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Oakland A's announce 2019 TV broadcast schedule

The Oakland A's today announced that all 162 regular season games will be televised in 2019, including 147 on NBC Sports California. The remaining 15 games will be available on MLB Network, Fox Sports 1, and ESPN. In addition to the regular season games, NBC Sports California will air two A's Spring Training games against the San Francisco Giants on March 10 and March 24.

A's games on NBC Sports California will feature the Emmy Award-winning broadcast team of Glen Kuiper calling the play-by-play action and Ray Fosse as color analyst. Former A's pitcher Dallas Braden will be featured in select telecasts as a color commentator and a field analyst, reporting from a unique vantage point close to the action. Longtime in-stadium host Kara Tsuboi will be featured as a sideline reporter for select home games. 

The Oakland A's today announced that all 162 regular season games will be televised in 2019, including 147 on NBC Sports California. The remaining 15 games will be available on MLB Network, Fox Sports 1, and ESPN. In addition to the regular season games, NBC Sports California will air two A's Spring Training games against the San Francisco Giants on March 10 and March 24.

A's games on NBC Sports California will feature the Emmy Award-winning broadcast team of Glen Kuiper calling the play-by-play action and Ray Fosse as color analyst. Former A's pitcher Dallas Braden will be featured in select telecasts as a color commentator and a field analyst, reporting from a unique vantage point close to the action. Longtime in-stadium host Kara Tsuboi will be featured as a sideline reporter for select home games. 

During the 2019 MLB season, NBC Sports California will also host game day shows A's Pregame Live and A's Postgame Live, giving viewers in-depth game previews, game breakdowns, clubhouse interviews, and more. The shows are anchored by veteran sportscaster Brodie Brazil, with analysis from Braden, Dave Stewart, Bip Roberts, and Shooty Babbitt.

Oakland Athletics

High school baseball, softball in full swing at Rangers Youth Academy

High school baseball and softball is underway at the Texas Rangers MLB Youth Academy at Mercy Street Sports Complex, Presented by Toyota.

After practicing and playing their home games at the Academy in 2018, Pinkston High School once again calls the facility home in 2019. The Academy also supports scheduling for David W. Carter High School, Sunset High School, and other Dallas ISD games.

High school baseball and softball is underway at the Texas Rangers MLB Youth Academy at Mercy Street Sports Complex, Presented by Toyota.

After practicing and playing their home games at the Academy in 2018, Pinkston High School once again calls the facility home in 2019. The Academy also supports scheduling for David W. Carter High School, Sunset High School, and other Dallas ISD games.

Stacey Segal, Assistant Director of Athletics for Dallas ISD, schedules baseball and softball games for the district and said the Academy has been especially vital for this season.

"The year has been particularly challenging due to the number of fields we have lost due to bond improvements. Dallas ISD is currently renovating two of our high school baseball fields with lights and facilities have been hard to come by. Additionally, our three field softball complex went under construction. After moving 111 games, the Rangers Youth Academy has been a wonderful partner," Segal said.

The schedule of baseball games at the Academy is below. Scheduling is subject to change. 

2019 Academy High School Baseball Schedule

Date

Home

Away

Field

Time

Friday, February 15, 2019

Carter

Trinity Christian

Oates

4:00 p.m.

Friday, February 15, 2019

North Dallas JV

Lakeview Centennial

Oates

5:30 p.m.

Friday, February 15, 2019

North Dallas

Lakeview Centennial

Oates

7:00 p.m.

Saturday, February 16, 2019

Sunset JV

Wilmer Hutchins JV

Oates

10:00 a.m.

Saturday, February 16, 2019

Sunset Varsity

Wilmer Hutchins Varsity

Oates

12:30 p.m.

Tuesday, February 18, 2019 

Pinkston

Western Hills

Oates

6:30 p.m.

Friday, February 22, 2019

Carter

Trinity Christian

Field of Dreams

4:00 p.m.

Friday, February 22, 2019

Pinkston

Samuell

Oates

6:00 p.m.

Monday, February 25, 2019

Carter

South Oak Cliff

Field of Dreams

4:00 p.m.

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Sunset JV

Thomas Jefferson JV

Field of Dreams

3:30 p.m.

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Sunset Varsity

Thomas Jefferson Varsity

Field of Dreams

5:30 p.m.

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Pinkston

TX Keller

Oates

5:30 p.m.

Monday, March 4, 2019

Sunset JV

North Dallas JV

Oates

3:30 p.m.

Monday, March 4, 2019

Sunset Varsity

North Dallas Varsity

Oates

5:30 p.m.

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Pinkston

Waxahachie Life

Oates

5:30 p.m.

Monday, March 11, 2019

Sunset JV

Glen Rose JV

Oates

11:00 a.m.

Monday, March 11, 2019

Sunset Varsity

Glen Rose Varsity

Oates

1:00 p.m.

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Pinkston

Carter

Oates

6:30 p.m.

Friday, March 15, 2019

Pinkston

Hillcrest

Oates

3:30 p.m.

Saturday, March 16, 2019

North Dallas

Carter

Oates

11:00 a.m.

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Sunset

South Oak Cliff

Oates

3:30 p.m.

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Pinkston

Lincoln

Oates

7:00 p.m.

