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Adrian Gonzalez wants Yasiel Puig to win NL All-Star fan vote

Adrian Gonzalez DodgersThe Los Angeles Dodgers have one player on the NL All-Star team, and they have the possibility of getting a second player added to the squad.

Both first baseman Adrian Gonzalez and outfielder Yasiel Puig are among the five finalists for the final spot. The other finalists in the fan vote are Washington Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond, Atlanta Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman, and San Francisco Giants outfielder Hunter Pence.

Whoever determined the NL fan vote finalists didn’t do the Dodgers any favors, because they’re making the team’s fans choose between two of their players. But Gonzalez wants Puig to make it.

“For me, personally, I want Puig to go,” Gonzalez said Sunday, per Dodgers reporter Ken Gurnick. “I’m voting for Puig.

“That’s what the fans want to see,” said Gonzalez, who was wearing a Puig 66 shirt while being interviewed. “It’s from the heart.”

Gonzalez, a four-time All-Star, says he wants Puig to get the experience of playing in an All-Star Game. He admits he wouldn’t throw his support behind Puig if he hadn’t already been to one.

Let’s look at the statistical comparison of the finalists (all stats prior to Sunday’s games).

    – Gonzalez .296/.349/.485, 13 home runs, 8 errors
    – Freeman .307/.384/.466, 9 home runs in 74 games
    – Pence .269/.314/.462, 13 home runs, 13 stolen bases
    – Desmond .284/.326/.506, 15 home runs, 10 stolen bases
    – Puig .407/.435/.683 8 home runs, 4 stolen bases in 31 games

If you are basing the vote on who is most deserving to go, I would choose Desmond. If you’re asking me who I think will win the vote, it’s Pence, because Giants fans are intense when it comes to online votes.

Manny Machado goes Brooks Robinson on play in the field (Video)

Manny Machado continues to impress for the Baltimore Orioles, and this time the 21-year-old showed his talent with a brilliant play in the field.

Manny MachadoNew York Yankees third baseman Luis Cruz hit a grounder down the third base line in the sixth inning of Sunday’s game that should have easily gone for an infield single, but Machado robbed him. Machado tried to field the ball with his backhand, bobbled it, stuck with it, scooped up the ball, and made a throw from about 10-15 feet in foul territory across the diamond to get Cruz at first all while his body was carrying him towards the dugout. It was a sensational play, and it reminded many of the play defensive wizard Brooks Robinson made in the 1970 World Series.

Our buddy and noted Orioles fan Gordon Dixon put Machado and Robinson’s plays together in one cool GIF:

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Miguel Cabrera, Prince Fielder successfully pull off double steal (Video)

Miguel CabreraYou might have to wipe your eyes to actually believe what you see. Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder, two of the most imposing hitters in baseball, actually pulled off a double steal during the Detroit Tigers’ 9-6 loss to the Cleveland Indians on Sunday. Sure, they got some help when catcher Carlos Santana dropped the ball on his exchange, but that was definitely unexpected. It was Prince’s first stolen base of the season and Miggy’s third. Cabrera probably would have been thrown out at third had Santana fielded the ball cleanly, but Prince probably would have had second stolen. Did you see the huge lead he got at first? Cabrera also went 4-for-4 with a home run in the loss. He leads all MLB hitters with a .368 average and 90 RBIs. And as you can see from the screenshot, he got a big kick out of the double steal.

Shaq rips Dwight Howard and Houston in same diss

Dwight Howard ShaqThe more things change, the more they stay the same. Dwight Howard may no longer be with the Los Angeles Lakers, but Shaq still loves to rip on him.

Speaking at Daytona International Speedway on Saturday, Shaq leveled Howard with some criticism for leaving the Lakers to sign with the Houston Rockets.

“It was expected,” Shaq said. “We’ve all been in L.A., and not a whole lot of people can handle being under the bright lights. Everybody wants to do it, but when you get there, there are certain pressures. I think it was a safe move for him to go to a little town like Houston. That’s right, little town. I said it.”

Phil Jackson similarly commented on Howard leaving, saying the move “left a distaste in Lakerland.”

While the disses are funny, it’s just piling on in a weak way. Houston was a much better fit for Howard. The Lakers are Kobe’s team and he refuses to give that up. The Lakers will be worse off for keeping Bryant as the center of the team rather than building around Howard, who is younger and better than the aging Kobe, who is coming off an Achilles injury. Why would Dwight want to deal with Kobe’s crap the next three seasons instead of going to a better team that will appreciate him more?

Recall that Shaq has had a beef with Howard for years. It started when Shaq got pissed at Dwight for stealing the “Superman” nickname. Then they exchanged barbs over who was flopping when they played each other. Shaq continued to put Dwight down, saying he faces no competition. He even laughably said last season that Brook Lopez was better than Dwight. Shaq has too much hate for Howard for his comments about the center to be taken seriously.

Anderson Silva knocked out by Chris Weidman while clowning around

Anderson Silva Chris WeidmanAnderson Silva was stunningly knocked out by challenger Chris Weidman during their middleight championship fight at UFC 162 in Las Vegas on Saturday night.

