The San Francisco Giants, who have surged this week to take first place in the National League West, were among three teams to have three starters voted to the All-Star Game, Major League Baseball announced Sunday.
The Texas Rangers and the New York Yankees also will have three starters each for the American League in the July 10 game at Kansas City's Kauffman Stadium.
Giants catcher Buster Posey, third baseman Pablo Sandoval and outfielder Melky Cabrera were voted as starters for the NL.
Also voted to start for the NL, which will be managed by retired St. Louis manager Tony LaRussa, were Cincinnati first baseman Joey Votto, Atlanta second baseman Dan Uggla, St. Louis shortstop Rafael Furcal and outfielder Carlos Beltran and Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp.
The American League, who will be directed by Texas manager Ron Washington, is led by Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre, catcher Mike Napoli and Josh Hamilton. The Yankees will have second baseman Robinson Cano, who won last year's home run derby, shortstop Derek Jeter and center fielder Curtis Granderson as starters.
Also in the AL starting lineup are Detroit first baseman Prince Fielder, Boston designated hitter David Ortiz and Blue Jays right fielder Jose Bautista.
While the fans voted for the starters, players, managers and coaches selected the reserves. National League reserve position players are St. Louis catcher Yadier Molina, Chicago Cubs first baseman Bryan LaHair, Houston second baseman Jose Altuve, Chicago Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro, New York Mets third baseman David Wright, Milwaukee outfielder Ryan Braun, Colorado outfielder Carlos Gonzalez and Pittsburgh outfielder Andrew McCutchen, Philadelphia catcher Carlos Ruiz, Washington shortstop Ian Desmond and Cincinnati outfielder Jay Bruce and Miami outfielder Giancarlo Stanton.
NL pitchers are San Francisco's Matt Cain, New York Mets starter R.A. Dickey, St. Louis starter Lance Lynn, Philadelphia starter Cole Hamels, Washington's Gio Gonzalez and Stephen Strasburg, Los Angeles Dodgers starter Clayton Kershaw, Arizona starter Wade Miley. The relievers are Cincinnati's Aroldis Chapman, Pittsburgh's Joel Hanrahan, San Diego's Huston Street, Philadelphia's Jonathan Papelbon and Atlanta's Craig Kimbrel.
Named to the AL bench were Baltimore catcher Matt Wieters, Chicago White Sox first baseman Paul Konerko, Texas second baseman Ian Kinsler, Cleveland shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera, Detroit third baseman Miguel Cabrera, Baltimore outfielder Adam Jones, Los Angeles Angels outfielders Mike Trout and Mark Trumbo, Chicago White Sox designated hitter Adam Dunn, Minnesota catcher Joe Mauer, Texas shortstop Elvis Andrus and Kansas City designated hitter Billy Butler.
The AL pitching staff includes Tampa Bay starter David Price, New York Yankees starter CC Sabathia, Chicago White Sox starter Chris Sale, Detroit starter Justin Verlander Los Angeles Angels starter Jered Weaver, Texas starter Matt Harrison and Seattle starter Felix Hernandez. Sabathia, who is on the disabled list, will be replaced by Los Angeles Angels starter C.J. Wilson. The relievers are Baltimore's Jim Johnson, Cleveland's Chris Perez, Tampa Bay's Fernando Rodney, Oakland's Ryan Cook and Texas's Joe Nathan.
---The Atlanta Braves have signed free agent pitcher Ben Sheets to a minor-league contract, the team announced Sunday.
Sheets, 34, has undergone two elbow surgeries and last pitched in 2010 with the Oakland Athletics. He had his best years with the Milwaukee Brewers where he was a four-time All-Star. He has a 90-92 record with a 3.79 earned run average.
Sheets will be assigned to the Class AA Mississippi Braves and make a few starts before he is considered for a promotion.
---The New York Yankees acquired right-handed relief pitcher Chad Qualls from the Philadelphia Phillies on Sunday in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations.
Qualls, 33, was 1-1 with a 4.60 ERA in 35 relief appearances with the Phillies in 2012 before being designated for assignment on June 28. He was signed by the Phillies as a free agent prior to spring training.
---Carlos Lee of the Houston Astros had not made a decision as of Sunday morning whether to accept a trade to the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Lee said Saturday he was told by general manager Jeff Luhnow he would be sent to the Dodgers in a trade if he approved the deal. Lee is in the final year of a six-year, $100 million contract, but has a limited no-trade clause and would have to waive it to be sent to Los Angeles.
--- Rays starting pitcher David Price, who left Friday's game with a back injury, threw in a bullpen session on Sunday and I expected to pitch in his next scheduled start.
--- Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Roy Halladay,out since May 29 because of strained right shoulder, hopes to return after the All-Star break, MLB.com reportred Sunday.
He pitched on flat ground on Sunday, and on Friday he threw 33 pitches in his first bullpen session since going on the disabled list.
"I don't know exactly where I'm going to fall during the break, but I'd like to be back as soon after that as I can," Halladay said, according to MLB.com. "Like I said, this whole process we've been going really day to day, so there's really not [a set date]. "
Halladay went 4-5 with a 3.98 ERA in 72 1/3 innings and 11 starts.
---- The Orioles sent left-handed pitcher Brian Matusz to Triple-A Norfolk. Matusz is 5-10 with a 5.42 ERA in 16 starts.
--- Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto was not in the starting lineup Sunday because of a sore knee, only the second time this season he has not been in the lineup.
Votto, who was elected by fans to the National League All-Star team Sunday, left Saturday's game in the fifth inning because of inflammation in his left knee.
---White Sox left-handed pitcher John Danks was sent back to Chicago for further examination on his sore left shoulder and a diagnostic ultrasound will be performed.
If no other examinations are needed, Danks is expected to resume his rehab program on Tuesday. He sustained a left subscapularis strain that has sidelined him since May 19.