The Rangers have the best record in the American League, and second best in the Majors behind the Cubs, but they do not have a single position player in line to start the 2016 All-Star Game, being held on July 12 at San Diego’s Petco Park, after the latest ballot update was released on Tuesday.
On Tuesday afternoon, the Rangers dedicated Oates Field presented by Papa Johns at the site of the team’s new MLB Youth Academy in West Dallas, honoring the most beloved manager in franchise history, Johnny Oates, who died of a brain tumor in 2004 at age 58.
The Rangers on Tuesday acquired Kyle Kubitza. Kubitza will take Tom Wilhelmsen’s spot on the 40-man roster and report to Triple-A Round Rock.
The Orioles recalled right-hander Oliver Drake from Triple-A and outrighted utility infielder Paul Janish to Norfolk before Tuesday’s game, the team announced.
Robinson Cano remains the Mariners’ best shot at earning a starting spot in the All-Star Game. With a week and a half of voting left, Cano is in second place among American League second basemen. He is in search of one final voting push as he trails the Astros’ Jose Altuve by 602,085 votes.
It has become a broken record. Another American All-Star Ballot update has been released and once again, no members of the Indians made the cut despite being in first place in the division.
While his team is getting ready for Tuesday’s tilt with the Rays, Indians outfielder Michael Brantley flew to Dallas to be reexamined after feeling discomfort in his lower shoulder/bicep. He received a cortisone shot for what the Indians termed right biceps tendinitis.
Infielder Nick Franklin has been recalled from Triple-A Durham, and should be available to play Tuesday night when the Rays meet the Indians for the second game of a three-game series.
The Rays placed Steve Pearce on the disabled list on Tuesday with a strained right hamstring, but they did get some good news on outfielder Mikie Mahtook, whose fractured left hand did not require surgery.
The latest American League All-Star ballot results were released on Tuesday and, amazingly, Rays third baseman Evan Longoria isn’t in the top five among third basemen.
Chris Archer served it up on Tuesday. Ice cream that is. The Rays right-hander visited with over 100 players from the Cleveland RBI (Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities) and visited the Baseball Heritage Museum at League Park, which was the site of Babe Ruth’s 500th home run in 1929.
Mike Trout continued to distance himself from the rest of the American League outfielders on Tuesday, when the latest ballot revealed that the Angels’ center fielder had compiled a whopping 2,324,597 fan votes for the All-Star Game.