Miguel Montero

Montero, Kimbrel added; now up-to-the-minute All-Star rosters


According to the San Francisco Chronicle’s Hank Schulman, Miguel Montero has been added to the NL All-Star roster in place of Placido Polanco.  This after Pablo Sandoval was given the spot of Jose Reyes earlier today.

So, let’s compile an up-to-date set of All-Star rosters:

American League

CF Curtis Granderson
SS Asdrubal Cabrera
1B Adrian Gonzalez
RF Jose Bautista
LF Josh Hamilton
3B Adrian Beltre
DH David Ortiz
2B Robinson Cano
C Alex Avila

SP Jered Weaver

SP Josh Beckett
SP Gio Gonzalez
SP Alexi Ogando (replacing CC Sabathia)
SP Michael Pineda (replacing Justin Verlander)
SP Ricky Romero (replacing Jon Lester)
SP C.J. Wilson

RP Aaron Crow
RP Brandon League
RP Chris Perez
RP David Robertson (replacing David Price)
RP Jose Valverde
RP Jordan Walden (replacing Mariano Rivera)

C Russell Martin
C Matt Wieters
1B Miguel Cabrera
1B Paul Konerko (Final Vote winner)
2B Howie Kendrick
3B Kevin Youkilis (replacing Alex Rodriguez)
SS Jhonny Peralta (replacing Derek Jeter)
OF Michael Cuddyer
OF Jacoby Ellsbury
OF Matt Joyce
OF Carlos Quentin
DH Michael Young

Will not participate
SP Felix Hernandez
SS Derek Jeter
SP David Price
SP Jon Lester (replacing Felix Hernandez)
RP Mariano Rivera
3B Alex Rodriguez
SP CC Sabathia (replacing James Shields)
SP James Shields
SP Justin Verlander

National League

2B Rickie Weeks
DH Carlos Beltran
CF Matt Kemp
1B Prince Fielder
C Brian McCann
RF Lance Berkman
LF Matt Holliday
SS Troy Tulowitzki
3B Scott Rolen (replacing Chipper Jones)

SP Roy Halladay

SP Kevin Correia (replacing Cole Hamels)
SP Jair Jurrjens
SP Clayton Kershaw
SP Cliff Lee
SP Tim Lincecum
SP Ryan Vogelsong

RP Heath Bell
RP Tyler Clippard
RP Joel Hanrahan
RP Craig Kimbrel
RP Jonny Venters
RP Brian Wilson

C Yadier Molina
C Miguel Montero (replacing Placido Polanco)
1B Gaby Sanchez
1B Joey Votto
2B Brandon Phillips
3B Pablo Sandoval (replacing Jose Reyes)
SS Starlin Castro
OF Jay Bruce
OF Andre Ethier (replacing Shane Victorino)
OF Andrew McCutchen (replacing Ryan Braun)
OF Hunter Pence
OF Justin Upton

Will not participate
OF Ryan Braun
SP Matt Cain
SP Cole Hamels
3B Chipper Jones
3B Placido Polanco
SS Jose Reyes
OF Shane Victorino (Final Vote winner)

We still don’t know who will start in place of Polanco or Braun for the NL squad or who will replace Cain on the roster. Technically, Cain won’t be officially scratched until after he takes the mound in tonight’s game. We also don’t know the NL starting pitcher or designated hitter.

6:05 p.m. EDT: The AJC’s David O’Brien says Braves reliever Craig Kimbrel will be the choice to take Cain’s spot on the roster.  An announcement should come soon after the Giants came starts at 8 p.m.

It also sounds like Rolen is going to get the start at third base over Sandoval.

6:30 p.m. EDT: I’ve adjusted the NL lineup with the confirmation that Rolen would start over Sandoval.

8:45 p.m. EDT: Kimbrel was confirmed as Cain’s replacement.

12:45 p.m. EDT: I’ve edited to include the starting lineups.

Pirates’ Nick Leyva selected as senior advisor of baseball ops

BRADENTON, FL - FEBRUARY 17:  Coach Nick Leyva #16 of the Pittsburgh Pirates poses for a photo during photo day at Pirate City on February 17, 2013 in Bradenton, Florida.  (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)
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Former first base and infield coach Nick Leyva was promoted to senior advisor of baseball operations on Saturday, per a report by Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. The Pirates also fired third base coach Rick Sofield, with no named successor as of yet.

Leyva joined the Pirates’ organization in the 2011 offseason as a third base coach under manager Clint Hurdle. He shifted to his role as the first base coach and infield coach in 2014, when first base coach Rick Sofield was reassigned to third base prior to the 2015 season. According to Biertempfel, the swap was made in order to optimize the team’s baserunning strategies, all of which appeared to fall flat during the 2015 and 2016 seasons:

The results this season were awful. The Pirates ranked 13th in the National League with a minus-7.0 BsR — a FanGraphs.com metric that measures how many runs above or below league average a team gets via its baserunning.

In 2013 and 2014, the Pirates had one of the top five BsR ratings in the NL. In 2015, they were seventh with a 2.8 BsR.

This season, the Pirates made the second-most outs at third base in the league and were last in taking extra bases on singles and doubles. Their baserunners went from first to third base on hits a league-low 63 times.

Sofield, in particular, highlighted the Pirates’ poor baserunning choices in games like this one, when he sent Sean Rodriguez home too early during the last vestige of a ninth inning rally against the Phillies.

Following the announcement, Pirates’ GM Neal Huntington issued a statement elaborating on Leyva’s role within the organization:

We have great respect and appreciation for both men. We thank them for their time and effort as part of our Major League team and the Pirates organization. It was a difficult decision, but we felt it was the right time to make this change on our Major League staff. We look forward to Nick’s continued impact in his future role with the Pirates. Nick has held nearly every coaching position at the major league level and at the minor league level, including Major League manager, in his extensive career and will be a quality mentor for our minor league managers, coaches and players.

Lineups for Dodgers-Cubs NLCS Game 6

CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 16:  Kyle Hendricks #28 of the Chicago Cubs throws a pitch in the first inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers during game two of the National League Championship Series at Wrigley Field on October 16, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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With Game 6 of the NLCS just hours away, the Dodgers will opt for a lefty-heavy lineup against right-hander Kyle Hendricks. Batting leadoff is rookie outfielder Andrew Toles, who made one appearance at the top of the lineup during the 2016 season. The Cubs, meanwhile, will bench Jason Heyward in favor of Albert Almora Jr.. This will be Almora’s first start of the playoffs, and while he has yet to face Kershaw in October, his right-handed bat could play well against the lefty at the bottom of the lineup.

Game time is scheduled for 8 PM EDT; lineups are below.


1. Andrew Toles (L) LF
2. Corey Seager (L) SS
3. Justin Turner (R) 3B
4. Adrian Gonzalez (L) 1B
5. Josh Reddick (L) RF
6. Joc Pederson (L) CF
7. Yasmani Grandal (S) C
8. Chase Utley (L) 2B
9. Clayton Kershaw (L) LHP
1. Dexter Fowler (S) CF
2. Kris Bryant (R) 3B
3. Anthony Rizzo (L) 1B
4. Ben Zobrist (R) LF
5. Javier Baez (S) 2B
6. Wilson Contreras (R) C
7. Addison Russell (R) RF
8. Albert Almora Jr. (R) RF
9. Kyle Hendricks (R) RHP