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Orioles team up with local nonprofits to host "OriolesREACH Week"

Week-long volunteer initiative begins August 20

The Orioles today announced the first-ever OriolesREACH Week, a week-long club program dedicated to giving back to the Baltimore community beginning August 20. Throughout the week, volunteers from the Orioles On Deck Employee Volunteer Program presented by Bank of America will assist a different locally-based nonprofit organization each day leading up to the 32nd annual OriolesREACH Food & Funds Drive, which begins Friday, August 24, at Oriole Park.

On Monday, August 20, the campaign will begin with a visit to The Baltimore Station to help renovate the campus by painting the halls and dormitory. The Baltimore Station is an innovative therapeutic residential treatment program that helps more than 135 homeless veterans transition through the cycle of poverty and addiction to achieve sobriety.

The Orioles today announced the first-ever OriolesREACH Week, a week-long club program dedicated to giving back to the Baltimore community beginning August 20. Throughout the week, volunteers from the Orioles On Deck Employee Volunteer Program presented by Bank of America will assist a different locally-based nonprofit organization each day leading up to the 32nd annual OriolesREACH Food & Funds Drive, which begins Friday, August 24, at Oriole Park.

On Monday, August 20, the campaign will begin with a visit to The Baltimore Station to help renovate the campus by painting the halls and dormitory. The Baltimore Station is an innovative therapeutic residential treatment program that helps more than 135 homeless veterans transition through the cycle of poverty and addiction to achieve sobriety.

On Tuesday, August 21, Orioles employees will voluteer at the Maryland Food Bank, where they will work in the organization's warehouse to repack dry goods. For more than 35 years, the Maryland Food Bank has partnered with communities across the state to distribute food to individuals and families in need, becoming the leading anti-hunger organization in the state. The Maryland Food Bank currently distributes more than 102,000 meals per day and more than 37 million meals annually.

On Wednesday, August 22, OriolesREACH Week continues with the Fresh Start Leadership Project at Living Classrooms, a foundation that strengthens communities and inspires young people to achieve their potential through hands-on education and job training. A development workforce program for males ages 17-19, Fresh Start uses carpentry as a medium for teaching an array of job and life skills. During the Fresh Start Leadership Project, Fresh Start participants will become the teachers for the day, showing Orioles volunteers how to complete a small woodworking project, giving them the opportunity to practice communication, leadership, organization, and more.

On Thursday, August 23, Orioles staff, along with the Oriole Bird, will volunteer at Moveable Feast. The group will help plant, weed, harvest, and compost the organization's garden plot at the Duncan Street Miracle Garden before delivering food to clients. Moveable Feast is a local nonprofit organization that provides home-delivered, medically-tailored meals to those living with HIV/AIDS, cancer, and other life threatening illnesses.

OriolesREACH Week will continue through the weekend with the 32nd annual OriolesREACH Food & Funds Drive, presented by MASN, Pompeian Olive Oil, and WJZ-TV. From Friday, August 24 through Sunday, August 26, representatives will be stationed at each Oriole Park entry gate to collect non-perishable food items and cash donations for the Maryland Food Bank. The event, hosted by The Orioles Wives, Oriole Advocates, Von Paris Moving and Storage, and the Maryland Food Bank, has raised more than $150,000 and collected nearly 32,000 pounds of food over the past five seasons.

Launched in 2007, OriolesREACH centralizes the club's community relations initiatives in an effort to better reach those who are most in need. With the goal of enriching the lives of the Birdland community, the Orioles and OriolesREACH have supported many civic and charitable organizations through a vareity of programs and initatives in the Mid-Atlantic region, Sarasota, Fla., and beyond. Over the past year, volunteers from the Orioles On Deck Volunteer Program presented by Bank of America have served more than 300 hours in the local community.

Baltimore Orioles

Homestand Highlights

$12 Tickets Available All Weekend vs Giants

$12 Tickets All Weekend: Fans can get $12 tickets for all three Reds vs. Giants games, Aug.17-19: reds.com/tickets


Friday, August 17, 2018 - Reds vs. San Francisco Giants, 7:10 p.m. (Fireworks Friday)
• Fireworks Friday: Rozzi's Famous Fireworks show with a Grateful Dead soundtrack will begin approximately 10 minutes after the game ends, presented by Sprint. 