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Pinkston

Roosevelt

Oates

6:00 p.m.

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Sunset

Samuell

Oates

3:30 p.m.

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Pinkston Middle

Zan Holmes

Oates

7:00 p.m.

Friday, March 29, 2019

Sunset JV

Spruce JV

Field of Dreams

3:30 p.m.

Friday, March 29, 2019

Sunset Varsity

Spruce Varsity

Field of Dreams

5:30 p.m.

Friday, March 29, 2019

Pinkston JV

Wilmer Hutchins JV

Oates

3:30 p.m.

Friday, March 29, 2019

Pinkston Varsity

Wilmer Hutchins Varsity

Oates

5:30 p.m.

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Pinkston

North Dallas Varsity

Oates

5:30 p.m.

Friday, April 5, 2019

Sunset JV

Kimball JV

Oates

3:30 p.m.

Friday, April 5, 2019

Sunset Varsity

Kimball Varsity

Oates

5:30 p.m.

Friday, April 5, 2019

North Dallas JV

Wilmer Hutchins JV

Field of Dreams

4:00 p.m.

Friday, April 5, 2019

North Dallas Varsity

Wilmer Hutchins Varsity

Field of Dreams

6:00 p.m.

Saturday, April 6, 2019

Sunset

Western Hills

Oates

11:00 a.m.

Friday, April 12, 2019

Sunset JV

Seagoville JV

Oates

3:30 p.m.

Friday, April 12, 2019

Sunset Varsity

Seagoville Varsity

Oates

5:30 p.m.

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

North Dallas

Hillcrest

Oates

4:00 p.m.

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Pinkston

Roosevelt

Oates

6:00 p.m.

Friday, April 19, 2019

Pinkston Middle

Greiner

Oates

6:00 p.m.

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

North Dallas

Roosevelt

Oates

6:00 p.m.

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Roosevelt

Carter

Oates

6:00 p.m.

Friday, April 26, 2019

Pinkston

North Dallas Varsity

Oates

5:30 p.m.

Friday, April 26, 2019

Roosevelt

Carter

Field of Dreams

6:00 p.m.

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Sunset JV

Adamson JV

Oates

3:30 p.m.

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Sunset Varsity

Adamson V

Oates

5:30 p.m.

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Quintanilla Middle

Greiner

Field of Dreams 

6:00 p.m.

Saturday, May 4, 2019

DISD Middle School Baseball Championship

Oates

8:00 a.m.

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

DISD Middle School Baseball Championship Game 

Oates

6:00 p.m.

Softball is Back

Pinkston High School softball is in its second season of calling the Academy home. The facility also supports some scheduling for David W. Carter High School and Pinkston Middle School, in addition to hosting the Dallas ISD Middle School Softball Tournament in May.

Below is the current schedule of softball games at the Academy. Scheduling is subject to change.

2019 Academy High School Softball Schedule

Date

Home

Away

Field

Time

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Pinkston

South Oak Cliff

Hamilton

5:30 p.m.

Friday, February 22, 2019

Pinkston

Madison

Hamilton

6:00 p.m.

Tuesday, February 26, 2019 

Pinkston

Carter

Hamilton

5:00 p.m.

Friday, March 1, 2019

Pinkston

Hillcrest

Hamilton

5:00 p.m.

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Pinkston

Lincoln

Hamilton

5:00 p.m.

Friday, March 8, 2019

Pinkston

Roosevelt

Hamilton

5:00 p.m.

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Pinkston

Wilmer Hutchins

Hamilton

5:00 p.m.

Monday, March 25, 2019

Pinkston Middle

Edison

Hamilton

6:00 p.m.

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Pinkston

Hillcrest

Hamilton

5:00 p.m.

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Pinkston

Roosevelt

Hamilton

5:00 p.m.

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Pinkston

North Dallas

Hamilton

5:00 p.m.

Saturday, May 4, 2019

DISD Middle School Softball Tournament 

Hamilton & Kershaw 

1:00 p.m.

Camp Time

Through the first two weeks of the Winter Academy Training Session, 828 baseball and softball players have participated.

Training is available for baseball and softball players ages 7 through 18 through Thursday, February 28.

Camp for the 18U athletes runs on Monday and Wednesday nights from 6:00-8:00 p.m.

On Tuesday and Thursday nights, training will be available to the 12U athletes, also from 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Registration is available at https://texasrangersya.leagueapps.com/camps.

Texas Rangers

Orioles announce 2019 Spring Training Opening Day plans

Fun activities, special events, and giveaways abound as the team is set to welcome the "ONE MILLIONTH FAN" in Orioles-Sarasota history

The Orioles have announced plans for Opening Day of the 2019 Spring Training season on Saturday, February 23, when the Orioles host the Minnesota Twins at 1:05 p.m. ET at Ed Smith Stadium. The game launches an historic season in which the Orioles will reach the milestone of one million fans attending Orioles Spring Training games in Sarasota.

Within the first three games, the Orioles will celebrate the "ONE MILLIONTH FAN" to attend an Orioles Spring Training game in Sarasota. The ballclub will select one fan at random on the day the milestone is reached to represent the one million fans. The Orioles "ONE MILLIONTH FAN" will receive a $5,000 shopping experience at Diamond Vault in Sarasota, two Spring Training season tickets for five years, and more.

