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MLB Announces First Ambassador of Inclusion

MLB Announces First Ambassador of Inclusion

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(MINNEAPOLIS) — Major League Baseball announced on Tuesday that former outfielder Billy Bean will serve as the first ambassador of inclusion.
“We are proud to announce our hiring of former major leaguer Billy Bean as a consultant that will serve as Major League Baseball’s first ambassador of inclusion,” commissioner Bud Selig said at a news conference.
In that role, Bean will provide training and guidance related to efforts to support those in the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community throughout baseball. He’ll work with teams throughout the majors and minor leagues.
Bean played in the majors from 1987-1989 and 1993-1995 with the Detroit Tigers, Los Angeles Dodgers and San Diego Padres. After his playing career was over, Bean revealed that he is gay.
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Cespedes Wins Second-Straight HR Derby

Cespedes Wins Second-Straight HR Derby

Robert Binder/MLB Photos via Getty Images(MINNEAPOLIS) — For the second-straight year, Yoenis Cespedes is the All-Star Home Run Derby champion.
The Oakland Athletics outfielder defeated the Cincinnati Reds third baseman Todd Frazier 9-1 in the final round Monday night to become the first repeat champion since Ken Griffey Jr. did it in 1999.
For the second-straight year, Cespedes had Oakland’s third-base coach Mike Gallego throw to him.
Cespedes topped Toronto’s Jose Bautista to advance to the final against Frazier, who beat Miami’s Giancarlo Stanton in the NL semifinals.
Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig was the only player to not hit a home run in the derby. He’s the first player to be shutout since Robinson Cano was in 2012.
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Starting Pitchers Announced for MLB All-Star Game

Starting Pitchers Announced for MLB All-Star Game

iStockphoto(MINNEAPOLIS) — The American League will send Seattle Mariners pitcher Felix Hernandez to the mound for Tuesday night’s All-Star Game at Target Field, where he will be opposed by St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright for the National League.
On the season, Hernandez is 11-2 with a 2.12 ERA and 0.90 WHIP. He has struck out 154 batters in 144 1-3 innings of work.
Wainwright is 12-4 on the year with a 1.83 ERA and 0.91 WHIP. The righthander has struck out 115 batters in 138 innings.
New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter will bat leadoff for the AL, followed by Los Angeles Angels left fielder Mike Trout, Seattle Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano, Detroit Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera, Toronto Blue Jays right fielder Jose Bautista, Baltimore Orioles designated hitter Nelson Cruz, Baltimore Orioles center fielder Adam Jones, Oakland Athletics third baseman Josh Donaldson and Kansas City Royals catcher Salvador Perez.
On the NL side, Pittsburgh Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen will leadoff, followed by Los Angeles Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig, Colorado Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki, Arizona Diamondbacks first baseman Paul Goldschmidt, Miami Marlins designated hitter Giancarlo Stanton, Milwaukee Brewers third baseman Aramis Ramirez, Philadelphia Phillies second baseman Chase Utley, Milwaukee Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy and Milwaukee Brewers left fielder Carlos Gomez.
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Arizona Diamondbacks Recall RHP Trevor Cahill

Arizona Diamondbacks Recall RHP Trevor Cahill

iStock/Thinkstock(PHOENIX) — The Arizona Diamondbacks have recalled righthanded pitcher Trevor Cahill from Triple-A Reno and reassigned righthander Mike Bolsinger.
In 19 games with the D-Backs this season, Cahill is 1-6 with a 5.66 ERA and a 1.74 WHIP. He has struck out 44 batters in 41 1-3 innings of work.
On the season with Arizona, Bolsinger is 1-6 with a 5.50 ERA and 1.59 WHIP in 10 appearances. He has struck out 48 batters in 52 1-3 innings.
At the All-Star break, the Diamondbacks are 40-56, 13 1-2 games behind the National League West division leaders, the Los Angeles Dodgers.
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Grand Slams From Posey, Bumgarner Give Giants Win