$12 Tickets All Weekend: Fans can get $12 tickets for all three Reds vs. Giants games, Aug.17-19: reds.com/tickets


Friday, August 17, 2018 - Reds vs. San Francisco Giants, 7:10 p.m. (Fireworks Friday)
• Fireworks Friday: Rozzi's Famous Fireworks show with a Grateful Dead soundtrack will begin approximately 10 minutes after the game ends, presented by Sprint. 

Saturday, August 18, 2018 - Reds vs. San Francisco Giants, 7:10 p.m. (Super Saturday) 
• Scott Schebler Fan Vote bobblehead: As part of Super Saturdays, free bobblehead of Reds outfielder Scott Schebler to the first 20,000 fans, presented by PNC Bank. Voting to pick the bobblehead was held in April.
• First pitch: Eight-year-old Hailey Dawson will throw out a ceremonial first pitch tonight during pregame ceremonies. She has a robotic right hand that was developed by the University of Nevada, Las Vegas engineering department using a 3D-printer. Hailey is on track to be the first person to throw out a first pitch at all 30 MLB ballparks. (GABP is her 28th ballpark.) 

Sunday, August 19, 2018 - Reds vs. San Francisco Giants, 1:10 p.m. (Family Sunday, Reds Rookies Day) 
• Jesse Winker Fathead: As part of family day at the ballpark, free Jesse Winker Fathead® Wall Decal to kids 14 and younger, presented by Tempstar.
• Family Sunday Activities: As part of Family Sundays presented by Klosterman Bakery, kids can enjoy circus performers and a face painter, a live mascot race, a "Third and Learn" program in the Kroger Fan Zone during the third inning and more.
• Reds Rookies Game: Reds Rookies Baby Club members and their parents will take part in a pregame parade on the field. The Kroger Fan Zone will become the "Baby Zone" with pregame activities and games hosted by Erin Fischer from "Raising A Reds Fan," as well as giveaways from Reds partners Pampers, TriHealth and Kroger. Families can join the club and participate in the parade at reds.com/Rookies.
• Library Day at the Ballpark: Free Reds sunglasses to the first 10,000 fans thanks to The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Reds Hall of Fame & Museum presented by Dinsmore 
• Tom Browning, Aug. 17: Fans can meet and take photos with Reds Hall of Famer "Mr. Perfect" Tom Browning on Friday, Aug. 17 from 6-7 pm. Autographs are available for $5 each. Museum admission or membership is required.
• Kevin Mitchell, Aug. 19: Two-time All-Star and 1989 NL MVP Kevin Mitchell will be at the Reds Hall of Fame & Museum on Sunday, August 19 from Noon to 1 p.m. Pricing for the event is $20 for the first autograph for non-members, $15 for Hall of Fame members. Up to five (5) additional items can be signed for $15 per item. Please call the Hall of Fame Box Office at (513) 765-7923 for more information.
• Collectible Bobblehead for August - Tom Browning: The 2018 Reds Hall of Fame Collectible Bobblehead Series continues in August with Tom Browning, Hall of Fame class of 2006. The bobbleheads celebrate the 25th anniversary of Browning's infamous rooftop visit in Chicago in 1993 and are free with regular-price admission to the Reds Hall of Fame (or Great American Ball Park tour) on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays throughout the month of August, while supplies last.

Reds Player Appearances
• Jared Hughes, Aug. 18: Meet Reds pitcher Jared Hughes at the Sprint Store in Tri-County on Saturday, Aug. 18 from 11 a.m. to Noon. The Sprint Store is located at 80 W. Kemper Rd, Springdale, OH 45246.
 

Cincinnati Reds

Miami's Ureña disciplined

Miami Marlins pitcher José Ureña has received a six-game suspension and an undisclosed fine for intentionally hitting Ronald Acuña Jr. of the Atlanta Braves with a pitch in the bottom of the first inning of Wednesday night's game at SunTrust Park in Atlanta. Joe Torre, Chief Baseball Officer for Major League Baseball, made the announcement.

