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Red Sox’ Sale against Nationals’ Scherzer as starting pitchers and lineups are announced for 2018 MLB All-Star Game



Chris Sale of the Boston Red Sox 2017 photo By Keith Allison from Hanover, MD, USA, CC BY-SA 2.0, https

Max Scherzer throwing plateward 2015 photo by David on Flickr via wikipedia commons

Chris Sale to become third pitcher to make three straight All-Star starts; sale and hometown favorite Max Scherzer to match up for second consecutive year


Earlier today, the 2018 All-Star Game managers, AJ Hinch of the American League and Dave Roberts of the National League, announced their starting lineups for Baseball’s 89th Midsummer Classic, to be played on Tuesday at Nationals Park in Washington, DC. The lineups were announced at this afternoon’s 2018 All-Star Game Press Conference, which was carried live by MLB Network.

Hinch’s AL lineup will be:
Player, Club   Bats   Pos.   Statistics
Mookie Betts, BOS   R   RF   .359, 23 HR, 51 RBI, 25 2B, 79 R, .691 SLG
Jose Altuve, HOU   R   2B   .332, 9 HR, 44 RBI, 23 2B, 63 R, 14 SB
Mike Trout, LAA   R   CF   .310, 25 HR, 50 RBI, 71 R, .454 OBP, .606 SLG
J.D. Martinez, BOS   R   DH   .328, 29 HR, 80 RBI, 23 2B, 72 R, .644 SLG
José Ramírez, CLE   S   3B   .302, 29 HR, 70 RBI, 26 2B, 68 R, .628 SLG
Aaron Judge, NYY   R   LF   .276, 25 HR, 60 RBI, 19 2B, 66 R, .544 SLG
Manny Machado, BAL   R   SS   .315, 24 HR, 65 RBI, 21 2B, 48 R, .575 SLG
José Abreu, CWS   R   1B   .311, 13 HR, 52 RBI, 27 2B, 44 R, .441 SLG
Salvador Perez, KC   R   C   .221, 13 HR, 41 RBI, 11 2B, 27 R, .394 SLG

Hinch has selected left-hander Chris Sale of the Boston Red Sox as the AL’s starting pitcher. This marks the third consecutive All-Star start for Sale, a seven-time All-Star in his nine-year Major League career. The 29-year-old 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. Last year in Miami, the Florida native fanned two batters while allowing three hits over 2.0 scoreless frames. Sale is just the third pitcher in history to make three consecutive starts on the mound, joining Hall of Famers Lefty Gomez of the New York Yankees (1933-35) and Robin Roberts of the Philadelphia Phillies (1953-55). In 20 starts this season, Sale is 10-4 with a 2.23 ERA (129.0 IP, 85 H, 31 BB, 188 SO). His 188 strikeouts are tied for 12th-most in history prior to the All-Star break, and mark the most since Hall of Famer Randy Johnson had 202 for the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2001. In addition, Sale made his 200th career start in his last start on July 11th. According to Elias, his 1,628 career strikeouts in those games passed Hall of Famer Pedro Martinez (1,600) for the most strikeouts in a pitcher’s first 200 starts.

Roberts’ NL lineup will be:
Player, Club   Bats   Pos.   Statistics
Javier Báez, CHI   R   2B   .292, 19 HR, 72 RBI, 18 SB, 25 2B, .566 SLG
Nolan Arenado, COL   R   3B   .312, 23 HR, 68 RBI, 21 2B, 63 R, .586 SLG
Paul Goldschmidt, ARI   R   DH   .281, 21 HR, 52 RBI, 61 R, 19 2B, .534 SLG
Freddie Freeman, ATL   L   1B   .315, 16 HR, 61 RBI, 25 2B, .405 OBP, .533 SLG
Matt Kemp, LAD   R   LF   .310, 15 HR, 60 RBI, 42 R, 18 2B, .522 SLG
Bryce Harper, WSH   L   CF   .214, 23 HR, 54 RBI, 57 R, .365 OBP, .468 SLG
Nick Markakis, ATL   L   RF   .323, 10 HR, 61 RBI, 29 2B, 55 R, .389 OBP
Brandon Crawford, SF   L   SS   .292, 10 HR, 39 RBI, 22 2B, 42 R, .363 OBP
Willson Contreras, CHI   R   C   .279, 7 HR, 34 RBI, 33 R, 19 2B, .449 SLG

