Puig Loses Out in All-Star Game Final Vote
New York — Atlanta first baseman Freddie Freeman and Toronto reliever Steve Delabar won the fan voting for the last spots in the All-Star game.
Freeman’s victory means Los Angeles Dodgers sensation Yasiel Puig will not get to play in the July 16 game at Citi Field unless he is added as an injury replacement. Puig is off to a terrific start in his first stint in the majors, but he’s only been up for five weeks, leading some to question whether he belongs on the NL team.
Freeman set a record with 19.7 million votes, and Puig was second.
Delabar won with 9.6 million votes. The right-hander is 5-1 with a 1.74 ERA in 37 appearances for the Blue Jays.
Freeman is batting .307 with nine homers and 56 RBIs heading into Atlanta’s game against Cincinnati on Thursday night.
Rays Lefty Named All-Star
New York — Tampa Bay left-hander Matt Moore replaced injured Texas pitcher Yu Darvish on the American League All-Star roster.
The change was announced after Moore got the win Thursday as the Rays beat Minnesota.
Moore is 13-3 and tied with Detroit’s Max Scherzer for the league lead in victories. The 24-year-old Moore has a 3.44 ERA in 19 starts.
Darvish was put on the disabled list Wednesday because of a mild strain in his upper back. He is 8-4 and leads the majors with 157 strikeouts.
Darvish is a two-time All-Star. The right-hander plans to attend the All-Star festivities in New York. The All-Star game is Tuesday night at Citi Field.
Pirate in HR Derby
New York — Pedro Alvarez of the Pittsburgh Pirates replaced Carlos Gonzalez of the Colorado Rockies for the NL team in the All-Star Home Run Derby.
Major League Baseball said Thursday that Gonzalez has pulled out because of a sprained middle finger on his right hand.
Alvarez has hit 23 homers this season. Gonzalez began the day with 24.
Alvarez will join David Wright, Bryce Harper and Michael Cuddyer on the NL side for the event Monday night, a day before the All-Star game at Citi Field. Robinson Cano, Chris Davis, Yoenis Cespedes and reigning Derby champion Prince Fielder will represent the AL.
Cubs Will Add to Wrigley
Chicago — The Chicago Cubs reached an agreement with the city that would allow the team to build a left-field Jumbotron at historic Wrigley Field while adding another sign in right field, the team announced.
The city’s landmarks commission, which must sign off on any changes to historic structures, was meeting Thursday afternoon to decide whether to approve the deal.
If accepted, the Cubs could erect a 5,700-square-foot Jumbotron in left field of the 99-year-old ball park and a 650-square-foot sign in right field.
Throughout the hearing commissioners expressed concern that the Cubs were risking changing the ballpark so much that fans would turn away.
The agreement, reached after weeks of negotiations, underlines the fact that Wrigley, famous for the storied billy goat curse and Babe Ruth’s called home run shot, is unlike any stadium in the United States.