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Blue Jays and Honda surprise and delight fans during Fan Appreciation Weekend

TORONTO BLUE JAYS fans were treated to an incredible two days of entertainment, activations, and unexpected giveaways at Rogers Centre during the team's annual FAN APPRECIATION WEEKEND presented by Honda.

For the first time ever, Honda surprised three lucky Blue Jays fans with keys to a brand new 2018 Honda Civic EX Sedan. The grand prizes were given away to the unsuspecting fans during the sixth inning of Sunday's game.

TORONTO BLUE JAYS fans were treated to an incredible two days of entertainment, activations, and unexpected giveaways at Rogers Centre during the team's annual FAN APPRECIATION WEEKEND presented by Honda.

For the first time ever, Honda surprised three lucky Blue Jays fans with keys to a brand new 2018 Honda Civic EX Sedan. The grand prizes were given away to the unsuspecting fans during the sixth inning of Sunday's game.

Additionally, the Honda Canada Foundation presented a $100,000 donation to Jays Care Foundation in support of its vision to create a level playing field for children and youth across Canada.

Toronto Blue Jays

Longtime Rangers medical director B.J. Mycoskie passes away at age 95

Dr. Mycoskie served in role from 1972-85

Arlington, Texas -- Dr. Bernard John (B.J.) Mycoskie, who served as the Texas Rangers Medical Director for the team's first 14 years in Arlington, passed away early this morning at the age of 95.

Dr. Mycoskie practiced in Arlington for more than 40 years beginning in 1952. When the Washington Senators franchise moved to Texas in the fall of 1971, Dr. Mycoskie was appointed as the team's Medical Director and served with distinction in that role through the 1985 season, treating hundreds of Rangers players, staff, and front office employees.

Arlington, Texas -- Dr. Bernard John (B.J.) Mycoskie, who served as the Texas Rangers Medical Director for the team's first 14 years in Arlington, passed away early this morning at the age of 95.

Dr. Mycoskie practiced in Arlington for more than 40 years beginning in 1952. When the Washington Senators franchise moved to Texas in the fall of 1971, Dr. Mycoskie was appointed as the team's Medical Director and served with distinction in that role through the 1985 season, treating hundreds of Rangers players, staff, and front office employees.

His son, Dr. Michael Mycoskie succeeded him in that role, but he continued to work with the club after that time and was a frequent and welcome ballpark visitor even in retirement.

On September 15, 1994, the Rangers dedicated a plaque to honor Dr. Mycoskie that hangs to this day in the club's Globe Life Park in Arlington Major League training room. It reads:

In recognition of his loyalty and dedication to the Texas Rangers organization and the compassion he has shown to several generations of the Rangers family.

The Texas Rangers organization extends its deepest sympathies to Dr. Mycoskie's family and friends. He will be greatly missed.

The Rangers will observe a moment of silence in Dr. Mycoskie's memory before this afternoon's game with Seattle.

Texas Rangers

Cardinals recall infielder Edmundo Sosa from Memphis

Rookie infielder split 2018 season between Double-A Springfield & Triple-A Memphis

ST. LOUIS -- The St. Louis Cardinals announced this morning that they have recalled rookie infielder Edmundo Sosa from Memphis (AAA).

Sosa, 22, a native of Panama City, Panama, who was signed by the Cardinals as a non-drafted free-agent in July of 2012, split the 2018 season between Springfield (AA) and Memphis (AAA).

ST. LOUIS -- The St. Louis Cardinals announced this morning that they have recalled rookie infielder Edmundo Sosa from Memphis (AAA).

Sosa, 22, a native of Panama City, Panama, who was signed by the Cardinals as a non-drafted free-agent in July of 2012, split the 2018 season between Springfield (AA) and Memphis (AAA).

The right-handed hitting Sosa combined to hit .270 with 12 HR's, 30 doubles & 59 RBI in 123 games in the minors this season, starting games at second base, shortstop and third base.

The 6-0, 200-pound Sosa finished 2nd among Cardinals' minor leaguers with his 30 doubles in 2018. He hit a pair of homers on June 11 vs. Tulsa in a four-hit game.

Sosa was named a Midwest League (A) All-Star in 2016 and an Appalachian League (R) All-Star in 2015. He was a member of Team Panama in the 2016 qualifying round of the World Baseball Classic.

Sosa has been assigned uniform no. 63. His addition brings the Cardinals active roster to 36 players.

St. Louis Cardinals

Red Sox mourn the passing of Lee Stange

Former Red Sox pitcher, instructor, coach helped lead Boston to AL pennant during 1967 "Impossible Dream" season

BOSTON, MA - The Boston Red Sox mourn the loss of Lee Stange, who passed away on Friday at the age of 81. A member of Boston's 1967 "Impossible Dream" team, Stange spent nearly 40 years in professional baseball, including 23 as a player, coach, and instructor in the Red Sox organization.

Born on October 27, 1936 in Chicago, IL, Stange began his 14-year playing career in 1957, reaching the major leagues in 1961 with the Minnesota Twins. The right-hander pitched in 359 big league games and made 125 starts over 10 seasons with the Twins (1961-64), Cleveland Indians (1964-66), Red Sox (1966-70), and Chicago White Sox (1970), going 62-61 with 21 saves and a 3.56 ERA.

BOSTON, MA - The Boston Red Sox mourn the loss of Lee Stange, who passed away on Friday at the age of 81. A member of Boston's 1967 "Impossible Dream" team, Stange spent nearly 40 years in professional baseball, including 23 as a player, coach, and instructor in the Red Sox organization.

Born on October 27, 1936 in Chicago, IL, Stange began his 14-year playing career in 1957, reaching the major leagues in 1961 with the Minnesota Twins. The right-hander pitched in 359 big league games and made 125 starts over 10 seasons with the Twins (1961-64), Cleveland Indians (1964-66), Red Sox (1966-70), and Chicago White Sox (1970), going 62-61 with 21 saves and a 3.56 ERA.

