The American League topped the National League, 5-3, at the 85th All-Star Game Tuesday night in Minneapolis. Derek Jeter picked up two hits in his last Midsummer Classic, Miguel Cabrera hit a two-run homer and Mike Trout was named the game’s MVP. And FOX failed to pay tribute to Tony Gwynn and Don Zimmer.
Adam Wainwright had a rough inning then spent the rest of his night trying to cleanup comments he made about how he pitched to Derek Jeter. The game ended up being decided in the fifth inning when Mike Trout doubled in Derek Norris and Jose Altuve hit a sac fly that plated Alexei Ramirez. So for the second year in a row, the team representing the American League in the World Series will have home field advantage.
Starlin Castro and Anthony Rizzo played in the game. Castro replaced Troy Tulowitzki in the sixth inning at shortstop. Castro struck out swinging in his only plate appearance against the A’s Sean Doolittle in the eighth inning. Castro had one chance in the field and turned the routine grounder from Yoenis Cespedes in the eighth inning into an out.
Anthony Rizzo pinch-hit for Giancarlo Stanton in the eighth inning, and Sean Doolittle struck him out swinging.
Both Starlin Castro and Anthony Rizzo told MLB.com they enjoyed experiencing the All-Star Game and all of the festivities.
The Cubs’ two All-Stars will have a short break before catching up with their teammates in Arizona. The Cubs begin the second half Friday night at Chase Field with the first of three against the Diamondbacks.
And now that the All-Star Game is in the rearview mirror, front offices across baseball will focus on the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline.
Triple-A All-Star Game
The Triple-A All-Star Game is Wednesday night and the game from Durham will be carried on the MLB Network.
Four I-Cubs were named to the PCL squad but only two were in the team photo. Kyle Hendricks and Blake Parker are in the back row of the photo the I-Cubs tweeted Tuesday, while Arismendy Alcantara and Tsuyoshi Wada were not. Alcantara is with the big league team and with the Cubs not needing a fourth or fifth starter until July 22, Kyle Hendricks and Tsuyoshi Wada should take part in the All-Star Game. An announcement has not been made as to why Wada was not in the team photo. Wada pitched Sunday for Iowa.
The Cubs have not announced which two starters will be called up to fill the fourth and fifth spots in the rotation. Kyle Hendricks is expected to take one of the spots with Tsuyoshi Wada, Dallas Beeler and Dan Straily also in the mix for one of the two spots.
The D-Cubs now have three first round picks in the outfield in Albert Almora, Billy McKinney and Kyle Schwarber. The Cubs promoted Schwarber to High-A Daytona Monday night and he will officially be added to the roster Wednesday according to a report from The Daytona Beach News-Journal.
According to the report, Kyle Schwarber will be in uniform Wednesday, but Dave Keller is not sure where he will hit or which position he will play.
News and Notes
Jeff Samardzija had a wild experience at the All-Star Game according to a report from Comcast SportsNet.
According to a report from Paul Sullivan, the BBWAA is considering not counting blank ballots for Hall of Fame votes.
The deadline to sign players selected in last month’s draft is Friday, July 18 and there is a mess in Houston.
This Day In Cubstory
2007 – Cubs acquired Jason Kendall from the A’s for Jerry Blevins and Rob Bowen
2001 – Fred McGriff invoked his no-trade clause and blocked a deal that would eventually send him to the Cubs.
1992 – Greg Maddux announced at a press conference in Pittsburgh that he had broken off negotiations with the Cubs on a contract extension and he would become a free agent at the end of the season. Maddux told the press he had given the Cubs two chances to sign him and he thought it should have been taken care of by then.
1937 – Lee Elia, born
1922 – Hack Miller hit a homer in the fourth inning, his fourth home run in three days, but the Cubs lost 10-7 to the Phillies at Wrigley Field
1905 – Charles W. Murphy purchased an interest and is made Vice President of the Cubs. Murphy would soon be named President of the team and would hold the position until 1913.
1897 – Cap Anson became the first Major Leaguer to collect his 3000th hit. Anson singled off Baltimore’s George Blackburn.
1885 – Bill Kennedy won both ends of a doubleheader, 9-3 and 13-9 over Buffalo. Ed Williamson replaced Kennedy in the sixth inning of the second game. The two victories were the last of Kennedy’s career