Four Cards soaring high in NL All-Star voting

Molina, Peralta, Carpenter and Holliday on pace to start in Midsummer Classic

Four Cards soaring high in NL All-Star voting

The Midsummer Classic may wind up bearing the mark of the Cardinals. The first National League voting update of the 2015 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot was released on Wednesday, and half of the league's starters were players from St. Louis. The fans have come out in droves to support the Cardinals, yielding leads at catcher, shortstop, third base and in one of the outfield slots.

Complete results: NL All-Star ballot update

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NL All-Star Game ballot update: May 27

NL All-Star Game ballot update: May 27

At the first update in the 2015 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot for the National League, the Cardinals have four players in line to start the July 14 Midsummer Classic at Great American Ball Park, and another four among the voting leaders.

Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper, a two-time All-Star, leads all NL players in balloting with 1,116,582 total votes.

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Trout enjoying Harper's success from afar

Trout enjoying Harper's success from afar

ANAHEIM - Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper is in the midst of an impressive breakout season, but he still defers to Mike Trout, recently telling ESPN.com that the Angels' center fielder is "the best player in baseball, and I don't think anybody can argue with that."

Trout saw Harper's comments on Twitter. He smiled when asked about it before Wednesday's game.

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Felix bests Archer with four-hit shutout

Felix bests Archer with four-hit shutout

ST. PETERSBURG -- The Mariners hit a go-ahead home run off Rays closer Brad Boxberger for the second consecutive game on Wednesday, this one a three-run shot off the bat of Nelson Cruz, to give Seattle a 3-0 win over Tampa Bay and a series sweep.

Boxberger came in to relieve Chris Archer in the top of the ninth and proceeded to strike out Mike Zunino and Austin Jackson to start the inning, but walked Seth Smith and Robinson Cano to bring Cruz to the plate. After getting ahead, 1-0, Cruz launched a ball over the center-field wall and into the Rays' Touch Tank. It was only the fourth home run to ever land in the Touch Tank.

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Troy Provost-Heron is an associate reporter for MLB.com and Greg Johns is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Thor powers Mets with mighty arm -- and bat

Syndergaard hurls 7 1/3 scoreless innings, belts massive first MLB homer

Thor powers Mets with mighty arm -- and bat

NEW YORK -- Well before Terry Collins turned 66 on Wednesday, Noah Syndergaard gave him the gift of promise. For many, that would have been enough. But then Collins' birthday came, and Syndergaard delivered on that promise in the form of a dominant two-way performance in the Mets' 7-0 win over the Phillies at Citi Field.

By that point, it was Collins who felt he owed his young pitcher something. So he sent Syndergaard out to start the eighth inning. After one out, Syndergaard was removed to the second standing ovation in as many home starts, an applause almost as mammoth as the home run he launched earlier in the game.

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

A-Rod passes Gehrig on all-time RBI list

A-Rod passes Gehrig on all-time RBI list

Alex Rodriguez's three-run home run Wednesday afternoon gave the Yankees' designated hitter 1,995 career RBIs, passing Lou Gehrig and moving him to within one of Barry Bonds, according to the Elias Sports Bureau, the official statistician of Major League Baseball. The Yankees beat the Royals, 4-2.

Baseball has a longstanding history of disputes over numbers, and the career RBI leaderboard is one of them. Due to the uncertain nature of record keeping in the early part of the 20th century, there are some discrepancies regarding Gehrig's overall numbers. According to Elias, Gehrig's career RBI total is 1,993. The various sources used to comprise MLB.com's entire database, which lists Gehrig with 1,995 career RBIs, reflects alternative and also credible points of view.

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MLB.TV unveils new media player

MLB.TV unveils new media player

Today's schedule features a staggered rollout of 15 games from lunchtime specials through late West Coast night action, and you are about to have another one of those MLB.TV moments that make you realize how far we have come since that first live video broadcast stream by a major sports league here in 2002.

Major League Baseball Advanced Media is introducing its new Web-based media player (version 5.0), for those who currently subscribe or those who sign up now for MLB.TV Premium ($114.99 a year or $24.99 a month) or regular MLB.TV ($94.99/$19.99). You'll notice the difference right away as the HD media player has an in-page layout, so it all happens in your browser with no need for an additional download.

