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Twins likely to hold steady at Trade Deadline

First two weeks of second half crucial for second-place Minnesota
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MINNEAPOLIS -- After a strong homestand on which they won nine of 11, the Twins are trying their best avoid being sellers at the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline.

The Twins are 7 1/2 games back of the first-place Indians in the American League Central with 68 games to play, but they must play well over the next two weeks to remain in contention, or else they're expected to be sellers. Minnesota has several notable players set to be free agents after the season, like second baseman Brian Dozier, infielder Eduardo Escobar, closer Fernando Rodney and right-hander Lance Lynn.

MINNEAPOLIS -- After a strong homestand on which they won nine of 11, the Twins are trying their best avoid being sellers at the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline.

The Twins are 7 1/2 games back of the first-place Indians in the American League Central with 68 games to play, but they must play well over the next two weeks to remain in contention, or else they're expected to be sellers. Minnesota has several notable players set to be free agents after the season, like second baseman Brian Dozier, infielder Eduardo Escobar, closer Fernando Rodney and right-hander Lance Lynn.

Twins chief baseball officer Derek Falvey and general manager Thad Levine are continuing to monitor the situation, and they aren't likely to make any deals until closer to the Deadline -- much like last year, when they pivoted from being buyers to sellers. At this time in 2017, they traded for Jaime Garcia, only to trade him to the Yankees, while also dealing closer Brandon Kintzler to the Nationals. Of course, Minnesota went on to the AL Wild Card Game last year, which provides optimism that this group can turn it around as well.

Video: TB@MIN: Rodney fans Duffy to notch his 21st save

"Derek and Thad, it's not like they have a set plan in my mind," manager Paul Molitor said. "Just like last year, you listen to what people have to say and look at our situation simultaneously. As they always do, they're going to do what they feel is best, both short-term and long-term."

Here's a look at where the Twins stand at the season's halfway point.

Current status: Hold
The Twins aren't likely to be buyers, but the hope in the clubhouse is that they play well enough that the front office decides to stick with the current group with the hope of catching Cleveland in the AL Central. Right-hander Ervin Santana is set to return shortly after the break, while third baseman Miguel Sano and center fielder Byron Buxton could provide a second-half boost, although there's no timetable for either's return from the Minors.

Video: MIN@SEA: Buxton throws Healy out at home to end 8th

What they are seeking
It's impossible to have too much pitching, so the Twins are likely to look for cost-controlled arms. The club already has several young starting pitching prospects, like Fernando Romero, Stephen Gonsalves, Zack Littell and Brusdar Graterol, so they could look more to relief help.

Minnesota would love to improve its catching depth as well, but it's going to take the best available offers if it decides to sell. The club also prefers prospects closer to the Majors, because it feels it can compete next season.

What they have to offer
The Twins have several impending free agents, including Dozier, Escobar, Lynn and Rodney. Lefty Zach Duke could also draw interest, while designated hitter Logan Morrison has struggled too much offensively to create any value. First baseman Joe Mauer has a no-trade clause, so he's not going anywhere. Right-hander Kyle Gibson remains under contract through next season, but he could bring back a solid return given how he's pitched over the past calendar year.

Video: TB@MIN: Gibson fans 9 over 8 innings of 1-run ball

Possible scenario
If the Twins are out of contention, Dozier remains more likely to be dealt than Escobar, but both have been linked to clubs such as the Dodgers and Brewers, who are seeking infield help. Dozier or Escobar could be a lower-cost alternative to trading for Orioles star Manny Machado.

The Dodgers have had their eye on Dozier over the past few seasons, and he'd represent an upgrade for them at second base. Rodney has had an impressive season, and a contending team such as the Red Sox could look to add him to their bullpen as a setup reliever. Lynn has a 5.22 ERA on the season, but he's been better since a terrible April, posting a 3.67 ERA over his past 10 starts.

Rhett Bollinger has covered the Twins for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger and Facebook.

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Berrios fulfills dream with ASG appearance

Right-hander pitches shutout fifth inning in American League win
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As a child, Jose Berrios grew up closely watching his idols, Pedro Martinez and Ivan Rodriguez, play in the All-Star Game, hoping he would one day have the chance to do the same. On Tuesday, the 24-year-old Twins ace got his chance.

Berrios made his All-Star debut for the American League at the 2018 MLB All-Star Game presented by Mastercard at Nationals Park in Washington. With his wife and three kids watching from the stands, the right-hander tossed a clean fifth inning for the American League and sat down three of the four batters he faced. The AL went on to win, 8-6, in 10 innings.

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As a child, Jose Berrios grew up closely watching his idols, Pedro Martinez and Ivan Rodriguez, play in the All-Star Game, hoping he would one day have the chance to do the same. On Tuesday, the 24-year-old Twins ace got his chance.

Berrios made his All-Star debut for the American League at the 2018 MLB All-Star Game presented by Mastercard at Nationals Park in Washington. With his wife and three kids watching from the stands, the right-hander tossed a clean fifth inning for the American League and sat down three of the four batters he faced. The AL went on to win, 8-6, in 10 innings.

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Berrios, the Twins lone All-Star representative, forced a loud out from Yadier Molina when the Cardinals catcher hit a long flyout to the warning track in center field to end the inning.

"It scared me a little bit," Berrios said. "If [Molina] hit a homer, everybody would have enjoyed it too."

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At this time a year ago, the talented Berrios was trying to find his footing with the Twins and spent parts of 2017 bouncing up and down between the Minors and Majors. But on Tuesday, he was on the mound with the game's elite stars, smiling after he retired his friend and fellow Puerto Rican Javier Baez of the Cubs. Likewise, Rodriguez is also from Puerto Rico.

After Berrios got Baez to fly out to right, the two began to tease each other as Baez headed back to the dugout.

"We were just laughing and smiling, you know," Berrios said. "He's my brother, and I love him. I enjoy watching him play baseball."

Tuesday was the culmination of plenty of hard work for Berrios. He has made the difficult jump from highly touted prospect to staff ace in just his third Major League season, and he's tallied a 9-7 record and 3.68 ERA while striking out 127 batters and walking just 29 this season.

Around this time four years ago, Berrios and fellow All-Stars Francisco Lindor and Baez were playing in the MLB Futures Game. Now, they've gone head-to-head in the Midsummer Classic.

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In the time that has passed in those four seasons, Berrios has endeared himself to Twins fans with a glowing personality that he often displays on Twitter and Instagram. He has even gone viral thanks to the impressive workout videos he posts during the offseason -- including one in which he pushed a truck.

