In final days, many ASG races up for grabs

Donaldson, Cruz take leads; Frazier, Altuve narrowly trail leaders

In final days, many ASG races up for grabs

Josh Donaldson and Nelson Cruz have taken leads at their positions, Omar Infante and Jose Altuve are still in a close race, Todd Frazier is making a strong bid to be a hometown starter, and both outfields are far from decided as voting via the thrilling 2015 Esurance All-Star Game Ballot heads toward its finish at 11:59 p.m. ET on 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.

All-Star starters to be revealed Sunday night

Reserves, Final Vote candidates announced next Monday on ESPN

All-Star starters to be revealed Sunday night

While you continue to vote in these final and frenetic days of the 2015 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot, Major League Baseball announced today that the starting position players will be unveiled in a new manner at 7:30 p.m. ET Sunday on the "Esurance All-Star Starters Selection Show" on ESPN, prior to the "Sunday Night Baseball" matchup featuring the Giants and Nationals.

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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.

What's next: Royals-Astros in 1st-place collision

Marlins' Hernandez set for long-awaited return from Tommy John surgery

What's next: Royals-Astros in 1st-place collision

Last year's surprise vs. this year's surprise sets up for great theater, but as the Major League calendar turns to July in the week ahead, should anything really seem out of the ordinary?

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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.

Waino eyes comeback before season's end

After tearing left Achilles tendon in April, Cards' ace pushes limits of return timetable

Waino eyes comeback before season's end

ST. LOUIS -- Adam Wainwright sat at his Busch Stadium locker in full uniform on Friday before the Cardinals opened a series against the Cubs. He had some photo obligations that required him to wear a pair of white baseball pants, which clung tightly to the walking boot on his left foot.

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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.

Today's starting lineups: June 29

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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Alyson Footer

Power Rankings: O's on the move, Cards still on top

Power Rankings: O's on the move, Cards still on top

As we take a look at Week 13 of the MLB.com Power Rankings presented by The All-New Chrysler 200, we have one eye on the pending Trade Deadline, which will be here before you know it -- a little over a month from now.

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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.

Astros agree with comp pick Cameron

Astros agree with comp pick Cameron

Outfielder Daz Cameron agreed to terms with the Astros on Monday. Houston, which had already agreed to terms with first-rounders Alex Bregman and Kyle Tucker, reached a deal with Cameron that will pay him $4 million, according to MLBPipeline.com's Jim Callis.

The Astros have not confirmed the deal.

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

HR Derby to feature brackets, timed rounds

HR Derby to feature brackets, timed rounds

Next month's 2015 Gillette Home Run Derby presented by Head & Shoulders is getting a significant makeover.

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

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Fred Zinkie

DraftKings picks: Fielder leads Rangers stack

DraftKings picks: Fielder leads Rangers stack

Welcome to DraftKings fantasy baseball, the Official Daily Fantasy Game of Major League Baseball.

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Fred Zinkie is the lead fantasy baseball writer for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @FredZinkieMLB.

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MacPhail to be Phillies president after season

Veteran executive will first be special assistant to Gillick

MacPhail to be Phillies president after season

PHILADELPHIA -- A critical piece to the Phillies' future was brought into the fold Monday afternoon at Citizens Bank Park.

Phillies ownership partner John Middleton and president Pat Gillick introduced Andy MacPhail at a news conference, during which they revealed that MacPhail will succeed Gillick as club president after the season. In the meantime, he will be a special assistant to Gillick.

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Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his Phillies blog The Zo Zone, follow him on Twitter and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Richard Justice

Mets shouldn't give up future to compete now

Matz joins Harvey, deGrom, Syndergaard as part of untouchable core

Mets shouldn't give up future to compete now

There you go, Mets fans. There's your future. Few teams have a brighter one. This is how championship teams are built.

Yes, the Mets need offense. Yes, this rebuilding thing has gone on long enough. But here's the good news.

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Richard Justice is a columnist for MLB.com. Read his blog, Justice4U. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

#ASGWorthy Arenado earns NL POW honors

#ASGWorthy Arenado earns NL POW honors

Nolan Arenado is coming off his Babe Ruth week. Arenado, who hit seven home runs in his last six games, was recognized as the National League Player of the Week on Monday. The Rockies' third baseman had three multihomer games and led the Major Leagues in homers, RBIs (14) and slugging (1.348) last week.

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

Gardner earns AL Player of the Week honors

Yankees outfielder's showing at the plate plenty for 3rd career recognition

Gardner earns AL Player of the Week honors

Yankees outfielder Brett Gardner has been named the American League Player of the Week after leading the league in hits, runs, on-base percentage, slugging and total bases last week.

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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.

Meet the Matz: Historic debut for Mets lefty

Four RBIs is most by pitcher, Mets rookie in MLB debut

Meet the Matz: Historic debut for Mets lefty

NEW YORK -- For hours, Steven Matz made Citi Field's clubhouse his home, arriving early Sunday morning with plenty of time to marvel at the "comfortable couches." Welcome to the big leagues; the idle hours are not so bad. It was not until he stepped to the mound in the late afternoon that jitters truly enveloped Matz, who fired his first 96-mph fastball to the brick behind home plate.

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

AFL alums dominate Futures Game rosters

AFL alums dominate Futures Game rosters

The Arizona Fall League is still doing an outstanding job at predicting the future.

The lineups for the 2015 SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game were released Friday, and 18 of the players who will play in the prospect showcase have already been featured in the Arizona Fall League. Some of the others may well play in this year's edition of the AFL, but 36 percent of the 50 players have already starred out west.

