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MLB notes: Spelling was wrong, but pitching was right

This is a 2011 photo of John Lannan of the Washington Nationals baseball team. This image reflects the Washington Nationals active roster as of Feb. 25, 2011 when this image was taken. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
This is a 2011 photo of John Lannan of the Washington Nationals baseball team. This image reflects the Washington Nationals active roster as of Feb. 25, 2011 when this image was taken. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip) ASSOCIATED PRESS

Washington Nationals Manager Jim Riggleman filled out a lineup card before Wednesday's game against Philadelphia with starting pitcher John Lannan's name misspelled.

''Lannen" may be due a bit more respect after he beat the Phillies for the first time in 14 tries. He had been 0-10 with a 6.44 ERA against Philadelphia, but with some help from Laynce Nix's homer, Washington won 2-1.

"It would be great if they got my name right," said Lannan, whose name was also misspelled on Opening Day, when he was "Lannon."

Lannan pitched into the sixth inning, allowing just an unearned run and four hits for his first victory in eight starts. "I never pitch well against them — and today was just different," Lannan said.

Nix also helped with his glove in the sixth, making a diving catch of a sinking line drive with the bases loaded. "It was like it was in slow motion, him coming in and making the catch," Lannan said.

Yanks lead at most positions

New York Yankees lead all around the horn in ongoing American League All-Star voting, released Wednesday. Russell Martin leads among catchers while Mark Teixeira leads at first base, Robinson Cano at second, Alex Rodriguez at third and Derek Jeter, who is closing in on 3,000 hits in his career, at shortstop. Michael Young of Texas leads at designated hitter, and Toronto's Jose Bautista who leads the majors in homers, has the most votes among outfielders and the most overall with more than 1.2 million.

In the National League, Brandon Phillips of the Reds leads at second base with teammate Joey Votto trailing only Albert Pujols of St. Louis at first base. Buster Posey of the Giants leads at catcher, but he's out for the season with an injury. Other NL leaders are: Phillie Placido Polanco at third, Colorado's Troy Tulowitzki at short and Ryan Braun of Milwaukee in the outfield.

The game will be played in Phoenix on July 12. Voting continues until midnight June 30.

Short hops

 Minnesota catcher Joe Mauer is scheduled to catch three innings Thursday at an extended spring training game in Fort Myers, Fla. The 2009 AL MVP and three-time batting champion has been out since April 14 with leg weakness and an injured right shoulder.

 The St. Louis Cardinals placed one of the National League's top winners on the disabled list, and expect the league's best hitter to go on the DL, too. Kyle McClellan, who is 6-2 with a 3.86 ERA in his first year in the rotation, strained a hip flexor muscle in the first inning Monday against San Francisco when he landed awkwardly. The right-hander allowed seven runs in four innings. Matt Holliday, who is hitting .342, returned from a six-game absence with a left quadriceps injury Monday but was a lineup scratch on Tuesday, striking out as a pinch hitter.

 Cubs third baseman Aramis Ramirez left Wednesday's game against the Houston Astros after getting hit in the face by a ground ball that took a bad hop in the seventh inning.

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