After posting a 3.35 ERA in 28 games (19 starts) for the Red Sox in 1966, Stange was a key contributor during the club's 1967 "Impossible Dream" season that saw Boston win its first American League pennant in 21 years. Known as "The Stinger," he threw 181.2 innings over 24 starts and 11 relief appearances that season, going 8-10 with a 2.77 ERA. His lone postseason appearance came in Game 3 of the World Series at St. Louis, as he pitched 2.0 innings in relief and did not allow an earned run.

Stange retired as a player at the age of 33 following the 1970 season and returned to the Red Sox organization, first as a minor league instructor in 1971. He joined the major league club's staff as a pitching coach from 1972-74 and returned to the same role from 1981-84, after serving as a coach and instructor in the Twins and Oakland A's organizations from 1975-80. During his second stint on Boston's major league coaching staff, Stange helped in the development of such Red Sox pitchers as Dennis Eckersley and Roger Clemens.

Following the 1984 season, Stange returned to the Red Sox minor league system and served as a coach and instructor for 10 seasons. After leaving professional baseball, he worked as a pitching coach at Florida Institute of Technology for nine seasons before retiring at age 78. In August 2017, Stange returned to Fenway Park for the 50-year reunion of the "Impossible Dream" team.

Stange is survived by his wife, Barbara; his children, Tim, Jim, and Jana; his two step children, Paul Reed and former Red Sox infielder Jody Reed; and his six grandchildren.

Per Stange's request, no funeral service will be held.

Boston Red Sox

LA Dodgers Foundation unveils 50th Dodgers Dreamfield, extends commitment

LOS ANGELES (September 22, 2018) -- Today, the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation (LADF) and Executive Director Nichol Whiteman, together with Dodger All-Stars Yasiel Puig and Clayton Kershaw, joined Dodger President and CEO Stan Kasten, Dodger Manager Dave Roberts, Los Angeles City Councilmember Marqueece Harris-Dawson, Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, and other officials along with scores of young baseball and softball players to unveil the 50th Dodgers Dreamfield at Algin Sutton Recreation Center in South Los Angeles. The completion of this Dreamfield marked the final step in LADF's commitment to create 50 fields in 15 years. Since 2003, over $10 million has been invested in these fields, which have impacted the lives of over 300,000 youth in and around Los Angeles. The foundation revealed that it is extending its initial commitment of 50 fields with an additional $10 million to build 75 fields by the 75th anniversary of the Dodgers' move to Los Angeles.

The construction of this $300,000 project is partially funded by generous donations from the City of Los Angeles, Yasiel Puig's Wildhorse Foundation, the Tyler Development Corporation, Clayton & Ellen Kershaw, the LA84 Foundation, the Annenberg Foundation, the Leon Lowenstein Foundation, and the Bruce P. Rubenstein Family.

Additional special guests and speakers at the unveiling ceremony included State Senator Holly J. Mitchell, LA City Council President Herb Wesson, Steve Garvey, Ron Cey, Manny Mota, and Steve Yeager (Dodger Alumni), Alanna Rizzo (Los Angeles Dodgers Broadcaster), Aleta Williams (Daughter of Algin Sutton), Vicki Israel (Assistant General Manager, LA Department of Recreation and Parks), Tyler Udall (Tyler Development Corporation), Renata Simril (President and CEO, LA84 Foundation), Marsha Bonner (Director of Community Grantmaking, Annenberg Foundation), John Bendheim (Leon Lowenstein Foundation), Joe Baca, Jr. (Rialto City Councilmember), youth softball and baseball players representing the community of Algin Sutton, Dodgers RBI (Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities), the Natasha Watley Foundation, Girls Play LA, Yasiel Puig's 66ers baseball team, Manchester Elementary School, Brotherhood Crusades, Alliance Judy I Burton Technology Academy High School, and the Boys & Girls Club. Dodgers players and officials gathered for a ceremonial "lighting of the scoreboard," which was followed by a public community festival that included fun-filled activations including a Farmer John Dodger Dog Truck, LADWP Water Truck, LA Teams Sports Zone, Dodger Alumni autographs, Dodger Guy Character, Dodger giveaways and tunes from DJ Severe, the Dodger DJ.

LOS ANGELES (September 22, 2018) -- Today, the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation (LADF) and Executive Director Nichol Whiteman, together with Dodger All-Stars Yasiel Puig and Clayton Kershaw, joined Dodger President and CEO Stan Kasten, Dodger Manager Dave Roberts, Los Angeles City Councilmember Marqueece Harris-Dawson, Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, and other officials along with scores of young baseball and softball players to unveil the 50th Dodgers Dreamfield at Algin Sutton Recreation Center in South Los Angeles. The completion of this Dreamfield marked the final step in LADF's commitment to create 50 fields in 15 years. Since 2003, over $10 million has been invested in these fields, which have impacted the lives of over 300,000 youth in and around Los Angeles. The foundation revealed that it is extending its initial commitment of 50 fields with an additional $10 million to build 75 fields by the 75th anniversary of the Dodgers' move to Los Angeles.

The construction of this $300,000 project is partially funded by generous donations from the City of Los Angeles, Yasiel Puig's Wildhorse Foundation, the Tyler Development Corporation, Clayton & Ellen Kershaw, the LA84 Foundation, the Annenberg Foundation, the Leon Lowenstein Foundation, and the Bruce P. Rubenstein Family.

