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Mets, Yankees, Giants, Nationals interested in Ben Zobrist

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Via Nick Cafardo’s Sunday notes in the Boston Globe …

Ben Zobrist, OF-INF, Athletics — Despite not having the best of years, Zobrist remains sought-after, including by the Mets, Yankees, Giants, and Nationals. Zobrist, 34, has played three positions this season — 25 games in left field, 25 at second base, and three in right field. Zobrist has played only four career games at third base but could play there if needed.

That defensive versatility is what makes Zobrist a fit for just about any contending team. The 34-year-old has posted a respectable .771 OPS (115 OPS+) with five home runs and 31 RBI in 57 games this season for the A’s, who entered play Sunday with a disappointing 40-50 record. They will probably be one of the most active sellers ahead of the July 31 trade deadline. Scott Kazmir, Josh Reddick, and Eric O’Flaherty are among the other Oakland players who could be on the move.

Video: Kirk Nieuwenhuis hits his third homer of the day

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Watch as Mets outfielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis takes Diamondbacks right-hander Randall Delgado way deep to right field on Sunday at Citi Field for his third home run of the afternoon

Nine other Mets have homered three times in a game, but Nieuwenhuis is the first ever to do it at home.

Clayton Kershaw will be a National League All-Star after all

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Cardinals starter Carlos Martinez beat out Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw in the Final Vote for the National League All-Star team, but Kershaw is headed to Cincinnati anyway …

Kershaw is replacing Max Scherzer, who won’t be eligible to pitch Tuesday because he is starting for the Nationals in Sunday’s series finale against the Orioles. Kershaw, the reigning MVP and Cy Young Award winner in the National League, has a 2.85 ERA, 1.02 WHIP, and 160 strikeouts in 123 innings this season.

Video: Colby Rasmus foul pop disappears at The Trop

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Well, the ball didn’t actually disappear. It just got stuck in the rafters. Check this out …

Jon Gray may debut right after the All-Star break

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Nick Groke of the Denver Post notes that the Rockies have designated Aaron Laffey for assignment, opening a 40-man roster spot for the possible arrival of top starting pitching prospect Jon Gray. Groke suspects that Gray will make his major league debut on Friday night in San Diego — Colorado’s first game after the All-Star break.

But this is all speculation for the time being.

Gray was the third overall pick in the 2013 MLB Amatuer Draft out of the University of Oklahoma. He hasn’t exactly excelled this season at Triple-A Albuquerque, but the 23-year-old right-hander owns a promising 3.87 ERA, 1.25 WHIP, and 248/82 K/BB ratio in 258 career minor league innings.

Colorado’s starting pitchers have registered a combined 5.01 ERA this season.