7/14/2014 | Twins RBI program continuing to thrive in community
Minnesota Twins RBI, the host of this week's Jr. RBI Classic, has been lauded by Major League Baseball officials as a model program for RBI, which works to bring opportunities to play baseball and softball to underserved kids.
7/14/2014 | Cactus can't keep All-Star closer K-Rod down
Those who know Francisco Rodriguez best cannot help but crack a smile when they're asked about the most impressive part of K-Rod's return to Major League Baseball's All-Star Game.
7/14/2014 | Cespedes joins Griffey as repeat Derby champ
Yoenis Cespedes joined Ken Griffey Jr. as the only back-to-back Home Run Derby champions by defeating Todd Frazier in the final round at Target Field.
7/14/2014 | Eight Pitch, Hit & Run champs crowned at Target Field
Eight national champions of the 2014 Major League Baseball Pitch, Hit & Run competition were crowned Monday at Target Field in Minneapolis as part of Gatorade All-Star Workout Day.
7/14/2014 | Stanton stars in face of questions about future
For Giancarlo Stanton, the trade rumors are just part of his existence -- kind of like the tape-measure home runs he hits. But unlike the power, which Stanton has worked hard to maintain, the trade talk -- which has started to pop up again in recent days -- is completely out of his control. So as he was asked about it again and again and again during his All-Star media availability, Stanton was completely unfazed.
7/14/2014 | V-Mart enjoying playing role of All-Star dad
Victor Martinez needed a career type of season at age 35 to get here to the All-Star Game as a designated hitter. It took a midseason back injury to render him a spectator for the week, so he's enjoying the experience as a dad.
7/14/2014 | Stanton wows early, shut out late in Derby
The only way Miami Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton could have lived up to the pre-event hype in Monday's Gillette Home Run Derby would have been winning the whole darn thing. After he blasted six prodigious home runs in Round 1, one of which nearly exited Target Field entirely, it appeared he might just do it.
7/14/2014 | Essay winner knows all about Breaking Barriers
Raymond Beasley V knows a thing or two about breaking barriers. Beasley, a rising sixth-grader from Brentwood, Calif., has been through more in his 10 years of life than most of us could even dream of.
7/14/2014 | Kershaw doesn't feel slighted by Waino's start
Clayton Kershaw would love to start an All-Star Game, but the fact that he was passed up the past two seasons doesn't faze him in the least, as the left-hander is focused on the Dodgers' pursuit of a World Series title.
7/14/2014 | Buehrle enjoying return trip to Midsummer Classic
As Mark Buehrle spends the next couple of days surrounding himself with some of baseball's other top players, he has reason to feel a better appreciation for this experience than he did any of his previous four All-Star selections.
7/14/2014 | Humble Koji not expecting to close All-Star Game
It might seem a no-brainer for American League All-Star manager John Farrell to put the ball in Koji Uehara's right hand should his team have the lead going into the ninth inning on Tuesday night.
7/14/2014 | Jones cherishes Home Run Derby experience
Yukking it up with American League All-Star teammates and media members until seconds before stepping into the right-handed batter's box, Orioles slugger Adam Jones lasted until the second round of the Gillette Home Run Derby, ultimately losing a head-to-head matchup with defending champion Yoenis Cespedes of the A's.
7/14/2014 | First-time All-Star Moss exemplifies A's approach
Sean Doolittle is one of only two homegrown players residing on a first-place A's roster. Sonny Gray is the other. The rest? "We get the label of castoffs a lot," said Brandon Moss. "For most of us, we were just in situations where there just wasn't an opportunity, and we end up here."
7/14/2014 | Selig helps dedicate renovated Boys & Girls Club
With the help of Major League Baseball, the Twins and the Pohlad Family Foundation, the Jerry Gamble Boys & Girls Club has been completely renovated. Commissioner Bud Selig was on hand Monday to formally dedicate an activities center that now features room for baseball, basketball, volleyball and the performing arts.
7/14/2014 | Jeter to command spotlight at his final All-Star Game
For the best players in both leagues, Tuesday's All-Star Game at Target Field (watch on FOX) will be their chance to exchange a few words and salute retiring Yankees captain Derek Jeter.
7/14/2014 | Donaldson, A's now getting recognition they deserve
The days of the Oakland Athletics being under-recognized, underappreciated or even undervalued seem to have departed. Good. You could tell those days were gone Monday by counting on the fingers of two hands how many Oakland players were on the American League All-Star team. Leading the All-Star parade for the A's is the one Oakland player elected to the starting AL team, third baseman Josh Donaldson.
7/14/2014 | Donaldson knocked out of Derby by mate Cespedes
Josh Donaldson welcomed an invitation to take his swings in the Gillette Home Run Derby alongside Oakland A's teammate Yoenis Cespedes on Monday. He didn't figure he'd be swinging against Cespedes to see who would advance.
7/14/2014 | Lester hopes more All-Star Games in his Red Sox future
Monday marked the third time in Jon Lester's career that he sat at a table during All-Star media day -- the familiar Red Sox logo accompanying the placard with his name.
7/14/2014 | Price weighs in on potential trade destinations
David Price said on Monday that he doesn't know where he'll be playing come July 31, the non-waiver Trade Deadline, but places such as New York, L.A. and Chicago came up during a media session leading up to the All-Star Game.
7/14/2014 | Neshek cherishing first trip to All-Star Game
The 85th All-Star Game is set to be played in Pat Neshek's childhood backyard at Target Field. The Cardinals reliever's Major League career began in here, yes, but also his childhood aspirations to be a big league player many years before.
7/14/2014 | Waino excited for first matchup against Jeter
Though their careers have overlapped for nine seasons, Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter and Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright have never crossed paths on the field. That will change on Tuesday in a moment that may be the most highly anticipated of this year's All-Star Game.
7/14/2014 | Carpenter flexible about position on NL team
Matt Carpenter may have earned a spot on the National League roster as a third baseman, but the second-time Cardinals All-Star is prepared for the possibility of playing one of five possible positions in Tuesday's contest at Target Field.
7/14/2014 | Los Angeles awards $13.9 million to Stow
Bryan Stow, a Giants fan who was seriously injured during an altercation in a Dodger Stadium parking lot after the 2011 Opening Day game, was awarded $13.9 million for lost wages, past and future medical expenses, and non-economic damages by a Los Angeles Superior Court jury last Wednesday.
7/14/2014 | Utley thrilled to return to All-Star Game as starter
Chase Utley has long been one of baseball's most underrated players. He was one of baseball's best players from 2005 to 2010, garnering Most Valuable Player votes each season and being named an All-Star five straight years from 2006-10, but never quite got the credit he deserved. He's also been plagued by injuries in recent years, as he hasn't played more than 140 games since 2009.
7/14/2014 | After idolizing Molina, Perez paving own All-Star path
When Salvador Perez is asked which catchers he looked up to as a kid, he doesn't hesitate before answering, and he only needs to name one. "Molina, Yadier Molina," Perez says. "I watched a lot of video. I wanted to be like him because he's the best in the league. I just try to be like him."
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