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Red Sox’ Mookie Betts most-recent AL player of the Week


Mookie Betts on April 24, 2015 running bases by Keith Allison on Flickr (Original version)UCinternational (Crop) Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons

Boston Red Sox outfielder Mookie Betts has been named the American League Player of the Week for the period ending July 2nd.

Starting pitcher Ricky Nolasco (2-0, 0.00 ERA, 1 CG SHO, 12 SO) of the Los Angeles Angels tossed his sixth career shutout and 12th career complete game on July 1st against the Mariners, logging back-to-back scoreless starts for the fifth time in his career. Shortstop Carlos Correa (.500, 5 XBH, 10 RBI) of the Houston Astros logged the fourth multi-homer game of his career on June 29th against the Oakland Athletics. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the 2017 AL All-Star established a new Astros record for the most multi-homer games at the shortstop position. Other noteworthy performances included Mookie’s Boston teammate Chris Sale (2-0, 0.68 ERA, 13.1 IP, 20 SO), who was also selected to the 2017 Midsummer Classic; All-Star third baseman José Ramírez (.357, 11 R, 5 XBH, 7 RBI) of the Cleveland Indians; and shortstop Elvis Andrus (.400, 7 R, 4 HR, 9 RBI) of the Texas Rangers, who is an AL candidate for the Esurance MLB All-Star Game Final Vote.

In recognition of his American League Player of the Week Award, Mookie Betts will be awarded a watch courtesy of Rockwell.

Betts batted .483 (14-for-29) with 10 runs scored, two doubles, three home runs, 11 RBI and three stolen bases to earn his third career AL Player of the Week Award, most recently winning earlier this season for the period ending May 14th. Among AL leaders, Mookie finished the week first in hits and RBI; tied for first in total bases (25); second in batting average and runs scored; tied for second in on-base percentage (.556); tied for third in extra-base hits (5) and stolen bases; tied for fourth in home runs; and fifth in slugging percentage (.862). The 2017 AL All-Star became the first American Leaguer to garner multiple weekly honors this season, and the second in the Majors along with fellow 2017 All-Star Cody Bellinger of the Los Angeles Dodgers.

During Mookie’s award-winning week, the 24-year-old outfielder notched five multi-hit games, culminating with his historic performance on Sunday afternoon. In his final game of the week against the Toronto Blue Jays at Fenway Park, Betts went 4-for-6 with three runs scored, a pair of home runs and eight RBI. The Nashville, Tennessee native matched the Major League record for RBI in a game by a leadoff hitter, and became the first player to accomplish the feat since Ronnie Belliard of the Colorado Rockies in 2003. Only three other Major Leaguers have tallied eight RBI in a contest out of the leadoff spot: Jim Northrup of the Detroit Tigers (1973), Bill Glynn of the Cleveland Indians (1954) and Augie Bergamo of the St. Louis Cardinals (1954). In addition, Sunday marked Mookie’s second multi-home run game of the 2017 campaign (also June 14th), and the ninth of his four-year career. Boston’s dynamic outfielder joined Hall of Famer Jim Rice (12) as the only players in team history to post at least nine multi-homer games before turning 25 years old. Betts, who also reached the eight-RBI mark last season (August 14th), joined Nomar Garciaparra as the only players in Red Sox history to register two eight-RBI games in their careers. In addition, he joined All-Star teammate Nelson Cruz of the Seattle Mariners as the only active players in the Majors to record a pair of such games in their careers.





