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Over 70,000 people think Chris Davis should make the All-Star Game

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Over 70,000 people think Chris Davis should make the All-Star Game

When the first returns of the American League preliminary vote for the 2019 MLB All-Star Game came in Monday, there were a few surprises on the list of the top vote-getters in each position.

Amongst the most surprising, Baltimore Orioles first baseman Chris Davis received 70,010 votes from fans, the tenth-most votes at his position.

After a rough start to the season, in which the first baseman extended his hitless streak to 54 at-bats, Davis is still struggling to find his groove at the plate, batting .161 with five home runs.  

Baltimore outfielder Trey Mancini was the only other Oriole on the list, receiving the 17th-most votes of any AL outfielder (100,457). 

Unlike Davis, Mancini is batting .299, the second-highest average in Baltimore behind Hanser Alberto (.311), with 13 homers and 31 RBIs so far.

Other surprises on the list include the Cleveland Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis, who received the tenth-most votes of any American League second baseman (50,065). This season Kipnis has slashed .218/.272/.307, with only two home runs. 

Less surprising, the Los Angeles Angels Mike Trout received close to a million votes, the most of any American League ballplayer and the most of any outfielder in the first returns (951,002). 

Only three other players had more than 500,000 votes: Houston Astros outfielder George Springer (776,352), New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez (737,107) and Houston Astros third baseman Alex Bregman (630,159). 

All four of the top vote-getters have 17 or more home runs, including Sanchez' 19 blasts, which are tied for the second-most in the American League. 

Primary voting for the 2019 MLB All-Star Game ends at 4 p.m. ET on Friday, June 21. 

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Chris Davis foresees Astros players' getting disciplined 'between the lines'

Chris Davis foresees Astros players' getting disciplined 'between the lines'

Earlier this week, Tim Kurkjian told NBC Sports Washington the Astros cheating scandal, "has gotten bigger than I thought it was going to be." And boy was he right. 

Players across the league have chimed in with firey comments directed at Rob Manfred for his handling of the Houston situation, but also haven't held back when it comes to Astros players. 

Nick Markakis has said the players, "deserve a beating," Howie Kendrick explained how he has no sympathy for Houston while players like Cody Bellinger, Aaron Judge and Max Scherzer have all made it known how angry everyone is at the Astros.

Most of the anger stems from the fact that, along with the blatant cheating of course, Major League Baseball granted every Astros player immunity for their cooperation in the investigation, and how their 2017 World Series championship was not taken away. On Friday, Orioles slugger and player representative Chris Davis offered his thoughts on the lack of discipline and how opposing players could take matters into their own hands during the regular season. 

“I think the discipline that the players are going to get this year is going to be very interesting, and I say that meaning that a lot of that is going to be handed out between the lines,” Davis said, according to MASN's Roch Kubatko.

Davis didn't specify how exactly the discipline "in between the lines" would be doled out. Teams will surely get up for their games against the Astros all year and try to hand them as many losses as possible. But then there's the possibility of pitchers throwing at the Houston hitters. 

So far through five spring training games, Astros hitters have been plunked seven times, though it's important to note not all of them were on purpose. Five of the seven occurrences came on offspeed pitches. 

However, Las Vegas gave Houston the highest over/under total for the number of times a batter will be hit by a pitch (83.5). Last season, the league average was 66, and the Yankees were the only team to surpass the 83.5 number the Astros have this year (86). 

The Astros have affirmed us they are not concerned with getting thrown at all year, though judging on the comments by a multitude of players, they may want to at least think about it. 

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Orioles' Ryan Mountcastle's monster batting practice translated directly to the game

Orioles' Ryan Mountcastle's monster batting practice translated directly to the game

Orioles prospect Ryan Mountcastle had quite at the plate Thursday. 

Something had to have clicked during batting practice, when the young slugger launched a monster shot to left field that hit the light pole and scared a bunch of unsuspecting birds. 

Then during the Orioles' spring training matchup with the Pirates, Mountcastle went on to go 3-for-3 with two doubles, a home run, three RBI and three runs scored. 

Through four games now this spring the 23-year-old first baseman is hitting .417, which is a promising sign for both Mountcastle and the Orioles. Baltimore needs players like him to blossom into bonafide major-league starters if they're going to turn around and contend at some point over the next five years. 

Whether the Orioles decide to start Mountcastle's season in the majors or minors has yet to be seen. However, he probably starts the season in the minor league's given Chris Davis, Trey Mancini or Renato Nunez are the club's options at first, while there are also service time incentives for Baltimore to keep him off the major league roster right away. 

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