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Spurs acknowledge relationship with Leonard is fractured

SAN ANTONIO (AP) General manager R.C. Buford is acknowledging star Kawhi Leonard is unhappy with the San Antonio Spurs.

Red Reporter

Matt Harvey solid, Reds beat Cubs thanks to Jesse Winker’s big ol’ grand slam

Winker’s big fly turned the tides on the day. The Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game Jesse Winker has been brought along with the Cincinnati Reds in an incredibly gradual fashion, at least according to those of us who’ve been completely enamored with his swing since the day he was drafted out of high school back in 2012. While his first full season has seen him spend time in a 4-man OF rotation and has sputtered at times, Winker’s been on quite the impressive run of late, and that sure as hell continued on Thursday night. Jesse entered play having hit .273/.400/.424 since...

Believeland Ball

Cleveland Indians: Jose Ramirez deservedly dominating in All-Star voting

Cleveland Indians fans know that Jose Ramirez is a rising star and his abilities are being recognized in the All-Star Game voting. Jose Ramirez may be playing on one of the most team-friendly deals in all of baseball. That’s good news for the Cleveland Indians. The young Ramirez has become a fan favorite since his […] Cleveland Indians: Jose Ramirez deservedly dominating in All-Star voting - Believeland Ball - Believeland Ball - A Cleveland Indians Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Rox Pile

Colorado Rockies: Adam Ottavino is having an All-Star season

We’ve already discussed the all-star chances of several Colorado Rockies stars here at Rox Pile.  We addressed the cases for Trevor Story (here), DJ LeMahieu (here), Nolan Arenado (here), and Charlie Blackmon (here).  Today, we look at another Rockie having a great season–setup man Adam Ottavino. Set up men don’t typically get chosen as All-Stars, […] Colorado Rockies: Adam Ottavino is having an All-Star season - Rox Pile - Rox Pile - A Colorado Rockies Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

The Republican

Boston Red Sox legend David Ortiz to manage World Team in All-Star Futures Game

Red Sox legend David Ortiz will manage the World Team at the All-Star Futures Game on July 15 in Washington, D.C., the league announced Thursday. Ortiz will be opposed by former Twins teammate Torii Hunter, who will manage the U.S. Team....

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HS 196: Odubel Herrera deserves to be an All-Star

On Episode 196 of “Hittin’ Season,” host John Stolnis talks with WIP’s Marshall Harris about the hot hitting of Odubel Herrera and whether he should be on the NL All Star team. Boy, I guess it’s a good thing we didn’t run Odubel Herrera out of town, huh? The Phillies’ incredibly talented and enigmatic center fielder is in the middle of one of his patented hot streaks again, and in the process, is helping (along with Rhys Hoskins) to carry the Phils offense. The duo led the Phillies to a series win over the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday, with Herrera hitting a home run in...

Call to the Pen

Seattle Mariners pushing to get Ichiro Suzuki in the Home Run Derby

Even if he is no longer playing this season, Seattle Mariners legend Ichiro Suzuki may not be done participating during All Star Weekend. It is seemingly a rite of passage for the true superstars of baseball. As they navigate through their final season, they find themselves named to the All Star Game, a midsesaon sendoff […] Seattle Mariners pushing to get Ichiro Suzuki in the Home Run Derby - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Brew Crew Ball

Milwaukee Brewers Daily Prospect Report: Wednesday, June 20

Scores and notes from the Brewers’ minor league affiliates. Colorado Springs Sky Sox — No Game Colorado Springs Sky Sox record: 37-32Next Game: today at Iowa Cubs, 7:08 p.m.Probable: TBD, CS Biloxi Shuckers — No Game Biloxi Shuckers record: 41-29Next Game: today at Chattanooga Lookouts, 6:15 p.m. (All-Star Break)Probable: TBD, Bil Carolina Mudcats — No Game Carolina Mudcats record: 34-36Next Game: today at Myrtle Beach Pelicans, 5:00 p.m. (All-Star Break)Probable: TBD, Car Wisconsin Timber Rattlers — No Game Timber Rattlers record: 31-38Next Game: today at Cedar Rapids Kernels,...

SNY TV

Yankees' Masahiro Tanaka progressing toward return

Yankees RHP Masahiro Tanaka could potentially meet Aaron Boone's expectation of returning by the All-Star break.

New York Post

A Mets killer and rally killers add up to more frustration

DENVER — Steven Matz got on a roll Thursday afternoon, but unfortunately for the Mets, that was only after he nearly became toast. The left-hander, like many of his teammates, will have nightmares about Nolan Arenado, the Rockies’ All-Star third baseman who tormented the Mets throughout the series and particularly in the finale. Matz allowed...