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Mark Newman is enterprise editor of MLB.com. Read and join other baseball fans on his MLB.com community blog. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Thanks to Paredes, fans can steal a home

Quicken sweepstakes offers chance to win mortgage payment valued at $1,500

Thanks to Paredes, fans can steal a home

At this rate, you can expect to have a chance for a free mortgage payment in the Quicken Loans "Steal A Home" program at nearly the exact same time every Wednesday night for the rest of this season.

Remarkably, Baltimore's Jimmy Paredes stole home on a double steal in Wednesday's 5-4 win over Houston at almost the same time during an East Coast game that A.J. Pollock stole home for Arizona during a double steal the previous Wednesday at Miami.

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Mark Newman is enterprise editor of MLB.com. Read and join other baseball fans on his MLB.com community blog. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Players shave heads to support Aviles' daughter

Shortstop overcome with appreciation as teammates pull together for Adriana, who has leukemia

Players shave heads to support Aviles' daughter

CLEVELAND -- It began with only a handful of players during the Indians' last road trip. Slowly, more and more members of Cleveland's team and staff began joining the cause, shaving their heads as a collective show of support for Mike Aviles' young daughter.

Earlier this month, Aviles' 4-year-old girl, Adriana, was diagnosed with leukemia and has a tough road ahead in battling the disease. Aviles said Adriana laughed at her dad when he buzzed his hair and said he looked funny. As more and more people have followed with closely cropped hair, Aviles has felt overwhelmed.

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Jordan Bastian is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, follow him on Twitter @MLBastian and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Rally vs. Marlins 'pen lifts Bucs to 6th straight

Rally vs. Marlins 'pen lifts Bucs to 6th straight

PITTSBURGH -- Led by another strong start from Gerrit Cole, the Pirates rallied to score five runs with two outs in the seventh inning and beat the Marlins, 5-2, on Wednesday afternoon at PNC Park.

The Pirates have won a season-high six straight games, completing back-to-back sweeps against the Mets and Marlins. It's their longest winning streak since June 20-30, 2013.

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Adam Berry is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @adamdberry. John McGonigal is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Richard Justice

Twins' milestones have significance

Twins' milestones have significance

Maybe all you need to know about the Minnesota Twins was on display in the bottom of the third inning Wednesday afternoon at Target Field. This would be the day the Twins would grab a share of first place in the American League Central, the day of another raucous clubhouse celebration after a 6-4 victory over the Red Sox. Sure, there's a long way to go, but for the Twins, these small milestones have significance.

The Twins trailed the Red Sox, 2-0, in the bottom of the third inning, but they had the tying runs on base when veteran outfielder Torii Hunter stepped to the plate against Red Sox starter Rick Porcello.

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Richard Justice is a columnist for MLB.com. Read his blog, Justice4U. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Cards' Adams out 3-4 months with quad strain

Cards' Adams out 3-4 months with quad strain

ST. LOUIS -- Cardinals first baseman Matt Adams is expected to miss the next three-to-four months while recovering from a severe right quadriceps strain that he suffered running the bases on Tuesday. That timeframe leaves open the possibility that Adams won't play again this season.

Though the Cardinals were still gathering doctors' opinions as of Wednesday afternoon, they were already bracing for a long-term absence based upon early reads of Adams' MRI exam. Those concerns were confirmed later in the day, at which time the team announced an updated prognosis.

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Jenifer Langosch is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, By Gosh, It's Langosch, follow her on Twitter @LangoschMLB, like her Facebook page Jenifer Langosch for Cardinals.com and listen to her podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Rehab assignment next for Rendon

Rehab assignment next for Rendon

CHICAGO -- Infielder Anthony Rendon played five innings of a simulated game on Wednesday, and it appears his next step is to begin a rehab assignment, perhaps as soon as Friday.

"He had a couple of at-bats," manager Matt Williams said. "He played all innings of defense, which is good. ... He didn't take breaks in between. He stayed out there.

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Orioles' Davis goes deep into the night to thwart Astros

Orioles' Davis goes deep into the night to thwart Astros

BALTIMORE -- A struggling Orioles offense got a huge lift from Chris Davis Wednesday night as the slugger homered twice to power Baltimore to a 5-4 series win over the Astros.

