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Jones, Cruz, Wieters named American League All-Star starters

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Jones, Cruz, Wieters named American League All-Star starters

Posted on 06 July 2014 by WNST Staff

2014 All-Star Game Starters Announced

Jose Bautista Finishes as Baseball’s Leading Vote-Getter for Second Time in Four Years After Edging Out Fellow A.L. Outfielder Mike Trout; Troy Tulowitzki Tallies Highest Vote Total Among National Leaguers; Derek Jeter Earns Ninth Starting Assignment in Final Midsummer Classic; Adam Jones Surpasses Yoenis Cespedes for Final A.L. Outfield Spot

Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista, Major League Baseball’s leading vote-getter for the second time in four seasons (also 2011), and Colorado Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki, who led the National League in voting, will be among the starters in the 85th All-Star Game, to be played on Tuesday, July 15th at Target Field in Minnesota. The 2014 American League and National League All-Star Teams were unveiled earlier this evening during the “Taco Bell™ All-Star Selection Show” on ESPN.

Bautista, who finished with 5,859,019 votes, earns his fourth consecutive fan election and fifth All-Star selection overall. He is the 10th different A.L. outfielder in history to earn four straight fan elections, joining Hall of Famers Reggie Jackson (four from 1972-75 and five from 1980-84); Dave Winfield (six from 1983-88); Rickey Henderson (four from 1985-88); and Kirby Puckett (four from 1992-95); as well as Ken Griffey, Jr. (10 from 1990-99); Manny Ramirez (eight from 1999-2006); Vladimir Guerrero (four from 2004-07); Ichiro Suzuki (four from 2001-04 and five from 2006-10); and Josh Hamilton (five from 2008-12). The Dominican Republic native, who also finished as the overall online vote leader, is the second player in Blue Jays franchise history to earn four fan-elected starts, joining Hall of Fame second baseman Roberto Alomar (1991-94). Bautista, the captain of the A.L. squad at the 2014 Gillette Home Run Derby, has reached base safely in 77 of his 82 starts this season entering play on Sunday. He leads the A.L. with a .423 on-base percentage and 60 walks, is seventh with 56 runs scored, eighth with a .529 slugging percentage and tied for 10th with 17 home runs.

Tulowitzki, now an All-Star for the fourth time in his career, totaled 5,349,456 votes, which was the third-highest total in the Majors. After also earning the fan election in 2013, he becomes the first N.L. shortstop to receive back-to-back starting assignments since Hanley Ramirez (2008-10). In addition, Tulowitzki is just the third player in Rockies history to earn multiple fan elections, joining Larry Walker (1997-99) and former teammate Todd Helton (2001-03). Tulowitzki, who will serve as the N.L. captain during the 2014 Gillette Home Run Derby, entered Sunday leading the Majors with a .350 batting average, .441 on-base percentage and 66 runs scored. In addition, he was second in the Majors with a .608 slugging percentage, second in the N.L. with 18 home runs, fourth with 172 total bases, fifth with a .343 batting average with runners in scoring position, tied for sixth with 29 multi-hit games and tied for eighth with 99 hits.

Tulowitzki’s A.L. counterpart will be New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter, who has now been elected to start by the fans nine times. Jeter, now a 14-time All-Star overall, garnered 3,928,422 votes to become the seventh player in A.L. history to earn at least nine fan elections, joining Hall of Famers Cal Ripken, Jr. (17 with Baltimore), George Brett (11 with Kansas City) and Rod Carew (nine with Minnesota); as well as Griffey (10 with Seattle); teammate Suzuki (nine with Seattle); and Ivan Rodriguez (nine with Texas). Jeter, who entered play on Sunday eighth on the all-time hit list with 3,397 hits, is one of three players in Major League history with at least 3,000 hits, 250 home runs and 350 stolen bases, along with Craig Biggio and Hall of Famer Henderson. In his final season, the future Hall of Famer is hitting .266 with 21 RBI and 28 runs scored.

Bautista is joined in the A.L. outfield by Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and Adam Jones of the Baltimore Orioles. Trout tallied 5,559,705 votes, good for the second-highest total overall in the Majors, while Jones received 2,817,419 as he pulled ahead of Yoenis Cespedes (2,744,074) of the Oakland Athletics in the final week of balloting. Trout, now a three-time All-Star, earns his second straight fan election to become the fifth player in Angels history to receive consecutive fan-elected starts, joining Hall of Famers Carew (1979-84) and Jackson (1982-84), as well as Fred Lynn (1982-83) and Guerrero (2004-07). In 2013, Trout became the youngest A.L. position player to start a Midsummer Classic since Ivan Rodriguez in 1993. With his third All-Star selection, he becomes just the fourth A.L. outfielder in Major League history to receive three All-Star nods before his 23rd birthday, joining Hall of Famers Mickey Mantle and Al Kaline, as well as Griffey. For the second consecutive season, Trout has at least 15 home runs and at least 10 stolen bases before the All-Star break, joining his hitting coach Don Baylor (1978-79) as the only Angels to ever accomplish the feat in back-to-back seasons. Entering play today, Trout was batting .362 (51-for-141) over his last 36 games, and he had recorded 41 RBI over his last 46 contests. On the season, he ranks second in the A.L. with 48 extra-base hits, a .401 on-base percentage and a .606 slugging percentage, is third with 189 total bases, tied for third with 51 walks, fifth with five triples and 20 home runs, tied for fifth with 57 runs scored and tied for eighth with a .308 batting average.

Jones, selected to his fourth career Midsummer Classic, receives a starting assignment for the second consecutive season. He becomes the sixth player in Orioles history to earn multiple fan elections, joining Hall of Famers Frank Robinson (1970-71), Brooks Robinson (1971-74), Ripken (1984-87; 1989-2001) and Alomar (1996-98), as well as Boog Powell (1970-71). Jones is also the first O’s outfielder to garner consecutive fan elections since Frank Robinson and the first Orioles outfielder to make at least three consecutive All-Star squads since Robinson (1969-72). Jones, who hit .348 (39-for-112) with nine homers and 20 RBI in June, is batting .469 (15-for-32) over his nine-game hitting streak entering Sunday. He is second in the A.L. with 110 hits, tied for fifth with 32 multi-hit games and 180 total bases and seventh with a .309 batting average.

A trio of first-time starters fills the N.L. outfield, including reigning league Most Valuable PlayerAndrew McCutchen of the Pittsburgh Pirates, who led the way with 4,519,440 votes. He is followed by Carlos Gomez (4,068,745) of the Milwaukee Brewers and Yasiel Puig (4,059,746) of the Los Angeles Dodgers. McCutchen, an All-Star for the fourth time, becomes the first Pirates player to win a fan election since outfielder Jason Bay in 2006. The 27-year-old McCutchen is also just the seventh player in Pirates history to garner a fan election, joining Bay, Barry Bonds (1992-93), Andy Van Slyke (1992-93), Dave Parker (1977-78, 1980-81), and Hall of Famers Roberto Clemente (1972) and Willie Stargell (1971-72). In addition, McCutchen is the first Pittsburgh player to be named an All-Star in four consecutive years since Clemente (1969-72). McCutchen, who has hit safely in 12 of his last 13 games entering play on Sunday, led all Major League players with 20 extra-base hits during the month of June, and he was the first Pirates player with 20 extra-base hits in one month since Brian Giles in June 2001. Coming into the day, he ranked first in the N.L. with 56 walks, second with a .423 on-base percentage, third with a .322 batting average, 42 extra-base hits and 175 total bases, tied for third with 104 hits and 26 doubles, fourth with a .542 slugging percentage and a .351 batting average with runners in scoring position, tied for fourth with 53 RBI and tied for sixth with 29 multi-hit games.

Gomez, an All-Star for the second consecutive season, joins teammate Ryan Braun (2008-11) as the only Brewers outfielders in franchise history to land a fan-elected starting assignment. Gomez, who posted a career-best and Milwaukee season-high 18-game hitting streak in June, started play today third in the N.L. with a .358 batting average with runners in scoring position, ninth with a .511 slugging percentage, tied for ninth with 162 total bases and 14 stolen bases and tied for 10th with 52 runs scored.

