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Red Sox set roster for 2018 American League Championship Series

The Boston Red Sox today announced the team's 25-man active roster for their American League Championship Series with the Houston Astros.
 
The roster is as follows:
 
PITCHERS (11): Matt Barnes, Ryan Brasier, Nathan Eovaldi, Heath Hembree, Joe Kelly, Craig Kimbrel, Rick Porcello, David Price, Eduardo Rodriguez, Chris Sale, Brandon Workman
 
CATCHERS (3): Sandy Leon, Blake Swihart, Christian Vázquez
 
INFIELDERS (7): Xander Bogaerts, Rafael Devers, Brock Holt, Ian Kinsler, Mitch Moreland, Eduardo Núñez, Steve Pearce
 
OUTFIELDERS (4): Andrew Benintendi, Mookie Betts, Jackie Bradley Jr., J.D. Martinez
 

The Boston Red Sox today announced the team's 25-man active roster for their American League Championship Series with the Houston Astros.
 
The roster is as follows:
 
PITCHERS (11): Matt Barnes, Ryan Brasier, Nathan Eovaldi, Heath Hembree, Joe Kelly, Craig Kimbrel, Rick Porcello, David Price, Eduardo Rodriguez, Chris Sale, Brandon Workman
 
CATCHERS (3): Sandy Leon, Blake Swihart, Christian Vázquez
 
INFIELDERS (7): Xander Bogaerts, Rafael Devers, Brock Holt, Ian Kinsler, Mitch Moreland, Eduardo Núñez, Steve Pearce
 
OUTFIELDERS (4): Andrew Benintendi, Mookie Betts, Jackie Bradley Jr., J.D. Martinez
 

Boston Red Sox

Academy notebook

Meet Ruben Martinez

At Globe Life Park in Arlington, dreams come true when players make their Major League debuts. Just 16 miles from Globe Life Park at the Texas Rangers MLB Youth Academy at Mercy Street Sports Complex, Presented by Toyota, young athletes are taking the first steps towards making those dreams into reality.
 
In early October, Ruben Martinez Jr.'s family received an email from MLB inviting him to sign up for the MLB Draft Prospect Link, meaning he is officially on the radar of scouts surveying talent for MLB clubs. 
 
"My dad was very, very happy. At first, we thought it was a fake email. So my mom came (to the Academy) asking, and they said it was a legitimate email. And I've just been happy ever since," Martinez said. "I was really surprised. It really caught me off guard."
 
The centralized Prospect Link platform was developed by MLB to streamline the collection of biographical and medical information and allow MLB and MLB Clubs to communicate directly with amateur players and their families. 
 
Juan Leonel Garciga, the Texas Rangers Director of Youth Academy & Youth Baseball/Softball Programs, was able to reassure Martinez's mom that the email was legitimate.
 
"Ruben has worked very hard this summer and when MLB reached out requesting for an additional catcher for their Prospect Development Pipeline Premier back in June, we thought Ruben would be a good fit. He had an opportunity to compete with some of the top players in the DFW area and it looks like he held his own," Garciga said. 
 
"We're hoping that people begin to take notice of the talent that is right in our backyard here in West Dallas, and that more of our players are given the opportunity to compete at the next level."
Martinez, who graduated from Nimitz High School, has the support of his family. His mom, Violeta Romero, is working through the registration process required by the site. But the whole family has been involved in his baseball journey since the beginning.
 
"He's been playing since he was five years old. His dad and his uncle have always coached him," Romero said of her son.
 
Participating in training programs and traveling to Washington D.C. as part of the Academy's team in the inaugural Commissioner's Cup tournament has already given the catcher an opportunity to represent the Texas Rangers, his favorite team   
 
Now, he's one step closer to fulfilling his Big League dreams. 
 
"Ever since I was little, I've always told everybody I was going to be up there one day. And now that it is possible, I'm going to try to pursue that," Martinez said. 
  
Still Camping 
 
Through the first three weeks of the Youth Academy Fall Training program, 610 baseball and softball players have taken part in the free activities.
 
Programming occurs Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. through November 15. Registration is now available for baseball and softball players ages seven through 18 at www.rangers.com/academy

Fall RBI
 

The fall season of RBI baseball and softball is underway at the Academy, with games being played on Saturdays through November 17. 
 
An updated schedule for the eight baseball and four softball teams playing at the Academy is below. 
 
Due to possible inclement weather in the forecast for tomorrow, Saturday, October 13, this week's schedule is subject to change. Updates will be posted via the @RangersYA twitter account. 
 
ACADEMY RBI FALL SCHEDULE
DATE   TIME   HOME TEAM   AWAY TEAM   FIELD     
13-Oct   9:00 AM   Lancaster   Mustangs   Oates Field   baseball
13-Oct   9:00 AM   Hard Hitters   Jaguars   Field of Dreams   baseball
13-Oct   11:30 AM   Mercy Street   Vikings   Oates Field   baseball
13-Oct   11:30 AM   Leopards   Rangers   Field of Dreams   baseball
13-Oct   9:00 AM   Mercy Street   Rangers   Josh Hamilton Field   softball
13-Oct   11:00 AM   Tigers   A's   Josh Hamilton Field   softball
20-Oct   9:00 AM   Mercy Street   Leopards   Oates Field   baseball
20-Oct   9:00 AM   Mustangs   Rangers   Field of Dreams   baseball
20-Oct   11:30 AM   Vikings   Hard Hitters   Oates Field   baseball
20-Oct   11:30 AM   Lancaster   Jaguars   Field of Dreams   baseball
20-Oct   9:00 AM   Tigers   Rangers   Josh Hamilton Field   softball
20-Oct   11:00 AM   A's   Mercy Street   Josh Hamilton Field   softball
27-Oct   9:00 AM   Jaguars   Rangers   Oates Field   baseball
27-Oct   9:00 AM   Leopards   Vikings   Field of Dreams   baseball
27-Oct   11:30 AM   Hard Hitters   Mustangs   Oates Field   baseball
27-Oct   11:30 AM   Lancaster   Mercy Street   Field of Dreams   baseball
27-Oct   9:00 AM   Rangers   A's   Josh Hamilton Field   softball
27-Oct   11:00 AM   Mercy Street   Tigers   Josh Hamilton Field   softball
3-Nov   9:00 AM   Hard Hitters   Leopards   Oates Field   baseball
3-Nov   9:00 AM   Vikings   Jaguars   Field of Dreams   baseball
3-Nov   11:30 AM   Mustangs   Mercy Street   Field of Dreams   baseball
3-Nov   11:30 AM   Rangers   Lancaster   Oates Field   baseball
3-Nov   9:00 AM   Rangers   Mercy Street   Josh Hamilton Field   softball
3-Nov   11:00 AM   A's   Tigers   Josh Hamilton Field   softball
9-Nov   7:00 PM   Mercy Street   A's   Josh Hamilton Field   softball
9-Nov   7:00 PM   Rangers   Tigers   Kershaw's Challenge Field   softball
10-Nov   2:00 PM   Mercy Street   Rangers   Oates Field   baseball
10-Nov   4:00 PM   Jaguars   Leopards   Oates Field   baseball
10-Nov   6:00 PM   Vikings   Mustangs   Oates Field   baseball
10-Nov   8:00 PM   Lancaster   Hard Hitters   Oates Field   baseball
17-Nov   9:00 AM   Jaguars   Mustangs   Oates Field   baseball
17-Nov   9:00 AM   Vikings   Rangers   Field of Dreams   baseball
17-Nov   11:30 AM   Lancaster   Leopards   Oates Field   baseball
17-Nov   11:30 AM   Mercy Street   Hard Hitters   Field of Dreams   baseball
17-Nov   9:00 AM   Tigers   Mercy Street   Josh Hamilton Field   softball
17-Nov   11:00 AM   A's   Rangers   Josh Hamilton Field   softball
 
Also Taking the Field
 
The Academy is also home field for Mercy Street Little League. The fall season began Friday, September 28. 
 