Davis turned in his first multi-homer game of the season, going deep for a two-run homer in the fourth and a go-ahead solo shot in the bottom of the eighth off Houston reliever Tony Sipp after the Astros had rallied to tie the game with three runs in the seventh..

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Brian McTaggart and Brittany Ghiroli are reporters for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Doolittle feels good after making season debut

Doolittle feels good after making season debut

OAKLAND -- The A's dropped their 15th one-run game of the season and lost starter Scott Kazmir to an injury along the way Wednesday, but left-hander Sean Doolittle provided something of a bright spot in the 3-2 loss to Detroit with a scoreless sixth inning in his season debut.

Beyond the zero, Doolittle found comfort in how he got it. Unable to strictly rely on his fastball right now -- it's averaging 89 mph, and topping out at 90 -- the southpaw was effective with both his changeup and slider, two pitches he bettered while rehabbing from a shoulder injury that kept him out of the A's first 48 games.

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Cespedes' homer gives Tigers series win over A's

Cespedes' homer gives Tigers series win over A's

OAKLAND -- Tigers slugger Yoenis Cespedes blasted a three-run home run at his old stomping grounds Wednesday afternoon, leading Detroit to a series-winning 3-2 victory over his former A's club at the Coliseum.

Cespedes, traded by the A's to the Red Sox at the Trade Deadline last summer, made them pay for intentionally walking Miguel Cabrera in front of him, launching a 3-2 changeup from reliever Dan Otero to left field with two outs in the fifth.

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Kazmir gets MRI after left shoulder injury

Kazmir gets MRI after left shoulder injury

OAKLAND -- Left-hander Scott Kazmir exited Wednesday's start against the Tigers after three no-hit innings with left shoulder tightness, and the A's are holding out hope the All-Star pitcher is not their next disabled-list victim.

Kazmir was getting an MRI offsite following the A's 3-2 loss, and only when the results come through will the club have a better understanding of the severity of his injury and the potential for a DL stint.

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On Their Game: Randy Johnson and Geddy Lee

Base to bass: Hall of Famers are friends, and Big Unit rocks as a photographer

On Their Game: Randy Johnson and Geddy Lee

AUSTIN, Texas -- Amid the lights, video boards, shooting sparklers and other elaborate props that are commonplace on stage at a rock concert stands a quiet and very tall figure, dressed in blue jeans and an unassuming T-shirt, holding a camera.

He needs to be close to action, but he also has to stay out of the way of the main attraction, all the while capturing the poignant moments that will eventually document this particular moment in the band's history.

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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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Jim Callis

Breakdown of 2015 Draft signing bonus pools

Houston has record total with 2 of top 5 selections, followed by Rockies, D-backs, Braves

Breakdown of 2015 Draft signing bonus pools

After an unprecedented three-year run of owning the No. 1 overall pick in the First-Year Player Draft, the Astros won't get whomever they want this year. But they still have more spending power than any club.

Houston has an allocated bonus pool of $17,289,200 for the first 10 rounds. To put that amount in perspective, the largest bonus outlay by a team in a single Draft had been $17,005,700 by the 2011 Pirates, who paid a record $8 million to No. 1 overall choice Gerrit Cole and $5 million to second-rounder Josh Bell.

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Harkey confident Bradley will get back on track

Harkey confident Bradley will get back on track

ST. LOUIS -- D-backs starter Archie Bradley has been struggling in his last three starts, but pitching coach Mike Harkey has not lost any faith in the right-hander.

The main issue for Bradley comes down to command of his fastball, which would allow him to use his secondary pitches more.

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Steve Gilbert is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Inside the D-backs, and follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Orioles announce signing of Cuba's Miranda

Veteran left-hander heads to Minors, could appear in Baltimore later this season

BALTIMORE -- The Orioles announced the signing of Cuban left-hander Ariel Miranda on Wednesday.

The 25-year-old Miranda pitched professionally in Cuba from 2007-14, posting a 22-25 record, 3.78 ERA and 1.36 WHIP in 80 appearances (64 starts). He struck out 274 batters and walked 151 in 386 innings and could help the Orioles as early as later this season.

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Brittany Ghiroli is the Orioles beat reporter for MLB.com. She has been covering the team since 2010.