Puig, in his second Major League season, gives the Dodgers a fan-elected outfielder in the Midsummer Classic for the fourth time in the last five years, following the elections of Andre Ethier (2010) and Matt Kemp (2011-12). The Cuban native, who is the N.L. starting squad’s only first-time All-Star, entered Sunday tied for second in the N.L. with 30 multi-hit games, sixth with 164 total bases, seventh with a .393 on-base percentage and a .516 slugging percentage, and eighth with a .337 batting average with runners in scoring position and a .308 batting average overall. He becomes just the fifth different Cuban player to win a fan election, joining Hall of Famer Tony Perez (1970), Tony Oliva (1971), Bert Campaneris (1973-75) and Jose Canseco (1988-90, 1992, 1999).

Reigning two-time A.L. Most Valuable Player Miguel Cabrera of the Detroit Tigers led A.L. first basemen with 4,377,749 votes en route to his eighth All-Star selection and second fan-elected start following his fan election at third base a year ago. The Venezuelan native becomes just the fifth player in Tigers history to earn multiple fan-elected starting assignments at the Midsummer Classic, joining catchers Bill Freehan (1970, 1972), Lance Parrish (1984-86), Ivan Rodriguez (2004, 2006-07) and second baseman Lou Whitaker (1984-86). In addition, the 2012 Triple Crown winner joins former teammate Prince Fielder (2012) as the only fan-elected starting first basemen in Tigers history. Cabrera also becomes the first Tigers position player to be selected to the All-Star Game in five consecutive seasons since Whitaker (1983-87). Over the last eight seasons, eight different A.L. first basemen have won a fan election, including David Ortiz (2007), Kevin Youkilis (2008), Mark Teixeira (2009), Justin Morneau (2010), Adrian Gonzalez (2011), Fielder (2012) and Chris Davis (2013). Entering play today, Cabrera led the A.L. with 32 doubles, ranked second with a .370 batting average with runners in scoring position, third with 46 extra-base hits, fourth with 67 RBI, sixth with a .311 batting average and a .540 slugging percentage, seventh with 174 total bases and ninth with 100 hits.

Joining Cabrera on the right side of the A.L. infield is Seattle Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano, who will reunite with his former teammate Jeter up the middle. Cano, in his first season with Seattle, tallied 3,237,735 votes to secure his sixth All-Star selection and fifth consecutive fan election. He joins Hall of Famers Carew (six straight, 1970-75) and Alomar (five straight, 1996-2000) as the only second basemen in A.L. history to earn five straight fan elections. In addition, Cano joins Bret Boone (2001) as the only fan-elected starting second basemen in Mariners history, and he is just the fourth Seattle infielder overall to receive an election from the fans, joining Boone, John Olerud (1B, 2001) and former teammate Alex Rodriguez (SS, 1997-98; 2000). Cano entered play today leading the A.L. with a .373 batting average with runners in scoring position, tied for third with 33 multi-hit games, fourth with a .323 batting average overall, sixth with 104 hits and tied for sixth with a .383 on-base percentage. Since May 9th, Cano is batting .348 (65-for-187) with 31 runs scored, 14 doubles, five home runs and 32 RBI.

Rounding out the A.L. infield is Oakland Athletics third baseman Josh Donaldson, who is the A.L. starting squad’s lone first-time All-Star. Donaldson received 3,684,820 votes to give the A’s, who entered play today with the best record in the Majors at 54-33 (.621), their first fan-elected starter since first baseman Jason Giambi in 2000. Donaldson becomes the first Oakland third baseman in team history to earn a fan-elected start, and he is the fifth different A.L. third baseman to win a fan election in the last five years, joining Evan Longoria (2010), Rodriguez (2011), Adrian Beltre (2012) and Cabrera (2013). Entering Sunday, Donaldson was third in the A.L. with 58 runs scored, sixth with 62 RBI and is tied for sixth with 19 home runs.

Joining Tulowitzki on the left side of the N.L. infield is Brewers third baseman Aramis Ramirez, who garnered 2,318,611 votes to produce his third All-Star selection and first fan-elected starting assignment. Ramirez becomes the first Brewer to win a starting job at the hot corner, and he joins second basemen Don Money (1978), Hall of Famer Paul Molitor (1980, 1988) and teammate Rickie Weeks (2011), as well as Hall of Fame shortstop Robin Yount (1982-83) and first baseman Fielder (2007, 2011) as the only infielders in Brewers history to win an election. The 36-year-old native of the Dominican Republic entered Sunday batting .286 with 11 home runs and 41 RBI on the season. Among N.L. third basemen, he was tied for fourth in home runs and tied for fifth in RBI.

On the right side of the N.L. infield, Arizona Diamondbacks first baseman Paul Goldschmidt, now a two-time All-Star and fan-elected starter for the first time, joins veteran second baseman Chase Utley of the Philadelphia Phillies, who makes his sixth trip to the Midsummer Classic, all of which have come via a fan election. Goldschmidt received 3,516,890 votes en route to becoming the first D-backs first baseman, and just the fourth player in franchise history, to earn a fan election. The other three to do so were second baseman Jay Bell (1999), third baseman Matt Williams (1999) and outfielder Luis Gonzalez (2001). Goldschmidt started play today leading the N.L. with 32 doubles and 48 extra-base hits, ranked second with 63 runs scored and 181 total bases, tied for second with 30 multi-hit games, third with 56 RBI and a .544 slugging percentage, tied for third with 50 walks, sixth with 102 hits and a .395 on-base percentage and tied for eighth with 15 home runs.

Utley, who won fan elections in each season from 2006-10, tallied 2,866,529 total votes. His six fan elections trail only Hall of Famer Mike Schmidt (9) for the most in Phillies history. Te only other N.L. second basemen to draw more All-Star starts are Utley’s manager Ryne Sandberg (9) and fellow Hall of Famer Joe Morgan (7). Utley began play on Sunday batting .287 on the season with six home runs, 40 RBI, 24 doubles and 46 runs scored. Utley, who picked up his 1,500th career hit last Sunday against Atlanta, leads all N.L. second basemen in doubles and extra-base hits (33).

St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina received 3,842,434 votes to secure his sixth All-Star selection along with his fourth career and second consecutive fan-elected start. He joins Hall of Famer Ozzie Smith (12) and former teammate Albert Pujols (5) as the only players in Cardinals history to receive at least four fan-elected starting assignments. Molina has thrown out 17 of 34 runners attempting to steal this season for a N.L.-best .500 percentage. At the plate, the Puerto Rican native is batting .294 with seven home runs, 30 RBI, 15 doubles and 30 runs scored. With Molina’s election, the Cardinals have now had at least one player elected to start in each of the last six seasons (since 2009), marking the longest active streak in the N.L.

Orioles catcher Matt Wieters and designated hitter Nelson Cruz round out the starting A.L. squad, giving Baltimore a trio of fan-elected starters (along with Jones) for the second consecutive season (Davis, J.J. Hardy and Jones in 2013). It marks the first time since 1997 (Alomar, Ripken and Brady Anderson) and 1998 (Alomar, Ripken) that the O’s have had multiple fan-elected starters in back-to-backs seasons. Wieters collected 2,701,310 votes en route to his third All-Star selection and first fan-elected starting assignment. He becomes just the second Orioles backstop in franchise history to win a fan election, joining Terry Kennedy (1987). Wieters, who underwent season-ending Tommy John surgery in June, batted .308 with five home runs and 18 RBI over 26 games played. He will be replaced in the starting lineup by the A.L. catcher elected to the All-Star Team via the Player Ballot.

Cruz received 3,942,138 votes to secure his third All-Star selection and first career fan-elected starting assignment. He becomes just the fifth different fan-elected starter at designated hitter in history, joining Edgar Martinez (1997, 2001, 2003), Canseco (1999), Ortiz (2005, 2008, 2011-13) and Guerrero (2010). Cruz entered play today tied for first in the Majors with 27 home runs and 70 RBI. His 27 home runs are currently third in Orioles franchise history before the All-Star break, trailing teammate Davis (37 in 2013) and Anderson (30 in 1996). Cruz also ranks second in the A.L. with 191 total bases, and fifth with a .581 slugging percentage and 43 extra-base hits.