Unless appealed, Ureña's suspension is scheduled to begin tomorrow, when the Marlins are to play the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. If he elects to appeal, then the discipline issued to Ureña will be held in abeyance until the process is complete.

Miami Marlins pitcher José Ureña has received a six-game suspension and an undisclosed fine for intentionally hitting Ronald Acuña Jr. of the Atlanta Braves with a pitch in the bottom of the first inning of Wednesday night's game at SunTrust Park in Atlanta. Joe Torre, Chief Baseball Officer for Major League Baseball, made the announcement.

Unless appealed, Ureña's suspension is scheduled to begin tomorrow, when the Marlins are to play the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. If he elects to appeal, then the discipline issued to Ureña will be held in abeyance until the process is complete.

In addition, Braves first base coach Eric Young has received a one-game suspension and an undisclosed fine for his actions during the incident. Young's suspension will be served tonight, when the Braves are scheduled to host the Colorado Rockies.

Miami Marlins

Game of Thrones night returns to Safeco Field

Specially priced tickets available now for Monday, August 20 game

The hit HBO series Game of Thrones® returns for its eighth and final season in 2019, but you can get your GoT fix at Safeco Field on Monday, August 20 at the Second Annual Game of Thrones Night.

Specially priced tickets are available online only at Mariners.com/GameOfThrones.

The hit HBO series Game of Thrones® returns for its eighth and final season in 2019, but you can get your GoT fix at Safeco Field on Monday, August 20 at the Second Annual Game of Thrones Night.

Specially priced tickets are available online only at Mariners.com/GameOfThrones.

Tickets are $35 for View Level and $49 for Main Level. While supplies last, fans who purchase tickets through this online only offer will receive a Game of Thrones bobblehead. Tickets must be presented at Section 339 before the end of the third inning.

There's also a chance to sit on the Iron Throne, which will be on display at Lookout Landing, down the left field line on the View Level (300 Level).

The deadline to purchase tickets through this special offer is noon, Monday, August 20.

Seattle Mariners

Dodgers' Puig disciplined

Outfielder Yasiel Puig of the Los Angeles Dodgers has received a two-game suspension and an undisclosed fine for fighting and inciting a bench-clearing incident in the bottom of the seventh inning of his Club's Tuesday night game against the San Francisco Giants at Dodger Stadium. Joe Torre, Chief Baseball Officer for Major League Baseball, made the announcement.

In addition, Giants catcher Nick Hundley has received an undisclosed fine for his role in the incident.

Outfielder Yasiel Puig of the Los Angeles Dodgers has received a two-game suspension and an undisclosed fine for fighting and inciting a bench-clearing incident in the bottom of the seventh inning of his Club's Tuesday night game against the San Francisco Giants at Dodger Stadium. Joe Torre, Chief Baseball Officer for Major League Baseball, made the announcement.

In addition, Giants catcher Nick Hundley has received an undisclosed fine for his role in the incident.

Unless appealed, the suspension of Puig is scheduled to begin on Friday, when the Dodgers are to play at Seattle. If Puig elects to appeal, then the discipline issued to him will be held in abeyance until the process is complete.

MLB

Rangers activate Mazara from 10-day DL; option Calhoun to Round Rock

Mazara is in starting lineup and batting cleanup for tonight's series opener against the Los Angeles Angels

Arlington, Texas - The Texas Rangers this afternoon announced that the club has activated outfielder Nomar Mazara from the 10-day disabled list and optioned outfielder Willie Calhoun to Triple-A Round Rock.

Mazara has been on the disabled list since July 17 with a right thumb sprain sustained during the club's series in Baltimore prior to the All-Star break. His last game with Texas was July 14 at Baltimore. He batted a combined .300 (6-20) with 2 RBI during a 6-game injury rehabilitation assignment with Round Rock and Frisco (AA), going 0-for-4 and playing the entire game in right field last night for the RoughRiders against Arkansas. Mazara batted .272 with 15 home runs and 58 RBI in 91 games for the Rangers prior to the first disabled list stint of his career, and he has a team-leading 78 starts in right field.

