Progress! Only seven Royals lead their positions in the All-Star vote

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A week after Major League Baseball took some heat over the All-Star voting, the latest results from the AL voting are out. And we have progress! Only seven of the AL starters are Royals now, down from eight! Into the lead at first base goes Miguel Cabrera! Omar Infante still leads at second base somehow, but Rome wasn’t torn down and looted in a day.

There’s just a week and change of voting left to straighten all of this out folks, so vote early, vote often and use a plausibly fake email address and stagger your voting times accordingly if you want to vote over 35 times without being detected by post-hoc security measures!

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Max Scherzer (hamstring) leaves start vs. Mets after just 1 inning

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WASHINGTON — Three-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer left his start for the Nationals against the New York Mets after just 27 pitches Wednesday night due to a hamstring injury.

He was replaced in the top of the second by Erick Fedde.

Scherzer was not as sharp as usual at the outset Wednesday, going 2-0 counts against each of New York’s initial two batters, walking one and giving up a single to the other.

The Mets eventually went ahead in the first on Dominic Smith‘s sacrifice fly.

Scherzer entered the game with an 0-1 record and 2.84 ERA this season.