Today at The Thirty, we look at the most deserving All-Star on every Major League team. Some of these are obvious picks. Some of them will get pushed out by the roster crunch. But every single one of them, in a perfect world, would be on the team.
Yadi guides Flaherty-led shutout on historic night
Yadier Molina caught a combined shutout led by rookie Jack Flaherty, drove in a run and tied a Major League record for games caught with one team as the Cardinals snapped a four-game losing streak with a 5-0 win over the Cubs on Sunday night in St. Louis. Matt Carpenter helped the cause with his 10th home run.
Baez hurt on HBP as Cubs miss out on sweep
The Cubs missed out on completing a sweep of the Cardinals on Sunday night and are hoping they didn't lose Javier Baez for too long as well. Baez exited the 5-0 loss in the third inning after getting hit on the left elbow with Jack Flaherty pitch. He was diagnosed with a contusion.
Behind 11 straight, Astros top Power Rankings
More than a week and a half ago, the Astros departed for their longest road trip of the season riding a winning streak that had reached exactly one game, and they were essentially in a neck-and-neck tie with Seattle in what is turning out to be delightfully interesting American League West race.
Injury updates: Darvish, Teheran, Holland
Here's a roundup of the latest injury news across the Majors.
Here is the best game every day this week
Set your baseball viewing schedule for the week around these matchups.
Thames hits 2 HRs; Crew drops rubber game
His tagline had been "Fear the Beard," but when reinstated off of the disabled list last Monday, Eric Thames experimented with his beard, citing too much free time while recovering from left thumb surgery.
Sunday's top prospect performers
California League pitchers are learning the hard way that Jo Adell's power is for real.
The Red Sox put their World Cup allegiances on display for their road trip
They have World Cup fever.
Bullpen of the Week: Rays
As the Rays continue to employ an unorthodox bullpen strategy by utilizing relievers as starters in many games, Tampa Bay's relief corps posted a 1.48 ERA over 30 1/3 innings last week to earn MLB Bullpen of the Week presented by The Hartford honors for the period of June 11-17.
Canha makes great catch after clutch hit in 9th
Mark Canha makes great catch in the 10th inning Sunday against the Angels after sending the game to extra innings with a two-out single in the ninth.
Called up to Crew, Houser gets sick on hill
Adrian Houser -- who left Colorado Springs at 5 a.m. on Sunday, flew to Chicago, drove up to Milwaukee and made it to Miller Park about 30 minutes before first pitch -- vomited on the infield behind the mound on two occasions while pitching in the eighth inning of the Brewers' 10-9 loss to the Phillies.
Stratton solves LA, sends Giants home with win
Ignoring his career record against Los Angeles, Chris Stratton pitched six smooth innings Sunday to lead the Giants to a 4-1 victory at Dodger Stadium.
A's rally late, walk off Halos in 11 on Lucroy's hit
Jonathan Lucroy's single off the center-field fence with the bases loaded in the 11th inning gave the A's a 6-5 walk-off win over the Angels on Sunday at the Coliseum. Oakland had to come from behind in the ninth, as Marcus Semien led off the frame with a homer and Mark Canha tied it on a bloop single with two outs. The A's struck first with a two-run homer by Canha, but homers by Chris Young and Albert Pujols helped the Angels grab the lead. Halos starter Andrew Heaney fired eight strong innings, allowing three runs on just three hits, but settled for a no-decision.
New dad feels late dad's presence before walk-off
Pinch-hitter Jose Trevino, with his newborn son in the stands, hit a walk-off two-run single to cap a wild back-and-forth tilt on Father's Day at Globe Life Park. The Rockies assembled a five-run seventh-inning rally, but it wasn't enough to stop the Rangers' ninth-inning comeback against Colorado closer Wade Davis.
Mets stun D-backs with 2 HRs, 4 runs in 9th
Stymied for much of Sunday, the Mets scored a 5-3 victory over the D-backs at Chase Field when Brandon Nimmo hit a go-ahead, two-run homer off Brad Boxberger in the ninth, and Asdrubal Cabrera followed with a solo shot. The late dramatics took Mets starter Zack Wheeler off the hook for what would have been a tough-luck loss, after he struck out eight over six innings of two-run ball.
Boston's homer barrage secures split in Seattle
After going 17 innings without a run, the Boston bats livened up on Father's Day en route to a 9-3 victory that allowed manager Alex Cora's team to salvage a four-game split against the surging Seattle Mariners. The big blows were homers by Rafael Devers (three-run shot), Xander Bogaerts (two-run blast) and Jackie Bradley Jr. (solo).
Franco powers Phillies past Crew for series win
Maikel Franco homered and finished with four RBIs, powering the Phillies to a series win in Milwaukee. Rhys Hoskins and Odubel Herrera also homered for Philadelphia, while starter Aaron Nola allowed a season-high four runs. The Brewers got two homers from Eric Thames, but Chase Anderson's struggles with the home run ball continued. Thames' second homer sparked a four-run ninth that saw Milwaukee bring the tying run to the plate, but Christian Yelich flied out to the warning track in center field to end the game.
Darvish's next step will be sim game on Tuesday
Yu Darvish will take another step toward returning to the Cubs' rotation when he throws a sim game on Tuesday at Wrigley Field. Darvish, sidelined since May 26 with inflammation in his right triceps, has thrown two bullpen sessions so far.
Teheran throws 6 no-hit innings in win over SD
Julio Teheran delivered six innings of no-hit ball, and Johan Camargo provided a two-run double that proved decisive as the Braves strengthened their status atop the National League East standings with Sunday afternoon's 4-1 win over the Padres at SunTrust Park. Teheran struck out a season-high 11 but showed a slight limp after the sixth. The Padres then got their first hit in the seventh. Matt Strahm started the Padres' planned bullpen day and pitched 2 2/3 scoreless innings.
