Craig Calcaterra

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Yoenis Cespedes leaves game with apparent injury

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As if Mets fans weren’t worried and panicked enough due to the team’s injuries and offensive problems of late: Yoenis Cespedes was lifted from this afternoon’s game against the Royals with an apparent injury.

Cespedes grimaced a bit on one of his swings, but took a walk. He left the game after reaching first base and was replaced by Alejandro De Aza. No word in what the problem was, but they’ll update soon. And then we will too.

Mariners sign Tom Wilhelmsen to a one-year deal

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In addition to trading for Wade LeBlank today, the Seattle Mariners signed righty reliever Tom Wilhelmsen to a one-year contract.

Wilhelmsen became a free agent last week after getting DFA’d by the Rangers. He was pretty godawful for Texas, posting a 10.55 ERA in 21 games. He was excellent for Seattle in 2014 and 2015, however, so the homecoming may do him some good. At least that’s the M’s hope.

The National League All-Star voting features a number of close races

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The latest update of the National League All-Star voting is in and we have several close races.

Addison Russell and Trevor Story are close at shortstop. Kris Bryant and Nolan Arenado at third and Ben Zobrist and Daniel Murphy at second are likewise within roughly half a million votes of one another. The tightest contest is at catcher, with Yadier Molina and Buster Posey separated by fewer than a hundred thousand votes.

Beyond those, Anthony Rizzo of the Cubs leads at first base and outfielders Dexter Fowler of the Cubs, Bryce Harper of the Nationals and Yoenis Cespedes of the Mets round out the leaders.

The totals:

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