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Cardinals activate Brett Cecil from disabled list

Lefty reliever Tyler Webb optioned to Triple-A Memphis

ST. LOUIS, MO - The St. Louis Cardinals announced this afternoon that they have activated left-handed pitcher Brett Cecil (right foot inflammation) from the 10-day disabled list. The team also announced that left-handed reliever Tyler Webb was optioned to Memphis (AAA) following last night's game.

Cecil, 32, logged four scoreless innings over four appearances in his recent injury rehabilitation assignment with Memphis, allowing just two hits. The veteran reliever has appeared in 27 games with the Cardinals this season, totaling 23.2 innings pitched. Cecil had been sidelined since July 23, last appearing in a game for St. Louis on July 22 at Chicago.

ST. LOUIS, MO - The St. Louis Cardinals announced this afternoon that they have activated left-handed pitcher Brett Cecil (right foot inflammation) from the 10-day disabled list. The team also announced that left-handed reliever Tyler Webb was optioned to Memphis (AAA) following last night's game.

Cecil, 32, logged four scoreless innings over four appearances in his recent injury rehabilitation assignment with Memphis, allowing just two hits. The veteran reliever has appeared in 27 games with the Cardinals this season, totaling 23.2 innings pitched. Cecil had been sidelined since July 23, last appearing in a game for St. Louis on July 22 at Chicago.

Webb, a waiver claim from the Padres in late June, was unscored upon in his six outings (7.2 IP) with St. Louis. He has a 2.19 ERA in six appearances with Memphis, striking out 13 batters in 12.1 innings pitched.

St. Louis Cardinals

Mariners recall right-hander Christian Bergman from Triple-A Tacoma

Seattle places left-hander James Paxton on the 10-day disabled list

OAKLAND, Calif. - Seattle Mariners Executive Vice President & General Manager of Baseball Operations Jerry Dipoto announced today the following roster moves;

·         Christian Bergman, RHP, recalled from AAA Tacoma.

OAKLAND, Calif. - Seattle Mariners Executive Vice President & General Manager of Baseball Operations Jerry Dipoto announced today the following roster moves;

·         Christian Bergman, RHP, recalled from AAA Tacoma.

·         James Paxton, LHP, placed on the 10-day disabled list with a left forearm contusion.

Bergman (#56) will be in uniform and available for today's (12:35 pm PT) game vs. the Oakland Athletics at the Oakland Coliseum.

Bergman, 30, is in his 2nd stint with the Mariners this season (also: 5/16-17 and 7/13). He has made 2 spot starts this season, going 0-1 with a 3.97 ERA (5 ER, 11.1 IP) with 5 strikeouts and 2 walks. On May 16 vs. Texas, he tossed 7.0 scoreless innings, allowing 2 hits while striking out 5. In 23 games (22 starts) with AAA Tacoma this season, he is 7-9 with a 5.44 ERA (75 ER, 124.0 IP) with 100 strikeouts and 33 walks.

Bergman has appeared in parts of five Major League seasons with Colorado (2014-16) and Seattle (2017-c), compiling a record of 11-15 with a 5.49 ERA (130 ER, 213.0 IP) with 128 strikeouts and 48 walks in 70 games (25 starts). The native of Glendale, CA, was originally selected by Colorado in the 24th round of the 2010 MLB Draft out of UC Irvine. He made his Major League debut with the Rockies on June 9, 2014 vs. Atlanta.

Paxton, 29, was struck on the left forearm by a line drive (off the bat of Jed Lowrie) in the 1st inning of last night's game in Oakland. He underwent a precautionary x-ray, which was negative, and was diagnosed with a severe contusion. He was previously on the disabled list July 13-30 with lower back inflammation.

This season he has compiled a record of 10-5 with a 3.68 ERA (57 ER, 139.1 IP) with 176 strikeouts and 37 walks in 24 starts this season for Seattle. Among Major League leaders, he ranks 8th in strikeouts and 6th in strikeouts per 9.0 innings (11.37/176 K, 139.1 IP). The 6-4, 235-pound left-hander has struck out 10-or-more batters in 7 starts this season, T4th-most in the Majors. Paxton pitched the 6th no-hitter in Mariners history on May 8 at Toronto. He became the first American League pitcher to record a 16-strikeout game (5/2 vs. OAK) and a no-hitter in the same season since Nolan Ryan in 1991. 

The Ladner, British Columbia, Canada, native is 40-25 with a 3.38 ERA (211 ER, 561.1 IP) with 585 strikeouts and 163 walks in 98 career starts. Paxton was selected by Seattle in the 4th round of the 2010 MLB Draft and has spent 8 years in the Mariners organization, including parts of 6 Major League seasons.

Seattle Mariners

White Sox Hall of Famers join celebrity chef Joe Flamm for White Sox Charities dinner at Spiaggia

Exclusive Sept. 10 event features Hall of Famers, special menu

The Chicago White Sox and "Top Chef" Season 15 winner Joe Flamm will hold a special Chicago White Sox Charities (CWSC) benefit at Spiaggia on September 10. White Sox Hall of Famers Carlton Fisk and Frank Thomas are scheduled to appear.