West Dallas Little League partners with the Little League Urban initiative to facilitate baseball and softball for participants ages four through 12.
 
Registration is available at https://www.mercystreetdallas.org/baseball/
 
Coming Soon
 
The Buck O'Neil Scouts Association Clinic: Saturday, November 10
 
The clinic aims to promote baseball in inner-cities by educating coaches and mentoring players.
 
Founded in honor of the late legendary player and scout Buck O'Neil, the Buck O'Neil Professional Baseball Scouts & Coaches Association was created to provide a forum for scouts and coaches to share their passion for the game. O'Neil was the first African American to coach in the Major Leagues and one of the first to scout fulltime.
 
Registration is available at rangers.com/academy for players ages 14 through 18.
 
Kershaw's Challenge Baseball Camp: Saturday, November 10  
 
This will mark the seventh annual Kershaw's Challenge Baseball Camp, hosted by Mercy Street. 
 
Dallas native Clayton Kershaw and his wife Ellen founded Kershaw's Challenge in 2011 and have since given over six millions dollars to support at-risk children and families around the globe. The foundation contributed generously to the building of the Academy facility, which includes Kershaw's Challenge Field named in his honor. 

At Globe Life Park in Arlington, dreams come true when players make their Major League debuts. Just 16 miles from Globe Life Park at the Texas Rangers MLB Youth Academy at Mercy Street Sports Complex, Presented by Toyota, young athletes are taking the first steps towards making those dreams into reality.
 
In early October, Ruben Martinez Jr.'s family received an email from MLB inviting him to sign up for the MLB Draft Prospect Link, meaning he is officially on the radar of scouts surveying talent for MLB clubs. 
 
"My dad was very, very happy. At first, we thought it was a fake email. So my mom came (to the Academy) asking, and they said it was a legitimate email. And I've just been happy ever since," Martinez said. "I was really surprised. It really caught me off guard."
 
The centralized Prospect Link platform was developed by MLB to streamline the collection of biographical and medical information and allow MLB and MLB Clubs to communicate directly with amateur players and their families. 
 
Juan Leonel Garciga, the Texas Rangers Director of Youth Academy & Youth Baseball/Softball Programs, was able to reassure Martinez's mom that the email was legitimate.
 
"Ruben has worked very hard this summer and when MLB reached out requesting for an additional catcher for their Prospect Development Pipeline Premier back in June, we thought Ruben would be a good fit. He had an opportunity to compete with some of the top players in the DFW area and it looks like he held his own," Garciga said. 
 
"We're hoping that people begin to take notice of the talent that is right in our backyard here in West Dallas, and that more of our players are given the opportunity to compete at the next level."
Martinez, who graduated from Nimitz High School, has the support of his family. His mom, Violeta Romero, is working through the registration process required by the site. But the whole family has been involved in his baseball journey since the beginning.
 
"He's been playing since he was five years old. His dad and his uncle have always coached him," Romero said of her son.
 
Participating in training programs and traveling to Washington D.C. as part of the Academy's team in the inaugural Commissioner's Cup tournament has already given the catcher an opportunity to represent the Texas Rangers, his favorite team   
 
Now, he's one step closer to fulfilling his Big League dreams. 
 
"Ever since I was little, I've always told everybody I was going to be up there one day. And now that it is possible, I'm going to try to pursue that," Martinez said. 
  
Still Camping 
 
Through the first three weeks of the Youth Academy Fall Training program, 610 baseball and softball players have taken part in the free activities.
 
Programming occurs Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. through November 15. Registration is now available for baseball and softball players ages seven through 18 at www.rangers.com/academy

Fall RBI
 

The fall season of RBI baseball and softball is underway at the Academy, with games being played on Saturdays through November 17. 
 
An updated schedule for the eight baseball and four softball teams playing at the Academy is below. 
 
Due to possible inclement weather in the forecast for tomorrow, Saturday, October 13, this week's schedule is subject to change. Updates will be posted via the @RangersYA twitter account. 
 
ACADEMY RBI FALL SCHEDULE
DATE   TIME   HOME TEAM   AWAY TEAM   FIELD     
13-Oct   9:00 AM   Lancaster   Mustangs   Oates Field   baseball
13-Oct   9:00 AM   Hard Hitters   Jaguars   Field of Dreams   baseball
13-Oct   11:30 AM   Mercy Street   Vikings   Oates Field   baseball
13-Oct   11:30 AM   Leopards   Rangers   Field of Dreams   baseball
13-Oct   9:00 AM   Mercy Street   Rangers   Josh Hamilton Field   softball
13-Oct   11:00 AM   Tigers   A's   Josh Hamilton Field   softball
20-Oct   9:00 AM   Mercy Street   Leopards   Oates Field   baseball
20-Oct   9:00 AM   Mustangs   Rangers   Field of Dreams   baseball
20-Oct   11:30 AM   Vikings   Hard Hitters   Oates Field   baseball
20-Oct   11:30 AM   Lancaster   Jaguars   Field of Dreams   baseball
20-Oct   9:00 AM   Tigers   Rangers   Josh Hamilton Field   softball
20-Oct   11:00 AM   A's   Mercy Street   Josh Hamilton Field   softball
27-Oct   9:00 AM   Jaguars   Rangers   Oates Field   baseball
27-Oct   9:00 AM   Leopards   Vikings   Field of Dreams   baseball
27-Oct   11:30 AM   Hard Hitters   Mustangs   Oates Field   baseball
27-Oct   11:30 AM   Lancaster   Mercy Street   Field of Dreams   baseball
27-Oct   9:00 AM   Rangers   A's   Josh Hamilton Field   softball
27-Oct   11:00 AM   Mercy Street   Tigers   Josh Hamilton Field   softball
3-Nov   9:00 AM   Hard Hitters   Leopards   Oates Field   baseball
3-Nov   9:00 AM   Vikings   Jaguars   Field of Dreams   baseball
3-Nov   11:30 AM   Mustangs   Mercy Street   Field of Dreams   baseball
3-Nov   11:30 AM   Rangers   Lancaster   Oates Field   baseball
3-Nov   9:00 AM   Rangers   Mercy Street   Josh Hamilton Field   softball
3-Nov   11:00 AM   A's   Tigers   Josh Hamilton Field   softball
9-Nov   7:00 PM   Mercy Street   A's   Josh Hamilton Field   softball
9-Nov   7:00 PM   Rangers   Tigers   Kershaw's Challenge Field   softball
10-Nov   2:00 PM   Mercy Street   Rangers   Oates Field   baseball
10-Nov   4:00 PM   Jaguars   Leopards   Oates Field   baseball
10-Nov   6:00 PM   Vikings   Mustangs   Oates Field   baseball
10-Nov   8:00 PM   Lancaster   Hard Hitters   Oates Field   baseball
17-Nov   9:00 AM   Jaguars   Mustangs   Oates Field   baseball
17-Nov   9:00 AM   Vikings   Rangers   Field of Dreams   baseball
17-Nov   11:30 AM   Lancaster   Leopards   Oates Field   baseball
17-Nov   11:30 AM   Mercy Street   Hard Hitters   Field of Dreams   baseball
17-Nov   9:00 AM   Tigers   Mercy Street   Josh Hamilton Field   softball
17-Nov   11:00 AM   A's   Rangers   Josh Hamilton Field   softball
 
