Yasiel Puig didn’t hit any home runs in the Home Run Derby last night. (Getty Images)
Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig didn’t hit any home runs at baseball’s annual Home Run Derby last night, but his bat had an impact.
All 10 participants in the derby teamed up to raise money for charity. With 82 total home runs hit during the competition (including 11 “FlexBall” home runs worth $10,000 each), Gillette and Major League Baseball combined to raise $465,000 to charity, according to the league.
Per an MLB release, the funds will be distributed as follows:
- $50,000 to Yoenis Cespedes’ charity of choice for winning the competition
- $95,000 to Minneapolis Boys & Girls Club programs and MLB “Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities” (RBI) program
- $20,000 to the charities of choice for each of Cespedes’ Derby teammates
- $25,000 to NL Captain Troy Tulowitzki’s charity of choice
- $25,000 to AL Captain Jose Bautista’s charity of choice
- $8,000 to the charities of choice for each of the NL participants
- The balance of the funds raised will be split between RBI & Boys & Girls Clubs of America
A Dodgers spokesperson said that Puig hasn’t chosen his charity yet.
Two former Los Angeles Dodger All-Star pitchers will be honored on Friday.
Hideo Nomo will be inducted into the Japan Baseball Hall of Fame. Ceremonies will be held on the field to honor the 2014 inductees prior to the Nippon Professional Baseball All-Star Game at Seibu Dome in Tokorozawa, Japan.
Chan Ho Park will receive recognition during retirement ceremonies prior to the Korean Professional Baseball All-Star Game at Champions Field, Kwangju, South Korea. Park announced his retirement from baseball on November 30, 2012. He had a record of 124–98 in the Major Leagues with the Dodgers, Rangers, Padres, Mets, Phillies, Yankees, and Pirates.
Clayton Kershaw has a no-hitter and a streak of 41 consecutive scoreless innings but won’t start the All-Star game tomorrow night in Minneapolis. (John McCoy/Staff photographer)
Clayton Kershaw won’t start the All-Star Game for the National League despite throwing a no-hitter amid 41 consecutive scoreless innings this season.
And it came as little surprise.
National League manager Mike Matheny of the St. Louis Cardinals chose his own pitcher, Adam Wainwright, to start the game tomorrow night. Wainwright is 12-4 with a 1.83 earned-run average. Kershaw is 11-2 with a 1.78 ERA, best in the major leagues. It’s a bit reminiscent of last year, when the All-Star Game was played at Citi Field and New York Mets pitcher Matt Harvey got the start over Kershaw despite similar credentials.
It’s no secret that managers look at more than just the numbers.
“If I’m Mike Matheny, I probably start my own guy. If I’m me, I start my guy,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said Saturday, when asked for his pick to start the game. “If I’m Bud Black, I’m starting Despanga [Odrisamer Despaigne] or whatever his name is.”
Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig, who is taking part in tonight’s home run derby at Target Field, is batting second and playing right field. Dodgers second baseman Dee Gordon and pitcher Zack Greinke are also on the National League roster.
The full lineups for both teams:
The Dodgers optioned pitcher Pedro Baez to Triple-A Albuquerque after beating the San Diego Padres 1-0 on Sunday at Dodger Stadium. The corresponding roster move will be announced after the All-Star break. Baez pitched a scoreless inning Tuesday at Detroit in his most recent major-league stint.
Overall, Baez has allowed two runs in two innings with the Dodgers this season. The right-hander won’t have anywhere to pitch until Thursday, since the Pacific Coast League is in the midst of its own All-Star break.
Dodgers prospect Corey Seager is expected to be promoted to Double-A by the Dodgers after his apperance in the Futures Game today. (Jennifer Cappuccio Maher/Staff photographer)
Dodgers prospects Corey Seager
and Julio Urias
left an impression at the annual Futures Game at Minneapolis’ Target Field on Sunday.
At least one of them won’t be in Single-A much longer.