Grand Slams From Posey, Bumgarner Give Giants Win

Brian D. Kersey/Getty Images(SAN FRANCISCO) — San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey launched the second grand slam of his career in the bottom of the fifth inning, giving the Giants a 4-1 lead over the Arizona Diamondbacks. One inning later, pitcher Madison Bumgarner did the same in an 8-4 win.
It was the first time in Major League Baseball history that batterymates each hit grand slams in the same game. For Bumgarner, it was his second slam of 2014 as he became the first pitcher in 48 seasons to complete that feat. Tony Cloninger hit two in one game for Atlanta, against the Giants, at Candlestick Park in 1966.
“That’s pretty cool,” Bumgarner said after the win. “This game is full of strange statistics. It seems like there is a first every day. It’s crazy to get that many opportunities as a pitcher.”
The righty went 6 1/3 innings, allowing four runs on 10 hits, while striking out five. Bumgarner (10-7) ended a three-game personal losing streak as the Giants (52-43) won five of their final nine games before the All-Star break.
Vidal Nuno (0-1) took the loss in his second start for Arizona, giving up four runs on six hits in just five innings. The Diamondbacks (40-56) have lost five of their last 13 games.
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Scoreboard Roundup – 7/13/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 7/13/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — World Cup Final: Germany 1 – Argentina 0 – F/OT
MLB: Cleveland Indians 3 (47-47) – Chicago White Sox 2 (45-51)
Tampa Bay Rays 3 (44-53) – Toronto Blue Jays 0 (49-47)
New York Mets 9 (45-50) – Miami Marlins 1 (44-50)
Washington Nationals 10 (51-42) – Philadelphia Phillies 3 (42-53)
Kansas City Royals 5 (48-46) – Detroit Tigers 2 (53-38)
Boston Red Sox 11 (43-52) – Houston Astros 0 (40-56)
Atlanta Braves 10 (52-43) – Chicago Cubs 7 (40-54) 
Milwaukee Brewers 11 (53-43) – St. Louis Cardinals 2 (52-44) 
Cincinnati Reds 6 (51-44) – Pittsburgh Pirates 3 (49-46)
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 10 (57-37) – Texas Rangers 7 (38-57)
Oakland Athletics 4 (59-36) – Seattle Mariners 1 (51-44)
San Francisco Giants 8 (52-43) – Arizona Diamondbacks 4 (40-56)
Los Angeles Dodgers 1 (54-43) – San Diego Padres 0 (41-54)
Minnesota Twins 13 (44-50) – Colorado Rockies 5 (40-55)
Baltimore Orioles 3 (52-42) – New York Yankees 1 (47-47) F/5 Innings
NASCAR: Brad Keselowski won the Sprint Cup race at New Hampshire.
Golf: Brian Harman won the John Deere Classic.
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Ruth’s 1918 Red Sox Contract Sells For One Million Dollars

Ruth’s 1918 Red Sox Contract Sells For One Million Dollars

Mike McGinnis/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — At an auction in Baltimore, Md., Babe Ruth’s 1918 contract with the Boston Red Sox was sold for $1.02 million on Saturday night. When it was originally sold almost 100 years ago, the deal was worth just $5,000.
The contract was signed by American League president Ban Johnson, Red Sox owner Harry Frazee, and Ruth himself. The price tag eclipsed the record for a bidding price of a sports contract, surpassing the 1919 document that sent Ruth to the New York Yankees, which sold for $996,000 back in 2005.
The item was part of a collection of Ruth memorabilia, designed to honor the 100th anniversary of his professional debut. Other items included a bat from early in his career and a signed ball, both of which fetched more than $95,000. One of the more intriguing items, the very first home run ball Ruth ever hit at Yankee Stadium, did not sell. The ball was collected by a construction worker when Ruth was called over to test out the dimensions of the new ballpark in February of 1923.
Other items that were up for auction on Saturday included ticket stubs from the clinching game of each of New York’s 27 championship years ($58,000) and a Super Bowl VIII ring from the 1972 Miami Dolphins perfect season ($19,000).
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Abreu Launches MLB-Best 29th Homer in Win

Abreu Launches MLB-Best 29th Homer in Win

(Major League BaseballCLEVELAND) — Chicago White Sox rookie Jose Abreu continues to dazzle. On Saturday, the first baseman launched his 29th home run of the season, the most in the MLB so far this year.
“He’s good,” said White Sox manager Robin Ventur…

