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Francisco Rodriguez named NL all-star for second straight season

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Francisco Rodriguez's late-career resurgence continued on Monday, as he was selected to participate in the All-Star Game for the second consecutive season.

Rodriguez is the Milwaukee Brewers' lone representative, one year after they landed three starters and four total players on the National League team.

The 33-year-old came into Monday ...Read more

Matt Garza placed on DL; Tyler Cravy takes his spot in rotation

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Matt Garza's forgettable 2015 season took another turn on Monday, when the Milwaukee Brewers placed him on the 15-day disabled list with right shoulder tendinitis.

Reliever Corey Knebel, who was sent to Class AAA Colorado Springs in advance of the Brewers' weekend series in Cincinnati, has been recalled.

Garza is 4-10 with a 5.55 ERA in 17 ...Read more

Dodgers defeat Phillies, 10-7, in 'bullpen game'

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LOS ANGELES -- Jimmy Rollins smiled when he was asked whether he has spoken to Cole Hamels about pitching for the Los Angeles Dodgers.

"Maybe," Rollins said, "maybe not."

The question was bound to be asked.

Rollins' former team, Philadelphia, was at Dodger Stadium for the start of a four-game series. The Phillies have the worst record in ...Read more

Tigers pound Mariners in series opener, 12-5

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SEATTLE -- The Detroit Tigers hit the ball.

They hit the ball hard on Monday night at Safeco Field and they hit the ball out of the park. They hit the ball everywhere, totaling 19.

They brought their hitting shoes and smacked the Seattle Mariners upside the head with them in the opener of a seven-game road trip, 12-5.

In the third game ...Read more

Cardinals rout Cubs after rain delay in eighth, 6-0

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CHICAGO -- The Cubs wasted 6 1/3 no-hit innings from Jon Lester on Monday night in losing 6-0 to the Cardinals. The game was delayed for 1 hour, 16 minutes because of rain after 7 1/2 innings. Lester allowed only one baserunner before Jhonny Peralta hit a hard single off the glove of third baseman Kris Bryant for the Cardinals' first hit.

At ...Read more

Wisler wins again, Braves snap Brewers' 8-game streak

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MILWAUKEE -- The Brewers returned home still in last place in the NL Central, but brimming with confidence from a 7-0 road trip and eight-game winning streak. They were the hottest-hitting team in the majors, and they would face 22-year-old Braves rookie Matt Wisler on Monday.

But three batters in, Braves veteran Kelly Johnson hit a two-run ...Read more

Dozier's homer in 10th gives Twins 4-2 win over Baltimore

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MINNEAPOLIS -- The Twins had just completed four games of battling baseball with the Royals, winning two while losing two in walk-off fashion.

On Monday night, it was the Twins' turn to win in walk-off fashion.

Brian Dozier -- who earlier in the day was not named to the AL All-Star team but earned a spot on the Final Vote for a spot -- hit a ...Read more

Jonathan Papelbon selected as lone Phillie on All-Star roster

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LOS ANGELES -- In what could be one of his final appearances in a Phillies uniform, Jonathan Papelbon will be on the National League roster for the All-Star Game next Tuesday night in Cincinnati.

Even the 34-year-old closer admitted Monday he would be surprised -- and disappointed, too -- if he isn't dealt before the July 31 trade deadline.

"I...Read more

Carlos Carrasco, Indians routed 9-4 by Astros

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CLEVELAND -- After returning from an up-and-down road trip, the Indians' last homestand before the All-Star break got off to a bad start almost immediately in a 9-4 loss to the Houston Astros on Monday night at Progressive Field.

Starter Carlos Carrasco (10-7), in his first outing since coming one out away from a no-hitter in Tampa Bay, was ...Read more

Chris Sale goes the distance to lead White Sox past Blue Jays

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CHICAGO -- Chris Sale failed in his bid to become the first major-league pitcher to record 10 or more strikeouts in nine straight starts Monday night at U.S. Cellular Field, but he still pitched a complete game for a 4-2 victory over the Blue Jays. Sale recorded six strikeouts.