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Davis in the zone with 2-homer game

Orioles slugger swings at better pitches, and it shows

Davis in the zone with 2-homer game

BALTIMORE -- Following Tuesday's loss, Chris Davis chided himself for swinging at balls outside of the zone and said one of the keys to getting the offense back on track was to be selective.

Davis heeded his own advice Wednesday night, connecting for a pair of homers to power the O's 5-4 win and a series victory over the Astros.

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Brittany Ghiroli is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli, and listen to her podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Theo thinks the kids are all right

Theo thinks the kids are all right

CHICAGO -- The Cubs have three rookies in the lineup -- Addison Russell, Kris Bryant and Jorge Soler -- and Theo Epstein, president of baseball operations, likes how the kids are doing so far.

"These guys are handling themselves on and off the field in a manner well beyond their years," Epstein said on Wednesday. "When you see the quality at-bats they're having, the great plays they're making, and they're participating in some winning baseball, it's easy to forget how hard it is for young position players to have any kind of success in 2015 Major League Baseball.

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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.

Porcello unable to minimize damage vs. Twins

Porcello unable to minimize damage vs. Twins

MINNEAPOLIS -- Far too often, the Red Sox have played from behind lately. But when they had a chance to play from in front on Wednesday, Rick Porcello couldn't get the job done.

The result was a 6-4 loss that swept the Red Sox right out of Minneapolis and en route to Texas for a four-game series.

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Ian Browne is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brownie Points, and follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Verlander likely to start rehab assignment on Sunday

Iglesias, Avila, V-Mart making progress in injury recoveries

Verlander likely to start rehab assignment on Sunday

OAKLAND -- Tigers manager Brad Ausmus didn't even think to ask ace right-hander Justin Verlander how his arm felt the day after throwing a simulated game.

"I saw him and said hello," Ausmus said. "He wasn't complaining. He was upbeat."

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Rick Eymer is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Cuddyer, Duda lead 'contagious' hitting for Mets

Duo combines for three homers in series finale against Phillies

Cuddyer, Duda lead 'contagious' hitting for Mets

NEW YORK -- Lucas Duda and Michael Cuddyer each said the same thing after finishing a sweep of the Phillies: "Hitting is contagious."

They proved that in Wednesday's series finale, a 7-0 Mets win.

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

Sox add outfield depth by acquiring Peguero

Sox add outfield depth by acquiring Peguero

The Red Sox acquired outfielder Carlos Peguero from the Rangers on Wednesday in exchange for cash considerations.

Peguero is expected to join the Red Sox for their upcoming series, a four-game set against Peguero's former club in Arlington, beginning on Thursday. To make room for him on the 40-man roster, Boston transferred right-hander Anthony Varvaro to the 60-day disabled list.

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

Braves land Uribe, pitcher in Callaspo trade

Braves land Uribe, pitcher in Callaspo trade

LOS ANGELES -- Once Alberto Callaspo reversed his decision by agreeing to be traded to the Dodgers, the Braves took advantage of an opportunity to acquire a high-upside reliever and a highly respected veteran infielder in exchange for four players who did not fit into their current or future plans.

The Braves received right-hander Chris Withrow and third baseman Juan Uribe in exchange for Callaspo, Eric Stults, Ian Thomas and Juan Jaime, the clubs announced on Wednesday afternoon.

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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.

X-rays negative on Kiermaier's right ankle

Outfielder plunked by Hernandez in sixth inning of Wednesday's loss

X-rays negative on Kiermaier's right ankle

ST. PETERSBURG -- In the aftermath of the Rays' 3-0 loss to the Mariners Wednesday afternoon, good news came when X-rays to Kevin Kiermaier's right ankle were negative.

With one out in the sixth, Seattle starter Felix Hernandez hit Kiermaier on his right ankle. The Rays center fielder went to the ground in obvious pain, but after being tended to by Rays trainers, he took his base.

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

Shark positions White Sox for timely win

Right-hander helps club end four-game slide

Shark positions White Sox for timely win

TORONTO -- Jeff Samardzija was all smiles after the White Sox pulled out a 5-3, 10-inning victory over the Blue Jays on Wednesday afternoon. And with good reason.

The right-hander tossed seven strong innings without allowing an earned run while registering his third consecutive quality start to help the White Sox snap a four-game losing streak. As the club moves on to Baltimore for a doubleheader Thursday, Samardzija said the win in the series finale was timely.

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