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Touch 'Em All: All-Star catcher Molina out 8-12 weeks

St. Louis Cardinals´ Yadier Molina, center, is congratulated by teammates after scoring on a two-run single by Jhonny Peralta during the fourth inning against the Phillies on June 22. (AP Photo/Scott Kane)
St. Louis Cardinals' Yadier Molina, center, is congratulated by teammates after scoring on a two-run single by Jhonny Peralta during the fourth inning against the Phillies on June 22. (AP Photo/Scott Kane) AP
St. Louis Cardinals all-star catcher Yadier Molina will undergo surgery Friday to repair a torn ligament in his right thumb and could miss the rest of the season.

The team estimated Molina could be sidelined eight to 12 weeks. He's hoping to make it back in seven or eight weeks.

Molina was hurt Wednesday hustling to third base on a groundout to the third baseman. He planted his hand for balance after sliding feet-first into the base, and his thumb "got stuck in the dirt," he said.

He caught another half-inning before being replaced by a pinch-hitter in the third inning.

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Tony Cruz will take over the catching duties, and Audry Perez was recalled from triple-A Memphis to be the backup.

Molina was hitting .287 with seven homers and 30 RBIs.

He was voted to his sixth straight NL all-star team this week and would have started for the fourth time. There was no word on his replacement.

Chicago sweep

Fans voted White Sox pitcher Chris Sale and Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo into the final two spots on the all-star rosters.

Rizzo received 8.8 million votes among the 52.5 million ballots, followed by Sale with 6.7 million, Major League Baseball said Thursday. Voting was conducted on MLB.com, team websites, and Twitter.

MLB did not release voting totals for the other eight players. On the AL ballot were pitchers Dallas Keuchel of Houston; Corey Kluber, Cleveland; Garrett Richards, Los Angeles Angels; and Rick Porcello, Detroit. The losing NL players were Miami third baseman Casey McGehee, Colorado first baseman Justin Morneau, Washington third baseman Anthony Rendon, and Atlanta outfielder Justin Upton.

Also for the AL, Angels shortstop Erick Aybar will replace Kansas City outfielder Alex Gordon, who has a sprained wrist.

No. 2 is No. 1

Derek Jeter heads to his final All-Star Game as the baseball player with the best-selling jersey. The Yankees shortstop's jersey has been the top seller on MLB.com since opening day, Major League Baseball said.

San Francisco catcher Buster Posey is second, followed by Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw, Boston designated hitter David Ortiz and Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia.

Molina is sixth, followed by Angels outfielder Mike Trout, New York Mets third baseman David Wright, Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig, and Detroit first baseman Miguel Cabrera.

Tough break in BP

Yankees outfielder Carlos Beltran, who has struggled most of the season with elbow and knee ailments, broke his nose in batting practice Wednesday and was placed on the seven-day concussion list.

Beltran was hit in the face with a ball that caromed off the batting cage in Cleveland. The switch-hitter is batting .216 with nine homers and 28 RBIs after signing a three-year deal worth a reported $45 million.

Associated Press
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