- The American League All-Stars defeated the National League in a game that originated as a pitcher’s duel, but eventually turned into an extra inning slugfest. There were a record breaking, nine home runs, hit during the 10 inning game, with the AL taking an 8-6 victory.
- Blake Snell pitched 1 2⁄3 innings, racking up three strikeouts, but also surrendered a solo home run on the first pitch he thew. Meanwhile, Wilson Ramos didn’t play due to a hamstring issue, but he still received a thunderous ovation from the DC fans, who remembered his Nationals days.
- The Rays were a popular topic of conversation for the league’s commissioner, Rob Manfred, as he answered questions on their stadium situation and the grievance filed prior to the season by the MLBPA
- Brendan McKay’s two way career has brought an interesting twist to his rehab schedule as most position players only play a few games and then are activated. McKay has played in several games as a first baseman and designated hitter, but also made his third start on the mound yesterday afternoon, dominating the GCL hitters.
- Brent Honeywell has taken the first steps in his rehab process as he has started throwing. He is expected to return from his Tommy John surgery, next Summer.
Around the League
- During the game yesterday, controversy appeared through homophobic, racist, and sexist tweets made in 2011 surfaced by a then 17 year old Josh Hader. The Brewers reliever has since apologized for his actions from seven years ago.
- The All-Star game has become a meaningless, fun to watch spectacle that seems like an amazing time for all those involved as the players are allowed to be on their phones during the game and during the broadcast, several players were mic’d up and speaking with the play-by-play crew while actually playing on the field. MLB.com looks at the 10 best moments from yesterday’s game.
- To add to the bizarre of yesterday’s game, Manny Machado suited in his Baltimore Orioles uniform all the while reports were indicating he was all but certain to be dealt to the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Orioles and L.A. are reportedly very close to the finish line on a trade that would send Machado to the Dodgers for prospect Yusniel Diaz, with the trade expected to be completed at some point today