You don't have to search long to find the last Twins starter to throw in an All-Star Game -- Ervin Santana represented Minnesota last year, as did former Twins closer Brandon Kintzler. But Santana has missed the entire 2018 season to date due to an injured finger, and Kintzler now pitches for the Nationals.

Berrios has stepped up in place of Santana to become Minnesota's stopper this year. As he said last week, he hopes that Tuesday was just the first of many All-Star appearances.

Jarrid Denney is a reporter for MLB.com.

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On record-setting night, AL outslugs NL

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WASHINGTON -- The ball wasn't flying out of Nationals Park quite as frequently as it did during Bryce Harper's heroic hometown homer binge a night earlier, but it was flying all the same in a dinger-driven, record-breaking 89th All-Star Game presented by Mastercard on Tuesday night.

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WASHINGTON -- The ball wasn't flying out of Nationals Park quite as frequently as it did during Bryce Harper's heroic hometown homer binge a night earlier, but it was flying all the same in a dinger-driven, record-breaking 89th All-Star Game presented by Mastercard on Tuesday night.

Video: 2018 All-Star Game sets new record with 10 home runs

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In the end, the two standout swats were the back-to-back solo shots hit by Astros teammates Alex Bregman and George Springer -- off a Dodgers pitcher (Ross Stripling), no less -- in the top of the 10th inning of what became an 8-6 victory for the American League.

Video: 2018 ASG: Bregman wins MVP, gives car to his mother

Bregman was given the Ted Williams Most Valuable Player Award presented by Chevrolet for his role in the AL's sixth straight win in the Midsummer Classic.

"I took a cutter down the middle of the first pitch and kind of went into battle mode and just was trying to put a line drive in play, and it left the yard," said Bregman. "It was crazy. It was a lot of fun."

But while the result reflects the AL's recent dominance in this summer showcase and, in a way, the Astros' standing as defending champs, the game itself was reflective of the homer-happy times we live in.

Video: 2018 ASG: AL bash 5 homers to earn extra-innings win

"It was like a regular-season game with the home runs accounting for pretty much everything," said Blue Jays pitcher J.A. Happ, who made a rare turn in the "closer" role by getting the save in the 10th. "Maybe a few less walks than normal, but pretty standard stuff. We were commenting in the bullpen that that's the way it's going these days."

The two teams combined for 10 homers, destroying the previous record of six that had last been reached in 1971 by some gentlemen named Johnny Bench, Hank Aaron, Reggie Jackson, Frank Robinson, Harmon Killebrew and Roberto Clemente -- Hall of Famers, all.

Video: 2018 ASG: NL crush 5 home runs in Washington, D.C.

Maybe not all of the blasts on this night were hit by guys who are Cooperstown-bound. But Bregman, Springer, Aaron Judge, Mike Trout, Willson Contreras, Trevor Story, Jean Segura, Christian Yelich, Scooter Gennett and Joey Votto collectively put up a performance for the All-Star ages. All but one of the game's 14 runs was driven in by a long ball.

Video: 2018 ASG: Segura clobbers a go-ahead 3-run HR

"To kind of empty your tank and hit homers at this event is probably the best thing imaginable," said AL and Astros manager AJ Hinch. "Just to have that kind of emotion that comes with the home run. Especially when the big boys hit it, and especially when the Astros hit it."

Video: 2018 ASG: Hinch on Bregman, Springer in All-Star Game

The AL seemingly had the game in hand thanks to Segura's pinch-hit three-run homer off Josh Hader in the top of the eighth. But Gennett wowed the crowd and stunned the junior circuit by taking Mariners closer Edwin Diaz deep in the bottom of the ninth to tie it.

To extras it went, and it didn't take long for Bregman and Springer to summon the Fall Classic magic of old. The AL added another run on -- of all things -- a sacrifice fly from Michael Brantley. And though Votto's solo shot in the bottom of the 10th kept things interesting, Happ was able to close it out before any more dinger drama developed.

Video: 2018 ASG: Sale K's 1 in scoreless 1st inning

So this was a night for watching it fly and letting it fly. AL starter Chris Sale threw a fastball clocked by Statcast™ at 100.7 mph -- his fastest pitch since 2010. NL starter Max Scherzer threw his four fastest pitches of the season en route to striking out four in two innings of work.

Video: 2018 ASG: Scherzer fans 4 batters in ASG start

The All-Stars capitalized on their opportunity to showcase their skills in the nation's capital, and they let their personalities show, too, with in-game selfies and mic'd-up position players. Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor felt so bad when he couldn't muscle a drive over the wall that he dropped down and did some pushups. It was that kind of night.

Video: 2018 ASG: Lindor hits the grass for some pushups

There was even some off-the-field drama developing, with reports swirling about Manny Machado possibly heading to the Dodgers as he played what might have been his last game in a Baltimore Orioles uniform. In an in-game interview with FOX Sports and MLB Network insider Ken Rosenthal, Machado acknowledged the not-so-subtle storyline by saying, "If this is the last time, hopefully I treated them well, I did everything I could for the organization."

Video: 2018 ASG: Machado talks All-Star Game, trade rumors

The AL could be losing one of its signature stars. But it won a game that very much resembled a Derby.

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Gennett's game-tying homer might get lost to history, given the end result, but he still put himself in a pretty cool spot in the All-Star history books. When he hit his two-run, 396-foot blast off Diaz, Gennett became just the third player to hit a game-tying home run in the ninth inning of a Midsummer Classic, joining Ralph Kiner in 1950 and Fred McGriff in '94. That sent the All-Star Game into extras for a second consecutive year. The last time that had happened was 1966-67.

Video: 2018 ASG: Gennett hits game-tying HR in the 9th

SOUND SMART
This was the first game in MLB history -- regular season, postseason or All-Star -- in which five players homered for each team.

HE SAID IT
"In the beginning, it was, 'Is anybody going to get a hit other than a homer?' And at the end, it was, 'Are we going to have enough pitching to get out of this mess?'" -- Hinch

UP NEXT
Oh yes, they'll meet again. The 90th All-Star Game will take place on July 9, 2019, at Cleveland's Progressive Field, which last hosted the Midsummer Classic in 1997 (when it was still known as Jacobs Field). The AL will take an All-Star edge into that contest, having broken the all-time tie Tuesday by improving to 44-43-2 against the NL.

Anthony Castrovince has been a reporter for MLB.com since 2004. Read his columns, listen to his podcast and follow him on Twitter at @Castrovince.