The Orioles have announced plans for Opening Day of the 2019 Spring Training season on Saturday, February 23, when the Orioles host the Minnesota Twins at 1:05 p.m. ET at Ed Smith Stadium. The game launches an historic season in which the Orioles will reach the milestone of one million fans attending Orioles Spring Training games in Sarasota.

Within the first three games, the Orioles will celebrate the "ONE MILLIONTH FAN" to attend an Orioles Spring Training game in Sarasota. The ballclub will select one fan at random on the day the milestone is reached to represent the one million fans. The Orioles "ONE MILLIONTH FAN" will receive a $5,000 shopping experience at Diamond Vault in Sarasota, two Spring Training season tickets for five years, and more.

Following long-standing tradition, all fans in attendance on Opening Day will receive a 2019 Spring Training schedule magnet, presented by Visit Sarasota. Additionally, the first 1,000 female fans (ages 15 and over) in attendance will receive a Birds of Paradise flower, courtesy of Beneva Flowers.

On Opening Day, the Orioles will highlight the ORIOLES HEALTH & FITNESS CHALLENGE, a partnership with Sarasota County Schools that teaches middle school students to "eat, train, and live like the pros" by focusing on the importance of healthy eating, tobacco-free living, and physical fitness. Sarasota Middle School's Joyful Voices Honor Students will perform the national anthem before the game and "America the Beautiful" prior to the seventh-inning stretch. Hundreds of Fitness Challenge participants and their family members are expected to attend the game, and selected students who participated in the Challenge will take the field with the Orioles for the national anthem.

The Orioles will continue their popular BIRDLAND COMMUNITY HEROES program at every weekend home game this spring by recognizing local community heroes who inspire us through their spirited commitment to extend a hand in charity, service, hope, and harmony. These heroes will be recognized during a ceremony at the conclusion of the fifth inning, with LYNN BONNETT receiving the honor posthumously at the spring opener. Bonnett was a dedicated community volunteer supporting the Sarasota YMCA and Sarasota High School baseball. He helped establish the long-running Sarasota Baseball Classic and facilitated many other youth tournaments in Sarasota County. He also coordinated parking at Ed Smith Stadium for many years to benefit the Sarasota YMCA.

Fans can enjoy fun activities, special events, and giveaways all season long. Every Sunday home game, Applebee's presents "KIDS RUN THE BASES", when fans ages 4 to 14 will be invited to run the bases after the game. On February 26 and March 5, fans ages 60 and over will be invited onto the field for "SENIORS RUN THE BASES".

On March 14, the Orioles will celebrate HEROES DAY, featuring a demonstration by the U.S. Special Operations Command Parachute Team, "The Para-Commandos," presented by Cheney Brothers.

On March 17, GO GREEN DAY, the first 3,000 fans (ages 15 and over) will receive a "Go Green" tote bag, courtesy of MLB Network. Orioles players will wear specially designed green caps that will be autographed, authenticated, and auctioned online to benefit conservation education programs at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens in Sarasota.

On March 19, the first 3,000 fans (ages 15 and over) will receive an Orioles pashmina scarf. On March 23, dazzling fireworks will light up the night sky after the game as the Herald-Tribune presents FIREWORKS NIGHT.

YOUTH BASEBALL DAY presented by Sun-N-Fun Resort will be March 24. Pre-registered youth teams will parade around the outfield. The first 4,000 fans (ages 15 and over) will receive a TREY MANCINI bobblehead.

Throughout the season, ballpark gates will open two hours prior to the scheduled first pitch. Season plan members will be able to access the ballpark 20 minutes early through a dedicated entrance at the Home Plate Gate for all 17 home games, including Opening Day.

OPENING DAY TIMING (GATES OPEN AT 11:05 a.m.; 10:45 a.m. for season plan members)

10:15 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Orioles Batting Practice

11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Twins Batting Practice

1:05 p.m.

Play ball!

Tickets for the Orioles Spring Training home opener are still available and can be purchased at the ticket box office at Ed Smith Stadium from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET., online at Orioles.com/Spring, or by phone at 800-745-3000.

In the nine years since the Orioles moved Major League Spring Training to Sarasota, more than 985,000 fans have enjoyed Orioles games at Ed Smith Stadium. An independent analysis commissioned by Sarasota County Government concluded that the Orioles generate approximately $97 million in annual economic impact back to taxpayers and residents. By marketing Sarasota to fans in the Mid-Atlantic region, operating a year-round athletic training facility, producing entertainment and sporting events, partnering with charitable causes, and hosting and often subsidizing youth sports tournaments and activities, the Orioles demonstrate an abiding commitment to their Florida home that goes far beyond baseball. For details, visit Orioles.com/Sarasota.

Baltimore Orioles

A's sign OF Robbie Grossman to one-year deal

RHP Daniel Gossett placed on 60-day injured list

The Oakland Athletics have signed outfielder Robbie Grossman to a one-year Major League deal for the 2019 season. To make room on the 40-man roster, right-handed pitcher Daniel Gossett was placed on the 60-day injured list.

