A look at what's happening all around the major leagues Saturday:

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NEW YORK (AP) — Anyone still ranting about the online election that put five Kansas City Royals in position to start the All-Star Game, the following is for you.

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The Houston Astros had little time to enjoy a sweep of the AL leaders before learning they’d open a road swing without their leadoff man and top defensive outfielder. With George Springer sidelined for an extended period, the Astros look to keep rolling with their fifth consecutive victory Friday night against the resurgent Boston Red Sox. After hitting .207 over his first 38 games, Springer gave Houston a lift with a .380 average, six home runs and 10 RBIs in a 27-game stretch after being moved into the top spot in the lineup May 24.

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Jose Altuve had three hits and scored the tiebreaking run in the seventh inning to help the Houston Astros complete a three-game sweep of the Kansas City Royals with a 6-5 win on Wednesday night. Altuve stole second and reached third on a lineout. The Astros trailed early before taking a 5-3 lead after a four-run fifth inning.

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Castro legged out a run-scoring infield single in the 11th inning, and the Cubs blanked the punchless Mets 2-0 Wednesday night for their second consecutive shutout at Citi Field. ”We’re a little bit challenged offensively right now,” Chicago manager Joe Maddon said. Jon Lester threw seven sharp innings and the Cubs overcame a major baserunning blunder to score twice in the 11th.

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Maddon brought in an illusionist to entertain his team after a rough patch of play, but after a 1-0 win over the New York Mets on Tuesday night that snapped a five-game skid, the Chicago Cubs seemed to think the man with the magic touch was actually their mischievous manager. ”I just felt more comfortable and, I’m sure the guys felt the same, because he kind of tones it down a little bit, lets you relax,” Matt Szczur said about Maddon. Kyle Hendricks (3-4) pitched three-hit ball for six innings and combined with three relievers to bail out the Cubs, who scored just six runs during their losing streak.

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Chris Sale mowed through the St. Louis lineup on his way to entering the record books and helping the Chicago White Sox snap a pair of Cardinals winning streaks. Another left-hander now looks to help the White Sox accomplish something no team has done at Busch Stadium all season. Jose Quintana takes the mound Wednesday night as Chicago seeks a two-game sweep of St. Louis.

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Rubby De La Rosa has faced off with all four of the Arizona Diamondbacks’ divisional opponents in his last four outings. De La Rosa will get his chance at redemption against the fourth on Tuesday night with another look at the Los Angeles Dodgers, whose run of dominance over the Diamondbacks finally ended in the series opener. Opposing batters hit just .222 over those three contests with a .547 OPS, and De La Rosa walked only one in seven innings while allowing one run Thursday in a 6-4 loss at Colorado.

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Mike Napoli was tossed in the second inning of Sunday’s Boston Red Sox game in St. Pete against the Tampa Bay Rays, appearing to get livid about a third strike call from first-year umpire Tripp Gibson. But before you sweep this away as another tough day for Napoli (who is hitting .203) or another sign of Red Sox frustration (the AL East cellar isn’t fun), there’s actually a more interesting story here than a called third strike and an angry K victim. If you listen to Napoli and manager John Farrell they’ll tell you Napoli wasn’t sent to the showers because he wasn’t happy with the call. He was actually tossed, they say, because he didn’t pick up his bat. Here’s Napoli’s explanation of what happened, via The Boston Herald’s Scott Lauber : “First of all, it was a ball,” Napoli said of a low, outside slider from Rays ace Chris Archer   that was called a strike by Gibson. “And I thought I walked, so that’s why I dropped my bat. I had a conversation with (Gibson) and told him I thought it was a ball, and he said it was a good pitch. Started taking off my batting gloves, starting walking back to the dugout, and he told me I forgot my bat. I kind of stopped a little bit, and he told me to come pick up my bat. I pointed to the bat boy who picks up our bats, and he tossed me. “So when he tossed me, I told him how I felt. I mean, I was walking away, I was going back to the dugout, and he was telling me to come back and pick up my bat when it was over. It’s kind of embarrassing. I don’t know how you can throw someone out for that. I’m not trying to get thrown out in the second inning. We’ve got a short bench.”

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