All-Star starters unveiled tonight, full roster Monday

Watch selection shows on ESPN; Final Vote to get underway Monday

All-Star starters unveiled tonight, full roster Monday

It was historic because it happened exclusively online. It was personal because it decided the fate of your favorite players. It was intense because you argued a lot. And it was teamwork because you helped shatter a Major League Baseball record.

After 65 consecutive days of relentless fan voting to determine starting positions players for the 86th All-Star Game on July 14 at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati, the largest All-Star balloting program in sports closed at 11:59 p.m. ET Thursday.

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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.

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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.

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 game between the Cardinals and Padres.

With runners on first and second, Padres first baseman 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 catch and end the inning.

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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.

Gordon good as Gold with catch against Twins

Gordon good as Gold with catch against Twins

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 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.

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.

This marks the second time Strasburg has been placed on the disabled list this season. His first stint, which began May 30, was due to neck muscle tightness. Strasburg missed almost a month of action while he was trying to fix his mechanics.

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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.

Marte exits in 4th with discomfort in left side

Marte exits in 4th with discomfort in left side

PITTSBURGH -- Pirates left fielder Starling Marte left Sunday's game against the Indians at PNC Park during the middle of an at-bat due to discomfort in his left side.

The Pirates will re-evaluate Marte's status on Monday.

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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.

Ortiz makes rare start at first vs. AL team

Ortiz makes rare start at first vs. AL team

BOSTON -- For nearly a decade, it was a certainty that David Ortiz would only need his first baseman's mitt for a road Interleague or World Series game, in which the Red Sox did not have the designated hitter. But things changed on Sunday, as the slugger got the nod at first and the heavily-slumping Mike Napoli was on the bench.

Hanley Ramirez served as the designated hitter for the finale vs. the Astros. This was Ortiz's first start at first base in a game being played under American League rules since June 22, 2006, at Seattle. It was his first Fenway start at first since July 16, 2005.

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

Today's starting lineups: July 5

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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Gomez leaves gum, note for Hamilton in CF

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Gomez leaves gum, note for Hamilton in CF

'Tis the season for giving. Well, it is if you believe in Half Christmas or Christmas in July or some other such mid-summer ode to the actual season for giving. No matter what you celebrate, you should at least be able to appreciate the kindness displayed by Carlos Gomez on Saturday. 

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Brewers win 8th straight, sweep Reds

Brewers win 8th straight, sweep Reds

CINCINNATI -- A better seven-game road trip was simply not possible for the Brewers. How can you top perfection? Milwaukee completed a three-game series sweep of the Reds on Sunday with a 6-1 victory at Great American Ball Park. The club went 7-0 on its trip through Philadelphia and Cincinnati, while rampaging for 53 runs, and has a season-high winning streak of eight games.

It was a rough weekend for the Reds' pitching staff, which gave up double-digit hit totals in all three games while the team was outscored, 25-5. Reds starter Mike Leake gave up three earned runs and eight hits over six innings with three walks and four strikeouts. During a 28-pitch first inning, Leake allowed two hits and a walk, including Aramis Ramirez's RBI single. The Brewers added one run in the second inning and another in the fifth. Reliever Carlos Contreras gave up two homers for three runs in the seventh.

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

Santana's own swipe can help fans steal a home

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

Santana's own swipe can help fans steal a home

Aggressive baserunning by the Astros on Friday capped a four-run 10th inning in a 12-8 win over the Red Sox, but it could pay even greater dividends for a lucky fan, thanks to the Quicken Loans "Steal A Home" program.

• Quicken Loans: Steal a Home Sweepstakes

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Austin Laymance is a reporter for MLB.com. 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.

Star Spangled hammer: Bryce's patriotic HR

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Star Spangled hammer: Bryce's patriotic HR

Nothing goes together quite like baseball and America. Don't believe us? Just ask Bryce Harper, who stepped to the plate during the Nats' July 4th matchup with the Giants rocking some highly patriotic lumber that we can only assume was harvested from a forest using nothing but freedom and was then transported to Nationals Park on the backs of bald eagles.