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Thursday's top prospect performers

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Here's MLB Pipeline's roundup of the top prospect performances in the Minor Leagues on Thursday.

Jesus Luzardo extended his scoreless streak to 26 innings as he spun another gem in Double-A Midland's 3-1 win over Corpus Christi.

Here's MLB Pipeline's roundup of the top prospect performances in the Minor Leagues on Thursday.

Jesus Luzardo extended his scoreless streak to 26 innings as he spun another gem in Double-A Midland's 3-1 win over Corpus Christi.

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The Athletics' top prospect (No. 20 overall) hasn't surrendered a run since June 11 and hasn't allowed an earned run since June 6. The lefty has been lights out all season, posting a 2.36 through 14 starts with Midland after beginning the year with Class A Advanced Stockton, and Thursday's outing was no different.

Luzardo threw 42 of his 68 pitches for strikes and issued just one walk and one hit as he cruised through five innings. Luzardo also recorded seven strikeouts, bringing his total to 106 through 83 1/3 innings this season.

Luzardo's seventh strikeout

The 20-year-old got into a rhythm right away as he retired the first nine batters he faced. The Hooks put their leadoff man on base in both the fourth and fifth innings, but no damage was done and Luzardo retired six in a row to finish his outing.

Other top prospect performances from Thursday's action:

• No. 10 overall prospect Michael Kopech (White Sox No. 2) put together another strong start for Triple-A Charlotte. The hard-throwing right-hander yielded seven hits, but limited the damage to just two runs (one earned) over six innings. Kopech, who has struggled with consistency this season, has thrown the ball well lately, giving up one earned run or less in four of his past five starts. Also worth noting that Kopech's command was strong as he threw 70 of his 102 pitches for strikes while striking out nine and walking one.

• No. 100 overall prospect Dakota Hudson (Cardinals' No. 3) fell two outs shy of his first complete game this season, but still picked up his 13th win for Triple-A Memphis. Hudson, who was lifted after 6 1/3 innings, struck out eight and gave up one run on five hits as he lowered his ERA to 2.36 through 18 starts.

Braves No. 12 prospect Bryse Wilson has been nearly untouchable lately for Double-A Mississippi. After throwing seven scoreless frames, Wilson has turned in a scoreless performance in three of his past four starts. The 20-year-old right-hander matched his season high with nine strikeouts -- a total he's reached in three of his past four starts -- as he threw 64 of his 99 pitches for strikes. Wilson also walked one and gave up three hits.

Wilson throws seven scoreless

• Cardinals No. 27 prospect Elehuris Montero hit a pair of homers -- his first career multihomer game -- as part of a 3-for-5 performance for Class A Peoria. The 19-year-old hit two run homers in both the third and seventh innings.

Watch: Montero goes yard

Cubs No. 18 prospect Keegan Thompson continues to post zeros for Double-A Tennessee. The right-hander threw five scoreless innings and hasn't given up a run in three of his past four starts. Thompson threw 42 of his 72 pitches for strikes, struck out five, walked one and gave up two hits.

Dodgers No. 11 prospect Gavin Lux extended his hitting streak to 19 games with a leadoff triple for Class A Advanced Rancho Cucamonga. The 20-year-old later added another hit to finish 2-for-4 and boost his average to .324. Lux, a first-round pick from the 2016 Draft, last went hitless on June 26. Since then, he's raised his average 15 points and collected multiple hits in nine of the 19 games.

Reds No. 8 prospect Tyler Stephenson set a career high with two homers and tied a career high with five RBIs in a huge game for Class A Advanced Daytona. Stephenson, who is hitting .282 through 76 games this season, hit a two-run shot in the sixth and then capped his night with a three-run blast in the ninth.

Watch: Stephenson launches homer

• Reds No. 9 prospect Vladimir Gutierrez gave up one run over seven innings for Double-A Pensalcola and has now surrendered one earned run or less in seven of his past eight starts. Not only did Gutierrez keep the runs off the board, but he also piled up the strikeouts, reaching double digits (10) for the second time in his career.

Tigers No. 11 prospect Mike Gerber helped lift Triple-A Toledo to a win as he clubbed a pair of homers for the second time this season. Gerber, who has 12 homers through 59 games this season, hit solo homers in the fifth and eighth innings before finishing 2-for-3 with two RBIs.

Watch: Gerber rips 2nd homer

Twins No. 16 prospect Kohl Stewart seems to be finding his rhythm with Triple-A Rochester. Stewart gave up one run over six innings, while striking out eight and giving up a trio of hits. After giving up 11 runs in 10 innings over his first two starts, the right-hander has allowed one earned run in each of his past two outings (12 innings).

• Blue Jays first-round Draft pick Jordan Groshans came through with the second three-hit game of his career, finishing 3-for-5 with a homer in the Rookie-level GCL. The 18-year-old has gotten off to a fast start in his brief career and is slashing .372/.440/.590 with three homers through 21 games.

William Boor is a reporter for MLB Pipeline. Follow him on Twitter at @wboor.

Wednesday's top prospect performers

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Here's MLB Pipeline's roundup of the top prospect performances in the Minor Leagues on Wednesday.

Very few hitters are hotter than Ryan Mountcastle right now and the Orioles' top prospect continued to rake in Double-A Bowie's 5-3 loss to Altoona.

Here's MLB Pipeline's roundup of the top prospect performances in the Minor Leagues on Wednesday.

Very few hitters are hotter than Ryan Mountcastle right now and the Orioles' top prospect continued to rake in Double-A Bowie's 5-3 loss to Altoona.

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Mountcastle, the No. 79 overall prospect, has a hit in 16 of his past 17 games after going 2-for-4 with a homer. Mountcastle has also homered in back-to-back games and is 5-for-13 (.385) in the three games since Sunday's Futures Game.

The 21-year-old has certainly played well lately, but the truth is he's pretty much hit all year, although his season got off to a bit of a late start because of a fractured hand. Mountcastle hit .278 in May, then bumped that up to .324 in June and has a ridiculous .357 average through 13 games in July.

While Mountcastle's calling card has always been his ability to hit, it's important to note that he's hitting well this year while also learning to play a new position. After coming up as a shortstop, the 2015 first-round pick was shifted to third late in 2017. After playing 37 games at the corner last year (as well as in the Arizona Fall League), Mountcastle has played third base exclusively in 2018.

Mountcastle goes yard

Overall Mountcastle is hitting .318/.366/.528 with 10 homers and 40 RBIs through 62 games.

