MLB notebook: Derek Jeter heads All-Star selections

Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter was named to his 14th MLB All-Star Game, and he will start for the...

Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter was named to his 14th MLB All-Star Game, and he will start for the ninth time. (Adam Hunger/USA TODAY Sports/Files)

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Derek Jeter will be in the spotlight for perhaps the final time when he starts at shortstop for the American League in the All-Star Game.

The New York Yankees captain, who is retiring following the season, heads the AL squad for the July 17 game in Minneapolis. Jeter will appear in his 14th All-Star Game, and he will start for the ninth time.

Only six other players started at least nine All-Star Games for the AL: Cal Ripken Jr. (17), George Brett (11), Ken Griffey Jr. (10), Rod Carew, Ichiro Suzuki and Ivan Rodriguez (nine apiece).

The leading overall vote-getter in fan balloting was the Toronto Blue Jays' Jose Bautista, who will be joined in the AL outfield by the Los Angeles Angels' Mike Trout and the Baltimore Orioles' Adam Jones.

The starting AL infield consists of Detroit Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera, Seattle Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano, Jeter and Oakland A's third baseman Josh Donaldson. Injured Orioles catcher Matt Wieters was selected to a starting position.

The Milwaukee Brewers are the only NL team with two players voted as starters: third baseman Aramis Ramirez and outfielder Carlos Gomez. Rounding out the NL infield are Arizona Diamondbacks first baseman Paul Goldschmidt, Philadelphia Phillies second baseman Chase Utley and Colorado Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki.

Tulowitzki was the leading NL vote-getter.

Andrew McCutchen, the Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder who is the reigning NL Most Valuable Player, and second-year Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig complete the NL outfield.

YANKS ACQUIRE MCCARTHY

The New York Yankees acquired right-handed pitcher Brandon McCarthy and cash considerations from the Arizona Diamondbacks for left-hander Vidal Nuno on Sunday.

The Yankees also designated veteran outfielder Alfonso Soriano for assignment.

The Diamondbacks will pay half of the $4.1 million owed to McCarthy for the rest of the season and the Yankees will pay the $1 million in his assignment bonus, according to ESPN.

McCarthy is 3-10 with a 5.01 ERA in 18 starts this year.

The 30-year-old is 45-60 with a 4.21 ERA in 193 games (139 starts) over nine major league seasons with the Chicago White Sox (2005-06), Texas Rangers (2007-09), Oakland A's (2011-12) and Diamondbacks (2013-14).

The Yankees made the move to acquire McCarthy after facing the reality that left-hander CC Sabathia may be done for the season with a right knee injury and right-hander Michael Pineda is at least a month away from returning to the majors. The bottom three starters -- David Phelps, Nuno and Chase Whitley -- have been inconsistent.

BOURN BACK ON DL

The Cleveland Indians placed outfielder Michael Bourn on the 15-day disabled list Sunday with a left hamstring strain.

The club selected the contract of outfielder Tyler Holt from Triple-A Columbus to take Bourn's spot on the 25-man roster.

Bourn was injured while running the bases in the eighth inning of Saturday's 7-3 win over the Kansas City Royals.

This marks Bourn's fourth career stint on the DL. He previously missed the first 13 games of this season with the same injury.

Bourn is batting .267 with 37 runs, nine doubles, seven triples, three home runs and 21 RBIs in 66 games.

NIESE GETS REST

The New York Mets placed left-handed starter Jonathon Niese on the 15-day disabled list Sunday with a left shoulder strain, though he does not appear to be injured.

The club recalled right-handed reliever Buddy Carlyle from Triple-A Las Vegas to take Niese's spot on the 25-man roster.

Niese's spot in the rotation will go to right-hander Dillon Gee, who is ready to come off the DL. He will pitch Wednesday against the Atlanta Braves.

Niese, 27, was taken out of his last start Friday after just 12 pitches when he got tagged on the left side by a line drive hit by Texas Rangers outfielder Alex Rios. Niese said after that game that he felt fine.

The Mets want to give Niese a couple weeks of rest after noticing a decrease in velocity on his fastball.

"There's no discomfort, no pain," manager Terry Collins said before Sunday's game. "We're just seeing a decrease in stuff. You don't need radar guns to tell you there's something going on here."

ROYALS INK DOWNS

The Kansas City Royals signed left-handed reliever Scott Downs Sunday.

Downs joined the Royals bullpen immediately. To make room for Downs on the 25-man roster, the club optioned right-hander Casey Coleman to Triple-A Omaha.

Coleman allowed a run during Saturday's loss to the Cleveland Indians.

Downs, 38, was recently released by the Chicago White Sox after he had a 6.08 ERA and 1.65 WHIP over 23 2/3 innings. Last season, Downs had a 2.49 ERA in 43 1/3 innings combined between the Los Angeles Angels and Atlanta Braves.


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