BOSTON (AP) — First baseman Mike Napoli allowed Preston Tucker's hard grounder to bounce past him for an error, and Carlos Correa followed with a tiebreaking single in a four-run 10th inning that lifted the Houston Astros over the Boston Red Sox on Friday night for their fifth straight win.

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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 federal hacking investigation of the St. Louis Cardinals could take longer if high-level executives are implicated in the breach of the Houston Astros’ database, according to legal experts. The investigation is likely several months old, with much of the computer forensics work likely already complete, said Philip Hilder, a Houston criminal defense attorney and former federal prosecutor.

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Houston Astros outfielder George Springer has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a broken right wrist. Springer was injured when he was hit on the wrist by a 95 mph fastball thrown by Edinson Volquez in the fifth inning of Houston’s win over Kansas City on Wednesday night. It’s a blow for the first-place Astros, who count Springer as their best outfielder for dazzling defense play and power on offense where he is hitting .264 with 13 homers and 29 RBIs.

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Take a look around the league with Big League Stew’s daily wrap up. We’ll hit on all of the biggest moments from the day that you may have missed, while providing highlights, photos and interesting stats. If for some reason you’re still not convinced the Houston Astros are for real, perhaps their three-game sweep of the defending AL champion Kansas City Royals will be the tipping point. The Astros completed with the sweep with a hard fought 6-5 victory on Wednesday night. After falling behind 3-0 in the second inning, Houston rallied to score five in the middle to take the lead. Chris Carter’s 100th career home run opened their scoring. After Marwin Gonzalez homer and likely All-Star Jose Altuve tied the game with an RBI single, Evan Gattis put them ahead with a two-run single in the fifth. The resilient Royals didn’t fade away either, tying the game again in the seventh on Jarrod Dyson’s two-run double. Houston scored the winner in their half of the seventh on Carter’s fielder’s choice. Not exactly the most thrilling winning run, but very fitting for the Astros. With the win, Houston now owns the AL’s second best record at 47-34. They’re only percentage points between Kansas City, who is now 44-31. [ Check out Big League Stew on Tumblr for even more baseball awesomeness. ] The only dark cloud hovering over the victory in the condition of outfielder George Springer. Springer was hit with a pitch on the wrist and left the game with a reported contusion. However, the team didn’t sound overly optimistic about his condition following the game. AJ said he’s not optimistic Springer will avoid the DL. #Astros — Chandler Rome (@Chandler_Rome) July 2, 2015 JUSTIN BOUR LAUNCHES THREE-RUN WALKOFF HOMER The Miami Marlins aren’t contenders, but they’re starting to look like awfully good spoilers. Since losing Giancarlo Stanton a broken hamate bone on Friday, they’ve gone 3-1 against the Los Angeles and San Francisco Giants, including a dramatic 6-5 walkoff win against San Francisco on Wednesday night. Justin Bour, who arrived on the scene earlier this season by breaking up Shelby Miller’s no-hit bid, was the hero. After Christian Yelich and Adeiny Hechevarria started the ninth inning with single against Giants’ closer Santiago Casilla, Bour lifted off, depositing a three-run shot into the right field seats. The home run was Bour’s seventh of the season. More importantly for Miami, it completed a rare late comeback. Miami had been 0-38 when trailing after seven innings. It also helped them overcome hitting into a franchise record five double plays during the game. Four of those double plays career against Giants starter Chris Heston, who was in line for his ninth victory before the ninth inning. Now the Giants will focus on avoiding on Thursday, and it won’t be easy with Marlins’ ace Jose Fernandez making his return from Tommy John surgery. BLUE JAYS ERUPT ON CANADA DAY Wednesday was a day of celebration in Canada, and the Toronto Blue Jays offense provided plenty of fireworks to make the celebration even grander. In an 11-2 victory against the Boston Red Sox, the Blue Jays connected for five home runs, including two from first baseman Justin Smoak. Toronto also got a three-run shot from Edwin Encarnacion, which opened the scoring in the first inning. Jose Bautista and All-Star voting leader Josh Donaldson each added a two-run solo later in the game to complete a thrilling performance for the 45,392 at Rogers Centre. Jose Reyes did not homer, but contributed four hits and scored four runs. Donaldson, Smoak and Kevin Pillar each had three hits in the 16-hit attack. [ David Price joins The StewPod to talk social media, baseball brotherhood and more. ] On the hill, Toronto’s Mark Buehrle improved to 9-4 with six innings of one-run. Buehrle’s remarkable season of run support continued as Toronto has now topped 10 runs in six of his 16 outings On the side, Rick Porcello was lit up for seven runs over two innings, including three home runs. His ERA ballooned to 6.08 over 94 2/3 innings. CUBS SILENCE METS WITH ANOTHER SHUTOUT For the Chicago Cubs and New York Mets, offense has been difficult to come by in recent days. Well, for the Mets it’s actually been much longer, but you get the point. With that in mind, both were probably hoping their three-game series this week would prove fruitful. Not necessarily from an offensive standpoint, since both teams are also pitching very well, but in terms of getting much needed wins since scoring one run might be enough.  In Tuesday’s series opener, one run was enough for the Cubs to be victorious. The same was true again on Wednesday, as the Cubs walked away with a 2-0 win in 11 innings.  How the Cubs rallied was actually quite fitting given how the teams are playing. With runners on first and second, Chris Coghlan laced a single to right field that should have scored a run or loaded of the bases. It did neither. Anthony Rizzo was held at third base while Kris Bryant continued around second bases completely unaware that Rizzo wasn’t head home.  Bryant was tagged, which seemed to set the stage for another missed opportunity. However, Starlin Castro with about a 75 infield single to get Rizzo home. Miguel Montero then followed with an RBI single to make it an insurmountable two run lead.  The no-decsion were to Jon Lester and Bartolo Colon. Each pitched seven scoreless innings. Perhaos more notable, each was 0 for 2 at the plate. Colon lined out to right field with the bases loaded in the second inning. That may have been New York’s best chance.  The Cubs will now go for the sweep on Thursday. The Mets will just try to score one run for Jacob deGrom. 

