NEW YORK -- Derek Jeter, David Ortiz and Roy Halladay led the usual slew of Yankees, Red Sox and Phillies picked for the All-Star Game. Joining in this year, a Brew Crew.
Outfielder Ryan Braun, first baseman Prince Fielder and second baseman Rickie Weeks made up a Milwaukee trio elected by fans to start July 12 in Phoenix. Quite a haul, the largest ever for a small-market team better known for sausage races than pennant races.
"It means the Milwaukee Brewers have arrived on the national scene," Braun, the top NL vote-getter, said before the Central co-leaders visited Minnesota.
Fielder and Weeks were among several players who overcame voting deficits in the final week. Mets shortstop Jose Reyes, Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp and Detroit catcher Alex Avila also rallied late to earn starting spots.
Toronto outfielder Jose Bautista, the reigning home run champion, drew a record 7.4 million votes. He became the first Blue Jays player elected to start since Carlos Delgado in 2003.
Bautista homered Saturday off Halladay, then hit his major league-leading 27th homer against Philadelphia's Cliff Lee. Full Story
In another argument for the designated hitter, the Indians have placed starter Fausto Carmona on the 15-day disabled list after he suffered a strained right quadriceps muscle running to first base. The counterargument, and mine, would be that if you can't run 90 feet, you shouldn't be eligible to make the minimum salary and be able to call yourself a professional athlete -- but those AL types will talk about the DH and all that.
In the third inning of Saturday's game against the Reds, Carmona laid down a sacrifice bunt and tripped on his way to first and had to exit the game. You can watch the play here.
The team activated closer Chris Perez from the bereavement list to take Carmona's place not he roster.
Carmona is 4-10 with a 5.78 ERA in 18 starts this season.
SEATTLE -- Second baseman Orlando Hudson was feeling better but was out of the San Diego Padres lineup again with a sore knee.
Hudson fouled a pitch off his left knee in Friday night's series opener against Seattle. Manager Bud Black said the plan was for Hudson to go through pregame work on and be evaluated before the Padres open their series on Monday in San Francisco.
Black also said that injured right-hander Aaron Harang will begin a rehab stint on Monday night at Class A Lake Elsinore.
Harang went on the disabled list June 13 with a right foot contusion. He's expected to need at least two rehab starts before the Padres will consider bringing him off the DL.
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Texas Rangers slugger Josh Hamilton is open to the idea of participating in the Home Run Derby at the All-Star Game for the first time since his memorable 28 homers in the first round at old Yankee Stadium three years ago.
Hamilton turned down taking part in the past two derbys, but said Sunday that he would consider being part of the new team derby if asked by American League captain David Ortiz.
"It's a really cool concept, the whole team situation. We'll see," Hamilton said. "Yeah, I'd definitely consider it. I'm not saying for sure I'd do it, but it'd just be a fun thing to take part in the first one like that ever."
Hamilton said he hadn't spoken with Ortiz about the competition.
SEATTLE -- The Seattle Mariners selected right-hander Blake Beavan from Triple-A Tacoma to start the series finale against San Diego and optioned outfielder Mike Carp to Tacoma.
Beavan will be making his major league debut. He was acquired by Seattle as part of the deal that sent Cliff Lee to Texas last July.
Seattle also transferred catcher Chris Gimenez from the 15-day to 60-day disabled list to clear a spot on the 40-man roster for Beavan.
Beavan is 5-3 with a 4.46 ERA in 16 starts for the Rainiers this season. He'll be taking the spot in Seattle's rotation of Erik Bedard, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Wednesday with a sprained left knee.
WASHINGTON -- The Pittsburgh Pirates sent right-handed pitcher Brad Lincoln to Triple-A Indianapolis.
Lincoln started the second game of Saturday's doubleheader. He allowed two runs and four hits in six innings and got a no-decision in Washington's 4-3 win.
Pittsburgh manager Clint Hurdle said that Lincoln "did nothing to disappoint." Hurdle said the team didn't have a place on the roster for the team's No. 1 selection in the 2006 draft.
The Pirates recalled right-handed pitcher Chris Leroux from Indianapolis.
Rockies purchase Stults' contract
DENVER -- The Colorado Rockies purchased the contract of left-handed pitcher Eric Stults from Triple-A and optioned righty Greg Reynolds to the team's top farm club.
Stults was 4-4 with a 5.21 ERA in 37 games at Colorado Springs. He has spent parts of four seasons in majors, all with the Dodgers from 2006-09, where went 8-10 with a 4.84 ERA with 63 walks and 98 strikeouts in 35 games, 24 of them starts.
Reynolds was recalled Saturday to start the Rockies' game against the Royals. He got the win in Colorado's 9-6 victory over Kansas City, giving up five runs and eight hits in five innings to improve to 3-0.
To make room for Stults on the 40-man roster, the Rockies transferred right-hander Matt Daley from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day DL.