Arlington, Texas - The Texas Rangers this afternoon announced that the club has activated outfielder Nomar Mazara from the 10-day disabled list and optioned outfielder Willie Calhoun to Triple-A Round Rock.

Mazara has been on the disabled list since July 17 with a right thumb sprain sustained during the club's series in Baltimore prior to the All-Star break. His last game with Texas was July 14 at Baltimore. He batted a combined .300 (6-20) with 2 RBI during a 6-game injury rehabilitation assignment with Round Rock and Frisco (AA), going 0-for-4 and playing the entire game in right field last night for the RoughRiders against Arkansas. Mazara batted .272 with 15 home runs and 58 RBI in 91 games for the Rangers prior to the first disabled list stint of his career, and he has a team-leading 78 starts in right field.

Calhoun has batted .275 with one home run and 9 RBI in 22 games for Texas since being promoted on July 20, the day Mazara was formally placed on the disabled list. He has spent the balance of the campaign at Round Rock.

After these transactions, the Rangers remain at the 40-man limit on the major league roster, along with 5 players on the 60-day disabled list.

Texas Rangers

Statement from Hall of Famer Willie Mays on the passing of Aretha Franklin

The older I get, it seems like the more "goodbyes" must be said, and the harder they are to say. I just heard that Aretha Franklin has passed. I've known Aretha since my early years in New York. We used to joke around. She was something! I just want to say to her family that I truly admired her as a singer and as a woman. I am so sorry we've lost her. Goodbye my friend, Willie Mays

The older I get, it seems like the more "goodbyes" must be said, and the harder they are to say. I just heard that Aretha Franklin has passed. I've known Aretha since my early years in New York. We used to joke around. She was something! I just want to say to her family that I truly admired her as a singer and as a woman. I am so sorry we've lost her. Goodbye my friend, Willie Mays

San Francisco Giants

Roster Moves

The Pittsburgh Pirates today placed infielder Jordy Mercer on the 10-day disabled list (retro to August 15) with a left calf strain.

To take Mercer's place on the 25-man active roster, outfielder Jordan Luplow has been recalled from Indianapolis.

The Pittsburgh Pirates today placed infielder Jordy Mercer on the 10-day disabled list (retro to August 15) with a left calf strain.

To take Mercer's place on the 25-man active roster, outfielder Jordan Luplow has been recalled from Indianapolis.

The club has also selected the contract of infielder Kevin Newman from Indianapolis. To make room for Newman on the 25-man roster, catcher Jacob Stallings has been optioned to Triple-A. To clear a space on the 40-man roster, right-handed pitcher Casey Sadler has been designated for assignment.

The 25-year-old Newman hit .302 (132-for-437) with 30 doubles, two triples, four home runs, 35 RBI and 28 stolen bases in 109 games this season with Indianapolis, including a .366 clip (15-for-41) over his last 10 games. He entered the day ranked fifth among all International League hitters in batting (.302), first in stolen bases (28) and runs scored (74) and second in doubles (30). Newman, who has no previous big league experience, was Pittsburgh's first round pick (19th overall) in the 2015 First-Year Player Draft. He will wear uniform #27.

Pittsburgh Pirates

Rangers acquire Minor League RHP Kelvin Gonzalez from Kansas City

Gonzalez will be assigned to the Arizona League Rangers

Arlington, Texas -- The Texas Rangers this afternoon announced that the club has acquired right-handed pitcher Kelvin Gonzalez from the Kansas City Royals in exchange for international slot money. Gonzalez has been assigned from the A-ball Burlington Royals to the Arizona League Rangers.

The 20-year-old Gonzalez has gone 0-2 with a 4.19 ERA (9 ER/19.1 IP) and one save over 11 relief appearances with Short-Season Burlington in the Appalachian League this season. He made his stateside debut last season with the AZL Royals after spending the majority of his first 2 pro seasons with the Royals entry in the Dominican Summer League. Gonzalez signed with the Royals as a non-drafted free agent out of the Dominican Republic on September 27, 2015.

