MLB notebook: Aguilar, Segura win All-Star roster spots

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Milwaukee Brewers first baseman Jesus Aguilar and Seattle Mariners shortstop Jean Segura have won the final two roster spots for next week’s All-Star Game in Washington.

Major League Baseball released the results of online balloting for the last slot in each league Wednesday night, with Aguilar drawing 20.2 million votes to secure his first All-Star selection. San Francisco Giants first baseman Brandon Belt finished second, followed by Max Muncy of the Los Angeles Dodgers, Trea Turner of the Washington Nationals and Matt Carpenter of the Cardinals.

The 28-year-old Aguilar was tied for the National League lead with 23 home runs.

Segura snagged the last American League spot with 13.6 million votes. He was followed by Boston Red Sox outfielder Andrew Benintendi, New York Yankees slugger Giancarlo Stanton, Minnesota Twins outfielder Eddie Rosario and Los Angeles Angels shortstop Andrelton Simmons.

The 28-year-old Seattle shortstop was batting .329 and ranked second in the majors with 116 hits. Segura, who made the NL All-Star squad in 2013 with Milwaukee, is the first Seattle player to win the fan voting for the final spot.

Home Run Derby contestants named • Washington Nationals slugger Bryce Harper will take on Atlanta Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman in an all-NL East matchup in the first round of the Home Run Derby on Monday night.

The 25-year-old Harper is the second seed at his home ballpark by virtue of his 22 homers through Tuesday’s games. Freeman, the top NL vote-getter for Tuesday night’s All-Star Game at Nationals Park, is the seventh seed with 16 homers.

Milwaukee Brewers first baseman Jesus Aguilar is the top seed and faces Philadelphia Phillies slugger Rhys Hoskins. Los Angeles Dodgers rookie Max Muncy meets Chicago Cubs infielder Javier Baez, and Houston Astros third baseman Alex Bregman faces Cubs outfielder Kyle Schwarber.

It’s the second Home Run Derby for Harper, and the first for the rest of the field. Harper lost to Yoenis Cespedes in the 2013 final at Citi Field in New York.

Indians’ Miller throws off mound • Cleveland Indians reliever Andrew Miller threw off the mound Wednesday at Progressive Field, a major stride in his recovery from knee inflammation.

“Really well,” manager Terry Francona said describing Miller’s workout. “I think every time he throws, he takes a step in the right direction.”

Miller has been on the disabled list since May 26, and the left-hander’s absence has had a detrimental effect on Cleveland’s bullpen, which entered Wednesday’s series finale against Cincinnati with the AL’s highest ERA. The Indians won, 19-4.

Miller has been throwing off a bullpen mound, but the Indians moved his workout onto the ballpark’s main mound so the team could better use monitoring equipment to track his mechanics, velocity and location.

Orioles place Cashner on DL • Baltimore placed righthander Andrew Cashner on the 10-day disabled list on Wednesday with a neck strain.

Baltimore manager Buck Showalter said, “It’s something he gets once a year.” Cashner received an injection on Wednesday to treat the injury.

It has been a rough season for the 31-year old Cashner, who signed a two-year contract as a free agent in February.

Baltimore recalled righthander Yefry Ramirez from Triple-A Norfolk. The rookie could start in Cashner’s place on Sunday against Texas.

Astros send down Giles • The Houston Astros have optioned reliever Ken Giles to Triple-A Fresno after he appeared to curse at manager A.J. Hinch when he lifted him from the game.

The Astros were up by four to start the ninth against Oakland Tuesday night when Giles took over and gave up three straight singles which cut the lead to 4-1.

Hinch came to the mound to take out Giles and the TV broadcast caught him appearing to curse at Hinch on his way off the field. It was the second major outburst of the year for the righthander, who punched himself in the face as he left the mound after another bad performance earlier in the season.

Houston went on to win, 6-5, in 11 innings.

Twins’ Reed goes on DL • The Minnesota Twins have placed righthanded reliever Addison Reed on the 10-day disabled list with tightness in his triceps.

In 41 games in his first season with the Twins, Reed is 1-5 with a 4.83 ERA. He has allowed eight home runs in 41 innings. Five of those have come in his past 16 appearances, over which he has a 9.42 ERA with 24 hits allowed in 14 1/3 innings. Reed signed a two-year, $16.75 million contract with the Twins before the season.

Righthanded reliever Alan Busenitz was recalled from Triple-A Rochester for the third time this year.

Mets call up two players • The New York Mets have promoted outfielder Matt den Dekker and righthander Jacob Rhame from Triple-A Las Vegas.

Den Dekker hit .286 with 11 homers and 34 RBIs in 63 games with Las Vegas. He was in New York’s starting lineup for Wednesday night’s game against Philadelphia, batting sixth and playing center field in his first major league appearance since July 2, 2017, with Detroit.

Rhame is beginning his sixth stint with the Mets. The 25-year old reliever is 0-1 with a 6.59 ERA and one save. He served as the 26th man for Monday’s doubleheader against Philadelphia.

The Mets also optioned right-hander Drew Gagnon and outfielder Kevin Kaczmarski to Las Vegas. Gagnon was charged with six runs in 4 2/3 innings Tuesday in his major league debut. Kaczmarski was 0 for 4 with a walk since being called up on June 22.

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