Grossman, 29, joins the Athletics after spending the last three seasons with the Minnesota Twins. In 2018, Grossman hit .273 with a .367 on-base percentage, five home runs, 48 RBIs, and 50 runs scored in 129 games played. For his career, Grossman has a .256 batting average, .355 on-base percentage, 36 home runs, 193 RBIs, and 239 runs scored in 537 games played with Houston (2013-15) and Minnesota (2016-18).

The Oakland Athletics have signed outfielder Robbie Grossman to a one-year Major League deal for the 2019 season. To make room on the 40-man roster, right-handed pitcher Daniel Gossett was placed on the 60-day injured list.

Grossman, 29, joins the Athletics after spending the last three seasons with the Minnesota Twins. In 2018, Grossman hit .273 with a .367 on-base percentage, five home runs, 48 RBIs, and 50 runs scored in 129 games played. For his career, Grossman has a .256 batting average, .355 on-base percentage, 36 home runs, 193 RBIs, and 239 runs scored in 537 games played with Houston (2013-15) and Minnesota (2016-18).

Gossett, 26, appeared in five games for the A's last year before undergoing Tommy John surgery on Aug. 1. In those five appearances, he finished 0-3 with a 5.18 ERA, 12 strikeouts, and eight walks. For his career, Gossett is 4-14 with a 5.91 ERA in 23 appearances -- all starts.

Oakland Athletics

Pirates and Guardian Protection announce new partnership

Guardian named official smart home security provider of the Pittsburgh Pirates

The Pittsburgh Pirates and Guardian Protection Services officially announced an exclusive new partnership through the 2021 season. Guardian is now the "Official Smart Home Security Provider of the Pittsburgh Pirates." The new deal also includes the rebranding of the PNC Park bullpen space with Guardian becoming the presenting partner of the area as well as expanded in-park advertising and media.

Guardian will be the in-park presenting sponsor of all pitching changes, as well as all Pirates save opportunities at PNC Park. To highlight this, the bullpen will include a vibrant new look - with Guardian's branding and primary purple color throughout the area. This unique sponsorship opportunity connects the goal of Pirates relief pitchers to protect the lead with Guardian's mission to protect homes and businesses.

The Pittsburgh Pirates and Guardian Protection Services officially announced an exclusive new partnership through the 2021 season. Guardian is now the "Official Smart Home Security Provider of the Pittsburgh Pirates." The new deal also includes the rebranding of the PNC Park bullpen space with Guardian becoming the presenting partner of the area as well as expanded in-park advertising and media.

Guardian will be the in-park presenting sponsor of all pitching changes, as well as all Pirates save opportunities at PNC Park. To highlight this, the bullpen will include a vibrant new look - with Guardian's branding and primary purple color throughout the area. This unique sponsorship opportunity connects the goal of Pirates relief pitchers to protect the lead with Guardian's mission to protect homes and businesses.

"We are proud to partner with Guardian Protection and look forward to an expanded relationship with yet another great local company," said Frank Coonelly, Pirates president. "Guardian is a trusted name in smart home and business security and as well as a trusted brand in the Pittsburgh community."

"While families and business-owners in many areas rely on Guardian, we've never lost sight of our humble beginnings and the city that gave us our start," said Kevin Bish, vice-president of marketing for Guardian Protection Services. "Our employees live in the communities we serve and are proud to be associated with the Pittsburgh Pirates. We're incredibly excited to announce our new Pittsburgh Pirates partnership."

The Pirates began their partnership with Guardian Protection in 2018. Guardian is one of the nation's largest residential and commercial security providers. Like the Pirates, Guardian Protection calls Western Pennsylvania home with its corporate headquarters in Warrendale, Pa.

Pittsburgh Pirates

A's announce radio partnerships with KTRB 860 AM, KHTK-AM 1140

Club to debut free in-territory live streaming, dedicated A's channel on tunein

The Oakland A's today announced a new radio broadcast agreement with KTRB 860 AM and an expanded partnership with KHTK-AM 1140 in Sacramento. The dual stations, along with 17 additional radio network affiliates, will provide the largest coverage map ever for A's baseball.

The Club also announced a partnership with TuneIn, the leading global live audio streaming service. In addition to free live streaming of all A's games in-territory, TuneIn will launch a 24/7 A's channel. The A's TuneIn channel will air exclusive team content, including special programming and podcasts.

The Oakland A's today announced a new radio broadcast agreement with KTRB 860 AM and an expanded partnership with KHTK-AM 1140 in Sacramento. The dual stations, along with 17 additional radio network affiliates, will provide the largest coverage map ever for A's baseball.

The Club also announced a partnership with TuneIn, the leading global live audio streaming service. In addition to free live streaming of all A's games in-territory, TuneIn will launch a 24/7 A's channel. The A's TuneIn channel will air exclusive team content, including special programming and podcasts.

"Our new partnerships with KTRB 860, KHTK-AM 1140, and TuneIn significantly amplify our coverage and reach, ensuring that every Spring Training and regular season game will be available throughout Northern California. These partnerships will allow us to reach A's fans from as far north as Butte and Mendocino Counties across the Bay Area and down to Fresno and Monterey, with both terrestrial and free streaming broadcasts," said A's COO Chris Giles. "We are also thrilled to launch a 24/7 A's channel on TuneIn and deliver exclusive content and unprecedented coverage throughout the season."