Roberts has chosen Washington Nationals right-hander Max Scherzer as the NL’s starting pitcher. This marks the second consecutive Midsummer Classic start for Scherzer, and the third overall for the six-time All-Star. 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. Last year in Miami, the two-time Cy Young Award winner pitched a scoreless frame with one hit and two strikeouts. The 33-year-old will be the 17th different pitcher to make consecutive All-Star starts, and the first NL hurler since Johnson (2000-01). The Missouri native is already one of five pitchers to start the All-Star Game in each league, along with 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). Scherzer will also become the 12th pitcher to start the Midsummer Classic in his home ballpark, and the first since Matt Harvey of the New York Mets at Citi Field in 2013. In 20 starts on the season, Scherzer is 12-5 with a 2.41 ERA (134.2 IP, 87 H, 34 BB, 182 SO). His 182 strikeouts are the most in the NL prior to the All-Star break since Arizona’s Curt Schilling had 186 in 2002.

With the starts by Sale and Scherzer, tomorrow night will mark just the second time in history that the Midsummer Classic features the same starting pitchers in consecutive seasons. The other occurrence was in 1939 and 1940, when Hall of Famer Red Ruffing of the Yankees squared off against Cincinnati’s Paul Derringer.

The 89th Midsummer Classic will be televised nationally by FOX Sports; in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and RDS; and worldwide by partners in more than 185 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.


2018 MLB All-Star Game to pay tribute to Medal of Honor recipients



U.S. Military Medal of Honor for all branches 2005 photo by GrummelJS, Public Domain, https

Thirty heroes to be recognized prior to Midsummer Classic


Major League Baseball will salute 30 Medal of Honor recipients prior to the 2018 MLB All-Star Game presented by Mastercard on Tuesday, July 17 at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C. The honorees in attendance will be recognized on the field following the introduction of the MLB All-Stars. The ceremony will be broadcast live during the FOX Pre-Game Show which begins at 7:30 p.m. Eastern.

Four-time Academy Award nominated actor Bradley Cooper will narrate a video that will play in the ballpark and on FOX celebrating the honorees. As part of the ceremony, a community of choirs from the Washington, D.C. area will perform the national anthem. Nolan Williams, Jr. is the commissioned arranger and music director for the performance. Williams, who is CEO of NEWorks Productions, has written and produced music for television, film and live events of national and international prominence.

“As the national pastime in the nation’s capital, Major League Baseball is proud to celebrate these heroes who demonstrated bravery and selflessness in serving and protecting the United States of America,” said Baseball Commissioner Robert D. Manfred, Jr. “These extraordinary veterans are national treasures and we are honored by their attendance. I hope this stage provides an opportunity to recognize their unmistakable commitment to our country and start the 89th MLB All-Star Game in an inspiring and patriotic way.”

“Medal of Honor recipients are honored to be included in the All-Star celebration of America’s favorite pastime sport, Baseball,” said Drew Dix, President, Congressional Medal of Honor Society.

The Medal of Honor is the highest award for valor in action against an enemy force which can be bestowed upon an individual serving in the Armed Services of the United States. Following are the recipients scheduled to participate in the All-Star pre-game ceremony. The names link to their bio page on the Congressional Medal of Honor Society web site where the reasons for their citation are highlighted.

Bennie Adkins
Donald Ballard
Harvey Barnum, Jr.
Gary Beikirch
Edward Byers
Bruce Crandall
Roger Donlon
Michael Fitzmaurice
Robert Foley
Harold Fritz
Charles Hagemeister
Thomas Kelley
Charles Kettles
Gary Littrell
James Livingston
Walter Marm, Jr.
James McCloughan
Melvin Morris
Robert Patterson
Leroy Petry
Alfred Rascon
Gordon Roberts
Clinton Romesha
Gary Rose
Ronald Rosser
Clarence Sasser
Kenneth Stumpf
James Taylor
Brian Thacker
Hershel “Woody” Williams

For more information about MLB All-Star Week and to purchase tickets, please visit and follow @MLB and @AllStarGame on social media.


Baseball Assistance Team (B.A.T.) announces new scholarship program allowing former players to pursue degrees



The Baseball Assistance Team (B.A.T.) has launched a new scholarship program designed to award former Major League and Minor League Players in financial need with assistance as they pursue collegiate or other advanced degrees following their playing career. The program intends to promote financial self-sufficiency by way of educational and vocational pursuits in support of the players’ career growth goals. During the 2018-2019 academic calendar, $500,000 is being allocated for scholarships, which can be awarded to those in need who plan to pursue their education.

