Five Former All-Stars You Forgot Played for the Chicago Cubs in the 2000s (Yahoo! Contributor Network)

COMMENTARY | When there are 25-plus players circulating in and out of a team each and every season, a fan can be forgiven for forgetting a certain player.

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Rodriguez among 13 players suspended by MLB (Reuters)

By Julian Linden NEW YORK (Reuters) – New York Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez was suspended for a record 211 games on Monday for his involvement in one of American sport’s biggest doping scandals. Another 12 players, including three All Stars, were handed 50-game suspensions following a Major League Baseball investigation into a Florida clinic accused of supplying them with performance enhancing drugs. …

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Baseball-Rodriguez among 13 players suspended by MLB (Reuters)

* Rodriguez suspended for 211 games * A dozen other players handed lesser suspensions * A-Rod could lose about $36 million in pay (Updates after Yankees game) By Julian Linden NEW YORK, Aug 5(Reuters) – New York Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez was suspended for a record 211 games on Monday for his involvement in one of American sport’s biggest doping scandals. Another 12 players, including three All Stars, were handed 50-game suspensions following a Major League Baseball investigation into a Florida clinic accused of supplying them with performance enhancing drugs. …

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AP Source: A-Rod lone holdout in drug cases (The Associated Press)

NEW YORK (AP) — Alex Rodriguez remained the lone holdout while All-Stars Nelson Cruz, Jhonny Peralta and Everth Cabrera were among 12 players who accepted 50-game penalties from Major League Baseball on Monday as part of its Biogenesis drug investigation, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press.

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Cespedes steals show from All-Stars, wins HR Derby (The Associated Press)

NEW YORK (AP) — Yoenis Cespedes certainly made his mark at the All-Star game – and he’s not even on the roster.

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Cespedes steals show from All-Stars, wins HR Derby (The Associated Press)

NEW YORK (AP) — The Home Run Derby champion didn’t even make the All-Star team.

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Midsummer Classic under cloud of doping scandal (Reuters)

By Larry Fine NEW YORK (Reuters) – Major League Baseball’s 2013 All-Star game, a Midsummer Classic meant to celebrate the best in the game, comes to New York’s Citi Field on Tuesday under the threatening cloud of doping in the sport. Through votes by fans, major league players and managers of the American and National League teams, the All-Stars of the nominal first half of the 162-game regular season get to show off their talents in a special showcase. …

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Baseball-Midsummer Classic under cloud of doping scandal (Reuters)

By Larry Fine NEW YORK, July 15 (Reuters) – Major League Baseball’s 2013 All-Star game, a Midsummer Classic meant to celebrate the best in the game, comes to New York’s Citi Field on Tuesday under the threatening cloud of doping in the sport. Through votes by fans, major league players and managers of the American and National League teams, the All-Stars of the nominal first half of the 162-game regular season get to show off their talents in a special showcase. …

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Matt Harvey and Max Scherzer will start Tuesday night’s All-Star game (Big League Stew)

NEW YORK — Matt Harvey of the New York Mets and Max Scherzer of the Detroit Tigers are first-time All-Stars this season.
They’ll also be the first pitchers to take the mound for their respective squads when the All-Star Game begins Tuesday night at Citi Field. The announcement was made Monday afternoon and really came as no surprise given the way both men have pitched in the first half. It also didn’t hurt that both men had a little extra boost over their competition given that Harvey will be starting in front of the home crowd and the American League team is being led by Scherzer’s regular skipper, Jim Leyland.
Both men are the first pitchers to get a start in their All-Star debut since David Price and Ubaldo Jimenez got the nod for the 2010 game in Anaheim.
Harvey has given Mets fans some hope for the future in his first full season in the big leagues. The 24-year-old has a 7-2 record at the break, sporting a 2.35 ERA and a league-high 147 strikeouts. He’s the first All-Star pitcher tabbed to start in his home ballpark since Roger Clemens started for the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park in 2004.
The Mets skipped Harvey’s final scheduled start of the first half on Saturday and will skip his first scheduled start of the second half to help limit his innings count.
Scherzer leads all of baseball with a 13-1 record. The 28-year-old has posted a 3.19 ERA, a 0.979 WHIP and 152 strikeouts, which ranks just behind Yu Darvish’s league-leading total of 157. He last pitched on Saturday when he suffered his first defeat of the season in a 13-1 loss to the Texas Rangers.
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Five Reasons Why Cincinnati Reds’ Pitcher Mike Leake Shouldn’t Be an All-Star (Yahoo! Contributor Network)

COMMENTARY| There’s no shortage of players who could be NL All-Stars for this year’s summer classic but probably shouldn’t be — players like Justin Upton of the Atlanta Braves, Bryce Harper of the Washington Nationals, Yasiel Puig of the Los Angeles Dodgers, and the entire roster of the San Francisco Giants minus Buster Posey. …

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