Young found his way to a major league mound for the first time on Thursday night, and in shutting down the San Francisco Giants for five-plus innings of a 5-1 win, he had a way of looking like he’d been there a hundred times before.
D’backs starter Alex Young was an unlikely candidate to make his major league debut on Thursday, but injuries and a shortage of starting depth forced Arizona to promote a pitcher with a 6.09 ERA at Triple-A this season. Young hadn’t thrown more than five innings in a single Triple-A outing this season, but he had little trouble earning his first win against a Giants lineup that ranks last in baseball in batting average and on-base percentage.
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Fans voted the Arizona Diamondbacks’ Ketel Marte as the National League’s starting second baseman for the 2019 MLB All-Star Game, final polling results revealed on Thursday.
“I was almost crying out there,” Marte said. “It’s a happy moment for me, my family, my career. I want to thank everybody in the organization who helped me to be that player that I am right now.”
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“I’m really happy. It was special for my kids, they’re the most important in my life,” Escobar said. “My team took care of me and did a great job giving me a private plane. A lot of work. I’m so happy. I so appreciate what they did.”
Escobar’s sons, Eduardo Jr., 11, and 8-year-old Raul now will begin another yearslong wait to become U.S. citizens, while the Venezuelan expects it still to be another couple of years for him to gain citizenship. After arriving at the ballpark shortly before 5 p.m., Escobar entered in the sixth inning and delivered an RBI single in the ninth.
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On Thursday night, Major League Baseball rolled out the first phase of its plan to add juice to its all-star selection process — a nationally televised “Election Night” special to unveil the fan-voted starters for the July 9 All-Star Game at Cleveland’s Progressive Field. But an essential part of the process remained the same as ever: The names that were missing were at least as notable as the names that made it.
While the fans decide who starts the Major League Baseball All-Star Game, players on all 30 teams have a say filling out the rest of the rosters.
The player vote is responsible for 16 spots in National League and 17 in the American (eight pitchers and a backup at each position, including designated hitter in the AL).
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