Arlington, Texas -- The Texas Rangers this afternoon announced that the club has acquired right-handed pitcher Kelvin Gonzalez from the Kansas City Royals in exchange for international slot money. Gonzalez has been assigned from the A-ball Burlington Royals to the Arizona League Rangers.

The 20-year-old Gonzalez has gone 0-2 with a 4.19 ERA (9 ER/19.1 IP) and one save over 11 relief appearances with Short-Season Burlington in the Appalachian League this season. He made his stateside debut last season with the AZL Royals after spending the majority of his first 2 pro seasons with the Royals entry in the Dominican Summer League. Gonzalez signed with the Royals as a non-drafted free agent out of the Dominican Republic on September 27, 2015.

Texas Rangers

Reds Announce Personnel Moves

Buckley, Graupe and Arias

The Cincinnati Reds have announced several personnel moves involving various departments. These moves will create openings the team expects to fill in the near future.

Chris Buckley has been named Vice President, Player Personnel, and he will have an expanded role in player evaluation for the organization. He will expand his focus beyond the amateur draft as his role will grow to include more professional scouting, international and other special assignments, in addition to a continued role with domestic amateur scouting.

The Cincinnati Reds have announced several personnel moves involving various departments. These moves will create openings the team expects to fill in the near future.

Chris Buckley has been named Vice President, Player Personnel, and he will have an expanded role in player evaluation for the organization. He will expand his focus beyond the amateur draft as his role will grow to include more professional scouting, international and other special assignments, in addition to a continued role with domestic amateur scouting.

Chris is in his 13th season with the Reds and his second as Vice President, Amateur Scouting. He has been responsible for many of the team's successful drafts, selecting players such as Todd Frazier, Mike Leake, Yasmani Grandal, Michael Lorenzen, Sal Romano, Billy Hamilton and Zack Cozart. Currently, the Reds have four of the Top 50 prospects in baseball, according to Baseball America. They all were selected in the last three drafts - Nick Senzel (2016), Taylor Trammell (2016), Hunter Greene (2017) and Jonathan India (2018).

Jeff Graupe will now serve in the role of Senior Director, Player Personnel, where he will be more actively involved in player evaluation and the decisions to acquire both amateur and professional players. In this new role, Graupe will continue to be based in Cincinnati and work closely with the front office.

Graupe is in his 13th season with the Reds, was named the Director of Player Development in 2012 and was promoted to Senior Director, Player Development in 2016. Under his leadership, the farm system has been consistently ranked in the top half of baseball and Baseball America named the Reds the #6 farm system in MLB as of midseason 2018. In the last few years, Graupe was responsible for several valuable Player Development initiatives including, but not limited to, the increased use of analytics, expansion of the coaching staffs, incorporation of leadership training for personnel, investments in improved nutrition and the addition of a rookie level affiliate in the Appalachian League.

The team also announced that Tony Arias will now focus primarily on domestic amateur scouting. Arias had been the Director of International Scouting since 2014 and was the Director or Latin America Scouting prior to that. Arias was responsible for several high profile signings in the Latin American market such as Aroldis Chapman, Raisel Iglesias, Alfredo Rodriguez, Vladimir Gutierrez and Jose Garcia. He has also been a part of many of the successful signings in the domestic draft from the South Florida area, such as Yasmani Grandal and Yonder Alonso. Arias will focus on covering the South Florida region for the team, as well as continuing to be involved in special assignments.

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Cincinnati Reds

The Astros Foundation Announces Colby Callaway as Tournament Director of Houston Open

The revamped Houston Open Golf Tournament benefitting the Astros Foundation will take place in the fall of 2019

The Astros Foundation announced today that James "Colby" Callaway will be the Tournament Director of the newly-acquired Houston Open Golf Tournament.

 

The Astros Foundation announced today that James "Colby" Callaway will be the Tournament Director of the newly-acquired Houston Open Golf Tournament.