Longtime White Sox fan and South Side native Flamm provides White Sox fans and foodies the opportunity to dine with White Sox legends, while also raising money for CWSC. The evening will include a specially prepared five-course dinner with wine pairings. This is an expansion of the partnership that brought a Café Spiaggia pop-up to Guaranteed Rate Field on July 27-29. 
 
"As a born and raised White Sox fan, I am beyond excited to partner with Chicago White Sox Charities on such an incredible event and to give back to a remarkable charity," said Flamm. "To cook alongside White Sox Hall of Famers Carlton Fisk and Frank Thomas is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and the event is sure to be a home run."
 
"We are big fans of Chef Flamm and thrilled to offer a unique way to bring the Spiaggia and Sox families together to break bread and raise support for a good cause," said Christine O'Reilly, CWSC executive director. "It certainly is going to be an evening to remember with star power from both the culinary world with Chef Flamm as well as our own Hall of Famers. We are so excited to share this incredible experience with fans of Spiaggia and the White Sox."
 
The event will benefit CWSC and its efforts to support the Greater Chicago Food Depository. A limited number of tickets to the event are now available for purchase for $200 each at spiaggiarestaurant.com.

The Chicago White Sox and "Top Chef" Season 15 winner Joe Flamm will hold a special Chicago White Sox Charities (CWSC) benefit at Spiaggia on September 10. White Sox Hall of Famers Carlton Fisk and Frank Thomas are scheduled to appear.

Longtime White Sox fan and South Side native Flamm provides White Sox fans and foodies the opportunity to dine with White Sox legends, while also raising money for CWSC. The evening will include a specially prepared five-course dinner with wine pairings. This is an expansion of the partnership that brought a Café Spiaggia pop-up to Guaranteed Rate Field on July 27-29. 
 
"As a born and raised White Sox fan, I am beyond excited to partner with Chicago White Sox Charities on such an incredible event and to give back to a remarkable charity," said Flamm. "To cook alongside White Sox Hall of Famers Carlton Fisk and Frank Thomas is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and the event is sure to be a home run."
 
"We are big fans of Chef Flamm and thrilled to offer a unique way to bring the Spiaggia and Sox families together to break bread and raise support for a good cause," said Christine O'Reilly, CWSC executive director. "It certainly is going to be an evening to remember with star power from both the culinary world with Chef Flamm as well as our own Hall of Famers. We are so excited to share this incredible experience with fans of Spiaggia and the White Sox."
 
The event will benefit CWSC and its efforts to support the Greater Chicago Food Depository. A limited number of tickets to the event are now available for purchase for $200 each at spiaggiarestaurant.com.

Chicago White Sox

White Sox cap season-long send off for Ken 'Hawk' Harrelson

Legendary broadcaster honored with charitable fundraiser, documentary, pregame ceremony and more

CHICAGO - The Chicago White Sox announced details for celebrations honoring Ken "Hawk" Harrelson and his final season in the broadcast booth.

A five-time Emmy Award winner, three-time Ford Frick Award nominee and two-time Illinois Sportscaster of the Year, Harrelson is working a 20-game schedule during the 2018 season, including Sunday home games and other select contests. After stepping away from the booth, Harrelson will serve the organization as a White Sox ambassador starting in the 2019 season, which will mark the beginning of his eighth decade in baseball.

CHICAGO - The Chicago White Sox announced details for celebrations honoring Ken "Hawk" Harrelson and his final season in the broadcast booth.

A five-time Emmy Award winner, three-time Ford Frick Award nominee and two-time Illinois Sportscaster of the Year, Harrelson is working a 20-game schedule during the 2018 season, including Sunday home games and other select contests. After stepping away from the booth, Harrelson will serve the organization as a White Sox ambassador starting in the 2019 season, which will mark the beginning of his eighth decade in baseball.

Hawk Day at Guaranteed Rate Field

The White Sox invite fans to celebrate Harrelson during a special pregame ceremony on Hawk Day on Sunday, September 2. The first 10,000 fans who enter the ballpark will receive a Hawk Harrelson Nesting Doll. The giveaway commemorates a different phase of Hawk's career in each doll, depicting Hawk as a broadcaster with a headset, as a front office executive wearing his cowboy hat and as a player donning his Red Sox uniform. In addition, fans can check in to the MLB Ballpark App on Hawk Day to receive a "Hawk Day" magnet in the Revolution Brewing #SoxSocial Taproom, while supplies last. Fan-favorite catcher A.J. Pierzynski also is scheduled to join Hawk as the special broadcast guest during this game.

"Hawk" Documentary Screening

The White Sox and NBC Sports Chicago have teamed up to produce a documentary chronicling Hawk's life and career. The documentary, titled "Hawk," will be shown during a private screening on September 6 at ArcLight Cinemas (1500 N. Clybourn Ave, Chicago), featuring appearances by special guests as well as a Q&A with Hawk and the directors. A limited number of tickets are available through the "He Gone" for Charity sweepstakes. Entries to win are available at whitesox.com/hawk. The documentary will be broadcast at 7 p.m. on September 13 exclusively on NBC Sports Chicago, NBCSportsChicago.com and on the NBC Sports app.