Silva is a big showman who often dances in the octagon and flaunts his superior fighting skills, but this time the display backfired. Less than two minutes into the second round, Silva dropped his hands to show off his ability to dodge punches. He avoided some punches, but Weidman caught with a left-right combination, knocking the champion to the ground. Weidman then jumped on Silva and referee Herb Dean stepped in to stop the fight less than two minutes into the second round.

Jon Bones Jones, who has been discussed as a potential opponent for Silva, tweeted his disappointment with the outcome:

Silva was disappointed after the fight and said he did not want a rematch with Weidman. He even said he was not interested in fighting for the title again.

Something about the entire night seemed off. Before the fight, Dana White mentioned that Silva would get a rematch if he lost to Weidman. I’m not sure if White said that in response to a question, but it never made sense that that even came up. Silva has been awesome. He entered the contest on a 17-fight winning streak. Why would anyone plan on him losing? The whole thing just didn’t seem right, so it’s honestly not entirely surprising that the night ended with Silva getting knocked out.

GIF via Zombie Prophet

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Tyler Seguin sends ‘steers and queers’ tweet about Texas, says he was hacked

Tyler Seguin has had a week to forget. First he gets traded from the Boston Bruins to the Dallas Stars on July 4, supposedly because the Bruins thought he was too much of a party animal. Then his parents have to comment on whether or not he’s too much of a partier. Then he supposedly hosted a “trade party” the night he was traded. And now he’s doing some damage control after a homophobic tweet was sent from his Twitter account.

The new Stars forward tweeted “Only steers and queers in Texas, and I’m not a cow” on Saturday night. Deadspin captured the original tweet:

Tyler Seguin homophobic tweet

Seguin immediately deleted the tweet and claimed he was hacked:

Seguin tweeted earlier in the day that he was driving back to Toronto (possibly from Cape Cod), so it’s possible someone grabbed his phone and tweeted that from his account. Or maybe he (or someone else) was just quoting “Full Metal Jacket” at the time. We’ll give him the benefit of the doubt on this one.

Robert Griffin III-Rebecca Liddicoat wedding pictures

Robert Griffin III Rebecca Liddicoat wedding

Robert Griffin III got married to his college girlfriend, Rebecca Liddicoat, in Denver on Saturday night.

The wedding became big news among Washington Redskins fans, who went pretty crazy buying gifts for DC’s favorite athlete and his bride. The fans hit up the wedding registries and sent the stud quarterback multiple gifts. RG3 and his wife did thank them all with personalized notes.

We’ve been tracking the events tied with this affair since news of their July wedding emerged in May. We learned that DC rapper Wale would be performing at the wedding, and we shared some pictures from RG3’s bachelor party in Las Vegas.

[Photos: See Robert Griffin III’s wife Rebecca Liddicoat]

Giffin had the rehearsal dinner at Mike Shanahan’s Steakhouse in Denver on Thursday, and about 30-40 people attended, per the Denver Post. Teammates from Griffin’s playing career at Baylor, and current teammates from the Washington Redskins attended the wedding. So did Baylor coach Art Briles and Redskins coach Mike Shanahan.

Below are more photos from the wedding:

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Colin Kaepernick will wear a Miami Dolphins hat whether the fans like it or not

Colin Kaepernick Dolphins hat

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick was seen partying on July 4 wearing a Miami Dolphins hat. Naturally, Kaepernick wearing an opposing team’s hat led to scrutiny and complaints from fans.

Though most players would apologize and beg the fans for forgiveness, Kaep took a different approach. The quarterback responded to the backlash with an Instagram posting that included the photo below and this note:

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Aaron Hernandez jersey exchange program popular among Pats fans

Aaron-hernandez-jerseysThe New England Patriots did their fans a solid by offering them an opportunity to exchange their Aaron Hernandez jerseys for another Patriots player’s jersey this weekend. The program was announced last week, and it is a two-day program available to fans on Saturday and Sunday. It has been popular thus far.

The Patriots said on Twitter Saturday evening that nearly 1,200 Hernandez jerseys were exchanged. They said Vince Wilfork, Tom Brady, Chandler Jones and Stevan Ridley were the most popular jerseys fans chose in the exchange.

[Related: Aaron Hernandez jerseys removed from Patriots, NFL shop]

While the Patriots are doing their part to take Hernandez jerseys out of circulation, the merchandise has become a collector’s item elsewhere. Jerseys have been selling for hundreds on bidding sites like eBay.

Between this gesture and releasing Hernandez before they even knew about the murder charge, the Patriots have acted commendably during such a difficult situation.

Below are several photos showing all the fans who showed up for the exchange:

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San Francisco Giants lose run for batting Buster Posey out of order

A blunder with the batting order cost the San Francisco Giants a run scored on Saturday against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Leadoff batter Gregor Blanco started off the bottom of the first with a double off Stephen Fife. Marco Scutaro moved Blanco to third on a sacrifice, and catcher Buster Posey came up after that. Posey knocked in Blanco with an RBI double, but Dodgers manager Don Mattingly noticed something was wrong and protested.

Mattingly recognized that the Giants’ official scorecard had Pablo Sandoval batting third and Posey fourth.

Giants lineup

Mattingly said something to the umpires before the first pitch to Sandoval. The umps convened and ruled that Posey was out for batting out of order, nullifying the run. Posey then came up again in the proper spot, but he flied out to end the inning.

The rule in question was 6.07 b. Here’s the rule (PDF):

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