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  1. Tony La Russa adds Carlos Gonzalez to National League All-Star lineup with voted-in starters

    Jul 9, 2012, 2:04 PM EDT

    Carlos Gonzalez

    Tony La Russa officially named Matt Cain his All-Star starter at this afternoon’s press conference and also unveiled the National League lineup, with Carlos Gonzalez as the designated hitter/leadoff man and the past two MVPs, Ryan Braun and Joey Votto, batting third and fourth: 1. Carlos Gonzalez, DH 2. Melky Cabrera, CF 3. Ryan Braun,…

  2. Giancarlo Stanton to undergo knee surgery, out a month

    Jul 7, 2012, 7:01 PM EDT

    Giancarlo Stanton

    Giancarlo Stanton‘s sore right knee failed its test Saturday when he was returned to Miami’s lineup, so he’ll undergo surgery to remove bone chips Sunday or Monday. Manager Ozzie Guillen said he expected Stanton to miss 4-6 weeks, but players have occasionally returned from such surgeries after two or three weeks. The Marlins will have…

  3. 2012 midseason awards: NL MVP

    Jul 7, 2012, 12:50 AM EDT

    Joey Votto

    There’s no doubt who has been the National League’s best hitter to date, what with Joey Votto leading the circuit in both on-base percentage and slugging. As for the best player, that’s still a difficult question. Here’s the top 10 in OPS: 1.082 – Joey Votto (1B Cin): .345/.464/.619, 14 HR, 47 RBI, 4 SB…

  4. Chipper Jones replaces Matt Kemp on NL All-Star team

    Jul 3, 2012, 5:43 PM EDT

    Chipper Jones

    It’s a case of very unusual timing, what with Chipper Jones currently leading the NL Final Vote, but the National League announced Tuesday that Jones would replace the injured Matt Kemp on the All-Star team. The most recent reports had Chipper holding a slim lead in the Final Vote balloting over Cardinals third baseman David…

  5. See the Brewers score two runs in .35 seconds

    Jul 3, 2012, 5:35 PM EDT

    Brewers score twice

    With runners on first and second and one out in the third inning in the game against the Marlins on Tuesday, Brewers third baseman Aramis Ramirez hit a deep fly to center that got over the head of Justin Ruggiano. It led to this scene. What happened was that Norichika Aoki, who was on second,…

  6. Matt Kemp picks his Home Run Derby squad

    Jul 1, 2012, 8:00 PM EDT

    Carlos Gonzalez

    Squad captain Matt Kemp announced Sunday that he’s chosen the Rockies’ Carlos Gonzalez, the Marlins’ Giancarlo Stanton and the Cardinals’ Carlos Beltran to participate alongside himself in the Home Run Derby. Kemp plans to take part in the contest, even though he’s still expected to be on the disabled list as he continues his recovery…

  7. Selection Sunday: Your 2012 All-Star rosters are revealed…

    Jul 1, 2012, 1:02 PM EDT

    mlb all-star patch

    Major League Baseball is announcing the All-Star rosters for each league this afternoon during an hour-long special on TBS. We’ll update this post as the names come in: The 2012 MLB All-Star Game is next Tuesday, July 10, at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. AMERICAN LEAGUE Starters C Mike Napoli 1B Prince Fielder 2B…

  8. Where did all of the doubles go?

    Jun 28, 2012, 6:18 PM EDT

    Does this look like a doubles swing to you?

    It’s still early enough to turn around, but there are a lot of hitters this year with many more homers than doubles: Jose Bautista – 25 HR, 9 2B Adam Dunn – 24 HR, 10 2B Curtis Granderson – 21 HR, 9 2B Carlos Beltran – 20 HR, 9 2B Dayan Viciedo – 13 HR,…

  9. Matt Kemp won’t pick Bryce Harper for Home Run Derby

    Jun 27, 2012, 11:50 AM EDT

    Bryce Harper

    MLB decided a year ago to spice things up a bit by letting a captain pick his roster for the Home Run Derby. It added to the fun the first time it was tried. Things might be starting to get interesting this time around, too. Despite popular demand, Matt Kemp told USATODAY that 19-year-old Bryce…

  10. Bronson Arroyo loses no-hitter vs. Brewers in eighth inning

    Jun 26, 2012, 9:01 PM EDT

    arroyo getty

    We have an official no-hitter alert in Cincinnati. Reds right-hander Bronson Arroyo, who entered the night with a pedestrian 4.19 ERA, has tossed seven innings against the Brewers without allowing a hit. He’s fanned three and issued zero walks, and the only thing keeping him from being on perfect game watch was a hit-by-pitch of…

  11. The final NL All-Star balloting update before the teams are set

    Jun 26, 2012, 4:30 PM EDT

    All Star Game Logo

    There’s still time to vote, but if it ended now, the NL All-Star team would look like so. Changes to possible starters: Ryan Braun pulled ahead of Melky Cabrera for the third outfield slot, reversing last week’s reversal. Otherwise, the same old same old, with the changes only affecting downballot stuff: CATCHER Buster Posey, Giants:…

  12. Ryan Braun takes over NL home run lead

    Jun 20, 2012, 6:07 PM EDT

    Ryan Braun, George Kottaras

    Ryan Braun has, temporarily at least, lost his hold on a starting spot for the National League All-Star team. He does, however, possess the league lead in homers after hitting his 20th today. He overtook Carlos Beltran, who has been stuck on 19 for a week now. Braun went 3-for-4 in leading the Brewers to…

  13. NL All-Star balloting update: Melky in, Braun out

    Jun 19, 2012, 6:40 PM EDT

    Bochy's Angels?