Also Taking the Field
 
The Academy is also home field for Mercy Street Little League. The fall season began Friday, September 28. 
 
West Dallas Little League partners with the Little League Urban initiative to facilitate baseball and softball for participants ages four through 12.
 
Registration is available at https://www.mercystreetdallas.org/baseball/
 
Coming Soon
 
The Buck O'Neil Scouts Association Clinic: Saturday, November 10
 
The clinic aims to promote baseball in inner-cities by educating coaches and mentoring players.
 
Founded in honor of the late legendary player and scout Buck O'Neil, the Buck O'Neil Professional Baseball Scouts & Coaches Association was created to provide a forum for scouts and coaches to share their passion for the game. O'Neil was the first African American to coach in the Major Leagues and one of the first to scout fulltime.
 
Registration is available at rangers.com/academy for players ages 14 through 18.
 
Kershaw's Challenge Baseball Camp: Saturday, November 10  
 
This will mark the seventh annual Kershaw's Challenge Baseball Camp, hosted by Mercy Street. 
 
Dallas native Clayton Kershaw and his wife Ellen founded Kershaw's Challenge in 2011 and have since given over six millions dollars to support at-risk children and families around the globe. The foundation contributed generously to the building of the Academy facility, which includes Kershaw's Challenge Field named in his honor. 

Texas Rangers

D-backs to utilize synthetic grass at Chase Field

The Arizona Diamondbacks will install state-of-the-art synthetic grass at Chase Field in partnership with Shaw Sports Turf. The high-performance B1K™ surface is designed specifically for baseball and is expected to be ready for Opening Day 2019. 
 
"Our Baseball Operations staff has completed extensive research, including site visits and player testing and we are all in agreement that this is the best decision for our franchise," said D-backs President & CEO Derrick Hall. "Research has shown the performance and health benefits associated with playing on this surface that did not previously exist, which factored heavily into our decision. Additionally, our ability to keep the roof closed during the summer months will allow Chase Field to remain at a perfect temperature for our fans, which has become increasingly difficult over the last several years.
 
"The challenges with growing natural grass in our climate and stadium have been well documented and we have considered alternate solutions for many years. We decided to make this change because the technology developed by Shaw is the best in existence and will provide a consistent playing surface and benefits to our players on the field while enhancing our fan experience throughout the ballpark." 
 
The "Batting a Thousand" Natural Turf (B1K) is a dual fiber system comprised of Shaw' high-performance Strenexe® XD slit film and Shaw's Bolt® monofilament. This system provides high durability and functionality by preventing the infill from "splashing," maintaining adequate infill levels across the field. The Bolt fiber provides excellent ball roll, friction and natural grass aesthetics, ensuring that the playing surface at Chase Field will appear nearly identical to that which has been in place since the stadium opened in 1998, including the dirt path between the mound and home plate.
 
"The Arizona Diamondbacks are known as an innovative franchise in their approach to so many areas of their business and we're very excited for the opportunity to work with them on this project," said Vice President of Shaw Turf Chuck McClurg. "Throughout our discussion, they have prioritized player safety as their top goal and we are confident that the product we deliver will be an exceptionally consistent, top-of-the-line playing surface that will mimic the best natural playing surfaces in Major League Baseball today." 
 
The Geofill® Performance Infill within the blades forms a firm surface similar to natural soil with lower energy rebound levels identical to high-performance natural grass. The result is a more natural playing posture and motion from the players, creating less fatigue as their bodies will not have to overcompensate for the "bounciness" of the surface. The B1K surface also creates natural baseball bounce, allowing players to charge the ball confidently while fielding.
 
The D-backs' commitment to sustainability also played a role in the change, as the Geofill infill is made from natural materials that are environmentally friendly. In addition to conserving cooling energy by keeping the roof closed during the daytime, the transition to a synthetic playing surface is expected to provide 90% savings -- nearly two million gallons -- in water consumption each season by requiring less water to maintain the system. 
 
With improved technology over the last several years, synthetic grass surfaces have become commonplace throughout collegiate and professional sports, with 14 of the 32 NFL teams using synthetic grass, including the Indianapolis Colts and Cincinnati Bengals as well as numerous college football and baseball powerhouses. Notable collegiate programs include Louisiana State University, Brigham Young University, Vanderbilt University, University of Missouri, Virginia Tech and Colorado State University, among others. 
 
Shaw Sports Turf will partner with Arizona-based Lloyd Civil & Sports Engineering as well as Fields Inc., an industry leader in synthetic field construction to deliver the playing field in time for the 2019 season. Various fields at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick will also be outfitted with the Shaw Sports Turf synthetic grass this offseason in order to allow players at all levels of the organization to utilize the new playing surface. 
 
A wholly-owned subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway Inc., Shaw Industries is a full flooring provider to the residential and commercial markets. Shaw supplies carpet, hardwood, laminate, resilient, and tile/stone flooring products, as well as synthetic turf. Shaw Sports Turf is one of the leading synthetic turf companies in North America and has represented quality and innovation for more than two decades with over 3,000 successful installations, including an impressive list of high-profile field installations. STRENEXE, BOLT, BATTING A THOUSAND and B1K are trademarks of Shaw Contract Flooring Services, Inc.
 
Geofill is a registered trademark of Italgreen SPA.

The Arizona Diamondbacks will install state-of-the-art synthetic grass at Chase Field in partnership with Shaw Sports Turf. The high-performance B1K™ surface is designed specifically for baseball and is expected to be ready for Opening Day 2019. 
 
"Our Baseball Operations staff has completed extensive research, including site visits and player testing and we are all in agreement that this is the best decision for our franchise," said D-backs President & CEO Derrick Hall. "Research has shown the performance and health benefits associated with playing on this surface that did not previously exist, which factored heavily into our decision. Additionally, our ability to keep the roof closed during the summer months will allow Chase Field to remain at a perfect temperature for our fans, which has become increasingly difficult over the last several years.
 
"The challenges with growing natural grass in our climate and stadium have been well documented and we have considered alternate solutions for many years. We decided to make this change because the technology developed by Shaw is the best in existence and will provide a consistent playing surface and benefits to our players on the field while enhancing our fan experience throughout the ballpark." 
 