Additional special guests and speakers at the unveiling ceremony included State Senator Holly J. Mitchell, LA City Council President Herb Wesson, Steve Garvey, Ron Cey, Manny Mota, and Steve Yeager (Dodger Alumni), Alanna Rizzo (Los Angeles Dodgers Broadcaster), Aleta Williams (Daughter of Algin Sutton), Vicki Israel (Assistant General Manager, LA Department of Recreation and Parks), Tyler Udall (Tyler Development Corporation), Renata Simril (President and CEO, LA84 Foundation), Marsha Bonner (Director of Community Grantmaking, Annenberg Foundation), John Bendheim (Leon Lowenstein Foundation), Joe Baca, Jr. (Rialto City Councilmember), youth softball and baseball players representing the community of Algin Sutton, Dodgers RBI (Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities), the Natasha Watley Foundation, Girls Play LA, Yasiel Puig's 66ers baseball team, Manchester Elementary School, Brotherhood Crusades, Alliance Judy I Burton Technology Academy High School, and the Boys & Girls Club. Dodgers players and officials gathered for a ceremonial "lighting of the scoreboard," which was followed by a public community festival that included fun-filled activations including a Farmer John Dodger Dog Truck, LADWP Water Truck, LA Teams Sports Zone, Dodger Alumni autographs, Dodger Guy Character, Dodger giveaways and tunes from DJ Severe, the Dodger DJ.

"We are proud of the meaningful impact Dodgers Dreamfields have had on local communities. As we unveil our 50th, we are thrilled to extend and renew our promise to provide access and opportunity to youth throughout Los Angeles who need it most," Mark Walter, Dodger Owner and Chairman, Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation.

"It makes perfect sense that the 50th Dreamfield would open right here at a recreation center named after the late Algin Sutton, who dedicated his career to connecting young people with opportunities to play," said Mayor Eric Garcetti. "In Los Angeles, we are committed to making sure that every child has access to sports and recreation no matter what her zip code, and I'm so proud to call the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation our partner in increasing opportunities to play!"

"Congratulations to the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation for completing their 50th Dodgers Dreamfield", said Mike Shull, General Manager, Department of Recreation and Parks. "We are proud of our partnership with the Los Angeles Dodgers and their commitment to invest in our City's park system, which has created lasting disparities in access to quality open space and recreation programs for youth and families of our communities."

During the unveiling ceremony, the foundation debuted its Dodgers Dreamfields Impact Report, outlining the tremendous influence that these fields have had on youth in Los Angeles' most underserved communities including Central Los Angeles, Inglewood, South Los Angeles, Harbor City, San Fernando Valley, East Los Angeles, and La Puente. These fields provide kids with a positive and vibrant environment to participate in baseball and softball opportunities in their neighborhoods. In partnership with corporations, foundations, local municipalities, and individuals, Dodgers Dreamfields contribute to both community development and youth development by providing youth the opportunity and space to learn and play the game of baseball and softball, while building character and instilling important life lessons. Program resources and elements include backstop upgrades, dugout upgrades, irrigation improvements, surface re-grading, new home plate, pitching rubbers, and bases, outfield fencing and windscreens, turf renovation, sod installation, and new signage and scoreboard.

"We are so proud to have reached our goal of building 50 Dreamfields, but know that there is still much more work to be done," said Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation Executive Director Nichol Whiteman. "These fields have given our local youth a sense of pride and ownership every time they step onto the mound or slide across home base. The value of these Dreamfields cannot be overstated, and we are excited to have the chance to share everything that baseball and softball have to offer with even more communities over the next several years!"

The LA84 Foundation is the longest-standing sponsor of Dodger Dreamfields, having provided funding for 43 of the 50 fields, beginning in 2003. "Today is an historic day for the kids of the Los Angeles area - 50 Dreamfields is a remarkable achievement," said Renata Simril, President and CEO of the LA84 Foundation. Simril added: "In a world where there is too much 'photo-op philanthropy,' the Dodgers Foundation produces real and sustaining positive community impact."

"I am proud to partner with the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation for their 50th Dreamfield," said Yasiel Puig. "I hope this field will ignite the children's love of baseball and I hope the sport will bring as much joy to their lives as it has to mine. Giving back to the Los Angeles community with a gift that will impact future generations is truly an honor."

"Ellen and I are so honored to be a part of LADF's 50th Dodgers Dreamfield," added Clayton Kershaw. "We have been partnering with them since they built the Universally Accessible Field in Baldwin Hills and are proud to partner with the foundation as they continue to impact thousands of kids throughout LA."

A high need for youth baseball/softball recreation space, racial and ethnic diversity, high "park need" metric, number of youth living in the surrounding community, and current baseball/softball interest are all factors that will help the foundation determine the locations of these next fields. By maintaining current partners and establishing new ones, LADF will continue to positively impact communities throughout the Los Angeles area.

ABOUT LOS ANGELES DODGERS FOUNDATION
LADF is the official team charity of the Los Angeles Dodgers. Its primary focus is to support cornerstone programs in Sports + Recreation, Education + Literacy and Health + Wellness benefitting children and families in need throughout the greater Los Angeles region. By leveraging strategic partnerships, the mission is to harness the power of the Dodger brand and the passion Dodger fans have for Los Angeles into a vehicle for positive change in underserved communities.

Visit LADF online at www.dodgers.com/ladf, Twitter @DodgersFdn, Instagram @dodgersfoundation and Facebook http://www.facebook.com/LosAngelesDodgersFoundation

Los Angeles Dodgers

Cubs select the contract of INF Mike Freeman

CHICAGO -- The Chicago Cubs today selected the contract of infielder Mike Freeman from Triple-A Iowa. Freeman, who will wear uniform number 4, will be available for the Cubs tonight when they continue their three-game series against the Chicago White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field.

Freeman, 31, batted .274 (83-for-303) with 15 doubles, six home runs and 38 RBI in 78 games for Iowa this season. He posted a .330 on-base percentage and a .396 slugging percentage, good for a .726 OPS. Freeman saw action at shortstop (55 games), second base (16 games), center field (four games) and third base (one game) with Iowa this year.

