Stan Kasten wants Dodger Stadium to host an All-Star Game

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Per Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register, Dodgers president and CEO Stan Kasten confirmed that his team is “aggressively pursuing” hosting an All-Star Game at Dodger Stadium, perhaps as soon as 2020. The Los Angeles city council is apparently on board with the idea.

Kasten said, “We obviously are very interested as we have been since the day we got here. We’ve had a lot of conversations. … I think we’re making progress on putting everything in place to get the game.”

The 2018 and 2019 All-Star Games are spoken for already, as they will be hosted at Nationals Park and Progressive Field, respectively. Beyond that, though, the door is open. Dodger Stadium hasn’t hosted an All-Star Game since 1980. That’s the longest drought in baseball, followed by the Expos/Nationals who haven’t hosted since 1982.

Orioles option LHP Bruce Zimmermann to minors

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SARASOTA, Fla. – The Baltimore Orioles have optioned left-handers Bruce Zimmermann and Nick Vespi and reassigned infielder Lewin Díaz, left-hander Darwinzon Hernandez and catcher Mark Kolozsvary to minor league camp.

The Orioles announced the moves Monday.

Baltimore’s spring training roster now has 46 players.

Zimmermann made 13 starts last season. He went 2-5 with a 5.99 ERA.

The competition for rotation spots with the Orioles has been a significant story during spring training, but after the team acquired Cole Irvin and Kyle Gibson in the offseason – and with top prospect Grayson Rodriguez in the mix as well – there were a lot of pitchers Zimmermann needed to beat out.