Sometimes things get a little fuzzy during an evening at the pub. Here’s a friendly reminder of what you may have missed while you were drinking.

The American League All-Stars scored more runs than the National League All-Stars, 4-2, in the 2016 All-Star Game at Petco Park.

Chris Sale (0-0, 9.00) pitched one inning, allowing just one run on one hit and no walks with one strikeout. Kris Bryant hit a solo home run with two outs in the first inning. Marcell Ozuna singled off Aaron Sanchez to score Buster Posey in the fourth inning.

Both San Diego Padres representatives got into the game. Wil Myers started the game at designated hitter and was 1-for-3 with a double and a strikeout. Drew Pomeranz threw a scoreless fourth inning, allowing a hit.

Johnny Cueto (0-1, 16.20) pitched one and a third innings, giving up three runs on five hits and no walks with one strikeout. In the first inning, 2016 All-Star Game MVP Eric Hosmer hit a solo home run and Salvador Perez followed with a two-run home run with Mookie Betts on base. Hosmer singled in the fourth run in the third inning to score Edwin Encarnacion.

The next All-Star Game will be played on July 11th, 2017 in Miami’s Marlins Park at 5:00pm PDT.

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Sometimes things get a little fuzzy after an evening at the pub. Here’s a friendly reminder of what you might have missed while you were drinking.

The Padres (11-11) scored a lot fewer runs than the Houston Astros (13-7), 14-3, last night at Petco Park. Tyson Ross (1-2, 4.55) lasted five innings, giving up four runs on five hits and two walks with nine strikeouts. Evan Gattis hit a two-run home run with two outs in the first inning to start the Astros off. Chris Carter hit a solo shot in the sixth inning and George Springer had a two-run home run in the seventh, both off of Odrisamer Despaigne. The Padres’ bullpen continued the disturbing trend of throwing gasoline on the fire, as the Astros scored seven runs off Despaigne, Kevin Quackenbush, and Cory Mazzoni.

Roberto Hernandez (1-2, 3.80) meanwhile pitched six innings for the Astros, surrendering all three Padres’ run on six hits and a walk with six strikeouts. Wil Myers and Justin Upton had solo home runs off of Hernandez, in the fifth and sixth innings, respectively. Other than that, whatever the Padres hit seemed to be right at an Astros player.

This afternoon will have Andrew Cashner (1-2, 2.63) taking the mound against the Astros and Dallas Keuchel (2-0, 0.62) at 12:40pm PDT in the final game of the series at Petco Park. It’s the first of five Way Back Wednesday afternoons of the 2015 season, in which the Friars will be wearing the brown pinstriped uniforms originally worn from 1985-90.

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Picture a typical Swiss Army Knife. Small enough to fit into even your smallest pocket, this red multi-tool will generally feature a sharp blade, as well as some combination of other survival tools, ranging in necessity, including screwdrivers, tweezers, toothpicks, corkscrews, can and bottle openers, scissors, and perhaps even a small saw. Now picture exactly how useful each of those individual tools is. Have you ever actually tried opening a wine bottle with that tiny corkscrew? Have you ever been able to successfully remove a splinter with those tiny tweezers, or even tried to shape that uni-brow of yours?

A couple of the tools in your typical Swiss Army Knife work pretty well, but for the most part you’d much rather have a tool with less uses and more usefulness. This is how I feel about super utility players in baseball, and in particular, the one currently set to continue occupying a spot on the Padres 25 man roster going into the 2014 season, Alexi Amarista. With his main competition, Logan Forsythe, traded to the Rays, Amarista once again has the leg up on the competition in earning a bench spot with the major league club. Read More…