Brian Dozier hits walk-off home run for Twins
by Shawn Krest |
(12:12 am ET) Twins second baseman Brian Dozier opened his Final Vote candidacy for an All Star roster spot with a walk-off two-run home run, Monday against Baltimore. 

Dozier went 1 for 4 with a walk. He hit his 17th homer of the year and first in seven games.

Dozier hit his first career walk-off and first extra-inning homer. 

Nationals' Danny Espinosa homers in two-hit game
by Shawn Krest |
(7/6/2015) Nationals infielder Danny Espinosa went 2 for 4 in Monday's loss to Cincinnati, the second day in a row Espinosa has had multiple hits in a game. Espinosa has hit in the last three and his 5 for his last 10. 

Espinosa had his 15th double and ninth home run of the year in the game. It's the first time he's had multiple extra-base hits in a game since getting two doubles on June 30. He went deep for the first time since June 10. 

AL reserves announced for 2015 MLB All-Star game
by Sean d'Oliveira |
(7/6/2015) The American League reserves for the 2015 MLB All-Star game were announced Monday and the following players were selected:

Catcher: Russell Martin, Blue Jays; Stephen Vogt, Athletics

First Base: Prince Fielder, Rangers; Albert Pujols, Angels (will start in place of injured Miguel Cabrera); Mark Teixeira, Yankees (replaces injured Cabrera on roster)

Second Base: Jason Kipnis, Indians

Shortstop: Jose Iglesias, Tigers

Third Base: Manny Machado, Orioles

Outfield: Jose Bautista, Blue Jays; Adam Jones, Orioles; J.D. Martinez, Tigers

Utility: Brock Holt, Red Sox

Starting Pitchers: Sonny Gray, Athletics; Felix Hernandez, Mariners; David Price, Tigers; Dallas Keuchel, Astros; Chris Sale, White Sox; Zach Britton, Orioles; Chris Archer, Rays

Relief Pitchers: Dellin Betances, Yankees; Brad Boxberger, Rays; Zach Britton, Orioles; Wade Davis, Royals; Kelvin Herrera, Royals; Darren O'Day, Orioles; Glen Perkins, Twins

The following players are eligible to be voted in during the final Fan Vote: SS Xander Bogaerts, Red Sox; OF Yoenis Cespedes, Tigers; OF Brett Gardner, Yankees; 2B Brian Dozier, Twins; 3B Mike Moustakas, Royals

National League All Star reserves, pitchers, Final Vote candidates named
by Shawn Krest |
(7/6/2015) The National League All Star reserves and pitchers were announced on Monday evening, and there was no room for the reigning National League MVP.

Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw was not selected for the All Star team, although he's one of five candidates to take the final spot on the roster in the Final Vote. 

Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant made the team as an injury replacement for the Marlins' Giancarlo Stanton. Bryant is one of two rookies on the team, along with Dodgers outfielder Joc Pederson

The Pirates sent two starting pitchers to the All Star team for the first time since 1960. MLB wins leader Gerrit Cole and fellow Pittsburgh starter A.J. Burnett will both be making their first appearance. 

National League reserves are

Catcher: Yasmani Grandal, Dodgers
Catcher: Yadier Molina, Cardinals
First baseman: Adrian Gonzalez, Dodgers
First baseman: Anthony Rizzo, Cubs
Second baseman: DJ LeMahieu, Rockies
Second baseman: Joe Panik, Giants
Third baseman: Nolan Arenado, Rockies
Third baseman: Kris Bryant, Cubs
Shortstop: Brandon Crawford, Giants
Outfielder: Andrew McCutchen, Pirates
Outfielder: Joc Pederson, Dodgers
Outfielder: A.J. Pollock, D-backs
Outfielder: Justin Upton, Padres

National League pitchers are 

LHP: Madison Bumgarner, Giants
RHP: A.J. Burnett, Pirates
LHP: Aroldis Chapman, Reds
RHP: Gerrit Cole, Pirates
RHP: Jacob deGrom, Mets
RHP: Zack Greinke, Dodgers
RHP: Mark Melancon, Pirates
RHP: Shelby Miller, Braves
RHP: Jonathan Papelbon, Phillies
RHP: Francisco Rodriguez, Brewers
RHP: Trevor Rosenthal, Cardinals
RHP: Max Scherzer, Nationals
RHP: Michael Wacha, Cardinals

The five candidates for the Final Vote are 

RHP: Johnny Cueto, Reds
RHP: Jeurys Familia, Mets
RHP: Carlos Martinez, Cardinals
LHP: Clayton Kershaw, Dodgers
Shortstop: Troy Tulowitzki, Rockies

Giants sit 2B Joe Panik, SS Brandon Crawford against lefty
by Marty Gitlin |
(7/6/2015) The Giants have benched their starting middle infield Monday. Both second baseman Joe Panik and shortstop Brandon Crawford are out against Mets left-hander Jonathon Niese.

It marks the first absence for Panik since May 21 and third for Crawford since three days later.

Crawford has certainly not struggled against southpaws this season. He is batting .333 (20-for-60). Panik has 19 hits in 68 at-bats against them in 2015.

Orioles recall Ryan Flaherty after placing Nolan Reimold on paternity list
by Michael Hurcomb |
(7/6/2015) The Orioles recalled infielder Ryan Flaherty from Triple-A Norfolk on Monday after outfielder Nolan Reimold went on the paternity list. Reimold can remain on the paternity list until Thursday.

Braves 2B Jace Peterson gets first day off in a month
by Michael Hurcomb |
(7/6/2015) Braves second baseman Jace Peterson was held out of the starting lineup Monday against the Brewers. It was the first time he was held out of the starting lineup since June 6.

Peterson could probably use a bit of a breather, as he is mired in a 7-for-54 slump in his last 14 games. He has one home run, two doubles, five RBI, four runs, six walks and 18 strikeouts in that span.

Steve Pearce finally flashing for Orioles
by Marty Gitlin |
(7/6/2015) Orioles second baseman/outfielder Steve Pearce has a lot of catching up to do if he even wants to approach his surprising production of a year ago. But he is making up for lost time recently.

Pearce slammed three more singles Sunday with two runs and an RBI. He is batting .444 (8-for-18) over his last five games with three doubles. His .233 average is at its highest point since April 8.

Angels 2B Johnny Giavotella begins July with four-game hit streak
by Michael Hurcomb |
(7/6/2015) Angels second baseman Johnny Giavotella has opened July with a four-game hit streak, as he went 2 for 5 with two RBI and two runs Sunday against the Rangers.

Giavotella had a sac fly in the second inning and an RBI single in the third. He also had his 13th double Sunday.

Giavotella is batting .368 (7 for 19) with two doubles, four RBI, two runs and two sac flies through four July games.

Blue Jays' Devon Travis batting .406 in nine games since DL activation
by Michael Hurcomb |
(7/6/2015) Blue Jays second baseman Devon Travis drove in three runs during a 10-5 win Sunday at Detroit. 

Travis gave Toronto a 2-0 lead with an RBI double in the top of the fifth inning. He then added an RBI single in the seventh inning and a sac fly in the ninth inning. He finished 2 for 3 with one run, one walk and one strikeout.

Travis continues to perform well since returning from the disabled list in late June. He has hit safely in seven straight games and eight of nine games since his activation. He is batting .406 (13 for 32) with three doubles, five RBI, six runs, one walk and five strikeouts in his last nine games.

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