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7/14/2014 | With promising futures, Braves trio reflects on journey

As the contract extensions they received this year attested, Freddie Freeman, Craig Kimbrel and Julio Teheran represent a significant core of the Braves' future. But it is the past they share that will provide this talented trio even more reason to appreciate the chance to experience this year's All-Star Game together.


7/14/2014 | Orioles' trio makes its way to All-Star festivities

For the third consecutive year, Baltimore sent at least three representatives to the Midsummer Classic. And thanks to Orioles chairman Peter Angelos, who chartered a plane from Baltimore to Minneapolis early Monday morning, they even made it on time.


7/14/2014 | Jeter leading off for power-packed AL lineup

The American League's high-powered starting lineup for Tuesday's All-Star Game is set, and fans won't have to wait long to see Derek Jeter step into the box.


7/14/2014 | Matheny reveals NL All-Star batting order

National League All-Star manager Mike Matheny's lineup, which features the top votegetters at each position, starts with defending NL MVP and center fielder Andrew McCutchen at the top. McCutchen earned the nod to play center over Milwaukee's Carlos Gomez, who will shift to left field for this game.


7/14/2014 | Fans will again help decide All-Star Game MVP

You can help decide the Ted Williams Most Valuable Player presented by Chevrolet during the 85th All-Star Game on Tuesday night at Target Field. Derek Jeter will look to duplicate Mariano Rivera's accomplishment last season and become a two-time All-Star MVP.


7/14/2014 | Wainwright to get it started for National League

The Cardinals lost one All-Star Game starter when Yadier Molina suffered a thumb injury last week but gained another on Monday when Mike Matheny, manager of the National League squad, announced that he had chosen Adam Wainwright to be his All-Star starting pitcher.


7/14/2014 | Felix gets the All-Star start for American League

Mariners ace Felix Hernandez will be the American League's starting pitcher at Target Field in the All-Star Game on Tuesday.


7/14/2014 | Soler, Senzatela are Pipeline Prospects of the Week

Cubs No. 6 prospect Jorge Soler and Rockies No. 20 prospect Antonio Senzatela won this week's Pipeline Prospects of the week.


7/14/2014 | MLB Notebook: Historic pitching year a possibility

When Sandy Koufax hurled his perfect game on Sept. 9, 1965, the effort -- which also saw him fan 14 batters -- marked the second time that season the dominating southpaw spun a shutout on three hits or fewer, fanned at least 12 and issued no walks. Clay Buchholz, Jordan Zimmermann, Johnny Cueto and Clayton Kershaw already have one such effort this season.


7/13/2014 | Stars of all kinds take part in softball clash

It's the Taco Bell Legends & Celebrity softball game, where famous people from the sports world clash with the best Major Leaguers from yesteryear for a harmless exhibition game. It's light, fun and the complete opposite from ultra-competitive, and it never disappoints.


7/13/2014 | Cubs prospect Bryant mature beyond his years

In the midst of all the conjecture, speculation and, yes, even the promise of the Chicago Cubs' future, here comes the one part of that future closest to Major league fruition. It is Kris Bryant. Sunday afternoon he started at third base and hit cleanup for the U.S. Team in the Sirius XM All-Star Futures Game at Target Field.


7/13/2014 | Blyleven, Kelly are excellent ambassadors

Hall of Fame pitcher Bert Blyleven and former manager Tom Kelly, opposing skippers in Sunday's Futures Game, serve as the perfect ambassadors for the Twins organization during All-Star Week.


7/13/2014 | Pitching, defense prosper at Futures Game

All told, 20 blue-chip pitching prospects appeared in Sunday's SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game at Target Field, and nearly all 20 pitched effectively. They also relied once or twice on their defense, which should have been unsurprising; in an exhibition of the top prospects in baseball, pitching and glovework ruled the day in the U.S. Team's 3-2 win over the World Team.