Orioles Place Ubaldo Jimenez on 15-day DL

Orioles Place Ubaldo Jimenez on 15-day DL

Photos.com​/Thinkstoc​k(BALTIMORE) — The Baltimore Orioles placed pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained right ankle on Friday.
Jimenez twisted his ankle in a parking lot at his apartment complex on Wednesday.
“We were looking at it today and it’s pretty puffy, taped up,” Orioles manager Buck Showalter said Friday. “We were hoping it would resolve somewhat today. Did not.”
“He had it in 2012.  The only reason I asked him that is I wanted to know how quickly it healed. Anybody who’s rolled their ankle, they know once you do it once, it kind of falls on a similar pattern. And he did it pitching. They shut him down the last two or three starts in 2012,” Showalter continued.
Jimenez has a 3-8 with a 4.52 ERA this season and will catch a break with the All-Star break coming up on Monday.
“If it wasn’t for the All-Star break, we might wait a couple days,” Showalter said. “But it’s also the same ankle as 2012, and with ankles, I’ve learned that you kind of take a look at the history with them. It’s a lot weaker every time you put it in peril.”
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Angels Win Seventh Straight, Beat Rangers

Angels Win Seventh Straight, Beat Rangers

Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images(ARLINGTON, Texas) — Mike Trout’s 22nd home run of the year proved to be more than enough on Friday as the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim beat Texas 3-0. It was the seventh straight win for the Angles (55-37) who have also won eight of their last nine.
Garrett Richards was masterful on the hill, scattering five hits in his seven innings of work for Los Angeles. The righty is now unbeaten in his last eight starts, winning seven in a row, with a 1.27 earned run average. Richards (11-2) has not lost since a May 30 defeat at Oakland.
Trout’s homer was the first hit of the night for the Angels as Nick Tepesch had retired the first 10 batters he faced for the Rangers (38-55). Tepesch (3-5) then gave up two more runs in the top of the seventh inning before ultimately being pulled in favor of Neftali Feliz. Texas has lost 12 of its last 13 and currently sits with the worst record in the bigs.
Adrian Beltre did extend his hitting streak to 15 games for Texas but the team was 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position.
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Tanaka Apologies to Fans for Injury

Tanaka Apologies to Fans for Injury

Hannah Foslien/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — A day after being diagnosed with a partially torn UCL in his pitching arm, Masahiro Tanaka issued an apology to both the New York Yankees and their fans on Friday. Tanaka was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Wednesday before the official determination was made.
“I give everything I have every time I take the ball. With that, I also know that there will always be a risk of injury when playing this game that I love,” said Tanaka. “Right now I feel that the most important thing for me is to keep my head up, remain focused on the task at hand and devote all my energy into healing the injury in order to come back strong.”
Yankees owner Brian Cashman said the righty could return in as little as six weeks but also acknowledged the possibility of Tommy John surgery. Tanaka saw three separate doctors on Thursday, including head team physician, Dr. Christopher S. Ahmad, and each agreed on a timetable of six weeks.
Tanaka is currently 12-4 on the year with a 2.51 earned run average and was recently voted to the Major League All-Star Game. He now joins a list of ever growing Yankees on the DL, including three other starting pitchers.
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Scoreboard Roundup – 7/11/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 7/11/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — MLB: Chicago Cubs 5 (40-52) – Atlanta Braves 4 (50-43)
Philadelphia Phillies 6 (42-51) – Washington Nationals 2 (49-42)
New York Mets 7 (43-50) – Miami Marlins 1 (44-48)
Baltimore Orioles 3 (51-41) – New York Yankees 2 (46-46) – 10 Innings
Cincinnati Reds 6 (50-43) – Pittsburgh Pirates 5 (48-45)
Cleveland Indians 7 (46-46) – Chicago White Sox 4 (44-50)
Toronto Blue Jays 8 (49-45) – Tampa Bay Rays 5 (42-53)
Los Angeles Angels 3 (55-37) – Texas Rangers 0 (38-55)
Detroit Tigers 2 (52-37) – Kansas City Royals 1 (47-45)
Boston Red Sox 8 (42-51) – Astros 3 (39-55)
Colorado Rockies 6 (40-53) – Minnesota Twins 2 (42-50)
St. Louis Cardinals 7 (51-43) – Milwaukee Brewers 6 (52-42)
Seattle Mariners 3 (50-43) – Oakland Athletics 2 (58-35)
San Francisco Giants 5 (51-42) – Arizona Wildcats 0 (39-55)
San Diego Padres 6 (41-52) – Los Angeles Dodgers 3 (52-43)
NBA: LeBron James chooses to return to the Cleveland Cavaliers
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Sale, Rizzo Win MLB Final Vote