Ken Korach will return for his 24th season with the A's and his 14th as the team's lead radio announcer, pairing with Vince Cotroneo, who will begin his 14th season with the Club. Ray Fosse will also make special appearances in the booth throughout the season. The team will debut expanded pre and postgame shows - A's Total Access and A's Clubhouse - hosted by Chris Townsend.

KIQI (1010 AM, San Francisco) and KATD (990 AM, Pittsburg) will serve as the Spanish-language home of Oakland A's baseball, broadcasting 72 games. Amaury Pi-González, will return for his 26th season with the A's and 36th season overall in MLB. González will be joined by Manolo Hernández-Douen, who will begin his 11th season as an A's analyst.

KTRB 860 AM will air every A's game, and KHTK-AM will air every game, minus Sacramento Kings game conflicts. The A's TuneIn channel can be accessed at tunein.com/athletics.com.

Oakland Athletics

Twins sign Kepler and Polanco to five-year contract extensions

Ft. Myers, FL - The Minnesota Twins announced today that they have signed outfielder Max Kepler and shortstop Jorge Polanco to five-year contract extensions with club options.

 

Ft. Myers, FL - The Minnesota Twins announced today that they have signed outfielder Max Kepler and shortstop Jorge Polanco to five-year contract extensions with club options.

 

Kepler, 26, played a team-leading 156 games last season, posting 30 doubles, four triples, 20 home runs, 58 RBI, 80 runs scored, 71 walks and a .727 OPS. The Berlin, Germany native was originally signed by the Twins as a 16-year-old in 2009 and has spent parts of four seasons with Minnesota, compiling 82 doubles, eight triples, 56 home runs, 190 RBI and a .730 OPS in 419 career games. In 2018, he ranked third in the American League for games played in the outfield and was the recipient of the Jim Kaat Award for Twins Defensive Player of the Year. Over the course of his contract, Kepler is guaranteed $35 million over five seasons with a club option for the 2024 season.  

 

Polanco, 25, played in 77 games for the Twins last season, posting 18 doubles, three triples, six home runs, 42 RBI, 38 runs scored, 25 walks and a .773 OPS. The San Pedro de Macorís, Dominican Republic native was also originally signed by the Twins as a 16-year-old in 2009. In 288 career games with Minnesota, he has hit 64 doubles, 11 triples and 23 home runs with 147 RBI, 125 runs scored, 25 stolen bases, 87 walks and a .749 OPS. Polanco is guaranteed $25.75 million over five seasons. The club controls options for the 2024 and 2025 seasons.

Minnesota Twins

Miami Marlins sign RHP Sergio Romo

Three-time World Series champion agrees to one-year contract

MIAMI -- The Miami Marlins today announced that the club has signed right-handed pitcher Sergio Romo to a one-year Major League contract for the 2019 season.

 

MIAMI -- The Miami Marlins today announced that the club has signed right-handed pitcher Sergio Romo to a one-year Major League contract for the 2019 season.

 

Romo, 35, spent 2018 with the Tampa Bay Rays, posting a 3-4 record with a 4.14 ERA and 25 saves in 73 appearances. He ranked tied for fourth in the American League in appearances, and was 10th with 39 games finished.

 

He has a 2.86 career ERA in 643 appearances (five starts), with a 1.01 WHIP, 10.11 strikeouts per 9.0 innings (643 total), and a 4.94 strikeout/walk ratio. Since his Major League debut in 2008, he ranks third among all relievers in strikeout/walk ratio, fifth in WHIP, eighth in appearances and strikeouts, and 10th in ERA (min. 463.1 ip).

 

A native of Brawley, California, Romo spent the first nine years of his 11-year Major League career with the San Francisco Giants, contributing to World Series titles for the club in 2010, '12, and '14. Romo has appeared in 27 postseason games in his career, all with the Giants. He has a 3-1 record, four saves, a 3.09 ERA, and a 0.90 WHIP in those outings.

 

Romo signed with the Dodgers as a free agent prior to the 2017 season and made 30 appearances before a July trade to Tampa Bay. He posted a 1.47 ERA in 25 outings for the Rays following the trade, including a 0.43 ERA (21.0/1) in his final 17 outings starting August 12, the best mark in the Majors from that date until the end of the season (min. 15.0 ip).

 

In a corresponding roster move, the Marlins have placed RHP Julian Fernández (recovery from UCL reconstruction surgery) on the 60-day injured list.

Miami Marlins

Cubs, LHP Xavier Cedeño agree to 2019 contract

MESA - The Chicago Cubs and left-handed pitcher Xavier Cedeño have agreed to terms on a 2019 non-guaranteed contract. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Cedeño, 32, combined to go 2-0 with one save, 11 holds and a 2.43 ERA (9 ER/33.1 IP) in 48 relief appearances between the Chicago White Sox and Milwaukee Brewers last season. He was acquired by the Brewers on August 31 and allowed only one run in 8.0 innings covering 15 outings, good for 1.13 ERA. Cedeño combined to allow only one home run in 33.1 innings last year and limited all batters to a .210 batting average, including a .207 mark vs. left-handed hitters and a .212 mark vs. righthanders. 