CHICAGO -- The Chicago Cubs today selected the contract of infielder Mike Freeman from Triple-A Iowa. Freeman, who will wear uniform number 4, will be available for the Cubs tonight when they continue their three-game series against the Chicago White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field.

Freeman, 31, batted .274 (83-for-303) with 15 doubles, six home runs and 38 RBI in 78 games for Iowa this season. He posted a .330 on-base percentage and a .396 slugging percentage, good for a .726 OPS. Freeman saw action at shortstop (55 games), second base (16 games), center field (four games) and third base (one game) with Iowa this year.

The left-handed batter joins the Cubs for the second September in a row, as he played in 15 games last year and batted .160 (4-for-25) while playing shortstop and second base. He has played parts of the last two major league seasons with Arizona (2016), Seattle (2016-17), the Dodgers (2017) and the Cubs (2017).

Chicago's active roster now stands at 36 players.

Chicago Cubs

Twins select Juan Graterol from Triple-A

Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN -- The Minnesota Twins announced today that they have selected the contract of catcher Juan Graterol from Triple-A Rochester. He is set to join the team tonight in Oakland and will wear uniform number 66.

Graterol, 29, was signed by the Twins as a minor league free agent on June 28 after he was released by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim on June 24. He appeared in 24 games at Triple-A Salt Lake and one game with the Angels before joining Rochester. While with the Red Wings, Graterol appeared in 34 games, all at catcher, hitting .284 (33-for-116) with six doubles and 10 RBI.

Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN -- The Minnesota Twins announced today that they have selected the contract of catcher Juan Graterol from Triple-A Rochester. He is set to join the team tonight in Oakland and will wear uniform number 66.

Graterol, 29, was signed by the Twins as a minor league free agent on June 28 after he was released by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim on June 24. He appeared in 24 games at Triple-A Salt Lake and one game with the Angels before joining Rochester. While with the Red Wings, Graterol appeared in 34 games, all at catcher, hitting .284 (33-for-116) with six doubles and 10 RBI.

A native of Maracay, Venezuela, Graterol appeared in 58 major league games with the Angels from 2016-2018 hitting .222 (22-for-99) with six doubles and 13 RBI. He was originally signed by the Kansas City Royals as a minor league free agent in 2005.

To make room for Graterol on the 40-man roster, the Twins have transferred right-handed pitcher Ervin Santana to the 60-day disabled list.

Minnesota Twins

White Sox reinstate Leury García from disabled list

CHICAGO -- Prior to tonight's game vs. the Chicago Cubs, the Chicago White Sox reinstated infielder Leury García from the 10-day disabled list.

García, 27, was placed on the disabled list on August 21 with a strained left hamstring. He is batting .280 (68-243) with seven doubles, four triples, four home runs and 31 RBI in 77 games with Chicago this season.

CHICAGO -- Prior to tonight's game vs. the Chicago Cubs, the Chicago White Sox reinstated infielder Leury García from the 10-day disabled list.

García, 27, was placed on the disabled list on August 21 with a strained left hamstring. He is batting .280 (68-243) with seven doubles, four triples, four home runs and 31 RBI in 77 games with Chicago this season.

Following the move, the White Sox active roster increases to 33.

Chicago White Sox

Astros Team Store Opens for Postseason Clinch Event as Astros Secure Playoff Berth

Astros Union Station Team Store open now for shopping extravaganza

Tonight's win brings the Astros magic number down to zero, officially marking Houston's clinch of a 2018 Postseason berth and the Astros Team Store Postseason Clinch Event. The Postseason Clinch Event is open now at the Union Station Team Store and will remain open to the public until 3:00 p.m. tomorrow, Sept. 22. This special retail event is the very first opportunity for Astros fans to purchase their 2018 Astros Postseason merchandise. This marks Houston's third playoff berth in the past four seasons as they look to win back-to-back titles.

 

Tonight's win brings the Astros magic number down to zero, officially marking Houston's clinch of a 2018 Postseason berth and the Astros Team Store Postseason Clinch Event. The Postseason Clinch Event is open now at the Union Station Team Store and will remain open to the public until 3:00 p.m. tomorrow, Sept. 22. This special retail event is the very first opportunity for Astros fans to purchase their 2018 Astros Postseason merchandise. This marks Houston's third playoff berth in the past four seasons as they look to win back-to-back titles.

 

The Astros Union Station Team Store will host several special activities throughout the shopping event, including visits from the Coca-Cola Shooting Stars, hourly drawings, gifts-with-purchase, free coffee and doughnuts, games, merchandise giveaways, and a grand prize of a $500 shopping spree to the Astros Team Store.

 

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Houston Astros

Pirates announce 2018 Pirates Community Commitment Program Award winners

Pirates Minor Leaguers to be Recognized in a Pregame Ceremony at PNC Park

The Pittsburgh Pirates today announced the nine winners of the 11th annual Pirates Community Commitment Program (PCCP) award. The 2018 award recipients were recognized by the organization before tonight's game in a pregame on-field ceremony at PNC Park.

Each year, the Pirates acknowledge players from each of their minor league affiliates as the recipients of the organization's annual PCCP Awards. This program encourages players throughout the Pirates' system to emulate Roberto Clemente's legacy of community service.

The Pittsburgh Pirates today announced the nine winners of the 11th annual Pirates Community Commitment Program (PCCP) award. The 2018 award recipients were recognized by the organization before tonight's game in a pregame on-field ceremony at PNC Park.

Each year, the Pirates acknowledge players from each of their minor league affiliates as the recipients of the organization's annual PCCP Awards. This program encourages players throughout the Pirates' system to emulate Roberto Clemente's legacy of community service.

The PCCP award recipients are quality individuals on and off the field who have completed countless hours of community service, demonstrated leadership of community involvement among teammates, and has gone above and beyond the normal requirements while participating in the Pirates Community Commitment Program.

Over 28,000 hours of community service have been performed by Pirates players throughout the organization since the program was implemented in 2008. Each player has completed a minimum of 10 hours of community service in their respective affiliate's community during this season.

