Less than three months after making his major league debut, Chicago Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant is an All-Star, one of two rookies selected along with Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Joc Pederson. Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal also was a first-time selection Monday for the July 14 game in Cincinnati.

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Wins haven’t come as easily as strikeouts for Chris Sale this season. Sale pitched a six-hitter that led the White Sox past the Toronto Blue Jays 4-2 Monday night in the fastest major league game in almost four years. Sale fanned six in a complete game, outpitching former mentor Mark Buehrle (9-5), who also went the distance.

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The MLB-best St. Louis Cardinals and Chicago Cubs have both overcome shortages on the offensive end thanks to some spectacular work on the mound. The Cubs, however, haven’t measured up in either category in the season series with their rivals. Former Boston teammates John Lackey and Jon Lester face off in the opener of a four-game series Monday night when the visiting Cardinals look to maintain their dominance over the Cubs.

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The All-Star Game will have a Kansas City flavor, just not as much as it appeared last month. Houston second baseman Jose Altuve passed Kansas City’s Omar Infante in the final days of voting, leaving four Royals as starters for the All-Star Game. Cincinnati’s Todd Frazier leapfrogged St. Louis third baseman Matt Carpenter and will be in the NL starting lineup for the July 14 game at Great American Ball Park, according to final results announced Sunday.

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The Cincinnati Red Stockings went 57-0 that year as baseball’s first officially professional team. Player-manager Harry Wright’s team added new players before the season, led by his brother, George, who was credited with a .633 batting average and 49 homers. Disbanded because of financial issues after two seasons, the team is being honored this summer with a variety of hometown homages including a 30-foot-tall image depicting a Red Stocking player that’s projected at night on the city’s Carew Tower.

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St. Louis (52-28) has scored eight runs and gone 2 for 39 with runners in scoring position over the last five contests, but the MLB leaders managed to snap a four-game skid with Saturday’s 2-1 victory. Jhonny Peralta broke an eighth-inning tie with a sacrifice fly to help the Cardinals finally prevail despite recording four hits for a second consecutive game. ”It’s a matter of time until we start putting up the big offensive numbers that we know we can,” manager Mike Matheny said.

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John Danks pitched his best baseball after a low point in his career. Danks pitched seven scoreless innings and Jose Abreu hit a home run, leading the Chicago White Sox past the Baltimore Orioles 1-0 on Friday night. The White Sox have won seven of their last 11 games after losing a season-high eight straight.

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Take a look around the league with Big League Stew’s daily wrap up. We’ll hit on all of the biggest moments from the day that you may have missed, while providing highlights, photos and interesting stats . Detroit Tigers right-hander Anibal Sanchez nearly carved out a rare place in the history books on Friday night. The 31-year-old from Maracay, Venezuela came up five outs short of pitching his second career no-hitter in Detroit’s 8-6 victory against the Toronto Blue Jays. Yes, that score is deceiving. We’ll get to that in a moment.  As for Sanchez, he was looking to become the 28th pitcher in MLB history to throw multiple no-hitters. He also pitched a no-hitter for the then Florida Marlins on Sept. 6, 2006 against the Arizona Diamondbacks. The near nine-year stretch between no-hitters would have been the second longest between a pitcher’s first and second.  [ Check out Big League Stew on Tumblr for even more baseball awesomeness. ] It takes a special performance just to notch to one no-hitter. That’s why there have only been 289 of them in the league’s history. Sanchez was close to that level on Friday, allowing just two baserunners on a pair of walks through the first seven innings. He just didn’t have enough to cross the finish line.  Sanchez ended up allowing four runs on three hits in the inning. That’s because manager Brad Ausmus elected to stick with Sanchez despite his 110 pitches and the clear fact he was wearing out. It nearly proved costly as the Blue Jays offense caught fire and plated six in the innings. Joakim Soria silenced them in the ninth for his 21st save.  The results were good, but the news isn’t all good for Detroit. First baseman Miguel Cabrera was forced to leave the game in the fourth inning with a strained left calf. He’s set to undergo an MRI and there’s concern his absence could be lengthy.  YANKEES PICK UP FIRST WALKOFF WIN IN 2015 The New York Yankees took their fans on a roller coaster ride Friday night, but made sure everyone went home happy with their first walk-off win since Derek Jeter’s final home game last September. Brian McCann played the role of hero, launching a three-run home run off Tampa Bay reliever Steve Geltz in the 12th to set off fireworks and wrap up the 7-5 victory.  The Yankees needed another big swing just to get to that spot though. Trailing by three runs in the eighth, Mark Teixeira launched a game-tying three-run homer off Kevin Jepsen. That wiped out an excellent start from Tampa’s Chris Archer, who tossed 6 2/3 scoreless with eight strikeouts.   The resilient Rays pulled back ahead in the 12th on RBI singles from Kevin Kiermaier and Rene Rivera, but New York would not denied. Brett Gardner, Alex Rodriguez and Teixeira all reached to set up McCann’s big swing.  ROYALS ALSO NOTCH FIRST WALKOFF WIN The Yankees and Kansas City were the only two teams with a walkoff win entering play on Friday. That all changed in a matter of minutes.  Thanks to the speed of Lorenzo Cain and a well-placed ground ball by Jarrod Dyson, the Royals celebrated a 3-2, 10-inning victory against the visiting Minnesota Twins.  Cain led off the 10th with a double and went to third with one out on a wild pitch. Dyson then hit a chopper to first baseman Joe Mauer. Mauer fired home, but the tag was a split-second late as a headfirst sliding Cain got the plate with his left hand.  With the win, Kansas City snapped a season-high four-game losing streak and moved to 4 1/2 games ahead of Minnesota in the AL Central. Wade Davis earned the win on the hill with a scoreless 10th inning. His season ERA was lowered to 0.26.       CARDINALS LOSE FOURTH STRAIGHT AT HOME It turns out the St. Louis Cardinals aren’t unbeatable after all.  After being swept in a quick two-game series by the Chicago White Sox, the Cardinals have now lost two straight to San Diego Padres, running their losing streak to four. On Friday, they fell 2-1 despite a strong effort from right-hander Michael Wacha. Wacha allowed just one run over seven outstanding innings. Closer Trevor Rosenthal, who had allowed just two earned runs all season, cracked in the ninth however, allowing a run on a Yangervis Solarte tripled and Jedd Gyorko single. That run would be the difference.  For San Diego, Andrew Cashner was on point, holding St. Louis to one run over six innings. Three Padres relievers combined to allowed just one, with Craig Kimbrel picking up his 21st save. Gyorko was the offensive hero, as he knocked in both of San Diego’s runs.  More MLB coverage from Yahoo Sports: – - – - – - – Mark Townsend is a writer for Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at bigleaguestew@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Townie813

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NEW YORK (AP) — Anyone still ranting about the online election that put five Kansas City Royals in position to start the All-Star Game, the following is for you.

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The Texas Rangers used a different approach to beat the Baltimore Orioles and win a series for the first time since mid-June. Leonys Martin ended a scoreless duel with an RBI single in the ninth inning, and Texas carved out a 2-0 victory Thursday night behind a dominant pitching performance by Yovani Gallardo and three relievers. After hitting 10 home runs in the first three games of the series, the Rangers failed to go deep against Kevin Gausman and four relievers.

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