    Just like in Monday’s AL balloting update, one spot in the National League projected All-Star lineup changed hands this week. Melky Cabrera moved ahead of Ryan Braun into third place in the outfield. Cabrera is deserving based on his performance this season, but one can’t help but notice that Giants fans have been awfully generous…

  14. This week’s NL All-Star voting update

    Jun 12, 2012, 3:30 PM EDT

    All Star Game Logo

    Biggest move: at catcher, where Buster Posey has passed Yadier Molina.  The results: Catcher Buster Posey: 1,713,839 Yadier Molina: 1,576,199 First Base Joey Votto: 2,108,725 Lance Berkman:851,373 Second Base Dan Uggla: 1,341,088 Brandon Phillips:885,250 Third Base David Wright: 1,358,992 Pablo Sandoval:1,103,650 Shortstop Troy Tulowitzki:1,200,256 Rafael Furcal: 1,183,096 Outfield Matt Kemp: 2,589,464 Carlos Beltran: 1,782,831 Ryan…

  15. And That Happened: Sunday’s scores and highlights

    Jun 11, 2012, 5:40 AM EDT

    Torii Hunter, Mark Trumbo

    Angels 10, Rockies 8: Mark Trumbo hit two three-run homers to help the Angels complete what was nothing short of an annihilation of the Rockies’ pitching staff. Trumbo is at .326/.380/.632. It would have been optimistic to predict those numbers from Pujols before the season started. Nationals 4, Red Sox 3: Bryce Harper had the…

  16. Norichika Aoki proves to be a big find for the Brewers

    Jun 7, 2012, 6:08 PM EDT

    Norichika Aoki

    Norichika Aoki‘s third big-league homer — coming six innings after his second — was a walkoff blast in the bottom of the 10th inning Thursday, giving the Brewers a 4-3 victory over the Cubs. Aoki ended up with his second straight three-hit game today, making this something of a coming out party against the Cubs.…

  17. Aramis Ramirez sits out fifth straight game with quad strain

    Jun 7, 2012, 3:15 PM EDT

    aramis ramirez ap

    Aramis Ramirez went through pregame drills today in the hopes of returning to the Brewers’ lineup, but instead he’ll sit out a fifth consecutive game with a strained quadriceps muscle. Cody Ransom is starting at third base in Ramirez’s absence and manager Ron Roenicke has juggled the batting order to get Corey Hart into the…

  18. The Ryan Braun Rules are in effect! MLB, MLBPA Announce modifications to joint drug agreement

    Jun 7, 2012, 2:29 PM EDT

    ryan braun wide getty

    In the recently-completed Collective Bargaining Agreement, the league and the union agreed to make several modifications to the Joint Drug Agreement which governs drug testing, suspensions and whatnot in baseball.  They just announced that they have reached agreement on the modifications. They’re all listed below. The ones that seem notable or major to me in…

  19. You asked me questions on Twitter. So I shall answer them.

    Jun 7, 2012, 10:00 AM EDT

    The Question

    We did the Twitter questions thing again last night. Let’s go: Q: How do the Braves end up as “your” team if you grew up in WV, TBS? Yep. That and an electric attraction to Andres Thomas. Q: Will Ryan Braun be elected to start the All-Star Game even with the PED cloud over his head? He’s…

  20. The Texas Rangers are dominating early All-Star balloting

    Jun 5, 2012, 1:00 PM EDT

    All Star Game Logo

    The first vote-tallies have been released from the All-Star Game. Gentlemen, start your outrage! Texas Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton and Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp are Major League Baseball’s top overall vote-getters in the first balloting figures for the 83rd All-Star Game … Hamilton, a four-time A.L. All-Star, has received 2,587,991 votes as he attempts to make his fifth consecutive…

  21. Ryan Braun to sit again today

    Jun 3, 2012, 11:02 AM EDT

    Ryan Braun AP

    Ryan Braun after leaving Friday’s game early: “The only way to get healthy is to take time off and it’s not something I’m really interested in doing.” Well, someone is making him get cool with the idea, because he sat out last night and will likely be out of the lineup again today. Here’s his…

  22. Ryan Braun is hurting right now

    Jun 2, 2012, 2:00 PM EDT

    Ryan Braun AP

    Ryan Braun returned to the Brewers’ lineup last night against the Pirates after sitting out Thursday’s game with tightness in his right Achilles tendon, but he’s still hurting. Braun aggravated his Achilles and strained his right hip after after legging out a hit and stealing second base in the sixth inning. He stayed in the…

  23. Ryan Braun out of tonight’s lineup with Achilles tightness

    May 31, 2012, 9:51 PM EDT

    Ryan Braun AP

    Matt Kemp and Troy Tulowitzki aren’t the only National League stars who are hurting. According to Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Ryan Braun is out of tonight’s lineup against the Dodgers in order to rest nagging tightness in his right Achilles tendon. The injury has flared up at various times this season and he…

  24. Giancarlo Stanton went from one homer in April to MLB’s best hitter in May

    May 31, 2012, 1:48 PM EDT

    Giancario Stanton

    Giancarlo Stanton homered 56 times in his first 250 career games, but when he began this season by going homerless in his first 19 games there were plenty of questions about what was wrong with the 22-year-old Marlins slugger. It turns out, the answer was … nothing. Stanton snapped his homerless streak on April 29…

  25. And That Happened: Tuesday’s scores and highlights

    May 30, 2012, 6:15 AM EDT

    Cincinnati Reds v Pittsburgh Pirates

    Twins 3, Athletics 2: Holy ninth inning rally, Batman! Josh Willingham hits a two-out, three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth off Brian Fuentes after the Twins were shutout for six innings by Jarrod Parker and two by Jerry Blevins and Grant Balfour. Angels 5, Yankees 1: The Angels win again and are now…

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