Martinez, big inning spark NL to All-Star rout

TORONTO – J.D. Martinez hit a two-run homer in the first inning and the North League erupted for seven runs in the seventh in a 10-1 victory in the PGBL All-Star Game at Nationals Park.

Martinez, the designated hitter from the Cleveland Tribe, earned MVP honors, scoring twice in addition to the two-run blast. The NL also got homers from Tribe teammate Bryce Harper and Ottawa shortstop Carlos Correa.

Calgary starter Yu Darvish allowed a run on two hits in two innings before five NL pitchers blanked the South the rest of the way. Ottawa’s Carlos Carrasco was credited with the win as North pitchers totaled 13 strikeouts.

Two batters after Brooklyn catcher Buster Posey hit a leadoff double off Dublin’s Jacob deGrom, Martinez tagged the first pitch he saw over the left field fence to stake the North to a 2-0 lead.

In the second, the SL cut the lead in half when Memphis’ Nolan Arenado hit a one-out triple off Darvish and scored on a sacrifice fly by Clydesdales shortstop Paul DeJong.

Harper hit a leadoff homer in the fourth off Louisville’s Max Scherzer, who was the opening day starter for the host Toronto Tigers before getting traded to the Long Rifles.

The NL then broke the game open in the seventh against Oakland’s Zack Greinke and Tijuana’s David Price. Grienke allowed a leadoff single to Brooklyn’s Lonnie Chisenhall and walked Pittsburgh’s Manny Machado before Correa drove a 1-0 pitch out to left to make it 6-1.

After Martinez drew a walk, Price relieved Greinke. Harper reached on an error by Long Rifles second baseman Jonathan Schoop and Martinez came hoome on Ottawa’s Justin Smoak single to left.

London’s Jose Altuve lined a double to the gap in right-center that scored Harper and Calgary’s Tommy Pham plated Smoak and Altuve with asingle to center.

The South’s only hit after the fourth came on a single by Dublin’s Jose Ramirez with two outs in the eighth, loading the bases after the Tigers’ Kevin Gausman walked the first two batters he saw before striking out a pair.

Gausman escaped the jam by getting Clydesdales catcher Kevan Smith to ground out. Tribe closer Roberto Osuna finished with a perfect ninth, striking out Chris Taylor of St. Louis and Louisville’s George Springer to end the game.

The NL improved to 10-7 in All-Star Game history (dating to 2002) with it’s eighth win in the last nine contests.

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Darvish, deGrom tabbed to start All-Star Game

Traded for each other before the season, Dublin’s Jacob deGrom and Calgary’s Yu Darvish have been named the starting pitchers for the 2018 All-Star Game to be hosted by the Toronto Tigers at Nationals Park.

South League starter deGrom entered the All-Star break with a 10-2 mark and a sparkling 1.96 ERA for the Guinness, while NL pick Darvish owned a 13-4 mark with a 2.36 ERA.

Calgary acquired Darvish and NL starting third baseman Adrian Beltre along with two other players in a preseason deal with Dublin, with deGrom among a package of three players and four draft picks going to the Guinness.

With deGrom joined by teammate Stephen Strasburg on the SL staff, Dublin matched division rivals Louisville and St. Louis with five representatives apiece. Brandon Belt and Jose Ramirez were named as reserves to accompany starting catcher Willson Contreras.

Louisville’s four additions to starting second baseman Jonathan Schoop are outfielders George Springer and Corey Dickerson, first baseman Ryan Zimmerman and pitcher Max Scherzer. St. Louis will be represented by pitcher Chase Anderson, utility player Chris Taylor, catcher Kevan Smith and starting shortstop Paul DeJong.

League-leading Oakland added pitcher Zack Greinke to its group of four elected starters, while the other six SL teams each had one representative. Brandon Morrow was picked to represent Twin City, David Price for Tijuana, Luke Weaver for Compton and Cesar Hernandez for Flagstaff.

Ottawa and Cleveland each have four players on the NL squad. Pitchers Carlos Carrasco and David Robertson and first baseman Justin Smoak were added to the roster for the Argonauts, while the Tribe had closer Roberto Osuna and shortstop Jean Segura added to their two players voted to the lineup.

Darvish and Beltre are joined by outfielder Tommy Pham in giving Calgary three players on. Boston will also have three representatives with catcher Alex Avila and outfielder Yoenis Cespedes added to the bench.

Second baseman Jose Altuve makes London the only NL team with one All-Star. The host Tigers have Kevin Gausman and Josh Hader on the pitching staff while Pittsburgh’s Manny Machado and Cole Hamels were also among the additions.

Brooklyn outfielder Lonnie Chisenhall completes the NL bench while Vancouver’s Kenta Maeda rounds out the pitching staff.