With seven different N.L. teams represented among its eight starters (only Milwaukee has two), this marks the eighth time since fan balloting began in 1970 that the N.L. has as many as seven different teams represented among the starting position players. The other years in which it occurred include 1971, 1984, 1995, 1996, 1998, 1999 and 2010. The N.L. has never had eight different teams represented among the eight positional leaders. With four different teams represented in the A.L. infield, the 85th All-Star Game will mark the first time since 2003, and the 19th time overall since fan balloting began in 1970, that the four A.L. fan-elected starting infielders come from four different teams.

There are eight foreign-born players among the 17 fan-elected starters, marking the third consecutive season that at least eight foreign-born players received a fan election. Last year, eight foreign-born players also won fan elections after nine received the honor in 2012.

MLB’s All-Star Balloting Program is the largest of its kind in professional sports. More than 20 million Firestone All-Star ballots were distributed at the 30 Major League ballparks, each of which had 25 dates for balloting, and in approximately 100 Minor League ballparks. After the in-stadium phase of balloting concluded on Thursday, June 26th, fans still had the opportunity to cast their votes for starters exclusively online at MLB.com, the 30 Club Web sites and their mobile devices until Thursday, July 3rd at 11:59 p.m. (EDT).

Firestone, the official tire of MLB, was once again the exclusive sponsor of the 2014 In-Stadium All-Star Balloting Program. The ballot featured an All-Star sweepstakes, in which a winner will be rewarded with a trip for two to MLB All-Star Week, including airfare, hotel accommodations, tickets to the All-Star Game and other MLB All-Star Week events, and VIP on-field access to watch batting practice before the All-Star Game with an MLB legend.

The American League All-Star Team has nine elected starters via the fan balloting program, while the National League All-Star Team has eight fan-elected starters. The pitchers and reserves for both squads – totaling 25 for the N.L. and 24 for the A.L. – were determined through a combination of “Player Ballot” choices and selections made by the two All-Star managers – A.L. skipper John Farrell of the defending World Series Champion Boston Red Sox and N.L. manager Mike Matheny of the St. Louis Cardinals.

Fans can now begin to vote to select the final player for each League’s 34-man roster via the 2014 All-Star Game MLB.com Final Vote Sponsored by Experian. Fans can cast their votes from a list of five players from each League over a five-day period and the winners will be announced after the voting concludes on Thursday, July 10th. Now in its 13th season with more than 430 million votes cast, fans again will be able to make their Final Vote selections on MLB.com, Club sites and their mobile phones.

The final phase of All-Star Game voting again will have fans participating in the official voting for the Ted Williams All-Star Game Most Valuable Player Award presented by Chevrolet. During the Midsummer Classic, fans will vote exclusively online at MLB.com and the 30 Club sites via the 2014 All-Star Game MLB.com MVP Vote Sponsored by Pepsi, and their collective voice will represent 20 percent of the official vote determining this year’s recipient of the Arch Ward Trophy.

The 2014 All-Star Game will be played at Target Field on Tuesday, July 15th. The 85th All-Star Game will be televised nationally by FOX Sports; in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and RDS; and worldwide by partners in more than 200 countries via MLB International’s independent feed. ESPN Radio and ESPN Radio Deportes will provide exclusive national radio coverage of the All-Star Game. MLB Network, MLB.com and Sirius XM also will provide comprehensive All-Star Week coverage. For more information, please visit allstargame.com.

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Former Oriole Reimold claimed off waivers by Blue Jays

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Former Oriole Reimold claimed off waivers by Blue Jays

Posted on 06 July 2014 by WNST Staff

Nolan Reimold was claimed off outright waivers by the Toronto Blue Jays Sunday.

The claim ends a week of speculation about the outfielder’s future. The Baltimore Orioles had activated Reimold from the 60 day disabled list (back) earlier in the week and designated him for assignment. After failing to be able to trade him, the Birds placed Reimold on outright waivers Friday.

The Blue Jays will be on the hook for the remainder of his $1.025 million salary this season.

Reimold’s Baltimore tenure ends after his most recent trip to the DL came following spine fusion surgery in the spring. This surgery was the most recent in a line of health-related issues for the Bowling Green alum. After being sidelined by an oblique strain and achilles tendon fraying early in his career, Reimold’s most significant issues began in 2012. He previously had surgery for a herniated disc in June 2012 that shortened his season, he was forced to have corrective surgery just a year later to fix the previous procedure.

Since arriving in the big leagues in 2009, Reimold played in just 286 games (all with the Orioles). He hit .252/.327/.439 with 41 home runs and 126 RBI in the span.

The O’s appeared to view Reimold as expendable in part due to a glut of right handed hitting outfielder/designated hitter/first base types on the major league roster. Manager Buck Showalter has struggled to find regular playing time for hot hitting Delmon Young due to Nelson Cruz and Steve Pearce’s outstanding success to start the season as well.

CRUZ RESPONDS: Speaking of Cruz, he responded to comments made about him Saturday night by Red Sox pitcher John Lackey when speaking to reporters pre-game Sunday.

After the left fielder went 5-5 and came just a triple short of the cycle Saturday night, Lackey said “I’m not even going to comment on him. I’ve got nothing to say about him. There’s things I would like to say, but I’m not going to.”

The starter was clearly referring to Cruz’s 50 game suspension in 2013 related to PED’s and his relationship with Biogenesis.

Cruz was asked about the comments by reporters Sunday, saying “people can say whatever they want. It’s part of being free. I don’t have any comments about that,” according to CSNBaltimore.com. “What I care about is my teammates and what they think about me.”

He added “everybody is free to talk. What I care about is what I’m doing here.”

Showalter also addressed the comments in his pre-game chat with reporters, saying “you consider sources of people and some of their emotions after the game, whether it be a player’s comment or a manager’s comment or some fan’s comment. You understand that nobody makes those comments after they pitched a complete game shutout or Nelson is 0-for-5. It’s human nature. We need to all make sure we check our own backyard before we start looking at someone else’s,” also according to CSNBaltimore.com.

NOTES: Showalter re-affirmed to reporters in Boston that Bud Norris (groin) came out of his simulated game Saturday well and is expected to start Tuesday or Wednesday against the Washington Nationals. The Baltimore Sun reported the team is leaning towards Tuesday to get him an extra start before the All-Star break…MLB.com reports Sunday starter Kevin Gausman is not guaranteed to make another start before the All-Star break, saying the Birds could send him back down to get another reliever before the final week of the first half of the season…Slumping first baseman Chris Davis did not start Sunday as Showalter decided to give him a day of rest. Davis came into the day with just two hits in his last 34 at-bats

 

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Orioles designate Ramirez to make room for Gausman

Posted on 06 July 2014 by WNST Staff

Orioles recall RHP Kevin Gausman from Class-A Aberdeen

RHP Ramon Ramirez designated for assignment

 

The Orioles today announced that they have recalled RHP KEVIN GAUSMAN from Class-A Aberdeen and designated RHP RAMON RAMIREZ for assignment. Gausman is expected to start today’s game at Boston.

Gausman, 23, is 3-2 with a 3.86 ERA (28.0IP, 12ER) in five starts for the Orioles this season.

Ramirez, 32, made one scoreless appearance for the Orioles (1.0IP, BB, 2K) after having his contract selected on June 30.

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Lackey on Cruz: “There’s things I’d like to say, but I’m not going to”

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Lackey on Cruz: “There’s things I’d like to say, but I’m not going to”

Posted on 06 July 2014 by WNST Staff

Left fielder Nelson Cruz had a huge night for the Baltimore Orioles Saturday against the Boston Red Sox, but one person in particular wasn’t all that interested in showering him with praise after the game.

“I’m not even going to comment on him”, Sox starter John Lackey told reporters after the game according to the Providence Journal. “I’ve got nothing to say about him. There’s things I would like to say, but I’m not going to.”

Lackey was almost certainly referring to the 50 game suspension Cruz received in 2013 related to PED’s and his association to Biogenesis.

Cruz was apparently not asked about Lackey’s comments after Saturday night’s game.

The former Texas Ranger had an incredible night, going 5-5 for the Birds in their 7-4 win in Game 2 of a doubleheader. Cruz had two doubles, getting thrown out at third base on the second trying to stretch the play into a triple that would have allowed him to hit for the cycle for the first time in his career.

