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All-Star voting update: down the stretch they come!

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Fan voting ends Thursday. Here are the results through yesterday for both leagues as we hit the home stretch:

AMERICAN LEAGUE

FIRST BASE

1. Chris Davis, Orioles, 5,468,703
2. Prince Fielder, Tigers, 3,280,681
3. Albert Pujols, Angels, 1,140,420
4. Mike Napoli, Red Sox, 1,123,281
5. Mitch Moreland, Rangers, 1,007,675

SECOND BASE

1. Robinson Cano, Yankees, 3,974,322
2. Dustin Pedroia, Red Sox, 2,838,129
3. Ian Kinsler, Rangers, 1,767,806
4. Omar Infante, Tigers, 1,554,514
5. Jose Altuve, Astros, 1,227,462

SHORTSTOP

1. J.J. Hardy, Orioles, 3,509,180
2. Jhonny Peralta, Tigers, 2,505,348
3. Elvis Andrus, Rangers, 2,122,770
4. Jed Lowrie, Athletics, 1,491,376
5. Jose Reyes, Blue Jays, 1,091,707

THIRD BASE

1. Miguel Cabrera, Tigers 5,844,165
2. Manny Machado, Orioles, 2,752,627
3. Adrian Beltre, Rangers, 1,792,809
4. Evan Longoria, Rays, 1,528,877
5. Josh Donaldson, Athletics, 827,381

CATCHER

1. Joe Mauer, Twins, 3,869,330
2. Matt Wieters, Orioles, 2,677,959
3. A.J. Pierzynski, Rangers, 1,441,827
4. Carlos Santana, Indians, 1,285,650
5. Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Red Sox, 1,256,505

DESIGNATED HITTER

1. David Ortiz, Red Sox, 4,398,197
2. Lance Berkman, Rangers, 2,004,388
3. Edwin Encarnacion, Blue Jays, 1,688,099
4. Victor Martinez, Tigers, 1,257,577
5. Mark Trumbo, Angels, 1,190,709

OUTFIELD

1. Mike Trout, Angels, 4,822,983
2. Adam Jones, Orioles, 4,766,256
3. Jose Bautista, Blue Jays, 2,679,230
4. Nick Markakis, Orioles, 2,536,864
5. Torii Hunter, Tigers, 2,390,336
6. Nelson Cruz, Rangers, 2,258,797
7. Nate McLouth, Orioles, 2,169,772
8. Jacoby Ellsbury, Red Sox, 1,751,022
9. Yoenis Cespedes, Athletics, 1,556,700
10. Coco Crisp, Athletics, 1,421,277
11. Alex Gordon, Royals, 1,416,887
12. Austin Jackson, Tigers, 1,306,330
13. Josh Hamilton, Angels, 1,138,518
14. Shane Victorino, Red Sox, 1,059,429
15. Ichiro Suzuki, Yankees, 1,003,198

NATIONAL LEAGUE

CATCHER

1. Yadier Molina, Cardinals, 5,093,645
2. Buster Posey, Giants, 4,674,847
3. John Buck, Mets, 1,446,565
4. Miguel Montero, Diamondbacks, 997,791
5. Brian McCann, Braves, 997,322

FIRST BASE

1. Joey Votto, Reds, 3,622,608
2. Paul Goldschmidt, Diamondbacks, 3,035,114
3. Allen Craig, Cardinals, 2,525,399
4. Brandon Belt, Giants, 1,804,152
5. Freddie Freeman, Braves, 1,494,604

SECOND BASE

1. Brandon Phillips, Reds, 3,411,839
2. Matt Carpenter, Cardinals, 3,186,423
3. Marco Scutaro, Giants, 3,142,783
4. Daniel Murphy, Mets, 1,598,297
5. Chase Utley, Phillies, 1,355,750

THIRD BASE

1. David Wright, Mets, 4,452,282
2. Pablo Sandoval, Giants, 3,610,096
3. David Freese, Cardinals, 2,376,121
4. Chris Johnson, Braves, 1,234,095
5. Ryan Zimmerman, Nationals, 1,072,563

SHORTSTOP

1. Troy Tulowitzki, Rockies, 4,072,834
2. Brandon Crawford, Giants, 2,383,248
3. Jean Segura, Brewers, 2,072,083
4. Pete Kozma, Cardinals, 1,867,781
5. Andrelton Simmons, Braves, 1,192,066

OUTFIELD

1. Carlos Beltran, Cardinals, 5,013,806
2. Carlos Gonzalez, Rockies, 2,928,606
3. Justin Upton, Braves, 2,917,659
4. Bryce Harper, Nationals, 2,902,393
5. Matt Holliday, Cardinals, 2,697,608
6. Andrew McCutchen, Pirates, 2,510,614
7. Hunter Pence, Giants, 2,379,606
8. Ryan Braun, Brewers, 2,331,774
9. Angel Pagan, Giants, 2,016,370
10. Shin-Soo Choo, Reds, 1,960,385
11. Jon Jay, Cardinals, 1,825,513
12. Carlos Gomez, Brewers, 1,746,318
13. Gregor Blanco, Giants, 1,717,194
14. Jay Bruce, Reds, 1,454,721
15. Domonic Brown, Phillies, 1,427,696

