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Jesus Aguilar and Jean Segura win the Final Vote

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Milwaukee Brewers first baseman Jesus Aguilar and Seattle Mariners shortstop Jean Segura are the winners of the All-Star Final Vote, earning the last spot on the National League and American League rosters, respectively.

Aguilar drew 20.2 million votes, beating out Brandon Belt of the San Francisco Giants, Max Muncy of the Dodgers, Trea Turner of the host Washington Nationals and Matt Carpenter of the St. Louis Cardinals. Segura got 13.6 million votes, beating Andrew Benintendi of the Boston Red Sox, Giancarlo Stanton of the New York Yankees, Eddie Rosario of the Minnesota Twins and Andrelton Simmons of the Los Angeles Angels.

Heading into today’s action, Aguilar is hitting .302/.369/.631 with 23 homers on the year, leading the National League in slugging, OPS and home runs. Segura is hitting .329/.356/.467. He is second in the bigs with 116 hits heading into today’s games.

There may be some more substitutions on the All-Star rosters between now and the game next Tuesday, but there will be no more straight additions now that the final vote is in.

A.J. Hinch responds to Ken Giles’ negative comments about Astros

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On Sunday, Blue Jays closer Ken Giles spoke to Rosie DiManno of the Toronto Star. Giles said, “I’m actually enjoying the game more than I did for my entire tenure in Houston.” Giles won a World Series with the Astros last year, but talked about communication issues with the Astros and compared them unfavorably to the Blue Jays. Giles described the communication as having been “lost” and credited the Jays for staying patient with him.

Astros manager A.J. Hinch responded to Giles’ comments on Monday. Per Sportsnet’s Shi Davidi, Hinch said:

I think he’s wrong and I’m disappointed that he would go down that path given how much work and time and energy and communication that our front office, our coaching staff, me, we all went through this with him. And I understand, there was some disappointment in his tenure as an Astro because of the turbulent way things went about. We gave him every opportunity, we communicated with him effectively, we have an incredible culture where every single player will tell you it’s one of the best cultures they’ve had, one of the best communication envrionments they’ve had. They all know their roles. They all know their situations. To have one person out of all the guys in our clubhouse come out and claim otherwise is flat wrong.

While Giles certainly could be embellishing or deliberately misconstruing his time there, Hinch’s rebuttal doesn’t actually disqualify anything Giles said. Giles certainly could have had a negative experience in Houston even if everyone else was enjoying the “incredible culture” and “one of the best communication environments.”

Given how the Astros — including Hinch — responded to criticism about their acquiring an accused domestic abuser, they’re not in the best position to boast about an “incredible culture” anyway.

At any rate, this is a he-said, he-said situation. If anything more comes of it, it will be Giles further torching a bridge.