At the plate

Jose Abreu's RBI single and Melky Cabrera's two-run ...Read more

Cubs' Anthony Rizzo, Kris Bryant head to All-Star Game together

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Anthony Rizzo took rookie Kris Bryant under his wing this spring, and the mentorship paid off for both Monday night when they were named to the National League All-Star team.

"It's amazing," Rizzo said of Bryant, who became the Cubs' sixth rookie All-Star. "He's very deserving. He's come up with all the hype and all the pressure that people try...Read more

Four Dodgers selected to NL All-Star team

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LOS ANGELES -- For the second consecutive season, the Los Angeles Dodgers had four players selected for the National League All-Star team.

After the Dodgers were shut out in fan voting on Sunday, they did well when reserves and pitchers were announced Monday. First baseman Adrian Gonzalez, catcher Yasmani Grandal, center fielder Joc Pederson ...Read more

Pirates top Padres on walk-off single, 2-1

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PITTSBURGH -- The Pirates beat the San Diego Padres, 2-1, at PNC Park on Monday night on Pedro Alvarez's walk-off single in the ninth.

Brandon Maurer walked Andrew McCutchen with one out in the ninth. Jung Ho Kang singled up the middle. Francisco Cervelli's fly ball allowed McCutchen to reach third.

The Padres did not have Frank Garces, the ...Read more

Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis selected to All-Star Game

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CLEVELAND -- Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis was selected to the 2015 All-Star Game for the American League on Monday, the lone representative from Cleveland who will be making the trip to Cincinnati next week.

Kipnis is hitting .341 this season with an on-base percentage of .419 to go with six home runs, 27 doubles, 35 RBI and 56 runs ...Read more

Chris Sale earns 4th straight All-Star selection

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White Sox pitcher Chris Sale began his Monday night with some good news and a standing ovation from the U.S. Cellular Field crowd even before he threw a pitch against the Blue Jays.

In what was expected by anyone who had watched the 26-year-old's recent strikeout tear, Sale was named an American League All-Star for the fourth consecutive year, ...Read more

Tigers' Iglesias, Martinez, Price going to All-Star Game

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SEATTLE -- Once again, the Tigers will be well-represented at the All-Star Game.

For the seventh consecutive year, they will send at least three players to the midsummer classic, with starting pitcher David Price, outfielder J.D. Martinez and shortstop Jose Iglesias selected to represent the American League in Cincinnati.

First baseman Miguel ...Read more

Perkins is Twins' lone All-Star; Dozier on final ballot

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Glen Perkins, his manager said Monday, "has quite a streak going."

Paul Molitor was talking about saves, 27 in a row that Perkins has converted. But the Twins closer now owns another impressive streak: For the third straight season, he's headed to the All-Star Game. He will pitch for the American League next Tuesday in Cincinnati.

Perkins was ...Read more

Braves' Shelby Miller selected to NL All-Star team

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MILWAUKEE -- A lack of run support or recent wins weren't enough to keep Braves pitcher Shelby Miller from a deserved spot on the National League All-Star team.

Miller, who has a modest 5-4 record despite a 2.07 ERA, was named to his first NL All-Star team in his third full major league season and first with the Braves.

"Honestly, I'm a little...Read more

A's Gray, Vogt added to AL All-Star team

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The A's opening day battery is now an All-Star combination.

Pitcher Sonny Gray and catcher Stephen Vogt earned the first All-Star nods of their careers Monday when they were named reserves for the American League squad for the July 14 game in Cincinnati. Both were voted in on the players' ballot.

"To share it with him, and what he's done this ...Read more

McCutchen, Cole, Burnett and Melancon make NL All-Star team

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Gerrit Cole was 8 years old when A.J. Burnett made his major-league debut for the Florida Marlins in 1999. Next Tuesday, the Pirates right-handers will make their All-Star Game debuts together at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati.

Burnett and Cole join center fielder Andrew McCutchen and closer Mark Melancon as Pirates representatives for ...Read more