Your All-Star Game catchall comment thread

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We’re soon to be underway here at Citi Field. For those of you who missed it yesterday, here are your starting lineups for tonight’s Midsummer Classic.

  AMERICAN LEAGUE             NATIONAL LEAGUE
1. Mike Trout, LF           1. Brandon Phillips, 2B
2. Robinson Cano, 2B        2. Carlos Beltran, RF
3. Miguel Cabrera, 3B       3. Joey Votto, 1B
4. Chris Davis, 1B          4. David Wright, 3B
5. Jose Bautista, RF        5. Carlos Gonzalez, LF
6. David Ortiz, DH          6. Yadier Molina, C
7. Adam Jones, CF           7. Troy Tulowitzki, SS
8. Joe Mauer, C             8. Michael Cuddyer, DH
9. J.J. Hardy, SS           9. Bryce Harper, CF

Of course there will be substitutions like crazy and as such, for those of you scoring at home, don’t. You’ll go mad with confusion.

But do plan on using this post as a catch-all comments thread for the game.  And of course we will be updating throughout the night as the game goes on.

Brandon McCarthy wins final spot in Dodgers’ rotation

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We learned on Monday that Hyun-Jin Ryu won one of the final two spots in the Dodgers’ starting rotation. Brandon McCarthy has won the other, Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register reports. Alex Wood was McCarthy’s competitor for the spot.

McCarthy, 33, posted a 4.85 ERA across four appearances spanning 13 innings this spring, yielding seven earned runs on 14 hits and a walk with seven strikeouts. Wood, a southpaw, gave up five earned runs in six innings against the Reds on Tuesday, which might have factored into the decision.

Last season, McCarthy made nine starts and one relief appearance, posting a 4.95 ERA with a 44/26 K/BB ratio in 40 innings. In the event McCarthy falters, the club has Wood as well as Julio Urias and the injured Scott Kazmir as potential replacements.

Yankees re-sign Jon Niese to a minor league deal

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The Yankees have re-signed pitcher Jon Niese to a minor league contract, George A. King III of the New York Post reports. Niese was released on Sunday, but he’ll stick around and provide rotation depth for the Yankees.

Niese had knee surgery last August and got a late start to spring training as a result. In six spring appearances lasting an inning each, the lefty gave up three earned runs on five hits and a walk with five strikeouts.

Niese, a veteran of nine seasons, put up an aggregate 5.50 ERA with an 88/47 K/BB ratio in 121 innings last season between the Pirates and Mets.