AL and NL Starters for the 2015 All-Star Game announced

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The starters for the American and National League teams for the 2015 All-Star Game, hosted at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati, were announced tonight on ESPN’s Esurance All-Star Starters Selection Show.

Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper accrued the most votes on the National League side with close to 14 million. Buster Posey finished second with just shy of 10 million votes.

The starters:

National League

  • C: Buster Posey, San Francisco Giants
  • 1B: Paul Goldschmidt, Arizona Diamondbacks
  • 2B: Dee Gordon, Miami Marlins
  • 3B: Todd Frazier, Cincinnati Reds
  • SS: Jhonny Peralta, St. Louis Cardinals
  • OF: Bryce Harper, Washington Nationals
  • OF: Giancarlo Stanton, Miami Marlins
  • OF: Matt Holliday, St. Louis Cardinals

Stanton and Holliday are both on the disabled list at the moment. Holliday, however, says he intends to play in the All-Star Game, per MLB.com’s Jenifer Langosch. Stanton is out four to six weeks after undergoing surgery to repair a fractured hamate bone in his left wrist.

Josh Donaldson was the American League’s leading vote-getter with over 14 million votes. That sets a new single-season record for votes, according to Baseball Tonight.

American League

  • C: Salvador Perez, Kansas City Royals
  • 1B: Miguel Cabrera, Detroit Tigers
  • 2B: Jose Altuve, Houston Astros
  • 3B: Josh Donaldson, Toronto Blue Jays
  • SS: Alcides Escobar, Kansas City Royals
  • OF: Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels
  • OF: Lorenzo Cain, Kansas City Royals
  • OF: Alex Gordon, Kansas City Royals
  • DH: Nelson Cruz, Seattle Mariners

Only four starters for the Royals. Seems a little light. No Omar Infante?!

Yankees keep ALCS hopes alive with 4-1 win over Astros

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The Yankees defeated the Astros 4-1 during Game 5 of the American League Championship Series on Friday night, staving off a potential postseason elimination and forcing the series to at least six games.

In just the third playoff appearance of his career, Yankees southpaw James Paxton turned in another impressive performance, limiting the Astros to four hits and four walks over six innings of one-run ball. According to MLB Stats, his nine strikeouts made him the second Yankees lefty to record multiple starts of 8+ strikeouts in the same postseason campaign, two decades after David Wells did so for the 1998 championship-winning club.

Paxton’s strong outing was backed by a handful of runs from DJ LeMahieu and Aaron Hicks, both of whom went deep against Astros ace Justin Verlander in the bottom of the first inning. LeMahieu’s leadoff solo shot marked his first postseason home run since Game 1 of the ALDS, while Hicks’ three-run 347-footer was his first home run of any variety since July 24 (and his first in the playoffs since the 2017 ALDS).

Neither team managed a single run after the first inning, leaving the two pitching staffs to duke it out for eight quick innings. Verlander outlasted Paxton — taking the game through the seventh with five hits, four runs, and nine strikeouts — but even with a flawless contribution from Brad Peacock in the eighth, there was little the hurlers could do to help the Astros solve Paxton and an airtight Yankees bullpen.

With the win, the Yankees will try to push the series to a full seven games in order to snatch the AL pennant from the Astros. They’ll have to do in Houston, however, as the Astros will regain home field advantage when Game 6 kicks off on Saturday at 8:08 PM EDT. Neither starter has been announced yet; per Houston skipper A.J. Hinch, it will likely be a bullpen day.