Cruz’s home run Saturday was his 27th of the season, leaving him tied with Jose Abreu of the Chicago White Sox for the major league lead. He is expected to be announced as an All-Star starter at Designated Hitter for the American League when the teams are announced Sunday night.

Lackey was roughed up by the Birds, allowing five earned runs over just 5.1 innings pitched. Baltimore touched up the Sox starter for 10 hits and a walk in earning the doubleheader split.

NOTES: Teams have until 1pm Sunday to place a waiver claim on OF Nolan Reimold, who the Orioles designated for assignment earlier in the week after activating him from the 60 day disabled list…Reliever Preston Guilmet was returned to the AAA Norfolk Tides following Saturday night’s game. The Orioles had taken advantage of the MLB rule that allows teams to use a 26th man for the second game of a doubleheader in order to bring Guilmet up…Third baseman Manny Machado returned to the team Saturday night after serving a five game suspension. Machado went 2-5 with a double and a run scored in his return; the O’s were 4-1 in the five games without him…Manager Buck Showalter told reporters in Boston that pitcher Bud Norris’ simulated game “went well” Saturday (the starter threw between games of the doubleheader) and he will start Tuesday or Wednesday for the Birds against the Washington Nationals after being activated from the 15 day DL…Kevin Gausman will be called up Sunday to start in the series finale, reliever Ramon Ramirez is considered the most likely candidate to be sent down to make room for the former first round pick on the 25 man roster

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Orioles place Reimold on outright waivers after failing to trade him

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Orioles place Reimold on outright waivers after failing to trade him

Posted on 05 July 2014 by WNST Staff

The Baltimore Orioles placed veteran outfielder Nolan Reimold on outright waivers Friday, according to multiple reports.

The team made the move after failing to find someone willing to trade for him after they activated him from the 60 day disabled list and designating him for assignment earlier in the week.

A team who claims the Pennsylvania native will assume the remainder of his $1.025 million salary for the season. If he goes unclaimed, the team will be able to give him a minor league assignment. According to MASN, a resolution is expected by the end of the weekend.

Reimold’s most recent trip to the DL came after he had cervical spine fusion surgery in the spring, the most recent in a line of health-related issues for the Bowling Green alum. After being sidelined by an oblique strain and achilles tendon fraying early in his career, Reimold’s most significant issues began in 2012. He previously had surgery for a herniated disc in June 2012 that shortened his season, he was forced to have corrective surgery just a year later to fix the previous procedure.

Since arriving in the big leagues in 2009, Reimold has played in just 286 games (all with the Orioles). He has hit .252/.327/.439 with 41 home runs and 126 RBI in the span.

Reimold’s agency (The Beverly Hills Sports Council) posted this video to YouTube/Twitter Friday showing the outfielder squatting 425 pounds recently in an attempt to prove he’s ready to play major league baseball again.

NOTES: MASN also reports the Birds will indeed recall P Kevin Gausman to start Sunday’s series finale against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park…The Orioles go into Saturday’s doubleheader with a 24 man roster but will have 26 men available by Game 2. The O’s will be able to utilize a MLB rule to add a 26th player for the doubleheader, likely an extra reliever. Evan Meek and Preston Guilmet would seem to be the most likely candidates to be added to the team as they are both on the 40 man roster. Third baseman Manny Machado can rejoin the team for the second game of the doubleheader after serving the final game of his five game suspension…Bud Norris will throw a simulated game between the two games of Saturday’s doubleheader, according to MLB.com. Manager Buck Showalter said Norris was “still in play” to start Monday against the Washington Nationals

 

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Orioles activate Reimold from DL, designate him for assignment

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Orioles activate Reimold from DL, designate him for assignment

Posted on 01 July 2014 by WNST Staff

The Baltimore Orioles announced Tuesday they had activated OF Nolan Reimold (back) from the 60 day DL and designated him for assignment.

The team will now have 10 days to trade or release the 30 year old. If he is not claimed off of waivers the team could then give him a minor league assignment. Should Reimold refuse that assignment, he would forfeit the rest of his 2014 salary. If a team does claim Reimold or he accepts the assignment, the Birds would still owe him roughly $500,000 of his $1.025 million salary.

Reimold had cervical spine fusion surgery in the spring, the most recent in a line of health-related issues for the Bowling Green alum. After being sidelined by an oblique strain and achilles tendon fraying early in his career, Reimold’s most significant issues began in 2012. The Pennsylvania native had surgery for a herniated disc in June 2012 that shortened his season, he was forced to have corrective surgery just a year later to fix the previous procedure.

Since arriving in the big leagues in 2009, Reimold has played in just 286 games (all with the Orioles). He has hit .252/.327/.439 with 41 home runs and 126 RBI in the span.

NOTES: The Boston Red Sox announced INF Michael Almanzar had been returned to their organization by the Orioles. Almanzar was Baltimore’s choice in the major league portion of the 2013 Rule 5 Draft and was designated for assignment Monday after being activated from the 60 day DL (knee)…Kevin Gausman is eligible to return to the bigs after his 10 day waiting period expired following his June demotion. Orioles manager Buck Showalter announced Gausman will start Wednesday for the Aberdeen Ironbirds and could be in line to start for the O’s Sunday against the Red Sox

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Orioles select contract of Ramirez, option Meek to Norfolk

Posted on 30 June 2014 by WNST Staff

Orioles select contract of RHP Ramon Ramirez, option RHP Evan Meek to Triple-A Norfolk

The Orioles today announced that they have selected the contract OF RHP RAMON RAMIREZ from Triple-A Norfolk and optioned RHP EVAN MEEK to the Tides.

Ramirez, 32, has pitched 8.0 scoreless innings for the Tides in five relief appearances this season, striking out 14 without allowing a walk. He is 23-21 with a 3.42 ERA (433.2IP, 165ER) in 423 major league games over eight seasons with Colorado (2006-07), Kansas City (2008), Boston (2009-10), San Francisco (2010-11, ’13) and the Mets (2012).

Meek, 31, is 0-3 with a 7.47 ERA (15.2IP, 13ER) in 15 games for the Orioles this season.

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Orioles release statement on passing of Cashen

Posted on 30 June 2014 by WNST Staff

Statement from Orioles on the passing of former Executive Vice President Frank Cashen

The Orioles were saddened to learn today of the passing of FRANK CASHEN. Frank served the Orioles as Executive Vice President from 1965 to 1975 during the team’s most successful on-field era, winning two World Series championships, four American League pennants, and five AL East titles.

It was during his tenure that the Orioles acquired Frank Robinson and named Earl Weaver manager, two of the most significant moments in club history. His record of success with the Orioles earned him the Herbert Armstrong Award in 1999, recognizing his contributions to the Orioles, the community and the sport of baseball.

The Orioles organization extends its sympathies to his wife, Jean, their seven children, and many grandchildren.

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Orioles reinstate Almanzar, designate him for assignment

Posted on 30 June 2014 by WNST Staff

Orioles reinstate INF Michael Almanzar from the 60-day disabled list & designate him for assignment

The Orioles today announced that they have reinstated INF MICHAEL ALMANZAR from the 60-day disabled list and designated him for assignment.

Almanzar, 23, was selected by the Orioles in the Rule 5 draft from Boston on December 12, 2013. He was placed on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to March 23, with left patellar tendinitis and transferred to the 60-day DL on June 6.

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Orioles 1B Davis nominated for ESPY Award

Posted on 25 June 2014 by WNST Staff

Peyton Manning, Floyd Mayweather, David Ortiz, Kevin Durant, LA Kings, San Antonio Spurs, Rafael Nadal, Miguel Cabrera, Serena Williams, Maya Moore are all nominees for The 2014 ESPYS, hosted by Grammy Award-winner, platinum selling recording artist and multi-faceted performer Drake

WHAT:

Initial list of nominees for The 2014 ESPYS presented by Capital One, hosted by Drake, are revealed and voting has begun.

Pardon the Interruption’s Tony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon will host The ESPY Nomination Special on Thursday, July 3, at 7:30 p.m. ET on ESPN.

WHEN:

Voting is underway and all categories will close when the live show starts Wednesday, July 16, at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN.

HOW:

Fans will determine the winners in most ESPYS categories by voting online at ESPN.com/ESPYS up to the start of The 2014 ESPYS.