MESA - The Chicago Cubs and left-handed pitcher Xavier Cedeño have agreed to terms on a 2019 non-guaranteed contract. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Cedeño, 32, combined to go 2-0 with one save, 11 holds and a 2.43 ERA (9 ER/33.1 IP) in 48 relief appearances between the Chicago White Sox and Milwaukee Brewers last season. He was acquired by the Brewers on August 31 and allowed only one run in 8.0 innings covering 15 outings, good for 1.13 ERA. Cedeño combined to allow only one home run in 33.1 innings last year and limited all batters to a .210 batting average, including a .207 mark vs. left-handed hitters and a .212 mark vs. righthanders. 

The southpaw is a career 10-7 with 57 holds, three saves and a 3.69 ERA (72 ER/175.2 IP) in 249 relief appearances covering all or part of eight major league seasons with Houston (2011-13), Washington (2013-15), Tampa Bay (2015-17), the White Sox (2018) and Milwaukee (2018). He has averaged nearly a strikeout per inning by fanning 174 batters in 175.2 innings.

A native of Puerto Rico, Cedeño was originally selected by the Colorado Rockies in the 31st round of the 2004 Draft.

Chicago's 40-man roster stands at 40 players.

Chicago Cubs

Orioles announce Spring Training broadcast schedule

Addition of Orioles.com audio streaming brings total number of broadcasts to 32 games

The Orioles today announced that seven Spring Training games will be broadcast on the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network (MASN), 13 games will be available on the Orioles Radio Network and flagship station 105.7 The Fan, and 16 of the remaining 17 games will be carried live via audio-only streaming exclusively on Orioles.com and MLB At Bat.

MASNsports.com reporter STEVE MELEWSKI will serve as play-by-play broadcaster for the 16-game digital streaming schedule on Orioles.com and MLB At Bat. He will be joined by guests throughout the broadcast schedule, including members of the Orioles front office, MASN and Orioles Radio Network broadcasters, Orioles beat reporters, and Orioles Alumni.

The Orioles today announced that seven Spring Training games will be broadcast on the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network (MASN), 13 games will be available on the Orioles Radio Network and flagship station 105.7 The Fan, and 16 of the remaining 17 games will be carried live via audio-only streaming exclusively on Orioles.com and MLB At Bat.

MASNsports.com reporter STEVE MELEWSKI will serve as play-by-play broadcaster for the 16-game digital streaming schedule on Orioles.com and MLB At Bat. He will be joined by guests throughout the broadcast schedule, including members of the Orioles front office, MASN and Orioles Radio Network broadcasters, Orioles beat reporters, and Orioles Alumni.

The complete schedule of Orioles Spring Training broadcasts is below.

DATE

OPPONENT

TIME

BROADCAST

Saturday, February 23

vs. Minnesota Twins 

1:05 p.m. 

MASN/Orioles Radio Network 

Sunday, February 24

vs. Toronto Blue Jays

1:05 p.m.

Orioles Radio Network

Monday, February 25

at Minnesota Twins

1:05 p.m.

Orioles.com/MLB At Bat

Tuesday, February 26

vs. Tampa Bay Rays

1:05 p.m.

Orioles.com/MLB At Bat

Wednesday, February 27 

at Boston Red Sox

1:05 p.m.

Orioles.com/MLB At Bat

Thursday, February 28

at Philadelphia Phillies

1:05 p.m.

Orioles.com/MLB At Bat

Friday, March 1 (ss)

vs. Tampa Bay Rays

1:05 p.m.

Orioles.com/MLB At Bat

Friday, March 1 (ss)

at New York Yankees

6:35 p.m.

Orioles Radio Network

Saturday, March 2

at Boston Red Sox

1:05 p.m.

Orioles Radio Network

Sunday, March 3

vs. Detroit Tigers

3:05 p.m.

MASN

Monday, March 4

at Minnesota Twins

1:05 p.m.

Orioles.com/MLB At Bat

Tuesday, March 5

vs. Pittsburgh Pirates

1:05 p.m.

Orioles.com/MLB At Bat

Wednesday, March 6

at Tampa Bay Rays

1:05 p.m.

Orioles.com/MLB At Bat

Thursday, March 7

at Pittsburgh Pirates

1:05 p.m.

Orioles.com/MLB At Bat

Friday, March 8

vs. Boston Red Sox

1:05 p.m.

MASN

Saturday, March 9 (ss)

at Tampa Bay Rays

1:05 p.m.

Orioles.com/MLB At Bat

Saturday, March 9 (ss)

vs. New York Yankees

6:05 p.m.

MASN/Orioles Radio Network

Sunday, March 10

vs. Philadelphia Phillies

1:05 p.m.

Orioles Radio Network

Tuesday, March 12

at New York Yankees

6:35 p.m.

Orioles Radio Network

Wednesday, March 13

vs. Toronto Blue Jays

1:05 p.m.

Orioles.com/MLB At Bat

Thursday, March 14

vs. Minnesota Twins

1:05 p.m.

MASN

Friday, March 15

at Minnesota Twins

1:05 p.m.

Orioles.com/MLB At Bat

Saturday, March 16

at Toronto Blue Jays

1:07 p.m.

Orioles Radio Network

Sunday, March 17

vs. New York Yankees

1:05 p.m.