The "Batting a Thousand" Natural Turf (B1K) is a dual fiber system comprised of Shaw' high-performance Strenexe® XD slit film and Shaw's Bolt® monofilament. This system provides high durability and functionality by preventing the infill from "splashing," maintaining adequate infill levels across the field. The Bolt fiber provides excellent ball roll, friction and natural grass aesthetics, ensuring that the playing surface at Chase Field will appear nearly identical to that which has been in place since the stadium opened in 1998, including the dirt path between the mound and home plate.
 
"The Arizona Diamondbacks are known as an innovative franchise in their approach to so many areas of their business and we're very excited for the opportunity to work with them on this project," said Vice President of Shaw Turf Chuck McClurg. "Throughout our discussion, they have prioritized player safety as their top goal and we are confident that the product we deliver will be an exceptionally consistent, top-of-the-line playing surface that will mimic the best natural playing surfaces in Major League Baseball today." 
 
The Geofill® Performance Infill within the blades forms a firm surface similar to natural soil with lower energy rebound levels identical to high-performance natural grass. The result is a more natural playing posture and motion from the players, creating less fatigue as their bodies will not have to overcompensate for the "bounciness" of the surface. The B1K surface also creates natural baseball bounce, allowing players to charge the ball confidently while fielding.
 
The D-backs' commitment to sustainability also played a role in the change, as the Geofill infill is made from natural materials that are environmentally friendly. In addition to conserving cooling energy by keeping the roof closed during the daytime, the transition to a synthetic playing surface is expected to provide 90% savings -- nearly two million gallons -- in water consumption each season by requiring less water to maintain the system. 
 
With improved technology over the last several years, synthetic grass surfaces have become commonplace throughout collegiate and professional sports, with 14 of the 32 NFL teams using synthetic grass, including the Indianapolis Colts and Cincinnati Bengals as well as numerous college football and baseball powerhouses. Notable collegiate programs include Louisiana State University, Brigham Young University, Vanderbilt University, University of Missouri, Virginia Tech and Colorado State University, among others. 
 
Shaw Sports Turf will partner with Arizona-based Lloyd Civil & Sports Engineering as well as Fields Inc., an industry leader in synthetic field construction to deliver the playing field in time for the 2019 season. Various fields at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick will also be outfitted with the Shaw Sports Turf synthetic grass this offseason in order to allow players at all levels of the organization to utilize the new playing surface. 
 
A wholly-owned subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway Inc., Shaw Industries is a full flooring provider to the residential and commercial markets. Shaw supplies carpet, hardwood, laminate, resilient, and tile/stone flooring products, as well as synthetic turf. Shaw Sports Turf is one of the leading synthetic turf companies in North America and has represented quality and innovation for more than two decades with over 3,000 successful installations, including an impressive list of high-profile field installations. STRENEXE, BOLT, BATTING A THOUSAND and B1K are trademarks of Shaw Contract Flooring Services, Inc.
 
Geofill is a registered trademark of Italgreen SPA.

Arizona Diamondbacks

Dodgers announce NLCS roster

The Los Angeles Dodgers today announced their 25-man roster for the 2018 National League Championship Series, which begins tonight vs. the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park. First pitch is scheduled for 7:09 p.m. CT. 
 
The Dodgers will carry 12 pitchers and 13 position players. The roster is as follows:
 
Pitchers (12)
RHP Pedro Baéz
RHP Walker Buehler
LHP Caleb Ferguson
RHP Dylan Floro
LHP Rich Hill
RHP Kenley Jansen
LHP Clayton Kershaw
RHP Ryan Madson
RHP Kenta Maeda
LHP Hyun-Jin Ryu
LHP Julio Urías
LHP Alex Wood

Position Players (13)
C/IF Austin Barnes
1B/OF Cody Bellinger (L)  
2B Brian Dozier 
IF David Freese
C Yasmani Grandal (S)
IF/OF Kiké Hernández 
OF Matt Kemp
IF Manny Machado
IF Max Muncy (L)  
OF Joc Pederson (L)
OF Yasiel Puig   
OF/IF Chris Taylor
3B Justin Turner
  
The NLCS continues tomorrow afternoon with Game 2 at 3:09 p.m. CT at Miller Park.   
 
The series shifts to Los Angeles next week, with Games 3 (4:39 PT), 4 (6:09 PT) and 5 (2:05 PT, if necessary) at Dodger Stadium. Games 6 and 7 (if necessary) would be played in Milwaukee on Friday, October 19 and Saturday, October 20 at Miller Park.  

The Los Angeles Dodgers today announced their 25-man roster for the 2018 National League Championship Series, which begins tonight vs. the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park. First pitch is scheduled for 7:09 p.m. CT. 
 
The Dodgers will carry 12 pitchers and 13 position players. The roster is as follows:
 
Pitchers (12)
RHP Pedro Baéz
RHP Walker Buehler
LHP Caleb Ferguson
RHP Dylan Floro
LHP Rich Hill
RHP Kenley Jansen
LHP Clayton Kershaw
RHP Ryan Madson
RHP Kenta Maeda
LHP Hyun-Jin Ryu
LHP Julio Urías
LHP Alex Wood

Position Players (13)
C/IF Austin Barnes
1B/OF Cody Bellinger (L)  
2B Brian Dozier 
IF David Freese
C Yasmani Grandal (S)
IF/OF Kiké Hernández 
OF Matt Kemp
IF Manny Machado
IF Max Muncy (L)  
OF Joc Pederson (L)
OF Yasiel Puig   
OF/IF Chris Taylor
3B Justin Turner
  
The NLCS continues tomorrow afternoon with Game 2 at 3:09 p.m. CT at Miller Park.   
 
The series shifts to Los Angeles next week, with Games 3 (4:39 PT), 4 (6:09 PT) and 5 (2:05 PT, if necessary) at Dodger Stadium. Games 6 and 7 (if necessary) would be played in Milwaukee on Friday, October 19 and Saturday, October 20 at Miller Park.  

Los Angeles Dodgers

Kevin Youkilis to throw ceremonial first pitch before Game 1 of Saturday's ALCS

City of Boston to Close Streets Surrounding Fenway Park starting one hour before the game; Fans asked to arrive early and be in their seats by 7:15 p.m.

 The Red Sox will begin their 11th American League Championship Series run this Saturday, October 13, when they host the Houston Astros at Fenway Park for Game 1. Saturday's contest is scheduled to begin at 8:09 p.m. Fans are asked to be mindful of street closures surrounding the ballpark starting one hour before the game, and are encouraged to arrive early to be in their seats by 7:15 p.m.  

Red Sox Hall of Famer and three-time All Star Kevin Youkilis is scheduled to throw out the ceremonial first pitch. 

 The Red Sox will begin their 11th American League Championship Series run this Saturday, October 13, when they host the Houston Astros at Fenway Park for Game 1. Saturday's contest is scheduled to begin at 8:09 p.m. Fans are asked to be mindful of street closures surrounding the ballpark starting one hour before the game, and are encouraged to arrive early to be in their seats by 7:15 p.m.  