2014 ESPYS FACTS & FIGURES:

  • “Best Male Athlete” has stiff competition this year, with NBA MVP Kevin Durant, MLB AL MVP Miguel Cabrera, NFL MVP Peyton Manning, and undefeated boxing champ, Floyd Mayweather, all vying to take home the honor for the first time.
  • LeBron James is after his third-straight and fifth-total win in “Best NBA Player.”  Five-time nominee Kevin Durant is angling to take his first.
  • The “Best Female Athlete” category showcases a collection of fresh faces this year.  WNBA star Maya Moore is the only returning nominee.  She is joined by the first female UFC champion, Ronda Rousey, the youngest Olympic slalom gold medalist, Mikaela Shiffrin, and the college basketball Player of the Year, Breanna Stewart.
  • The Connecticut women’s basketball team is in the hunt for their second “Best Team” award on the heels of a record ninth NCAA title.  The Huskies have been nominated seven times, but have not taken home the honor since 1996.
  • Novak Djokovic is chasing his third-straight “Best Male Tennis Player” award.  He is up against two fellow 2013 nominees, Andy Murray and Rafael Nadal.
  • Floyd Mayweather is going for his fifth “Best Fighter” ESPY in seven years, and his third straight.
  • Detroit Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera is nominated for the second-straight year in both the “Best Male Athlete” and “Best MLB Player” categories.  He won the “Best MLB Player” award in 2013.
  • Ronda Rousey is the first UFC athlete, male or female, to be nominated for a “Best Athlete” award.   She is the first and current UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion.
  • Serena Williams is after her 7th “Best Female Tennis Player” award, and her second straight.

The ESPYS gather top celebrities from sports and entertainment to commemorate the past year in sports by recognizing major sports achievements, reliving unforgettable moments and saluting the leading performers and performances. The 2014 ESPYS marks the show’s 22nd telecast and will recognize both sport-specific achievements, such as “Best MLB Player” and “Best WNBA Player,” and best-in-sport winners, such as “Best Team” or “Best Female Athlete” that pit nominees from different sports against each other.  The ESPYS honor ESPN’s commitment to The V Foundation for Cancer Research, a partnership launched with the late Jim Valvano at the inaugural ESPYS in 1993.

The 2014 ESPYS Categories and Nominees

BEST MALE ATHLETE

Miguel Cabrera, Detroit Tigers

  • First player in 19 years to win 2 straight AL MVP awards
  • Won 3rd consecutive batting title with career high .348 BA
  • 2nd in MLB with 44 HR and 137 RBI in leading Tigers to AL Central title

Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder

  • NBA MVP
  • Averaged 32 points per game, highest scoring average since ’05-’06 season
  • Led the Thunder to a 59-23 record, second-best in the league, despite Russell Westbrook missing much of the season with injuries

Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos

  • Set records for most TD passes (55) and most passing yards (5,477) in a season
  • Threw for 400 yards and 2 TDs in AFC Championship win over Patriots
  • Won unprecedented fifth MVP award

Floyd Mayweather, Boxing

  • Cruised to a majority decision over Saul “Canelo” Alvarez
  • Won in a decision over Marcos Maidana, improving record to 46-0

 

BEST FEMALE ATHLETE

Maya Moore, Minnesota Lynx

  • WNBA Finals MVP after averaging 20 points; 6 rebounds and 2.3 assists in leading Lynx to 3-game sweep over Atlanta
  • Led Lynx to league’s best record and finished third in scoring with 18.5 ppg

Ronda Rousey, UFC

  • UFC women’s bantamweight champ
  • Defeated Sara McMann in a TKO and Miesha Tate by submission

Mikaela Shiffrin, Olympic Skiing

  • At 18, became the youngest winner, male or female, of Olympic slalom gold medal
  • First American woman to earn a slalom medal of any color since Barbara Cochran won gold at the 1972 Sapporo Olympics

Breanna Stewart, Connecticut Women’s Basketball

  • Naismith Trophy winner and AP’s National Player of the Year
  • Final 4 Most Outstanding Player for 2nd time
  • Averaged 19.4 points, 8.1 rebounds and 3.1 assists in leading Huskies to 40-0 record and NCAA title

 

BEST CHAMPIONSHIP PERFORMANCE

Jimmie Johnson, NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion

  • 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup champion
  • Won 7 races in 2013, including 2 during the Chase for the Sprint Cup

Kawhi Leonard, NBA Finals MVP

  • Led San Antonio to a 5-game victory over Miami, averaging 17.8 points and 6.4 rebounds on 61% shooting
  • Exploded in the last 3 games, scoring 71 points on 24-for-35 shooting

Shabazz Napier, Men’s NCAA Tournament MOP

  • Had 22 points, 6 rebounds, and 3 assists in leading 7th seeded UConn over Kentucky in NCAA Tournament final
  • Named Final 4 Most Outstanding Player

David Ortiz, World Series MVP

  • Had .668 BA, .760 OBP with 2 HRs and 6 RBIs during the World Series
  • Led Red Sox to victory over the St. Louis Cardinals in 6 games

 

BEST BREAKTHROUGH ATHLETE

Nick Foles, Philadelphia Eagles

  • Threw 27 TDs to only 2 INTs, leading the NFL with 119.2 QB rating
  • Tied an NFL record with 7 TD passes in a game in Week 9 matchup with Raiders

Damian Lillard, Portland Trailblazers

  • Averaged 20.7 ppg and 5.6 apg in making his first NBA All-Star team
  • Closed out the Rockets with a dramatic, buzzer beating three pointer in Game 6 Richard Sherman, Seattle Seahawks

Richard Sherman, Seattle Seahawks

  • Led NFL with 8 INTs
  • Tipped pass in the end zone in NFC Championship led Seattle to Super Bowl

Masahiro Tanaka, New York Yankees

  • Began the season with a 6-0 start, compiling a 2.17 ERA during that stretch
  • 2nd pitcher in the league to reach 10 wins this season

 

BEST UPSET

Connecticut wins National Championship, NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament

  • First No. 7 seed to win tournament (only No. 8 Villanova in 1985 was lower)
  • Trailed St. Joseph’s by 3 with 40 seconds left in opening game
  • Defeated top-seeded Florida (ending Gators’ 30-game winning streak) in Final 4

Mercer over Duke, NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament

  • 14th-seeded Mercer beat 3rd-seeded Duke 78-71 in the 1st round
  • Jabari Parker’s team knocked out in one of the biggest upsets of the tournament

Chris Weidman over Anderson Silva, UFC 162

  • Weidman handed Silva his first UFC loss with a knockout in the 2nd round
  • Silva had previously defended his title a record 10 times

 

BEST GAME

Alabama vs. Auburn, Iron Bowl

  • Auburn’s Chris Davis returned a missed 57-yard FG 109 yards on the final play to upset undefeated Alabama 34-28, sending Auburn to the SEC Championship
  • Auburn tied the game on a 39-yard touchdown pass from Nick Marshall to Sammie Coates with 32 seconds left after Auburn blocked a field-goal attempt

Kansas City Chiefs vs. Indianapolis Colts, AFC Wild Card Playoff

  • Indianapolis trailed 38-10 in the third quarter before rallying to win, 45-44
  • Andrew Luck threw for 3 TDs and ran for a TD on a fumble recovery in the 2nd half

New York Rangers vs. Los Angeles Kings, Stanley Cup Finals Game 5

  • Kings secured the Stanley Cup in a tense 3-2 win in double OT
  • Alec Martinez scored the winning goal after more than 94 minutes of action

 

BEST TEAM

Boston Red Sox, MLB

  • Defeated St. Louis in 6 games to win their third World Series since 2004
  • Tied for the best record (97-65) in MLB with the Cardinals during the regular season

Connecticut Women’s Basketball

  • Finished 40-0 for its 5th undefeated season
  • Won its record 9th NCAA championship by routing previously unbeaten Notre Dame

Florida State Football

  • Won national title with 14-0 record, defeating Auburn 34-31 in BCS title game
  • Average margin of victory was 39.5 points per game (second in scoring at 51.6 ppg and first in points allowed at 12.1)

Los Angeles Kings, NHL

  • • Won 3 consecutive 7-game series to make the Stanley Cup Finals
  • • Defeated the Rangers in 5 to claim their 2nd Stanley Cup championship in 3 years
  • • Their 26 playoff games were the most ever for a Stanley Cup champion

