Schwarber homers power NL to All-Star victory

BROOKLYN, N.Y. – Boston’s Kyle Schwarber hit a pair of home runs to charge the North League to a 5-2 victory in the 2016 PGBL All-Star Game at Yankee Stadium.2016 asg

The rookie designated hitter launched a three-run shot off Louisville ace Jake Arrieta in the fourth inning to put the NL ahead 4-0. His solo blast off Flagstaff’s Jose Fernandez leading off the bottom of the seventh capped his MVP performance.

St. Louis catcher Nick Hundley drove in both runs for the SL, including a solo homer off Ottawa’s Jonathan Papelbon in the ninth inning.

Vancouver southpaw Chris Sale, the fourth of seven NL pitchers, struck out the side in the fifth inning to earn the victory. The North totaled 11 strikeouts, with starter Michael Pineda collecting three in his two innings.

The home team got started quickly off starter Zack Greinke of Oakland. Brooklyn second baseman Dee Gordon drew a leadoff walk, stole second and came home on a double by Cleveland’s Mike Moustakas.

Chicago’s Mike Trout greeted Arrieta with a leadoff single in the fourth. Argonauts shortstop Carlos Correa drew a one-out walk before the Cubs’ Buster Posey beat out a double play on a grounder to Tijuana’s Robinson Cano.

Schwarber then drove Arrieta’s full-count offering deep down the right field line for a 4-0 advantage.

Moustakas and Dublin outfielder Christian Yelich joined Schwarber and Hundley as the only players with two hits.

SL pitchers totaled eight strikeouts with Greinke fanning three and Compton’s Madison Bumgarner adding two.

Box score: 2016 All-Star Game


All-Star rosters filled; Greinke, Pineda get starting nods

With a combined record of 28-1 heading into the All-Star Break, Oakland’s Zack Greinke and Cleveland’s Michael Pineda have been tapped to start the 2016 All-Star Game at Yankee Stadium.

Greinke remained undefeated in 15 decisions and lowered his ERA to 1.82 after allowing a two-out run in the ninth inning of a 4-1 win over Las Vegas. Pineda moved to 13-1 with a 3.16 ERA with a three-hit shutout of Chicago.

The league-leading Athletes appropriately will have seven representatives on the South League squad. Greinke and elected starters Andrew McCutchen, Paul Goldschmidt and Francisco Cervelli are joined by pitchers Dallas Keuchel and Darren O’Day. Oakland’s Justin Turner, who tied Pablo Sandoval in the balloting at third base, will come off the bench.

Chicago has the most players on the North League squad with six, followed by Ottawa with five. Cardinals write-in winner Mike Trout is joined on the squad by fellow outfielders Giancarlo Stanton and Nick Markakis as well as hurlers Gerrit Cole, Clayton Kershaw and Zach Britton.

2016 All-Star pitchers and reserves


C- Salvador Perez, Pittsburgh*
2B- Dustin Pedroia, Ottawa (elected)
SS- Wilmer Flores, Calgary*
3B- Josh Donaldson, Ottawa
3B- Danny Valencia, Boston
OF- Giancarlo Stanton, Chicago
OF- Nick Markakis, Chicago
SP- Michael Pineda, Cleveland
SP- Gerrit Cole, Chicago
SP- Clayton Kershaw, Chicago
SP- Chris Sale, Vancouver*
SP- Max Scherzer, Toronto*
SP- Jose Quintana, London*
RP- Carson Smith, Boston
RP- Zach Britton, Chicago
RP- Jonathan Papelbon, Ottawa


C- Nick Hundley, St. Louis
1B- Miguel Cabrera, Compton
2B- Devon Travis, Memphis*
3B- Maikel Franco, Twin City*
UT- Justin Turner, Oakland (elected)
OF- Billy Burns, Flagstaff
OF- Christian Yelich, Dublin*
SP- Zack Greinke, Oakland
SP- Jake Arrieta, Louisville
SP- Dallas Keuchel, Oakland
SP- Madison Bumgarner, Compton
SP- Jose Fernandez, Flagstaff
RP- Darren O’Day, Oakland
RP- Dellin Betances, Compton
RP- Pedro Strop, Las Vegas*
RP- Kenley Jansen, Tijuana

* – team’s lone representative

Starting lineups


1. SS- Francisco Lindor, Louisville
2. RF- Randal Grichuk, St. Louis
3. 1B- Paul Goldschmidt, Oakland
4. LF- Jose Bautista, Tijuana
5. CF- Andrew McCutchen, Oakland
6. DH- Chris Davis, St. Louis
7. 2B- Robinson Cano, Tijuana
8. C- Francisco Cervelli, Oakland
9. 3B- Pablo Sandoval, Louisville


1. 2B- Dee Gordon, Brooklyn
2. 3B- Mike Moustakas, Cleveland
3. RF- Bryce Harper, Cleveland
4. LF- Mike Trout, Chicago
5. 1B- Eric Hosmer, Brooklyn
6. SS- Carlos Correa, Ottawa
7. C- Buster Posey, Brooklyn
8. DH- Kyle Schwarber, Boston
9. CF- AJ Pollock, Ottawa
SP- Michael Pineda, Cleveland

Oakland’s McCutchen tops All-Star starters

Athletes outfielder Andrew McCutchen, the only player named on all nine submitted ballots, heads a group of four Oakland players among the 20 to win the voting for the 2016 All-Star Game.2016 asg

McCutchen joins catcher Francisco Cervelli, first baseman Paul Goldschmidt and third baseman Justin Turner in representing the league-leading Athletes on the South League squad. Turner tied Louisville’s Pablo Sandoval in the hot corner balloting.

The Long Rifles will also send rookie shortstop Francisco Lindor to the game, hosted by the Brooklyn Cubs at Yankee Stadium. The other SL starters are Tijuana’s Robinson Cano (second base) and Jose Bautista (outfield) and St. Louis’ Chris Davis (designated hitter) and rookie Randal Grichuk (outfield).

Brooklyn and Ottawa each had three players elected to start for the North League, including a tie between second basemen Dustin Pedroia of the Argonauts and Dee Gordon of the Cubs.

The host team’s other representatives are catcher Buster Posey and first baseman Eric Hosmer. Ottawa’s Carlos Correa, who joins Lindor as a rookie elected to start at short, and outfielder AJ Pollock will accompany Pedrioa.

Chicago’s Mike Trout was elected as a write-in candidate to start in the NL outfield. The rest of the North squad is rounded out by Cleveland’s Bryce Harper (outfield) and Mike Moustakas (third base) and Boston rookie DH Kyle Schwarber.

Pitchers and reserves will be announced later this week.

2016 All-Star starters


C – Francisco Cervelli, Oakland

1B – Paul Goldschmidt, Oakland

2B – Robinson Cano, Tijuana

SS – Francisco Lindor, Louisville

3B – (tie) Justin Turner, Oakland; Pablo Sandoval, Louisville

OF – Andrew McCutchen, Oakland

OF – Jose Bautista, Tijuana

OF – Randal Grichuk, St. Louis

DH – Chris Davis, St. Louis


C – Buster Posey, Brooklyn

1B – Eric Hosmer, Brooklyn

2B – (tie) Dee Gordon, Brooklyn; Dustin Pedroia, Ottawa

SS – Carlos Correa, Ottawa

3B – Mike Moustakas, Cleveland

OF – Bryce Harper, Cleveland

OF – AJ Pollock, Ottawa

OF – Mike Trout, Chicago

DH – Kyle Schwarber, Boston