list full of VIPs, and you can't have a Major League All-Star celebration for the ages without the rest of baseball's A-list.

So fittingly, 24 hours after the starters for the 86th Midsummer Classic at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati next Tuesday were announced, the reserves -- as well as the 10 contenders for the 2015 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Final Vote -- were revealed.

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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.

Sale fans 6 in complete-game win over Jays

Sale fans 6 in complete-game win over Jays

CHICAGO -- The White Sox rallied for three unearned runs against Mark Buehrle in the eighth inning, claiming a 4-2 victory Monday night in the series opener with the Blue Jays at U.S. Cellular Field that last one hour and 54 minutes. Chris Sale didn't reach double-digits in strikeouts, but he did pitch his first complete game of 2015.

Gordon Beckham started the eighth by reaching on Jose Reyes' fielding error on a routine ground ball to short. Two outs later, Adam Eaton singled to center. Jose Abreu hit the next pitch for a game-tying single to center, and Melky Cabrera followed with a two-run double down the left-field line.

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Rollins: Facing Phils in LA just 'another game'

Rollins: Facing Phils in LA just 'another game'

LOS ANGELES -- Jimmy Rollins is not feeling especially nostalgic this week at Dodger Stadium.

The Phillies are in town, but they traded him to the Dodgers in December. So those warm and fuzzy feelings about facing his former team?

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Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his Phillies blog The Zo Zone, follow him on Twitter and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Anthony Castrovince

Potential All-Star replacements at the ready

Potential All-Star replacements at the ready

If we know anything about the All-Star rosters, it's that they are fungible properties basically up until the day of the Midsummer Classic itself. Things happen. Guys get hurt. Guys pitch on Sunday and pull themselves out of availability. Guys get stuck on a layover at O'Hare and can't make it to Cincinnati.

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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.

Suarez's homer gives Reds final word in D.C.

Suarez's homer gives Reds final word in D.C.

WASHINGTON -- Eugenio Suarez's third home run of the season, a high fly ball down the left-field line in the eighth inning that just kept carrying, was all that separated the Reds and Nationals on Monday in Cincinnati's 3-2 series-opening win at Nationals Park.

Four Reds relievers -- Ryan Mattheus, Manny Parra, J.J. Hoover and Aroldis Chapman, who was selected to his fourth consecutive All-Star Game earlier -- combined to pitch 3 1/3 innings, allowing only one walk, in relief of Anthony DeSclafani, who allowed two earned runs over 5 2/3 innings. DeSclafani drove in the Reds' first run in the second with his first career double.

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Jacob Emert is an associate reporter for MLB.com. 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.

Pujols to start at 1B on AL All-Star team

Veteran will replace injured Miggy in starting lineup

Pujols to start at 1B on AL All-Star team

DENVER -- Albert Pujols has officially surged back into the collective conscience.

On the heels of a dominant run reminiscent of his heyday in St. Louis, Pujols was chosen for his 10th All-Star Game on Monday, ending a four-year hiatus. The Angels' cleanup hitter was selected as a reserve but will start at first base, replacing the injured Miguel Cabrera and joining teammate Mike Trout in the American League starting lineup.

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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.

Cutch gets start as Bucs boast 4 All-Stars

McCutchen, Burnett, Cole and Melancon get the call on Monday

Cutch gets start as Bucs boast 4 All-Stars

PITTSBURGH -- All-Star constant Andrew McCutchen not only made his fifth consecutive Midsummer Classic as the rest of the National League squad was announced Monday night -- but is also the pick to replace the injured Giancarlo Stanton in the starting lineup for the 86th All-Star Game on July 14 in Cincinnati's Great American Ball Park.

McCutchen will be joined by first-timers A.J. Burnett and Gerrit Cole, and fellow 2013 All-Star Mark Melancon in the Pirates contingent.

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Tom Singer is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog Change for a Nickel. He can also be found on Twitter @Tom_Singer and on his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Rays-Royals game rained out; fans evacuated

Rays-Royals game rained out; fans evacuated

KANSAS CITY -- Monday night's game between the Royals and Rays at Kauffman Stadium scheduled for 7:10 p.m. CT was postponed due to rain and the threat of tornadoes in the area.

About 90 minutes prior to game time, the stadium staff evacuated all fans and personnel into the underground tunnels. The postponement announcement came about 20 minutes later. Fans were kept in the underground tunnels until the tornado threat passed.

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AL, NL starters revealed for All-Star Game

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

AL, NL starters revealed for All-Star Game

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.

