MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Felix Hernandez of the Seattle Mariners will be the American League starter in tonight’s All-Star game at Target Field. King Felix is sporting an 11-2 record with a 2.12 ERA this season. He’ll be opposed by the St. Louis Cardinals’ Adam Wainwright, who is 12-4 with a major league-best 1.83 ERA.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP)— Don’t be surprised if the All-Star game is a low-scoring affair, with star pitchers such as defending Cy Young award winner Clayton Kershaw available for the bullpen. The last two All-Star games have been shutouts with the AL winning 3-0 last year and the NL winning 8-0 two years ago.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP)— Oakland’s Yoenis Cespedes (yoh-EHN’-ehs SEHS’-peh-dehs) is already a winner at the All-Star game. The Oakland Athletics slugger successfully defended his title at the Home Run Derby by defeating Cincinnati’s Todd Frazier 9-1 in the final round. Cespedes is the first back-to-back champ since Ken Griffey Jr. in 1998-99.
CHICAGO (AP)— — The Chicago Bulls have made two trades to clear salary-cap space, setting the stage for the addition of free-agent center Pau Gasol (pow gah-SOHL’). First, the Bulls sent forward Anthony Randolph, two second-round draft picks and cash considerations to Orlando for the rights to Milovan Rakovic. Chicago also traded forward Greg Smith to Dallas on Monday for the rights to Tadija Dragicevic.
SAO PAULO, Brazil (AP) — Changes are coming to Brazil’s soccer team, which finished a disappointing fourth in the World Cup. Coach Luiz Felipe Scolaro is not coming back at coach. The move comes after the Brazilians were crushed in the semifinals by eventual champ Germany 7-1, then lost the third place game to the Netherlands 3-0.