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Take a look around the league with Big League Stew’s daily wrap up. We’ll hit on all of the biggest moments from the day that you may have missed, while providing highlights, photos and interesting stats. Move over Felix Hernandez, the Seattle Mariners have apparently discovered a new ace. Mike Montgomery dazzled again Tuesday, leading the M’s to a 5-0 victory over the San Diego Padres. It wasn’t the first time Montgomery tossed a complete game shutout this season. In fact, he did it in his previous start. This two-game stretch puts him in rare company. Mike Montgomery of the #Mariners is just the eighth pitcher since 2010 with back-to-back shutouts. Max Scherzer also did it this year. — David Schoenfield (@dschoenfield) July 1, 2015 Montgomery was absolutely filthy during Tuesday’s contest. He carried a no-hitter into the seventh inning before Yangervis Solarte doubled with one out. That was the only hit Montgomery would allow during the start. Over his nine shutout innings, Montgomery gave up just one hit. He walked four and struck out seven. After six starts in the majors this season, Montgomery has a 1.62 ERA.  KEUCHEL CAN’T BE STOPPED The Houston Astros have the best record in the American League. A big part of that has been pitcher Dallas Keuchel. The 27-year-old ace was fantastic again Wednesday during a 4-0 victory over the Kansas City Royals. Houston has now won three straight contests, two of which of come against the Royals. Kansas City entered the series with just one fewer win than Houston, but the Astros have asserted their dominance thus far. [ On this week's StewPod: Looking back at a fun week in baseball with Jeff Passan ] Keuchel, once again, was phenomenal. He allowed seven hits over eight shutout innings. Keuchel struck out seven and did not allow a walk during the contest.  Though it may seem crazy, Keuchel has actually put himself in MVP conversation this season. There is a not-entirely-crazy case to be made that, at this point, Dallas Keuchel has been the AL’s MVP. — David Cameron (@DCameronFG) July 1, 2015 That’s a significant development for a pitcher whose career ERA in the majors was 5.20 entering 2014. With the win, the Astros improved to 46-34 on the year. The club holds a four-game lead over the Los Angeles Angels in the American League West. DANNY SALAZAR COMES THROUGH FOR TRIBE A day after his teammate flirted with a no-hitter Cleveland Indians pitcher Danny Salazar decided to do the same. Salazar was perfect through five innings during a 6-2 win over the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday. On Monday, rookie Cody Anderson carried a perfect game into the seventh. Salazar didn’t make it that far, but still managed an impressive outing. Salazar was perfect through the first five innings, but ran into trouble in the sixth. He walked the leadoff man, ending the bid for perfection. The no-hitter ended just two hitters later as Curt Casali doubled to left. Salazar would make it out of the inning without giving up any runs. He eventually would allow the Rays to get on the board, but that didn’t happen until the eighth inning. Logan Forsythe walked to start things off, and came in to score on an Asdrubal Cabrera double. Salazar would wind up giving up one more run, but it came on an error. With the win, Salazar improved to 7-3 on the year. He has a 3.80 ERA over 14 starts. BOSTON HANGS ON AGAINST THE JAYS Boston Red Sox rookie Eduardo Rodriguez had a tough task Tuesday. Rodriguez had to shutdown the lefty-mashing Toronto Blue Jays. He was successful, inching out the 4-3 victory. While the game wound up being close at the end, that wasn’t due to Rodriguez. The youngster was fantastic, giving up just one earned run against the potent Blue Jays lineup. Over six innings, Rodriguez allowed one run on four hits. He walked two and struck out four during the outing. It was the team’s bullpen that made things interesting. Tommy Layne replaced Rodriguez to start the seventh, and found himself in some trouble. Following a Kevin Pillar single, Layne gave up a two run homer to Jose Reyes to bring the score within one run. Alexi Ogando entered at that point, and managed to keep Josh Donaldson from extending the inning. Ogando remained in the game during the eighth, tossing a perfect frame despite facing the meat of the Jays lineup.  [ Check out Big League Stew on Tumblr for even more baseball awesomeness. ] Koji Uehara got the call in the ninth, and was able to close things out without any issues. With the win, the Red Sox improved to 36-43 on the year. The club currently resides in last place in the American League East. Want to see more from Tuesday’s slate of games? Check out  our scoreboard . More MLB coverage from Yahoo Sports: – - – - – - – Chris Cwik is a writer for Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at christophercwik@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Chris_Cwik

