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Andy Pafko, a four-time All-Star who played on the last Chicago Cubs team to reach the World Series and was the famously forlorn outfielder who watched Bobby Thomson's "Shot Heard `Round the World" sail over the left-field wall during the 1951 National League playoff, has died. He was 92.
Braves second baseman Dan Uggla said he finally realized he could not wait any longer to have Lasik eye surgery and was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Tuesday.
By the time all of the ballots were cast, all the specifically hashtagged tweets sent, all of the text messages received, Washington Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond finished fourth in the Final Vote contest for a spot on the National League All-Star team.
Two Nationals have definitely made the All-Star team. Starting pitcher Jordan Zimmermann will take his 12-3 record to New York for the July 16 game, courtesy of the players' vote. Left fielder Bryce Harper will start, thanks to the fan ballotting. Ian Desmond could still get onto the National League roster.
Lost in all the commotion about Yasiel Puig are the trickiest predicaments when it comes to the All-Star game.
For the first time since April 14, the Nationals are as close to having their full complement of players as they will likely get all year. An offense that has languished among the league's worst all season posted 23 runs in its previous two games heading into Tuesday night's contest against the Milwaukee Brewers.
Late in the Washington Nationals' victory over the Chicago White Sox Tuesday night, as Jayson Werth stepped into the batter's box, Davey Johnson looked up at the scoreboard and noticed something. The Nationals' right fielder, known for his patient approach at the plate, had the same on-base percentage as his batting average.
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