Other top prospect performances from Wednesday's action:

• No. 6 overall prospect Brendan Rodgers (Rockies' No. 1) came up clutch with a pair of walk-off hits as Double-A Hartford swept a doubleheader against Reading. Rodgers went 2-for-3 with a walk-off single in Game 1 and then won the second game, which he finished 1-for-3, with a two-run double.

Rodgers hits a walk-off

• No. 34 overall prospect Taylor Trammell (Reds' No. 3) went 2-for-4 with a double and his first homer since late May for Class A Advanced Daytona. Trammell, who won the Futures Game MVP on Sunday, is 4-for-12 in three games back with Daytona. Jose Siri (Reds' No. 7) also had a big night at the plate, hitting a pair of homers and finishing 3-for-5 with four RBIs for Double-A Pensacola.

• No. 72 overall prospect Stephen Gonsalves (Twins' No. 4) was dominant once again. The lefty, who has struggled with command this season, walked five, but still threw six scoreless frames for Triple-A Rochester. Gonsalves has given up one earned run or less in six straight starts and has a 3.34 ERA through 14 starts with Rochester this season.

Gonsalves finishes strong

Astros No. 29 prospect Brandon Bailey was unhittable as he extended his scoreless streak for Class A Advanced Buies Creek. Bailey, who hasn't given up a run over his past three starts (16 innings), cruised through five hitless innings. The right-hander issued a pair of walks and struck out five while throwing 34 of his 55 pitches for strikes.

Cardinals No. 7 prospect Randy Arozarena was perfect at the plate in the first two-homer game of his career. Playing for Double-A Springfield, Arozarena went 4-for-4 with two homers, a double, four RBIs and four runs scored. The 23-year-old hit a solo homer in the fifth and then, needing a triple for the cycle, went deep again -- this time a two-run shot -- in the seventh.

Watch: Arozarena goes yard

Marlins No. 27 prospect Tyler Kolek and Osiris Johnson, the club's second-round pick from the 2018 Draft turned in strong performances in the Rookie-level GCL. Kolek, making his first appearance since August 2017, gave up one hit in a scoreless inning. Offensively, Johnson put together the best game of his young pro career, going 4-for-6. The 17-year-old, doubled, hit his first homer, drove in three runs, scored three runs and stole a base.

Red Sox No. 3 prospect Tanner Houck spun his second scoreless start of the season for Class A Advanced Salem, yielding five hits over six innings. The outing was a nice bounceback start for Houck after he had given up five runs over six innings in his last start. The right-hander also showed strong command in the outing as he struck out seven and issued just one walk. Red Sox No. 9 prospect Mike Shawaryn also had a good day on the mound, firing six innings of one-run ball in a win for Double-A Portland.

Yankees No. 26 prospect Garrett Whitlock has been lights out this season and that continued in his debut with Double-A Trenton. The right-hander posted a 1.55 ERA through 87 1/3 innings with Class A Charleston and Class A Advanced Tampa before being promoted to the Thunder where he spun five scoreless frames. Whitlock struggled with his command as he walked five and didn't record a strikeout, but only gave up three hits and kept himself out of trouble.

• Astros fourth-round pick Alex McKenna hit his first two homers for Class A Short Season Tri-City. The 20-year-old, who finished 2-for-4 with four RBIs, has hits in nine of his past 10 games and is slashing .288/.386/.475 through the first 16 games of his professional career.

Watch: McKenna launches 2nd homer of game

• Kevin Woodall, the Cardinals' 10th-round pick from the 2018 Draft, hit a trio of homers as he finished 3-for-3 for Rookie-level Johnson City. Woodall, who also drew two walks, hit a two-run homer in the first, a solo shot in the fifth and capped his night with another two-run blast in the seventh.

William Boor is a reporter for MLB Pipeline. Follow him on Twitter at @wboor.

Twins reliever Rodney becomes US citizen

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Fernando Rodney is officially a United States citizen.

The Dominican-born Twins reliever posted on Instagram on Monday that, "after 19 years in this wonderful country today I am blessed to say that I am an official US Citizen. Today I fly the American Flag but in my heart always hold my Dominican Flag." On Tuesday, he tweeted thanks to the Twins and Tigers.

Fernando Rodney is officially a United States citizen.

The Dominican-born Twins reliever posted on Instagram on Monday that, "after 19 years in this wonderful country today I am blessed to say that I am an official US Citizen. Today I fly the American Flag but in my heart always hold my Dominican Flag." On Tuesday, he tweeted thanks to the Twins and Tigers.

Tweet from @F_Rodney56: 19 years in this wonderful country, I'm blessed to say that I'm a US Citizen Thanks to everyone who has been with me thru the process, Thanks to @twins for allowing me to catch my flight early and thanks to the @tigers who made this dream possible 19 yrs ago #DominicanAmerican 🏹 pic.twitter.com/c5GbL99GLj

Rodney, 41, pitched in the fifth inning during the Twins' game on Sunday -- only the fourth time he's entered a game before the sixth inning in his career -- to leave Target Field and catch a flight to Miami for his immigration hearing on Monday morning. He faced two Rays hitters, striking out Carlos Gomez and inducing an inning-ending groundout from Mallex Smith before leaving the ballpark to catch his flight.

Rodney is 2-2 with a 3.12 ERA in 37 appearances in his first season with the Twins. In his career, which spans nine teams, he is 46-65 with a 3.70 ERA in 865 games.

Anne Rogers is a reporter for MLB.com based in Denver. Follow her on Twitter at @anne__rogers.

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Berrios already focused on '19 All-Star nod

First-time honoree: 'Next year, I want to make it again'
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When Twins right-hander Jose Berrios met with the media for the first time in 2018 at TwinsFest in January, he was direct when asked about his personal goals for the season.

Berrios wanted to reach 200 innings, win more games than last year and become an All-Star for the first time. The 24-year-old has already reached one of those milestones, getting named as an All-Star as the lone representative for the Twins in Washington at Nationals Park, Tuesday on FOX at 6:30 p.m. CT.

When Twins right-hander Jose Berrios met with the media for the first time in 2018 at TwinsFest in January, he was direct when asked about his personal goals for the season.

Berrios wanted to reach 200 innings, win more games than last year and become an All-Star for the first time. The 24-year-old has already reached one of those milestones, getting named as an All-Star as the lone representative for the Twins in Washington at Nationals Park, Tuesday on FOX at 6:30 p.m. CT.