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We’re in the final days of MLB All-Star voting, which is good news if you’re tired of hearing about the on slaught of votes from Kansas City Royals fans, who have been trying to stack the American League team with their players. It’s almost over. We promise. Voting ends Thursday at 11:59 p.m. ET and between then and now the Royals aren’t the only drama on the ballot. In fact, now that the Royals are down to a non-obscene five starters , we should be able to sit back and enjoy the intriguing races before us.  Here are the five best battles left on the ballot, some involving the Royals, some not. The starters will be announced Sunday at 7:30 p.m. ET on ESPN. Reserves will be named Monday at 7 p.m. ET, also on ESPN. If you still need to cast your votes, here’s a link to the online ballot .  1. WILL OMAR INFANTE KEEP HIS LEAD AT SECOND BASE IN THE AL? This is the biggest question. Infante, as we’ve documented , isn’t anywhere in the neighborhood of worthy of a starting spot in Cincinnati. But at the latest tally, he was leading Jose Altuve of the Houston Astros by about 230,000 votes. That’s not insurmountable , so Altuve could very well be the second-base starter. Jason Kipnis of the Cleveland Indians, who is nearly four million votes behind Infante, is the most worthy, but that ain’t happening, folks.  • • • Here is the latest NL voting update for the #ASG : pic.twitter.com/1R4KWnZu1E — MLB Communications (@MLB_PR) June 29, 2015 2. CAN TODD FRAZIER UNSEAT MATT CARPENTER AT THIRD BASE IN THE NL? Cincinnati Reds third baseman Todd Frazier has a chance to become an All-Star starter in his own park. He just needs to pass Matt Carpenter of the St. Louis Cardinals, who has held the No. 1 spot since the start. Frazier is very close, according to the figures released Monday . He was 62,980 behind. The numbers support Frazier, across the board. Now he just needs the votes. • • • 3. WHAT’S THE NL OUTFIELD GOING TO LOOK LIKE? We haven’t spent a ton of time talking about the NL outfield situation, but it got a lot more interesting this past week. And not because of votes, but because of injuries. Bryce Harper is the No. 1 vote-getter, but after him, things get interesting. Giancarlo Stanton broke a bone in his hand , so while he’ll likely win a starting spot, he’s not going to play in the game. In third and fourth place, separated by about 340,000 votes, are Matt Holliday and Nori Aoki. They’re both injured too. That seems to clear the way for No. 5 vote-getter Andrew McCutchen to get a starting nod and then? That’s where the fun starts.  Joc Pederson would be the third starter, but a number of other players are within striking distance, starting with Jason Heyward and Justin Upton, all the way down to Yasiel Puig. To give you an idea of how plentiful the votes are, Bryce Harper received more than two million votes last week. So there’s a legit possibility that someone jumps into a starting spot in the final days. • • • Here is the latest AL voting update for the #ASG : pic.twitter.com/RohHCkw1Qy — MLB Communications (@MLB_PR) June 29, 2015 4. CAN KENDRYS MORALES PASS NELSON CRUZ ONE MORE TIME? Over in the race for AL DH, Nelson Cruz and Kendrys Morales have been in a back-and-forth battle since May. Morales took the No. 1 spot from Cruz on June 8, but Cruz passed him again in Monday’s tally. Entering the final days, Cruz led by just over 200,000 votes. This can swing either way. • • • 5. CAN JOSH DONALDSON HOLD ON TO THIRD BASE IN THE AL? Josh Donaldson overtook Mike Moustakas in Monday’s public vote tally , leading by about 1.3 million votes. Donaldson starting at third for the American League would be just and warranted. He’s playing like an MVP and is definitely more deserving than Moustakas. But again, we’re talking about Royals fans and they’re a juggernaut. You think they backed off in the second-to-last week but are planning a last-second charge in the final days? Or if public support all around baseball has swung Donaldson’s way. We’ll see. More MLB coverage from Yahoo Sports: – - – - – - – Mike Oz is the editor of Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at mikeozstew@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @MikeOz

