LEADING OFF: Ohtani 1st HR Derby entrant, Buehler vs D-backs
The Los Angeles Angels star will be the first Japanese-born player in the derby, held the night before the All-Star Game. Ohtani won Japan’s home run derby in 2016, when he also was MVP of the second of Japan’s two All-Star Games. He will become the seventh Angels player in the derby, including Vladimir Guerrero, who won the 2007 derby. Previous weekly announcements included just tier 1, and MLB said on June 11 that 83.5% had been fully vaccinated and 85.1% had been partially vaccinated. Among changes to protocols made Wednesday, all fully vaccinated players and staff can stop wearing masks in dugouts, bullpens and clubhouses.wftv.com
Elvis leaving Texas: Rangers deal Andrus to A's for DH Davis
FILE - In this March 11, 2020, file photo, Texas Rangers' Elvis Andrus tosses a ball before a spring training baseball game against the San Francisco Giants in Surprise, Ariz. The Rangers traded Andrus to the Oakland Athletics on Saturday, Feb. 6, 2021. Texas sent the 32-year-old Andrus, catcher Aramis Garcia and $13.5 million to the A's for designated hitter Khris Davis, catcher Jonah Heim and right-hander Dane Acker. Young is still the team’s career leader and Andrus is second on the list for games played, at-bats and triples. Davis hit .271 with 15 doubles, 32 homers and 80 RBIs in 79 career games against Texas.