"I really wanted to make an All-Star Game and this year I made it," Berrios said. "Next year I want to make it again. You have to put some goal in your mind and work for it, go for it."

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Berrios, who is 9-7 with a 3.68 ERA and 127 strikeouts in 127 1/3 innings pitched, is also on track to reach his other goals, as he's on pace to go 16-12 with 221 1/3 innings this season after going 14-8 with a 3.89 ERA in 145 2/3 frames last year.

It's part of an impressive evolution for Berrios, who came in as a highly touted prospect in 2016, only to register an unsightly 8.02 ERA in 14 starts as a rookie. Berrios, though, has learned to trust his plus-stuff, getting ahead of hitters with his fastball and putting them away with his wipeout curveball.

Video: KC@MIN: Berrios K's 8, goes 7 innings of 1-run ball

He also tweaked his mechanics, switching to an over-the-head motion to help him stop rushing to home plate, while also working to hide the ball better after reports he was tipping his pitches as a rookie.

"I feel so proud," Berrios said of his maturation as a pitcher. "It's a process, day by day you have to improve something. When I made my debut, I didn't do well, but I learned a lot that year. Every year I'm going to be better and better because that's what I want. I want to be better day by day."

Berrios is hard not to like, with an easy-going demeanor and strong work ethic. His offseason workout videos have become legendary, including one that went viral this year when he was pulling a truck behind him in a parking lot in his native Puerto Rico.

"He's an easy guy to pull for because of those things," Twins manager Paul Molitor said. "I like the humility aspect, too. I think he does know he's good, but he's not assuming that his next start is going to be [good]. He just always knows, don't let your guard down. He's always ready. And he learns when it's good and bad and he keeps pushing."

Video: Berrios to represent Twins on 2018 AL All-Star Team

"We know a couple guys deserve to be All-Stars too, but that's baseball," Berrios said. "I feel proud to present my organization, the Minnesota twins and my family in Puerto Rico."

While watching the 2018 All-Star Game presented by Mastercard live on FOX on Tuesday, fans can submit their choices for the Ted Williams Most Valuable Player Award presented by Chevrolet with the 2018 All-Star Game MLB.com 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.

Rhett Bollinger has covered the Twins for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger and Facebook.

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Dozier hits walk-off slam in 10th in wild win

Twins take lead in 7th and 8th before second baseman's heroics
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MINNEAPOLIS -- It took a wild game that saw the benches clear twice and an especially crazy final four innings, including the 10th and final frame on Sunday, but the Twins are headed into the All-Star break with some momentum.

The Twins took the lead in both the seventh and eighth innings -- only to fail to protect it each time -- before Brian Dozier finally ended the game with a grand slam to left field off reliever Matt Andriese in the 10th. The 11-7 victory helped Minnesota finish its homestand with a 9-2 record to end the first half. The Twins trail the first-place Indians by 7 1/2 games with 68 to play.

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MINNEAPOLIS -- It took a wild game that saw the benches clear twice and an especially crazy final four innings, including the 10th and final frame on Sunday, but the Twins are headed into the All-Star break with some momentum.

The Twins took the lead in both the seventh and eighth innings -- only to fail to protect it each time -- before Brian Dozier finally ended the game with a grand slam to left field off reliever Matt Andriese in the 10th. The 11-7 victory helped Minnesota finish its homestand with a 9-2 record to end the first half. The Twins trail the first-place Indians by 7 1/2 games with 68 to play.

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"It was a very odd game," Dozier said. "I was talking with [umpire] Jeff Kellogg at second base in like the eighth inning, and he said, 'We all might need a week off after this game, because it's pretty unique.' To win it, that says a lot. I'm proud of the way the guys fought."

Video: TB@MIN: Dozier talks about his walk-off grand slam

Jake Cave started the rally with a leadoff double, and the Rays opted to issue intentional walks to load the bases after a sacrifice bunt. On a 1-1 count from Andriese, Dozier made sure the game was over with his fourth walk-off homer of his career and the fifth walk-off grand slam in Twins history.

"Showed a lot of fight," Twins manager Paul Molitor said. "We had to come back more than a couple of times and find a way to get it done. In the end, Brian got an opportunity. Thankfully he got it out of the park. He ended it in dramatic style."

Video: TB@MIN: Rosario lines a go-ahead single in the 8th

The Rays nearly spoiled Minnesota's comeback in the seventh, scoring twice in the eighth to retake the lead, only to see the Twins load the bases with two outs in the bottom of the inning. Joe Mauer drew a bases-loaded walk to set up Eddie Rosario's heroics with his RBI single into center. Cave was thrown out at home on the play to end the inning, and it was upheld by replay despite it appearing like he got his foot in before the tag.

It ended up being pivotal with Trevor Hildenberger unable to hold the lead in the ninth, allowing the game-tying run to score on a two-out RBI single from Joey Wendle.

Rosario hit himself with his own bat flip

Minnesota entered the seventh down by three runs, but rallied back, keyed by a two-out RBI single from Rosario with two strikes to keep the inning alive. Dozier then reached on an infield single to third, and that's when things got weird at Target Field.

Video: TB@MIN: Dozier singles in 1, another scores on error

With the play taking third baseman Daniel Robertson away from the bag, Rosario raced for third after the throw to first and reached safely, with the throw getting away to allow him to score the tying run and Dozier to reach third.

Dozier then began to dance off third, trying to force rookie reliever Diego Castillo into a balk, and it worked, much to the chagrin of Rays manager Kevin Cash. A 101-mph fastball then came in close to Escobar, causing both dugouts to yell at each other with Escobar taking offense to Robertson's chirping from third base.

Nobody was ejected in the initial skirmish, but the benches cleared for a second time as Escobar was headed back to his position at third base. Escobar was then ejected with Ehire Adrianza replacing him.

Video: TB@MIN: Tensions rise after balk, inside pitch

"It seemed to me that all of a sudden their pitcher decides to throw one 101 at Esco's legs, and we reacted," Molitor said. "The intensity picked up and eventually we got back to playing. After the strikeout, there was some from what I best can gather, I think a couple of their guys, they were taunting Esco a little bit and he reacted."

The Rays had taken an early lead against rookie right-hander Fernando Romero, who gave up four runs on 10 hits over 4 1/3 innings. He was hurt in the second inning, surrendering five straight singles to bring home three runs and also gave up an RBI double to Wendle in the fifth. Romero was optioned to Triple-A Rochester after the game.