MASN/Orioles Radio Network

Monday, March 18

at Detroit Tigers

1:05 p.m.

Orioles.com/MLB At Bat

Tuesday, March 19

vs. Minnesota Twins

1:05 p.m.

Orioles.com/MLB At Bat

Wednesday, March 20

vs. Boston Red Sox

6:05 p.m.

MASN/Orioles Radio Network

Thursday, March 21

at Pittsburgh Pirates

1:05 p.m.

Orioles.com/MLB At Bat

Friday, March 22

at Toronto Blue Jays

6:07 p.m.

Orioles Radio Network

Saturday, March 23

vs. Minnesota Twins

6:05 p.m.

Orioles Radio Network

Sunday, March 24

vs. Pittsburgh Pirates

1:05 p.m.

Orioles Radio Network

Monday, March 25

vs. New York Mets

1:05 p.m.

Orioles.com/MLB At Bat

MASN has been the exclusive television home for all Baltimore Orioles games since 2007. Every available Orioles game is televised in high-definition on one of the network's two channels, MASN and MASN2, throughout an exclusive territory that covers a seven-state region.

The Orioles Radio Network broadcasts across 40 stations in seven states, including 105.7 The Fan (WJZ-FM), the flagship station. The Orioles Radio Network will again broadcast all 162 regular season games, including pre- and postgame shows.

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Cubs to have 2019 Mastercard presale February 19-20

Single-game tickets on sale February 22

The Chicago Cubs today announced details for purchasing single game tickets for the 2019 season. Single game tickets go on sale Friday, February 22, at 10 a.m. CST, and will be available on www.cubs.com or by calling 800-THE-CUBS (800-843-2827). Tickets will be delivered exclusively through the free MLB Ballpark app.

Fans may once again participate in the online Mastercard® Presale to secure tickets prior to the general on-sale. Beginning Tuesday, February 19, at noon CST, single game tickets will be available at www.cubs.com for a 20 percent premium, or a 15 percent premium for fans using a Mastercard.

The Chicago Cubs today announced details for purchasing single game tickets for the 2019 season. Single game tickets go on sale Friday, February 22, at 10 a.m. CST, and will be available on www.cubs.com or by calling 800-THE-CUBS (800-843-2827). Tickets will be delivered exclusively through the free MLB Ballpark app.

Fans may once again participate in the online Mastercard® Presale to secure tickets prior to the general on-sale. Beginning Tuesday, February 19, at noon CST, single game tickets will be available at www.cubs.com for a 20 percent premium, or a 15 percent premium for fans using a Mastercard.

"We are thrilled to welcome Cubs fans back to Wrigley Field for another exciting year of competitive baseball," said Colin Faulkner, Chicago Cubs senior vice president of sales and marketing. "In addition to the on-field action, fans will want to experience the new amenities and enhancements in and around the Friendly Confines, as well as collect must-have promotional items available throughout the season."

Tickets for each regular season home game are available for purchase during the Mastercard Presale and general on-sale, including the home opener vs. the Pittsburgh Pirates, Kids Sundays, rivalry contests with the Chicago White Sox, St. Louis Cardinals and Milwaukee Brewers, as well as Interleague matchups with rare visits by the Los Angeles Angels, Oakland Athletics and Seattle Mariners.

Fans can look forward to another schedule of more than 35 promotional items, including five fun bobbleheads that will show off players' personalities, several family-friendly giveaways on select Kids Sundays and other notable promotional items. This season, fans can take home promotional items such as a Replica Wrigley Field Statue, Cubs Hooded Pullover, Javier Báez Sliding Coin Bank and Cubs 1969 Replica Jersey along with classic caps, T-shirts and more. Additionally, there will be six Bud Fridays caps planned this season. Stay tuned for additional details on the local artists involved in creating the unique hats. The promotional schedule is available at www.cubs.com/promotions.

In 2019, fans will enjoy an enhanced gameday experience with the addition of the upper level concourse with new food and beverage options, seating in the right and left Terrace Level and a seat renumbering system, which will make the ballpark easier to navigate. Fans can learn more at www.wrigleyfield.com.

Details for each single game ticket purchasing option follow:

ONLINE MASTERCARD PRESALE:

The Cubs will once again offer the online Mastercard Presale beginning Tuesday, February 19, at noon CST through Wednesday, February 20, at 11:59 p.m. CST. Fans using a Mastercard can purchase single game tickets in advance of the general on-sale at a 15 percent premium, while fans using other forms of payment may purchase tickets at a 20 percent premium. Mastercard Presale tickets may be purchased at www.cubs.com.

Restrictions apply. Visit www.cubs.com/MCPresale for full details. Mastercard is a registered trademark, and the circles design is a trademark of Mastercard International Incorporated. © 2019 Mastercard.

SINGLE GAME TICKET GENERAL ON-SALE:

Via the Internet: On Friday, February 22, fans can purchase tickets at www.cubs.com. A virtual waiting room will begin accepting customers at 9:30 a.m. CST. At 10 a.m. CST, customers will be randomly selected from the virtual waiting room to begin purchasing tickets. All internet customers will need a valid Cubs.com account. Customers are encouraged to register for an account prior to their desired presale or the on-sale.

