Quick Links

2018 Celebrity Softball Game: Full list of participants and details on how to watch

USA Today Sports

2018 Celebrity Softball Game: Full list of participants and details on how to watch

It’s one of the more underrated moments of the MLB All-Star weekend, an All-Star game of some sorts. It’s filled with celebrities and fan-favorites, just like any other baseball game. 

But this one is different: It’s the Celebrity All-Star game.

Filled with laughter and a side of actual semi-quality softball, the event showcases actors, actresses and professional athletes across the spectrum.

And yes, once again, long-time manager Jamie Foxx will be there. This time, the Oscar and Grammy Award winner will look to take home the win after falling 28-22 in last year’s game. Foxx was the winning manager back in 2016. 

There will also be a taste of local D.C. flavor in the contest, as Redskins cornerback Josh Norman and Wizards point guard John Wall will participate. Hopefully, he won’t be on the mound. 

Here are all the details you need to know before the Celebrity Softball game:

When: Sunday, July 15

Where: Nationals Park

TV: Live on MLB Network at 7:30 p.m., or 30 minutes after the Futures game

Tape Delay: Monday, July 16 on ESPN at 10 p.m., or directly after the 2018 Home Run Derby

Who else will be there?

In addition to Foxx, Norman and Wall the following actors, actresses, hosts and professional athletes will participate: 

Ashley Greene — Actress — Alice Cullen in “Twilight”

Dascha Polanco — Actress — Daya Diaz in “Orange is the New Black”

Taylor Kinney — Actor — Kelly Severide in “Chicago Fire”

Christopher Jackson —Actor — George Washington in “Hamilton” the musical

Skai Jackson — Actress — Zuri Ross in “Jessie” and “Bunk’d”

Brandon Larracuente — Actor — Jeff Atkins in “13 Reasons Why”

Quincy Brown — Actor — Chris Collins in “Brotherly Love” 

Bill Nye — Host — The TV show “Bill Nye the Science Guy”

Scott Rogowsky — Host — The game show app “HQ”

Jessica Mendoza —Broadcaster, former softball player — ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball 

Jennie Finch — Former softball player and Olympian  

Mike Mizanin — Wrestler — On WWE as “The Miz”

We can’t forget about the former MLB players as well:

Torii Hunter — 19-year veteran and 5x All-Star — Won the Gold Glove nine straight seasons

Tim Raines — 23-year veteran and 7x All-Star — Fifth in MLB with 808 career stolen bases

Bernie Williams — 16-year veteran and 5x All-Star — Won the World Series four times with the Yankees

Cliff Floyd — 17-year veteran and 1x All-Star — Won the World Series his first year with the then-Florida Marlins

Steve Finley — 19-year veteran and 2x All-Star — Led MLB twice in triples

Andre Dawson — 21-year veteran and 8x All-Star — Was the MVP in 1987 when he led the National League in home runs (49) and RBI (137)

Carlos Pena —14-year veteran and 1x All-Star — Led the American League in home runs (39) in 2009 


Quick Links

Nationals fall to Mets as postseason chances continue to slip away

USA Today Sports

Nationals fall to Mets as postseason chances continue to slip away

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Jacob deGrom turned in a record 23rd consecutive quality start, lowered his ERA to 1.77 and boosted his record to .500 as he bids to earn the NL Cy Young Award, allowing one run in seven innings to help the New York Mets beat the Washington Nationals 4-2 Friday night.

Throwing fastballs in the 97-99 mph range, deGrom (9-9) struck out eight and walked one while allowing just one run and three hits, all singles. Bob Gibson (in 1968) and Chris Carpenter (2005) each had single-season runs of 22 quality starts, the previous major league mark.

The right-handed deGrom has given up as many as four earned runs in only one of his 31 starts in 2018, back on April 10 against Miami. He's now up to 28 in a row allowing three runs or fewer, the longest single-season streak in major league history.

So this game was pretty much wrapped up by the third inning, which ended with the Mets ahead 4-1. Jay Bruce had two run-scoring hits, and Devin Mesoraco and Dominic Smith also delivered RBIs, all off Joe Ross (0-1).

Robert Gsellman worked around Anthony Rendon's RBI single in the ninth for his 12th save.

Washington began the day in danger of being officially eliminated from contention in the NL East, which it won the past two seasons under then-manager Dusty Baker. A loss by the Nationals plus a victory by the Braves would end any chance Washington has of catching Atlanta.

