AL, NL starters unveiled; rosters Monday

AL, NL starters unveiled; rosters Monday

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 next Tuesday night 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.

Matz blanks Dodgers for six as Mets roll

Matz blanks Dodgers for six as Mets roll

LOS ANGELES -- For once, the Mets had little trouble scoring Sunday at Dodger Stadium. And they didn't even need Steven Matz to contribute that much with the bat.

Matz did drive home his fifth run in two games in the Mets' 8-0 win over the Dodgers, also delivering six shutout innings in his second career start. Wilmer Flores added four hits to pace the eight-run attack, which featured two more runs than they scored in their previous five games combined.

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Anthony DiComo is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook, and listen to his podcast. Steve Bourbon is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Marisnick makes stellar grab to end threat

Marisnick makes stellar grab to end threat

BOSTON -- Welcome back, Jake Marisnick.

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.

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Brian McTaggart is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Tag's Lines. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter. 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 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.

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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 catches against Twins

Gordon good as Gold with catches 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 of a 3-2 walk-off win 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.

Strasburg had an MRI early Sunday and the results revealed the injury.

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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.

White Sox rob another homer from Davis

Shuck makes leaping catch on Sunday to match Garcia's snag on Saturday

White Sox rob another homer from Davis

CHICAGO -- If Chris Davis falls two home runs short of a particular milestone this season, he knows they were taken away on the Fourth of July weekend at U.S. Cellular Field.

Davis hit a line drive to right in the ninth inning of the White Sox 3-2 victory Saturday that Avisail Garcia snared over the right-field wall for the second out of the inning.

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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.

With final boost, Frazier named ASG starter

Third baseman voted into first All-Star starting lineup, will play in front of home fans on July 14

With final boost, Frazier named ASG starter

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.

A two-time All-Star and first time starter, Frazier was elected by the fans with 9,233,686 votes. It was almost 2.1 million votes ahead of the Cardinals' Matt Carpenter, who led each week in voting updates. Frazier is the first Reds player to start in the All-Star Game since Brandon Phillips and Joey Votto in 2013, and the first Cincinnati third baseman to start since Chris Sabo in 1991.

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Mark Sheldon is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Mark My Word, follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon and Facebook and listen to his podcast. 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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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.

Adrian hit on hand, expects to play Monday

Dodgers slugger diagnosed with bruised right hand

Adrian hit on hand, expects to play Monday

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.

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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.

Hanley's go-ahead HR lifts Sox over Astros

Hanley's go-ahead HR lifts Sox over Astros

BOSTON -- Hanley Ramirez belted a two-run homer to left that just cleared the Green Monster with one out in the seventh that led the Red Sox to a comeback 5-4 victory over the Astros in the rubber match of a three-game series on Sunday at Fenway Park.

David Ortiz, who has struggled mightily against lefties this season, worked a key walk against Tony Sipp to set up Ramirez's homer. It was Ortiz's second walk against a lefty this season. Ramirez's homer erased the bitter taste that occurred in the top of the seventh, when Alexi Ogando surrendered a game-tying two-run homer to Carlos Correa and then a go-ahead solo shot by Evan Gattis.

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Ian Browne is a reporter for MLB.com. Brian McTaggart is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Tag's Lines. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Trout elected to AL All-Stars' starting outfield

Trout elected to AL All-Stars' starting outfield

Mike Trout is headed back to the All-Star Game.

It's basically assumed at the start of every year, and it was deemed official, again, on Sunday, when Trout was named to the American League's 2015 starting lineup by virtue of the fan votes. The final tally showed the Angels' superstar center fielder with 14,013,021 votes, tops among AL outfielders and second only to Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson for the overall lead.

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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.

Lynn and Pham lead Cardinals over Padres

Lynn and Pham lead Cardinals over Padres

ST. LOUIS -- Behind the bats of their starting pitcher and most recent callup, the Cardinals salvaged a series split with a 3-1 victory over the Padres at Busch Stadium on Sunday. Offense was at a premium throughout the four-game series, as the two teams combined for just 18 runs.

San Diego struck first with a Matt Kemp RBI single in the third to score Yangervis Solarte, who had advanced into scoring position on Lance Lynn's errant pickoff move. But Lynn, who went on to finish seven three-hit innings, retired 11 straight beginning with Kolten Wong's web gem to end that frame.

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Corey Brock and Jenifer Langosch are reporters for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Harper earns All-Star start with most NL votes

Nationals star headed to third Midsummer Classic

Harper earns All-Star start with most NL votes

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 than any other National League player.

