Papelbon 'would be surprised' if not traded

Papelbon 'would be surprised' if not traded

Jonathan Papelbon expects his appearance at next week's All-Star Game to be one of his last in a Phillies uniform.

The Philadelphia reliever, who has a 1.65 ERA and 14 saves in 31 games this season, told MLB.com's Todd Zolecki that he "would be surprised" if he was still a member of the Phillies next month.

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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.

Final Vote candidates boast impressive stats

Final Vote candidates boast impressive stats

With the starters for the 2015 All-Star Game announced on Sunday, and the pitchers and reserves on Monday, there are still two spots up for grabs.

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

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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Roger Schlueter

Stats of the Day: Complete duel in the books

Sale, Buehrle each go the distance in speediest 9-inning game since '11

Stats of the Day: Complete duel in the books

Here are five interesting items from around the big leagues on Monday ...

Chris Sale (9.0 IP, 6 hits, 2 ER) and Mark Buehrle (8.0 IP, 9 hits, 0 ER) each went the distance as the White Sox defeated the Blue Jays, 4-2, on Monday. This game took an hour and 54 minutes to complete -- the shortest nine-inning game since Aug. 9, 2011, when the Rays and James Shields beat the Royals in one hour and 53 minutes. Sale's streak of double-digit strikeout games ended at eight (he fanned six), but he now has 147 strikeouts on the season -- the most by a White Sox pitcher by the All-Star break. In 1973, Wilbur Wood had 142.

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Cespedes comes out swinging in Final Vote

Tigers' slugger hits tape-measure homer hours after landing on AL ballot

Cespedes comes out swinging in Final Vote

SEATTLE -- Yoenis Cespedes slugged his way to two Home Run Derby titles in his career. He's going to need some help from fans in the 2015 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Final Vote if he's going to take his swings at a third next week.

Cespedes was left out of the American League All-Star outfield on the starting ballot and player vote, but he has a chance to get in through the Final Vote. In case anyone needed a reminder of his case, he launched a 432-foot drive deep into the Northwest night on Monday against the Mariners for a tape-measure home run that led off a five-run comeback a 12-5 win for the Tigers.

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Jason Beck is a reporter for MLB.com. Read Beck's Blog, follow him on Twitter @beckjason and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Today's starting lineups: July 7

Below are today's starting lineups that have been made public by Major League Baseball's clubs.

A lineup is not official until it is handed to the umpire.

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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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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.

Key things to watch for in today's games

Cards, Cubs slated for doubleheader; Gallardo looks to extend scoreless streak

Key things to watch for in today's games

The baseball gods will be working overtime Tuesday, with a slate of 16 games on the books -- including one doubleheader -- starting early in the afternoon and ending late in the evening.

Here are five things to watch for:

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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.

Dozier makes Final Vote case with walk-off blast

Dozier makes Final Vote case with walk-off blast

MINNEAPOLIS -- It was quite the statement from Twins second baseman Brian Dozier after he was left off the American League roster for the 2015 All-Star Game on July 14 in Cincinnati.

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

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

Veteran will replace injured Miggy in starting lineup

Pujols gets 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 to start as Bucs boast 4 All-Stars

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

Cutch to 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 in the Pirates' contingent by first-timers A.J. Burnett and Gerrit Cole -- the first tandem of Pittsburgh starters on an All-Star staff since Bob Friend and Vernon Law in 1960 -- and fellow 2013 All-Star Mark Melancon.

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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.

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.

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Fred Zinkie

Rockies could have big days vs. Heaney

Rockies could have big days vs. Heaney

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 Tuesday.

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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.

Cincy Red Carpet Show to feature All-Stars

Families, coaching staff to join players at parade prior to Midsummer Classic

Cincy Red Carpet Show to feature All-Stars

It is the 10th anniversary of an endless parade that started appropriately enough in the Motor City, crossed the Clemente Bridge outside Pittsburgh's PNC Park, tested the streets of San Francisco, displaced New York taxis twice, careened alongside the Arch, visited Disneyland, scorched the hot streets of Phoenix and Kansas City and took over a Minnesota transit mall last summer.

