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.
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.
White Sox left-hander Chris Sale will be looking to set a Major League record for most consecutive double-digit strikeout games when he takes the mound against one of his former mentors in Mark Buehrle on Monday night at U.S. Cellular Field.
Sale has struck out at least 10 batters in each of his last eight starts, which tied the record that Pedro Martinez set in 1999. Along the way, he picked up American League Pitcher of the Month honors for June with a 2-2 record and a sparkling 1.83 ERA.
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.
LOS ANGELES -- No one can really say this enough: The Mets have so much good, young, frontline pitching. There's a bright future in store for an organization that hasn't made the playoffs since 2006 or won a World Series since 1986.
"I don't think it's the future, I think it's right now," said Mets captain David Wright on Sunday.
The starters for the American and National League All-Star teams were announced on Sunday evening, and the rest of the rosters for the Midsummer Classic will be revealed on Monday. There will be much arguing, discussing, debating and debunking over the seven days of The Week Ahead in Major League Baseball.
And then there are the other All-Star-related topics to discuss as well. Who will you tab for selection for the big game at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati a week from Tuesday out of the Final Vote contenders? Who's going to win the Gillette Home Run Derby presented by Head & Shoulders? Who will shine the brightest in the Futures Game?
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
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 of a 3-2 walk-off win against the Twins on Sunday at Kauffman Stadium.
Paul Casella is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @paul_casella. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
MLB celebrates Women's World Cup title
By Michael Clair |
One day after America celebrated its 239th birthday with salted meats and chilly drinks, we got to celebrate all over again with the Women's World Cup Finals. With the U.S. Women's National Team looking to win its first Cup since Brandi Chastain's iconic 1999 penalty kick, and facing off against Japan, a team that defeated the USWNT in the 2011 finals, the pressure was on.
So even with a full slate of Major League games on Sunday, ballplayers found some time to get excited.
The American League East division is by no stretch the toughest division in the league, nor is it considered a powerhouse, a word that was, for a long while, synonymous with this particular cluster of teams.
CINCINNATI -- With the equivalent of a big kick in the last lap of a race, Reds third baseman Todd Frazier sprinted his way in the final week of voting into the starting lineup for the National League All-Star team. Frazier will get to represent the host Reds in the All-Star Game July 14 at Great American Ball Park.
LOS ANGELES -- The second half of the season for the Dodgers began just about the way the regular season began -- with another starting pitcher placed on the disabled list.
At the end of Spring Training it was Hyun-Jin Ryu, who was lost for the season after surgery to correct an impingement in his left shoulder. On Sunday, it was Carlos Frias, out now for at least 15 days with a back issue. Along the way, the Dodgers also lost Brandon McCarthy to Tommy John surgery.
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.
Best highlights for the AL All-Star starting lineup
By Michael Clair |
If you thought the Fourth of July was full of fireworks, just wait until July 14 in Cincinnati when baseball's biggest stars converge at Great American Ballpark for the 2015 MLB All-Star Game.
And with home-field advantage in the Fall Classic on the line, you can be sure that the Junior Circuit is going to send the best of their best to Cincy. We're talking guys on pace for 50 homers, guys on pace 50 steals, rookies, veterans ... the best of the best regardless of how they get it done.
Cash Kruth is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @cashkruth. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
Stats of the Day: Harper blasts way into group
Nats outfielder becomes 4th player in age-22 or younger season with 25 HRs by break
By Roger Schlueter
Special to MLB.com |
Here are five interesting items from around the big leagues this weekend.
On Saturday, 22-year-old Bryce Harper hit his 25th home run of the year. With the homer, Harper became the fourth player to be in an age-22 or younger season and have at least 25 homers by the All-Star break. He joined Eddie Mathews (27 in 1953), Johnny Bench (28 in 1970) and Alex Rodriguez (27 in 1998). Entering Sunday, Harper had 60 RBIs and 60 walks to go along with his 25 home runs. He is the 37th player to reach all three of those numbers by the All-Star break, and the only one to do it while being in an age-22 or younger season. Previously, the only player to do this in an age-23 or younger season was Reggie Jackson, who had 37 home runs, 79 RBIs and 64 walks in the 1969 season's first half.
Playing his first game since being activated from the 15-day disabled list, the center fielder made one of the best catches of the season in the Astros' eventual 5-4 loss when he followed a long run with a leaping grab while crashing into the Green Monster for the final out of the sixth inning to rob Brock Holt of extra bases.
WASHINGTON -- After dominating the headlines in the first half of the 2015 season, Bryce Harper is taking his show to one of baseball's grandest stages. Harper has been voted into the 2015 All-Star Game as a starter by the fans, marking his third All-Star appearance and his second as a starter. He garnered more votes (13,864,950) than any other National League player.
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 3-1 Cardinals win over San Diego.
With runners on first and second and the Padres leading, 1-0, 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 inning-ending catch.
WASHINGTON -- Off the bat, Wilson Ramos thought he caught all of his sixth-inning solo home run. After seeing a replay of the shot -- his eighth of the year -- the Nationals catcher realized the ball barely found the right-center-field seats. Either way, the home run proved the difference in Washington's 3-1 win over San Francisco on Sunday, which completed a three-game sweep of the World Series champions.
"Next time I hit it," Ramos said, "I need to hit it harder and run a little bit more hard."
Jacob Emert is an associate reporter for MLB.com. 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.
LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez left Sunday's 8-0 loss to the Mets in the fourth inning after he was hit on the right hand by a pitch earlier in the game. Gonzalez was diagnosed with a bruise.
In the first inning, in his first at-bat of the day, Gonzalez was plunked with a 95-mph fastball from Mets right-hander Steven Matz. Gonzalez remained in the game until the fourth, when Alex Guerrero pinch-hit for him.