Harper, still three months shy of his 23rd birthday, had a first half for the ages -- to the point where he has been called "The Natural." Entering Sunday's series finale vs. the Giants, he was among the league leaders in almost every offensive category, including home runs (25), RBIs (60), batting average (.344) and on-base percentage (.470).

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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.

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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Rangers' Hamilton slowed by groin strain

Rangers' Hamilton slowed by groin strain

ARLINGTON -- Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton, after missing a month with a left hamstring injury and being activated last Tuesday, is now dealing with a slightly strained left groin muscle.

The Rangers are not putting Hamilton on the disabled list but he was out of the starting lineup for the second straight game on Sunday night. The Rangers could be seeing the result of Hamilton missing all of Spring Training and the first six weeks of the season while recovering from shoulder surgery.

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T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields, and follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger. 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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Hendricks does heavy lifting in shutout of Marlins

Hendricks does heavy lifting in shutout of Marlins

CHICAGO -- The Cubs' offense tallied just three hits on Sunday, but it proved to be enough for starter Kyle Hendricks in a 2-0 victory over the Marlins at Wrigley Field. Chicago took two of three games from Miami to improve to 4-1 in July.

Hendricks pitched 7 1/3 brilliant innings, allowing five hits while striking out six to pick up his fourth win of the season, and second in a row. It was just his fifth quality start in 16 outings, but the Cubs have now won 11 games at Wrigley when he starts.

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Joe Frisaro is a reporter for MLB.com. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast. Greg Garno is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Young fan loses souvenir, Braun tosses it back

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Young fan loses souvenir, Braun tosses it back

Ryan Braun caught a fly ball near the wall in left to end the top of the second inning of Sunday's Reds-Brewers game, and, evidently well-versed in the Grand Unifying Theory of Souvenirs (read: just give it to the cute little kid) he knew exactly what to do. 

Unfortunately, the cute little kid in question was not on the same page.

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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.

Marte exits in 4th with discomfort in left side

Left fielder will be re-evaluated Monday, has dealt with similar issue before

Marte exits in 4th with discomfort in left side

PITTSBURGH -- Pirates left fielder Starling Marte left Sunday's 5-3 win over 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.

Smith's RBIs give Mariners a lift over A's

Smith's RBIs give Mariners a lift over A's

OAKLAND -- Mike Montgomery couldn't duplicate his back-to-back shutouts, but the Mariners rookie southpaw won his third straight start Sunday as Seattle topped the A's, 2-1, to split a four-game series at the Coliseum.

Montgomery (4-2, 1.62 ERA) allowed one run on six hits in 5 2/3 innings as he continues his strong showing as a replacement for the injured James Paxton. Seattle (38-44) closed out its road trip with a 5-4 mark and is now 7-3 against the A's.

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Trevor Hass is an associate reporter for MLB.com. Greg Johns is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his Mariners Musings blog, and listen to his podcast. 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.

Big inning spurs Blue Jays over Tigers in finale

Big inning spurs Blue Jays over Tigers in finale

DETROIT -- The Blue Jays had seen vintage Anibal Sanchez on Friday, vintage David Price on Saturday and, for a stretch Sunday, were facing vintage Justin Verlander. Then they unloaded for six runs in the fifth inning off the right-hander, avoiding a sweep with a 10-5 win at Comerica Park.

Home runs by Jose Bautista and Justin Smoak capped Toronto's scorching fifth, which began when left fielder Danny Valencia worked a leadoff walk despite falling behind in the count, 0-2. Before allowing five hits in that inning, Verlander had retired 12 of the last 13 batters he had faced following third baseman Josh Donaldson's single that scored Jose Reyes in the first.

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Alejandro Zúñiga is an associate reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @ByAZuniga. 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.

Marlins option struggling Ozuna to Triple-A

Outfielder in midst of 1-for-36 slump; corresponding move not yet announced

Marlins option struggling Ozuna to Triple-A

CHICAGO -- Marcell Ozuna, in the midst of a 1-for-36 slump, was optioned to Triple-A New Orleans on Sunday after the Marlins' 2-0 loss to the Cubs at Wrigley Field.

The 24-year-old center fielder has seen his production decline since he was batting .280 on June 23. Since then, he has one hit and is riding an 0-for-19 spell after going hitless in three at-bats in the series finale at Chicago.

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Joe Frisaro is a reporter for MLB.com. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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.

"Guys see guys having good at-bats and it's been contagious," Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. "That's gone on up and down the lineup. It's success and then it's confidence and then it's contagious."

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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.

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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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