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How you can still vote Nationals' shortstop Trea Turner into MLB All-Star Game


How you can still vote Nationals' shortstop Trea Turner into MLB All-Star Game

Nationals star shortstop Trea Turner was snubbed off the National League All-Star roster, despite having the most hits (100), the second-best OBP (.355) and, by far, the most stolen bases (22) among fellow shortstops in the league. He's also No. 5 overall in the NL in WAR (3.3).

It was arguably one of, if not the biggest snub on the NL’s roster, especially when you remember how crucial Turner was in the Nats’ nine-run comeback against the Marlins last week with his two home runs — including his first career grand slam — and eight RBI. (However, that game ended less than two hours before All-Star Game voting closed.)

But it’s still possible to see Turner on the NL’s roster for the game on July 17 at Nationals Park.

The 25-year-old shortstop could sneak his way onto the team through the All-Star Final Vote, where fans will choose from a final list of five players from each league with All-Star potential.

The top player with the most votes in each league will be added to the roster. Voting for this last-chance option began Sunday and will last only until Wednesday, July 11 at 4 p.m. ET.


Turner is up against Los Angeles Dodgers’ Max Muncy, Milwaukee Brewers’ Jesus Aguilar, St. Louis Cardinals’ Matt Carpenter and San Francisco Giants’ Brandon Belt. Here’s a quick breakdown of how Turner compares with the four other Final Vote players, starting with Muncy — likely his biggest competition.

(Stats as of Monday morning.)

Trea Turner

AVG: .278

Hits: 100 HR: 11

OBP: .355

OPS: .774

Stolen bases: 22

Max Muncy

AVG: .270

Hits: 54

HR: 20

OBP: .407

OPS: 1.017

Stolen bases: 2

Jesus Aguilar

AVG: .306

Hits: 75 HR: 22

OBP: .368

OPS: 1.001

Stolen bases: 0

Matt Carpenter

AVG: .258

Hits: 78

HR: 17

OBP: .365

OPS: .878

Stolen bases: 0

Brandon Belt

AVG: .300

Hits: 82

HR: 13

OBP: .393

OPS: .902

Stolen bases: 2

The five players from the American League in the Final Vote are Boston Red Sox’s Andrew Benintendi, Los Angeles Angels’ Andrelton Simmons, Minnesota Twins’ Eddie Rosario, New York Yankees’ Giancarlo Stanton and Seattle Mariners’ shortstop Jean Segura.

Final Vote History 

2002: Johnny Damon (CF, BOS); Andruw Jones (OF, ATL)

2003: Jason Varitek (C, BOS); Geoff Jenkins (OF, MIL)

2004: Hideki Matsui (OF, NYY); Bobby Abreu (OF, PHI)

2005: Scott Podsednik (OF, CHW); Roy Oswalt (SP, HOU)

2006: A.J. Pierzynski (C, CHW); Nomar Garciaparra (1B, LAD)

2007: Hideki Okajima (RP, BOS); Chris Young (SP, SD)

2008: Evan Longoria (3B, TB); Corey Hart (OF, MIL)

2009: Brandon Inge (3B, DET); Shane Victorino (OF, PHI)

2010: Nick Swisher (OF, NYY); Joey Votto (1B, CIN)

2011: Paul Konerko (1B, CHW); David Freese (3B, STL)

2012: Yu Darvish (SP, TEX); Shane Victorino (OF, PHI)

2013: Steve Delabar (RP, TOR); Freddie Freeman (1B, ATL)

2014: Chris Sale (SP, CHW); Anthony Rizzo (1B, CHC)

2015: Mike Moustakas (3B, KC); Carlos Martinez (SP, STL)

2016: Michael Saunders (OF, TOR); Brandon Belt (1B, SF)

2017: Mike Moustakas (3B, KC); Justin Turner (3B, LAD)



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Jose Urena throws 1st complete game, Marlins rout Nationals 12-1

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Jose Urena throws 1st complete game, Marlins rout Nationals 12-1

WASHINGTON -- Jose Urena's previous start ended after one very heated pitch.

On Sunday, he went the distance.

Urena made the most of his borrowed time, pitching a two-hitter for his first complete game in the majors and leading the Miami Marlins over the Washington Nationals 12-1 on Sunday.

Urena (4-12) was suspended for six games by Major League Baseball after hitting Atlanta rookie Ronald Acuna Jr. on Wednesday. Urena was ejected from that start after throwing one fastball and appealed the penalty, keeping him eligible to play.

"I know what I did, and I know what kind of person I am and what kind of teammate," Urena said. "Just tried to execute my plan and go out there and have fun and show what I can do."

Urena, tied for the NL lead in hit batters, didn't plunk anyone on the Nationals, nor did he alter his approach. He struck out four, walked two and retired the last 16 batters. It was his first complete game in 74 big league starts.

"If you make a mistake you've got to pay," Urena said of Washington's lineup. "We tried to move their feet, make them uncomfortable at the plate. Try to attack the inside."

Right-hander Pablo Lopez was originally slated to start Sunday's game, but manager Don Mattingly opted to push him back to Tuesday and insert Urena.