7/13/2014 | Gallo enjoys breakthrough performance

He broke somebody's windshield and struck out a couple of times. But all told, it was a pretty good day for Joey Gallo. The Rangers' power-hitting prospect was the star of the show in the U.S. team's 3-2 victory over the World roster in the Sirius/XM All-Star Futures Game on Sunday afternoon at Target Field, both in batting practice and in the game itself.


7/13/2014 | Pair of homers, double highlight Futures Game offense

Offense wasn't always easy to come by in the Sirius/XM All-Star Futures Game, which the U.S. Team won, 3-2, on Sunday afternoon at Target Field. But when it did come, it was eye-catching. There were three must-see offensive highlights from the game -- Javier Baez's two-run homer, Joey Gallo's, two-run blast and Jesse Winker's double in the third inning.


7/13/2014 | Johnson defies odds with rise to Futures Game

White Sox No. 2 prospect Micah Johnson didn't have a big impact in his U.S. Team's 3-2 win in the Futures Game on Sunday, but the simple fact that the second baseman earned a roster spot by hitting .312 this season was impressive, considering he's coming off offseason elbow surgery.


7/13/2014 | Pleskoff: Big arms, bats dominate Futures Game

Players have gotten bigger and stronger. Pitchers are throwing faster and faster. But even the best pitchers can't keep power-hitting sluggers from taking their pitches out of the park. That was the case in the 2014 SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game on Sunday.


7/13/2014 | Baez making case for arriving in Majors shortly

Javier Baez believes his time is coming fast, and on Sunday did what he could to show he's ready. He drove a Lucas Giolito curveball over the right-field fence for an opposite-field, two-run homer in the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game at Target Field.


7/13/2014 | St. Paul natives set for Home Run Derby first pitches

Prior to Monday night's Gillette Home Run Derby at Target Field, four local St. Paul, Minn., boys will deliver ceremonial first pitches in front of their hometown crowd. MLB legends Dave Winfield, Paul Molitor and Jack Morris and Twins first baseman Joe Mauer will be throwing to four baseball and softball members of the Twins RBI program. The three former players grew up within a three-mile radius of each other in St. Paul.


7/13/2014 | In first five-hit game, Holt provides early jolt

Brock Holt just keeps getting better. Leading off Sunday's game with a homer in the Red Sox's 11-0 win over the Astros at Minute Maid Park, Holt finished with a career-high five hits. The last Red Sox player to have five hits in a game was Dustin Pedroia, against Colorado in 2010.


7/13/2014 | Gallo's homer backs stellar pitching in U.S. win

Individual pitching performances dominated the Futures Game, and Rangers third-base prospect Joey Gallo connected on a two-run homer in the sixth inning to lead the U.S. to a 3-2 win over the World Team at Target Field.


7/13/2014 | At Citi Field, ya gotta believe better days ahead

Because the National League East standings that exist today are, in some ways, comparable to those of the All-Star break of 1973 -- and because the Mets finally are performing at a competitive level -- folks in these parts have begun to think (read: fantasize) that the Mets of 2014 could repeat the unfathomable rise-and- conquer achieved by Rusty, Tug, Tom Terrfic, Cleon, Koozy, Matlack, Buddy and Yogi 41years ago.


7/13/2014 | Yankees option Almonte for pitching depth

Taking caution in the event they played a lengthy game in the finale before the All-Star break at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on Sunday, the Yankees optioned outfielder Zoilo Almonte to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and recalled right-handed pitcher Bryan Mitchell.


7/13/2014 | Twins ride five-run first, Dozier's jacks to big win

After getting staked with a five-run lead in the first, Phil Hughes worked five innings for the Twins, and some late runs gave them breathing room as they beat the Rockies, 13-5, in the rubber game of their series.


7/13/2014 | Prospects strut stuff during Futures Game BP

Texas Rangers prospect Joey Gallo stood out among an impressive group of power hitters during batting practice before the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game on Sunday at Target Field in Minneapolis.




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