"He Gone" for Charity Sweepstakes

Chicago White Sox Charities (CWSC) will hold the "He Gone" For Charity sweepstakes, giving one lucky fan the opportunity to join Hawk and special guests on field during the September 2 ceremony. All fans who enter the sweepstakes will take home a piece of Hawk memorabilia, ranging from Hawk T-shirts and hats to baseballs autographed by Hawk as well as tickets to the September 6 private documentary screening. The sweepstakes will take place at whitesox.com/hawk from 10 a.m. on Monday, August 13, through 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, August 19. All proceeds from "He Gone" for Charity will benefit CWSC and its mission to make Chicago a better place to live, work and play.

Hawk's Final Broadcast

Hawk will sign off for the last time in the White Sox broadcast booth following the Sunday, September 23, game vs. the Cubs at 1:10 p.m. on NBC Sports Chicago.

Tickets are available at whitesox.com, the Guaranteed Rate Field box office (Monday-Friday from 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.) or by calling 866-SOX-GAME.

Chicago White Sox

Angels statement on passing of Aaron Cox

"The Angels Organization is saddened to hear of the passing of Aaron Cox, a member of the Angels family since 2015. We are deeply heartbroken and shocked by this tragic loss. Our heartfelt prayers and condolences to his family and friends. Aaron will always have a special place in the hearts of those within the organization."

"The Angels Organization is saddened to hear of the passing of Aaron Cox, a member of the Angels family since 2015. We are deeply heartbroken and shocked by this tragic loss. Our heartfelt prayers and condolences to his family and friends. Aaron will always have a special place in the hearts of those within the organization."

Los Angeles Angels

Statement from Mike & Jessica Trout and their families

"Early this morning our families lost a phenomenal human being. Aaron Cox was a tremendous son, brother, and brother-in-law. He had a deep love for his family, and a passionate dedication and commitment to his friends. As our families grieve together, we will also celebrate the memories, the laughter, and the love we each shared with Aaron in the short time we had him. He will forever be at the forefront in the hearts and minds of the Cox and Trout families. We will rely on the love and strength of God first and foremost during this difficult and challenging time, as well as our dear family and friends. We thank you for your thoughts and prayers, and our Lord and Savior for His precious gift of Aaron Joseph."

"Early this morning our families lost a phenomenal human being. Aaron Cox was a tremendous son, brother, and brother-in-law. He had a deep love for his family, and a passionate dedication and commitment to his friends. As our families grieve together, we will also celebrate the memories, the laughter, and the love we each shared with Aaron in the short time we had him. He will forever be at the forefront in the hearts and minds of the Cox and Trout families. We will rely on the love and strength of God first and foremost during this difficult and challenging time, as well as our dear family and friends. We thank you for your thoughts and prayers, and our Lord and Savior for His precious gift of Aaron Joseph."

Los Angeles Angels

Cardinals and On the Run announce $6 ticket offer

Discounted tickets available for three-game series vs. Pirates

The St. Louis Cardinals and On the Run are partnering to present fans with a special discount ticket offer. On sale now, fans can purchase tickets for just $6 to watch the Cardinals take on the Pittsburgh Pirates on August 28-30.

These specially-priced $6 tickets will be available while supplies last. Tickets are limited to eight per customer. To purchase tickets, or for more information, visit cardinals.com/six.

The St. Louis Cardinals and On the Run are partnering to present fans with a special discount ticket offer. On sale now, fans can purchase tickets for just $6 to watch the Cardinals take on the Pittsburgh Pirates on August 28-30.

These specially-priced $6 tickets will be available while supplies last. Tickets are limited to eight per customer. To purchase tickets, or for more information, visit cardinals.com/six.

St. Louis Cardinals

Five MLB Clubs Join Expanded 'SHRED HATE' Initiative in Support of Bullying Prevention Efforts in Schools & Communities

Angels, Dodgers, Phillies, Pirates and Rangers Are Latest 'Shred Hate Clubs,' Joining the Cubs, White Sox, Twins and Nationals

Major League Baseball, ESPN and X Games today announced the addition of five MLB Clubs to theShred Hate initiative, an innovative joint program striving to put an end to bullying in schools by encouraging youth to choose kindness. The new Shred Hate Clubs that will support the bullying prevention efforts, starting in the 2018-2019 academic year, are the Los Angeles AngelsLos Angeles Dodgers,Philadelphia PhilliesPittsburgh Pirates and Texas Rangers. This group joins the original list that includes the Chicago CubsChicago White SoxMinnesota Twins and Washington Nationals.Shred Hate was launched in January 2017 at X Games Aspen and has since reached nearly 30,000 students. Historically, the No Bully methodology, which is utilized by the Shred Hate initiative, has been able to remediate more than 90% of bullying instances.

