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Sure, it was great for a couple days. The cheers for Derek Jeter. The power of Giancarlo Stanton. The excellence of Mike Trout in the American League’s 5-3 victory. Baseball’s All-Star party in the Twin Cities was a long series of smiles for players and fans. But the break is over now, and the real fun begins Friday night. Heading into the second half of the season, there are all sorts of compelling stories from coast to coast. It could be one fun summer in California, where Oakland begins the ... <img src="http://mngislctrib.112.2O7.net/b/ss/mngislctrib/1/H.17--NS/0?&pageName=RSS" height="1" width="1" border="0" alt=""/> 58196453@www.sltrib.com Fri, 18 Jul 2014 13:49:38 MDT MLB notes: Segura returns to Brewers after death of son http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58196037-77/brewers-segura-son-death.html.csp Jean Segura has rejoined the Milwaukee Brewers for the start of a series against the Nationals after returning home following the death of his infant son. “He will be in Washington,” Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said. “We’ll sit down with him tomorrow and just make sure everything is good before we activate him.” Segura had gone back to the Dominican Republic after his 9-month-old son, Janniel, died. Roenicke said he had not expected the shortstop to return so soon. “He told me he felt like he n... Jean Segura has rejoined the Milwaukee Brewers for the start of a series against the Nationals after returning home following the death of his infant son. “He will be in Washington,” Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said. “We’ll sit down with him tomorrow and just make sure everything is good before we activate him.” Segura had gone back to the Dominican Republic after his 9-month-old son, Janniel, died. Roenicke said he had not expected the shortstop to return so soon. “He told me he felt like he n... 58196037@www.sltrib.com Fri, 18 Jul 2014 12:20:28 MDT MLB: A’s, Giants give Bay Area high hopes for playoffs http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58192609-77/giants-bay-oakland-series.html.csp Oakland, Calif. • The small-budget Oakland Athletics are baseball’s best team at the break in a division featuring some of the sport’s highest-paid stars. The San Francisco Giants are right in the chase for the NL West title despite recent stumbles. Bay Area baseball has delivered a stellar first half. It’s only mid-July and there is already talk of a special October and, perhaps, the first Bay Bridge Series since 1989. California could have four teams still playing into October. The two organiz... Oakland, Calif. • The small-budget Oakland Athletics are baseball’s best team at the break in a division featuring some of the sport’s highest-paid stars. The San Francisco Giants are right in the chase for the NL West title despite recent stumbles. Bay Area baseball has delivered a stellar first half. It’s only mid-July and there is already talk of a special October and, perhaps, the first Bay Bridge Series since 1989. California could have four teams still playing into October. The two organiz... 58192609@www.sltrib.com Thu, 17 Jul 2014 14:16:21 MDT MLB: Arrieta becomes bright spot for sputtering Cubs http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58194364-77/arrieta-cubs-chicago-baltimore.html.csp Chicago • Each start was remarkably similar. That smooth, efficient motion. The devastating array of pitches. The easy cool that quickly spreads to his teammates, who are so confident when he takes the mound. A year after a disappointing departure from Baltimore, Jake Arrieta is thriving in Chicago. The 6-foot-4 right-hander is unbeaten in his last eight starts after beginning the season on the disabled list due to shoulder tightness, providing a glimmer of hope as the lowly Cubs stumbled to las... Chicago • Each start was remarkably similar. That smooth, efficient motion. The devastating array of pitches. The easy cool that quickly spreads to his teammates, who are so confident when he takes the mound. A year after a disappointing departure from Baltimore, Jake Arrieta is thriving in Chicago. The 6-foot-4 right-hander is unbeaten in his last eight starts after beginning the season on the disabled list due to shoulder tightness, providing a glimmer of hope as the lowly Cubs stumbled to las... 58194364@www.sltrib.com Thu, 17 Jul 2014 14:16:21 MDT MLB: Jeter, Trout lead AL over NL 5-3 in All-Star game http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58190434-77/jeter-trout-game-field.html.csp