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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.

Cardinals place Garcia on 15-day DL

Left-handers Lyons, Cooney to start in doubleheader vs. Cubs

Cardinals place Garcia on 15-day DL

ST. LOUIS -- Cardinals lefty Jaime Garcia has been scratched from his scheduled start on Tuesday and placed on the 15-day disabled list after feeling renewed discomfort around his left groin following a bullpen session on Saturday.

The change in plans means the Cardinals will now send a pair of young lefties -- Tyler Lyons and Tim Cooney -- to the mound in Tuesday's doubleheader against the Cubs. Manager Mike Matheny said that he has not yet determined the order in which the two will pitch in the twin bill.

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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.

On this date, Ditka sang 7th Inning Stretch

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On this date, Ditka sang 7th Inning Stretch

NFL coaching legend Mike Ditka knows the one true secret to good singing. Sure, pitch and tone and whether or not you can hit a high "C" are important, technically. But if you want to turn in a riveting rendition of a song like "Take Me Out to the Ball Game," all you need is … ENTHUSIASM.

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Kris-mas in July: Bryant provides fireworks

Phenom is first Cubs rookie to hit two slams in a season since Billy Williams in '61

Kris-mas in July: Bryant provides fireworks

CHICAGO -- Kris Bryant ignited the fireworks at Wrigley Field a little early in Saturday's 7-2 Cubs win over the Marlins.

Within the first two innings, the rookie belted two home runs, including his second career grand slam, and drove in six runs. The effort was Bryant's second career multihomer game, and he now leads all Major League rookies as well as all Cubs players with 49 RBIs.

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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.

Richard gratified after long road back to bigs

Cubs newcomer appreciative of ovation after impressive debut, taking next assignment in stride

Richard gratified after long road back to bigs

CHICAGO -- Clayton Richard isn't sure what his next assignment will be for the Cubs, but after everything the left-hander has been through, he can handle it.

Richard picked up the win Saturday night in his first big league start since June 2013, giving up two runs over 6 1/3 innings in a 7-2 victory over the Marlins. The Cubs had acquired him Friday from the Pirates, taking advantage of a unique "upward mobility" clause in his contract. The deal required the Pirates to decide by June 30 whether they would put Richard on their 25-man roster, or he could sign with another team as long as it added the lefty to its big league roster.

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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.

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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Which 4th of July catch was most impressive?

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Which 4th of July catch was most impressive?

There are many ways to celebrate the Fourth of July. You could grill some hot dogs and light some sparklers in your backyard. You could defend the Earth from aliens. You could hit a home run with a USA-themed bat. Or, like three Major Leaguers on Saturday, you could make an instant-highlight reel play that leaves fans asking, "he caught that?!"

But a truly fitting way to celebrate is by voting, in true democratic fashion, on which of those bonkers catches was the most impressive.

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Greinke outduels Harvey to extend streak

Righty's seven shutout frames vs. Mets bring total to 27 2/3 innings

Greinke outduels Harvey to extend streak

LOS ANGELES -- It was more of the same from Zack Greinke on Saturday at Dodger Stadium, although there's nothing ordinary about the way he's been pitching.

Saturday's outing was nearly a carbon copy of his last three starts: seven innings, four hits, zero runs and four strikeouts. The only runs for New York came off the Dodgers' bullpen as Los Angeles held on for a 4-3 win.

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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.

239 reasons to love baseball and America

Fourth of July is perfect time to celebrate country and sport

239 reasons to love baseball and America

Pedro Martinez, about to be inducted into the Hall of Fame later this month, struck out 239 batters for Boston in 2002 and gave up 239 home runs in his career.

Rod Carew led the Majors with 239 hits for Minnesota in his American League MVP season of 1977 -- exactly 80 years after Wee Willie Keeler reached that career-best number for Baltimore.

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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.

