Aside from October, July might just be baseball’s most dramatic and unpredictable month. Of course, that’s mainly because the non-waiver trade deadline always falls on its final day, and now that we’ve officially crossed the threshold from June, the craziness is bound to begin very soon. One pitcher whose future is almost certain to be impacted in the next 30 days is Cincinnati Reds ace Johnny Cueto. The 2014 All-Star and Cy Young Award runner-up is having another season that will put in the conversation for both honors. In 15 starts, Cueto is 5-5 with a 2.84 ERA over 104 2/3 innings. Last season, he was 20-9 with a 2.25 ERA over a league-leading 243 2/3 innings. The only difference this season is he’s doing it for a Reds team on the outside of the postseason picture looking in, and with a contract that’s set to make him a free agent come season’s end. Basically, he fits every criteria there is for a player who is certain to be traded, the only questions now are when and where. If the when falls any time between now and July 17, which marks the beginning of Cincinnati’s first home series following the All-Star break, that means Cueto’s latest gem on Wednesday will mark his final start at Great American Ball Park while wearing a Cincinnati Reds uniform.

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Johnny Cueto made his best start yet since returning from a sore elbow, allowing four hits in eight innings, and the Cincinnati Reds beat the Minnesota Twins 2-1 on Wednesday to take their interleague series. The game started 12 hours after the Twins’ 8-5 win on Tuesday night following a long weather delay. Minnesota played several rested backups in the quick turnaround, with Torii Hunter among those out of the lineup.

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Torii Hunter got the Minnesota Twins moving after a long wait. Hunter homered again after a long delay at the start of the game, and Phil Hughes got his third straight victory, leading the Twins to an 8-5 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday night. Hunter hit a solo homer in the first inning off Anthony DeSclafani (5-6), his fourth homer in the last four games.

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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.  [ Check out Big League Stew on Tumblr for even more baseball awesomeness. ] 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 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 FRAZIER UNSEAT 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 MORALES PASS 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. WILL 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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CINCINNATI (AP) — The Minnesota Twins knew all about Billy Hamilton's speed. Nothing they did could slow him – or the rest of the Reds' lineup, for that matter.

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For all the difficulty in picking this year’s All-Star teams, one thing is clear: Bryce Harper could overshadow all of his peers.

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Matthew Pouliot breaks down the July starting pitcher rankings.

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(Adds later game) June 27 (The Sports Xchange) – Highlights from Saturday’s Major League Baseball games: – - – - LA Angels 4, Seattle 2 Seattle Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano left Saturday’s 4-2 loss against the Los Angeles Angels in the sixth inning after being hit in the head by an errant throw. Cano was injured after hitting into a double play. The throw from Angels shortstop Taylor Featherston hit Cano in the head and he underwent Major League Baseball’s concussion protocol test in the bottom of the seventh.

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In Sunday's Daily Dose, Jesse Pantuosco looks at Giancarlo Stanton's injury and a meltdown by Brett Oberholtzer.

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Johnny Cueto was cruising along until he suddenly developed a problem – with the strike zone, not his sometimes achy elbow. The Cincinnati ace gave the light-hitting New York Mets exactly the help they needed when he lost his control Friday night, dooming the Reds to a 2-1 defeat. ”Things happen,” Cueto said through a translator.

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