San Antonio Spurs, NBA

  • • Defeated the Miami Heat in 5 games to win their 5th NBA championship
  • • Finished the regular season with a league-best 62-20 record

Seattle Seahawks, NFL

  • Won Super Bowl with a 43-8 win over the Denver Broncos
  • Had the best record in the NFC at 13-3, tied with Denver for best in the NFL
  • No. 1-ranked defensive team, allowing only 14.4 points and 273.6 yards per game

 

BEST COACH/MANAGER

Geno Auriemma, Connecticut Women’s Basketball

  • Huskies finished 40-0 for his 5th undefeated season, routing Notre Dame, also unbeaten, in the final
  • Broke a tie with Pat Summitt with his record 9th NCAA championship

Pete Carroll, Seattle Seahawks

  • Led Seahawks to first Super Bowl title, dominating Denver 43-8
  • Had No. 1-ranked defense, allowing only 14.4 points and 273.6 yards per game

John Farrell, Boston Red Sox

  • In his first season as Boston’s manager, led the Red Sox to a World Series title
  • Managed Boston to an AL best 97-65 record a year after team finished last in AL East at 69-93

Kevin Ollie, Connecticut Men’s Basketball

  • 2nd year head coach led UConn to NCAA championship, defeating top-ranked Florida in Final 4 and Kentucky in title game
  • First No. 7 seed to win the tournament (Only Villanova, at No. 8 in 1985, was a lower seed to win)

Gregg Popovich, San Antonio Spurs

  • Led Spurs to a league-best 62-20 record and their 5th NBA championship
  • Won his 3rd Coach of the Year award

 

BEST COMEBACK ATHLETE

Josh Beckett, LA Dodgers

  • After missing most of the 2013 season with a nerve condition, Beckett returned to throw a no-hitter in May 2014, the first of the season and his career
  • The oldest pitcher (34) to throw a no-hitter since Randy Johnson in 2004

Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins

  • Playing 80 games for the first time since the 2009-2010 season, Crosby led the NHL with 104 points and is a finalist for the Hart Memorial Trophy (MVP)
  • Led Team Canada to gold at the Sochi Olympics

Dominic Moore, NY Rangers

  • Moore made an inspiring return to the ice this season after taking 18 months off to care for his ailing wife and mourn her passing
  • Scored the game-winning goal in game 6 of the Rangers East Conference Final against the Canadiens, sending New York to the Stanley Cup

Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City Thunder

  • Missed two months after re-injuring his knee in December, but returned to help the Thunder finish with a 59-23 record and the #2 seed in the West
  • First person to average at least 26 points, 8 assists, and 7 rebounds in the playoffs since Oscar Robertson in 1964

 

BEST INTERNATIONAL ATHLETE

Rafael Nadal, Tennis

  • Won his 13th and 14th Grand Slam singles titles at the 2013 U.S. Open and 2014 French Open
  • Won 10 ATP tournaments in 2013, with match record of 75-7

Inbee Park, Women’s Golf

  • Became the fourth woman in LPGA history to win three majors in a year, winning all three consecutively
  • Finished 2013 ranked No. 1 after 6 LPGA tournaments

Cristiano Ronaldo, Portugal/Real Madrid

  • Won FIFA’s Ballon d’Or Award as World Player of the Year
  • Star forward for Portugal and Real Madrid scored 66 goals in 56 games in 2013

Sebastian Vettel, Formula One

  • The German won fourth straight Formula One championship
  • Won his final 9 races in 2013 to equal the 9 consecutive wins of Alberto Ascari
  • Won 13 races in 2013, matching Michael Schumacher’s record

 

BEST NFL PLAYER

Jamaal Charles, Kansas City Chiefs

  • •Had 1,980 yards from scrimmage
  • •Scored 19 total TD’s (12 rushing, 7 receiving)

Luke Kuechly, Carolina Panthers MLB

  • Broke the NFL record for most tackles in a single game with a 26-tackle performance against the New Orleans Saints
  • Won the 2013 AP NFL Defensive Player of the Year Award

Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos

  • Set records for most TD passes (55) and most passing yards (5,477) in a season
  • Led Denver to 13-3 record, best in AFC and tied with Seattle for best in NFL
  • Won fifth MVP award

LeSean McCoy, Philadelphia Eagles

  • •Won the NFL rushing title with 1,607 yards, despite playing only 15 games
  • •Also the all-purpose yards leader with 2,146
  • •Set Eagles records for most rushing yards and most yards from scrimmage

Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks QB

  • Led the Seahawks to a decisive 43-8 Super Bowl win over the Broncos
  • Guided Seattle to a 13-3 record, tied with Denver for best in the NFL
  • 1st player in Super Bowl era to post a 100+ passer rating in 1st 2 seasons

 

BEST MLB PLAYER

Miguel Cabrera, Detroit Tigers

  • First player to win 2 straight AL MVP awards in 19 years
  • Won 3rd consecutive batting title with career high .348 BA
  • Tied his high in homers with 44 and knocked in 137 runs, both second in MLB

Chris Davis, Baltimore Orioles

  • Led the majors with career-highs in homers (53) and RBIs (138)
  • Third player in history (after Babe Ruth and Albert Belle) with 50 HRs and 40 doubles in a season
  • Second in majors with .634 slugging percentage

Clayton Kershaw, Los Angeles Dodgers

  • Won his second NL Cy Young Award in 3 years
  • His 1.83 ERA was the lowest in the majors in 13 years
  • Had 16-9 record

Max Scherzer, Detroit Tigers

  • AL Cy Young Award winner with 21-3 record and 2.90 ERA
  • Only 20-game winner in majors in 2013
  • Second in MLB with 240 strikeouts !

Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels

  • Led the AL in runs (109) for second straight year
  • Led AL in walks (110), second in OBP (.432) and third in batting (.323)
  • Second in AL MVP voting for second straight year

 

BEST NHL PLAYER

Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins

  • Led NHL with 104 points, 17 more than his closest contender
  • Led NHL in assists with 68

Ryan Getzlaf, Anaheim Ducks

  • Finished 2nd in the league in points with 87
  • Led Ducks to their first finish atop the Western Conference in franchise history, as well as franchise records for wins (54) and points (116)

Anze Kopitar, Los Angeles Kings

  • •Led the Kings with 70 points in the regular season
  • •Scored a league-high 26 points in the playoffs, helping the Kings secure their 2nd championship in 3 years

Henrik Lundqvist, New York Rangers

  • Propelled the Rangers through the postseason with a .928 save percentage
  • Recorded 33 wins and a .920 save percentage on the season

Jonathan Toews, Chicago Blackhawks

  • •A dominant presence in the playoffs, scoring 4 game-winning goals and leading the Blackhawks to the Western Conference Finals
  • •Had 68 points in the regular season, 28 goals and 40 assists

 

BEST DRIVER

Scott Dixon, IndyCar

  • 2013 IndyCar Series champion (his third title)
  • Won 4 races in 2013

Dale Earnhardt Jr., NASCAR

  • Won the 2014 Daytona 500
  • Won 2014 Pocono; his first time since 2004 to win two or more races in a season

John Force, NHRA

  • Won his 16th NHRA Funny Car Championship at age 64
  • Amassed 4 wins, 5 runner-up finishes, and 6 No. 1 qualifying positions in his championship run

Ryan Hunter-Reay, IndyCar

  • Won 2014 Indianapolis 500
  • First American to win the Indy 500 since 2006

Jimmie Johnson, NASCAR

  • 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup; champion
  • At 38, he’s the youngest driver to win 6 titles, beating Richard Petty by 83 days
  • Won 7 races in 2013, including 2 during the Chase for the Sprint Cup;, the Daytona 500 and NASCAR Sprint All-Star race

 

BEST NBA PLAYER

Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder

  • NBA MVP led the league in scoring with 32 ppg while shooting 50% from the field
  • Durant surpassed Michael Jordan’s record for most consecutive games scoring at least 25 points with 41

Blake Griffin, LA Clippers

  • From January 20 to March 26, Griffin recorded 20+ points for a franchise-record 31 straight games
  • Led the Clippers with 24 points per game

LeBron James, Miami Heat

  • Averaged 27 points per game while shooting 57% from the field
  • Became the youngest player in NBA history to score 4000 playoff points

