All-Star rosters announced

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The rosters for the 80th Midsummer Classic were just released. Here’s a breakdown of the two squads.

National League:

Starters: Yadier Molina, Albert Pujols, Chase Utley, Hanley Ramirez, David Wright, Ryan Braun, Raul Ibanez, Carlos Beltran

Reserves: Brian McCann, Prince
Fielder, Adrian Gonzalez, Ryan Howard, Orlando Hudson, Freddy Sanchez,
Miguel Tejada, Ryan Zimmerman, Brad Hawpe, Hunter Pence, Justin Upton

Pitchers: Heath Bell, Chad
Billingsley, Jonathan Broxton, Matt Cain, Francisco Cordero, Ryan
Franklin, Dan Haren, Josh Johnson, Ted Lilly, Tim Lincecum, Jason
Marquis, Francisco Rodriguez, Johan Santana

American League:

Starters: Joe Mauer, Mark Teixeira, Dustin Pedroia, Derek Jeter, Evan Longoria, Jason Bay, Ichiro Suzuki, Josh Hamilton

Reserves: Victor Martinez,
Justin Morneau, Kevin Youkilis, Aaron Hill, Jason Bartlett, Michael
Young, Carl Crawford, Curtis Granderson, Torii Hunter, Adam Jones, Ben
Zobrist

Pitchers: Andrew Bailey, Josh
Beckett, Mark Buehrle, Brian Fuentes, Zack Greinke, Roy Halladay, Felix
Hernandez, Edwin Jackson, Joe Nathan, Jonathan Papelbon, Mariano
Rivera, Justin Verlander, Tim Wakefield

Anybody you think got snubbed? Vote in our poll.

Adrian Beltre puts his helmet on backwards to face a switch pitcher

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“A” switch pitcher is probably not the most accurate way to put that. It’s more like “The” switch pitcher, as Pat Venditte of the Mariners is the only one extant.

Last night the right-handed hitting Adrian Beltre had to face Venditte, who obviously chose to pitch righty to the Rangers third baseman. Before coming up to the plate, Beltre jokingly donned his helmet backwards and pretended that he’d hit left-handed:

 

He needn’t have bothered. Beltre doubled to left field off of Venditte, showing that at some point, platoon splits really don’t matter.

MLB, MLBPA donate $250,000 for Louisiana flood relief

BATON ROUGE, LA - AUGUST 15:  Richard Schafer navigates a boat past a flooded home on August 15, 2016 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Record-breaking rains pelted Louisiana over the weekend leaving the city with historic levels of flooding that have caused at least seven deaths and damaged thousands of homes.  (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
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Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association announced this morning that they are contributing $250,000 to assist victims of the devastating floods that recently hit Louisiana.

The $250,000 contribution is being divided among three charitable organizations: The American Red Cross will receive a $125,000 contribution and two charities connected to Major League Players – the Baton Rouge Area Foundation and High Socks for Hope – will each receive a $62,500 contribution.

According to the joint press release, several players with connections to the area, including Reid Brignac, Will Harris, Wade LeBlanc, Mikie Mahtook, Anthony Ranaudo and Ryan Schimpf were consulted in determining which organizations would receive funding support.

Nice move, union and league.