Bears Blog | Chicago Breaking Sports

Ichiro in the Home Run Derby? Only if Mark Buehrle pitches, he says

Now that he’s no longer an active player, maybe Ichiro Suzuki wants to start swinging for the fences. How about at next month’s Home Run Derby during All-Star festivities in Washington? What began as light-hearted banter among Mariners coaches grew into something that caused a stir in the clubhouse...

Purple Row

PDP 138: What would a bizarro 25th anniversary celebration might look like?

If the Rockies were to celebrate the worst players in franchise history, who would those be? As the Rockies enter the final couple of weeks before the All-Star Break, they’ve elected to go with nine men in the bullpen and three on the bench, sending Ryan McMahon back to Triple-A a day after he saved their bacon with a three-run homer to sink the Mets. At this stage, with a bullpen that is historically bad, how much crazier could things really get? Should the Rockies test out something crazy like an opener for games, especially with their struggles in the first inning among starting...

AZ Snake Pit

Diamondbacks Minor League Recap 6/20/2018: Light Shift

The Diamondbacks state-side affiliates combined for an 0-2 record. The Reno Aces had the day off coupled with the final day of the All-Star break for the Diamondbacks, there were only two affiliates playing: Hillsboro and Missoula. Hillsboro Hops 3, Eugene Emeralds 4: Both teams scored 3 runs in the first two innings, with Hillsboro taking advantage of wild pitches. However, the offense dried up after the 4th inning, getting only 2 hits and a walk in the final 5 trips to the plate. Eugene ended up taking the lead in the 5th when Josh Green was unable to prevent one of Kenny Hernandez’s...

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Mariners joke Ichiro should be in Home Run Derby

NEW YORK — Now that hes no longer an active player, maybe Ichiro Suzuki wants to start swinging for the fences.How about at next months Home Run Derby during All-Star festivities in Washington?What began as light-hearted banter among Seattle Mariners coaches grew into something that caused a stir in the clubhouse before Wednesday nights game against the New York Yankees.Hes got power and hes been launching balls into the seats, Mariners manager Scott Servais said. A couple of coaches said the other day, You know, no one wants to do this Home Run Derby. Why dont we just send Ichiro? Hed be...

Bleed Cubbie Blue

Minor League Wrap: Ems win first road game of the season

Only one game tonight. Iowa Cubs Travel day as they come home from a disastrous 1-6 road trip to Reno and Tacoma. Tennessee Smokies, Myrtle Beach Pelicans and South Bend Cubs All-Star break. All three teams will be back in action on Thursday, weather permitting, of course Eugene Emeralds The Eugene Emeralds spoiled the home opener for the Hillsboro Hops (Diamondbacks), 4-3. Starter Eury Ramos made his first start of the season and allowed three runs on five hits over four innings. He struck out three and only walked one, although he did uncork three wild pitches. The win went to Jake...

That Balls Outta Here

Phillies 40-man roster in disarray at seasons midpoint

The Phillies are simply running out of players to call up this summer Only six players are on the Phillies major league disabled list, but the outlook of their 40-man roster is dreadful heading towards the All-Star break. Injuries to J.P. Crawford, Dylan Cozens, Roman Quinn, and Pedro Florimon have left the Phillies bench short, […] Phillies 40-man roster in disarray at seasons midpoint - That Balls Outta Here - That Balls Outta Here - A Philadelphia Phillies Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Lone Star Ball

Texas Live! Grand Opening August 9-12, 2018

Per a tweet from John Blake, the Texas Live! granding opening will be held from August 9-12, 2018 The Texas Live! Grand Opening celebration with take place on August 9-12, according to John Blake on Twitter. Blake says that there will be a free concert by the Toadies on August 9 at Arlington Backyard. Texas Live! is a mixed-use facility by Globe Life Park and the Death Star, which will have a hotel, entertainment options, and the like. It is part of a deal Rangers ownership and the city of Arlington put together a couple of years ago, before the deal for the new ballpark was announced,...

Kings of Kauffman

Kansas City Royals: Prospect to Watch, Nick Pratto

Nick Pratto took home some hardware in the South Atlantic All-Star game, being named the MVP. The first baseman currently resides in Single A within the Kansas City Royals organization. Nick Pratto is listed as the number two prospect on MLB Pipeline’s list of the Kansas City Royals top 30 prospects. He also is on […] Kansas City Royals: Prospect to Watch, Nick Pratto - Kings of Kauffman - Kings of Kauffman - A Kansas City Royals Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Blogging the Bombers | New York Daily News

WWE star Big Van Vader dead at 63

Big Van Vader, the longtime WWE star who transitioned to professional wrestling after a short career in the NFL, has died at 63. Vader, whose real name was Leon White, had a history heart problems. He passed away on Monday evening, his son announced on Twitter. “Around a month ago my father was...