The Pirates minor league players receiving this year's PCCP awards include:
• Ryan Lavarnway, Indianapolis Indians (AAA)
• Brett Helton, Altoona Curve (AA)
• James Marvel, Bradenton Marauders (High-A)
• Ryan Peurifoy, West Virginia Power (Low-A)
• Mike LoPresti, West Virginia Black Bears (Short Season-A)
• Francisco Mepris, Bristol Pirates (Rookie League)
• John Lantigua, Gulf Coast League Pirates (Rookie League)
• Mariano Dotel and Jesus Valles, Dominican Summer League Pirates

For more information about Pirates Charities please visit pirates.com/piratescharities.

Pittsburgh Pirates

Statement from Jeff Banister

"I want to thank Rangers ownership and Jon Daniels for giving me this opportunity. We had some great times here, but it doesn't last forever. I also want to thank the coaches, field staff, and especially the players who made it an honor for me to wear the Rangers uniform. And to the fans, I can't tell you how much I have appreciated your support and kind words over the last four years. I certainly regret that we were not able to make a deeper playoff run for you in 2015 and 2016.
 
"Certainly I am disappointed that I was not able to finish the job. But this has been the experience of a lifetime. Thank you"

"I want to thank Rangers ownership and Jon Daniels for giving me this opportunity. We had some great times here, but it doesn't last forever. I also want to thank the coaches, field staff, and especially the players who made it an honor for me to wear the Rangers uniform. And to the fans, I can't tell you how much I have appreciated your support and kind words over the last four years. I certainly regret that we were not able to make a deeper playoff run for you in 2015 and 2016.
 
"Certainly I am disappointed that I was not able to finish the job. But this has been the experience of a lifetime. Thank you"

Texas Rangers

J.T. Brubaker named Minor League Pitcher of the Year and Ke'Bryan Hayes named Minor League Player of the Year

The Pittsburgh Pirates today named right-handed pitcher J.T. Brubaker their Minor League Pitcher-of-the-Year and infielder Ke'Bryan Hayes their Minor League Player-of-the-Year. The announcement was made by Senior Director of Minor League Operations, Larry Broadway.  

The 24-year-old Brubaker posted a combined record of 10-6 with a 2.81 ERA and 131 strikeouts in 28 starts between Double-A Altoona and Triple-A Indianapolis in 2018. He led all Pirates minor leaguers with his 2.81 ERA and ranked second in strikeouts. P

The Pittsburgh Pirates today named right-handed pitcher J.T. Brubaker their Minor League Pitcher-of-the-Year and infielder Ke'Bryan Hayes their Minor League Player-of-the-Year. The announcement was made by Senior Director of Minor League Operations, Larry Broadway.  

The 24-year-old Brubaker posted a combined record of 10-6 with a 2.81 ERA and 131 strikeouts in 28 starts between Double-A Altoona and Triple-A Indianapolis in 2018. He led all Pirates minor leaguers with his 2.81 ERA and ranked second in strikeouts. P

ittsburgh's sixth round selection in the 2015 First-Year Player Draft, Brubaker posted a 1.80 ERA in six starts with Altoona before being promoted to Triple-A, where he went 4-1 with a 2.34 ERA in his final 10 starts. His 3.10 ERA with Indianapolis ranked seventh among all International League pitchers.  

"J.T. had a tremendous season, improving in virtually every category while logging more innings and pitching against the highest level of minor league competition," said Broadway. "He consistently put his team in a position to win every time he took the mound and his level of improvement from 2017 to 2018 was remarkable. As an organization, we are very proud of J.T. and he very deserving of this award."

Hayes spent the entire 2018 season with Altoona, where he hit .293 with 31 doubles, seven triples, seven home runs and 47 RBI in 117 games. For his efforts, Hayes was selected to the Eastern League's mid- and post-season All-Star teams.  

The 20-year-old Hayes represented the Pittsburgh organization at this year's All-Star Futures Game, where he started for the U.S. Team at third base and went 1-for-3 with a two-run homer in the fourth inning.  

Hayes, who was Pittsburgh's supplemental first round selection (32nd pick overall) in the 2015 First-Year Player Draft, finished tied for first in the Eastern League with seven triples, and ranked fourth with 31 doubles, eighth with 45 extra base hits and ninth with a .293 average.  

In addition, Hayes led all minor league third basemen with a .978 fielding percentage while also leading all Eastern League third basemen with 116 games, 278 total chances, 72 putouts and 29 double plays.  

"Ke'Bryan continued his impressive defensive skills at third base in 2018, proving that his 2017 Rawlings Gold Glove award was no fluke," said Broadway. "Equally as impressive as his glove work was the offensive improvements he made this year, setting career highs in games, home runs, doubles, triples, hits and walks. Ke'Bryan truly deserves this award and we are very proud of the work that he has put in to get him to where he is at today."  

Hayes is currently rated by MLBPipeline as the 52nd-best prospect in all of baseball, the fifth-best prospect among all third basemen and the second-best prospect in Pittsburgh's minor league system.

Pittsburgh Pirates

Don Newcombe, Steve Garvey and Fernando Valenzuela named "Legends of Dodger Baseball'

Induction ceremonies to take place in 2019

The Los Angeles Dodgers today announced that Don Newcombe, Steve Garvey and Fernando Valenzuela will make up the inaugural class of the Legends of Dodger Baseball, and will have their careers celebrated during official induction ceremonies next year. 

Starting in 2019, the team will induct Dodger greats into the Legends of Dodger Baseball in recognition of their impact on the franchise, both on and off the field. Inductees will receive a plaque honoring their Dodger achievements, which will also be on permanent display at Dodger Stadium. More information on the Legends of Dodger Baseball program will be available at a later date.  

