MLB notebook: Brewers’ Yelich is HR Derby’s top seed

Milwaukee Brewers right fielder Christian Yelich (22) hits a fifth inning solo home run against the San Diego Padres June 19, at Petco Park. (Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports)

Reigning National League MVP and major league home run leader Christian Yelich is the top seed for Monday night's Home Run Derby in Cleveland.

Yelich, who entered Thursday with 31 homers for the Milwaukee Brewers, will face hot-shot Toronto Blue Jays rookie Vladimir Guerrero Jr. in the opening round. Guerrero has eight homers in 57 games since reaching the majors.

New York Mets rookie sensation Pete Alonso is seeded second and will face seventh-seeded Carlos Santana of the hometown Cleveland Indians. Alonso has belted 28 homers, while Santana has 19.

Third-seeded Josh Bell (26 homers) of the Pittsburgh Pirates will face sixth-seeded Ronald Acuna Jr. (20) of the Atlanta Braves, and fourth-seeded Alex Bregman (23) of the Houston Astros will square off against fifth-seeded Joc Pederson (20) of the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Lowe on IL

The Tampa Bay Rays placed second baseman Brandon Lowe on the 10-day injured list with a bruised right shin, with the rookie now out of next week's All-Star Game.


The opening on the American League roster will be filled by the New York Yankees' Gleyber Torres. Lowe was injured Tuesday when he fouled a ball off his right leg. He finished the at-bat but has not played since. Lowe is batting .276 with 16 home runs and 49 RBIs in his first full season.

Torres entered play Thursday batting .298 with 19 home runs and 50 RBIs. His manager, Aaron Boone, had voiced his displeasure this week that his infielder was not going to the All-Star Game.

Sore foot

Los Angeles Angels slugger Albert Pujols was out of the lineup for the second straight day, two days after fouling a ball off his foot.

Multiple outlets have reported the injury is minor. The Angels were set to wrap up their series at the Texas Rangers, with three more games at Houston before the All-Star break begins Monday.

Pujols, 39, has played in 69 of the team's 87 games this season, his 19th in the majors, batting .234 with 13 homers and 44 RBIs. Also out of the lineup was outfielder Justin Upton, who exited Wednesday night's game with left quad tightness.

Strohman scratched

Blue Jays All-Star right-hander Marcus Stroman was scratched from a start against the Boston Red Sox due to a pectoral injury.

Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo describes the injury as a "left pectoral cramp" when meeting with reporters prior to the game. It is possible Stroman will start a game during the upcoming three-game weekend series with the Baltimore Orioles.

Stroman departed his last outing against the Kansas City Royals in the fifth inning on Saturday with pain in the area. He is 5-9 with a 3.18 ERA in 18 starts this season.


On 10-day IL

The Philadelphia Phillies placed right-hander Juan Nicasio on the 10-day injured list due to a left groin strain.

Nicasio suffered the injury during Wednesday's contest against the Atlanta Braves.

Phillies manager Gabe Kapler said the groin strain is mild but that Nicasio is also being bothered by quadriceps tightness.

-- The Detroit Tigers placed outfielder JaCoby Jones on the 10-day injured list with a lower back strain and recalled outfielder Victor Reyes from Triple-A Toledo.

Jones left the first game of Wednesday's day-night doubleheader against the Chicago White Sox in the fifth inning with back spasms. He underwent an MRI that showed no serious injury.

Reyes, 24, played in five games with the Tigers earlier this season, going 2-for-8 with an RBI. He has played in 105 career games over the past two seasons, batting .223 with one home run and 13 RBIs. In another move, the Tigers returned left-hander Tyler Alexander to Toledo.

-- The Cincinnati Reds placed left-hander Amir Garrett on the 10-day injured list with a left lat strain and recalled utility player Josh VanMeter from Triple-A Louisville.

Garrett has been dominating this season, going 3-1 with a 1.70 ERA over 42 appearances with 54 strikeouts in 37 innings, but he was not included on the National League All-Star team.


The IL move for the 27-year old was retroactive to Wednesday. He last appeared in a game Tuesday against the Milwaukee Brewers and struck out all three batters he faced.


The Seattle Mariners acquired right-hander Matt Wisler from the San Diego Padres for cash considerations.

Wisler, 26, had been designated for assignment by the Padres on Saturday, adding right-hander Robert Stock to the roster instead.

The former seventh-round draft pick by the Padres in 2011 was 2-2 with a 5.28 ERA in 21 relief appearances. He gave up a run on two walks and a hit while only recording one out in his final appearance for the Padres on June 23 at Pittsburgh.


The Red Sox reinstated right-hander Heath Hembree from the 10-day injured list and optioned right-hander Trevor Kelley to Triple-A Pawtucket.

Hembree was placed in the IL on June 14 with a right elbow extensor strain. The 30-year old was 1-0 with a 2.51 ERA over 31 appearances this season, giving up just one earned run over his last 15 1/3 innings.

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