B.A.T. Board Member and MASN broadcaster Gary Thorne is serving as the chair of the scholarship committee. Other B.A.T. Board members on the committee include Baltimore Orioles center fielder Adam Jones, former four-time All-Star third baseman Sal Bando, and Diane Margolin, widow of late MLBPA Executive Director Michael Weiner.

“Over the years, we have provided assistance to individuals in a number of areas of personal concern, and we are proud of the lives we have improved when there was nowhere else to turn,” said B.A.T. President, Randy Winn. “Thanks to the generosity of so many people, we are now able to offer this scholarship program. Increasingly, we have seen too many former players without career options after their playing careers have ended. Professional baseball players have so many positive qualities that can transfer to the workplace, so, we hope this scholarship offering can help many of them take their first step toward a new professional career of their choice.”

Through the program, scholarship recipients will receive financial assistance toward their desired education, with the scholarship covering a period no longer than one academic or program year. Eligible applicants include players who have at least one day of Major League service or at least two full seasons of service as a player with a Minor League Club that is, or was, a member of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues.

The Baseball Assistance Team, now in its 33rd year, is a unique organization within the sport dedicated to confidentially assisting members of the Baseball Family who are in need through charitable contributions in a variety of forms, including financial grants, healthcare resources and rehabilitative counseling.

In 2017, B.A.T., a 501 (c) 3 charitable organization, assisted a record amount of applicants (350). To date, the organization has awarded more than $38 million in grants, benefiting more than 3,900 members of the Baseball Family, including current and former, on-field Major & Minor League personnel (players, managers, coaches) as well as scouts, umpires, athletic trainers, Major & Minor League front office personnel, Negro League players, and players from the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League. B.A.T.’s coverage also extends to widow, widowers and children, ages 23 and under, of the above groups. All aid provided by B.A.T. is strictly confidential, allowing those in need to receive help discreetly. For more information about the Baseball Assistance Team, please visit: or


Brewers Aguilar, Mariners Segura earn Camping World Final Vote for 2018 MLB All-Star Game



Jesus Aguilar (courtesy


Jean Segura (courtesy

Rosters now feature 28 first-timers, 24 foreign-born all-stars


Milwaukee Brewers first baseman Jesús Aguilar and Seattle Mariners shortstop Jean Segura were voted by the fans as the winners of the 2018 Camping World All-Star Final Vote, it was announced earlier this evening on MLB Network’s MLB Tonight. Aguilar and Segura earned the final roster spots on the National League and American League All-Star teams through online voting on, the 30 Club sites and mobile devices. Now in its 17th season, the All-Star Final Vote has recorded over 845 million votes.

Aguilar drew 20.2 million votes en route to securing his first Midsummer Classic selection. His vote total marked the second-highest total ever in a Final Vote, behind only Justin Turner of the Los Angeles Dodgers (20.8 million in 2017). The 28-year-old native of Venezuela was followed in the NL Final Vote by Brandon Belt of the San Francisco Giants, Max Muncy of the Dodgers, Trea Turner of the host Washington Nationals and Matt Carpenter of the St. Louis Cardinals. Aguilar, who is tied for the NL lead with 23 home runs, joins his teammates Lorenzo Cain, Josh Hader and Christian Yelich as Brewers selected to the NL All-Star roster. Since the All-Star Final Vote began in 2002, Aguilar is now the third Brewers player to win the competition, following Geoff Jenkins (2003) and Corey Hart (2008).

Segura will make his second trip to the All-Star Game (also 2013) after receiving 13.6 million votes in the Final Vote competition. The 28-year-old native of the Dominican Republic was followed in the AL Final Vote by Andrew Benintendi of the Boston Red Sox, Giancarlo Stanton of the New York Yankees, Eddie Rosario of the Minnesota Twins and Andrelton Simmons of the Los Angeles Angels. Segura, who ranks second in the Majors with 116 hits, becomes the fourth Mariners player on the AL roster, joining teammates Nelson Cruz, Edwin Díaz and Mitch Haniger. In addition, Segura is the first Mariners player to ever come out on top of an All-Star Final Vote.

With the new All-Star appointments, there are now 28 first-time All-Stars (12 AL, 16 NL), 29 players (16 AL, 13 NL) age 27-or-younger and 24 foreign-born players (15 AL, 9 NL) on the 2018 All-Star rosters. The 24 foreign-born players include players from Venezuela (8), Puerto Rico (6), the Dominican Republic (4), Cuba (2), Curaçao (2), Canada (1) and South Korea (1).

For more information about MLB All-Star Week and to purchase tickets, please visit and follow @MLB and @AllStarGame on social media.


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