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LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 03:  Clayton Kershaw #22 of the Los Angeles Dodgers throws a pitch against the New York Mets at Dodger Stadium on July 3, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

“Final Vote” balloting opens for 2015 MLB All-Star Game

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The National League and American League rosters for the 2015 MLB All-Star Game were announced earlier this evening and we predictably saw some high-profile snubs. The Esurance “Final Vote” ballot allows fans to select who they think should have made the cut. Here are the candidates…

National League

  • Johnny Cueto SP, Reds (2.84 ERA in 15 starts)
  • Jeurys Familia RP, Mets (1.16 ERA, 22 saves)
  • Clayton Kershaw SP, Dodgers (3.08 ERA, 147 K in 114 IP)
  • Carlos Martinez SP, Cardinals (2.70 ERA)
  • Troy Tulowitzki SS, Rockies (.847 OPS)

American League

  • Xander Bogaerts SS, Red Sox (.302/.339/.414 batting line)
  • Yoenis Cespedes OF, Tigers (.292 with 10 HR, 44 RBI)
  • Brian Dozier 2B, Twins (16 HR, .842 OPS)
  • Brett Gardner OF, Yankees (.854 OPS, 9 HR, 15 SB)
  • Mike Moustakas 3B, Royals (.301/.357/.436 batting line)

Of course, things could change if players get injured or bow out, but as of now Alex Rodriguez (16 HR, .902 OPS) will not be an All-Star this season. He’s clearly worthy from a production standpoint, so it’s a little silly to see him left off here, but let’s not let his exclusion overshadow his teammate Gardner, who deserves to be in Cincinnati as well.

You can vote here through Friday at 4 p.m. ET.

Pitchers and reserves for 2015 MLB All-Star Game announced

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After the starters for the 2015 MLB All-Star Game were unveiled on Sunday, the pitchers and reserves were announced tonight on the Esurance All-Star Selection Show on ESPN. The 2015 MLB All-Star Game will take place at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati on Tuesday, July 14.

National League

Reserves

Andrew McCutchen OF, Pirates – will start in place of the injured Giancarlo Stanton
Kris Bryant  3B/OF, Cubs – replaces Stanton on roster
Joc Pederson OF, Dodgers
Adrian Gonzalez 1B, Dodgers
Nolan Arenado 3B, Rockies
Brandon Crawford SS, Giants
Yadier Molina C, Cardinals
Yasmani Grandal C, Dodgers
Anthony Rizzo 1B, Cubs
D.J. LeMahieu 2B, Rockies
Joe Panik 2B, Giants
A.J. Pollock OF, Diamondbacks
Justin Upton OF, Padres

Pitchers

Max Scherzer SP, Nationals
Zack Greinke SP, Dodgers
Gerrit Cole SP, Pirates
Madison Bumgarner SP, Giants
Michael Wacha SP, Cardinals
Jacob deGrom SP, Mets
Shelby Miller SP, Braves
A.J. Burnett SP, Pirates
Trevor Rosenthal RP, Cardinals
Aroldis Chapman RP, Reds
Mark Melancon RP, Pirates
Jonathan Papelbon RP, Phillies
Francisco Rodriguez RP, Brewers

American League

Reserves

Albert Pujols 1B, Angels – Will start in place of the injured Miguel Cabrera
Manny Machado 3B, Orioles
Adam Jones OF, Orioles
Prince Fielder DH, Rangers
Jose Bautista OF, Blue Jays
Russell Martin C, Blue Jays
Jason Kipnis 2B, Indians
Stephen Vogt C, Athletics
Brock Holt INF/OF, Red Sox
Mark Teixeira 1B, Yankees
Jose Iglesias SS, Tigers
J.D. Martinez OF, Tigers

Pitchers

Chris Sale SP, White Sox
Dallas Keuchel SP, Astros
Sonny Gray SP, Athletics
Felix Hernandez SP, Mariners
David Price SP, Tigers
Chris Archer SP, Rays
Dellin Betances RP, Yankees
Brad Boxberger RP, Rays
Zach Britton RP, Orioles
Wade Davis RP, Royals
Kelvin Herrera RP, Royals
Darren O’Day RP, Orioles
Glen Perkins RP, Twins

Jacoby Ellsbury to be activated from disabled list Wednesday

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The Yankees’ lineup is about to get a boost, as George A. King of the New York Post reports that Jacoby Ellsbury is set to be activated from the disabled list for Wednesday’s game against the Athletics.

Ellsbury has been out since May 19 with a sprained right knee. The 31-year-old has gone 2-for-13 (.154) with a run scored over four minor league rehab games with High-A Tampa. He was scheduled to play in another rehab game today, but Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said he was scratched due to poor field conditions.

“We scratched him because the fields were wet,’’ the GM said of the playing surface Monday in Tampa, where Ellsbury was on a rehab assignment with the Single-A club. “He did some simulated stuff [Monday] and will do it again Tuesday and be activated Wednesday.’’

Ellsbury was batting .324/.412/.372 with one home run, six RBI, and 14 stolen bases over 37 games prior to the injury. Brett Gardner caught fire out of the leadoff spot in June, but he’s expected to slide down to the No. 2 spot upon Ellsbury’s return.

Cubs place David Ross on 7-day concussion disabled list

CHICAGO, IL - JUNE 25: David Ross #3 of the Chicago Cubs works behind the plate during the game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Wrigley Field on June 25, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. The Dodgers defeated the Cubs 4-0. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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According to Bruce Miles of the Daily Herald, the Cubs have placed veteran catcher David Ross on the 7-day concussion disabled list. Carrie Muskat of MLB.com reports that Ross has been dealing with symptoms since he took a ball of his mask during Wednesday’s game against the Mets.

The Cubs have called up Taylor Teagarden to take Ross’ spot on the active roster. Teagarden, who has previously appeared in the majors with the Rangers, Orioles, and Mets, was batting .294/.375/.437 with four home runs and 19 RBI over 43 games this season with Triple-A Iowa. Many Cubs fans would surely like to see Kyle Schwarber rather than Teagarden, but the team clearly feels like he needs more work with his catching in the minors.

Ross, 38, is batting .189/.302/.284 over 87 plate appearances this season. He suffered two concussions with the Red Sox in 2013 and missed a large chunk of the second half before playing a significant role during the team’s World Series run.

Matt Holliday could rejoin the Cardinals next week

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Matt Holliday has been sidelined since June 8 with a Grade 2 strain of his right quadriceps muscle, but the Cardinals haven’t given up hope on having him back before the All-Star break.

According to Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com, Holliday resumed taking batting practice this week without any issue. He still needs to ramp things up with his running before being cleared for game action. The hope is that he’ll show enough progress while traveling with the team next week.

“Still optimistic,” Matheny said of getting Holliday back in the lineup next week. “We do have hopes, but understand, too, that if something doesn’t feel right, look right, we can back off. But we’ll continue to try to push him.”

The 35-year-old Holliday had just three home runs in 52 games prior to the injury, but he was batting .303 with a .417 on-base percentage. Randal Grichuk and Peter Bourjos have functioned as regulars in the Cardinals’ lineup in recent days.