July 30, 2015

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Indians: Jason Kipnis is Tribe’s lone All-Star representative

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CLEVELAND — This offseason, Indians manager Terry Francona told anyone who would listen that second baseman Jason Kipnis was set for a bounce-back season. Kipnis is halfway toward proving his manager right. Kipnis will return to the Midsummer Classic for the second time (2013) after being selected as an All-Star reserve Monday — Cleveland’s only Read More…

Indians notes: Francona says all-star selection sends mixed signals

CLEVELAND — Like many outside of Kansas City, manager Terry Francona isn’t overjoyed by the prospect of Royals players starting for the American League at nearly every position in the All-Star Game, July 14, at Cincinnati’s Great American Ballpark. In the most recent fan balloting released Monday, eight KC players topped the voting at their Read More…

Well-armed win: Yankees’ Mariano Rivera named MVP as AL spins shutout to end three-game All-Star losing streak

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NEW YORK — Mariano Rivera was all set up to save his final All-Star game — or so it seemed. Jim Leyland just wasn’t about to take that chance. Summoned in the eighth inning to make certain he would pitch, Rivera soaked up a 90-second standing ovation and got three straight outs while helping the Read More…

Baseball: New boys of summer leaving their mark on game

NEW YORK — Flip on any highlight show and you’re almost sure to see them, with those peach-fuzz faces and boyish features beneath their big league caps. Mike Trout makes a diving catch on the warning track. Manny Machado whacks another double into the corner at Camden Yards. Bryce Harper belts a tape-measure home run Read More…