Sale, Rizzo Win MLB Final Vote

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — On Thursday, MLB’s fan base spoke, electing Chris Sale and Anthony Rizzo as the Final Vote winners for the 2014 All-Star Game.
It is the 13th season in which the social media/Internet voting method has taken place to decide the final member for both the American League and National League teams.
Sale, an ace on the Chicago White Sox staff, received 6.7 million votes to earn his third All-Star spot. The lefty is 8-1 on the year with a 2.08 earned run average and has been the most dominant pitcher on the White Sox staff.
The 8.8 million votes cast for Rizzo gave the Chicago Cubs first baseman his first ever All-Star appearance. Rizzo his currently hitting .277 for the Cubs and is tied for second in the NL with 20 home runs. He joins shortstop Starlin Castro on the NL roster.
Meanwhile, Erik Aybar of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim will replace Kansas City’s Alex Gordon on the AL squad. Gordon received an injection on Thursday to help combat a sprained right wrist.
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Red Sox Walk-Off for Second Straight Night

Red Sox Walk-Off for Second Straight Night

iStockphoto(BOSTON) — For the second consecutive night, the Boston Red Sox walked-off against the Chicago White Sox in an afternoon affair at Fenway Park on Thursday.
Mike Carp’s pinch-hit single in the bottom of the tenth scored Daniel Nava to give Boston (41-51) the win.
For Carp, it was a grateful return to the lineup after missing more than a month with a broken right foot. After being placed on the disabled list back on June 2, Carp was activated Monday before delivering a game-winner on Thursday.
“Some of the nights, I almost had to turn the TV off in those situations because you can’t be there to help,” said Carp. “It’s tough being on the DL with a boot on my foot.”
The Red Sox trailed 1-0 early but scored three runs in the sixth against Jose Quintana to take the lead.
Chicago (44-49) tied things up in the ninth when Koji Uehara gave up a two-run homer to Conor Gillaspie, forcing extra innings. 
Nava led off the bottom of the tenth with a pinch-hit walk before being advanced to second on Mookie Betts’ sacrifice bunt. Stephen Drew was intentionally walked to set up the double play, but Carp singled to left field for the winning run.
It is the eighth time this season that Boston has won in walk-off fashion.
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Kershaw’s Scoreless Streak Ends, Dodgers Win

Kershaw’s Scoreless Streak Ends, Dodgers Win

Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) — Clayton Kershaw continued his dominant stretch, picking up yet another victory as he went the full nine innings on Thursday. However, the Dodgers southpaw’s scoreless innings streak came to an end when Chase Headley hit a solo home run in the sixth.
The Dodgers (52-42) would win the game over San Diego, 2-1, as Kershaw allowed just three hits while striking out 11 batters. The hurler was again in complete control, keeping the Padres (40-52) off the board through the first five innings. Kershaw then got the first two outs of the sixth before Headley’s solo shot tied the game at 1-1. That snapped a streak of 41.2 scoreless innings for Kershaw, fifth longest in the modern era.
“It was over the fence, so it was a mistake — and it tied the game,” Kershaw said. “When it’s a game like that, one mistake can kill you. Fortunately for me, that one mistake didn’t.”
Los Angeles would get the lead back in the home half of the inning on Adrian Gonzalez’ sacrifice fly. That helped Kershaw (11-2) win his eighth consecutive start. In each of those starts, the lefty struck out at least seven batters, making him the third pitcher in 100 years to accomplish that feat.
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Scoreboard Roundup – 7/10/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 7/10/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — MLB: Chicago Cubs 6 (39-52) – Cincinnati Reds 4 (49-43) – 12 Innings
Philadelphia Phillies 9 (41-51) – Milwaukee Brewers 1 (52-41)
Boston Red Sox 4 (41-51) – Chicago White Sox 3 (44-49) 10 Innings
Oakland Athletics 6 (58-34) – San Francisco Giants 1 (50-42)
Atlanta Braves 3 (50-42) – New York Mets 1 (42-50) 
Baltimore Orioles 4 (50-41) – Washington Nationals 3 (49-41)
Pittsburgh Pirates 9 (48-44) – St. Louis Cardinals 1 (50-43) 
Cleveland Indians 9 (45-46) – New York Yankees 3 (46-45)
Los Angeles Dodgers 2 (52-42) – San Diego Padres 1 (40-52)
Minnesota Twins 4 (42-49) – Seattle Mariners 2 (49-43)
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Cardinals Place Yadier Molina on 15-Day Disabled List