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

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Remember when your Little League coach used to tell you over and over again why it was important to run out every fly ball because you never knew what could happen ? Astros shortstop Carlos Correa showed us how the best case scenario would play out. In the fourth inning of Houston’s game against the Yankees on Sunday, Correa lifted a ball toward the gap in left-center field. Center fielder Brett Gardner and left fielder Garrett Jones converged on the ball with plenty of time for one of them to make a catch, only to watch it drop between the two of them as both players let up at the last possible moment, wary of a collision. Gardner tried to grab the ball off the ground, but slipped and kicked it all the way to the wall. [ Check out Big League Stew on Tumblr for even more baseball awesomeness. ] Running hard out of the box, Correa was credited with a double and scored on a two-base error charged to Gardner to tie the game 1-1. From the Houston Chronicle : “I hit a fly ball, a slider, and I saw it was in the gap. I saw the miscommunication between them, and when the ball dropped I kept running,” Correa said. “… Really exhausted, but it was really fun to be able to tie the game.” Correa doubled again in the seventh and later scored on an Evan Gattis triple to give Houston a 2-1 lead and the Astros would add another run in the eighth and hold on for a 3-1 win. Sunday’s Little League home run sure wasn’t the conventional way to show off his skills, but overall it was another strong performance for the 20-year-old phenom, who has wasted no time proving he belongs in the big leagues. He’s hitting .314 with 13 runs scored and 15 RBIs in 20 games for the first-place Astros. If you prefer slightly more advanced statistics, Correa has collected 1.4 wins above replacement, which puts him in a tie for third among AL shortstops at FanGraphs despite having played significantly fewer games than the rest of the players up near the top of the list. More MLB coverage from Yahoo Sports: – - – - – - – Israel Fehr is a writer for Big League Stew  on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at israelfehr@yahoo.ca or follow him on Twitter. Follow @israelfehr

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