Through Shred Hate, No Bully, a nonprofit that trains schools how to activate student compassion to eradicate bullying and cyberbullying, will work directly with local school districts in Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Dallas. This is in addition to No Bully continuing its work with schools in Colorado and Minneapolis/St. Paul, and providing continued learning opportunities to existing Shred Hateschools in Chicago and Washington D.C. Nearly 60,000 students will be reached through the program in the next academic year.

Major League Baseball, ESPN and X Games today announced the addition of five MLB Clubs to theShred Hate initiative, an innovative joint program striving to put an end to bullying in schools by encouraging youth to choose kindness. The new Shred Hate Clubs that will support the bullying prevention efforts, starting in the 2018-2019 academic year, are the Los Angeles AngelsLos Angeles Dodgers,Philadelphia PhilliesPittsburgh Pirates and Texas Rangers. This group joins the original list that includes the Chicago CubsChicago White SoxMinnesota Twins and Washington Nationals.Shred Hate was launched in January 2017 at X Games Aspen and has since reached nearly 30,000 students. Historically, the No Bully methodology, which is utilized by the Shred Hate initiative, has been able to remediate more than 90% of bullying instances.

Through Shred Hate, No Bully, a nonprofit that trains schools how to activate student compassion to eradicate bullying and cyberbullying, will work directly with local school districts in Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Dallas. This is in addition to No Bully continuing its work with schools in Colorado and Minneapolis/St. Paul, and providing continued learning opportunities to existing Shred Hateschools in Chicago and Washington D.C. Nearly 60,000 students will be reached through the program in the next academic year.

A new out-of-school Shred Hate­ module also has been developed for use in after-school and summer programs, or wherever youth may experience bullying. The lessons, available for download at www.MLB.com/ShredHate, are designed to last approximately 20-30 minutes each and are complementary to the No Bully System® in-school methodoloy. MLB plans to utilize the out-of-school module through RBI programs nationwide as well as through its MLB Youth Academy network in multiple cities throughout the United States. Also launching this academic year, will be a Shred Hate module specifically designed to train student athletes and coaches to be champions against bullying. These athletes will learn how to be "upstanders" and lead schools in their bullying prevention efforts. MLB and ESPN will continue to collaborate with No Bully on its methodology, and will support the initiative through various multimedia platforms and other promotional activities, including public service announcements featuring Major League players.

Additionally, MLB will host a social media-driven, Shred Hate activation at the upcoming MLB Little League Classic presented by GEICO in Williamsport, Pa. The activation, which will be located at MLB's "PLAY BALL Park" at the Little League International Complex, will look to raise awareness about bullying and the Shred Hate initiative among the thousands of kids and parents attending the 2018 Little League Baseball World Series.

Billy Bean, Vice President & Special Assistant to the Commissioner, Major League Baseball, said: "Shred Hate has been an extraordinary opportunity for baseball to use our considerable platform and positively influence the lives of young people where our teams play. The courageous stories shared by some of the students participating in the Shred Hate program, and who have been affected by this epidemic, inspire us to multiply our efforts. We are incredibly thankful to our clubs who have stepped forward in support of this initiative as we continue to grow an inclusive and accepting culture throughout every level of our sport."

"Shred Hate is stopping bullying at unprecedented rates," said Kevin Martinez, ESPN vice president of Corporate Citizenship. "We're excited to expand on this success and bring the program into more schools, while raising awareness on this critical issue using the incredible reach and platforms of MLB, its clubs and X Games."

Through Shred Hate, cooperating schools and youth-focused programs utilize the "No Bully System®," a non-disciplinary, innovative model that guides K-12 school leaders, teachers, and youth sports administrators through an integrated series of leadership coaching sessions, teacher trainings and parent workshops to create and sustain a bully-free culture for the long term. The No Bully System® provides an alternative to suspension or discipline, and rather promotes an environment revolving around cooperation and respect to ensure compliance with state and federal anti-bullying laws. A No Bully facilitator, who will be assigned to each participating school and program, will travel to administer trainings around the No Bully Coaching Leadership Team Guide and be available throughout the program for support.

Program monitoring and evaluation will play a central role in Shred Hate. Key performance indicators will include, but are not limited to, the following: reduced solution of incidents of bullying, reduction of severity and incidents of bullying, active student engagement in solutions, active parent/guardian and community engagement in bullying resolution, and additional positive shifts in behavior.

In a study by the Centers for Disease Control and the U.S. Department of Education, nearly one in four students - more than 10 million total students - report being bullied each year in the United States.

MLB

Everything But The House Auction

To benefit Reds Hall of Fame and Museum

The Cincinnati Reds are partnering with Everything But The House (EBTH), the world's premier online estate sale and secondhand goods marketplace for authenticated items, to auction over 200 pieces of one-of-a-kind items from Reds history past and present. 
 
