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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Keuchel gets plenty of support in 11th win

Keuchel gets plenty of support in 11th win

CLEVELAND -- The Astros put their foot on the gas in the first inning and didn't let up, collecting 16 hits, including 10 against Indians starter Carlos Carrasco, for a 9-4 series-opening victory at Progressive Field on Monday night.

"We swung the bats extremely well and I thought our game plan against Carrasco was great," Astros manager A.J. Hinch said. "We executed it. We had three or four guys getting on base three or more times. When you have big nights like that out of multiple guys, it's usually a good sign. Good effort on the first game of the series against a good pitcher."

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Cardinals spoil Lester's milestone night

Cardinals spoil Lester's milestone night

CHICAGO -- Jon Lester had more hits himself than the Cardinals did through six innings, but he and the Cubs couldn't shut down St. Louis completely.

Yadier Molina hit a sacrifice fly and Kolten Wong added an RBI single in the seventh to lift the Cardinals to a 6-0 rain-interrupted victory on Monday night over Lester and the Cubs, who dropped to 2-8 against their National League Central rivals.

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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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Richard Justice

The 10 most compelling ASG selections

The 10 most compelling ASG selections

Here's to you, A.J. Burnett. Talk about your basic sweet going-away present. Pretty cool, huh? That Burnett's first All-Star selection comes in his 17th season at the age of 38 might just make the honor even more meaningful.

He keeps telling us this season will be his last, that he returned to Pittsburgh to help the Pirates win a World Series. Regardless, this is no ceremonial honor. With a 1.99 ERA, 113 innings and 94 strikeouts, he's more than deserving.

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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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Birthday bash: Tucker celebrates with 4 hits

Astros outfielder finishes a triple shy of the cycle

Birthday bash: Tucker celebrates with 4 hits

CLEVELAND -- Astros outfielder Preston Tucker celebrated his 25th birthday in style Monday night, setting a career high with four hits and finishing a triple shy of the cycle to pace a 16-hit attack in a 9-4 win over the Indians at Progressive Field.

Tucker, whose playing time has increased with George Springer on the disabled list due to a fractured right wrist, became the first player to get four or more hits on his birthday since Jacoby Ellsbury on Sept. 11, 2012. The only other Astros player to do it was Jeff Bagwell vs. the Cardinals on May 27, 2003.

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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 1.13 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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Devers, Chavis among Monday's top prospect performers

Red Sox Nos. 4 and 10 prospects both launch two-run homers for Class A Greenville

Devers, Chavis among Monday's top prospect performers

A couple of Top 10 Red Sox prospects helped Class A Greenville to an 8-7 win over Savannah on Monday.

The players in question -- No. 4 prospect (No. 80 overall) Rafael Devers and No. 10 prospect Michael Chavis -- broke out of a combined 0-for-26 drought with a pair of two-run homers and five total RBIs.

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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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Fred Zinkie

DraftKings picks: Rockies could rock Heaney

DraftKings picks: Rockies could rock 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.

Play halted after foul ball hits Miller Park fan

Game halted after fan hit in face by foul at Miller Park

Play halted after foul ball hits Miller Park fan

MILWAUKEE -- After the Braves completed a 5-3 win over the Brewers at Miller Park on Monday night, both teams expressed concern about an unidentified female fan who was struck in the face by Eury Perez's foul ball in the top of the ninth inning.

"It's just awful," Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. "For everybody in [the clubhouse], our prayers go out to her. You hate to see it. You hope she's able to recover and enjoy a game again."

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Phil Rogers

South Side shows Cubs what they're missing

Chicago's North Side team could help close gap with arm like Sale's

South Side shows Cubs what they're missing

CHICAGO -- On the South Side, Chris Sale took care of business.

And further north, at just about the same time that the White Sox were stepping up to back Sale, business took care of Jon Lester.

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Braves halt Brewers' win streak at eight

Braves halt Brewers' win streak at eight

MILWAUKEE -- Kelly Johnson's two-run homer fueled the early offensive uprising the Braves used to cool off the red-hot Brewers and claim a 5-3 win Monday night at Miller Park. Milwaukee had won its past eight games.

The Braves, who have won five of their past six games, tallied a pair of runs in each of the first two innings against Kyle Lohse, who was fortunate to only allow four runs while surrendering 11 hits over five innings. Lohse surrendered hits, including a pair of A.J. Pierzynski doubles, to nine of the first 14 batters he faced, but he did not allow a run after the second.

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Iwakuma's return from DL marred by homers

Iwakuma's return from DL marred by homers

SEATTLE -- Last Tuesday night in Tacoma, Mariners pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma kept the ball down, kept hitters off balance and threw his 84-mph splitter with consistency in his third and final Minor League rehab start. Mentally and physically, he said he was ready for his return to the Mariners.

Six days later, Iwakuma (0-1, 7.17 ERA) left his first Major League start since April 20 disappointed he could not keep the Tigers in the ballpark in a 12-5 loss for the Mariners, but he was pleased with his health after the five-run, 68-pitch outing.

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Tigers homer four times to rout Mariners

Tigers homer four times to rout Mariners

SEATTLE -- The Tigers pounded out 19 hits and four home runs to earn a 12-5 series-opening win at Safeco Field on Monday night. Nick Castellanos had four hits and four RBIs and Victor Martinez added another four hits for a Detroit offense that scored 10-plus runs for the sixth time this season.

The Mariners took a 5-3 lead in the bottom of the fifth on a three-run home run by Logan Morrison, but Final Vote candidate Yoenis Cespedes started a decisive five-run sixth inning with the Tigers' fourth solo homer. Detroit then knocked five straight singles to open a four-run seventh inning that blew the game open.

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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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Once again, Wong's glove a game-changer

Once again, Wong's glove a game-changer

CHICAGO -- Kolten Wong wasn't sure if the degree of difficulty matched that of his defensive gem from Sunday, but his phenomenal diving stop, off-balance flip and double play on Monday lit the way for an eventual 6-0 Cardinals win over the Cubs.

"Game saver," catcher Yadier Molina later described it. "Amazing."

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