The Los Angeles Dodgers today announced that Don Newcombe, Steve Garvey and Fernando Valenzuela will make up the inaugural class of the Legends of Dodger Baseball, and will have their careers celebrated during official induction ceremonies next year. 

Starting in 2019, the team will induct Dodger greats into the Legends of Dodger Baseball in recognition of their impact on the franchise, both on and off the field. Inductees will receive a plaque honoring their Dodger achievements, which will also be on permanent display at Dodger Stadium. More information on the Legends of Dodger Baseball program will be available at a later date.  

"We're excited to launch the Legends of Dodger Baseball, and there couldn't be more perfect franchise representatives to make up our inaugural class than Don, Steve and Fernando," said Mark Walter, Dodger Owner and Chairman. "This group epitomizes what it means to be a Dodger, not only with their incredible careers on the field but also through their dedicated service to the Los Angeles community."

Added Dodger President and CEO Stan Kasten, "The Legends of Dodger Baseball program is the first of many new developments that we plan to roll out as we approach the 2020 All-Star Game, including the creation of a permanent home to celebrate the great players, personnel and moments that have helped make the Dodgers one of the most storied institutions in professional sports."

The Dodgers will recognize Newcombe, Garvey and Valenzuela prior to Sunday's Dodgers-Padres game.

Newcombe played eight of his 10 MLB seasons with the Dodgers from 1949-51 and 1954-58, missing the 1952 and 1953 seasons while serving his country in the Korean War. He was a member of the franchise's first World Championship club in 1955, a four-time All-Star, the 1949 Rookie of the Year and the winner of both the Cy Young and the Most Valuable Player Awards in 1956, joining Justin Verlander as the only two pitchers in MLB history to win the Rookie of the Year, Most Valuable Player and Cy Young Awards. He originally signed with the Newark Eagles of the Negro Leagues in 1944 at the age of 17, and just two years later, along with teammates Jackie Robinson and Roy Campanella, Newcombe played a key role in the country's Civil Right movement when he pitched for the Class B Nashua Dodgers of the New England League, breaking the minor league color barrier. Robinson reached the Majors in 1947, Campanella in 1948 and Newcombe was promoted to Brooklyn in 1949, where he compiled a 123-66 record with 3.51 ERA in 258 games (230 starts) with the Dodgers. Newcombe made possibly his greatest impact following his playing career, when he was credited with starting the first Community Relations department in Major League Baseball in 1970 with the Dodgers. He continues to make dozens of appearances throughout the Los Angeles area each year, speaking to youngsters and participating in the Dodgers' Alumni Association. 

"I'm so honored to be part of this first group of Legends, and want to thank the Dodgers for this great honor," said Newcombe. "I've been with the franchise for 61 years, in both Brooklyn and Los Angeles, and I still feel so fortunate to call myself a Dodger."

Garvey played 14 of his 19 Major League seasons in Los Angeles from 1969-82, serving as a cornerstone of four pennant-winning clubs and helping the Dodgers to the 1981 World Series title. During his time as a Dodger, Garvey was selected to eight consecutive All-Star Games (1974-81), won four Gold Glove Awards at first base and was named the 1974 National League Most Valuable Player. Garvey posted a .301 batting average as a Dodger and ranks among the all-time Los Angeles leaders in hits (1,968, 2nd), doubles (333, 1st), home runs (211, 3rd), RBI (992, 1st) and games played (1,727, 3rd), including appearing in 1,207 consecutive games - the fourth-longest streak in MLB history - between 1975-1983. He was also clutch, batting .312 with runners in scoring position and .414 with the bases loaded between 1969-82, while posting a .346/.370/.571 slashline in 45 postseason games as a Dodger and winning the 1978 NLCS MVP Award. Garvey was also an MVP off the field, and won the 1981 Roberto Clemente Award for his community efforts.

"From being a bat boy in 1956 for the Brooklyn Dodgers to the draft of 1968 and the success we enjoyed over a 14-year career in Dodger Blue, I feel so fortunate to continue to be affiliated with this great franchise," said Garvey. "There have been so many great players to wear the Dodger uniform, and I'm grateful for this extraordinary honor. I'm most thankful to my family, Dodger owners Peter O'Malley and Guggenheim Partners, manager Tommy Lasorda and all the players I played with and against. Thank you to the Dodgers for this recognition, and to the fans for making my time in Los Angeles so special."

Valenzuela was a member of two World Series championship teams, won the 1981 Rookie of the Year and Cy Young Awards, was selected to six All-Star teams and even won two Silver Slugger Awards (1981, 1983) during his 11 years with the Dodgers from 1980-90. Among the all-time Los Angeles leaders, Valenzuela ranks sixth in wins (141), fifth in strikeouts (1,759), fourth in innings (2348.2), fourth in starts (320), fourth in complete games (107) and fifth in shutouts (29), including the 17th no-hitter in franchise history on June 29, 1990 against the Cardinals. Valenzuela's place in Dodger lore was etched starting with his first MLB start on Opening Day 1981, when he shut out the Astros en route to winning his first eight starts that season, including five shutouts and a streak of 35.0 consecutive scoreless innings. This improbable success sparked "Fernandomania" as fans flocked to see him pitch - home and road - and baffle hitters with his screwball, while his popularity helped the Dodgers reach Latino fans worldwide. Valenzuela retired in 1997 after 17 big league seasons as the all-time leader in wins (173) and strikeouts (2074) among Mexican-born Major Leaguers. Following his playing career, Valenzuela rejoined the Dodger organization as a broadcaster in 2003 and has been an integral part of the team's community initiatives since, including winning a Lifetime Achievement Award from RBI (Reviving Baseball in Innercities) in 2007.

"The Dodgers have meant so much to me during my 11 years on the field, and now 16 in the broadcast booth, and I'm honored to be among the first Dodger Legends," said Valenzuela. "Thank you to the Dodger organization for this great recognition, and to the fans for their years of support."