"It was just a hard-fought game," Mauer said. "I know we were out on the field, both teams, but when you look at the baseball part of it, it was back and forth. Guys were battling. It was a good ballgame, and I'm glad we got the series win."

Video: TB@MIN: Polanco leaps, then tags out Cron stealing

MOMENT THAT MATTERED
Rodney enters in the fifth: In an unusual move, the Twins brought in closer Fernando Rodney to clean up Romero's mess in the fifth inning, but it was because Rodney had a flight to catch to Miami for an immigration hearing Monday morning. Rodney, pitching in the fifth inning for the third time in his career and the first time since July 8, 2005, escaped a jam with runners at first and third with one out. He struck out Carlos Gomez and got Mallex Smith to ground out to finish the first half with a 3.12 ERA.

"To be honest with you, it wasn't about being overly strategic," Molitor said. "He had a flight that he had to catch and all that kind of stuff, so we had postponed it a couple of times, trying to get it a time that was more feasible. But it turned out tomorrow was the only day and so got him in the game a little earlier. It worked out pretty well, because he got a couple of really big outs."

Video: TB@MIN: Rodney fans Gomez with two runners on base

SOUND SMART
The Twins finish the first half with a 44-50 record after going 45-43 before last year's All-Star break. Minnesota was 2 1/2 games back of the Indians at the break last season.

HE SAID IT
"We knew that this homestand was huge -- every game is big -- as far as proving or however you want to word it. We knew that we had to make hay coming into here. 9-2? That's pretty dang good. We're playing good baseball. We all need a break." -- Dozier

UP NEXT
After the All-Star break, right-hander Kyle Gibson (4-6, 3.42 ERA) will take the mound for the Twins against the Royals on Friday at Kauffman Stadium at 7:15 p.m. CT. Gibson had an impressive first half, striking out 114 batters in 115 2/3 innings, and gave up one run over eight innings in a win against the Rays last time out. The Royals will start lefty Danny Duffy (5-8, 4.59).

Rhett Bollinger has covered the Twins for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger and Facebook.

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How every team's players fared at Futures Game

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The 20th edition of the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game had no shortage of big moments, with the two sides combining for eight home runs -- doubling the previous Futures Game record -- as Team USA outslugged the World, 10-6, on All-Star Sunday at Nationals Park.

The 20th edition of the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game had no shortage of big moments, with the two sides combining for eight home runs -- doubling the previous Futures Game record -- as Team USA outslugged the World, 10-6, on All-Star Sunday at Nationals Park.

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Below is a recap of each player's performance, with a breakdown of each club's representatives.

ANGELS
Jo Adell, OF, LAA No. 1 | MLB No. 36
Adell went 1-for-4, but it wasn't for a lack of contact, which has been a concern early in his career. Adell grounded out to Fernando Tatis Jr. in the first, then popped out twice and hit a sac fly.

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ASTROS
Yordan Alvarez, OF/1B, HOU No. 3 | MLB No. 51
Playing in his second straight Futures Game, Alvarez went 1-for-3 with a walk, and he drew widespread attention, both on the field and in the social realms, for his 6-foot-5, 225-pound frame.

ATHLETICS
Jesus Luzardo, LHP, OAK No. 1 | MLB No. 20
Luzardo started for the World Team and pitched the first two innings, giving up three hits and an earned run in the first inning. Luzardo reached 97 mph on his four-seamer, while showing movement on many of his secondary pitches, particularly the two-seamer and slider. As he has over parts of his young career, Luzardo struggled with command. But scouting reports suggest that once Luzardo finds control, he possesses top-of-the-rotation stuff.

Video: WLD@USA: Luzardo strikes out Hiura, Jansen in the 2nd

BLUE JAYS
Bo Bichette, SS/2B, TOR No. 2 | MLB No. 7
Toronto's incredibly talented hitter finished 1-for-3 with a 102.2-mph ground-ball single off Bryan Mata in the third inning. He also got a bit of a surprise in the first inning, when Luzardo quick-pitched him into a flyout.

Danny Jansen, C, TOR No. 6
Jansen sparked a USA rally in the fourth by launching a changeup up and out for a 381-foot game-tying home run to left, which was quickly followed up by Ke'Bryan Hayes' tater to left-center. Toronto's top catching prospect finished 1-for-2 with two runs driven in.

Video: WLD@USA: Jansen clubs a two-run homer to left field

BRAVES
Kyle Wright, RHP, ATL No. 2 | MLB No. 25
Inheriting runners at first and third and no outs in the top of the eighth, Wright induced a flyout from Miguel Amaya and a double play from Andres Gimenez to escape the jam.

Touki Toussaint, RHP, ATL No. 10
A day after being promoted to the World Team roster as a late addition, Toussaint twirled the eighth inning, giving up a triple to Taylor Trammel -- which many, including Trammel, thought was headed to the bleachers before pegging into the center-field wall. Toussaint, who was recently promoted to Triple-A Gwinnett and led the Southern League (Double-A) in strikeouts at the time of his promotion, sat in the high-90s with his two-seamer, dropped 10 mph on his changeup and dropped another 10 mph on his curveball, which he threw just once.

BREWERS
Keston Hiura, 2B, MIL No. 1 | MLB No. 30
Hiura's hitting ability has helped his name come up often with the non-waiver Trade Deadline looming, but he struck out in each of his two plate appearances Sunday.

Luis Ortiz, RHP, MIL No. 4
Ortiz was the last player on either roster to enter the game, doing so with two outs in the top of the ninth against Yusniel Diaz, who had homered twice already. Ortiz threw one pitch, a 95.4-mph four-seamer, that induced a groundout to end the game.

Video: WLD@USA: Ortiz gets Diaz to ground out to end 9th

CARDINALS
Dakota Hudson, RHP, STL No. 3

Hudson made the most of his 11 pitches over a perfect sixth inning. His fastball never dropped below 96 mph, and his slider fooled Keibert Ruiz for a strikeout. That specific combination is why there might be a spot for him in the Cardinals' bullpen at some point.

Andrew Knizner, C, STL No. 5
Days after he was added to the Team USA roster as as an injury replacement for A's catcher Sean Murphy, Knizner entered in the sixth to catch for fellow Cards prospect Hudson. The 23-year-old Knizner, who is hitting .310/.376/.418 between Double-A Springfield and Triple-A Memphis, went 0-for-2 with a pair of strikeouts.

Randy Arozarena, OF, STL. No. 7
Arozarena entered in the bottom of the seventh and got just one at-bat. He reached on a fielding error by USA first baseman and Mets prospect Peter Alonso.

