Sam Mellinger

Despite worry, All-Star Game voting is validated

Baseball can claim victory, a good All-Star starting lineup selected with — by far — the biggest voter “turnout” in history and the biggest voting discussion in at least 58 years. For a sport in need of buzz and creating younger fans, this is a terrific outcome. For the Royals, this is more about hometown support, and less about hijacking the system.

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Why did Wade Davis pitch to Joe Mauer?

Coming into Sunday’s game, Joe Mauer had hit .429 off Wade Davis. The two hitters that followed Mauer—Torii Hunter and Trevor Plouffe—had each hit .167. The solution seemed obvious: walk Mauer and go after Hunter and Plouffe. So why did Wade Davis pitch to Joe Mauer?

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