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Sports briefs for July 7, 2013

By Wire Service Reports, Special to the BDN

MLB All-Star Game rosters announced

The full lineups for the American and National League teams that will take part in the 84th annual All-Star Game on Tuesday, July 16 at Citi Field in New York were announced early Saturday evening.

All-Star Game managers are San Francisco’s Bruce Bochy for the National League and Detroit’s Jim Leyland for the American League.

American League starters are Minnesota’s Joe Mauer (catcher), Baltimore’s Chris Davis (1B), New York’s Robinson Cano (2B), Baltimore’s J.J. Hardy (SS), Detroit’s Miguel Cabrera (3B), and outfielders Mike Trout (Los Angeles), Adam Jones (Baltimore) and Jose Bautista (Toronto). Boston’s David Ortiz is the starting DH.

National League starters are St. Louis’ Yadler Molina (C), Cincinnati’s Joey Votto (1B) and Brandon Phillips (2B), Colorado’s Troy Tulowitzki (SS) and New York’s David Wright (3B). Outifielders are Carlos Beltran (St. Louis), Carlos Gonzalez (Colorado) and Bryce Harper (Washington).

Righthanded pitchers for the American League are Clay Buchholz (Boston), Bartolo Colon (Oakland), Jesse Crain (Chicago), Yu Darvish (Texas), Felipe Hernandez and Hisashi Iwakuma (Seattle), Justin Masterson (Cleveland), Joe Nathan (Texas), Mariano Rivera (New York), Max Scherzer and Justin Verlander (Detroit). Left-handed pitchers are Brett Cecil (Toronto), Glen Perkins (Minnesota) and Chris Sale (Chicago).

Righthanded pitchers for the National League are Jose Fernandez (Miami), Jason Grilli (Pittsburgh), Matt Harvey (New York), Craig Kimbrel (Atlanta), Adam Wainwright (St. Louis) and Jordan Zimmerman (Washington). Lefthanded pitchers are Madison Bumgarner (San Francisco), Aroldis Chapman (Cincinnati), Patrick Corbin (Arizona), Clayton Kershaw (Los Angeles), Cliff Lee (Philadelphia), Jeff Locke (Pittsburgh) and Travis Wood (Chicago).

American League reserves are catchers Jason Castro (Houston) and Kansas City’s Salvador Perez; 1B Prince Fielder (Detroit); 2B Jason Kipnis (Cleveland), Dustin Pedroia (Boston) and Ben Zobrist (Tampa); SS Jhonny Peralta (Detroit), 3B Manny Machado (Baltimore), outfielders Nelson Cruz (Texas), Alex Gordon (Kansas City) and Torii Hunter (Detroit); and DH Edwin Encarnacion (Toronto).

The National League’s reserves are catcher Buster Posey (San Francisco); 1B Paul Goldschmidt (Arizona) and Allen Craig (St. Louis); 2B Matt Carpenter (St. Louis) and Marco Scutaro (San Francisco); SS Everth Cabrera (San Diego) and Jean Segura (Milwaukee); 3B Pedro Alvarez (Pittsburgh) and outfielders Domonic Brown (Philadelphia), Michael Cuddyer (Colorado), Carlos Gomez (Milwaukee) and Andrew McCutchen (Pittsburgh).

Dixon leads 1-2-3 Ganassi finish at Pocono

LONG POND, Pa. — Chip Ganassi felt like a million dollars at Pocono Raceway.

His IndyCar Series team has struggled mightily this season, but it recovered to finish first, second and third on Sunday in the Pocono IndyCar 400 fueled by Sunoco.

Scott Dixon posted his 30th career IndyCar victory, holding off teammate Charlie Kimball by 0.45 of a second, and Dario Franchitti was third.

Dixon won for the first time this season. Kimball matched his career-best finish. Franchitti finished on the top-three podium for the first time this year.

The win was the 200th for Honda, which has been waiting for a breakthrough after being dominated by Chevrolet in most of the races this season.

Dixon became the eighth winner in 11 races in the series this year. Ganassi’s cars have never finished 1-2-3 in any race.

Cards’ Molina hopes to play Tuesday

An MRI on Yadier Molina’s right knee showed no structural damage and the St. Louis Cardinals catcher hopes to return to the lineup by Tuesday.

Tests after Saturday’s game against the Miami Marlins showed inflammation in the knee. Cardinals Manager Mike Matheny raised concerns during his postgame meeting with the media when he said Molina was headed to a hospital for an exam.