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

Recalling Moonlight Graham's lone game

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Recalling Moonlight Graham's lone game

Imagine climbing Mount Everest, but not being able to plant a flag at the summit. That's basically what happened to former MLB outfielder Archibald Wright Graham. Affectionately known as "Moonlight," Graham appeared in exactly one MLB game. 

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Jonathan Mayo

Twins trio, led by Sano, on Prospect Team of Week

Twins trio, led by Sano, on Prospect Team of Week

MLBPipeline.com's Prospect Team of the Week honors the best performances from the previous seven days. Any player currently on an organization Top 30 Prospects list on our Prospect Watch is eligible, including big leaguers.

When Miguel Sano was hitting just .159 and slugging .381 in April, no one in the Twins organization was overly concerned. They knew the rust from having missed the 2014 season because of Tommy John surgery would be considerable, and fully expected him to return to the power-hitting corner infielder he was before the injury.

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Jonathan Mayo is a reporter for MLBPipeline.com and writes a blog, B3. Follow @JonathanMayo on Twitter. 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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Fred Zinkie

5 fantasy trade targets to bolster your roster

5 fantasy trade targets to bolster your roster

As we near the midpoint of the season, fantasy owners should be focused on trading for players who can produce statistics that exceed expectations. Taking a chance on a slumping star such as Robinson Cano or Ian Desmond is fine in April or May, but by now, a better plan is to focus on those who can hit the ground running on a new roster. The players listed below could each provide notable production without requiring a sizable investment.

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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.

Braves have one eye on present, two on future

Flurry of roster moves indicates desire to compete

Braves have one eye on present, two on future

ATLANTA -- Though the Braves have spent this season's first three months living up to John Hart's description of not being "the prettiest girl at the dance," the countless acquisitions and roster moves the club's front office has made indicates that it is not willing to simply settle for routine disappointment this year, despite admittedly placing a greater focus on the future.

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

Altuve runs long way to pull off circus catch

Second baseman gets starter McHugh out of a jam against Yankees

Altuve runs long way to pull off circus catch

HOUSTON -- Jose Altuve ranged from second base all the way to the right-field foul line and made a juggling catch of an Alex Rodriguez blooper to get starter Collin McHugh out of a third-inning jam on Sunday. The Astros went on to win, 3-1, to split their four-game series with New York. According to Statcast™, Altuve reached a top speed of 18.8 mph and traveled 119 feet.

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

Donaldson's multihit game helps All-Star case

Slugger goes deep, says team wins more important than individual votes

Donaldson's multihit game helps All-Star case

TORONTO -- Josh Donaldson says he'll trade votes for wins any day of the week.

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Dan Toman is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Gomez can't keep helmet on, gets chin strap

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Gomez can't keep helmet on, gets chin strap

Carlos Gomez loves baseball. Well, we all love baseball, but Gomez loves it like very small children love their pets. You know -- the kids you have to tell to stop hugging Fluffy so tight because they might squash her.

Need an example? In the Brewers' series against the Twins last weekend, he swung so hard that he knocked his helmet off. 

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MadBum hits HR, Duffy flirts with cycle in win

MadBum hits HR, Duffy flirts with cycle in win

SAN FRANCISCO -- Matt Duffy finished a single away from hitting for the cycle to support Madison Bumgarner's 7 2/3 innings of two-run ball, as the San Francisco Giants beat the Colorado Rockies, 6-3, in the series finale Sunday afternoon at AT&T Park.

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Thomas Harding is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb, and like his Facebook page. Oliver Macklin is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Arenado keeps up torrid stretch with 2 homers

Rockies third baseman has streak of run, hit, RBI in seven games

Arenado keeps up torrid stretch with 2 homers

SAN FRANCISCO -- The Rockies' Nolan Arenado has strong statistics that can be used to debate his standing among third basemen in the Majors - he added two homers and three RBIs to the case during Sunday's 6-3 loss to the Giants. But Arenado seeks meaning over numbers.

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Roger Schlueter

Stats of the Day: Matz's memorable debut

Mets pitcher's effort at the plate puts him in historic company, adds icing to win

Stats of the Day: Matz's memorable debut

Here are five interesting items from around the big leagues this weekend.

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Tracy Ringolsby

Moore's roster work bearing fruit for Royals

Moore's roster work bearing fruit for Royals

Royals general manager Dayton Moore is a detail-oriented guy.

Oh, Moore can see the big picture. That's why in the aftermath of Kansas City advancing to the postseason for the first time in 29 years, he moved quickly to sign Kendrys Morales to replace free-agent designated hitter Billy Butler last offseason.

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Tracy Ringolsby is a columnist for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

AL East race incredibly tight near midpoint

Entering Monday, top four teams in division within one game of each other

AL East race incredibly tight near midpoint

The American League East has long been known as one of the most competitive divisions in baseball -- with four different champions in the last five seasons -- but it's been quite some time since any division in baseball was so close at this point in the season.

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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.

McCann's walk-off HR caps Tigers' comeback

McCann's walk-off HR caps Tigers' comeback

DETROIT -- The Orioles have pie. The Nationals have chocolate syrup. And the Tigers have scoops of dirt.

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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.

Motte: Cubs have Cardinals' unwavering spirit

After playing in St. Louis during title run, reliever said Chicago can similarly roll with punches

Motte: Cubs have Cardinals' unwavering spirit

CHICAGO -- Jason Motte knows all about how tough St. Louis is, having worn Cardinal red from 2008-14, but he said there's no secret formula to the Redbirds' success. The reliever also said the Cubs are showing signs of the same resilience.

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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.