Derek Jeter will lead off for the American League in Tuesday night's 2014 MLB All-Star Game.
It's a nice honor for the veteran shortstop in his farewell season, and it should be a spectacular moment when he steps to the plate on Tuesday night at Target Field. The full American League lineup: SS Derek Jeter, LF Mike Trout, 2B Robinson Cano, 1B Miguel Cabrera, RF Jose Bautista, DH Nelson Cruz, CF Adam Jones, 3B Josh Donaldson, C Salvador Perez.
Felix Hernandez will start for the American League in Tuesday's All-Star Game at Target Field.
American League skipper John Farrell made the announcement Monday in Minneapolis. "King Felix" earned his 11th victory of the season last Friday against the A's and boasts a 2.12 ERA, 0.90 WHIP, and 154/25 K/BB ratio through 144 1/3 total innings this year. He'll be opposed on the National League side by Adam Wainwright.
Adam Wainwright has been named the National League starter for Tuesday night's All-Star Game.
There was a strong argument to be made for Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw, but National League manager Mike Matheny will go with his own guy. Wainwright owns a sensational 1.83 ERA, 0.91 WHIP, and 115/27 K/BB ratio in 138 innings this season for the Cardinals. Felix Hernandez has been named the American League starter.
Adam Rubin of ESPN New York confirms the Mets have made it known that Bartolo Colon is available.
Colon wrapped up the first half of the season with a win last Thursday against the Braves and heads into the All-Star break with a cool 3.99 ERA, 1.18 WHIP, and 89/17 K/BB ratio in 121 2/3 frames. The veteran innings-eater should draw quite a bit of interest as contending teams look to beef up the back end of their starting rotations. He's making $9 million this year and owed $11 million in 2015.
Rays prospect 2B Ryan Brett went 4-for-5 with a home run, double and two RBI on Sunday for Double-A Montgomery.
He also scored three runs and stole a base in the contest. The 22-year-old has fared well this season at Double-A after getting a brief taste of the level in late 2013, as he's currently on pace for a career-best campaign with a .292/.337/.451 batting line, seven home runs, 20 doubles, five triples and 23 stolen bases through 81 games. Brett profiles as an everyday second baseman at the highest level thanks to his contact skills and speed, though he isn't expected to debut with the Rays until some time during the 2015 season.
Cubs prospect 3B Jeimer Candelario went 2-for-3 with two home runs and four RBI on Sunday for Low-A Kane County.
The 20-year-old has had a disappointing season thus far with a .212/.288/.369 batting line in 83 games between both A-ball levels, but he's still shown solid power with eight home runs and 18 doubles during that span. Candelario also has shown signs of turning things around as of late with a 1.275 OPS, three home runs and five doubles over his last 10 games for Kane County. In his 2013 full-season debut at Kane County, he batted .256/.346/.396 with 11 home runs, 35 doubles and an 88-66 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 130 games.
Bud Norris allowed three earned runs over 4 1/3 innings Monday in a start at Double-A Bowie.
Norris walked five and allowed four hits, but he also struck out seven. The right-hander was optioned to Double-A Bowie last Thursday so that he could get in work over the All-Star break after missing close to three weeks with a groin strain. Norris is expected to return to the Orioles' rotation next Monday to face the Angels.
Orioles prospect C Chance Sisco went 3-for-4 with two doubles and four RBI on Sunday for Low-A Delmarva.
Sisco has been impressive in his first full professional season, as the 19-year-old is now batting .353/.414/.482 to go along with four home runs, 21 doubles, and 48 RBI through 72 games. Sisco has been especially hot since the beginning of June, with a robust .407/.463/.552 batting line, 16 extra-base hits, 33 RBI and a 22-15 strikeout-to-walk in 37 games. However, Sisco's .467 BABIP during that span suggests his batting average will regress during the second half.