Freeman, Delabar voted as All-Stars
So much for Puig-mania sweeping the country. Give this contest to Atlanta first baseman Freddie Freeman.
Freeman and Toronto reliever Steve Delabar won the fan voting for the final spots in next week's All-Star Game, meaning Dodgers sensation Yasiel Puig is likely headed for a few days off after a terrific stretch to begin his major league career.
Freeman set a record with 19.7 million votes, and Puig was second. Major League Baseball didn't release the vote total for Puig but said the Cuban defector also surpassed the previous record for the final vote of 15.6 million for Shane Victorino in 2009.
“It's unbelievable,” said Freeman, who's batting .307 with nine home runs and 56 RBI. “I'm kind of speechless. I wouldn't be here without the fans, and I just saw that it's 19.7 million votes. It's incredible, and it's just a dream come true.”
Puig, who has been in the majors for only five weeks, was batting .394 with eight homers and 19 RBI heading into Thursday night.
“I don't have my head down at all,” Puig said through an interpreter.
In the AL, right-hander Delabar, who's is 5-1 with a 1.74 ERA in 37 appearances, won with 9.6 million votes.
Also Thursday, Rays left-hander Matt Moore, who is 13-3 and tied with Detroit's Max Scherzer for the league lead in wins, replaced injured Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish on the AL All-Star roster.
Holliday leaves game with injury
Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday left Thursday's game against the Chicago Cubs because of tightness in his right hamstring.
Holliday clutched his hamstring when he was halfway to first base on a grounder to shortstop in the fourth inning and walked gingerly off the field after being tended to by a trainer.
Cubs, city of Chicago agree on Wrigley Jumbotron
The proposed modernization of historic Wrigley Field overcame an important hurdle when the Cubs and the city reached an agreement allowing the team to build an electronic Jumbotron and another sign above the ivy-covered outfield walls.
The city's landmarks commission unanimously voted to approve the deal, overcoming opposition from the local alderman and the owners of rooftop businesses who fear their negotiated views of the field will be obstructed. The matter now goes to the City Council.
The landmarks commission's approval was needed because it must sign off on any changes to historic structures.
Alderman Tom Tunney, whose ward includes Wrigley Field, told the commission that light from the proposed Jumbotron would be seen from blocks away. He asked that its size be reduced.
The deal would allow the Cubs to erect a 5,700-square-foot Jumbotron in left field of the 99-year-old ballpark and a 650-square-foot sign in right field.
Rangers blame Darvish's back injury on fatigue
The Rangers are confident Darvish won't be sidelined for long with a strained upper back.
Darvish was formally placed on the 15-day disabled list Thursday. The move is retroactive to July 7.
Rangers assistant general manager Thad Levine said Darivsh was examined by the team orthopedist, Dr. Keith Meister. According to Levine, Meister said the injury “was probably just a little bit of arm fatigue.”
Levine said Darvish should return to the rotation after the All-Star break.
Brewers' Braun out on bereavement leave
Brewers left fielder Ryan Braun will miss at least three games after being placed on bereavement leave.
Braun was expected to return to the lineup Thursday against Arizona but left the team due to a family medical issue, according to the team. Bereavement leave has to be at least three days and no more than seven under baseball's rules.
Braun returned to Milwaukee's lineup Tuesday against Cincinnati after missing 26 games with an inflamed nerve in his right hand, but he sat out Wednesday to rest a sore right thumb.
Around the diamond
The Reds put catcher Ryan Hanigan on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained left wrist. ... Rays right-hander Alex Cobb, hit in the head by a batted ball in June, took another concussion test and might throw batting practice Sunday. Cobb was struck in the right ear by a liner hit by the Royals' Eric Hosmer on June 15. ... Tigers right-hander Rick Porcello had his suspension for throwing at the Rays' Ben Zobrist reduced to five games.