Texas Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish and St. Louis Cardinals third baseman David Freese are headed to the All-Star Game after fans voted them into Tuesday’s showcase in Kansas City, Mo.
Darvish, 10-5 with a 3.59 ERA, is the eighth Rangers player on the American League team managed by Texas’ Ron Washington. He beat out four other pitchers: Chicago’s Jake Peavy, Baltimore’s Jason Hammel, Kansas City’s Jonathan Broxton and the Angels’ Ernesto Frieri.
Freese emerged from a National League field that included Atlanta outfielder Michael Bourn, Nationals rookie outfielder Bryce Harper and Arizona second baseman Aaron Hill. Freese is batting .285 with 13 homers.
Atlanta’s Chipper Jones had been in the running before he was named as an injury replacement for Matt Kemp.
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The online balloting for the final spots ended Thursday.
TRIBE HONORS DOBY
The Cleveland Indians are commemorating the 65th anniversary of Larry Doby breaking the American League’s color barrier by renaming a street in honor of the late Hall of Famer.
The team will unveil street signs on Larry Doby Way – formerly known as Eagle Avenue – which runs adjacent to Progressive Field, after today’s game against Tampa Bay. Also, the U.S. Postal Service is dedicating a stamp for Doby, who signed with the Indians in 1947.
Doby helped lead the Indians to a World Series title in 1948 – their last championship. A six-time All-Star, Doby was inducted in Cooperstown in 1998. He died in 2003 at age 79.
Tampa Bay’s Luke Scott set a club record by going 39 consecutive at-bats without a hit.
Scott grounded out to second base in the second inning against Indians starter Josh Tomlin on Thursday night to match the team mark of 37 set by former Mariners player Jose Cruz Jr. in 2004, then set the record in the fifth by fouling out to catcher Carlos Santana. He also flied out to right in the seventh.
Craig Counsell went 0-for-45 last season for Milwaukee.
GORDON OUT 6 WEEKS
Dodgers shortstop Dee Gordon has a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right thumb that will require surgery, and he’s expected to miss six weeks.
Gordon, injured Wednesday night sliding head-first into third base on a steal attempt against Cincinnati, had an MRI earlier Thursday and arrived to the clubhouse with a cast on his right hand.
Surgery was scheduled for today in the Phoenix area.
Gordon, 24, is in his first full season as the Dodgers’ starting shortstop. He’s batting .229, but leads the National League with 30 stolen bases.
Giants second baseman Freddy Sanchez will have part of a disk removed in his injured back and is out for the season. … Angels right-hander Dan Haren is on the disabled list for the first time in his seven-year career with lower-back stiffness. Haren is 6-8 with a 4.86 ERA after giving up seven runs in 4 innings to the Indians on Tuesday. … The Braves placed struggling reliever Jonny Venters (3-3, 4.45 ERA) on the 15-day disabled list because of inflammation and soreness at the back of his left elbow. … The Pirates put outfielder Alex Presley on the seven-day DL with a concussion sustained while attempting to make a diving catch Tuesday against Houston. … The Mets reacquired right-hander Chris Schwinden, claiming him off waivers from the Yankees and optioning him to Triple-A Buffalo. In the last five weeks, Schwinden, who was drafted by the Mets in 2008, has been claimed off waivers by Toronto, Cleveland and the Yankees before the Mets got him back.