Red Sox Hall of Famer and three-time All Star Kevin Youkilis is scheduled to throw out the ceremonial first pitch. 

Before the game, the two teams will be introduced along the base lines. With Hanscom Air Force Base presenting the colors, the national anthem will be performed by West Springfield native Michelle Brooks Thompson, a gospel singer and star of NBC's "The Voice." 

God Bless America will be performed in the middle of the 7th inning of Game 1 on Saturday versus its typical Sunday performance. The song will be performed by Retired Marine Sgt. Dan Clark.  

Fenway Park gates will open two hours before the game on Saturday and for all remaining ALCS games. 

The City of Boston issued a traffic advisory for the Fenway neighborhood this weekend after the Boston Police Department (BPD) announced plans to close the streets surrounding Fenway Park from vehicular traffic. BPD plans to close the following streets one hour before the game until approximately 1/2 hour after the game: 

   Brookline Avenue, from Commonwealth Avenue to Park Drive
   Jersey Street, from Boylston Street to Brookline Avenue
   Ipswich Street, from Boylston Street to Boylston Street
   Van Ness Street, from Ipswich Street to Kilmarnock Street

The Red Sox encourage fans to take public transportation to the ALCS games and urge those who plan to drive and park in lots surrounding the ballpark to arrive before the street closures to ensure access to parking. 

Boston Red Sox

Astros to Host Free ALCS Watch Parties Tomorrow and Sunday at Minute Maid Park

Astros to host Postseason Watch Parties at Minute Maid Park for every Astros Postseason away game; free and open to public with voucher

Fans are invited to Minute Maid Park tomorrow, Saturday, Oct. 13 and Sunday, Oct. 14 for the Astros ALCS Postseason Watch Parties as the Astros take on the Boston Red Sox in Games 1 and 2 of the American League Championship Series. Gates for the Astros ALCS Postseason Watch Party will open at 5:00 p.m. prior to tomorrow's 7:09 p.m. CT first pitch and at 4:00 p.m. prior to Sunday's 6:09 p.m. CT first pitch. The Astros will be competing in their second consecutive AL Championship Series, having defeated the New York Yankees in the 2017 ALCS, 4-3. The Astros last faced the Red Sox in Boston September 7-9, winning the series, 2-1.

 

Fans are invited to Minute Maid Park tomorrow, Saturday, Oct. 13 and Sunday, Oct. 14 for the Astros ALCS Postseason Watch Parties as the Astros take on the Boston Red Sox in Games 1 and 2 of the American League Championship Series. Gates for the Astros ALCS Postseason Watch Party will open at 5:00 p.m. prior to tomorrow's 7:09 p.m. CT first pitch and at 4:00 p.m. prior to Sunday's 6:09 p.m. CT first pitch. The Astros will be competing in their second consecutive AL Championship Series, having defeated the New York Yankees in the 2017 ALCS, 4-3. The Astros last faced the Red Sox in Boston September 7-9, winning the series, 2-1.

 

Fans are invited to watch all Astros postseason road games at Minute Maid Park, free of charge. Fans will need to claim a free Postseason Watch Party voucher for entry at www.astros.com/postseason, and parking will be available for purchase in Astros-controlled lots. Additionally, ballpark concessions will be open and available for purchase, including Shake Shack and The 5/7 Market in center field, as well as several options on the main concourse.

 

Prior to each away game, the fun will begin two hours before first pitch with a Postseason Street Fest on Crawford Street, where fans can enjoy live music, food trucks, bar games, inflatables and much more. The Postseason Street Fest will open tomorrow at 5:00 p.m. and Sunday at 4:00 p.m. The game will stream live on the main video board inside Minute Maid Park as well as on a large projection screen outside the ballpark.

 

*Media wishing to cover Postseason Watch Parties must enter at the First Base Entrance and receive a wristband from security. ALCS Credentials are not required to cover the Postseason Watch Parties.*

 

Houston ace Justin Verlander and the Astros will face southpaw Chris Sale and the Red sox tomorrow at Fenway Park as the Astros look to start off the ALCS on a winning note. In Game 2 of the ALCS, RHP Gerrit Cole and the Astros will take on LHP David Price and the Red Sox on Sunday before returning to Houston for Games 3-5, Tuesday, Oct. 16 through Thursday, Oct. 18.

 

For more information on the Astros Postseason Watch Parties, please visit www.astros.com/postseason.

 

No Astros baseball this Friday? No problem! Astros mascot Orbit will join the Coca-Cola Shooting Stars and Shuttle Crew for an Orange Out Rally at Karbach Brewery, located at 2032 Karbach Street, this Friday from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Fans can enjoy games, music, inflatables and plenty of free Astros postseason swag at the Orange Out Rally, which is free and open to the public. Please note that while admission is free, food and beverage at the Orange Out Rally are available for purchase. Media wishing to cover Friday's Orange Out Rally should contact Ali Emrie at Karbach directly at ALI.EMRE@karbachbrewing.com.

 

-ASTROS-

Houston Astros

Marlins to host annual MVP Internship Job Fair on Oct. 25 at Marlins Park

MIAMI - Young leaders are invited to Marlins Park for the annual Marlins Valuable Professionals (MVP) Internship Job Fair on Thursday, October 25 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The internship positions will be available beginning January or June 2019, and are paid positions that require full-time hours in addition to gameday responsibilities. Candidates, who must be at least 18 years of age to be eligible for employment, should bring several résumé copies. Business attire is required. Complimentary parking is available in the Home Plate Garage.

The MVP Internship Program aims to offer young leaders in the community an opportunity to enhance their academic and professional development at Marlins Park. Marlins interns gain high-level work experience, while applying their academic preparation in various departments that support the Major League Baseball team.

MIAMI - Young leaders are invited to Marlins Park for the annual Marlins Valuable Professionals (MVP) Internship Job Fair on Thursday, October 25 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The internship positions will be available beginning January or June 2019, and are paid positions that require full-time hours in addition to gameday responsibilities. Candidates, who must be at least 18 years of age to be eligible for employment, should bring several résumé copies. Business attire is required. Complimentary parking is available in the Home Plate Garage.

The MVP Internship Program aims to offer young leaders in the community an opportunity to enhance their academic and professional development at Marlins Park. Marlins interns gain high-level work experience, while applying their academic preparation in various departments that support the Major League Baseball team.

The organization is looking to fill internship positions in the following areas: Analytics, Ballpark Operations, Baseball Operations, Broadcasting, Communications, Creative Services, Digital Marketing, Finance, Game Presentation, Grounds, Human Resources, Information Technology, Marketing, Partnerships, Sales and Service, Social Media and Youth Baseball.

For more information on the MVP Internship Job Fair, please visit Marlins.com/Jobs.

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Cardinals & Wainwright agree to 2019 contract

Veteran pitcher set to enter his 15th season with St. Louis

ST. LOUIS -- The St. Louis Cardinals announced today that they have agreed to terms with veteran pitcher Adam Wainwright on a one-year contract for the 2019 season. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Wainwright, 37, will be entering his 15th season with the Cardinals in 2019, matching Bob Forsch (1974-88) for the 3rd-most seasons as a pitcher in a Redbirds uniform. Jesse Haines (18 years, 1920-37) and Bob Gibson (17 years, 1959-75) are the only pitchers ahead of them.