2017 MLB All-Star Game lineups, starting pitchers announced

Press Release | 4:18 PM ET

Earlier today, the 2017 All-Star Game managers, Joe Maddon of the National League and Brad Mills of the American League, announced their starting lineups for Baseball’s 88th Midsummer Classic, to be played on Tuesday at Marlins Park in Miami. The lineups were announced at this afternoon’s 2017 All-Star Game Press Conference, which was carried live by MLB Network. Maddon’s NL lineup will be:

Maddon’s NL lineup will be:

Player, Club

Bats Pos. Statistics
Charlie Blackmon, COL L CF .319, 20 HR, 61 RBI, 10 3B, 72 R, .583 SLG
Giancarlo Stanton, MIA R DH .277, 26 HR, 58 RBI, 60 R, .360 OBP, .572 SLG
Bryce Harper, WSH L RF .325, 20 HR, 65 RBI, 69 R, .431 OBP, .590 SLG
Buster Posey, SF R C .324, 10 HR, 35 RBI, 18 2B, .406 OBP
Daniel Murphy, WSH L 2B .342, 14 HR, 64 RBI, 29 2B, 57 R, .572 SLG
Nolan Arenado, COL R 3B .301, 17 HR, 70 RBI, 28 2B, .554 SLG
Ryan Zimmerman, WSH R 1B .330, 19 HR, 63 RBI, 22 2B, 52 R, .596 SLG
Marcell Ozuna, MIA R LF .316, 23 HR, 70 RBI, 52 R, .374 OBP, .566 SLG
Zack Cozart, CIN R SS .316, 9 HR, 35 RBI, 42 R, .394 OBP, .547 SLG


Maddon has chosen Washington Nationals right-hander Max Scherzer as the NL’s starting pitcher. This marks the second career Midsummer Classic start for Scherzer, a five-time All-Star in his 10-year Major League career. As a member of the Detroit Tigers, Scherzer started the 2013 All-Star Game at Citi Field in New York for the AL, tossing 1.0 inning with a strikeout. The two-time Cy Young Award winner will become the fifth pitcher to make a Midsummer Classic start in each league, joining Vida Blue (AL – 1971, 1975; NL – 1978); Roger Clemens (AL – 1986, 2001; NL – 2004); Roy Halladay (AL – 2009; NL – 2011); and Hall of Famer Randy Johnson (AL – 1995, 1997; NL – 2000, 2001). In 18 starts on the season, the St. Louis native is 10-5 with a 2.10 ERA (128.1 IP, 73 H, 27 BB, 173 SO). The 32-year-old leads the Majors in ERA, while his 173 strikeouts are best in the NL. Over a six-start span from May 26th-June 21st, Scherzer fanned at least 10 batters in each start, marking the longest streak in the NL this season, the longest streak in Nationals history (since 2005) and tied for the longest streak in franchise history (Pedro Martinez, 1997). Scherzer’s 59 career games of at least 10 strikeouts are the 11th-most in MLB history (since 1913) and the most among active pitchers.

Mills’ AL lineup will be:

Player, Club Bats Pos. Statistics
Jose Altuve, HOU R 2B .347, 13 HR, 50 RBI, 18 SB, .417 OBP, .551 SLG
José Ramírez, CLE S 3B .332, 17 HR, 48 RBI, 10 SB, 62 R, .601 SLG
Aaron Judge, NYY R RF .329, 30 HR, 66 RBI, 75 R, .448 OBP, .691 SLG
George Springer, HOU R LF .310, 27 HR, 61 RBI, 76 R, .380 OBP, .613 SLG
Carlos Correa, HOU R SS .325, 20 HR, 65 RBI, 62 R, .402 OBP, .577 SLG
Justin Smoak, TOR S 1B .294, 23 HR, 56 RBI, 48 R, .360 OBP, .575 SLG
Corey Dickerson, TB L DH .312, 17 HR, 42 RBI, 60 R, .355 OBP, .548 SLG
Salvador Perez, KC R C .290, 18 HR, 57 RBI, 18 2B, .318 OBP, .532 SLG
Mookie Betts, BOS R CF .272, 16 HR, 53 RBI, 29 2B, 61 R, .351 OBP