DeGrom is locked in what's considered a tight race for Cy Young honors -- and perhaps league MVP consideration, too -- with Nationals ace Max Scherzer, who is 17-7 with a 2.57 ERA and 290 strikeouts. Scherzer has won the past two Cy Young Awards in the NL, plus one in the AL when he played for the Detroit Tigers.

In the Mets' 5-4 victory in 12 innings Thursday, Scherzer gave up three runs in seven innings and struck out 13.

Entering Friday, deGrom boasted a majors-leading 1.78 ERA, 251 Ks and 45 walks, and ranked No. 1 in various other categories.

"I think that it says a lot about who he is as a worker. I think it says a lot about who he is as a competitor," Mets manager Mickey Callaway said. "He tends to step it up when it matters the most, and this is probably mattering the most out of all his starts, and he continues to pitch just as dominant as he was before. That's the definition of a true ace."

DeGrom looked good from the outset, striking out leadoff hitter Victor Robles with a 98 mph fastball, then getting Bryce Harper to swing through a 99 mph offering to end the first inning. Harper missed a 93 mph slider to strike out again in the fourth, then grounded out on a chopper fielded by deGrom in the sixth.

Washington's only run off deGrom came on Ryan Zimmerman's sacrifice fly on a ball hit to the warning track in deep center field in the second.


Mets: Mesoraco hadn't played since leaving a game Sept. 3 because of a bulging disk in his back. He was 3 for 3 with a walk.

Nationals: OF Adam Eaton was out of the starting lineup for the fourth time in five games, because of what manager Dave Martinez said was a sore and stiff left knee, the one surgically repaired last season.


Nationals 3B Rendon's second-inning walk extended his streak of reaching base safely to a career-best 29 games; he came around to score.


RHP Corey Oswalt (3-2, 6.31 ERA) will start for the Mets on Saturday, while the Nationals wouldn't commit to a starting pitcher before Friday's game.



Quick Links

Lobaton’s sacrifice fly lifts Mets past Nationals in 12


Lobaton’s sacrifice fly lifts Mets past Nationals in 12

Jose Lobaton hit a go-ahead sacrifice fly against his former team in the 12th inning and the New York Mets beat the Washington Nationals 5-4 on Thursday night.

Lobaton, who spent the previous four years in Washington before signing with the Mets in December, lofted a one-out fly ball off Jefry Rodriguez (3-3) with the bases loaded to score Amed Rosario.

Jacob Rhame (1-2) worked two scoreless innings, and Paul Sewald pitched the 12th for his second save.

Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper was ejected in the 12th for arguing home plate umpire D.J. Reyburn’s called third strike.

Washington starter Max Scherzer pitched seven innings, allowing three runs while striking out 13. He has 290 strikeouts this year, the most for a National since the franchise relocated from Montreal before the 2005 season. Scherzer set the previous mark of 284 in 2016.

However, he never held a lead Thursday. Michael Conforto smashed a two-run homer to left in the third, his 27th of the season. It was also his fourth home run in 23 career at-bats against Scherzer.

Four pitches later, Jay Bruce crushed his ninth home run of the season. It was the sixth time this season New York has hit back-to-back homers.

Washington’s Trea Turner led off the sixth with an infield single. Two batters later, Anthony Rendon golfed Jason Vargas’ changeup to deep left for his 100th career home run to narrow the deficit to 3-2. Vargas allowed two runs and struck out eight over 5 2/3 innings.

Jeff McNeil led off the eighth with a triple and scored two batters later when Bruce punched a single to right past a drawn-in infield. But the Nationals responded with Rendon’s run-scoring groundout and Juan Soto’s RBI double off Robert Gsellman in the bottom half of the inning.

Mets manager Mickey Callaway was ejected in the 10th inning for arguing after Reyburn ruled McNeil had offered on a bunt attempt.


Mets: INF Wilmer Flores will miss the rest of the season with soreness in both knees. Callaway said Flores has early onset arthritis in both knees and will receive injections to alleviate the pain. “It’s not like surgery is recommended at this time,” Callaway said. “I think rest and a couple injections is supposed to knock this out pretty good.”


Mets: RHP Jacob deGrom (8-9, 1.78 ERA), who is 5-1 with a 2.76 ERA lifetime at Nationals Park, gets the nod for New York as the four-game series continues.

Nationals: RHP Joe Ross (0-0, 3.60) makes his second start since undergoing Tommy John surgery last year.