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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Rising Star: Dozier's walk-off HR clips Orioles

Rising Star: Dozier's walk-off HR clips Orioles

MINNEAPOLIS -- Brian Dozier was left off the All-Star Game roster on Monday, but he proved why he's a worthy candidate, crushing a two-run blast in the 10th inning to lift the Twins to a 4-2 walk-off win over the Orioles at Target Field.

Dozier, one of five American League candidates for the Esurance MLB Final Vote, deposited a 2-0 fastball from reliever Tommy Hunter over the left-field fence for his team-leading 17th homer of the year. It gave the Twins their third-walk off win of the season.

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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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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.

Gordon Beckham started the eighth by reaching on Jose Reyes' fielding error on a routine ground ball to short. Two outs later, Adam Eaton singled to center. Jose Abreu hit the next pitch for a game-tying single to center, and Melky Cabrera followed with a two-run double down the left-field line.

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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.

Six of Houston's first seven batters reached base as the Astros accumulated an early 4-0 advantage. Preston Tucker (4-for-5) tacked on another run with a solo homer in the fourth inning, and Carrasco lasted just one more batter. The 28-year-old righty allowed five earned runs on 10 hits and a walk in four innings. He struck out five.

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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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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 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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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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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

Newcomers highlight star-studded ASG

Newcomers highlight star-studded ASG

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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Play halted after foul ball hits Miller Park fan

MILWAUKEE -- Monday night's game between the Braves and Brewers was temporarily halted in the top of the ninth inning when a Eury Perez foul ball struck a fan who was seated approximately seven rows above the Brewers' dugout, on the first base side.

Stadium personnel employees and EMTs attended to the unidentified female fan before she was helped out of the aisle with her forehead covered.

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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. After gaining a 4-1 lead before he threw his first pitch in the second, Matt Wisler minimized the potential damage he encountered during the fifth and sixth. The Atlanta right-hander, who was making his fourth career start, limited the Brewers to three runs and seven hits over 5 2/3 innings.

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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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Sale named AL All-Star, goes the distance

Lefty's streak of 10-plus strikeouts ends in complete-game victory

Sale named AL All-Star, goes the distance

CHICAGO -- A Major League record of nine straight games with double-digit strikeouts eluded Chris Sale during a 4-2 White Sox victory over the Blue Jays on Monday night at U.S. Cellular Field. But that accomplishment stood as pretty much the only one missed out on during this exciting evening by the lanky left-hander.

Prior to his six-strikeout, 108-pitch complete-game effort, Sale was selected as an All-Star for the fourth straight year. He'll make the trip to Cincinnati as the only White Sox representative, elected by the players after finishing behind Dallas Keuchel, Chris Archer and Sonny Gray among the voting for starting pitchers.

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Dozier makes Final Vote case with walk-off HR

Dozier makes Final Vote case with walk-off HR

MINNEAPOLIS -- Twins second baseman Brian Dozier was left off the American League roster for the 2015 All-Star Game on July 14 in Cincinnati, but he still has a chance to become an All-Star for the first time in his career via the Esurance MLB Final Vote.

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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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Pence looks great in BP, nearing return

Pence looks great in BP, nearing return

SAN FRANCISCO -- The San Francisco Giants could be getting a big boost for their offense before the All-Star break.

Right fielder Hunter Pence, who has been on the disabled list retroactive to June 3 with left wrist tendinitis, was scheduled to meet with team doctors Monday to determine if he will be able to return to the lineup later in the week, manager Bruce Bochy said.

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Suarez's homer gives Reds final word in D.C.

Suarez's homer gives Reds final word in D.C.

WASHINGTON -- Eugenio Suarez's third home run of the season, a high fly ball down the left-field line in the eighth inning that just kept carrying, was all that separated the Reds and Nationals on Monday in Cincinnati's 3-2 series-opening win at Nationals Park.

"He got it enough," Nationals manager Matt Williams said. "When it's humid and warm like this, the ball carries pretty well, and he hit it in the perfect spot. Just got it over, inside the pole."

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Rays-Royals game rained out; fans evacuated

Rays-Royals game rained out; fans evacuated

KANSAS CITY -- Monday night's game between the Royals and Rays at Kauffman Stadium scheduled for 7:10 p.m. CT was postponed due to rain and the threat of tornadoes in the area.