Now the best ride in baseball is coming to downtown Cincinnati. Grand Marshal and Hall of Famer Barry Larkin will lead the way as players, along with coaching staffs and family members, hop aboard Chevrolet Corvette Stingrays, Silverados and Camaros prior to the 86th Midsummer Classic on July 14 in the MLB All-Star Red Carpet Show presented by Chevrolet.

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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.

All-Star reveal set for Franchise Four winners

'Greatest Living Players' headline on-field event during pregame ceremonies

All-Star reveal set for Franchise Four winners

Major League Baseball will reveal the winners of its "Franchise Four" campaign -- as decided by fans after more than 25.5 million votes at MLB.com/FranchiseFour -- as the main event during pregame ceremonies at the 86th All-Star Game next Tuesday at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati.

MLB on Tuesday announced pregame ceremonies for the Midsummer Classic as well as the Gillette Home Run Derby presented by Head & Shoulders and All-Star Sunday. The "Franchise Four" festivities will include the on-field participation of the four "Greatest Living Players" and the selections representing the host Reds.

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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.

At long last, a hit for Lester

At long last, a hit for Lester

CHICAGO -- Lefty Jon Lester may have gotten his first hit, and he'll likely get a free beer, too, from former teammate John Lackey -- who served up the hit -- but he called the single "worthless" because the Cubs lost, 6-0.

Lester recorded his first Major League hit with an infield single off the Cardinals' Lackey in the second inning on Monday to end an 0-for-66 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.

MadBum, Crawford, Panik named All-Stars

Giants ace, pair of first-timers join Posey at Midsummer Classic

MadBum, Crawford, Panik named All-Stars

SAN FRANCISCO -- The 2015 All-Game promises to be a memorable one for the Giants.

That's not just because the Giants have an ample contingent of four players. Left-hander Madison Bumgarner, shortstop Brandon Crawford and second baseman Joe Panik were named Monday to join starting catcher Buster Posey on the National League squad -- which, of course, will be led by San Francisco manager Bruce Bochy.

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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.

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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Alvarez bests father-in-law Murphy with walk-off

Alvarez bests father-in-law Murphy with walk-off

PITTSBURGH -- At some point this offseason, perhaps sitting at the dinner table during the holidays, Padres interim manager Pat Murphy might think about this loss and smile.

But that grin probably won't spread quite as wide as the one that stretched across his son-in-law's face Monday night at PNC Park. That's because Pedro Alvarez, Murphy's son-in-law, dealt the decisive blow in the Pirates' 2-1 walk-off win over the Padres.

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

Maddon leaving Derby decision up to Bryant

Rookie All-Star intrigued by possibility of taking part in Monday's event

Maddon leaving Derby decision up to Bryant

CHICAGO -- Third baseman Kris Bryant, named to the National League All-Star team as a reserve on Monday, said he'd like to participate in the Gillette Home Run Derby presented by Head & Shoulders, but Cubs manager Joe Maddon would prefer the rookie skip the event.

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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.

Herrera, Davis thrilled for All-Star opportunity

Pitchers join four elected starters on AL squad

Herrera, Davis thrilled for All-Star opportunity

KANSAS CITY -- Soon after Royals reliever Kelvin Herrera was told by manager Ned Yost that he had been picked for this year's All-Star Game, he called his mother, Maria, in the Dominican Republic.

"Momma, get ready," Herrera said. "Going to Cincinnati on Sunday."

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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.

Jaso activated from DL; Souza sidelined

Right-hander Guilmet designated for assignment

Jaso activated from DL; Souza sidelined

KANSAS CITY -- John Jaso returned to the Rays on Tuesday, ending a lengthy stint on the disabled list. Meanwhile, Steven Souza Jr. went on the DL, retroactive to Monday.

In addition, right-hander Preston Guilmet was designated for assignment.

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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.

All-Star Game community events set to begin in Cincinnati

All-Star Game community events set to begin in Cincinnati

CINCINNATI -- The 2015 Esurance MLB All-Star Game is still a week away, but the festivities will begin this week, starting on Wednesday.

The T-Mobile All-Star FanFest and the Budweiser MLB All-Star Concert featuring Ariana Grande highlight the wide array of community events leading up to the opening pitch of the game on July 14.