Minneapolis • On a sparkling summer night in the Upper Midwest, baseball generations joined up and prepared to pass. Derek Jeter, the 40-year-old face of baseball, bid farewell to the All-Star game at the same time 22-year-old Mike Trout became the second-youngest player to earn MVP honors at the showcase. The 41,048 fans at Target Field buzzed from start to finish. Many no doubt will say years from now they were there when Jeter soaked in the adulation one more time on baseball’s national stage... Minneapolis • On a sparkling summer night in the Upper Midwest, baseball generations joined up and prepared to pass. Derek Jeter, the 40-year-old face of baseball, bid farewell to the All-Star game at the same time 22-year-old Mike Trout became the second-youngest player to earn MVP honors at the showcase. The 41,048 fans at Target Field buzzed from start to finish. Many no doubt will say years from now they were there when Jeter soaked in the adulation one more time on baseball’s national stage... 58190434@www.sltrib.com Wed, 16 Jul 2014 10:52:02 MDT Japan high school baseball looks to save pitchers’ arms http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58190422-77/baseball-japan-pitch-tournament.html.csp Tokyo • The marathon pitching exploits of Japan’s high school baseball players may soon be a thing of the past. Japan’s High School Baseball Federation is considering introducing measures such as a tiebreaker and pitch counts limits in order to protect the health of the country’s future stars. New York Yankees right-hander Masahiro Tanaka, who was recently placed on the 15-day disabled list with a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow, was a standout in Japanese high school... Tokyo • The marathon pitching exploits of Japan’s high school baseball players may soon be a thing of the past. Japan’s High School Baseball Federation is considering introducing measures such as a tiebreaker and pitch counts limits in order to protect the health of the country’s future stars. New York Yankees right-hander Masahiro Tanaka, who was recently placed on the 15-day disabled list with a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow, was a standout in Japanese high school... 58190422@www.sltrib.com Wed, 16 Jul 2014 10:49:02 MDT MLB: Players may consider tobacco ban discussion in 2016 http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58188596-77/players-tobacco-league-baseball.html.csp Minneapolis • Major League Baseball players say they may consider whether to discuss a possible ban on chewing tobacco when they negotiate their next labor contract in two years. For now, they hope individuals decide on their own to stop dipping. Players’ union head Tony Clark said Monday that several of his members have quit cold turkey following the death of Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn on June 16 from oral cancer. While the use of smokeless tobacco was banned for players with minor league contac... Minneapolis • Major League Baseball players say they may consider whether to discuss a possible ban on chewing tobacco when they negotiate their next labor contract in two years. For now, they hope individuals decide on their own to stop dipping. Players’ union head Tony Clark said Monday that several of his members have quit cold turkey following the death of Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn on June 16 from oral cancer. While the use of smokeless tobacco was banned for players with minor league contac... 58188596@www.sltrib.com Tue, 15 Jul 2014 22:54:02 MDT MLB: Selig says Pete Rose could play All-Star role in 2015 http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58188129-77/star-rose-2015-field.html.csp Minneapolis • Pete Rose may have a role to play in next year’s All-Star game in Cincinnati despite his lifetime ban from baseball. The career hits leader generally is not allowed in any areas of major league ballparks not open to fans. But the former Reds star was allowed to participate in baseball’s All-Century team ceremony at Atlanta’s Turner Field during the 1999 World Series and was permitted to be on the field at Great American Ballpark in 2010 for a ceremony commemorating the 25th anniver... Minneapolis • Pete Rose may have a role to play in next year’s All-Star game in Cincinnati despite his lifetime ban from baseball. The career hits leader generally is not allowed in any areas of major league ballparks not open to fans. But the former Reds star was allowed to participate in baseball’s All-Century team ceremony at Atlanta’s Turner Field during the 1999 World Series and was permitted to be on the field at Great American Ballpark in 2010 for a ceremony commemorating the 25th anniver... 