 

Callaway joins the Houston Open on Sept. 4 following a successful, 18-year tenure with Pro Links Sports, serving as the Tournament Director for AT&T's PGA Tour Champions event in San Antonio from 2004-15. Colby also has direct experience in operating the FedEx Kinko's Classic and SBC Championship. He brings nearly two decades of experience in professional golf, consulting and tournament management to the Houston Open.

 

"We are excited to bring Colby Callaway on board to direct the Houston Open benefitting the Astros Foundation," said Astros Owner and Chairman Jim Crane. "His wealth of experience in golf event management and passion for the sport will help elevate the Houston Open as one of the premier golf tournaments in the country."

 

"I've felt fortunate during my 18 years in the industry to have learned golf event management from one of the best in the business," said Callaway. "I look forward to working with the Foundation and bringing that experience to the Houston Open. Texas is my home and I am thrilled to be part of the next chapter of golf in Houston."

 

The Houston Open Golf Tournament will be primarily underwritten by the Astros Foundation, beginning in 2019, as set forth by an agreement in principle between the Foundation and the PGA Tour. The proposed agreement is for five years (2019-23). The 2019 tournament is scheduled for the Fall and will be played at the Golf Club of Houston, with a $7.5 million purse and 500 FedExCup points awarded to the winner. The 2020-23 tournament location will be announced at a later date.

 

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Houston Astros

Cleveland Indians ride with Lyft through 2019

Lyft named official rideshare partner of the Cleveland Indians

Cleveland, OH -- The Cleveland Indians announced today a new partnership with Lyft, the fastest growing rideshare company in the U.S.

Lyft provides Tribe fans a responsible and reliable ride, allowing them to enjoy the game and eliminate the pain of parking.

Cleveland, OH -- The Cleveland Indians announced today a new partnership with Lyft, the fastest growing rideshare company in the U.S.

Lyft provides Tribe fans a responsible and reliable ride, allowing them to enjoy the game and eliminate the pain of parking.

"We are thrilled to be the official rideshare partner of the Cleveland Indians and look forward to providing convenient and reliable transportation for fans headed to and from games," said Jay Dumaswala, Lyft's Cleveland market manager. "The Indians are beloved by Clevelanders, and we're honored to partner with the organization to make the gameday experience even better by eliminating the stress of parking and allowing fans to focus on what matters the most - the game."

Through the partnership, Lyft will have a dedicated pickup and drop-off area on Erie Ct. for fans to easily get a ride to and from Progressive Field. Dedicated signage will be in the area to easily alert fans to the designated location.

Lyft service will begin immediately, giving fans attending the Baltimore series (Aug. 17-19) the opportunity to utilize the new location. New Lyft users can use the code NEWTRIBE for $5 off their first two rides when they download the Lyft app for the first time on all Apple and Android devices.

The Indians join the St. Louis Cardinals as the only other exclusive Lyft partner in Major League Baseball.

Cleveland Indians

Houston Astros RBI wins softball championship of the 2018 Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) World Series

Houston, making its 45th tournament appearance, wins first softball RBI World Series title & second championship overall

Houston Astros RBI, out of Houston, Texas, has won the Softball Division Championship of the 2018 Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) World Series. Houston, making its 45th appearance in the tournament, earned its first-ever softball RBI World Series title and second overall championship (2010 - Seniors Baseball). The Texas team defeated Rays RBI Tampa RBI in a 9-1 contest today at Jane Sage Cowles Stadium at the University of Minnesota. Houston finishes the 2018 international championship tournament with a 5-2 record.

Houston's Jenika Lombrana was crowned Most Valuable Player of the Softball Championship Game. The pitcher tossed 5 innings, allowing just one run (unearned) and surrendering only three hits. The righty pitched to a 1.61 earned run average over seven games.

Houston Astros RBI, out of Houston, Texas, has won the Softball Division Championship of the 2018 Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) World Series. Houston, making its 45th appearance in the tournament, earned its first-ever softball RBI World Series title and second overall championship (2010 - Seniors Baseball). The Texas team defeated Rays RBI Tampa RBI in a 9-1 contest today at Jane Sage Cowles Stadium at the University of Minnesota. Houston finishes the 2018 international championship tournament with a 5-2 record.