Los Angeles Dodgers

Rays host Yankees and Blue Jays in final homestand

Highlights include Dan Johnson band PopSockets

The Tampa Bay Rays will conclude their 2018 home schedule with a sevengame homestand against American League East rivals, the New York Yankees (September 24-27) and Toronto Blue Jays (September 28-30).

The Rays take on the Yankees on Monday, September 24 with the first of three consecutive 7:10 p.m. starts. The final game of the series on Thursday, September 27 is slated for a 1:10 p.m. first pitch.

The Tampa Bay Rays will conclude their 2018 home schedule with a sevengame homestand against American League East rivals, the New York Yankees (September 24-27) and Toronto Blue Jays (September 28-30).

The Rays take on the Yankees on Monday, September 24 with the first of three consecutive 7:10 p.m. starts. The final game of the series on Thursday, September 27 is slated for a 1:10 p.m. first pitch.

The weekend series with the Blue Jays begins Friday, September 28 at 7:10 p.m. and continues on Saturday at 6:10 p.m. When gates open prior to Saturday's game, all fans will receive one of two Dan Johnson bobbleheads, presented by Moffitt Cancer Center, while supplies last. One version of the bobblehead illustrates Johnson's Rays debut on September 9, 2008, in which he hit a game-tying home run as a pinch hitter in the 9th inning against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. The second version of the bobblehead is from Johnson's 'Game 162' heroics, as he hit a game-tying home run as a pinch hitter in the 9th inning on September 28, 2011 against the Yankees at Tropicana Field. 

The series concludes on Sunday afternoon with a 3:10 p.m. start and all kids 14 years and under will receive a PopSocket, presented by FOX Sports GO, while supplies last.

Sundays are Family Fun Days, courtesy of Tampa General Hospital. Every Sunday home game will feature free parking for cars with four or more passengers and a variety of postgame activities for kids, including Kids Run the Bases and a DJ Kitty Dance Party. For the fifth consecutive season, concourse activities will be complimentary for kids 14 years and under. In addition, this Sunday, two Rays players will sign autographs for kids 14 years and under along the right field line from 2:00-2:30 p.m.

The Rays are also offering weekday specials throughout the season including: 

Monday -- Salute to Service Monday presented by Suncoast Credit Union: Military, Teachers and First Responders can receive two (2) complimentary tickets to select Monday home games, additional bonus dates and special ticket offers throughout the season. Some exclusions apply. Military, Teachers and First Responders are encouraged to visit raysbaseball.com/specials to sign up. Affiliation will be verified by ID.me, a third-party MLB-approved verification service. Tickets will be made available one week prior to each scheduled game date.

Tuesday -- $2 Kids Tuesdays presented by Morgan Auto Group: For all Tuesday home games, tickets for kids 14 years and under are $2 with the purchase of a full-price adult ticket. $2 Hot Dogs, presented by Kayem Franks, will be available for all fans for all Tuesday home dates.

Wednesday -- Senior Special Wednesdays presented by Duke Energy: For all Wednesday home games, Press Level tickets for fans 60 years and older are only $15.

Thursday -- $19.98 Ticket Combo presented by Coca-Cola: For all Thursday home games, fans can purchase Press Level tickets that include chips and a 20-ounce bottled Coca-Cola beverage for $19.98.

Friday -- $7.11 Tickets presented by 7-Eleven: For all Friday home games, fans may purchase Upper Level tickets for only $7.11. To take advantage of this special price, fans should visit a participating local 7-Eleven store and pick up the Rays Friday night discount coupon. The coupon code will be redeemable online at raysbaseball.com/specials or at the BayCare Box Office at Tropicana Field. Each coupon will be good for up to four (4) tickets. Fans will be able to upgrade to the lower level for an additional $7. Budweiser and Bud Light will be available to purchase for fans 21 years and older for $5 at the Budweiser Porch in Center Field. Please drink responsibly.

• 7Rewards members can show their app at Gate 3 Guest Services on Friday home games and receive one benefit, one time during the season, in addition to a free small slurpee coupon. Items available include one (1) voucher for a 20-ounce bottled soft drink or bottled water at Tropicana Field concession stands, free parking for a future Rays home game, 'Buy One, Get One' ticket offer or a Rays promotional item. All items are subject to availability.

• Rays Season Ticket Holders can receive a one-time bonus of 711 Free Rays Rewards points by showing the 7Rewards app at Membership Services at Tropicana Field. All Season Ticket Holders who receive points also will receive a free small slurpee coupon.

2019 SEASON TICKETS ON SALE NOW -- 2019 Season Ticket benefits include great savings, the best seat locations, concession and merchandise discounts and access to exclusive events. Through the Double Play Season Ticket opportunity, fans can select from their choice of a premium gift or experience including a complimentary catered suite to a 2019 Rays home game, an experience at Seminole Hard Rock Tampa and an all-expense paid spring training experience. Fans can call 888-FAN-RAYS or visit raysbaseball.com/seasontickets for more information.

20TH ANNIVERSARY FAN STORY RECORDINGS -- In celebration of the Rays 20th anniversary season, the Rays are collecting fans' stories from the first 20 years of Major League Baseball in Tampa Bay. Bring a friend, family member or colleague to the Mobile Studio outside of Gate 1 before any of the games against the Yankees (September 24-27) to record a conversation about your favorite team memories. Edited stories will be archived at the Library of Congress by StoryCorps. To reserve your time, contact publicaffairs@raysbaseball.com or visit the videos page at raysbaseball.com/20.

20TH ANNIVERSARY RAYS MERCHANDISE -- The Rays team store will be offering a buy one-get one 50% off for all 20th Anniversary apparel items throughout the homestand.