ST. LOUIS -- The St. Louis Cardinals announced today that they have agreed to terms with veteran pitcher Adam Wainwright on a one-year contract for the 2019 season. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Wainwright, 37, will be entering his 15th season with the Cardinals in 2019, matching Bob Forsch (1974-88) for the 3rd-most seasons as a pitcher in a Redbirds uniform. Jesse Haines (18 years, 1920-37) and Bob Gibson (17 years, 1959-75) are the only pitchers ahead of them.

"Adam represents everything we think of when asked to describe a winning player, and a winning teammate," stated Cardinals' Chairman Bill DeWitt, Jr. "His value to our team stretches far beyond the box score, and he showed by season's end that he is still ready and able to compete."

Wainwright will enter the 2019 season ranked 5th all-time among Cardinals in wins (148) and 2nd in strikeouts (1,623). The two-time World Series Champion (2006 & 2011) and three-time All-Star (2010, 2013, 2014) ranks 11th among active pitchers in win, 17th in strikeouts and 8th in ERA (3.32), despite missing significant time due to injury in 2011, 2015 and 2018.

"Adam has proven, when healthy, that he still has the ability and the drive to contribute at the highest level," said Cardinals' President of Baseball Operations John Mozeliak. "We saw it in Spring Training, and again late in the season, that once he had overcome his ailments, he was prepared to give us a winning effort every time he took the mound. There is risk, but it is shared, and this deal gives us added depth as we look to 2019."

Wainwright missed a total of 149 days while on the disabled list with hamstring and elbow injuries in 2018. He finished the year with a 2-4 mark and 4.46 ERA in eight games (all starts). Adam made four starts in September, striking out 25 in his 22.1 innings pitched while going 1-1 with a 4.84 ERA, as the Cardinals went 3-1 in those games. Despite making fewer September starts than his teammates, "Waino" finished third on the team in innings pitched and strikeouts last month.

A former Rawlings Gold Glove (2009 & 2013) and National League Silver Slugger (2017) award winner, Wainwright owns a career mark of 148-85 with a 3.32 ERA in 352 games (285 starts) covering 1,932.0 innings pitched. He is the Cardinals all-time leader in postseason games pitched (24) and strikeouts (96) and was on the mound for the Cardinals World Series and National League Championship Series clinching wins in 2006.

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Umpires announced for 2018 League Championship Series

Davis to serve as NLCS crew chief; West appointed to lead ALCS crew

Major League Baseball today announced the umpires who have been assigned to the 2018 American League and National League Championship Series presented by the Google Assistant. The NLCS crew chief will be Gerry Davis, while the ALCS crew chief will be Joe West.

The NLCS crew led by Davis, who has worked an all-time high 144 Postseason games in his career, includes Scott Barry, regular season crew chief Brian Gorman, Alan Porter, Hunter Wendelstedt and Jim Wolf. Davis, Porter and Wolf all were on the field for the 2018 AL Wild Card Game along with Greg Gibson, who will start the series as the NLCS Replay Official.

Major League Baseball today announced the umpires who have been assigned to the 2018 American League and National League Championship Series presented by the Google Assistant. The NLCS crew chief will be Gerry Davis, while the ALCS crew chief will be Joe West.

The NLCS crew led by Davis, who has worked an all-time high 144 Postseason games in his career, includes Scott Barry, regular season crew chief Brian Gorman, Alan Porter, Hunter Wendelstedt and Jim Wolf. Davis, Porter and Wolf all were on the field for the 2018 AL Wild Card Game along with Greg Gibson, who will start the series as the NLCS Replay Official.

West's ALCS crew includes Vic Carapazza, Mark Carlson, Chris Guccione, James Hoye and regular season crew chief Mark Wegner. Guccione, Hoye and Wegner all called the 2018 NL Wild Card Game. Bill Miller, who was the crew chief for the 2018 NL Wild Card Game, will begin the series as the ALCS Replay Official.

Gibson (NLCS) and Miller (ALCS) will serve as the Replay Officials for Games One and Two of each LCS. Following each Game Two, Barry (NLCS) and Hoye (ALCS) will shift from on-field roles to Replay Official duties in their respective series, with Gibson and Miller joining each crew in left field for Game Three. The Replay Assistant for both League Championship Series will be Major League Umpire Paul Nauert. A complete listing of the rotations assigned to the League Championship Series accompanies this press release.

The 2018 Postseason schedule can be viewed at MLB.com/postseason. All games telecast on MLB Network, TBS, FS1 and FOX will be available to MLB.TV subscribers who are authenticated subscribers to the applicable network through a participating pay TV provider. ESPN Radio will provide live national coverage of all 2018 MLB Postseason games.

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Eric Davis To Host Coaches Clinic October 20

To Be Held P&G MLB Cincinnati Reds Youth Academy

Reds Hall of Famer Eric Davis will be the featured guest at the first Cincinnati Reds Coaches Education & Training Clinic on Saturday, Oct. 20 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the P&G MLB Cincinnati Reds Youth Academy.

In partnership with the American Baseball Coaches Association, USA Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association, the Reds Community Fund will host a series of coaching clinics this offseason. The clinics are geared towards all levels of experience for coaches in the Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky area. 

Reds Hall of Famer Eric Davis will be the featured guest at the first Cincinnati Reds Coaches Education & Training Clinic on Saturday, Oct. 20 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the P&G MLB Cincinnati Reds Youth Academy.

In partnership with the American Baseball Coaches Association, USA Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association, the Reds Community Fund will host a series of coaching clinics this offseason. The clinics are geared towards all levels of experience for coaches in the Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky area. 

Davis currently serves as a Special Assistant, Player Performance on the Reds Player Development staff and will discuss hitting and base running with the coaches. Additional guest speakers will include local college coaches addressing topics such as throwing arm health for pitchers and proper catching techniques.  

The events are free and interested coaches can register at www.coachclinics.org. 

Contact the Reds Youth Academy at (513) 765-5000 or redsyouthacademy@reds.com for more information.

The P&G MLB Cincinnati Reds Youth Academy is located at 2026 E. Seymour Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45237. 


Reds Coaches Education & Training clinics for 2018-19:

Date: Saturday, October 20, 2018 
Topics: Hitting and base running
Featured Guest: Reds Hall of Famer Eric Davis
Time: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Location: Reds Youth Academy

Date: Sunday, January 27, 2019 
Topic: Hitting
Featured Guests: Reds Front Office Personnel
Time: 10 a.m. to Noon
Location: Reds Youth Academy
 
Date: Sunday, March 31, 2019 
Topic: Coaches Q&A
Featured Guests: Reds Alumni
Time: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Location: Great American Ball Park
 
Date: Sunday, May 5, 2019
Topics: Pitching, Hitting, Catching and Fielding
Featured Guests: Reds 2019 Coaching Staff
Time: 10 a.m. to Noon
Location: Reds Youth Academy

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Google teams up with MLB to sponsor the 2018 American and National League Championship Series

Google, MLB unveil wide-ranging ALCS and NLCS presenting partnership

[New York, NY - OCTOBER 10, 2018] Google and Major League Baseball (MLB) today announced a multi-platform brand and content partnership, which will include the Google Assistant serving as the presenting sponsor of the 2018 American and National League Championship Series. This marks Google's first-ever presenting partnership around a U.S. professional sports league's postseason event for the Assistant.