At long last, a hit for Lester

At long last, a hit for Lester

CHICAGO -- Jon Lester's long hitless nightmare is over.

The veteran left-hander recorded his first Major League hit with an infield single off the Cardinals' John Lackey in the second inning on Monday night to end a career hitless streak that began in 2006.

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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.

Felix earns Mariners-record 6th All-Star nod

Felix earns Mariners-record 6th All-Star nod

SEATTLE -- Felix Hernandez earned his sixth All-Star bid on Monday, surpassing Randy Johnson for the most invitations for any pitcher in Mariners history.

Hernandez, 29, was the only Mariners player added to the American League team on Monday, when pitchers and backup position players were announced. He joins teammate Nelson Cruz, who was voted by the fans as the AL's starting designated hitter.

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Garza on DL with right shoulder tendinitis

Knebel called up from Triple-A; Cravy to start Tuesday

Garza on DL with right shoulder tendinitis

MILWAUKEE -- In a cautionary move to get him some rest without missing multiple starts, Brewers starter Matt Garza was placed on the 15-day disabled list due to right shoulder tendinitis Monday. Right-hander Corey Knebel was recalled from Triple-A Colorado Springs and rookie Tyler Cravy will start in Garza's spot Tuesday against the Braves.

Garza, whose 5.55 ERA would be the highest since his rookie season, has dealt with the issue for a while and hopes the rest over the All-Star break will allow him to miss just one start.

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No tendon damage as Souza feels better

No tendon damage as Souza feels better

KANSAS CITY -- Steven Souza Jr. felt better on Monday, but the Rays slugger's status is in a holding pattern regarding whether he will be placed on the disabled list.

"We're going to go day by day right now, see how it feels," Souza said Monday before the Rays' series opener at Kauffman Stadium was rained out.

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Scherzer selected to 3rd ASG, 1st with Nats

Scherzer selected to 3rd ASG, 1st with Nats

WASHINGTON -- Outfielder Bryce Harper isn't the only member of the Nationals who is taking his talents to the Midsummer Classic. Right-hander Max Scherzer, one of the few players to have made as big a splash as Harper in the first half of the season, was selected by the players to be on the National League All-Star squad.

This will be Scherzer's third All-Star appearance, and his first as a member of the Nationals.

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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.

Span exits early in opener against Reds

WASHINGTON -- Nationals center fielder Denard Span left Monday's game against the Reds for undisclosed reasons and was replaced by outfielder Matt den Dekker.

Span had one at-bat against Reds right-hander Anthony DeSclafani, popping up to shortstop Eugenio Suarez in the first inning. Span played one more inning, but he left in the top of the third.

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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.

Harrison placed on DL with left thumb injury

Pirates may be without former All-Star for six weeks; add Ishikawa to active roster

Harrison placed on DL with left thumb injury

PITTSBURGH -- The Pirates lost a key piece of their lineup Monday, placing infielder Josh Harrison on the 15-day disabled list with a left thumb injury.

Harrison sustained the injury while sliding into second base during the seventh inning of the Pirates' 5-2 win over the Indians on Sunday at PNC Park.

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Yost stacks AL roster with elite talent, versatility

Royals skipper opts for Teixeira over Hosmer, includes Moustakas in Final Vote

Yost stacks AL roster with elite talent, versatility

KANSAS CITY -- Royals manager Ned Yost, who will be the American League's manager at next Tuesday's All-Star Game, said he had been sleeping really well until the last three or four days.

And not so coincidentally, that's the time period when Yost started to make some tough decisions regarding this year's team.

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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.

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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Watch Babe Ruth hit first ASG home run

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Watch Babe Ruth hit first ASG home run

Guess what? It's almost time for the All-Star Game! In preparation, we're taking a look back into All-Star Game history and showcasing some epic and memorable plays from Midsummer Classics of yore. Check back each day from now until July 12 for more This Day in All-Star Game History.

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Moustakas on bereavement list; Frasor designated

Cuthbert called up to help at third; reliever out as Orlando recalled to bolster outfield depth

Moustakas on bereavement list; Frasor designated

KANSAS CITY -- With an incoming storm that eventually postponed Monday's game against the Rays, and more 2015 All-Star Game announcements to follow, Royals manager Ned Yost's day continued to get busier with two roster moves.

The Royals recalled Cheslor Cuthbert and Paulo Orlando from Triple-A Omaha on Monday afternoon, placing third baseman Mike Moustakas on the bereavement/family medical emergency list and designating right-handed reliever Jason Frasor for assignment.