Houston's Jenika Lombrana was crowned Most Valuable Player of the Softball Championship Game. The pitcher tossed 5 innings, allowing just one run (unearned) and surrendering only three hits. The righty pitched to a 1.61 earned run average over seven games.

The softball portion of the RBI World Series included appearances by softball legends and Olympic Gold Medalists Jennie Finch, and Natasha Watley. As part of off-field programming, RBI Softball players participated in roundtable discussions and attended a Twins and Pittsburgh Pirates game at Target Field. Finch, who serves as a Youth Programs Ambassador for Major League Baseball, awarded a $1,000 scholarship to a player from each RBI team (8) who most exemplifies inspirational values and character.

In order to earn a spot in this year's RBI World Series, teams from the United States, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, Uganda and Curaçao competed in RBI Regional Tournaments. Historically, 12 countries and U.S. territories around the world have competed in the RBI World Series, including the United States, Canada, Chinese Taipei, Curaçao, Czech Republic, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, St. Croix, St. Thomas, Uganda, United Kingdom and Venezuela.

The RBI World Series is the international baseball and softball championship tournament of Major League Baseball's RBI program, which is designed to provide young people from underserved and diverse communities the opportunity to play baseball and softball, encourage academic success and teach the value of teamwork. The program, which has served approximately 2 million young people since its inception, is administered by Major League Baseball and designed to give young people from underserved and diverse communities the opportunity to play baseball and softball, while also encouraging academic achievement and success and teaching the value of teamwork and other important life lessons. RBI currently serves young men and women in over 300 programs in approximately 200 cities worldwide. MLB and its Clubs have designated more than $40 million worth of resources to the RBI program, and all 30 Clubs support RBI leagues. For more information about the RBI World Series, please visit MLB.com/RBIWorldSeries.

MLB

Oakland A's, Chevron pledge $20,000 each to Carr Fire victims

OAKLAND, Calif. -- The Oakland A's will donate $20,000 to Carr Fire relief efforts, and Chevron has pledged to match the donation for a total of $40,000, the team announced today. The donations will go to CalFire, the Shasta Community Foundation, and the American Red Cross.

The fire that started on July 23 has ignited into the sixth-most destructive wildfire in state history, affecting nearly 134,000 acres in Shasta and Trinity Counties.

OAKLAND, Calif. -- The Oakland A's will donate $20,000 to Carr Fire relief efforts, and Chevron has pledged to match the donation for a total of $40,000, the team announced today. The donations will go to CalFire, the Shasta Community Foundation, and the American Red Cross.

The fire that started on July 23 has ignited into the sixth-most destructive wildfire in state history, affecting nearly 134,000 acres in Shasta and Trinity Counties.

"When our community was hit by another devastating fire, we knew we had to act immediately," said Catherine Aker, A's vice president of Communications and Community. "We are proud to make an even greater impact thanks to Chevon and their generous support of an additional $20,000. Time and time again, Chevron has proven their dedication to our community."

"As an almost 140-year old California company, our roots run deep in this state and we are especially saddened to see the toll these fires are taking. We are grateful for the firefighters and first responders working to keep our neighbors safe and our thoughts are with all those who have been affected by the fires," said Rhonda Morris, vice president of Human Resources at Chevron.

Fans who would like to donate to the fire victims can do so at gofundme.com/AthleticsCarrFire.

Oakland Athletics

Twins host third annual Diversity Week

Presented by Treasure Island Resort & Casino and Prairie Island Indian Community

MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL, MN -- The Minnesota Twins organization will be hosting their third annual Diversity Week, August 18th through the 25th presented by Treasure Island Resort & Casino and Prairie Island Indian Community. Twins players, wives and front office staff will give back to the community as a part of the Twins ongoing commitment to serve Twins Territory.

Saturday, August 18 (11:00 am - 9:00 pm): INDIAFEST 2018
MINNESOTA STATE CAPITOL GROUNDS
This year will mark the Twins seventh consecutive year joining this annual event celebrating the rich heritage, traditions, diversity and culture of India. Attendees who visit the Twins booth will have the opportunity to win prizes after testing their skills with baseball interactives.

MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL, MN -- The Minnesota Twins organization will be hosting their third annual Diversity Week, August 18th through the 25th presented by Treasure Island Resort & Casino and Prairie Island Indian Community. Twins players, wives and front office staff will give back to the community as a part of the Twins ongoing commitment to serve Twins Territory.

Saturday, August 18 (11:00 am - 9:00 pm): INDIAFEST 2018
MINNESOTA STATE CAPITOL GROUNDS
This year will mark the Twins seventh consecutive year joining this annual event celebrating the rich heritage, traditions, diversity and culture of India. Attendees who visit the Twins booth will have the opportunity to win prizes after testing their skills with baseball interactives.

Sunday, August 19 (11:10 am - end of 2nd inning): TWINS WIVES BOOK COLLECTION
TARGET FIELD
Fans are asked to bring a new or gently-used children's book to Target Field for the Twins Wives book collection inside Gate 34. Fans not attending the game can drop off donated books at the table located just outside Gate 34 on Target Field Plaza. In return, each fan donating a book will receive a surprise Twins item. Catcher Jason Castro and his wife Maris, will match each book donated. All books will be distributed by Reading Partners to children in need.

Monday, August 20 (12:00 pm - 2:00 pm): TASTE OF DIVERSITY LUNCHEON
INTERNAL EVENT
The Twins Human Resources and Diversity & Inclusion departments have paired up to host the annual Taste of Diversity Luncheon. Target Field employees are encouraged to bring a dish from their culture or a family favorite to the afternoon potluck. Delaware North will also take part in the event.

Tuesday, August 21 (10:00 am): READING IS POWERFUL SUMMER TOUR
VARIOUS SCHOOLS
Each spring the Minnesota Twins front office staff travel to fourth and fifth grade classrooms to discuss the importance of reading with kids. Highlighting books on Jackie Robinson and Roberto Clemente, kids will learn the importance of overcoming barriers. Over the past five years, more than 10,000 kids have participated in the Reading Is Powerful Program. Additionally, the Minnesota Twins are excited to invite participants of the program to visit Target Field for an interactive learning tour.

Wednesday, August 22 (5:15 pm - 9:30 pm): DIVERSITY CELEBRATION
TARGET FIELD
This annual Twins event brings the community together to share ideas about inclusion and collaboration. Among the guest speakers, Susan Bass Roberts, Vice President and Executive Director, Pohlad Family Foundation will host a Commissioner Conversation with Robert D. Manfred Jr., Commissioner of Major League Baseball.

Thursday, August 23 (7:10 pm): MINNESOTA TWINS DIVERSITY DAY
TARGET FIELD
Prairie Island Indian Community presents Diversity Day at Target Field. The day features a pregame on-field parade, multicultural performances, diverse music, and more before the Twins take on the Oakland Athletics. The first 10,000 fans through the gates will receive a Diversity Day T-shirt (Adult M/XL) courtesy of Treasure Island Resort & Casino.

Friday, August 24 (7:10 pm): TWINS WIVES BACKPACK DELIVERY
PRODEO ACADEMY
The Twins Wives Organization will deliver 200 backpacks filled with school supplies to local students from Prodeo Academy. Prodeo Academy is a network of free, public charter schools aimed at providing families in the Twin Cities metro area with a high-quality education option. Prodeo Academy provides individualized instruction for every child, and ensures that their scholars are engaged and excited about the learning process.

Saturday, August 25 (9:00 am - 11:30 am): TWINS YOUTH BASEBALL CLINIC
BILL PETERSON FIELD (122 Marshall Ave., St. Paul)
The clinic program serves as a way for PlayBall! Minnesota to promote baseball and softball to boys and girls throughout the region. Baseball is loved throughout Twins Territory, and this program serves as a way for the Twins to share this passion with those who love the game as we do. No advanced registration is required to participate, but participants must complete a waiver form before they will be allowed to participate.

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