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American League All-Star Game Roster Projection: Giancarlo Stanton shuffles the deck

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American League All-Star Game Roster Projection: Giancarlo Stanton shuffles the deck

There are quite the decisions to be had in the American League All-Star team selection.

Throughout the 2018 season, the AL has been the far superior team. In terms of records, statistics, players, etc., the AL has the upper hand.

That is going to be true in the AL All-Star roster, as has been the case for several seasons now.

In the National League, there are a limited numbers of races for spots. Their latest roster projection had only four changes.

The American League has six, with numerous All-Star caliber players missing the cut.

Just like in the opposing league, there were no changes based on the fan vote returns. Still, some races should be noted. Wilson Ramos and Gary Sánchez are duking it out for the starting catcher position down the stretch. With Sánchez on the disabled list that ultimately probably give Ramos the nod. Also we will have to see if Manny Machado will hold on over Carlos Correa for shortstops. That return alone could shake up several positions in the AL.

As a reminder, here is how the process shakes out for the MLB All-Star roster selection on the American League side:

  • Fan vote: nine position players (DH)
  • Player’s ballots: next 17 players (nine position players, five starting pitchers, three relievers)
  • MLB Commissioner’s Office: five players (four pitchers, one position player)

The MLB Commissioner’s Office is not looking for fair distribution; they want to ensure every team has a representative for the 2018 All-Star game.

Here is the latest American League All-Star Game roster projection:

American League All-Star Roster Projection:

C – Wilson Ramos, Rays (Fan Vote), Gary Sánchez, Yankees (Player Ballot)
1B – José Abreu, White Sox (Fan Vote), Yonder Alonso, Indians (Player Ballot)
2B – Jose Altuve, Astros (Fan Vote), Jed Lowrie, Athletics (Player Ballot)
3B – José Ramírez, Indians (Fan Vote), Alex Bregman, Astros (Player Ballot), Mike Moustakas, Royals (Commissioner’s Office)
SS – Manny Machado, Orioles (Fan Vote), Jean Segura, Mariners (Player Ballot),
OF – Mookie Betts, Red Sox (Fan Vote), Mike Trout, Angels (Fan Vote), Aaron Judge, Yankees (Fan Vote), Michael Brantley, Indians (Player Ballot), Eddie Rosario, Twins (Player Ballot), Andrew Benintendi, Red Sox (Player Ballot),
DH – J.D. Martinez, Red Sox (Fan Vote), Giancarlo Stanton, Yankees (Player Ballot)

SP – Justin Verlander, Astros (Player Ballot), Luis Severino, Yankees (Player Ballot), Corey Kluber, Indians (Player Ballot), Gerrit Cole, Astros (Player Ballot), Chris Sale, Red Sox (Player Ballot), Blake Snell, Rays (Commissioner’s Office), J.A. Happ, Blue Jays (Commissioner’s Office)

RP – Edwin Díaz, Mariners (Player Ballot), Aroldis Chapman, Yankees (Player Ballot), Craig Kimbrel, Red Sox (Player Ballot), Joe Jiménez, Tigers (Commissioner’s Office), Keone Kela, Rangers (Commissioner’s Office)

Ineligible All-Star: Kelvin Herrera, RP (traded from Royals to Nationals)

Manager: Jeff Luhnow, Astros

Noted Changes:

1. Andrew Benintendi from the Red Sox overtakes Giancarlo Stanton’s spot in the outfield. In all likelihood the American League will probably think of him as a designated hitter over an outfielder.

2. Stanton replaces Shohei Ohtani, as the back-up designated hitter. The MLB cannot have an All-Star Game without the best homerun hitter in baseball in the lineup. Besides Ohtani has not seen action since the beginning of June and is likely out until the break.

3. Yonder Alonso is the backup first baseman over Joey Gallo. Despite leading the position in longballs (18), 111 strikeouts and a .191 batting average knocks Gallo out of the Player Ballot.

4. In what is a close battle for the bench third baseman, Alex Bregman, briefly takes the spot over Yangervis Solarte. This past week Bregman has 1.149 OPS with eight hits and three homeruns. This is a position battle that will continue to flip until the final selection; Miguel Andújar also is in the running for this race.

5. With Solarte being knocked from his position, a Blue Jay must make the roster. That brings in J.A. Happ, from the Commissioner’s Office to replace closer Chris Devenski of the Astros.

6. Same as above, Gallo falling means Texas needs an All-Star. With not much to choose from Keone Kela is in and he takes Delin Betances spot. Yes, we know life is not fair.

 

If you have not noticed, there are quite a few big names off of this list. Francisor Lindor, Chris Devenski, Delin Betances, and Nelson Cruz, who are having fantastic years’ are not on this roster. Luckily for Lindor and Cruz, they might get in the backdoor with the final Fan Vote.