Lookout Landing

State of the Farm: 6/20/18

Some of the organization’s top talent was on display Tuesday during all-star action We’ve reached the halfway point for the MiLB season with High-A Modesto and A-Level Clinton reaching their respective all-star breaks, while Double-A Arkansas clinched a playoff spot with a first place first-half finish becoming official Tuesday night. Short Season-A Everett just opened their season over the last week however, so there’s plenty of new and exciting prospects to turn your attention to this summer, as well as some of the first half’s top performers potentially in line for promotions in...

The Crawfish Boxes

The Year of the Shortstop: Who is the Best of the Best? Is Correa an All Star?

2018 has more slugging shortstops than any year in baseball history. Which AL shortstops deserve to go to the All Star game? Who are the greatest slugging shortstops of all-time? Real old-timers from the Greatest Generation will tell you there’ve never again been the likes of Joe Cronin, Lou Boudreaux, Luke Appling, surely Vern Stephens, who had the most career home runs by an AL shortstop, 247, before the ninteen ninties. Below is the great Red Sox slugger, Joe Cronin. Baby boomer old-timers fondly remember the exploits of greats like Ernie Banks, Dick McCauliffe, Rico...

Over the Monster

Mookie Betts loses top vote-getter status in latest All-Star voting update

Stupid Jose Altuve The focus for the Red Sox and the rest of the league is obviously on the product on the field, but the All-Star Game is right around the corner. As such, voting is in full-swing and on Tuesday the league released their latest update to the voting. We’ve mentioned it before, but it’s always worth remembering that pitchers are not included in these votes, so Chris Sale, David Price and Craig Kimbrel will not be mentioned. Position players are included, however, and the Red Sox have a few players of note. You can see the full update here. The good news is that Mookie...

NESN.com

Red Sox Now: Xander On Fire; All-Star Voting Update; Big Papi Cigars

In a jam-packed episode of “Red Sox Now,” NESN.com’s Courtney Cox recaps how the Boston Red Sox have been doing... Read More »

Gordo: Wacha's injury tests Cards' organizational depth

Michael Wacha was enjoying an All-Star-caliber year before suffering an oblique muscle strain. So once again the Cardinals must dig deeper into their arms supply.

OC Register

Twins prospect Royce Lewis, Torii Hunter have known each other for years … without knowing it

Former Angels outfielder Torii Hunter, now a special advisor for the Twins, knew Royce Lewis' father for years, but he didn't find out until Minnesota drafted the former JSerra High star first overall in 2017.

Fox Sports

AP source: Hornets agree to trade Howard to Nets for Mozgov

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) A person familiar with the situation says the Charlotte Hornets have agreed to trade eight-time All-Star center Dwight Howard to the Brooklyn Nets for center Timofey Mozgov and two future second-round draft picks.

AZ Snake Pit

Diamondbacks Minor League Recap 6/19/2018: All Star Day

The Diamondbacks Minor League affiliates combined to go 2-2 with the two Rookie Ball affiliates picking up the win. Robbie Ray had his 2nd rehab start coming back from an oblique injury. Ray was throwing 91-93 while topping out at 94 with the fastball while striking out 9 Storm Chasers in 4 1⁄3 innings with 1 walk. At the minimum, he should see at least 1 more rehab appearance with Reno, perhaps 2 before they activate him some time around July 4th. I’m hoping in his next start the velocity is up to the mid 90s like we’ve been accustomed to seeing the last couple seasons as he gets...

Red Reporter

Reds hit three dingers, back Tyler Mahle to beat Tigers 5-3

The Reds move to a ridiculous 6-1 in interleague play this season. The Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game Tyler Mahle has sure been on some run of good form lately. He entered Wednesday’s game against the Detroit Tigers having allowed just 2 ER in 16.1 IP in the month of June, and the Cincinnati Reds righty proceeded to back that up with another 6 IP, 2 ER outing on the day. He fanned 8 while allowing just 5 hits, and has generally established himself a one of the very few starting pitchers we’ve seen wear the jersey over the last few seasons that should actually inspire...

1997 ASG: Thome's first All-Star introduction

7/8/97: Jim Thome is introduced during the All-Star Game in Cleveland

Mark Wahlberg wants to sit in the Judge's Chambers

Mark Wahlberg is a big Boston Red Sox fan, but acknowledges he's becoming a fan of New York Yankees star Aaron Judge and would go to Yankee Stadium to watch him.

George Springer honored to win World Series MVP

Houston Astros star George Springer admits he's proud to be the World Series MVP of the club's first MLB title, but acknowledges it was a team effort.