Storylines: Mike Trout wins first MVP as AL All-Stars win
- This year’s all-star game was all about the retirement of Derek Jeter as he moves on to the next chapter of his life. However what was possibly overlooked was the progression of Los Angeles Angels outfielder, Mike Trout. Yes it is just an all-star game, but it still takes skills and talent to outplay some of the best players in baseball in both leagues. Trout went 2-3 with a double, triple and two RBI’s to top it all off. “Chills, goosebumps, you name it. Everything was running through my body.” Trout said. He is the second youngest player to win the award at 22 years old, 342 days. Ken Griffey Jr. is the first. Trout is hitting .310 with 22 homeruns and 73 RBI’s. Is he the new Jeter of the outfield? Time will tell.
- Zach McAllister was optioned back down to AAA. His replacement is not yet known. McAllister was recalled last Saturday to pitch against the Chicago White Sox. He went 7 innings giving up 4 hits and striking out 2. He will be eligible to return on July 25th.
- Michael Brantley went 0-1 in his all-star game debut last night.
Other News and Notes
- The Kansas City Royals have acquired righty Jason Frasor from the Texas Rangers in exchange for righty, Spencer Patton.
- The Arizona Diamondbacks have officially announced that righty Bronson Arroyo is undergoing Tommy John surgery. In 14 games Arroyo is 7-4 with a 4.08 ERA and 47 strikeouts.
- The San Diego Padres are still searching for a GM.
- The Boston Red Sox have officially announced the release of A.J. Pierzynski. He was DFA’d last week.
- According to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, The Los Angeles Angels and San Diego Padres were unable to reach a potential trade for righty, Ian Kennedy. Both teams are still discussing a possible trade for closer, Huston Street.
- The Chicago White Sox have claimed righty Raul Fernandez off waivers from the Colorado Rockies. He has been assigned to A ball.
- Many teams are trying to trade for Tampa Bay Rays lefty David Price, however the Rays are in no hurry to trade him. One of the many teams interested include the Cleveland Indians.
- According to Chris Cotillo of MLBDailyDish.com, The Milwaukee Brewers have signed catcher Hector Gimenez after he was released by the Toronto Blue Jays. He has not played this year.
- Mark Saxon of ESPNLosAngeles.com reports that the Los Angeles Dodgers will strongly pursue Philadelphia Phillies closer, Jonathan Papelbon.
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