Font and Co. quiet Yanks as Rays take finale
For the second day in a row, the Rays had a bullpen day. This time, it worked out in their favor as they defeated the Yankees, 3-1, at Yankee Stadium on Sunday afternoon to take the finale of the four-game series. Wilmer Font fanned five over 4 2/3 innings and Matt Duffy had three hits and two RBIs to pace the Rays.
Hamilton's latest catch: 'Are you kidding me?'
When the guy who was just robbed of a hit applauds the catch, it must have been really good.
GM: Bucs looking to add at the Deadline
While there has been speculation that the Pirates could be sellers before next month's non-waiver Trade Deadline, general manager Neal Huntington said the club's current outlook is just the opposite.
CC fans 10, but Yanks' bats go quiet vs. Rays
CC Sabathia struck out 10 over 7 2/3 innings, but Aaron Hicks' solo homer was all the Yankees could muster on offense in Sunday's 3-1 loss to the Rays at Yankee Stadium.
Correa, Gattis boost Astros to 11th straight W
Carlos Correa's tying homer sparked a three-run eighth inning and Evan Gattis logged the go-ahead single to help the Astros stretch their winning streak to 11 and finish off a 10-0 road trip with a sweep of the Royals. Hunter Dozier had given Kansas City a lead with his two-run homer in the third inning, but the bullpen couldn't hold it. Mike Moustakas was ejected by home-plate umpire John Tumpane for arguing from the dugout after he was thrown out at home and a replay review was ruled to stand. Danny Duffy was later tossed by Tumpane.
Steven Souza Jr. roamed the Chase Field concourse in his full D-backs uniform, surprising some fans
There's something you don't see every day.
Suzuki avoids serious injury after being hit by bat
Braves catcher Kurt Suzuki felt fortunate to avoid a significant injury when he was struck in the head with Raffy Lopez's backswing during the second inning of Sunday's 4-1 win over the Padres at SunTrust Park. Suzuki exited the game and underwent a series of evaluations, none of which indicated he sustained a concussion. The veteran catcher will be available to play defense or serve as a designated hitter when the Braves open a two-game set in Toronto on Tuesday.
Jose Ramirez fell down and did a full 360-spin on this strikeout
A full VR experience.
Bieber earns first 'W' as Tribe takes series finale
Indians No. 3 prospect Shane Bieber earned his first Major League win against the Twins on Sunday. He pitched 5 2/3 innings, allowing only one run on 10 hits with seven strikeouts. Tyler Naquin tied the with a single in the second inning, then Yan Gomes provided the go-ahead run with a bases-clearing double for a 4-1 lead in the third. Jake Odorizzi (3-4) gave up four runs over five innings, but the Twins took two of three in the series.
Moose, Duffy ejected after KC loses challenge
Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas was ejected in the bottom of the third inning by home-plate umpire John Tumpane for arguing from the dugout in Sunday's series finale at Kauffman Stadium.
Grichuk's 2 HRs lead to Blue Jays' sweep
Toronto picked up its 18th come-from-behind victory of the season Sunday as Teoscar Hernandez and Yangervis Solarte hit a pair of solo home runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to lead the Blue Jays to an 8-6 win -- and a three-game series sweep -- over Washington. Randal Grichuk crushed a pair of homers and notched 4 RBIs. Nationals center fielder Michael A. Taylor went 3-for-4 and swiped four bases, giving him the MLB lead. Daniel Murphy picked up his second RBI since coming off the DL. Both starters -- Washington's Tanner Roark and Toronto's Sam Gaviglio -- struggled.
Felix's son throws Father's Day first pitch
Jeremy and his dad have an excellent secret handshake, too.
Orioles break out of funk in big win vs. Marlins
The Orioles broke out of their recent funk on Sunday afternoon with a 10-4 win over the Marlins at Oriole Park in Camden Yards. Eight regulars logged hits for Baltimore, with Jace Peterson contributing four RBIs and his first homer of the season. Justin Bour looked like a one-man wrecking crew for Miami thanks to two big home runs, but he struck out as the tying run with the bases loaded in the seventh inning.
No. 2 overall pick Bart signs for record bonus
The Giants announced on Sunday that they have signed the second overall selection in this year's MLB Draft, catcher Joey Bart, bringing their total of signed draftees to 32, including 23 of their first 25 selections and 29 of their first 33. Bart's deal is worth $7.025 million, according to MLB Pipeline's Jim Callis -- below that pick's slot value of $7,494,600. It is the largest up-front bonus for a position player in MLB Draft history.
Mets closer Familia activated from disabled list
The Mets' bullpen just got a bit stronger. The team activated closer Jeurys Familia, who had been sidelined since June 7 due to right shoulder soreness, before Sunday's series finale against the D-backs.
Dads, Yanks legends reunite on Old-Timers' Day
The Yankees gave their fans a true Father's Day treat before Sunday's series finale against the Rays. They held their 72nd Old-Timers' Day, with dozens of former stars -- large and small -- from the Yankees' constellation taking part.
Swisher still grinning & winning in Old-Timers' Day
Live every day like Nick Swisher.
Carrasco to DL with right elbow contusion
The Indians placed right-hander Carlos Carrasco on the disabled list with a right elbow contusion Sunday.
You're killing me, Smalls! 'Sandlot' reunion in LA
You're killing me, Smalls.
Big leaguers share priceless Father's Day pics
Happy Father's Day!
These 10 make up our All-Phenom Team
There have been 85 players age 23 and under who have appeared in a Major League game this season, which got us thinking about the All-Star Game and whether we could create a representative team from baseball's youngest players.
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