CUBS
Miguel Amaya, C/1B, CHC No. 10
Amaya went 0-for-2 at the plate after starting at catcher for the World Team.

D-BACKS
Yoan Lopez, RHP, ARI No. 25
Lopez faced just one batter -- entering with two outs in the bottom of the fifth and the game tied at 5 -- striking out Ryan Mountcastle on three fastballs clocked at 96.4, 96.0 and 97.2 mph.

Video: WLD@USA: Lopez gets Mountcastle swinging in the 5th

DODGERS
Keibert Ruiz, C, LAD No. 2 | MLB No. 44
Ruiz, whose name has been linked to Manny Machado trade rumors, left the game after getting clocked on his right hand by a foul ball. X-rays were negative, according to the Los Angeles Times. At the dish, Ruiz struck out in his lone at-bat during the sixth inning.

Yusniel Diaz, OF, LAD No. 4 | MLB No. 85
Diaz entered the game with just six homers over the entire season with Double-A Tulsa. He added another pair on Sunday -- a 409-foot blast in the fifth and a 408-foot shot in the seventh. Diaz became just the second player to homer twice in Futures Game history and was one of just five players to remain in the game from start to finish.

Video: WLD@USA: Diaz clobbers 2-run jack, game-tying HR

GIANTS
Shaun Anderson, RHP, SF No. 7
Anderson gave up a solo home run to Diaz in the seventh, but wound up being the winning pitcher after Team USA powered to a lead it wouldn't relinquish in the following frame. Anderson, who will be promoted to Triple-A Sacramento to start the second half, also gave up a hit to fellow Giants prospect Heliot Ramos just after surrendering the homer.

Heliot Ramos, OF, SF No. 1 | MLB No. 70
Ramos laced a single off fellow Giants prospect Anderson in the seventh in his lone at-bat. He didn't see any action in the field since he entered the game as the designated hitter.

INDIANS
Kieran Lovegrove, RHP
Lovegrove entered Sunday having faced 100 hitters this year without giving up a homer. That ended when Trammel -- the first batter Lovegrove faced -- launched a 438-foot laser to straightaway center. Over his brief appearance in the sixth inning, Lovegrove faced one more batter, recorded an out, then was pulled.

MARINERS
Kyle Lewis, OF, SEA No. 1 | MLB No. 58
Lewis went 0-for-1 with a flyout to right in his first at-bat, a walk and a run scored, courtesy of Hayes' deep fly to left in the fourth frame, and he didn't see any action in the field.

MARLINS
Jorge Guzman, RHP, MIA No. 3
Guzman, who many will identify as a key return in the Giancarlo Stanton trade, flashed his raw stuff to the three batters he faced, throwing 10 pitches -- all between 96.8 and 99.7 mph -- with one strikeout.

Tweet from @Marlins: Hitters have 99 problems and they're all miles per hour.Jorge Guzman was all 🔥 at the Futures Game. #JustGettinStarted pic.twitter.com/tw6iYWWnSm

METS
Andres Gimenez, SS, NYM No. 1 | MLB No. 68
Gimenez went 0-for-2 with a pair of groundouts, including an inning-ending double play in the eighth with runners on first and third.

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Peter Alonso, 1B, NYM No. 2 | MLB No. 69
Eager to join in the power party, Alonso gave Mets fans a glimpse of what could be to come when he launched a 415-foot homer to left. The deep fly was scorched at 113.6 mph and lifted at a 46-degree launch angle, according to Statcast™. Yoenis Cespedes is the only Mets player to hit a homer with a higher exit velocity this year.

Video: WLD@USA: Alonso's 415-foot home run down the line

NATIONALS
Carter Kieboom, SS, WSH No. 2 | MLB No. 62
Kieboom didn't quite have the homecoming he was hoping for, going 0-for-2 with a pair of strikeouts, including one looking on a 78.6-mph curveball from Toussaint.

Luis Garcia, SS/2B, WSH No. 5
Garcia drew a walk in his lone plate appearance during the eighth inning, while also contributing three-plus innings at second base.

ORIOLES
Ryan Mountcastle, 3B, BAL No. 1 | MLB No. 80
Mountcastle, who could be a huge part of the post-Machado Orioles, went 0-for-2 with a strikeout against Lopez and a flyout against Guzman.

Alex Wells, LHP BAL No. 8
Wells faced only Buddy Reed and Knizner and got each out quickly, throwing just nine pitches. Reed nearly took Wells deep, flying out to the left-field wall, but Wells quickly bounced back to strike out Knizner on three called strikes in a row.

PADRES
Fernando Tatis Jr., SS, SD No. 1 | MLB No. 3
Tatis laced a 102.3-mph heater from Hunter Greene for a 107.1-mph single to right, then swiped second during the next at-bat, putting his plus speed on display with a Sprint Speed of 28.4 feet per second, per Statcast™, well above the Major League average of 27.0.

Video: WLD@USA: Tatis Jr. rips a single off a 102-mph heater

Luis Urias, 2B/SS, SD No. 3 | MLB No. 29
Urias had an unfortunate run-in with a 100.4-mph fastball on his left elbow, though he was wearing a protective guard. Urias struck out in his other two plate appearances, and was pulled in the bottom of the fifth.

Buddy Reed, OF
Reed, who just this week was called up to Double-A San Antonio after clubbing 12 homers from Class A Advanced Lake Elsinore, narrowly missed a deep fly in the sixth, having lifted one 346 feet to the wall in left in a full count against Wells. However, Reed made up for it in the field in the following frame, robbing Tatis of what would've been his third hit with a running grab in right-center.

Video: WLD@USA: Reed on his mom, playing hockey

PHILLIES
Adonis Medina, RHP, PHI No. 2 | MLB No. 74
Medina's wild pitch in the seventh inning broke a 6-6 tie and gave Team USA a lead it wouldn't relinquish. The right-hander lost control of a two-seamer that landed in the dirt and allowed Adell to score from third. He also gave up a mammoth blast to Alonso, getting tagged for three runs in a third of an inning, but he did show glimpses of his nasty stuff on his two strikeouts.

Video: WLD@USA: Medina K's Kieboom swinging in the 7th

PIRATES
Mitch Keller, RHP, PIT No. 1 | MLB No. 12
Keller tossed a perfect first inning on eight pitches, striking out Luis Alexander Basabe to lead off the game, then inducing a pair of flyouts. Keller topped out on his four-seam fastball at 99.5 mph.

