Yay! It's the 2010 All-Star Selection Show…

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Major League Baseball is announcing its All-Star teams this afternoon on TBS.  The squads, as they are revealed:

American League Starters

C Joe Mauer
1B Justin Morneau
2B Robinson Cano
3B Evan Longoria
SS Derek Jeter
OF Ichiro Suzuki
OF Josh Hamilton
OF Carl Crawford
DH Vladimir Guerrero

National League Starters

C Yadier Molina
1B Albert Pujols
2B Chase Utley   injured, will not play
3B David Wright
SS Hanley Ramirez
OF Ryan Braun
OF Jason Heyward   injured, might not play
OF Andre Ethier

Notes

Utley was voted in by the fans, but will not be available due to right thumb surgery.  The Braves’ Martin Prado will start in his place.  Heyward is questionable with a deep bone bruise in his left thumb.

AL Pitching Staff

SP CC Sabathia
SP Clay Buchholz
SP Fausto Carmona
SP David Price
SP Phil Hughes
SP Jon Lester
SP Cliff Lee
SP Trevor Cahill
RP Neftali Feliz
RP Mariano Rivera
RP Matt Thornton
RP Jose Valverde
RP Joakim Soria

NL Picthing Staff

SP Roy Halladay
SP Ubaldo Jimenez
SP Josh Johnson
SP Tim Lincecum
SP Tim Hudson
SP Adam Wainwright
SP Chris Carpenter
SP Yovani Gallardo
RP Jonathan Broxton
RP Arthur Rhodes
RP Brian Wilson
RP Evan Meek
RP Matt Capps

Notes

That’s a first-time selection for Rhodes, 40, and very much deserved.  He has a 1.09 ERA and a 0.91 WHIP in 37 appearances out of the Reds’ bullpen this season.

You’ll notice that Stephen Strasburg did not make the cut.  He will not be part of the “Final Vote” either.

American League Reserves

IF Ty Wigginton
3B Adrian Beltre
DH David Ortiz
1B Miguel Cabrera
OF Torii Hunter
3B Alex Rodriguez
SS Elvis Andrus
2B Ian Kinsler
3B Jose Bautista
C John Buck
OF Vernon Wells

National League Reserves

OF Chris Young
IF Omar Infante
C Brian McCann
2B Martin Prado
OF Marlon Byrd
2B Brandon Phillips
3B Scott Rolen
OF Michael Bourn
OF Corey Hart
SS Jose Reyes
1B Ryan Howard
OF Matt Holliday
1B Adrian Gonzalez

Notes

It’s fairly disappointing that Reds first baseman Joey Votto did not make the cut, but he will almost certainly be a part of the NL’s “Final Vote.”  With a .988 OPS, 19 home runs and 57 RBI, he deserves to be on this squad.

Infante is a questionable pick, but National League manager Charlie Manuel told the TBS crew that he wanted a few guys who can get on base and lay down bunts.  He’s thinking about bringing a little small ball to Anaheim.

Mike Moustakas sets Royals single-season record with 37th home run

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Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas belted his 37th home run on Wednesday evening, setting a new club record for homers in a single season. Moustakas had been tied with Steve Balboni, who hit 36 home runs in 1985.

The home run came on a 2-0, 82 MPH slider from Blue Jays reliever Carlos Ramirez, boosting the Royals’ lead to 13-0 in the top of the sixth inning.

Moustakas, 29, entered the night batting .271/.313/.523 with 82 RBI and 71 runs scored in 560 plate appearances.

Chris Sale records his 300th strikeout this season

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Red Sox starter Chris Sale recorded his 300th strikeout of the 2017 season on Wednesday night against the Orioles. The momentous occasion occurred with two outs in the eighth inning. Facing Ryan Flaherty, Sale threw a slider that caught the strike zone low and inside for called strike three.

Sale and Clayton Kershaw (2015) are the only pitchers to strikeout 300-plus batters in a season in the last 15 years. Curt Schilling and Randy Johnson accomplished the feat in 2002, and Johnson also did it in 2001 and 2000. Pedro Martinez had been the only other Red Sox pitcher to have a 300-strikeout season.

Through eight scoreless innings, Sale limited the Orioles to four hits with no walks and 13 strikeouts. The Red Sox offense gave him plenty of run support. Mookie Betts and Devin Marrero each hit two-run home runs in the fourth. Hanley Ramirez added a two-run double in the sixth and Dustin Pedroia hit a two-run double of his own in the eighth to make it 8-0.