About 90 minutes prior to game time, the stadium staff evacuated all fans and personnel into the underground tunnels. The postponement announcement came about 20 minutes later. Fans were kept in the underground tunnels until the tornado threat passed.

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D-backs execs to make goodwill visit to Japan

Club has been active internationally, hopes to continue to cultivate relationships

D-backs execs to make goodwill visit to Japan

PHOENIX -- The D-backs' front office will continue to pile up the frequent flier miles as a contingent of executives will travel to Japan as part of a one-week goodwill trip from Aug. 14-20.

Team president/CEO Derrick Hall, chief baseball officer Tony LaRussa and special assistants Randy Johnson and Luis Gonzalez will visit with the Nippon Professional Baseball Commissioner's Office, MLB Japan, several NPB teams' front offices and the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo and will make a public appearance at the Major League Baseball Road Show.

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Rollins: Facing Phils in LA just 'another game'

Rollins: Facing Phils in LA just 'another game'

LOS ANGELES -- Jimmy Rollins is not feeling especially nostalgic this week at Dodger Stadium.

The Phillies are in town, but they traded him to the Dodgers in December. So those warm and fuzzy feelings about facing his former team?

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Bucs walk off on Alvarez's single vs. Padres

Bucs walk off on Alvarez's single vs. Padres

PITTSBURGH -- Pedro Alvarez's single with two outs in the ninth scored All-Star Andrew McCutchen and gave the Pirates a 2-1 win over San Diego on Monday night, their fifth win in six games moving them a season-high 14 games over .500. Alvarez delivered his second career walk-off hit off Brandon Maurer, who, with one out, had walked McCutchen and allowed a single to Jung Ho Kang. McCutchen moved to third on Francisco Cervelli's fly to center before Alvarez's game-winner.

San Diego starter James Shields faced only one batter over the minimum through 6 1/3 innings, but a double by McCutchen with one out in the seventh led to the tying run on third baseman Yangervis Solarte's errant throw on a two-out grounder by Alvarez.

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Keuchel joins Altuve on AL All-Star squad

Astros left-hander a candidate to start Midsummer Classic

Keuchel joins Altuve on AL All-Star squad

CLEVELAND -- Astros manager A.J. Hinch called lefty Dallas Keuchel hours before he took the ball Monday against the Indians and informed him he had made the American League All-Star team. It certainly came as no surprise considering the numbers Keuchel has amassed this year.

Keuchel, who kept the news secret until it was announced on television Monday night, then went out and picked up his AL-high 11th win of the season by holding the Indians to three runs in six innings in the Astros' 9-4 win in the series opener at Progressive Field.

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At long last, a hit for Lester

At long last, a hit for Lester

CHICAGO -- Jon Lester's long hitless nightmare is over.

The veteran left-hander recorded his first Major League hit with an infield single off the Cardinals' John Lackey in the second inning on Monday night to end a career hitless streak that began in 2006.

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Felix earns Mariners-record 6th All-Star nod

Felix earns Mariners-record 6th All-Star nod

SEATTLE -- Felix Hernandez earned his sixth All-Star bid on Monday, surpassing Randy Johnson for the most invitations for any pitcher in Mariners history.

Hernandez, 29, was the only Mariners player added to the American League team on Monday, when pitchers and backup position players were announced. He joins teammate Nelson Cruz, who was voted by the fans as the AL's starting designated hitter.

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Garza on DL with right shoulder tendinitis

Knebel called up from Triple-A; Cravy to start Tuesday

Garza on DL with right shoulder tendinitis

MILWAUKEE -- In a cautionary move to get him some rest without missing multiple starts, Brewers starter Matt Garza was placed on the 15-day disabled list due to right shoulder tendinitis Monday. Right-hander Corey Knebel was recalled from Triple-A Colorado Springs and rookie Tyler Cravy will start in Garza's spot Tuesday against the Braves.

Garza, whose 5.55 ERA would be the highest since his rookie season, has dealt with the issue for a while and hopes the rest over the All-Star break will allow him to miss just one start.

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