Items available in the auction include:
• Signs, banners, photos and old displays from the Reds Hall of Fame & Museum  
• Signage and furniture from Great American Ball Park 
• Yamaha/Willis Music organ (with bench) 
• Giant Reds-branded piggy bank (with stairs)
• Original "Bats Incredible" public art sculpture from 2003

The auction begins Wednesday, Aug. 15 and runs until Tuesday, Aug. 21.  

The Cincinnati Reds are partnering with Everything But The House (EBTH), the world's premier online estate sale and secondhand goods marketplace for authenticated items, to auction over 200 pieces of one-of-a-kind items from Reds history past and present. 
 
Items available in the auction include:
• Signs, banners, photos and old displays from the Reds Hall of Fame & Museum  
• Signage and furniture from Great American Ball Park 
• Yamaha/Willis Music organ (with bench) 
• Giant Reds-branded piggy bank (with stairs)
• Original "Bats Incredible" public art sculpture from 2003

The auction begins Wednesday, Aug. 15 and runs until Tuesday, Aug. 21.  

Fans can view the auction items and place bids at EBTH.com/CincinnatiReds. 

A portion of the proceeds from the auction will benefit the Reds Hall of Fame & Museum's "150th Anniversary Legacy Campaign." The campaign has been created to celebrate next year's anniversary of baseball's first professional team (the 1869 Red Stockings) and to improve the museum's ability to preserve and showcase Reds history.
 
"We are excited to be partnering with the experts at Everything But The House to offer these unique items to our fans," said Rick Walls, executive director of the Reds Hall of Fame & Museum. "We have a great fan base who collect and cherish Reds-related items and a portion of the proceeds from the auction will go to the Museum's ongoing efforts to add significant items to its collection and enhance the experience for visitors."

All items will include a certificate of authenticity from the Reds Hall of Fame & Museum.

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Media contacts:
• Michael Anderson, Cincinnati Reds Public Relations, manderson@reds.com
• Brittany Sykes, Everything But The House Public Relations, brittany.sykes@ebth.com

Cincinnati Reds

Angels acquire RHP Odrisamer Despaigne from Miami

Halos send cash considerations to Marlins

The Angels acquired RHP Odrisamer Despaigne from Miami in exchange for cash considerations Tuesday. In a corresponding move, RHP Dayan Diaz has been designated for assignment. The announcement was made by Angels General Manager Billy Eppler.

Despaigne, 31, (pronounced: oh-DREE-sah-mer deh-SPAWN-yay) appeared in 11 games (one start) for the Marlins this season and went 2-0 with a 5.31 ERA (20.1 IP - 12 ER). He opened the season in the Marlins starting rotation, but made his first appearance of the year in relief in the 17th inning on March 30 vs. Cubs and was the winning pitcher. Despaigne would make his lone start of the year the following day before being moved to the bullpen. He missed one month (April 20-May 21) this season on the disabled list with a right forearm strain and was optioned to Triple-A New Orleans on June 7. In 13 games (four starts) for the Baby Cakes, he went 2-3 with a 4.36 ERA (43.1 IP - 21 ER) and 40 strikeouts. He was named the Pacific Coast League Pitcher of the Week for June 25-July 1 after working 10.1 shutout innings across two appearances.

The Angels acquired RHP Odrisamer Despaigne from Miami in exchange for cash considerations Tuesday. In a corresponding move, RHP Dayan Diaz has been designated for assignment. The announcement was made by Angels General Manager Billy Eppler.

Despaigne, 31, (pronounced: oh-DREE-sah-mer deh-SPAWN-yay) appeared in 11 games (one start) for the Marlins this season and went 2-0 with a 5.31 ERA (20.1 IP - 12 ER). He opened the season in the Marlins starting rotation, but made his first appearance of the year in relief in the 17th inning on March 30 vs. Cubs and was the winning pitcher. Despaigne would make his lone start of the year the following day before being moved to the bullpen. He missed one month (April 20-May 21) this season on the disabled list with a right forearm strain and was optioned to Triple-A New Orleans on June 7. In 13 games (four starts) for the Baby Cakes, he went 2-3 with a 4.36 ERA (43.1 IP - 21 ER) and 40 strikeouts. He was named the Pacific Coast League Pitcher of the Week for June 25-July 1 after working 10.1 shutout innings across two appearances.

A native of La Habana, Cuba, Despaigne made his Major League debut with the Padres on June 23, 2014 after making just seven minor league appearances between Double-A San Antonio and Triple-A El Paso. He played professionally for Havana Industriales of Cuba's Serie Nacional for eight seasons before signing with San Diego as an international free agent on May 2, 2014. In 98 career Major League games (43 starts) he has gone 13-21 with one save and a 4.76 ERA (331 IP - 175 ER) and 200 strikeouts across parts of five seasons with the Padres (2014-15), Orioles (2016) and Marlins (2017-18).

Los Angeles Angels, Odrisamer Despaigne

Giants reinstate Brandon Belt from DL, option Pierce Johnson to Triple-A

The Giants made the following roster moves:

IF Brandon Belt (#9) has returned from his rehab assignment and has been reinstated from the 10-day disabled list. Belt had missed the Giants' last 17 games with a hyperextended right knee, an injury he suffered on July 25 at Seattle.

