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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Mariners lose on walk-off wild pitch

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2019 has not been kind to the Seattle Mariners. After starting the year 13-2, the club has gone 41-71 since, earning last place in the AL West. To give credit where credit is due, however, the Mariners were on something of a roll, entering Wednesday afternoon’s series road trip finale against the Rays on a four-game winning streak. However, the M’s lost Wednesday’s contest in very depressing fashion.

Entering the top of the ninth inning, the Mariners trailed the Rays 5-3, but a solo homer by Daniel Vogelbach and a two-run triple by Mallex Smith sent them into the bottom half of the ninth leading 6-5. Manager Scott Servais sent Matt Magill — acquired from the Twins exactly one month ago — to the mound to close out the game.

Kevin Kiermaier greeted Magill rudely, starting the inning by swatting a game-tying solo home run to center field. Magill would then allow a single to Willy Adames and a double to Michael Brosseau before intentionally walking Ji-Man Choi to load the bases with no outs. Tommy Pham worked the count to 1-2 when Magill spiked a breaking ball in the dirt that catcher Omar Narváez had little hope of corralling. The ball skipped away and the Rays walked off 7-6 winners on a wild pitch, a very on-brand sentence for the 2019 Mariners.