58188129@www.sltrib.com Tue, 15 Jul 2014 18:15:02 MDT MLB: Players may consider tobacco ban discussion in ‘16 http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58187648-77/players-tobacco-ban-consider.html.csp Minneapolis • Major League Baseball players say they may consider whether to discuss a possible ban on chewing tobacco when they negotiate their next labor contract in two years. For now, they hope individuals decide on their own to stop dipping. Players’ union head Tony Clark said Monday that several of his members have quit cold turkey following the death of Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn on June 16 from oral cancer. While the use of smokeless tobacco was banned for players with minor league contact... Minneapolis • Major League Baseball players say they may consider whether to discuss a possible ban on chewing tobacco when they negotiate their next labor contract in two years. For now, they hope individuals decide on their own to stop dipping. Players’ union head Tony Clark said Monday that several of his members have quit cold turkey following the death of Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn on June 16 from oral cancer. While the use of smokeless tobacco was banned for players with minor league contact... 58187648@www.sltrib.com Tue, 15 Jul 2014 15:19:01 MDT Zach Sorensen: The Angel who ‘dominated’ an All-Star (video) http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58182276-77/sorensen-baseball-angels-lake.html.csp The Salt Lake Bees took the field, wearing the uniform he once modeled. With an arm around his daughter’s chair, Zach Sorensen pointed to the various positions he played at Smith’s Ballpark. Moments later, he was just another helpful fan. “This is Section 20,” he explained to a woman, searching for her seat. “Oh, Section 20?” Sorensen glanced at her ticket: Section 21, Row 6. “I think it’s right over there, down on this row.” Sorensen laughed. This is his life in baseball, nine years after his l... The Salt Lake Bees took the field, wearing the uniform he once modeled. With an arm around his daughter’s chair, Zach Sorensen pointed to the various positions he played at Smith’s Ballpark. Moments later, he was just another helpful fan. “This is Section 20,” he explained to a woman, searching for her seat. “Oh, Section 20?” Sorensen glanced at her ticket: Section 21, Row 6. “I think it’s right over there, down on this row.” Sorensen laughed. This is his life in baseball, nine years after his l... 58182276@www.sltrib.com Tue, 15 Jul 2014 11:42:59 MDT Cespedes repeats at Home Run Derby http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58184459-77/cespedes-round-derby-field.html.csp Minneapolis • Oakland’s Yoenis Cespedes became the first repeat winner of the All-Star home run derby in 15 years, powering his way past Cincinnati’s Todd Frazier by a whopping 9-1 in the final round Monday night. Ken Griffey Jr. took the title in 1998 and 1999. With a serious, determined look on his face the whole time, Cespedes finished with 28 homers. That was four fewer than last year, when he beat Washington’s Bryce Harper 9-8 in the final round. Cespedes saved his best for last, a 452-foot... Minneapolis • Oakland’s Yoenis Cespedes became the first repeat winner of the All-Star home run derby in 15 years, powering his way past Cincinnati’s Todd Frazier by a whopping 9-1 in the final round Monday night. Ken Griffey Jr. took the title in 1998 and 1999. With a serious, determined look on his face the whole time, Cespedes finished with 28 homers. That was four fewer than last year, when he beat Washington’s Bryce Harper 9-8 in the final round. Cespedes saved his best for last, a 452-foot... 58184459@www.sltrib.com Mon, 14 Jul 2014 22:59:01 MDT MLB: All-Stars congregate as pitchers dominate http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58184077-77/american-game-star-league.html.csp Minneapolis • Mike Matheny had quite the choice for the National League’s All-Star starter. There was his own Adam Wainwright, the St. Louis Cardinals ace with a 12-4 record and a 1.83 ERA. And there was the Los Angeles Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw, 11-2 with a 1.78 ERA and fresh off a 41-inning scoreless streak that ended last week. He chose Wainwright, who will start Tuesday night at Target Field against the Seattle Mariners’ Felix Hernandez. “It’s going to be great catching them,” said Milwaukee’... Minneapolis • Mike Matheny had quite the choice for the National League’s All-Star starter. There was his own Adam Wainwright, the St. Louis Cardinals ace with a 12-4 record and a 1.83 ERA. And there was the Los Angeles Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw, 11-2 with a 1.78 ERA and fresh off a 41-inning scoreless streak that ended last week. He chose Wainwright, who will start Tuesday night at Target Field against the Seattle Mariners’ Felix Hernandez. “It’s going to be great catching them,” said Milwaukee’... 