The 26-year-old right-hander's next start would normally be scheduled for next weekend at home against the Braves. Urena could decide to drop the appeal, serve the suspension and miss that series -- after the game, he said he'll maintain the appeal.

Starlin Castro got a career-high five hits and scored three times. JT Riddle and J.T. Realmuto each homered and drove in three runs for Miami, with Riddle connecting for the second straight game. Isaac Galloway had three hits, including his first career homer.

It was the Marlins' first series win in Washington since 2014.

Trying to keep pace with the Braves and Phillies in the NL East, the third-place Nationals have now lost four of their last five against the last-place Marlins. The Nationals host the Phillies for three games beginning Tuesday night.

Gio Gonzalez (7-10) allowed eight runs on 10 hits in 4 2/3 innings. Over his last 13 starts, Gonzalez is 1-8 with 7.07 ERA.

"I think it was in all honesty an ugly game. And everybody saw it," manager Dave Martinez said. "Gio couldn't keep us in the game and it got ugly."

Leading 3-1, the Marlins broke it open with a five-run fifth. After Riddle's sacrifice fly, the Marlins loaded the bases and Rafael Ortega hit a bases-loaded, two-run double off the glove of a diving first baseman Matt Adams to end Gonzalez's afternoon.

Realmuto greeted reliever Greg Holland with a two-run single, making it 8-1.

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Bryce Harper drives in 3, Nationals snap skid, beat Cardinals 5-4


Bryce Harper drives in 3, Nationals snap skid, beat Cardinals 5-4

ST. LOUIS -- Koda Glover rewarded his manager's faith.

Bryce Harper had three hits and drove in three runs, Glover earned the save in the first opportunity since Ryan Madson was placed on the disabled list, and the Washington Nationals snapped a four-game losing streak with a 5-4 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Thursday night.

The Nationals won for just the third time in their last 10 games and snapped the Cardinals' season-high, eight-game winning streak.

"We needed a win today," Nationals manager Dave Martinez said. "Get on that plane, have a nice happy flight and come back tomorrow and be at home and be ready."

Tanner Roark (8-12) gave up four runs, three earned, in six innings.

A beleaguered bullpen that had blown two leads to start the losing streak took care of the rest. Justin Miller pitched two scoreless innings before Glover closed it out.

"There's been a lot of changes (in the bullpen)," Miller said. "It's unfortunate, a couple of injuries and stuff like that, but I don't really look at it as I've got the seventh or eighth or anything like that. I'm just going out there just trying to do my job."

Glover took the loss in the series opener on Monday, giving up a game-ending homer to Paul DeJong.

"The first game of the series didn't go as I would have liked for it to have went," Glover said. "So to get put back in that situation or even a better situation to get a save, I'm happy with that outcome."

Harper drove in the game's first run with a double in the first and knocked in two more with a bases-loaded single in the fourth to give the Nationals a 4-1 lead.

A pair of errors helped the Nationals extend their lead to 5-1 in the fifth. St. Louis committed three errors in the game after committing just four total errors during the winning streak.

"A couple plays clearly we expect to make and will make and just didn't go our way for a little bit there," Cardinals interim manager Mike Shildt said. "To the guys' credit they regrouped, settled down, and started playing back to the baseball they know they can play."

The Nationals had opportunities to pad the lead, leaving the bases loaded in the third and fifth while stranding nine runners in the first five innings.

"When you have an opportunity to put teams away you've got to do that," Martinez said. "Especially with how hot the Cardinals are playing right now. They're going to come back."

The Cardinals got within one in the sixth. After DeJong and Kolten Wong came up with back-to-back, two-out RBI hits, Harrison Bader hit a slow grounder to third. Anthony Rendon's throw to first got away from Ryan Zimmerman for an error, allowing Wong to score from second to cut the Nationals' lead to 5-4.

Just two of the four runs Luke Weaver (6-11) allowed in his 3 2/3 innings were earned. He gave up seven hits, including two to Roark, who scored both times.

Tyson Ross allowed one unearned run in 3 1/3 innings of relief.

Bader homered in the third and Matt Carpenter walked twice to extend his on-base streak to a career-high 34 games.


Nationals: RHP Jeremy Hellickson will have an MRI on his sore right wrist on Friday. RHP Joe Ross (right elbow surgery) threw 3 2/3 scoreless innings at Class A Potomac on Thursday and is hoping for a September return.

Cardinals: RHP Carlos Martinez (right shoulder strain) will begin a rehab Friday at Double-A Springfield. RHP Adam Wainwright (right elbow inflammation) threw two scoreless innings Thursday night at High-A Palm Beach.


Nationals: RHP Max Scherzer (15-5, 2.19 ERA) will take the mound as the Nationals return home for a three-game series Friday night against the Miami Marlins and RHP Dan Straily (4-5, 4.42 ERA). Scherzer is 3-0 with a 3.43 ERA in three starts this season against the Marlins.

Cardinals: RHP Jack Flaherty (6-6, 3.22 ERA) kicks off a three-game series Friday night as the Cardinals host the Milwaukee Brewers and RHP Freddy Peralta (5-3, 4.47 ERA). Flaherty struck out a career-high 13 batters in his last start against the Brewers on June 22.