Mills has selected left-hander Chris Sale of the Boston Red Sox as the AL’s starting pitcher. This marks the second All-Star start for Sale, a six-time All-Star in his eight-year Major League career. The Florida native started the 2016 Midsummer Classic in San Diego as a member of the Chicago White Sox, tossing 1.0 inning and allowing one hit and one run with one strikeout. The 28-year-old will become the 16th different pitcher to make consecutive All-Star starts, the first since Johnson (2000-01) and the first in the AL since Dave Stieb (1983-84). In addition, Sale will become the first pitcher in All-Star history to make consecutive starts for different teams. In his first year as a member of the Red Sox, Sale is 11-4 with a 2.75 ERA (127.2 IP, 93 H, 22 BB, 178 SO). His 178 strikeouts pace the Majors, while his 127.2 innings pitched are an AL-high. The 178 strikeouts are the most by a pitcher at the All-Star break since Curt Schilling had 186 over his first 19 starts in 2002. The only other Red Sox pitcher to lead the Majors in strikeouts at the All-Star break was Clemens, doing so in 1988 (186) and in 1991 (123). This marks the first Midsummer Classic since 2001 (Johnson vs. Clemens) in which each pitcher had previously started an All-Star Game.

The 88th Midsummer Classic will be televised nationally by FOX Sports; in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and RDS; and worldwide by partners in more than 180 countries. FOX Deportes will provide Spanish language coverage in the United States, while ESPN Radio and ESPN Radio Deportes will provide exclusive national radio coverage of the All-Star Game. MLB Network, and Sirius XM also will provide comprehensive All-Star Week coverage. For more information about MLB All-Star Week, please visit and follow @AllStarGame on social media.




2017 MLB All-Star roster replacements announced


Press Release |

Major League Baseball announced today the selections of seven players to the active All-Star rosters as replacements for All-Stars unable to participate in Tuesday’s 88th Midsummer Classic. Newly-named American League All-Stars include Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Chris Archer, Seattle Mariners second basemanRobinson Canó, Houston Astros reliever Chris Devenski, Minnesota Twins reliever Brandon Kintzler, Toronto Blue Jays reliever Roberto Osuna and Detroit Tigers outfielder Justin Upton, while Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Alex Wood joins the National League Team.

The players unable to participate in the 2017 All-Star Game include four pitchers scheduled to start for their respective Clubs on Sunday – Yu Darvish of the Texas Rangers, Michael Fulmer of the Tigers, Clayton Kershaw of the Dodgers and Corey Kluber of the Cleveland Indians – and three players currently on the disabled list – Starlin Castro of the New York Yankees, Dallas Keuchel of the Astros and Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels.

This marks the second All-Star selection for Archer, who will join his teammate Corey Dickerson and manager Kevin Cash in Miami. The 28-year-old right-hander is 7-5 on the season with a 3.95 ERA and 139 strikeouts over 116.1 innings pitched. The North Carolina native has tossed at least 6.0 innings in 15 of his Major League-high-tying 18 starts this season.

Canó, who replaces the player-elected Starlin Castro as a result of his standing on the AL Player Ballot, becomes an All-Star for the eighth time in his career, matching St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina for the most among 2017 All-Stars. The 34-year-old native of the Dominican Republic, who will join teammate Nelson Cruz at the Midsummer Classic, is batting .275 on the season with 17 home runs and 60 RBI. Canó has a Major-League best three games with at least five RBI this season.

Devenski, in his second Major League season, has been named an All-Star for the first time. The 26-year-old is 6-3 on the season with three saves, a 2.09 ERA and 72 strikeouts over 51.2 innings pitched. Houston now has a Major League-leading six All-Stars, including Jose Altuve, Carlos Correa, Keuchel, Lance McCullers Jr. and George Springer. Devenski’s six wins are the most among Major League relievers and his 72 strikeouts are the third-most in Astros history by a reliever prior to the All-Star break, trailing Brad Lidge (78 in 2004) and Billy Wagner (75 in 1999).

Kintzler is an All-Star for the first time in his eight-year career. The 32-year-old is 2-1 on the season with 23 saves, a 2.35 ERA and 24 strikeouts over 38.1 innings pitched. He will join fellow Twins All-Stars Miguel Sanó and Ervin Santana in Miami. Kintzler, who is 40-for-46 in save opportunities since the start of 2016, is the second Twins pitcher since 2010 to convert at least 20 saves prior to the All-Star break, joining Glen Perkins (2013) and Jon Rauch (2010).