58184077@www.sltrib.com Mon, 14 Jul 2014 22:58:01 MDT Alvarez, Rodney join All-Star rosters http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58177931-77/alvarez-star-rodney-game.html.csp Miami Marlins right-hander Henderson Alvarez and Seattle Mariners closer Fernando Rodney are the newest additions to the All-Star rosters. Alvarez will replace injured Washington pitcher Jordan Zimmermann for Tuesday night’s All-Star game at Target Field in Minnesota. Zimmermann left Friday night’s start against Philadelphia after 31⁄3 innings because of a right biceps injury. Rodney will take the spot of Tampa Bay lefty David Price. Because of an illness, Price was pushed back in the Rays’ rota... Miami Marlins right-hander Henderson Alvarez and Seattle Mariners closer Fernando Rodney are the newest additions to the All-Star rosters. Alvarez will replace injured Washington pitcher Jordan Zimmermann for Tuesday night’s All-Star game at Target Field in Minnesota. Zimmermann left Friday night’s start against Philadelphia after 31⁄3 innings because of a right biceps injury. Rodney will take the spot of Tampa Bay lefty David Price. Because of an illness, Price was pushed back in the Rays’ rota... 58177931@www.sltrib.com Sun, 13 Jul 2014 13:49:57 MDT $14M to beaten Giants fan returns security focus http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58169777-77/stow-security-dodgers-jurors.html.csp Los Angeles • Three years after his savage beating at the hands of Los Angeles fans at Dodger Stadium drew attention to sporting event violence, Bryan Stow was awarded about $14 million when a jury found the team was negligent. For one juror, the award to the 45-year-old paramedic and San Francisco Giants fan who is now brain damaged sent a clear message about the need for better security at sporting events. The Dodgers “did have a (security) plan but somewhere along the line that plan broke. An... Los Angeles • Three years after his savage beating at the hands of Los Angeles fans at Dodger Stadium drew attention to sporting event violence, Bryan Stow was awarded about $14 million when a jury found the team was negligent. For one juror, the award to the 45-year-old paramedic and San Francisco Giants fan who is now brain damaged sent a clear message about the need for better security at sporting events. The Dodgers “did have a (security) plan but somewhere along the line that plan broke. An... 58169777@www.sltrib.com Thu, 10 Jul 2014 15:50:57 MDT MLB: All-Star Game rosters announced http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58155056-77/star-base-game-league.html.csp New York • The trade that put Jeff Samardzija on a postseason contender cost him a chance to pitch in his first All-Star game. A day after Samardzija was dealt from the Chicago Cubs to Oakland, a big league-high six Athletics were picked Sunday for the game at Target Field in Minnesota on July 15. That doesn’t include Samardzija, selected as an NL All-Star. Major League Baseball said he is ineligible to play because of the league switch. Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter, playing his 20th and final ... New York • The trade that put Jeff Samardzija on a postseason contender cost him a chance to pitch in his first All-Star game. A day after Samardzija was dealt from the Chicago Cubs to Oakland, a big league-high six Athletics were picked Sunday for the game at Target Field in Minnesota on July 15. That doesn’t include Samardzija, selected as an NL All-Star. Major League Baseball said he is ineligible to play because of the league switch. Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter, playing his 20th and final ... 