All-Star lineups include Ryan Howard as NL designated hitter

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Charlie Manuel overlooked a 150-point difference in OPS to pick Ryan Howard over Joey Votto for the All-Star team, so even after Votto was added to the NL squad via MLB.com’s “Final Vote” contest it’s no surprise that the Phillies’ manager went with Howard at designated hitter. Or that he’s batting cleanup.
Here are the full NL and AL lineups:

   American League                 National League
1. Ichiro Suzuki, RF            1. Hanley Ramirez, SS
2. Derek Jeter, SS              2. Martin Prado, 2B
3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B           3. Albert Pujols, 1B
4. Josh Hamilton, CF            4. Ryan Howard, DH
5. Vladimir Guerrero, DH        5. David Wright, 3B
6. Evan Longoria, 3B            6. Ryan Braun, LF
7. Joe Mauer, C                 7. Andre Ethier, CF
8. Robinson Cano, 2B            8. Corey Hart, RF
9. Carl Crawford, LF            9. Yadier Molina, C

Miguel Cabrera replaced Justin Morneau in the AL lineup, while Martin Prado and Corey Hart replaced Chase Utley and Jason Heyward in the NL lineup.
All-Star outfields are often oddly arranged because there’s no “center fielder” spot on the ballot, but Manuel choosing Andre Ethier to start in center field is especially odd considering he has zero experience there as a major leaguer and Corey Hart has played 51 career games there.

Report: Momentum in talks between Mariners, Jon Jay

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MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand reports that there is some momentum in talks between the Mariners and free agent outfielder Jon Jay.

Jay, 32, hit .296/.374/.375 in 433 plate appearances with the Cubs last season, which is adequate. He’s heralded more for his defense and his ability to play all three outfield spots.

The Mariners are losing center fielder Jarrod Dyson to free agency and likely don’t want to rely on Guillermo Heredia next season, hence the interest in Jay. The free agent class for center fielders is otherwise relatively weak.