Selig: Washington is a “prime candidate” to host the 2017 All-Star Game

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Commissioner Bud Selig says that Washington, D.C. is a “prime candidate” to host the 2017 All-Star Game, reports James Wagner of the Washington Post. The Lerner family, which owns the Nationals, has been making a concerted effort to bring the midsummer classic to the nation’s capital. Selig was light on specifics, but made a point to say that the Nationals were at or near the top of the list.

This year’s All-Star Game will pop up at Target Field in Minnesota. Cincinnati plays host at Great American Ball Park next year. 2016’s host has yet to be announced but it will very likely go to an American League team, as hosts have tended to alternate leagues in the past. That means 2017 is likely the earliest the Nationals could play host.

Wagner mentions that teams with newer stadiums are also given priority, which means that San Diego (Petco Park), Miami (Marlins Park), and Philadelphia (Citizens Bank Park) could also make an effort for the 2017 All-Star Game.

Albert Pujols hit his 597th career home run

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Angels DH Albert Pujols smacked his 597th career home run, a two-run shot in the top of the first inning during Wednesday night’s 5-2 loss to the Rays. The blast was off of Erasmo Ramirez and marked No. 6 on the season for the future Hall of Famer.

Pujols finished 1-for-3 with the homer and a walk. After Wednesday’s game, he’s hitting a lackluster .244/.296/.378 with 34 RBI and 14 runs scored in 186 trips to the plate.

Pujols currently ranks ninth on baseball’s all-time leaderboard and is three shy of joining the 600-homer club. He’s currently 13 home runs away from tying Sammy Sosa for eighth all-time.

Chris Sale’s streak of starts with at least 10 strikeouts ends

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Red Sox starter Chris Sale entered Wednesday’s outing against the Rangers with at least 10 strikeouts in eight consecutive starts, tying a record he already shared with Pedro Martinez. He failed do break the record, racking up only six strikeouts in 7 1/3 innings. Fortunately, the Red Sox scored seven runs in the bottom of the seventh to put him in line for the win. Sale gave up four runs (three earned) on six hits and a walk.

After Wednesday’s outing, Sale is sitting on a 2.34 ERA with a 101/14 K/BB ratio in 73 innings. So far, so good for the Red Sox, who acquired Sale from the White Sox in December.

Sale previously racked up 10 strikeouts in eight consecutive games between May 23 and June 30 in 2015 with the White Sox. Pedro Martinez accomplished the feat for the Red Sox between August 19 and September 27 in 1999.