Jacob deGrom (SP), Dublin
Chase Anderson, St. Louis
Zack Greinke, Oakland
Brandon Morrow, Twin City
David Price, Tijuana
Max Scherzer, Louisville
Stephen Strasburg, Dublin
Luke Weaver, Compton

Brandon Belt, Dublin
Corey Dickerson, Louisville
Cesar Hernandez, Flagstaff
Jose Ramirez, Dublin
Kevan Smith, St. Louis
George Springer, Louisville
Chris Taylor, St. Louis
Ryan Zimmerman, Louisville

RF Avisail Garcia, Oakland
1B Joey Votto, Oakland
CF Aaron Judge, St. Louis
DH Jose Martinez, Las Vegas
2B Jonathan Schoop, Louisville
C Willson Contreras, Dublin
3B Nolan Arenado, Memphis
SS Paul DeJong, St. Louis
LF Rhys Hoskins, Oakland

Yu Darvish (SP), Calgary
Carlos Carrasco, Ottawa
Kevin Gausman, Toronto
Josh Hader, Toronto
Cole Hamels, Pittsburgh
Kenta Maeda, Vancouver
Roberto Osuna, Cleveland
David Robertson, Ottawa

Jose Altuve, London
Alex Avila, Boston
Yoenis Cespedes, Boston
Lonnie Chisenhall, Brooklyn
Manny Machado, Pittsburgh
Tommy Pham, Calgary
Jean Segura, Cleveland
Justin Smoak, Ottawa

C Buster Posey, Brooklyn
SS Carlos Correa, Ottawa
DH J.D. Martinez, Cleveland
LF Bryce Harper, Cleveland
1B Justin Bour, Boston
2B Daniel Murphy, Vancouver
CF Mike Trout, Chicago
LF Giancarlo Stanton, Chicago
3B Adrian Beltre, Calgary

Big bats dominate All-Star lineups

All the top sluggers and both league batting leaders were voted to the starting lineups for 2018 PGBL All-Star Game, with Cleveland’s J.D. Martinez, Oakland’s Avisail Garcia and Aaron Judge of St. Louis elected unanimously.

Martinez, who leads the PGBL in home runs (36) and RBIs (90), headlines a North League lineup that includes an outfield of the league’s other top-four homer leaders: Chicago’s Giancarlo Stanton (34) and Mike Trout (29) and Tribe teammate Bryce Harper (24).

The NL order also includes Calgary third baseman Adrian Beltre, who tops the league with a .331 average and will be making his seventh All-Star appearance.

Not to be outdone, the South boasts batting leader Garcia (.357) in an outfield that includes Judge (25 HR) and Oakland teammate Rhys Hoskins, who has a league-best 29 homers and is tied with Garcia with 79 RBIs.

Also representing the league-leading Athletes is first baseman Joey Votto, a triple crown threat (.350, 25 HR, 70 RBIs) who boasts a whopping 1.129 OPS. He joins Memphis third baseman Nolan Arenado as the only 2017 starters among the 18 players chosen.

The SL middle infield features Louisville’s Jonathan Schoop at second and Clydesdales rookie Paul DeJong at shortstop. Dublin’s Willson Contreras will handle the catching while Las Vegas DH Jose Martinez won a tight three-way race by one vote.

Winning the NL’s second base spot by one vote was Vancouver’s Daniel Murphy, whose 74 RBIs rank third behind Martinez and Stanton (79). His middle infield partner will be Ottawa’s Carlos Correa, who is back in the lineup after starting in 2016.

Brooklyn catcher Buster Posey, with an NL-best 109 hits, was elected for the third time in four years. Boston first baseman Justin Bour rounds out the lineup for the North, which will serve as the home team as the Toronto Tigers play host at Nationals Park.

2018 All-Star starters
C – Willson Contreras, Dublin
1B – Joey Votto, Oakland
2B – Jonathan Schoop, Louisville
SS – Paul DeJong, St. Louis
3B – Nolan Arenado, Memphis
OF – Aaron Judge, St. Louis*
OF – Avisail Garcia, Oakland*
OF – Rhys Hoskins, Oakland
DH – Jose Martinez, Las Vegas

C – Buster Posey, Brooklyn
1B – Justin Bour, Boston
2B – Daniel Murphy, Vancouver
SS – Carlos Correa, Ottawa
3B – Adrian Beltre, Calgary
OF – Mike Trout, Chicago
OF – Giancarlo Stanton, Chicago
OF – Bryce Harper, Cleveland
DH – J.D. Martinez, Cleveland*


Healy walkoffLAS VEGAS – Ryon Healy drilled a walkoff grand slam for his second homer in the final two innings as the South League halted its seven-year All-Star Game skid with a thrilling 9-5 victory at Citi Field.

2017asglogoHealy, the Memphis designated hitter selected as the final reserve on the SL roster, followed Mookie Betts’ tying double and an intentional walk to Matt Wieters by driving a 1-2 pitch from Dellin Betances over the left field wall.

An inning earlier, Healy led off by driving Nate Jones’ first pitch out to left after the North broke a 3-3 tie in the top half against Cam Bedrosian on Daniel Murphy’s RBI double and a sacrifice fly by Kris Bryant.