As part of this new agreement, the Google Assistant will be prominently featured with expansive brand exposure and creative integrations across LCS national broadcast partners FOX, FS1 and TBS, MLB media platforms - such as MLB Network, MLB.com and the MLB At Bat app - and the four participant home ballparks for the National and American League Championship Series, which are scheduled to begin on Friday, October 12 and Saturday, October 13, respectively.

[New York, NY - OCTOBER 10, 2018] Google and Major League Baseball (MLB) today announced a multi-platform brand and content partnership, which will include the Google Assistant serving as the presenting sponsor of the 2018 American and National League Championship Series. This marks Google's first-ever presenting partnership around a U.S. professional sports league's postseason event for the Assistant.

As part of this new agreement, the Google Assistant will be prominently featured with expansive brand exposure and creative integrations across LCS national broadcast partners FOX, FS1 and TBS, MLB media platforms - such as MLB Network, MLB.com and the MLB At Bat app - and the four participant home ballparks for the National and American League Championship Series, which are scheduled to begin on Friday, October 12 and Saturday, October 13, respectively.

Google and MLB also will collaborate to build original content programming, showcasing how baseball fans around the world will be amplifying their own League Championship Series experiences by using the Assistant anywhere they are - whether at home or on the go - including the more than 500 million devices with the Assistant today.

In addition to the featured content across MLB Network, MLB digital platforms and all MLB social channels, MLB will develop and deliver unique LCS-themed Instagram Stories highlighting the Google Assistant and featuring each League Championship Series and participating team, reaching millions of fans via MLB's official Instagram account.

"Baseball fans everywhere can tap the Google Assistant to quickly and conveniently stay up-to-date on their favorite teams, players, and games - just by using their voice," said Flavia Simon, Director of Brand and Growth, Google Assistant. "We're excited that this partnership will further elevate the Assistant's robust value amongst MLB's vast and enthusiastic fanbase."

"The Google Assistant is an incredible tool enabling fans to expand upon their interactions with our game, while driving natural League Championship Series conversations," said Noah Garden, Executive Vice President, Commerce, Major League Baseball. "It's been great to collaborate with Google to build creative experiences around the global platforms that both the League Championship Series provide."

All 2018 LCS start times announced

Major League Baseball today announced all the start times for the 2018 National League and American League Championship Series. As part of Google and MLB's multi-platform brand and content partnership, both LCS are presented by the Google Assistant. The NLCS will be covered exclusively by FS1 or FOX, while TBS will exclusively televise the ALCS. See the accompanying table for the start times of all League Championship Series games.  

The 2018 Postseason schedule can be viewed at MLB.com/postseason. All games telecast on TBS, FOX and FS1 will be available to MLB.TV subscribers who are authenticated subscribers to the applicable network through a participating pay TV provider. Live streaming of all MLB Postseason coverage on FOX/FS1 is available through the FOX Sports App and airing exclusively in Spanish on FOX Deportes. Live streaming coverage of all MLB Postseason games airing on TBS will be available via the Watch TBS app and in Spanish via SAP. ESPN Radio will provide live national coverage of all 2018 MLB Postseason games.  
 
2018 LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES SCHEDULE
[SUBJECT TO CHANGE]
Italics = If Necessary
 
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 12th 
 
SERIES | First Pitch | NETWORK
Game 1 of NLCS, LAD @ MIL | 8:09 p.m. (ET)/7:09 p.m. (CT) | FS1

Major League Baseball today announced all the start times for the 2018 National League and American League Championship Series. As part of Google and MLB's multi-platform brand and content partnership, both LCS are presented by the Google Assistant. The NLCS will be covered exclusively by FS1 or FOX, while TBS will exclusively televise the ALCS. See the accompanying table for the start times of all League Championship Series games.  

The 2018 Postseason schedule can be viewed at MLB.com/postseason. All games telecast on TBS, FOX and FS1 will be available to MLB.TV subscribers who are authenticated subscribers to the applicable network through a participating pay TV provider. Live streaming of all MLB Postseason coverage on FOX/FS1 is available through the FOX Sports App and airing exclusively in Spanish on FOX Deportes. Live streaming coverage of all MLB Postseason games airing on TBS will be available via the Watch TBS app and in Spanish via SAP. ESPN Radio will provide live national coverage of all 2018 MLB Postseason games.  
 
2018 LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES SCHEDULE
[SUBJECT TO CHANGE]
Italics = If Necessary
 
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 12th 
 
SERIES | First Pitch | NETWORK
Game 1 of NLCS, LAD @ MIL | 8:09 p.m. (ET)/7:09 p.m. (CT) | FS1

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 13TH
 
SERIES | First Pitch | NETWORK
Game 2 of NLCS, LAD @ MIL | 4:09 p.m. (ET)/3:09 p.m. (CT) | FOX
Game 1 of ALCS, HOU @ BOS | 8:09 p.m. (ET) | TBS
 
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 14th 
 
SERIES | First Pitch | NETWORK
Game 2 of ALCS, HOU @ BOS | 7:09 p.m. (ET) | TBS
 
MONDAY, OCTOBER 15th 
 
SERIES | First Pitch | NETWORK
Game 3 of NLCS, MIL @ LAD | 7:39 p.m. (ET)/4:39 p.m. (PT) | FS1
 
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 16th 
 
SERIES | First Pitch | NETWORK
Game 3 of ALCS, BOS @ HOU | 5:09 p.m. (ET)/4:09 p.m. (CT) | TBS
Game 4 of NLCS, MIL @ LAD | 9:09 p.m. (ET)/6:09 p.m. (PT) | FS1
 
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 17th 
 
SERIES | First Pitch | NETWORK
Game 5 of NLCS, MIL @ LAD | 5:05 p.m. (ET)/2:05 p.m. (PT) | FS1
Game 4 of ALCS, BOS @ HOU | 8:39 p.m. (ET)/7:39 p.m. (CT) | TBS
 
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 18th 
 
SERIES | First Pitch | NETWORK
Game 5 of ALCS,BOS @ HOU | 8:09 p.m. (ET)/7:09 p.m. (CT) | TBS
  
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 19th 
 
SERIES | First Pitch | NETWORK
Game 6 of NLCS, LAD @ MIL | 8:39 p.m. (ET)/7:39 p.m. (CT) | FS1
  
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 20th 
 
SERIES | First Pitch | NETWORK
Game 6 of ALCS, HOU @ BOS | 5:09 p.m. (ET)* | TBS
Game 7 of NLCS, LAD @ MIL | 9:09 p.m. (ET)/8:09 p.m. (CT)* | FS1
*If there is only one LCS game, then it will shift to 8:09 p.m. (ET)/7:09 p.m. (CT).
 