The 17-year-old Urias became the youngest player to appear in the Futures Game when he pitched the fifth inning for the World team. Urias pitched a scoreless inning, throwing 14 pitches and striking out one batter. His fastball was clocked as fast as 95 mph, according to MLB’s official speed-tracking software, and 97 according to the in-house radar gun.
Seager lined out to end the first inning and was hit by a pitch in his back, but remained in the game, in his only two plate appearances.
Multiple sources confirmed a report Sunday that Seager will be promoted to Double-A Chattanooga after the game.
The Dodgers haven’t made an official announcement, though Seager’s name had been removed from Single-A Rancho Cucamonga’s online roster by Sunday afternoon. He wasn’t on Chattanooga’s roster yet, either.
Seager, 20, is ranked among the top 30 prospects in baseball by Baseball America, Baseball Prospectus and MLB.com. He batted .352 with 18 home runs, 70 RBIs and a California League-leading .633 slugging percentage with Rancho Cucamonga.
The Futures Game is showcase game for the top-rated minor-league prospects. The Home Run Derby will be played in Minneapolis tomorrow and the All-Star game will be played there Tuesday.
Chone Figgins will miss his 28th consecutive game today. (Associated Press photo)
, on the disabled list since June 14 with a left hip flexor strain, said he will begin a minor-league rehabilitation stint Thursday with Triple-A Albuquerque. He’s not sure how long he’ll need after missing 28 games leading into the all-star break.
“It’ll be the same as when I went down and played there the first time,” Figgins said, referring to when he was optioned to Triple-A in late April. “They’ll move me around (the field). Hopefully I can get a lot of work in.”
Friday, Figgins reported a grabbing sensation in the area of his left hip when he attempted to steal a base in drills, but he said that was the only lingering symptom of the original injury. (The team originally called Figgins’ injury a left quad strain, but Figgins said it was a hip flexor.) Now he believes the sensation was a byproduct of a lack of physical activity.
“I think it’s going to continue to get stronger,” he said.
Figgins said he will work out at Dodger Stadium Tuesday and Wednesday under the guidance of team trainers.
The Triple-A All-Star Game, between the Pacific Coast League and the International League, is Wednesday. The Isotopes begin an eight-game homestand the following day.
The Dodgers hit the road after the all-star break, visiting St. Louis, Pittsburgh and San Francisco before returning home July 29. It’s probable that Figgins will rejoin the team by the end of the month.
Figgins has a .217 batting average and a .373 on-base percentage in 38 games this season.
Los Angeles Dodgers’ A.J. Ellis is mobbed by teammates after a game winning sac fly ball as Adrian Gonzalez (not pictured) scores the winning run in the ninth inning as the Los Angeles Dodgers defeat the San Diego Padres 1-0. (Keith Birmingham/Staff photographer)
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Dodgers second baseman Dee Gordon collides with the wall while trying to catch a foul ball in the first inning Friday against the Padres. (Michael Owen Baker/Staff photographer)
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Dodgers pitcher Scott Elbert threw a 10-pitch scoreless inning Friday for Single-A Rancho Cucamonga.
The left-hander induced an infield popout, a groundout and a flyout to center field against the Lancaster JetHawks.
It was the seventh minor-league game Elbert has appeared in since his rehabilitation began June 18. Elbert began the season on the 60-day disabled list as he attempts to return from Tommy John surgery last year.
Ian Kennedy is the San Diego Padres’ scheduled starter for Saturday’s game at Dodger Stadium. The Dodgers’ starter is still listed as “TBA.”
“Today’s game will determine what we do tomorrow,” manager Don Mattingly said.
What about Paul Maholm?
“Pretty good chance,” Mattingly said. “I feel like that’s our choice, but depending on how this game goes, how we have to use him or not use him, makes the choice for us.”
Plan B, Red Patterson, skipped his normal turn in the Albuquerque Isotopes’ rotation Friday night. Jeff Bennett started instead. Drew Carpenter is scheduled to start tomorrow.
Stay tuned for an announcement, conceivably after tonight’s game.