58155056@www.sltrib.com Mon, 07 Jul 2014 14:22:14 MDT Mariners outlast White Sox http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58152478-77/story.csp EAST W L Pct GB WC L10 Strk. Home Away Baltimore 47 40 .540 — — 6-4 W-1 23-21 24-19 Toronto 47 41 .534 ½ 1½ 4-6 L-2 25-21 22-20 New York 43 43 .500 3½ 4½ 4-6 L-1 18-23 25-20 Boston 39 48 .448 8 9 4-6 L-1 21-23 18-25 Tampa Bay 40 50 .444 8½ 9½ 8-2 W-2 19-25 21-25 CENTRAL W L Pct GB WC L10 Strk. Home Away Detroit 48 36 .571 — — 6-4 L-2 23-21 25-15 Kansas City 45 41 .523 4 2½ 5-5 L-1 21-22 24-19 Cleveland 42 44 .488 7 5½ 5-5 W-1 24-16 18-28 Chicago 41 47 .466 9 7½ 5-5 L-1 23-21 18-26 Minnesota 3... EAST W L Pct GB WC L10 Strk. Home Away Baltimore 47 40 .540 — — 6-4 W-1 23-21 24-19 Toronto 47 41 .534 ½ 1½ 4-6 L-2 25-21 22-20 New York 43 43 .500 3½ 4½ 4-6 L-1 18-23 25-20 Boston 39 48 .448 8 9 4-6 L-1 21-23 18-25 Tampa Bay 40 50 .444 8½ 9½ 8-2 W-2 19-25 21-25 CENTRAL W L Pct GB WC L10 Strk. Home Away Detroit 48 36 .571 — — 6-4 L-2 23-21 25-15 Kansas City 45 41 .523 4 2½ 5-5 L-1 21-22 24-19 Cleveland 42 44 .488 7 5½ 5-5 W-1 24-16 18-28 Chicago 41 47 .466 9 7½ 5-5 L-1 23-21 18-26 Minnesota 3... 58152478@www.sltrib.com Sun, 06 Jul 2014 18:29:51 MDT MLB: Yankees acquire McCarthy from Diamondbacks http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58153876-77/mccarthy-yankees-arizona-nuno.html.csp Atlanta • The New York Yankees acquired help for their depleted rotation on Sunday by acquiring veteran right-hander Brandon McCarthy from Arizona. The Diamondbacks also are sending New York cash in Sunday’s deal for left-hander Vidal Nuno. The move comes after Yankees left-hander CC Sabathia had a setback with a degenerative cartilage problem in his right knee. New York was unable to work out a trade this week for the Cubs’ Jeff Samardzija, who instead was dealt to Oakland. McCarthy, who turns ... Atlanta • The New York Yankees acquired help for their depleted rotation on Sunday by acquiring veteran right-hander Brandon McCarthy from Arizona. The Diamondbacks also are sending New York cash in Sunday’s deal for left-hander Vidal Nuno. The move comes after Yankees left-hander CC Sabathia had a setback with a degenerative cartilage problem in his right knee. New York was unable to work out a trade this week for the Cubs’ Jeff Samardzija, who instead was dealt to Oakland. McCarthy, who turns ... 58153876@www.sltrib.com Sun, 06 Jul 2014 18:25:20 MDT Athletics finalize blockbuster Samardzija trade with Cubs http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58151815-77/chicago-cubs-beane-epstein.html.csp Oakland, Calif. • The beginning of July’s first blockbuster trade occurred about a month ago, when Oakland Athletics general manager Billy Beane called Chicago Cubs executive Theo Epstein to ask about Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel. Beane told Epstein he liked the starting pitchers, and he was going to be aggressive in an attempt to improve the AL West leaders. Fast forward to this weekend, when Beane proved just how serious he was during that initial call. Oakland and Chicago announced a big ... Oakland, Calif. • The beginning of July’s first blockbuster trade occurred about a month ago, when Oakland Athletics general manager Billy Beane called Chicago Cubs executive Theo Epstein to ask about Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel. Beane told Epstein he liked the starting pitchers, and he was going to be aggressive in an attempt to improve the AL West leaders. Fast forward to this weekend, when Beane proved just how serious he was during that initial call. Oakland and Chicago announced a big ... 58151815@www.sltrib.com Sat, 05 Jul 2014 17:01:52 MDT MLB: Giants’ Tim Lincecum pitches 2nd no-hitter vs. Padres http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58115467-77/lincecum-hitter-padres-giants.html.csp San Francisco • Tim Lincecum’s days of dominance may be in the past. That doesn’t mean he can’t dial up flashes of the Freak he once was — especially against the San Diego Padres. Lincecum pitched his second no-hitter against the Padres in less than a year, allowing only one runner Wednesday and leading the San Francisco Giants to a 4-0 win. “I’ve always been that guy who will kind of go for the strikeout,” Lincecum said. “I think my first no-hitter I had 13, so I think I was going for those a l... San Francisco • Tim Lincecum’s days of dominance may be in the past. That doesn’t mean he can’t dial up flashes of the Freak he once was — especially against the San Diego Padres. Lincecum pitched his second no-hitter against the Padres in less than a year, allowing only one runner Wednesday and leading the San Francisco Giants to a 4-0 win. “I’ve always been that guy who will kind of go for the strikeout,” Lincecum said. “I think my first no-hitter I had 13, so I think I was going for those a l... 58115467@www.sltrib.com Wed, 25 Jun 2014 17:08:53 MDT