The Giants made the following roster moves:

IF Brandon Belt (#9) has returned from his rehab assignment and has been reinstated from the 10-day disabled list. Belt had missed the Giants' last 17 games with a hyperextended right knee, an injury he suffered on July 25 at Seattle.

·       Belt went 1-for-5 with a double in two rehab games with triple-A Sacramento.

RHP Pierce Johnson has been optioned to triple-A Sacramento.

San Francisco Giants, Brandon Belt

Angels roster moves

The Angels have made the following transactions:

·         INF Jose Fernandez - Optioned to Salt Lake

The Angels have made the following transactions:

·         INF Jose Fernandez - Optioned to Salt Lake

·         3B Taylor Ward - Selected to Major League Roster

·         OF Chris Young - Transferred to 60-day DL

Los Angeles Angels

Seattle Mariners Homestand Highlights

August 17-22, 2018: Los Angeles Dodgers & Houston Astros

Ceremonial First Pitches
•   Friday, August 17 -- Angie Mentink, ROOT SPORTS anchor, cancer survivor.
•   Monday, August 20 -- Members of the band Alice In Chains 

Special Presentation
•   Monday, August 20 -- During a special pregame ceremony, the Mariners will pay tribute to four new members of the Washington State Sports Hall of Fame: heptathlete Kelly Blair LaBounty; Dan Dugdale, "The Father of Professional Baseball" in Washington; Albert Johnson, Kentucky Derby-winning jockey, trainer and track official; Louise Mazzuca, fastpitch softball pioneer.

Ceremonial First Pitches
•   Friday, August 17 -- Angie Mentink, ROOT SPORTS anchor, cancer survivor.
•   Monday, August 20 -- Members of the band Alice In Chains 

Special Presentation
•   Monday, August 20 -- During a special pregame ceremony, the Mariners will pay tribute to four new members of the Washington State Sports Hall of Fame: heptathlete Kelly Blair LaBounty; Dan Dugdale, "The Father of Professional Baseball" in Washington; Albert Johnson, Kentucky Derby-winning jockey, trainer and track official; Louise Mazzuca, fastpitch softball pioneer.

Friday, August 17 vs. Dodgers (7:10pm)

Fireworks Night -- Get the weekend started with a bang as T-Mobile presents the fourth of five postgame fireworks shows at Safeco Field. The pyrotechnics have been set to the soundtrack of songs that will have everyone singing along. 

Premera Steals for the Cure Night -- Join the Mariners and Premera Blue Cross to help find a cure for breast cancer. During the 2018 season, Premera is donating $500 for every base a Mariners player steals to Susan G. Komen of Puget Sound. Specially priced tickets for the game come with a pink Mariners cap. The cost is $32 for View Level and $50 for Main Level with a portion of the proceeds from each ticket benefitting Komen of Puget Sound. Deadline to purchase tickets through this special online only offer is 5:00 p.m., Thursday, August 16, only at Mariners.com/StealsForACure

Seattle University Night -- Seattle University alumni, faculty and staff are invited to a night at Safeco Field. Specially priced tickets come with a T-shirt, and a portion of the proceeds from each ticket sold through the offer benefits Seattle University Alumni. Tickets are $34 for View Level and $57 for Main Level. Deadline to purchase tickets through the special online only offer is 5:00 p.m., Friday, August 17 at Mariners.com/SeattleU.

Salute to Those Who Serve -- The Mariners and Holland America Line pay tribute to the Lore family for their services to our nation through the U.S. Military. The presentation will be prior to the fireworks show.

Favorite Things Auctions -- Mariners Wives have assembled various items their husbands love and are auctioning them off to benefit Mariners Care, the team's nonprofit foundation. The items include a treasure trove of autographed items, some game used, as well as gift cards, music, movies, hobbies and favorite snacks and beverages. Items will be on display near Section 128 on the Main Level and available for bid through the sixth inning.

Deal of the Day -- 22oz sodas for $2 (regularly $5.75) at all concessions stands. Offer is good from the time the gates open until the end of the game. Limit of two items per person per transaction.

Saturday, August 18 vs. Dodgers (7:10pm)

Mariners T-Shirt Night -- The first 15,000 fans through the gates will receive a teal green Mariners T-shirt, courtesy of SATO.

Mariners Care Silent Auction -- Fans can bid on memorabilia from Mariners players and Pearl Jam during a special Mariners Care Silent Auction. Items will be on display at Section 128 of the Main Level. Bidding will close at the end of the 6th inning. All proceeds will benefit the band's Vitalogy Foundation's homelessness relief efforts.

Deal of the Day -- Bags of peanuts are $2 at all concessions stands (a $6 value). Offer is good from the time the gates open until the end of the game. Limit of two items per person per transaction.