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

Harper declines invitation for Home Run Derby

Nats All-Star participated in 2013, but wouldn't be able to have dad pitch this time

Harper declines invitation for Home Run Derby

WASHINGTON -- A day after it was announced that he would be one of the starting outfielders for the National League All-Star team in Cincinnati, Nationals slugger Bryce Harper said Monday that he will not participate in the 2015 Gillette Home Run Derby presented by Head & Shoulders next Monday.

Harper had wanted his father, Ron, to pitch to him like he did in 2013 at Citi Field. But Ron Harper is recovering from rotator cuff surgery, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer. Bryce also hasn't taken batting practice on the field since late May, and that was at Wrigley Field in Chicago.

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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.

Watch Blake Griffin almost hit HR in BP

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Watch Blake Griffin almost hit HR in BP

Now that the NBA season is in its offseason, Blake Griffin stopped by with his brother ahead of the Dodgers' game against the Mets on Friday. And he almost -- ALMOST -- hit a home run.

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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. Fans answered Canadian hockey commentator Don Cherry's call in droves to send Donaldson to the Midsummer Classic in Cincinnati.

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Fred Zinkie

5 fantasy predictions for the second half

Correa, Burns, Betts could soar after the All-Star break

5 fantasy predictions for the second half

After having a fair amount of success with my bold April Fools' Day predictions, I decided to take a crack at speculating on the second half of the season. The following five predictions may seem like a stretch at the moment, but they will make perfect sense in early October.

Carlos Correa will be the No. 1 fantasy shortstop in the second half

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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.

Ramirez named NL Player of the Week

Ramirez named NL Player of the Week

Brewers third baseman Aramis Ramirez capped off a blistering stretch of late by being named the National League Player of the Week on Monday.

Following a slow start to the season, Ramirez raised his batting average, on-base percentage and slugging percentage by at least 30 points each last week alone. The 37-year-old hit a Major League-best .545 (12-for-22) with a home run and 11 RBIs -- one shy of teammate Adam Lind's league-leading 12 -- en route to winning his fifth career Player of the Week Award, and first since July 3, 2011.

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

J.D. Martinez nets AL Player of Week honors

Tigers right fielder hit .458, paced Majors in slugging (1.000) and total bases (24)

J.D. Martinez nets AL Player of Week honors

Tigers right fielder J.D. Martinez has been named the American League Player of the Week after leading the Majors in slugging and total bases last week.

Over six games, Martinez hit .458 (11-for-24) with six runs, four home runs, one double and 10 RBIs. He was tied for first in the Majors in home runs, in addition to leading in slugging (1.000) and total bases (24).

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

White Sox reliever Jones nears rehab assignment

Right-hander battling back from Tommy John surgery

White Sox reliever Jones nears rehab assignment

CHICAGO -- Nate Jones is close to going on a Minor League injury rehab assignment, per comments made by manager Robin Ventura prior to Monday's White Sox contest with the Blue Jays.

"I know he's going to go out this week and start pitching again and from there you see how he does," said Ventura. "It's not accelerated because he looked good throwing out here. There's a plan there and you're going to stick with it."

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Vizcaino, Carpenter join Braves' bullpen

Righties replace Masset and Eveland, who were designated for assignment

Vizcaino, Carpenter join Braves' bullpen

MILWAUKEE -- Arodys Vizcaino's return to Atlanta's bullpen was delayed by Spring Training struggles and the 80-game suspension that followed. But the once highly regarded prospect hopes to distance himself from his frustrations and make an impact as one of the newest members of the Braves' staff.

Vizcaino and fellow right-handed reliever David Carpenter were promoted from Triple-A Gwinnett to fill the bullpen spots that were vacated when Nick Masset and Dana Eveland were designated for assignment immediately after pitching in the decisive 10th inning of Sunday's loss to the Phillies.

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Mark Bowman is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Familia up for NL All-Star spot in Final Vote

Fans can send Mets closer to Midsummer Classic in Cincinnati

Familia up for NL All-Star spot in Final Vote

SAN FRANCISCO -- Jeurys Familia and his 1.16 ERA may not have made the All-Star team, but the Mets' breakout closer still has a chance. Familia has been named to the National League's Final Vote, along with Clayton Kershaw of the Dodgers, Johnny Cueto of the Reds, Troy Tulowitzki of the Rockies and Carlos Martinez of the Cardinals.

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Anthony DiComo is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook, and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.