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2017 MLB All-Star Game date, time, how to watch, rosters

2017 MLB All-Star Game date, time, how to watch, rosters

The 2017 MLB All-Star Game, for the first time since 2003, will not determine home-field advantage in the World Series and that could make the Mid-Summer Classic extrmely intriguing. 

The last time that the All-Star Game did not determine home-field advantage, the game ended in a 7-7 tie with both teams running out of pitchers in 2002.

Now home-field goes to the team with the higher record. Less incentive, if there was one to begin with, will almost certainly have an impact on how the game is played. Now in the 2017 All-Star Game, every player including Pat Neshek from the lowly Philadelphia Phillies will play for the same reason: entertainment. 

Since the implementation of the home-field advantage rule, the American League is 11-3, inclduing winning the last four games in a row. Before then, the NL's odds were not much better. 

The Washington Nationals will be represented by five different players tied with the Houston Astros, Cleveland Indians, and New York Yankees for most in the league. Jonathan Schoop will represent the Baltimore Orioles. 

2017 MLB ALL-STAR GAME HOW TO WATCH

What: The 2017 MLB All-Star Game 
When:  Tuesday, July 11, 7:30 p.m. ET
Where: Marlin's Park, Miami, Florida
TV Channel: FOX
Livestream: FOX Sports Go

ALL-STAR GAME HISTORY

Year: Winner, Score, All-Star Game MVP

2016: American League   4-2   MVP: Eric Hosmer, Kansas City Royals
2015: American League   6-3   MVP: Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels
2014: American League   5-3   MVP: Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels
2013: American League   3-0   MVP: Mariano Rivera, New York Yankees
2012: National League     8-0   MVP: Melky Cabrera, San Francsico Giants
2011: National League     5-1   MVP: Prince Fielder, Milwaukee Brewers
2010: National League     3-1   MVP: Brian McCann, Atlanta Braves
2009: American League   4-3   MVP: Carl Crawford, Tampa Bay Rays
2008: American League   4-3   MVP: J.D. Drew, Boston Red Sox
2007: American League   5-4   MVP: Ichiro Suzuki, Seattle Mariners

American League 2017 All-Star Game Roster:

Starters:

C Salvador Perez, Kansas City Royals
1B Justin Smoak, Toronto Blue Jays
2B Jose Altuve, Houston Astros
3B Jose Ramirez, Cleveland Indians
SS Carlos Correa, Houston Astros
OF Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels
OF Aaron Judge, New York Yankees
OF George Springer, Houston Astros
DH Corey Dickerson, Tampa Bay Rays

Reserves

C Gary Sanchez, New York Yankees
1B Yonder Alonso, Oakland Athletics
2B Jonathan Schoop, Baltimore Orioles
2B Starlin Castro, New York Yankees
3B Miguel Sano, Minnesota Twins
SS Francisco Lindor, Cleveland Indians
OF Mookie Betts, Boston Red Sox
OF Michael Brantley, Cleveland Indians
OF Avisail Garcia, Chicago White Sox
DH Nelson Cruz, Seattle Mariners

Pitchers:

SP Chris Sale, Boston Red Sox
SP Jason Vargas, Kansas City Royals
SP Lance McCullers, Houston Astros
SP Yu Darvish, Texas Rangers
SP Michael Fulmer, Detroit Tigers
SP Corey Kluber, Cleveland Indians
SP Ervin Santana, Minnesota Twins
SP Luis Severino, New York Yankees
SP Dallas Keuchel, Houston Astros
RP Craig Kimbrel, Boston Red Sox
RP Andrew Miller, Cleveland Indians
RP Dellin Betances, New York Yankees

National League All-Star Game Roster:

Starters:

C Buster Posey, San Francisco Giants
1B Ryan Zimmerman, Washington Nationals
2B Daniel Murphy, Washington Nationals
3B Nolan Arenado, Colorado Rockies
SS Zack Cozart, Cincinnati Reds
OF Charlie Blackmon, Colorado Rockies
OF Bryce Harper, Washington Nationals
OF Marcell Ozuna, Miami Marlins

Reserves:

C Yadier Molina, St. Louis Cardinals
1B Paul Goldschmidt, Arizona Diamondbacks
1B Joey Votto, Cincinnati Reds
2B Josh Harrison, Pittsburgh Pirates
2B D.J. LeMahieu, Colorado Rockies
3B Jake Lamb, Arizona Diamondbacks
SS Corey Seager, Los Angeles Dodgers
OF Giancarlo Stanton, Miami Marlins
OF Michael Conforto, New York Mets
OF Ender Inciarte, Atlanta Braves
OF Cody Bellinger, Los Angeles Dodgers

Pitchers:

