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Yasiel Puig wasn't voted into the All-Star Game as a starter by the fans. He wasn't picked as a reserve by NL manager Bruce Bochy or though the players' vote. He was selected to be a candidate for the final vote, but lost out to Atlanta's Freddie Freeman. So when the All-Star Game came to Citi Field, the Puig circus was not in tow.
Boy was that a missed opportunity.
At the time, Puig...Read more »
Robinson Cano was removed from the All-Star Game after getting hit with a pitch on the right quadriceps by Matt Harvey in the first inning.
X-Rays on Cano's leg came back negative. FOX's Ken Rosenthal reported that Cano was examined by a Mets doctor and has been diagnosed with a right quadriceps contusion.
Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia replaced Cano in the American League...Read more »
The Mets have showed a soft spot for their crosstown rivals closer this year. Like every other team in MLB, they honored Mariano Rivera during his farewell tour, but they've decided to bring out the big guns for the closer's 13th and final All-Star Game.
According to reports, Rivera will hear his infamous entrance song, Metallica's "Enter Sandman," as he makes his way out from the...Read more »
Matt Harvey took time out from preparing to start Tuesday's All-Star Game at Citi Field in order to...ask Mets fans about Matt Harvey.
The bit was for Jimmy Fallon's program, and showed that even some hardcore Mets fans don't know what their team's ace looks like.
It also proves that Harvey can do comedy, in addition to his pitching prowess and recent "modelling" work.
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All-Star Game managers Bruce Bochy and Jim Leyland revealed their starting lineups Monday in preperation for Tuesday's main event at Citi Field.
In addition to Matt Harvey being named starting pitcher, Mets third baseman and Home Run Derby captain David Wright will bat cleanup for the NL. Bochy said in a press conference, "If you're captain of the HR Derby, you have to bat cleanup."
Here...Read more »
David Wright and Robinson Cano, the National League and American League captains for this year's Home Run Derby at Citi Field, announced their selections for their teams on SportsCenter on Monday.
Wright chose Carlos Gonzalez (Colorado Rockies), Michael Cuddyer (Colorado Rockies) and Bryce Harper (Washington Nationals) for the NL. Cano picked Prince Fielder (Detroit Tigers), Chris Davis (Baltimore...Read more »
The debate about whether Matt Harvey should start the All-Star Game is moot. At least to Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw, the pitcher most frequently mentioned as an alternative to Harvey.
“He should,” Kershaw told FOXSports.com. “There’s no reason, especially if it’s in New York, that he shouldn’t start. That’s what the fans will want. I’ve got no problem with that.”
By traditional measures,...Read more »
David Robertson has only been named to an All-Star Game once in his six years in the big leagues, but the Yankees are hoping to change that.
The Yankees reliever was named one of five candidates for the American League All-Star roster's final vote Saturday, and the Yankees have taken social media by storm to try to get fans to vote Robertson into the 2013 game at Citi Field next Tuesday.
The...Read more »
Yasiel Puig walked, doubled and scored a run Friday night in the Dodgers' 10-2 victory over the Giants.
That's what fans of the rock-star rookie would call a bad day.
Through the first 30 games of his career, Puig has hit .420 with eight home runs and 19 RBIs. He has 15 multihit games and gone hitless only three times. That production, combined with infectious energy and a propensity...Read more »
Forget the fact that Citi Field is Matt Harvey’s stadium.
Forget that the Mets’ phenom has taken the baseball landscape by storm.
Focus simply on this: Harvey should start the All-Star Game because he’s the best pitcher in the National League so far this season.
Of course, there are several legitimate candidates in the conversation. Pittsburgh’s Jeff Locke has a 2.06 ERA. Arizona’s...Read more »