Astros prospect OF Preston Tucker went 4-for-4 with two solo home runs and two doubles on Sunday for Triple-A Oklahoma City.
Tucker has quickly hit his way through Houston's system since his selection in the fifth round of the 2012 draft. The 24-year-old is batting .282/.355/.503 with 20 home runs and 22 doubles through 94 games this season between Double-A Corpus Christi and Triple-A Oklahoma City. In his 2013 full-season debut, the left-handed hitter batted .297/.368/.505 with 25 homers, 32 doubles and 103 RBI in 135 games between the High-A and Double-A levels. Tucker projects as a corner outfielder with 20-homer power and above-average contact skills profile at a corner outfield position, though he obviously will face stiff competition in a system loaded with talent.
Diamondbacks recalled RHP Trevor Cahill from Triple-A Reno.
Cahill was roughed up in his final start with Reno on Saturday, yielding four earned runs on five walks and five hits over just four innings. The right-hander is not a good fantasy bet for the second half of the 2014 season.
Diamondbacks optioned RHP Mike Bolsinger to Triple-A Reno.
Bolsinger has an ugly 5.50 ERA and 1.59 WHIP in 52 1/3 innings (nine starts and one relief appearance) this season for the Diamondbacks. Trevor Cahill has been recalled from the minors in a corresponding move.
Andrew McCutchen will bat leadoff and play center field for the National League in Tuesday's All-Star Game.
McCutchen hit .324/.420/.575 in the first half of the 2014 season and is currently sporting the highest OPS+ (179) of any NL player. The full National League lineup: CF Andrew McCutchen, RF Yasiel Puig, SS Troy Tulowitzki, 1B Paul Goldschmidt, DH Giancarlo Stanton, 3B Aramis Ramirez, 2B Chase Utley, C Jonathan Lucroy, LF Carlos Gomez. Adam Wainwright is the starting pitcher.
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 is the AL's starting pitcher.
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.