SP Max Scherzer, Washington Nationals
SP Clayton Kershaw, Los Angeles Dodgers
SP Carlos Martinez, St. Louis Cardinals
SP Zack Greinke, Arizona Diamondbacks
SP Robbie Ray, Arizona Diamondbacks
SP Stephen Strasburg, Washington Nationals
RP Kenley Jansen, Los Angeles Dodgers
RP Corey Knebel, Milwaukee Brewers
RP Wade Davis, Chicago Cubs
RP Greg Holland, Colorado Rockies
RP Brad Hand, San Diego Padres
RP Pat Neshek, Philadelphia Phillies

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Nats prospect update: Three minor-leaguers sent to Kansas City for Kelvin Herrera

Nats prospect update: Three minor-leaguers sent to Kansas City for Kelvin Herrera

The biggest story in Nationals prospects this week is the three Washington lost to the Royals in return for closer Kelvin Herrera. Here’s a look at what the Nationals gave up to add more depth to the bullpen.

Kelvin Gutierrez, AA 3B

The infielder, formerly on the Nationals’ 40-man roster, has posted a .285/.344/.388 line through his six-season minor league tenure. One of his greatest strengths is his speed, with 55 career stolen bases and 14 extra-base hits this season. His other notable tool is his powerful arm strength, which may help explain his transition from shortstop to the hot corner.

Blake Perkins, High A OF

The Nationals chose outfielder Blake Perkins in the second round of the 2015 draft. He has quite a bit of room to improve at the plate, batting .234/.344/.290 this season in Hagerstown. However, what he lacks offensively, he makes up for in the outfield. According to Baseball America’s Kyle Glaser, Perkins has “plus speed, mature instincts, excellent routes and an above-average arm.”

Yohanse Morel, RHP

The biggest wild card of the group, Morel is a 17-year-old outfielder-turned-pitcher from the Dominican Republic. His fastball reaches 95 mph and he certainly has huge potential for growth. He has not yet pitched in the U.S. since making his professional debut in the Dominican Summer League in early June.

So, what did the Nationals gain?

Right-handed closer Kelvin Herrera is a two-time All-Star who is currently in the midst of a stellar season. In his Nats debut, he needed just six pitches to shut down the Orioles in the eight. The team is reportedly (and understandably) thrilled to have Herrera joining the roster. Adam Eaton said, "I'm so happy he's here and he's on my team and I don't have to face him anytime in the near future."

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Orioles weather long rain delay in 3-0 win over Nationals

Orioles weather long rain delay in 3-0 win over Nationals

WASHINGTON -- The rain was heavy and relentless. As the puddles grew deeper on the tarp at Nationals Park, the Baltimore Orioles were left to wonder if their bid for a rare road victory would be thwarted by, of all things, the weather.

During a season in which very little has worked in their favor, the Orioles withstood a long rain delay to beat the Washington Nationals 3-0 Wednesday night.

Baltimore led 2-0 after four innings when play was stopped. After a wait of 2 hours, 43 minutes, the game resumed with a few hundred fans from the announced crowd of 32,153 sprinkled around the lower seating bowl.

Mark Trumbo homered for Baltimore, and Andrew Cashner and four relievers combined on a five-hitter in a game that ended long after midnight.

"It was nice," Trumbo said. "I'm glad that we actually kept the game going. Had we not been able to, it might have been a wash. But it ended up being pretty big for us."

Baltimore ended a six-game losing streak to Washington that began last May, won for only the fourth time in 20 games and improved the majors' worst road record to 10-28.

This one was worth the wait.

"It's never easy, especially when you get over the hour mark, two-hour mark," Trumbo said. "Then you have to restart. It's almost two games in one, so, great job by our guys tonight."

The Nationals managed only two hits following the delay, both in the ninth inning.

"It happens. You can't do anything about the rain," manager Dave Martinez said. "You've got to come out and get yourself ready to play. I'm not going to make any excuses."

The rain delay cut short a solid pitching performance by Cashner, who allowed three hits and no walks over four innings in his return from an 11-day stay on the disabled list with back spasms.

Miguel Castro (2-2) followed with two hitless innings, Darren O'Day pitched a perfect seventh and Zach Britton got four outs.

Brad Brach allowed the Nationals to load the bases with two outs in the ninth before striking out Mark Reynolds .

Trumbo hit a two-run homer in the second inning off Gio Gonzalez (6-4), and for a while it appeared the drive would be washed out by the rain.

"One pitch. That was the whole game," Gonzalez lamented. "That was it."

Indeed, it all ended well for the Orioles, who added a run in the sixth when Adam Jones doubled off Shawn Kelley and scored on a sacrifice fly by Danny Valencia .

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