NL starters announced for 2015 All-Star Game
by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(7:56 pm ET) The National League starters for the All-Star Game were announced Sunday, and leading the way after an impressive first half is Nationals slugger Bryce Harper, who racked up nearly 14 million votes to pace the field. 

Harper entered Sunday's game with a .344 average, 25 home runs and 60 RBIs, numbers that have him squarely in the conversation for the Triple Crown. He'll be joined in Cincinnati by players from an array of teams, unlike the AL's Royals-heavy squad. 

Catcher: Buster Posey, Giants
First baseman: Paul Goldschmidt, Diamondbacks
Second baseman: Dee Gordon, Marlins
Third baseman: Todd Frazier, Reds
Shortstop: Jhonny Peralta, Cardinals
Outfield: Bryce Harper, Nationals
Outfield: Matt Holliday, Cardinals
Outfield: Giancarlo Stanton, Marlins 

Pirates' Neil Walker hits in ninth straight
by Shawn Krest |
(5:22 pm ET) Pirates second baseman Neil Walker went 1 for 3 with a walk in Sunday's win over Cleveland. 

Walker scored and drove in his 32nd run of the season. His single extended his hitting streak to nine consecutive games. 

Walker is hitting .459 over the streak. 

Rockies 2B DJ LeMahieu breaks loose with three-hit game
by Marty Gitlin |
(1:55 am ET) So much for the slump plaguing Rockies second baseman DJ LeMahieu. He ended that in style Saturday night with three hits in a loss to Arizona.

LeMahieu ripped three singles, including one that tallied a run in the third inning. He also scored a run and raised his average back to .300 in breaking a 3-for-30 slide.

Reds SS Ivan De Jesus blasts off in Saturday defeat
by Marty Gitlin |
(12:16 am ET) For a guy who emerged off the bench Saturday night, Reds shortstop Ivan De Jesus sure made the most of his opportunity.

De Jesus smacked two hits in the loss to Milwaukee, including his third home run, a solo blast in the fifth inning. He also walked in improving his slash line to a more-than-respectable .276/.333/.483.

He has six hits in his last 11 at-bats.

Phillies' Cesar Hernandez batting .447 during nine-game hit streak
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/4/2015) Phillies second baseman Cesar Hernandez increased his hitting streak to nine games with a 2-for-5 effort on Saturday. Hernandez also drove in a run, but the Phillies fell to the Braves by a score of 9-5.

Hernandez is batting .447 with a double, a triple and four RBI over the nine-game stretch. However, the Phillies are just 1-8 in that span. 

Cardinals call up Mitch Harris option Greg Garcia
by Shawn Krest |
(7/4/2015) The Cardinals recalled Mitch Harris from Triple-A Memphis before Saturday's game. 

Harris had a 4.00 ERA and two saves in nine appearances at Memphis. He's appeared in 16 games with the Cardinals earlier this season, going 1-1 with a 3.63 ERA. 

To make room on the roster, the team optioned infielder Greg Garcia to Memphis. Garcia hit .417 with a home run in 10 games with the Cardinals.

Cardinals shuffle lineup prior to Saturday's matchup
by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(7/4/2015) The Cardinals tweaked their lineup prior to Saturday's game against the Padres.

Second baseman Kolten Wong, who has hit from the leadoff spot 39 times this season, will hit from the sixth spot. Replacing Wong at the top of the lineup is center fielder Thomas Pham.

Wong is hitting .314 with four double and six RBI over his last nine games. Pham was recalled from Triple-A Memphis on Friday and went 0 for 3 during his debut.

Dodgers' Howie Kendrick sees seven-game hit streak snapped
by Shawn Krest |
(7/4/2015) Dodgers second baseman Howie Kendrick went 0 for 4 in Friday's loss to the Mets. 

Kendrick struck out once and saw his seven-game hitting streak come to an end. Kendrick hit .500 with 1.224 OPS over the streak. 

Kendrick stole his third base of the year in the game. 

D-Backs' Chris Owings goes 3 for 5 in win
by Jason Butt |
(7/4/2015) Diamondbacks infielder Chris Owings collected three hits during Friday night's 4-3 victory over the Rockies. 

Owings finished the game 3 for 5, with all three of his hits going for singles. For Owings, it's his fourth game getting three hits. Since June 1, Owings has only posted three multi-hit games. Owings is now slashing .239/.262/.332.

Jedd Gyorko drives in both runs in Padres' win
by Shawn Krest |
(7/3/2015) Padres second baseman Jedd Gyorko hit a solo home run and drove in both runs in Friday's 2-1 win over St. Louis.

Gyorko snapped a power drought, getting his first RBI since May 31 and hitting his first homer since May 17.

Gyorko went 2 for 4 and is 4 for his last 12 over the last three games. 

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