Joakim Noah, Chicago Bulls

  • NBA Defensive Player of the Year
  • 2nd straight All-Star selection

 

BEST WNBA PLAYER

Elena Delle Donne, Chicago Sky

  • Unanimous winner of 2013 Rookie of the Year
  • Fourth in the league in scoring (18.1 ppg), fifth in blocked shots (1.8 bpg) as she helped Chicago make the playoffs for the first time in franchise history

Angel McCoughtry, Atlanta Dream

  • Led WNBA in scoring for second straight season (21.5 ppg)
  • Led The Dream to the WNBA Finals

Maya Moore, Minnesota Lynx

  • Finals MVP after averaging 20 points, 6 rebounds and 2.3 assists in leading Lynx to 3-game sweep
  • Third in the league in scoring at 18.5 ppg

Candace Parker, LA Sparks

  • 2013 MVP (her second)
  • Ranked fourth in blocks (1.84 bpg), sixth in scoring (17.9 ppg), seventh in rebounding (8.7 rpg) and 12th in assists (career-high 3.8 apg)

 

BEST FIGHTER

Jon “Bones” Jones, MMA

  • Defended his Light Heavyweight title with wins at UFC 165 & 172
  • Won the toughest fight of his career vs. Alexander Gustafsson at UFC 165

Floyd Mayweather, Boxing

  • Cruised to a majority decision over Saul “Canelo” Alvarez
  • Improved record to 46-0 with a decisive win over Marcos Maidana

Manny Pacquiao, Boxing

  • Retook WBO welterweight title with a decisive win over Timothy Bradley in the rematch of their highly disputed 2012 fight
  • Beat Brandon Rios to take vacant WBO International welterweight title

Ronda Rousey, MMA

  • Defended title as UFC women’s bantamweight champ
  • Defeated Sara McMann in a TKO and Miesha Tate by submission

Andre Ward, Boxing

  • Defeated Edwin Rodriguez to bring his record to 27-0
  • Ward dominated Rodriguez, winning by unanimous decision

 

BEST MALE GOLFER

Martin Kaymer

  • •Won the 2014 US Open
  • Set a US Open record for lowest 36-hole score at 130

Adam Scott

  • Won the 2013 PGA Grand Slam of Golf
  • Won the 2013 Australian Masters

Henrik Stenson

  • Won twice in his final three 2013 PGA Tour events to win the FedEx Cup
  • Finished No. 2 on the 2013 PGA Tour money list ($6,388,230)

Bubba Watson

  • Won the 2014 Masters, his 2nd Masters title
  • Earned his 5th career PGA Tour victory at the 2014 Northern Trust Open

 

BEST FEMALE GOLFER

Stacy Lewis

  • Won her second career LPGA major at the 2013 Women’s British Open
  • Won 3 LPGA tournaments in 2013

Inbee Park

  • 4th woman in LPGA history to win 3 majors in a year
  • Finished 2013 ranked No. 1 after winning 6 LPGA tournaments
  • 2013 LPGA money leader with $2,456,619

Suzann Pettersen

  • Won her 2nd career LPGA major with a 2-stroke victory at the Evian Championship
  • Won 4 LPGA tournaments in 2013

Michelle Wie

  • Won her 1st career LPGA major at the 2014 US Women’s Open at Pinehurst
  • Won the 2014 LPGA Lotte Championship

 

BEST MALE TENNIS PLAYER

Novak Djokovic

  • Won 7 ATP tournaments in 2013, with a match record of 74-9
  • Finished 2013 ranked No. 2

Andy Murray

  • Captured his second Grand Slam singles championship by defeating Novak Djokovic in straight sets at Wimbledon
  • Won 4 ATP tournaments in 2013

Rafael Nadal

  • Won his 14th Grand Slam singles title at the 2014 French Open, his 5th-straight French Open win and 9th overall
  • Won the 2013 US Open
  • Won 10 ATP tournaments in 2013, with match record of 75-7

 

BEST FEMALE TENNIS PLAYER

Li Na

  • Won the 2014 Australian Open
  • Defeated Dominka Cibulkova in straight sets in the final

Agnieszka Radwanska

  • Made her first BNP Paribas Open final
  • Made the Semifinals at the 2014 Australian Open

Maria Sharapova

  • •Won the 2014 French Open in a highly regarded final match against Simona Halep
  • •Her 3rd consecutive French Open Final and her 2nd French Open Victory

Serena Williams

  • 2013 U.S. Open win was her 17th Grand Slam singles title
  • Finished 2013 ranked No. 1 after winning 11 WTA tournaments, having a 78-4 record, and earning $12,385,572

 

BEST MALE COLLEGE ATHLETE

Johnny Gaudreau, Boston College Hockey

  • Won the Hobey Baker Award as college hockey’s top player
  • Highest point total in the last 11 seasons with 80 points (36 goals, 44 assists)
  • Tied a Hockey East conference by scoring in 31 straight games

Doug McDermott, Creighton Basketball

  • Won Wooden, U.S. Basketball Writers Association, and AP player of the year
  • Led country in scoring, averaging 26.7 points
  • Shot 52.6% from the field, including 44.9% on 3-pointers

David Taylor, Penn State Wrestling

  • Helped Penn State win its 4th consecutive NCAA team title by shutting out Oklahoma State’s Tyler Caldwell 6-0 in the 165-pound final
  • Named the NCAA Championship Most Outstanding Wrestler and won the NCAA’s Most Dominant Wrestler Award
  • Went 34-0 in winning his second national championship

Lyle Thompson, Albany Lacrosse

  • Shared the 2014 Tewaaraton Award with his brother, Miles, first to ever share the award and the first Native Americans to win it (its name honors the Native American roots of the sport)
  • Scored 128 points on the season (51 goals, 77 assists), shattering the previous record of 114

Jameis Winston, Florida State Football

  • Second freshman to win Heisman Trophy; at 19, first teenager to win it
  • Led FSU to BCS title with 14-0 record
  • Threw for 4,057 yards (10.6 yards per attempt) and 40 TD passes, completing 66.9% of his passes (257-of-384). Intercepted 10 times

 

BEST FEMALE COLLEGE ATHLETE

Morgan Brian, Virginia Soccer

  • Won the 2013 Hermann Trophy as the best female collegiate soccer player
  • Led the ACC in scoring (46 points) with 16 goals and 14 assists
  • Helped Virginia to No. 1 ranking most of the season before it lost to eventual champ UCLA on penalty kicks in the semifinals

Taylor Cummings, Maryland Lacrosse

  • •Guided her team to the NCAA championship title, scoring 3 goals in the final and winning MVP of the tournament
  • •Won the 2014 Tewaaraton Award, the first sophomore to ever do it
  • •Led her team with 63 goals

Breanna Stewart, Connecticut Basketball

  • Naismith Trophy winner and AP’s National Player of the Year
  • Final 4 Most Outstanding Player for 2nd time
  • Averaged 19.4 points, 8.1 rebounds and 3.1 assists in leading Huskies to 40-0 record and NCAA title

Micha Hancock, Penn State Volleyball

  • •Led PSU to the NCAA championship title with her excellent service game
  • •Named MOP of the NCAA tournament

Hannah Rogers, Florida Softball

  • •Pitched her team to victory in the NCAA women’s softball world series, going 7-0 in the tournament
  • Named MOP of the tournament

 

BEST MALE ACTION SPORTS ATHLETE

Grant Baker, Surfing

  • •Overall title on the 2013/2014 Big Wave World Tour; he won two of three events
  • •Won the Surfline Best Overall Performance Award

Tucker Hibbert, Snowmobile

  • •Won 7th straight X Games SnoCross gold medal
  • •Won ISOC Pro Open championship, including 15 of 17 finals in 2013/2014
  • •Broke career record for national Pro-class snocross victories (84); now has 95
  • •Won ISOC Pro Open championship, his 8th such title

Nyjah Huston, Skateboarding

  • X Games Los Angeles 2013 & X Games Austin 2014 Skateboard Street Gold
  • •1st, Street League 2013 series points
  • •1st, Street League Los Angeles in May 2014; 1st, Tampa Pro in March 2014