Sunday, August 19 vs. Dodgers (1:10 pm)

African American Heritage Day -- The Mariners pay tribute to a group of notables who have made a significant contribution to our community. The honorees are Rev. Dr. Leslie Braxton, Juanita Grant, Racquel Russell, Karen Wilkins-Mickey and Michael Morgan. Specially priced tickets are available through an online only offer. Each ticket comes with a #42 cap in tribute to Jackie Robinson, and a portion of the proceeds of each ticket sold through the special offer will benefit New Beginnings Christian Fellowship. Tickets are $29 for View Level and $39 for Main Level and are available only at Mariners.com/AAHD. Deadline to purchase through the special online only offer is 5:00 p.m., Friday, August 17.

Amulet Day -- Join the Seattle Mariners and author/illustrator Kazu Kibuishi for a special day at the ballpark. Tickets are $25 for View Level seats and come with a limited edition Mariners Amulet T-shirt designed by Kazu Kibuishi and a pregame meet and greet with the author of the popular graphic novel series about the adventures of a young girl who discovers a magical amulet. Tickets are available online only at Mariners.com/Amulet. Deadline to purchase through this special offer is 5:00 p.m., Friday, August 17.

National Parks Day -- Join the National Park Service and the Seattle Mariners in kicking off the celebration for National Park Service Founder's Day, which is commemorated each year on August 25. Enjoy discounted seating to watch the Mariners take on the Dodgers. Tickets are available online only at Mariners.com/NationalParks. The price is $24 for View Level and $34 for Main Level. The deadline to purchase tickets for this online only offer is 5:00 p.m., Friday, Agust 17.

Salute to Those Who Serve -- The Mariners and Holland America Line pay tribute to the men and women who serve our nation in the U.S. Military. Midway through the 4th inning, Lt. Col. Kimberly Ford, U.S. Air Force Reserve, will be introduced.

Kids Run Around the Bases -- All kids, 14 and younger, are invited to stick around after the game to run around the bases, courtesy of KeyBank.

Deal of the Day -- Cracker Jack (regularly $6) is available at all concessions stands for $2. Offer is good from the time the gates open until the end of the game. Limit of two items per person per transaction.

Monday, August 20 vs. Astros (7:10pm)

Washington State Sports Hall of Fame -- The Mariners will pay tribute to four pioneers in sports, all inductees to the Washington State Sports Hall of Fame. The honorees are Dan Dugdale, who owned several professional baseball teams in the Northwest and built Dugdale Park in 1907, the West Coast's first double-decker ballpark; Kelly Blair LaBounty, a Prosser High graduate who was called "the best schoolgirl athlete ever in the state." A three-sport athlete, LaBounty was a national champion heptathlete and two-time track & field Olympian (1996, 2000); Albert Johnson was one of the nation's premier jockeys of the 1920s whose mounts twice won the Kentucky Derby and went on to a career as a trainer and track official; Louise Mazzuca, a pioneer in fastpitch softball in the pre-Title IX era, threw 35 career no-hitters and nine perfect games. 

Alice In Chains Night -- Seattle natives Alice In Chains, known for hits like "Man in a Box,' and "Them Bones," celebrate the release of their new record, Rainer Fog, with a special event at the ballpark. Specially priced tickets are available for $45 and come with an Alice In Chains Mariners T-shirt, a pregame listening party and a Rainier Fog CD. Tickets are available online only at Mariners.com/AliceInChains. Deadline to purchase through the online only offer is noon, Monday, August 20.

Game of Thrones -- Join fellow fans in celebrating Game of Thrones® Night. Receive a Game of Thrones® Night bobblehead and get the chance to sit on the Iron Throne when you purchase through this special online only offer. Tickets are $35 for View Level and $49 for Main Level. Deadline to purchase through this special offer is noon, Monday, August 20, only at Mariners.com/GameOfThrones.

Korean Heritage Night -- Join the Mariners for Korean Heritage Night. Tickets purchased through a special online only offer are $18 for View Level and $32 for Main Level. The deadline for this online only offer is5:00 p.m., Friday, August 17, at Mariners.com/Korea.

Mariners Value Game, Presented by BECU -- Fans can purchase select View Level and Bleacher seats for $15 or select Main and Club Level seats for $30. Log onto Mariners.com/Specials for more information.

Deal of the Day -- SODO Dogs are $3 (a $6 value) are available at Rolling Roof Refreshment stands at Sections 109, 118, 126, 141, 190, 222, 244, 319, 329 & 347.Offer is good from the time the gates open until the end of the game. Limit of two items per person per transaction.

Tuesday, August 21 vs. Astros (7:10pm)

Page Ahead Book Drive -- The Mariners are joining with PACAAR and Page Ahead to promote child literacy. Bring a new children's book to the ballpark, or donate cash to the effort. In 2017, thanks to fans, over 850 books were collected.

Second Annual Women In Baseball -- The Mariners salute the contributions of women to the game of baseball. A pregame panel discussion features Angie Mentink, ROOT SPORTS anchor, Amanda Hopkins, Mariners scout, Leslie Manning, Mariners Coordinator of Special Development. Tickets are $27 for View Level and $41 for Main Level and are available only at Mariners.com/WomenInBaseball.