“Everything came back negative and that’s a relief,” Molina said Sunday. “A couple days and I’ll be ready to go.”

Molina, who said the knee has bothered him for about a month, was the leading vote-getter for the July 16 All-Star Game in results announced Saturday.

Matheny called Molina’s status day to day. The Cardinals have a scheduled off day on Monday and open a series against the Houston Astros on Tuesday.

Molina’s .346 batting average leads the National League and he is tied for the NL lead in doubles with 26. He has six home runs and 45 RBIs in 81 games.

Brewers’ Braun targets Thursday return

Milwaukee Brewers left fielder Ryan Braun is hoping to return to the lineup on Thurday, MLB.com reported Sunday.

Braun’s optimism was bolstered with a good batting practice session on Saturday. He has been on the disabled list since June 14 because of nerve inflammation between his right thumb and forefinger.

The Thursday return hinges on how batting-practice sessions go the next few days. The Brewers begin a four-game series with the Arizona Diamondbacks on Thursday heading into the All-Star break.

Brewers manager Ron Roenicke indicated that Braun, who said he was feeling good after Saturday’s BP, would ease back into the lineup.

“He’s got to get his legs under him,” Roenicke said, according to MLB.com. “If we can get him maybe back before the All-Star break and let him play in some games, and then use the break as kind of how you would recuperate in spring training, that would be ideal.”

In 57 games this season, Braun is batting .304 with nine home runs and 36 RBIs.

Yankees claim Ishikawa off waivers

The New York Yankees have claimed first baseman Travis Ishikawa off waivers from the Baltimore Orioles, the Baltimore Sun reported.

The Yankees also transferred infielder Kevin Youkilis to the 60-day disabled list. Youkilis is out with a back injury.

Ishikawa is scheduled to join the Yankees on Monday, and he is expected to see some playing time. Lyle Overbay has been the Yankees primary first baseman lately.

Ishikawa was batting .316 with seven home runs in 49 games at Triple-A Norfolk before the Orioles called him up on June 18. The Orioles designated him for assignment on June 29.

Roy reaches deal with Blues

The St. Louis Blues reached agreement on a one-year, $4 million contract with free-agent center Derek Roy.

Roy played for the Dallas Stars and Vancouver Canucks this past season. He had four goals and 22 points for the Stars before he was traded April 2 to the Canucks. With Vancouver, he had three goals and six points in 12 regular-season games and one assists in a first-round playoff loss to the San Jose Sharks.

“Proud to part of the St Louis Blues organization. Excited to get started,” Roy said on Twitter.

Roy was selected by the Buffalo Sabres in the 2001 NHL Draft and was with the team until he went to the Stars last year. His best season with the Sabres was 32 goals and 81 points in 2007-08. He has 168 goals and 455 points in 591 career regular-season games.

Orioles’ Davis wants crack at Home Run Derby

NEW YORK — Major League Baseball home run leader Chris Davis is thrilled about going to his first All-Star game as top vote getter in fan balloting but he has one more wish.

Davis yearns to take part in the Home Run Derby held on the eve of the July 16 Midsummer Classic at Citi Field, home of the New York Mets, and that wish is almost certain to come true.

“If I’m asked, I will,” the 27-year-old slugger told reporters before Sunday’s game against the Yankees about joining Home Run Derby captain Robinson Cano’s American League long-ball hitting lineup. “If I have the opportunity to, absolutely.

“Just as much as the All-Star game means to me, as a power hitter it’s something that I’ve watched since I was little kid and something that I’ve always wanted to do. So If I’m asked I definitely want to do it.”

Rangers put Tepesch, Berkman on DL, activate Soria

The Texas Rangers placed right-hander Nick Tepesch and designated hitter Lance Berkman on the disabled list and activated reliever Joakim Soria on Sunday.

Tepesch, 24, was the winning pitcher in Friday’s 10-5 victory over the Houston Astros but experienced soreness in his inflamed right elbow on Saturday. He is 4-6 with a 4.89 ERA in 16 starts this year.

Berkman, 37, suffered an injured muscle in his hip and back during Saturday night’s 9-5 loss to the Astros and left the game in the seventh inning. He is batting .254 with six home runs and 34 RBIs in 68 games this season.

Soria, a right-hander, was on the 60-day disabled list and has not pitched in the major leagues since Sept. 11, 2011, with Kansas City. The 29-year-old, who is coming off his second Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery, pitched in seven rehab games and gave up only one hit.

In five years with the Royals, Soria compiled 160 saves and a 2.40 ERA.

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