Healy 2Trea Turner started the SL ninth by beating out a grounder to second baseman DJ LeMahieu. Betances relieved Jones and Luis Valbuena coaxed a walk after fouling off a 2-2 offering. Betts then lined a double to the left field gap, scoring Turner and setting the stage for Healy.

The slam earned a win for Kenley Jansen, who struck out three of the four batters he faced after the SL registered just four strikeouts in the first eight innings. Betances suffered his second All-Star loss in three years, one with each side.

Betts scored three times for the South, coming home on a Jon Lester wild pitch in a two-run first and on a Gary Sanchez double off Corey Kluber in the third that made it 3-1. The NL pulled even on solo homers by Yoenis Cespedes off Chris Devenski in the fourth and Josh Donaldson off Addison Reed in the seventh.

Healy became the first Melee to claim MVP honors as the South won its first All-Star game since since 2009 and improved to 7-9 overall. Toronto will host the 2018 All-Star Game at Nationals Park.

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Melee lead way with seven All-Star picks

Three additional Memphis players were chosen to join four elected teammates in giving the Melee a PGBL-high seven representatives in the 2017 All-Star Game.

Jon Lester of Boston and Jose Fernandez of Flagstaff have been named the starting pitchers for the July 13 (season date) game hosted by Las Vegas at City Field.

Memphis had rookie Chris Devenski, reliever Cam Bedrosian and infielder Ryon Healy among the 15 pitchers and reserves named to the South League team. League-leading Dublin followed with five selections as Jon Gray, Marcus Stroman and Kenley Jansen were included on the SL pitching staff.

London and Vancouver had the most players on the North League squad with four each, as Arsenal teammates Yadier Molina and Dellin Betances and a Wildcats trio of Daniel Murphy, Kris Bryant and Chris Sale were among the additions.

With Fernandez as its only nod, Flagstaff was one of five SL teams to put one player on the roster. Starting center fielder Tyler Naquin of Twin City, Oakland infielder Justin Turner, St. Louis outfielder Starling Marte and Louisville catcher Matt Wieters will serve as lone representatives.

Chicago is the only NL team with one player at the game as the league-leading defending champions did not add any pitchers or reserves to elected third baseman Evan Longoria. Brooklyn’s Miguel Sano, who tied Longoria, will be in the NL starting lineup, while the SL will start Dublin outfielder Christian Yelich, who finished even with Memphis’ Adam Jones.

Tijuana matched London and Vancouver with four selections, adding reliever Addison Reed to its trio of elected starters. Maple Leaf leader Calgary has the most representatives among teams without an elected starter at three, with second baseman DJ LeMahieu joining pitchers J.A. Happ and Nate Jones.

Rounding out the NL pitching staff are Toronto’s Max Scherzer and Kevin Gausman, Pittsburgh’s Corey Kluber and Cleveland’s Carlos Martinez. The NL bench will include Tribe outfielder J.D. Martinez and Ottawa third baseman Josh Donaldson.

Reliever Davild Phelps and third baseman Nick Castellanos will represent the host Gamblers. Participating for Compton will be starter Robbie Ray and infielder Luis Valbuena.

Jon Lester (SP), Boston
Dellin Betances, London
Kevin Gausman, Toronto
J.A. Happ, Calgary
Nate Jones, Calgary
Corey Kluber, Pittsburgh
Carlos Martinez, Cleveland
Chris Sale, Vancouver
Max Scherzer, Toronto
Evan Longoria, Chicago (elected)
Kris Bryant, Vancouver
Josh Donaldson, Ottawa
DJ LeMahieu, Calgary
J.D. Martinez, Cleveland
Yadier Molina, London
Daniel Murphy Vancouver
2B Jose Altuve, London
SS Corey Seager, London
1B Freddie Freeman, Pittsburgh
DH Miguel Cabrera, Cleveland
RF Nelson Cruz, Vancouver
LF Yoenis Cespedes, Boston
3B Miguel Sano, Brooklyn
C Jonathan Lucroy, Ottawa
CF Charlie Blackmon, Brooklyn

Jose Fernandez (SP), Flagstaff
Cam Bedrosian, Memphis
Chris Devenski, Memphis
Jon Gray, Dublin
Kenley Jansen, Dublin
David Phelps, Las Vegas
Robbie Ray, Compton
Addison Reed, Tijuana
Marcus Stroman, Dublin
Adam Jones, Memphis (elected)
Nick Castellanos, Las Vegas
Ryon Healy, Memphis
Starling Marte, St. Louis
Justin Turner, Oakland
Luis Valbuena, Compton
Matt Wieters, Louisville
SS Trea Turner, Memphis
1B Joey Votto, Tijuana
RF Mookie Betts, Dublin
C Gary Sanchez, Memphis
DH Edwin Encarnacion, Tijuana
3B Nolan Arenado, Memphis
2B Robinson Cano, Tijuana
LF Christian Yelich, Dublin
CF Tyler Naquin, Twin City

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