"SHIRTS OFF OUR BACKS" FUNDRAISER -- The annual "Shirts Off Our Backs" fundraiser, hosted by the Rays BaseballFoundation, will take place during the entire homestand. Fans can donate to the Rays Baseball Foundation in exchange for scratch-off cards with the chance to win game-worn jerseys from the final game of the season on September 30, tickets to a 2019 Rays home game or other prizes. Fans can purchase one scratch off for $5, 5 for $20, 10 for $30 and 25 for $50. Scratchoff cards will be available for purchase at the Authentics Store, Gate 1, Gate 3 and from roaming volunteers.

STUDENT TICKET OFFER -- Students with a valid .edu email address can purchase $5 lower level tickets to any game during the Blue Jays vs. Rays series, September 28 through 30. Students are encouraged to visit raysbaseball.com/student for more information.

MINOR LEAGUE AWARD WINNERS -- Prior to the game on Friday, September 28, the Rays will hold a ceremony to recognize the 2018 Rays minor league award winners. The winners will be made up of the Rays Minor League Player of the Year, Pitcher of the Year, Baserunner of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year and Reliever of the Year, in addition to the Most Valuable Player for each of the Rays nine organizational affiliates. The Rays will also recognize the recipient of the Erik Walker Community Champion Award. Named after former Rays minor league pitcher Erik Walker, who died tragically in 2006 following his first season in professional baseball, the award annually recognizes a Rays minor leaguer who exemplifies teamwork, sportsmanship and community involvement. Before the ceremony, the award winners are scheduled to sign autographs at Tropicana Field from 5:45-6:30 p.m. along the first base line.

BATS N' BREWS -- The Rays and iHeartMedia Tampa Bay's "Bats N' Brews" radio show, presented by Budweiser, airs live Friday, September 28 from the Budweiser Porch in center field. Kevin Campbell from Mix 100.7 will host the show.  

DAN JOHNSON MEET-AND-GREET -- Prior to the game on Saturday, September 29, Dan Johnson will participate in a meetand-greet with Season Ticket Holders in the Republic Bank Draft Room from 5:00-5:20 p.m.

SALUTE TO SERVICE $15 TICKETS -- The Rays have extended their Salute to Service promotion, presented by Suncoast Credit Union, to include $15 tickets for the game on Saturday, September 29. Military and First Responders can purchase up to four (4) tickets to that game for $15 each. This special offer is available online only through raysbaseball.com/specials and expires the night before the game at midnight. Affiliation will be verified by ID.me, a third-party MLB approved verification service.

GATES OPEN -- Sunday-Thursday, 1½ hours prior to first pitch; Friday-Saturday, 2 hours prior to first pitch.   

Tampa Bay Rays

Marlins Park to host boxing event, "Redemption in Miami" on Saturday, Nov. 10; tickets on sale on Sept. 26

Yuriorkis Gamboa vs. Miguel Beltran Jr.; Juan Manuel Lopez vs. Cristian Mino

For the first time in venue history, Marlins Park will host a boxing event on Saturday, November 10 on the West Plaza. In the "Redemption in Miami" main event, former four-time world champion in three weight divisions and Olympic Gold Medalist Yuriorkis "El Ciclon de Guantanamo" Gamboa will square off with two-time world title challenge Miguel Barreterito" Beltran, Jr. in a 10-round lightweight bout. In the co-feature, former three-time world champion in two weight classes Juan "JuanMa" Lopez will take on Cristian Ruben "Piedrita" Mino in a 10-round lightweight bout.

Tickets will go on sale Wednesday, September 26 at 10 a.m., and will be available at the Marlins Park ticket office and online at Marlins.com/Boxing. Gates will open at 6 p.m. on the day of the event, with the first bout beginning at 7 p.m. Integrated Sports Media will distribute "Redemption in Miami" in the USA on cable, satellite and digital pay-per-view via iN Demand, Vubiquity, DIRECTV and DISH; and live-streamed worldwide on the FITE.TV app and website www.Fite.TV, each way for a suggested retail price of only $24.95. The pay per view show, which begins at 9 p.m. ET, will include four bouts in all. 

For the first time in venue history, Marlins Park will host a boxing event on Saturday, November 10 on the West Plaza. In the "Redemption in Miami" main event, former four-time world champion in three weight divisions and Olympic Gold Medalist Yuriorkis "El Ciclon de Guantanamo" Gamboa will square off with two-time world title challenge Miguel Barreterito" Beltran, Jr. in a 10-round lightweight bout. In the co-feature, former three-time world champion in two weight classes Juan "JuanMa" Lopez will take on Cristian Ruben "Piedrita" Mino in a 10-round lightweight bout.

Tickets will go on sale Wednesday, September 26 at 10 a.m., and will be available at the Marlins Park ticket office and online at Marlins.com/Boxing. Gates will open at 6 p.m. on the day of the event, with the first bout beginning at 7 p.m. Integrated Sports Media will distribute "Redemption in Miami" in the USA on cable, satellite and digital pay-per-view via iN Demand, Vubiquity, DIRECTV and DISH; and live-streamed worldwide on the FITE.TV app and website www.Fite.TV, each way for a suggested retail price of only $24.95. The pay per view show, which begins at 9 p.m. ET, will include four bouts in all. 

"I have been dreaming all of my life about bringing boxing to my people in Miami," said Gamboa. "When JuanMa and I went to a Marlins game last year, we fell in love with the atmosphere and talked about fighting here. Now it is a reality."

WHAT:  
Redemption in Miami

WHEN:  
Saturday, November 10 (gates open at 6 p.m.; first bout begins at 7 p.m.)

WHERE:  
Marlins Park -- West Plaza
501 Marlins Way
Miami, Fla. 33125

TICKETS:  
- Tickets go on sale on Wednesday, September 26
- Tickets will be available for purchase online at Marlins.com/Boxing or in-person at Marlins Park ticket office

"Redemption in Miami" is promoted by New Champions Promotions in association with Marlins Park. For more information on "Redemption in Miami" or to purchase tickets, please visit Marlins.com/Boxing

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