Commissioner Bud Selig says the 2014 All-Star Game is coming to Minnesota because “this is the right thing to do and this is the right place to be.”
Selig announced Wednesday that the Twins and Target Field will host the game. The Twins also hosted the game in 1965 at Metropolitan Stadium and 1985 at the Metrodome.
Bringing the All-Star game back to Minnesota has been widely anticipated ever since the Twins gained approval to build Target Field. The ballpark has been widely praised as one of the best in the game and Selig has long been close with the Pohlad family, which owns the Twins.
The game will be held at the New York Mets’ Citi Field next season.
Orioles working to add pitcher
The Baltimore Orioles are close to signing free-agent left-hander Randy Wolf, who was released by the Milwaukee Brewers last week. Orioles manager Buck Showalter said Wolf was expected to arrive in Baltimore on Wednesday. Wolf might be activated today. Wolf was cut by the Brewers after going 3-10 with a 5.69 ERA. Showalter plans to use Wolf as a starter initially, but might also use him in relief.
Players on the move
The Minnesota Twins recalled first baseman Chris Parmelee from Triple-A Rochester and out-righted right-hander Jeff Gray to Rochester. Gray went 6-1 with a 5.71 ERA in 49 appearances out of the bullpen this season. … The Philadelphia Phillies placed right-hander Vance Worley on the disabled list and called up right-hander Tyler Cloyd from Triple-A Lehigh Valley. Worley will have elbow surgery next month. … Los Angeles Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp is out of the lineup a day after he collided with the center-field wall but tests showed no structural damage to his left knee and jaw. … Minnesota Twins left-hander Scott Diamond dropped his appeal of a six-game suspension for throwing behind Texas Rangers star Josh Hamilton.
Padres change hands
The sons and nephews of former Los Angeles Dodgers owner Peter O’Malley have taken over the San Diego Padres with a promise of continuing the family legacy of running a first-class organization. The new ownership group includes O’Malley’s sons, Kevin and Brian O’Malley, and nephews Peter and Tom Seidler, as well as San Diego businessman Ron Fowler.