Based on this projection, the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox will be tied for the most representatives with five. The Houston Astros and Cleveland Indians have four each.

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Trumbo homers twice, drives in 5 as Orioles beat Rangers 9-6

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Trumbo homers twice, drives in 5 as Orioles beat Rangers 9-6

 Mark Trumbo could have looked around the diamond at his Orioles teammates and wondered, "Who are these guys?"

With veterans Adam Jones and Chris Davis out of the starting lineup, Trumbo alone represented experience on a young, struggling team.

The slugger homered twice and drove in five runs, and Baltimore beat the Texas Rangers 9-6 in a back-and-forth game Sunday to avoid a four-game sweep.

"There's a few of us guys that have been around a little longer than most," Trumbo said. "The production comes and goes, but the mindset is the big thing, and I think these guys are doing a good job."

Entering the series, Trumbo hadn't gone deep since July 9. He completed the four games 7 for 16 with three homers and nine RBIs as Baltimore totaled 21 runs.

Austin Wynns and Jonathan Villar also homered for the Orioles.

Trumbo singled home a run in the first inning. His two-run homer in the third put Baltimore ahead to stay at 6-5 against starter Drew Hutchison (1-2), who was making his Rangers debut.

"Just pitch execution, poor command, too many balls up in the zone," Hutchison said. "When you do things like that, those are the results that you're going to have."

Both of Trumbo's homers came with two strikes.

"I've been getting to two strikes a lot lately and still getting some hits," he said. "I hit a changeup (from Hutchison), and I put some good wood on it."

The teams had scored in every half-inning before that, with the lead changing hands in four of those.

Trumbo left the game after his two-run homer against Matt Moore in the seventh.

"(Trumbo) almost didn't play today," Orioles manager Buck Showalter. "His knee's been a little sore. I noticed running around the bases on the second home run."

Another difference was Baltimore's beleaguered bullpen, which allowed only one run and one hit in 7 1/3 innings.

Tanner Scott (2-2), the second of six Orioles pitchers, shut out Texas for 2 1/3 innings, which tied his longest major league outing. He relieved starter Yefry Ramirez with the bases loaded and two outs in the second and struck out Ronald Guzman.

Mychal Givens retired the final four batters for his second save.

Jace Peterson led off the game with a single and scored on Trumbo's single for a short-lived 1-0 lead.

Ramirez retired the first two Rangers hitters but gave up a triple to Elvis Andrus. After two walks loaded the bases, Robinson Chirinos singled home two runs.

The Orioles regained the lead at 4-2 in the second on a three-run homer by Wynns, the No. 9 batter.

The Rangers scored three runs in the bottom half on Shin-Soo Choo's sacrifice fly, Andrus' groundout and a broken-bat single by Joey Gallo for a 5-4 advantage.

Gallo and Rougned Odor homered in each of the first three games of the series, but their streaks were stopped on Sunday.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Orioles: Davis didn't play for a second straight game. Showalter said, "He's banged up a little bit. We're going to give him the benefit of another day and the off day Monday." ... Showalter said it's likely that OF Craig Gentry, who has missed six weeks because of a fractured rib, will begin a rehab assignment Tuesday at Double-A Bowie. ... INF Steve Wilkerson (strained left oblique), who hasn't played since July 1, could go on a rehab assignment Thursday.

UP AND DOWN AGAIN

To make room for Hutchison on the roster, the Rangers optioned RHP Austin Bibens-Dirkx to Triple-A Round Rock for the third time this season.

JUST KEEP HITTING

Andrus extended his hitting streak to 16 games, equaling a career best. It's also the longest current run in the majors.

UP NEXT

Orioles: Begin a three-game series at Tampa Bay on Tuesday. Alex Cobb (3-14, 5.83 ERA) will start against Rays newcomer Tyler Glasnow (1-2, 4.27).

Rangers: LHP Martin Perez (2-4, 6.50) pitches Monday as Texas hosts Seattle and LHP Wade LeBlanc (6-2, 3.95) to begin a three-game series.

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Adam Jones helps Little League team with $8.5K donation

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Adam Jones helps Little League team with $8.5K donation

Adam Jones continues to be one of baseball's Good Dudes. 

Jones, who's been recognized before for his philanthropic efforts around Baltimore, made headlines recently when he donated $8.5 thousand dollars to the Mamie Johnson Little League team. 

Mamie Johnson are headed to the Mid-Atlantic Finals of the Little League World Series qualifying tournament but needed $10k in travel assistance to get there. That's where Jones, who orginally learned of the team on Twitter, stepped in: 

When asked about his donation, Jones said, "I want to see the next generation get an opportunity to succeed. Me being a black man trying to integrate more African-Americans into baseball, this was a no-brainer.''

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