Video: WLD@USA: Keller K's Basabe, retires the side in order

Ke'Bryan Hayes, 3B, PIT No. 3
Hayes, son of 14-year MLB veteran Charlie Hayes, launched a 405-foot homer deep to the left-field bleachers to complete back-to-back deep flies with Jansen, putting Team USA up by two in the fourth. Team USA manager Torii Hunter, being interviewed at the time of Hayes' homer was ecstatic.

Video: WLD@USA: Hunter cheers on Team USA at Futures Game

RANGERS
C.D. Pelham, LHP, TEX No. 19
Pelham walked the first batter he faced, narrowly missing ball four on an inside fastball at 97.9 mph, then got into more trouble when Arozarena reached on an error by first baseman Alonso, putting runners on the corners. That'd be it for Pelham after that, though Wright helped bail him out of the jam.

Leody Taveras, OF, TEX No. 1 | MLB No. 28
Taveras went 0-for-2 with a popup and a groundout, and finished the game after entering as the World Team's center fielder in the bottom of the sixth.

RAYS
Nate Lowe, 1B
Lowe laced an RBI single off Luzardo with two outs in the first that scored Brendan Rodgers to put Team USA up, 1-0, in the opening frame.

Video: WLD@USA: Lowe opens the scoring with an RBI single

Jesus Sanchez, OF, TB No. 4 | MLB No. 35
Sanchez went 0-for-3, grounding into a pair of double plays and flying out to center off a slider from Justus Sheffield in the second inning. His stat sheet won't show it, but Sanchez impressed with a fluid swing from the left side.

RED SOX
Bryan Mata, RHP, BOS No. 4
The 19-year-old, as he has much of this season, had to battle traffic and command, but he left after tossing a scoreless third inning. Mata sat at an impressive 95 mph on his two-seam fastball, and complemented his heat with varying speeds in the high-70s on his curve, though he got just one swing-and-miss on 31 pitches.

REDS
Hunter Greene, RHP, CIN No. 2 | MLB No. 18
The Reds' flamethrower maxed out the radar gun, throwing all 19 of his fastballs above 100 mph and averaging 101.3 mph. Heat alone wasn't enough to keep Basabe from homering and Tatis from following up with a single -- both off 102.3-mph pitches -- but the ease with which Greene delivered his triple-digit velocity was mighty impressive nonetheless.

Video: WLD@USA: Greene talks playing in Futures Game

Taylor Trammell, OF, CIN No. 3 | MLB No. 34
With raw athleticism that stood out during a 38-touchdown season as a high school football star in 2015, Trammell got the chance to put his tools on display. And he didn't disappoint. Cincinnati's No. 35 overall pick in '16, Trammell launched a 107.9-mph homer that traveled a projected 438 feet -- the deepest of the eight homers hit in the game.

Trammell nearly got hold of another one -- and thought he did, given his reaction -- with a fly ball off the center-field wall in the eighth inning, gesturing to the USA dugout as he rounded first, only to settle for a triple. He was named the Futures Game MVP.

Video: WLD@USA: Trammell clubs HR, wins Futures Game MVP

ROCKIES
Brendan Rodgers, SS, COL No. 1 | MLB No. 6
Rodgers roped a Statcast-projected 108.7-mph double into the left-center-field gap with two outs and in a full count, then scored during the ensuing at-bat by Lowe to put Team USA on board first. Rodgers chased an outside curveball from Mata in his second at-bat during the third inning for a strikeout.

Jesus Tinoco, RHP, COL No. 12
Tinoco induced a groundout to Double-A Hartford teammate Rodgers as part of a three-up, three-down, nine-pitch outing after entering in the bottom of the fourth. He began the day by retiring Bichette with a flyout to right.

ROYALS
Seuly Matias, OF, KC No. 3
Matias got the World Team on the board with a 100.7-mph solo homer off Yankees lefty Sheffield, then followed up with a single in the fifth to round out a 2-for-3 day.

Video: WLD@USA: Matias puts the World on the board with a HR

TIGERS
Matt Manning, RHP, DET No. 2 | MLB No. 47
Manning gave up two earned runs on four hits, including a homer to Diaz, while working the fourth and fifth innings. His fastball averaged 94.1 mph, and he complemented it with good variance on his curveball, which hovered in the high-70s.

Video: WLD@USA: Manning strikes out Urias in the 5th inning

Dawel Lugo, 2B, DET No. 12
Acquired last summer as part of the J.D. Martinez deal, Detroit's talented infielder scored a run and went 1-for-2 with a single off Sheffield.

TWINS 
Alex Kirilloff, OF, MIN No. 3 | MLB No. 67
Minnesota's top outfield prospect lined two singles -- one to left field and the other to right-center -- as part of a 2-for-3 day with a run scored. His second single came off Lewis Thorpe, his fellow up-and-comer in the Twins system.

Lewis Thorpe, LHP, MIN No. 11
Thorpe struggled to keep the ball in the park during his fourth-inning stint, surrendering homers to Jansen and Hayes as part of three hits and a walk surrendered in just two-thirds of an inning.

Video: WLD@USA: Thorpe K's Hiura swinging in the 4th inning

WHITE SOX
Dylan Cease, RHP, CWS No. 4 | MLB No. 40
Entering in the top of the ninth, Cease induced a groundout from Leodys Taveras then got Tatis to fly out to right before paving way for Ortiz's victory-sealing groundout.

Video: WLD@USA: Basabe homers off 102-mph pitch from Greene

Luis Alexander Basabe, OF, CWS No. 13
One of the most impressive plays of the entire game came in the top of the third, when Basabe timed Greene's 102.3-mph fastball and muscled it out for a 404-foot home run.

Tweet from @darenw: Luis Alexander Basabe just turned on a 102.3 MPH fastball for a home run... Would be fastest pitch in @mlb hit for a HR since Rafael Devers took Chapman deep last season on a 102.8 MPH pitch.

Basabe also nabbed a runner at second base with an accurate first-inning throw from center field.

YANKEES
Justus Sheffield, LHP, NYY No. 2 | MLB No. 39
Sheffield gave up a second-inning homer to Matias that tied the game at 1. Sheffield was also credited for another earned run for allowing his final batter, Lugo, reach on a single. Lugo then scored on Basabe's homer off Greene.

Daniel Kramer is a reporter for MLB.com based in Denver. Follow him on Twitter at @DKramer_. MLB.com's Matt Kelly contributed to this story.