In his third Major League season, Osuna is an All-Star for the first time, joining teammate Justin Smoak in Miami. The 22-year-old native of Mexico is 2-0 on the season with 22 saves, a 2.06 ERA and 47 strikeouts over 34.0 innings pitched. Osuna, who is already fourth on the Club’s all-time saves list, became the youngest player in Major League history last month to notch 75 career saves.

Upton becomes an All-Star for the fourth time in his career, and the first time in the AL. The 29-year-old, who joins the replaced Fulmer as 2017 Tigers All-Stars, is batting .271 on the season with 15 home runs and 54 RBI. The Virginia native tied for second in the AL with 27 RBI during the month of June.

Wood, in his fifth Major League season, is also a first-time All-Star. The 26-year-old left-hander becomes the sixth Dodgers All-Star selection, marking the most in the NL. He joins Cody Bellinger, Kenley Jansen, Kershaw, Corey Seager and Justin Turner as an NL All-Star. On Wednesday, Wood improved to 10-0 on the season with a 1.67 ERA and 97 strikeouts over 80.2 innings pitched. With a win in each of his 10 decisions this season, Wood tied the Dodgers record for consecutive wins to start a season, joining Larry French (1942), Preacher Roe (1951), Don Newcombe (1955) and Ed Roebuck (1962).

With the new All-Star appointments, there are now 28 first-time All-Stars (18 AL, 10 NL) and 33 players (19 AL, 14 NL) age 27-or-younger to be selected to the All-Star rosters. In addition, there are now 23 foreign-born players on the All-Star rosters (17 AL, 6 NL), including players from the Dominican Republic (10), Venezuela (4), Puerto Rico (3), Curaҫao (2), Canada (1), Cuba (1), Japan (1) and Mexico (1).




MLB to celebrate Latin American-born Hall of Famers and former All-Stars during 2017 All-Star pregrame ceremony


Roberto Clemente by Unknown Licensed under Public Domain via Commons

Rod Carew By Tito Herrera - Untitled, CC BY 2.0, https

Orlando Cepeda By Unknown - Baseball Digest, front cover, April 1962 issue. Public Domain, https














Juan Marichal By Unknown - Baseball Digest, page 2, October 1962 issue, Public Domain, https

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Hall of Famers to throw 1st pitch prior to All-Star Game; ceremony coverage on FOX starting at 7:30 p.m. ET


Press Release |

Major League Baseball will celebrate the best Latin American-born baseball players in the history of the sport prior to the 88th MLB All-Star Game presented by Mastercard in Miami on Tuesday, July 11. The honorees will include members of the National Baseball Hall of Fame from MLB and the Negro Leagues.

In addition, participating honorees will throw the ceremonial first pitch to a group of current All-Stars. The ceremony, which will be emceed by Joe Buck and feature a video narrated by Andy Garcia, will air on FOX and FOX Deportes as part of its pre-game coverage starting at 7:30 p.m. Eastern.

Hall of Fame MLB players who will be recognized include Roberto Alomar, Luis Aparicio, Rod Carew, Orlando Cepeda, Juan Marichal, Pedro Martínez, Tony Pérez, and Iván Rodríguez. The late Roberto Clemente will be represented by his wife, Vera, and sons, Roberto Jr., Luis and Roberto Enrique. The late Martín Dihigo, José Mendéz and Cristóbal Torriente, Latino Hall of Famers who played in the Negro Leagues, will be recognized as part of the ceremony.

“With the rich ethnic diversity that exists in Miami, this All-Star Game provides a great opportunity to celebrate the significant contributions that Latin Americans have made to Major League Baseball,” said Baseball Commissioner Robert D. Manfred, Jr. “This group of Hall of Famers are outstanding role models for MLB’s current Latino players who are some of the game’s brightest stars.”