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

Beats by Dre tops 10 can't-miss ASG items

Beats by Dre tops 10 can't-miss ASG items

The 86th All-Star Game even sounds different this time. "Major League Sound" arrived at the MLB.com Shop's All-Star collection on Tuesday with the addition of iconic Beats by Dr. Dre headphones, including a pair specially themed for Cincinnati's week in the spotlight.

If you can't be at All-Star Week for next Tuesday's Midsummer Classic, don't worry. The good stuff that you can buy there is right here, and free shipping makes it even easier. Here are 10 things to see first, starting with that newest arrival:

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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.

Rollins gets best of Phils as LA takes opener

Rollins gets best of Phils as LA takes opener

LOS ANGELES -- Jimmy Rollins came through in the clutch against his old team and the Dodgers held on for a hard-fought 10-7 victory over the Phillies on Monday night at Dodger Stadium in a game that took four hours and 13 minutes to complete.

Rollins came to the plate with two outs in the seventh inning with the score tied at 7, and drove in a pair of runs to give the Dodgers a lead they wouldn't surrender. Rollins was 2-for-4 in his first game against Philadelphia after spending 15 years with the Phillies. Howie Kendrick chipped in four hits for Los Angeles.

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Lyle Spencer

Calhoun back to punishing opposing pitchers

Calhoun back to punishing opposing pitchers

Kole Calhoun was not a happy camper last Wednesday as the Angels right fielder packed for a road trip. He'd gone 0-for-4 with three strikeouts in a loss to the Yankees that afternoon, and he was scuffling, his slash line having slipped to .258/.314/.375.

"I'm going to go out and hit," said Calhoun, a leadoff catalyst in 2014 when the Angels led the Majors with 98 wins. "I've got to get on base more in front of [Mike] Trout and [Albert] Pujols. I'm an aggressive hitter, but I've got to be smart. I've got to start clicking, doing my part."

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Lyle Spencer is a national reporter and columnist for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @LyleMSpencer. 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.

"Any time you can pick up your bullpen and leave them out of it, that's huge," said Sale, who didn't issue a walk in his eighth career complete game. "That's what you strive for, filling in innings, getting deep into games and giving your team a chance to win. Fortunately for myself, my team came back for us and we won."

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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. 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.

Bassitt optioned as A's recall Smolinski

Bassitt optioned as A's recall Smolinski

The A's have optioned right-hander Chris Bassitt to Triple-A Nashville and recalled outfielder Jake Smolinski from Triple-A.

Bassitt, who was called up on June 30 to make two starts in Sonny Gray's spot in the rotation, went 0-2, but he allowed just three runs in 10 2/3 innings to finish the stint with a 2.53 ERA.

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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.

Say A? Hicks channels Mays with amazing catch

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Say A? Hicks channels Mays with amazing catch

Willie Mays made his iconic, over-the-shoulder basket catch nearly 61 years ago. That's more than six decades. That's nearly as old as three Byron Buxtons. That's too long.

So, during Monday's Twins-Orioles game, Aaron Hicks decided to take us back to the good old days:

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Flies and whiffs: Scherzer's unique dominance

Strikeout rate, walk rate, flyball rate all among MLB leaders

Flies and whiffs: Scherzer's unique dominance

Something you probably already know: By all the important metrics, Max Scherzer has been among the most dominant pitchers in baseball this season. His 1.94 FIP is the lowest among all qualified starters; his 1.82 ERA is second only to Zack Greinke. His 30.8 strikeout percentage is the fourth-highest; his 3.1 percent walk rate is the third-lowest. When he faces off against Cincinnati's wonderful Johnny Cueto on Tuesday night, it's no slight at all to Cueto to suggest that Scherzer will easily be the most dominant pitcher on the mound. Scherzer's that good.

So he's great, and you know that. But did you know that the particular way in which he's doing it sets him apart -- in some cases, well apart -- from his peers? There's no one right way to be a great pitcher. There's just different kinds of great. Scherzer's variety stands out more than most.

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Mike Petriello (@mike_petriello) is an analyst for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.