MLB Roundup: Posey tops early NL All-Star voting

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San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey, the 2012 National League Most Valuable Player, leads all National League vote getters in the first balloting totals for the 84th All-Star Game.
Major League Baseball announced the leaders to start the July 16 game at Citi Field.
Posey has 1,275,956 votes as he seeks his second starting nod after becoming the first Giants catcher to earn a fan-elected start last season. Atlanta Braves outfielder Justin Upton and Bryce Harper of the Washington Nationals are second and third in the voting, respectively.
Milwaukee Brewers left fielder Ryan Braun is third among outfielders. Posey's teammate, Pablo Sandoval leads the New York Mets David Wright, a six-time All-Star, of the hometown New York Mets. Rounding out the position leaders are Colorado Rockies' shortstop Troy Tulowitzki, Cincinnati Reds teammates Joey Votto (first base) and Brandon Phillips (second base).

---The Cleveland Indians placed Asdrubal Cabrera on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday with a strained right quadriceps, leaving the team without their All-Star shortstop for at least the next few weeks.
Shortstop Juan Diaz was promoted from Triple-A Columbus to a bench spot, with Mike Aviles taking over at shortstop.

---The Washington Nationals summoned top prospect Anthony Rendon and activated outfielder Jayson Werth on Tuesday as part of a roster shakeup that saw struggling second baseman Danny Espinosa place on the disabled list and two relievers designated for assignment.
Relievers Henry Rodriguez and Zach Duke were jettisoned, with left-hander Ian Krol arriving from Double-A. Werth returned after being out since May 2 with a right hamstring strain.

---With Arizona Diamondbacks starter Brandon McCarthy out with a shoulder injury, left-hander Tyler Skaggs will receive another start.
Manager Kirk Gibson told reporters that Skaggs will arrive from Triple-A Reno to start Tuesday's game against the St. Louis Cardinals. If an MRI on McCarthy's right shoulder show a stress fracture, Skaggs could remain in the rotation.

---The Toronto Blue Jays have activated pitcher Josh Johnson and outfielder Rajai Davis from the disabled list.
Johnson, out since April 21 with a strained triceps, will start Tuesday against the San Francisco Giants. The right-hander posted a 6.86 ERA in four starts this season before the injury.
Davis strained his oblique May 10. He has appeared in 26 games, batting .284 in 81 at-bats.

---With the Philadelphia Phillies below .500 and stumbling, it's natural for the media to speculate on whether the team will deal ace Cliff Lee.
Should they opt to field offers, the Phillies will have a narrow window. According to FOX Sports' Jon Paul Morosi, Lee has a 20-team no-team list that includes the New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox and Texas Rangers. While it doesn't mean Lee won't agree to a deal to one of the teams on his list, it gives the lefty leverage. Lee is owed $25 million over the next two seasons, and his contract includes a $27.5 million club option or a $12.5 million buyout.
This season, Lee is 7-2 with a 2.45 ERA and 74 strikeouts in 12 starts.