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 21st 
 
SERIES | First Pitch | NETWORK
Game 7 of ALCS,HOU @ BOS | 7:39 p.m. (ET) | TBS

Reds HOF & Museum Offering Clubhouse Tours

Tours Begin October 13

The Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame & Museum presented by Dinsmore is once again offering offseason tours of Great American Ball Park that include the Reds clubhouse, radio and TV booths, dugouts and more.

 

The Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame & Museum presented by Dinsmore is once again offering offseason tours of Great American Ball Park that include the Reds clubhouse, radio and TV booths, dugouts and more.

 

The two-hour Major League Clubhouse Tours feature access to the:

• Reds Clubhouse

• Visitors Clubhouse

• Radio & TV Broadcast Booths

• Reds Batting Cages

• Plus all the stops on the Great American Ball Park Tour including the dugouts, press box, Mercedes-Benz Diamond Club, FOX Sports Club, Handlebar at the Riverfront Club presented by JACK Casino and more.

 

Tours begin Saturday, Oct. 13 and are available each Saturday at 12:30 and 2:30 p.m.

 

The tours run weekly until March of 2019. (No tours on Dec. 1 due to Redsfest)

 

Major League Clubhouse Tour tickets and pricing are available at:

• redsmuseum.org

• (513) 765-7923

• In person at the Reds HOF & Museum, 100 Joe Nuxhall Way, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202

 

Space is limited and tours often sell out in advance. Private or small group tours are also available.

 

About the Reds Hall of Fame & Museum presented by Dinsmore

Driven by a mission to celebrate greatness, preserve history and provide inspiration, the Reds Hall of Fame & Museum at Great American Ball Park is the place where the story of Reds baseball comes alive each day. The Museum features 16,000 square feet of historical, interactive and educational exhibits, highlighting the rich and storied tradition of the Reds for fans of all ages. Since its inception, 86 players, managers and executives have been honored with induction.

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Nationals acquire Kyle Barraclough

The Washington Nationals acquired right-handed pitcher Kyle Barraclough from the Miami Marlins in exchange for international slot value on Wednesday. Nationals President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcement.

Barraclough, 28, went 15-12 with 11 saves, a 3.21 ERA and 11.48 strikeouts per 9.0 innings in 227 games across four Major League seasons (2015-18) with the Miami Marlins. Since the start of the 2016 season, Barraclough ranks among National League relievers in opponent slugging percentage (11th, .295), strikeouts per 9.0 innings (12th, 11.53) and opponent batting average (14th, .198).

The Washington Nationals acquired right-handed pitcher Kyle Barraclough from the Miami Marlins in exchange for international slot value on Wednesday. Nationals President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcement.

Barraclough, 28, went 15-12 with 11 saves, a 3.21 ERA and 11.48 strikeouts per 9.0 innings in 227 games across four Major League seasons (2015-18) with the Miami Marlins. Since the start of the 2016 season, Barraclough ranks among National League relievers in opponent slugging percentage (11th, .295), strikeouts per 9.0 innings (12th, 11.53) and opponent batting average (14th, .198).

Barraclough started the 2018 season strong, recording a 0.99 ERA (4 ER/36.1 IP) through his first 37 appearances, holding opponents to .085 batting average (10-for-117) and a .162 slugging percentage (3 2B, 2 HR) over that span. He was named National League Reliever of the Month for June after allowing just one hit in 38 batters faced while striking out 12 batters and issuing just two walks in 12 appearances. He went 7-for-7 in save opportunities in the month of June. 

All told in 2018, Barraclough recorded a career-high 10 saves while pitching to a 4.20 ERA with 60 strikeouts in 55.2 innings pitched (61 G). He offered scoreless relief in 46 of his 61 appearances and hitless relief in 35 of the 61. He posted a 20.2 scoreless innings streak from May 11th to June 30th, tied for the eighth-longest streak in the National League in 2018.

A native of Santa Clara, Calif., Barraclough was selected by the St. Louis Cardinals in the seventh round of the 2012 First-Year Player Draft out of St. Mary's College of California. He was acquired by Miami from the St. Louis Cardinals in exchange for right-handed pitcher Steve Cishek on July 24, 2015.

Washington Nationals

Blue Jays announce redesigned game packs for 2019 season

The more you buy, the more you save, with added flexibility; Plus, 2019 Blue Jays home game times now available

The TORONTO BLUE JAYS today unveiled its newly revamped Game Packs for the 2019 season, offering greater value and increased flexibility for Blue Jays fans. Based on fan feedback, the redesigned 20+, 12+, and 6+ Game Packs feature new elements and returning benefits meant to enhance the overall fan experience.

New in 2019, fans can customize their packs by adding extra games on top of their 20+, 12+ or 6+ Game Pack. Fans will also have the added flexibility to purchase different quantities of tickets to games within their pack and the option to vary their seat location for each game. Plus, Game Packs provide fans with significant savings off the Single Game Ticket price. See additional details on features and pricing below.

The TORONTO BLUE JAYS today unveiled its newly revamped Game Packs for the 2019 season, offering greater value and increased flexibility for Blue Jays fans. Based on fan feedback, the redesigned 20+, 12+, and 6+ Game Packs feature new elements and returning benefits meant to enhance the overall fan experience.

New in 2019, fans can customize their packs by adding extra games on top of their 20+, 12+ or 6+ Game Pack. Fans will also have the added flexibility to purchase different quantities of tickets to games within their pack and the option to vary their seat location for each game. Plus, Game Packs provide fans with significant savings off the Single Game Ticket price. See additional details on features and pricing below.

20+ Game Pack
•   Pick any 20 games without restrictions
o   Includes access to Opening Day 2019
•   Add additional games to your pack (up to 39 total games)
•   2018 20 Game Pack purchasers saved an estimated 24 per cent compared to the Single Game Ticket price

12+ Game Pack
•   Pick up to six A+ or A games
o   Includes access to Opening Day 2019
•   All remaining games pick any B, C or D games
•   Add additional games to your pack (up to 19 total games)
•   2018 12 Game Pack purchasers saved an estimated 18 per cent compared to the Single Game Ticket price

6+ Game Pack
•   Pick up to two A games
•   All remaining games pick any B, C or D games
•   Add additional games to your pack (up to 11 total games)
•   2018 6 Game Pack purchasers saved an estimated 13 per cent compared to the Single Game Ticket price

Current Game Pack Members will have an exclusive window to renew for the 2019 season beginning Thursday, Oct. 11 at 10 a.m. ET, prior to the general public onsale on Monday, Oct. 22 at 10 a.m. ET. For more information on Game Packs, visit bluejays.com/gamepacks.

The Blue Jays also announced home game times for the 2019 season (see attachment), with Opening Day at home against the Detroit Tigers on Thursday, March 28 at 3:37 p.m. ET. After evaluating Saturday game times in 2018, the Blue Jays will start 11 Saturdays at home at 3:07 p.m. ET in an effort to create consistency for fans, players and coaches, and broadcast partners. Three Saturday home games will remain at 4:07 p.m. ET to accommodate national broadcast windows.

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