Matt Garza SP MIL 5 Hrs
After starting off with six hitless innings, Matt Garza took a loss Thursday against the Phillies, surrendering two runs in 7 2/3 innings.
Those two runs scored after he was pulled in the eighth, and the Phillies went on to have a seven-run inning against Will Smith and Brandon Kintzler. Garza lost the no-hitter when Jimmy Rollins delivered the first of two singles in the seventh. He allowed three hits in all.
Ben Revere CF PHI 5 Hrs
Ben Revere pinch-ran Thursday and then stayed in to single in his lone at-bat.
Revere is bothered by soreness in the right ankle he originally injured last year. He might start tomorrow anyway. Tony Gwynn Jr. went 0-for-5 as the Phillies' center fielder today.
Ryan Howard 1B PHI 5 Hrs
Ryan Howard had an RBI double and a two-run homer Thursday against the Brewers.
Both hits came off left-handed relievers. The homer came off the league's worst pitcher in Rule 5 pick Wei-Chung Wang, a guy who really should be in A-ball at the moment, but the double was off an excellent southpaw in Will Smith. Howard entered the day with no homers and just two RBI in his previous 20 games.
Travis d`Arnaud C NYM 5 Hrs
Travis d'Arnaud will bat fifth Thursday against the Braves.
And why not? D'Arnaud is batting .300/.340/.560 with three home runs and four doubles in 13 games since returning from the minors. He has earned a promotion in the batting order with his hot-hitting and could stick there if he keeps it up.
Anthony Rizzo 1B CHC 5 Hrs
Anthony Rizzo finished first in the balloting for the National League Final Vote.
Rizzo beat out Justin Morneau, Anthony Rendon, Casey McGehee, and Justin Upton to secure the first All-Star selection of his career. The 24-year-old has been excellent this season, batting .277/.386/.406 with 20 home runs and 49 RBI over 89 games.
Arismendy Alcantara SS CHC 5 Hrs
Arismendy Alcantara went 4-for-5 with a triple, a double and three RBI as the Cubs beat the Reds 6-4 in 12 innings on Thursday.
Needing a homer for the cycle, Alcantara instead settled for an infield single in the 12th. He and Starlin Castro came around to score when Skip Schumaker couldn't grab Luis Valbuena's shot to the wall in right. Valbuena tried to turn it into an inside-the-park homer, only to get cut down at home plate (the appeal on whether Devin Mesoraco blocked the plate was denied). It was Alcantara who was the star, though. He had as many RBI today as Darwin Barney did in his last 24 games combined. the Cubs have indicated that Alcantara would return to Triple-A when Barney returned from the paternity list, but Alcantara is their best option at second base right now.
Chris Sale SP CWS 5 Hrs
Chris Sale has won the All-Star Game Final Vote competition for the American League.
Sale beat out Rick Porcello, Corey Kluber, Dallas Keuchel, and Garrett Richards in the balloting. With a 2.08 ERA and 102/16 K/BB ratio over 95 innings, the 25-year-old southpaw is plenty deserving of the honor. He now has three straight All-Star selections.
Alex Gordon LF KC 5 Hrs
Alex Gordon (wrist) will not participate in the All-Star Game.
Gordon was scratched from the Royals' lineup on Wednesday because of a sprained right wrist. The Royals are holding off on a DL decision for now, but we wouldn't be surprised if he misses the remainder of the first half at the very least.
Aroldis Chapman RP CIN 5 Hrs
Aroldis Chapman touched off a benches-clearing incident in Thursday's Cubs-Reds game after throwing some high-and-tight pitches during a scoreless ninth.
Chapman buzzed a couple of guys in a tie game, leading to much jawing in the Cubs dugout. Chapman tried to show the Cubs players up after the frame, smiling and waving his glove dismissively at that, and the jawing continued after Anthony Rizzo took his position at first base (near the Reds dugout) to begin the bottom of the ninth, leading to the incident. Chapman wasn't so much involved then, as Alfredo Simon instead thrust himself into the middle of the fracas. Fortunately, no punches were thrown and the series is now over, giving both sides some time to cool down.
Billy Hamilton CF CIN 5 Hrs
Billy Hamilton was used as a pinch-hitter Thursday and flied out.
Hamilton didn't start because of a mild hamstring injury. He's still day-to-day.