The Dodgers’ Adrian Gonzalez leads all National League first basemen in All-Star balloting. Gonzalez has 929,016 votes as of this morning. Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo is second, with 489,255.
Gonzalez leads all qualifying MLB first basemen in batting average (.348), slugging percentage (.646) and OPS (1.071). His 35 RBIs are second only to Paul Goldschmidt of Arizona.
If he wins the fan vote, he’ll be the first Dodgers first baseman to do so since Steve Garvey (1974-80).
MLB only releases the top five vote-getters at every position, except the outfield. Only second baseman Howie Kendrick (third), and outfielders Joc Pederson (sixth) and Yasiel Puig (13th) showed up on Wednesday’s list of leading vote-getters.
Kendrick (385,427) trails former Dodgers second baseman Dee Gordon (934,249) and St. Louis’ Kolten Wong (582,238).
Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal played in the first of what’s expected to be four rehab games with Triple-A Oklahoma City on Tuesday night. Grandal collected one hit and three walks in six plate appearances at Salt Lake. Oklahoma City won the game, 11-5.
Grandal is on the 7-day concussion disabled list. He’s expected back Saturday in St. Louis.
The Dodgers’ home game against the San Francisco Giants scheduled for Sunday, June 21, has been selected by ESPN to air nationally — with no local blackout restrictions — at 5 p.m. that night. on “Sunday Night Baseball.”
The Dodgers’ home game against the St. Louis Cardinals on June 7 was previously scheduled for a Sunday night telecast, giving the Dodgers two national telecasts in the span of two weeks.
According to the network, play-by-play man Dan Shulman will be joined by analysts Curt Schilling and John Kruk and reporter Buster Olney for the telecasts. The game is also available on ESPN Radio (with Jon Sciambi and Chris Singleton), ESPN Deportes, ESPN Deportes Radio and via WatchESPN.