Salute to Native American Night -- The first 10,000 fans 21 and older will receive a Mariners cap courtesy of EQC. Specially priced tickets are $20 for View Level and $36 for Main Level. Deadline for this online only offer is 5:00 p.m., Monday, August 20, only at Mariners.com/NativeAmerican.

Peanut Controlled Seating Section -- A special seating section is designated where fans with peanut allergies can enjoy the game with a reduced risk of exposure to allergens. Tickets are $13 and are available online only at Mariners.com/NoPeanuts. Deadline to purchase through the special online only offer is 5:00 p.m., Monday, August 20.

Season Ticketholder Early Gate -- Gates open early, exclusively for Mariners season ticket holders. Right Field Gate at 4:10 p.m.

Deal of the Day -- Pizza by the slice, normally $8, is $4 at all High Cheese Pizza stands at Sections 109, 132, 141, 241, 312 & 329. Offer is good from the time the gates open until the end of the game. Limit of two items per person per transaction.

Wednesday, August 22 vs. Astros (1:10pm)

National Anthem -- Chad Kimball, Seattle native, Roosevelt High grad and 2010 Tony Award nominee for Memphis, currently performing on Broadway in the musical Come From Away.

Deal of the Day -- Red Rope licorice is $1 at all concessions stands (a $3 value). Offer is good from the time the gates open until the end of the game. Limit of two items per person per transaction.

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Looking Ahead -- The Mariners return to Safeco Field on Monday, September 3, for an eight-game homestand against the Baltimore Orioles, New York Yankees and San Diego Padres. Highlights include Bark at the Park, Flannel Night, Salute to Latin American Beisbol, and Salute to Kids Day. For more information about upcoming Mariners special events log onto Mariners.com/Tickets.

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Rangers acquire outfielder Alexander Ovalles from Chicago Cubs to complete July 27 trade

Ovalles is the player to be named later for Cole Hamels deal

The Texas Rangers this evening announced that the club has acquired minor league outfielder Alexander Ovalles from the Chicago Cubs. The acquisition of Ovalles completes a July 27 trade in which the Rangers received right-handed pitchers Eddie Butler and Rollie Lacy and a player to be named later from the Cubs in exchange for left-handed pitcher Cole Hamels and cash considerations.

Ovalles, 17, has batted .316 (24-76) with no home runs, 8 RBI, 16 walks, 14 strikeouts, and a .799 OPS over 21 games with the Cubs2 team in the Dominican Summer League this year, his first professional action. He has been sidelined after having surgery for a broken hamate bone, and recently resumed batting in his return from the surgery. Ovalles last played in a game on June 26. He has appeared at first base and all three outfield positions this season.

The Texas Rangers this evening announced that the club has acquired minor league outfielder Alexander Ovalles from the Chicago Cubs. The acquisition of Ovalles completes a July 27 trade in which the Rangers received right-handed pitchers Eddie Butler and Rollie Lacy and a player to be named later from the Cubs in exchange for left-handed pitcher Cole Hamels and cash considerations.

Ovalles, 17, has batted .316 (24-76) with no home runs, 8 RBI, 16 walks, 14 strikeouts, and a .799 OPS over 21 games with the Cubs2 team in the Dominican Summer League this year, his first professional action. He has been sidelined after having surgery for a broken hamate bone, and recently resumed batting in his return from the surgery. Ovalles last played in a game on June 26. He has appeared at first base and all three outfield positions this season.

A native of the Domincan Republic, the left-handed batter and thrower was signed by the Cubs as an international free agent on July 27, 2017.

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Dodgers reinstate Alex Wood

The Los Angeles Dodgers today reinstated left-handed pitcher Alex Wood from the 10-day disabled list and placed right-handed pitcher John Axford on the 10-day disabled list with a fractured right fibula. 

Wood, who missed the last nine games due to left adductor tendonitis, is slated to make his 23rd start of the season tonight against the Giants. The 27-year-old has posted a 7-6 record and 3.58 ERA (49 ER/123.1 IP) in 22 starts for Los Angeles this season. Since the All-Star Break, Wood is 2-1 with a 1.53 ERA (3 ER/17.2 IP) and has limited the opposition to a .161 average in three starts.  

The Los Angeles Dodgers today reinstated left-handed pitcher Alex Wood from the 10-day disabled list and placed right-handed pitcher John Axford on the 10-day disabled list with a fractured right fibula. 

Wood, who missed the last nine games due to left adductor tendonitis, is slated to make his 23rd start of the season tonight against the Giants. The 27-year-old has posted a 7-6 record and 3.58 ERA (49 ER/123.1 IP) in 22 starts for Los Angeles this season. Since the All-Star Break, Wood is 2-1 with a 1.53 ERA (3 ER/17.2 IP) and has limited the opposition to a .161 average in three starts.  

Axford, 35, has appeared in three games with Los Angeles since being acquired from the Toronto Blue Jays on July 31, allowing six runs over 3.1 innings (16.20 ERA) and striking out four against two walks.  

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