Blackmon, Story have shots at All-Star berths
Arenado appears to be lock; CF, SS sitting outside starting spots
DENVER -- It's crunch time for All-Star voting, as fans have until Thursday to cast votes for the 2018 Camping World MLB All-Star Ballot. For Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado, though, a second-straight All-Star start is all but a lock.
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Monday's voting update showed Arenado's advantage swell by about 310,000 votes. He leads the Cubs' Kristopher Bryant by more than 950,000 votes and is in position to make his fourth consecutive All-Star appearance.
Outfielder Charlie Blackmon and shortstop Trevor Story have a different story. Blackmon is the last man out in the outfield, sitting fourth behind the Braves' Nick Markakis, the Dodgers' Matt Kemp and the Nationals' Bryce Harper. Blackmon trails Harper by about 470,000 votes, and is edging the Braves' Ronald Acuna Jr. by 106,000 votes.
Story, who has a .407/.429/.519 slash line in his last seven games and has drawn attention with Arenado-like defensive plays recently, still sits at fourth, trailing the Cubs' Addison Russell by 200,000. The Giants' Brandon Crawford leads the position, with the Braves' Dansby Swanson in second.
Fans may cast votes for starters at MLB.com and all 30 club sites -- on computers, tablets and smartphones -- exclusively online using the 2018 Camping World MLB All-Star Ballot until Thursday at 9:59 p.m. MT. On smartphones and tablets, fans can also access the ballot via the MLB At Bat and MLB Ballpark mobile apps. Each fan can vote up to five times in any 24-hour period, for a maximum of 35 ballots cast.
Following the announcement of this year's All-Star starters, reserves and pitchers, fans should return to MLB.com and cast their 2018 Camping World MLB All-Star Final Vote for the final player on each league's roster. Then on Tuesday, July 17, while watching the 2018 All-Star Game presented by Mastercard live on FOX, fans may visit MLB.com to submit their choices for the Ted Williams Most Valuable Player Award presented by Chevrolet with the 2018 MLB All-Star Game MVP Vote.
The 89th Midsummer Classic, at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C., will be televised nationally by FOX Sports; in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and RDS; and worldwide by partners in more than 180 countries. FOX Deportes will provide Spanish-language coverage in the United States, while ESPN Radio and ESPN Radio Deportes will provide exclusive national radio coverage of the All-Star Game. MLB Network, MLB.com and SiriusXM also will provide comprehensive All-Star Week coverage.
For more information about MLB All-Star Week and to purchase tickets, visit AllStarGame.com and follow @MLB and @AllStarGame on social media.
Bettis day to day
Rockies right-hander Chad Bettis is day to day after exiting Sunday's 6-4 loss to the Dodgers with a hot spot on his middle finger. His next turn to pitch would be Friday against the Mariners, but he said he will see how it feels throughout the week.
Rockies manager Bud Black said he doesn't know who would start if Bettis can't go Friday. With an off-day on Thursday, though, Kyle Freeland, who is starting Monday night against the Giants, could potentially step in on four days' rest.
"It's frustrating, because my body feels great and I feel great mentally," Bettis said. "For a finger to be holding me back, it's really frustrating."
Shaw to face hitters Wednesday
Rockies right-handed reliever Bryan Shaw threw a bullpen session Monday and will throw to hitters on Wednesday at Coors Field, Black said.
"Bryan threw the ball well," Black said. "If everything goes well, we'll send him out on rehab assignment."
Shaw was placed on the disabled list on June 24 with a right calf strain. He was struggling before the move, posting a 12.46 ERA in 4.1 innings in his last seven games.
Rockies sign four players on international signing day
The Rockies signed four shortstops from the Dominican Republic on Monday, the start of the international signing period, according to MLB.com's Jesse Sanchez.
Warming Bernabel and Pedro Mota each signed for $900,000, Juan Guerrero signed for $650,000 and Michael James signed for $350,000.
The Rockies have $5,504,500 of pool money because they received a Competitive Balance Pick in Round A of the 2018 MLB Draft.