MLB announces Umpires, Coaches, Official scorers for 2017 All-Star Game

West to serve as crew chief at 88th Midsummer Classic; Marlins’ Mattingly to coach NL; Rays’ Cash to coach AL


"Country"Joe West will serve as umpires crew chief (2011 photo by Keith Allison via wikipedia commons)

Joe West, who became the third umpire in history to work his 5,000th career game in June, will call balls and strikes and will serve as Crew Chief at Baseball’s 88th All-Star Game presented by Mastercard on Tuesday, July 11th at Marlins Park in Miami.

West will work his third Midsummer Classic (previous: 1987, 2005), including his second as Crew Chief (2005). He has called six World Series, nine League Championship Series and eight Division Series, and his 123 Postseason games rank second behind Gerry Davis’ 133. West’s crew will include Angel Hernandez (first base), Mark Carlson (second base), Chris Conroy (third base), Manny Gonzalez (left field) and Mike Estabrook (right field). This will mark the third career All-Star assignment for Hernandez (previous: 1999, 2009); the second for Carlson (2003); and the first for Conroy, Gonzalez and Estabrook. The Replay Official who will be based in the Replay Operations Center at MLB Advanced Media during the 2017 All-Star Game will be Doug Eddings, a 19th-year Major League Umpire. Eddings worked the 2004 All-Star Game in Houston.

The Minor League Baseball Umpires who will work the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game are Nate Tomlinson (home plate) of the Texas League; Erich Bacchus (first base) of the Eastern League; Jason Starkovich (second base) of the Pacific Coast League; and Skyler Shown (third base) of the Southern League. All four umpires will be on the field for the T-Mobile Home Run Derby on Gatorade All-Star Workout Day on Monday, July 10th. Starkovich and Shown also will be a part of Sunday’s All-Star Legends and Celebrity Softball Game.

The official scorers for the 2017 All-Star Game will be MLB’s Miami-based scorer Ron Jernick, as well as Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post, the President of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America (BBWAA), and Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald, the Vice President of the BBWAA. MLB official scorer Brennan McDonald will have scoring duties for the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game.

American League All-Star Manager Terry Francona of the Cleveland Indians has invited manager Kevin Cash of the Tampa Bay Rays to join his AL staff. Cash, who is in his third season at the helm of the Rays, will make his All-Star coaching debut. Francona’s Indians staff – including first base coach Sandy Alomar Jr., bullpen coach Jason Bere, pitching coach Mickey Callaway, bench coach Brad Mills, assistant hitting coach Matt Quatraro, third base coach Mike Sarbaugh and hitting coach Ty Van Burkleo – will also work with the AL All-Stars. Nick Paparesta, head athletic trainer of the Oakland Athletics, Doug Teter, assistant athletic trainer of the Detroit Tigers, and Jose Vazquez, strength and conditioning coach for the Texas Rangers, will round out the AL staff.

National League All-Star manager Joe Maddon of the Chicago Cubs has invited manager Don Mattingly of the host Miami Marlins to join his NL staff. Mattingly, a six-time All-Star for the New York Yankees (1984-89), is in his second season at the helm of the Marlins. He served on Joe Torre’s AL coaching staff at the 2004 Midsummer Classic in Houston, and as manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers, was invited by San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy to coach on the NL staff at the 2015 All-Star Game in Cincinnati. Maddon’s Cubs staff – including quality control coach Henry Blanco, catching coach Mike Borzello, pitching coach Chris Bosio, assistant hitting coach Eric Hinske, first base coach Brandon Hyde, third base coach Gary Jones, hitting coach John Mallee, bench coach Dave Martinez and bullpen coach Lester Strode – also will coach the NL. Steve Baumann, head athletic trainer of the Cincinnati Reds, Dustin Luepker, head athletic trainer of the Marlins, and Ty Hill, strength and condition coach of the Marlins, will tend to the NL All-Stars.




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