What’s on Tap: Previewing Thursday’s action

PHILADELPHIA, PA - JUNE 16: Starting pitcher J.A. Happ #33 of the Toronto Blue Jays delivers a pitch in the seventh inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park on June 16, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)
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Did you know J.A. Happ is in the thick of the American League Cy Young Award race? Of all the contenders, he may be the biggest surprise, even ahead of Drew Pomeranz. Happ leads the league with 17 wins and only has three losses to go with it. He’s holding a 3.05 ERA and a 133/44 K/BB ratio in 150 1/3 innings.

It wasn’t all that long ago that Happ was struggling to stay in a starting rotation. In 2011, his first full season with the Astros, he finished with a 5.35 ERA. In 2012, he put up a 4.79 ERA with the ‘stros and Blue Jays. The next year? 4.56 followed by 4.22, both with the Jays. Then, with the Mariners, he continued the mediocrity with a 4.64 ERA before he was traded to the Pirates.

Under the tutelage of Pirates pitching coach Ray Searage, Happ turned his career around. In 11 starts in Pittsburgh, the lefty had a microscopic 1.85 ERA. That came with significant improvements in his strikeout and walk rates. Even the ERA retrodictors like FIP and xFIP, which had so often agreed with his uninspiring ERA’s, agreed that he had thrown like an elite hurler. So that’s how we arrived at J.A. Happ, Cy Young Award contender.

Among AL starters, Happ is fifth-best in ERA behind Cole Hamels, Jose Quintana, Aaron Sanchez, and Steven Wright. However, his 17-3 record is equaled only by Rick Porcello. As there are still a significant number of voters in the Baseball Writers Association of America who consider won-lost record, Happ is sitting in a good position and will be even better if he can cross the coveted 20-win threshold. He’ll get a bit of a boost as well if he can help the Jays return to the postseason for a second consecutive season.

Happ’s Jays will host the hapless — and Happ-less — Angels on Thursday evening. He’ll take on veteran Jered Weaver in a 7:07 PM EDT start.

The rest of Thursday’s action…

Baltimore Orioles (Ubaldo Jimenez) @ Washington Nationals (Max Scherzer), 7:05 PM EDT

Kansas City Royals (Edinson Volquez) @ Miami Marlins (Tom Koehler), 7:10 PM EDT

New York Mets (Seth Lugo) @ St. Louis Cardinals (Adam Wainwright), 7:15 PM EDT

Cleveland Indians (Josh Tomlin) @ Texas Rangers (Cole Hamels), 8:05 PM EDT

Pittsburgh Pirates (Chad Kuhl) @ Milwaukee Brewers (Wily Peralta), 8:10 PM EDT

Seattle Mariners (James Paxton) @ Chicago White Sox (Anthony Ranaudo), 8:10 PM EDT

Atlanta Braves (Matt Wisler) @ Arizona Diamondbacks (Robbie Ray), 9:40 PM EDT

San Francisco Giants (Matt Moore) @ Los Angeles Dodgers (Ross Stripling), 10:10 PM EDT

Let’s play the “how long has it been since the Cubs won the World Series?” game!

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It started with a no-good St. Louis Cardinals fan being a troublemaker. That no-good Cardinals fan was Drew Silva, who began things innocently enough, noting that, despite their dominance this season, any team can theoretically beat the Chicago Cubs in a short series because that’s just how baseball goes:

Cubs fans started giving him guff for that, so Drew gave some back:

And with that it was on like Donkey Kong (a super old video game which was not invented for another 73 years after the Cubs last won the World Series). I tweeted this:

And with that, my followers went crazy. Here’s a sampling of some of the best ones:

And, for that matter . . .

Too soon. Unlike the last Cubs World Series title.

Like I said, this was just a sampling. I’ve retweeted a ton more on my timeline and those I didn’t retweet can be seen in the replies here. My favorite one may have been “literally the invention of sliced bread,” which debuted in 1912, but I can’t find that tweet.

Please, Cubs fans, have a sense of humor about this. You have a wonderful ballpark that is not named after a third tier mortgage company, a grand history that is fantastic even if it hasn’t featured any championships and a future that is as bright or brighter than any other team out there. Maybe even come up with some of your own in the comments! History is fun! As is self-deprecation! What I’m saying is don’t be salty about this sort of thing. Salty is a bad look.

In other news, the Morton Salt Company was incorporated in 1910, two years after the Cubs last World Series victory.