Avisail jumps into highlight reels, robs HR

Snares game-tying shot from Davis in ninth inning

Avisail jumps into highlight reels, robs HR

CHICAGO -- David Robertson didn't keep the baseball used to strike out Matt Wieters and close out a 3-2 White Sox victory over the Orioles on Saturday afternoon at U.S. Cellular Field.

Yes, it was Robertson's 18th save as White Sox closer, and he keeps a baseball from each one. But on this afternoon, the ball went to right fielder Avisail Garcia.

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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.

Miggy on DL with calf strain, to miss 6 weeks

Tigers call up Marte from Triple-A Toledo to take spot on active roster

Miggy on DL with calf strain, to miss 6 weeks

DETROIT -- For the first time in his career, Miguel Cabrera is headed to the disabled list. The American League's hitting leader and two-time Most Valuable Player Award winner went on the 15-day DL on Saturday morning with a left calf strain sustained on the basepaths in Friday night's 8-6 victory over the Blue Jays.

An MRI taken on the calf revealed a Grade 3 calf strain -- including tearing of muscle fibers -- which is expected to keep Cabrera out for around six weeks. The Tigers were expecting to get an additional opinion from Dr. Robert Anderson, the specialist who performed surgery last fall on Cabrera's left ankle and foot.

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

Giants use CF to try to pick off Harper

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Giants use CF to try to pick off Harper

During Saturday's game against the Nationals, the Giants experimented with a rather unique pick-off move. Bryce Harper had a bit of a lead off second base, so they tried to get him out … using center fielder Gregor Blanco.

For something as odd as this to work, it would require Blanco to sneak into the infield as smoothly as a ninja cat. However, that's not quite what happened. 

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Bunt scores two runs, bunter gets to 3B

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Bunt scores two runs, bunter gets to 3B

Cliff Pennington laid down a bunt in the eighth inning of the D-backs' 7-3 win over the Rockies on Saturday that plated two runs and left him standing on third base.

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Panda raises the bar in defensive clinic

Falls into Astros' dugout on catch; starts 5-6-3 DP in shift

Panda raises the bar in defensive clinic

BOSTON -- Although he's not quite known for his fleetness of foot, Red Sox third baseman Pablo Sandoval still has a penchant for flashing moments of highlight-reel defense at the hot corner. On Saturday, he reminded fans that the dugout railing is no match for a fast-moving Panda during Boston's 6-1 win over the Astros at Fenway Park.

In the fourth inning, outfielder Preston Tucker led off by hitting a popup into foul territory along the edge of the Houston dugout. Sandoval tracked the ball, reached over the railing and tumbled into the dugout, but he held on to make an impressive catch for the out.

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

In first start at 1B, Avila dives into crowd

Filling in for Miggy, Tigers' usual catcher flips headfirst into stands

In first start at 1B, Avila dives into crowd

DETROIT -- Before Saturday's 8-3 victory over the Blue Jays, during which he made his first career start at first base, the Tigers' Alex Avila downplayed expectations.

"I'm not going to be amazing over there by any means, but I think I'll do adequate," Avila said.

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Alejandro Zúñiga is an associate reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @ByAZuniga. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Error hands Yankees 2nd straight walk-off win

Error hands Yankees 2nd straight walk-off win

NEW YORK -- The Yankees and Rays were tied in the ninth when Ramon Flores laid down a sacrifice bunt to advance pinch-runner Jose Pirela to third and Chris Young to second. But reliever Brad Boxberger's errant throw to first base allowed Pirela to come sliding into home as the Yanks topped the Rays, 3-2, on Saturday at Yankee Stadium with their second straight walk-off victory.

"I just yanked the throw," Boxberger said. " ... I should have made that play and I didn't."

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

Strasburg exits early with left side injury

Strasburg exits early with left side injury

WASHINGTON -- Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg left Saturday's 9-3 win over the Giants in the fourth inning because of tightness in his left side and was replaced by right-hander Tanner Roark.

Strasburg was cruising for 3 2/3 innings, allowing one hit and striking out three batters, as the Nationals led the Giants, 3-0. Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos believed that Strasburg was having his best game of the season.

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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.