Ryan Villopoto, Motocross/Supercross

  • •Won the 2013 AMA Motocross title
  • •Captured the his 4th straight AMA Supercross crown, winning 7 of 17 rounds

David Wise, Halfpipe Skiing

  • •X Games Aspen 2014 Ski SuperPipe gold
  • •Olympic gold medal in ski halfpipe

 

BEST FEMALE ACTION SPORTS ATHLETE

Jamie Anderson, Snowboard Slopestyle

  • •Olympic gold medal in snowboard slopestyle
  • •X Games Aspen 2014 SBD Slopestyle silver
  • •1st overall for slopestyle, World Snowboard Tour

Maddie Bowman, Freestyle Skiing

  • •X Games Aspen 2014 Ski SuperPipe gold
  • •Olympic gold medal in ski halfpipe
  • •2014 Association of Freesking Professionals halfpipe champ
  • •1st, 2013 Dew Tour superpipe comp

Kelly Clark, Snowboard Superpipe & Halfpipe

  • •X Games Aspen 2014 SBD SuperPipe gold—her 12th X Games medal, women’s career record
  • •Halfpipe bronze at Sochi Games, her third Olympic halfpipe medal
  • •1st overall for halfpipe, World Snowboard Tour

Vicki Golden, Moto Racing

  • •X Games Los Angeles 2013 Women’s Racing gold, her third straight
  • •XG LA 2013 Best Whip bronze; The first woman to compete against men in X Games Moto X

Carissa Moore, Surfing

  • • Overall title, 2013 ASP Women’s World Championship Tour (surfing)

 

BEST JOCKEY

Javier Castellano

  • Voted Eclipse Award as top jockey in 2013
  • Led all jockeys with 362 wins (in 1,617 starts) and earnings of $26,213,507 in 2013
  • Finished in the top 3 54% of the time

Victor Espinoza

  • The jockey for California Chrome
  • Won the 2014 Kentucky Derby and the 2014 Preakness Stakes

Joel Rosario

  • Won the 2014 Belmont Stakes

Mike Smith

  • Currently in 4th place for total winnings ($6,379,380), despite starting in far fewer races than his competitors

 

BEST MALE ATHLETE WITH A DISABILITY

Mark Bathum, Alpine Skiing

  • Won two silver medals at the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in the men’s visually impaired super-G and super combined with his guide Cade Yamamoto
  • Excelled in the speed disciplines all season long, winning all three downhill and all four super-G races he entered

Declan Farmer, Sled Hockey

  • The 16-year-old helped USA win gold at the Sochi 2014 Winter Paralympics
  • Voted Best Male Athlete of the 2014 Winter Paralympics
  • Scored two goals and had an assist in Team USA’s 3-0 win against Canada to secure a spot in the gold medal game versus Russia

Raymond Martin, Wheelchair Racing

  • The first man to win five gold medals at an IPC Athletics Championships as he won the men’s T52 100, 200, 400, 800 and 1500 meter races
  • Swept the same five events at the U.S. Paralympics Track & Field National Championships
  • Named the USOC’s 2013 Male Paralympic athlete of the year

Mike Shea, Snowboarding

  • Won the silver medal in the first-ever men’s Paralympic snowboard cross event at the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games
  • Won the first ever overall World Cup title

Evan Strong, Snowboarding

  • Won the first-ever gold medal in the men’s Paralympic snowboard cross event at the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games
  • Picked up victories at the 2014 National Championships, the World Cup La Molina and the World Cup Copper Mountain

 

BEST FEMALE ATHLETE WITH A DISABILITY

Minda Dentler, Handcyclist

  • Became the first woman in history to officially complete the World Championship

Kona Ironman

  • Won the 2013 NYC Marathon in the women’s hand cycle division

Oksana Masters, Sitting Skier

  • Won the first U.S. women’s Paralympic cross-country medal in 20 years with her silver medal win in the 12km sitting event at the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games
  • Also won bronze in the women’s 5km cross-country sitting event

Tatyana McFadden, Sitting Skier/Track & Field

  • Won a silver medal in the women’s 1km cross-country sprint event in Sochi
  • In 2013, she became the first athlete to win four major world marathons in a single year and six world titles at the IPC Athletics World Championships
  • Won the 2014 London and Boston Marathons

Laurie Stephens, Alpine Monoskier

  • Won two bronze medals in women’s alpine skiing at the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games
  • Took 1st in the slalom and giant slalom at the 2014 US Paralympics National Championships
  • Won women’s sitting Overall World Cup Speed Globe

Jamie Whitmore, Para-cycling

  • Won gold medals and set world records in the time trial and pursuit events at the 2014 UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships
  • Took first place in the road race at the 2014 UCI World Cup in Italy
  • Undefeated in competition at the 2013 Road World Cup series and the 2013 UCI Para-cycling Road World Championships

 

BEST BOWLER

Jason Belmonte

  • 2012-13 Chris Schenkel PBA Player of the Year
  • Won 2 titles, including the USBC Masters, his first major
  • Led 2013 PBA Tour in points

Wes Malott

  • Won 2013 U.S. Open
  • Second highest scoring average (228.09) on 2013 PBA Tour
  • Second on tour in points

Sean Rash

  • Led 2013 PBA Tour in earnings ($248,317)
  • Cashed in tour-high 22 times (in 30 events)
  • Third on tour in points

Pete Weber

  • Won the 2013 USBC Senior Masters
  • Runner up for 2013 Player of the Year

 

BEST MLS PLAYER

Tim Cahill, New York Red Bulls

  • Red Bulls MVP, led team with 11 goals, 5 of them game-winners
  • Named an MLS Best XI selection and All-Star
  • Set record for fastest goal in MLS history, scoring in 7 seconds against Houston

Marco Di Vaio, Montreal Impact

  • With 20 goals in 2013, the striker led team to first playoff appearance
  • Third in MLS MVP voting

Robbie Keane, LA Galaxy

  • Striker led Galaxy with 16 goals and 11 assists in just 23 regular-season games in 2013 to help team to fifth straight postseason appearance
  • Only player in league with double figures in goals and assists
  • Second in MLS MVP voting

Mike Magee, Chicago Fire

  • 2013 MLS MVP
  • After being traded from Galaxy to the Fire he posted 15 goals to finish with 21, second in league

 

BEST MALE U.S. OLYMPIC ATHLETE

Joss Christensen, Slopestyle Skiing

  • Won gold in slopestyle skiing and led U.S. to only its third podium sweep in Winter Olympics history
  • Last slopestyle skier named to U.S. Team, first run in the finals produced a 95.80

Sage Kotsenburg, Snowboard Slopestyle

  • Won gold in snowboard slopestyle
  • His first run in finals ended with a 93.50 score that held up

Ted Ligety, Alpine Skier

  • Won the giant slalom at the Sochi Games with a dominating performance
  • Finished his 2 runs in 2:45.29, 0.48 seconds faster than the runner-up
  • Became the first American man to win 2 Olympic gold medals in Alpine skiing

Charlie White, Ice Dancing

  • Won Gold at Sochi in Ice Dancing with partner Meryl Davis
  • First Americans ever to win the Olympic Gold in Ice Dancing

David Wise, Halfpipe Skiing

  • Won the first Olympic ski halfpipe contest
  • Scored a 92 on his first run

 

BEST FEMALE U.S. OLYMPIC ATHLETE

Jamie Anderson, Snowboard Slopestyle

  • Won gold in the first Olympic slopestyle snowboarding competition
  • Down to her last trip in the final, she soared to victory with a near flawless run to score 95.25, winning by 2.75

Maddie Bowman, Halfpipe Skiing

  • Had the two best scores in the finals in winning gold
  • Scored 85.50 on her first run and 89.00 on her second

Meryl Davis, Ice Dancing

  • Won Gold at Sochi in Ice Dancing with partner Charlie White
  • First Americans ever to win the Olympic Gold in Ice Dancing

Kaitlyn Farrington, Snowboard Halfpipe

  • After qualifying 7th for finals, she scored upset to take the gold medal
  • A surprise champion; she was the last snowboarder named to the USA team

Mikaela Shiffrin, Alpine Skier

  • 18-year-old is the youngest ever Olympic slalom gold medal winner – male or female
  • First American woman to earn a slalom medal of any color since Barbara Cochran won gold at the 1972 Sapporo Olympics

 

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