Cardinals Place Yadier Molina on 15-Day Disabled List

Thinkstock(ST. LOUIS) — St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina was put on the 15-day disabled list on Thursday with a torn ligament in his right thumb. The six-time All-Star is expected to undergo surgery on Friday and miss eight to 12 weeks.
Molina suffered the injury during the second inning of Wednesday’s 5-2 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates, after he slid feet-first into third base.
In 83 games this season, Molina is batting .287 with seven home runs and 30 RBIs. He is a career .284 hitter with 96 homers and 576 RBIs.
To take Molina’s spot on the roster, the Cardinals recalled catcher Audry Perez from Triple-A Memphis.
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Valbuena Leads Cubs Past Reds, 6-4

Valbuena Leads Cubs Past Reds, 6-4

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(CINCINNATI) — Cubs third baseman Luis Valbuena tripled home two runs in the 12th inning as Chicago (39-52) defeated the Cincinnati Reds (49-43) on Thursday 6-4 to avoid the five-game sweep.
Reds starter Homer Bailey allowed three earned runs and two hits over five innings of work. He left the game after feeling pain his right knee while attempting to throw a pitch to Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro.
Blake Parker (1-0) picked up the victory in relief for Chicago with two scoreless innings.
Reds outfielder Ryan Ludwick hit his sixth home run of the season in the top of the third inning.
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Yankees Place SP Masahiro Tanaka on DL

Yankees Place SP Masahiro Tanaka on DL

Hannah Foslien/Getty Images (CLEVELAND) — The New York Yankees placed rookie starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka on the 15-day disabled list due to right elbow inflammation.
The Yankees flew Tanaka to New York Wednesday to receive an MRI on the elbow.

“It’s obviously soreness,” Yankees skipper Joe Girardi said. “I’m not saying it’s a significant injury. There’s soreness, and he must have felt that it was affecting him a little bit. So he felt it was best to send him back to have an MRI.”

The 25-year-old Tanaka has been brilliant in his first season in the States. He’s thrown 129 1/3 innings compiling a 2.51 ERA, 1.01 WHIP, 19 walks, 135 strikeouts, and a major league-leading 12 wins.

Boston Red Sox Koji Uehara will take Tanaka’s spot on the American League All-Star team.
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Scoreboard Roundup – 7/9/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 7/9/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — World Cup – Semifinals: Argentina 0 (4) – Netherlands 0 (2)
MLB: Detroit Tigers 4 (50-37) – Los Angeles Dodgers 1 (51-42)
Arizona Diamondbacks 4 (39-54) – Miami Marlins 3 (44-47) 10 innings
Los Angeles Angels 8 (53-37) – Toronto Blue Jays 7 (48-45)
Colorado Rockies 6 (39-53) – San Diego Padres 3 (40-51)
Washington Nationals 6 (49-40) – Baltimore Orioles 2 (49-41)
New York Mets 4 (42-49) – Atlanta Braves 1 (49-42)
Cincinnati Reds 4 (49-42) – Chicago Cubs 1 (38-52)
Boston Red Sox 5 (40-51) – Chicago White Sox 4 (44-48)
Kansas City Royals 5 (47-43) – Tampa Bay Rays 4 (42-52)
Philadelphia Phillies 4 (40-51) – Milwaukee Brewers 1 (52-40)
Houston Astros 8 (39-54) – Texas Rangers 4 (38-53)
St. Louis Cardinals 5 (50-42) – Pittsburgh Pirates 2 (47-44)
New York Yankees 5 (46-44) – Cleveland Indians 4 (44-46) – 14 Innings
Minnesota Twins 8 (41-49) – Seattle Mariners 1 (49-42)
San Francisco Giants 5 (50-41) – Oakland Athletics 2 (57-34)
 
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