By Telephone: Tickets can be purchased by telephone beginning Friday, February 22, at 10 a.m. CST by calling 800-THE-CUBS (800-843-2827).

There is a four-ticket purchase limit for Diamond games per household, credit card or email address, and 14-ticket limit for all other games. There is a maximum of 40 total tickets per order. For more information, please contact the Chicago Cubs Ticket Office at 800-THE-CUBS (800-843-2827).

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Red Sox, Museum of African American History to provide free admission

Admission to Boston museum will be free from February 18-23 for school vacation week

In recognition of Black History Month, the Red Sox and Red Sox Foundation are partnering with the Museum of African American History in Boston to provide free admission and tours for all visitors from February 18 to 23, coinciding with school vacation week in the city.

The free admission is extended to all visitors of the museum, including self-guided tours and educational group tours. The museum is currently showing a special exhibit entitled "Picturing Frederick Douglass," featuring the many portraits of the escaped slave who became one of the most prominent activists, speakers, and leaders of the abolitionist movement. Additional information about current museum exhibits and hours can be found by visiting maah.org.

In recognition of Black History Month, the Red Sox and Red Sox Foundation are partnering with the Museum of African American History in Boston to provide free admission and tours for all visitors from February 18 to 23, coinciding with school vacation week in the city.

The free admission is extended to all visitors of the museum, including self-guided tours and educational group tours. The museum is currently showing a special exhibit entitled "Picturing Frederick Douglass," featuring the many portraits of the escaped slave who became one of the most prominent activists, speakers, and leaders of the abolitionist movement. Additional information about current museum exhibits and hours can be found by visiting maah.org.

The Red Sox will end the month with a volunteer effort at the Putnam Place Boys Program, an organization that helps adolescent boys live healthy lifestyles by emphasizing personal growth and community connections. Front office volunteers will help clean their Dorchester facility on Glendale Street.

Students throughout New England have an opportunity to enter Major League Baseball's Breaking Barriers Essay Contest, which provides a chance for diverse students of all backgrounds in grades 4-9 to share their personal stories about how they use Jackie Robinson's nine values to face their own barriers. The club encourages students to submit essays before the March 14 deadline. A total of 10 winners will be chosen nationally with two grand prizes that include a trip to the 2019 World Series for winners in grades 7-9, and a trip to the 2019 All Star Game for winners in 4-6 grade. Essays can be mailed, emailed, or uploaded online. For more details, visit mlb.com/BreakingBarriers.

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Royals and FOX Sports Kansas City announce 2019 television schedule

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (February 14, 2019) -- The Kansas City Royals and FOX Sports Kansas City today announced a 161-game regular season television schedule for the 2019 season. The only game that won't be broadcast on FSKC is the June 13 contest vs. Detroit at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Neb., which will be televised by ESPN. 

The Royals and FOX Sports Kansas City are entering the 12th season of an agreement in which FOX Sports Kansas City is the exclusive regional television home of Royals baseball. The 161-game regular season television schedule features 81 road games and 80 games from Kauffman Stadium. Every game on FOX Sports Kansas City will be preceded by a 30-minute pregame show, "Price Chopper Royals Live," and followed by the "Boulevard Royals Live" postgame show. Both the pre and postgame shows at Kauffman Stadium will take place from FOX Sports Kansas City's set on the left field concourse adjacent to the Royals' Hall of Fame.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (February 14, 2019) -- The Kansas City Royals and FOX Sports Kansas City today announced a 161-game regular season television schedule for the 2019 season. The only game that won't be broadcast on FSKC is the June 13 contest vs. Detroit at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Neb., which will be televised by ESPN. 

The Royals and FOX Sports Kansas City are entering the 12th season of an agreement in which FOX Sports Kansas City is the exclusive regional television home of Royals baseball. The 161-game regular season television schedule features 81 road games and 80 games from Kauffman Stadium. Every game on FOX Sports Kansas City will be preceded by a 30-minute pregame show, "Price Chopper Royals Live," and followed by the "Boulevard Royals Live" postgame show. Both the pre and postgame shows at Kauffman Stadium will take place from FOX Sports Kansas City's set on the left field concourse adjacent to the Royals' Hall of Fame.

FOX Sports Kansas City will also televise 10 Spring Training games. FSKC's Cactus League TV slate will start Saturday, March 9, when the Royals visit the Arizona Diamondbacks in Scottsdale, Ariz. FSKC will also look back at some of the top games and moments of 2018 in Royals Rewind, three 30-minute shows that premiere Friday, Feb. 15, and look ahead to the season in Royals Warmup, which airs in March.

Regular season coverage will begin when FSKC airs Opening Day on Thursday, March 28, from Kauffman Stadium vs. the Chicago White Sox at 3:15 p.m. Kansas City time. Live coverage of the opener on FSKC will begin at 2:00 p.m. with an expanded pregame show.

All Royals telecasts on FOX Sports Kansas City will also be streamed on FOX Sports digital platforms. 

Ryan Lefebvre, in his 21st season, will call the majority of regular season games for FSKC, and Steve Physioc will provide the play-by-play on the remaining games. Rex Hudler will return for his eighth season as the analyst, and Royals Hall of Famer, Jeff Montgomery, will provide analysis throughout the season on "Royals Live" with host Joel Goldberg.

All game times and the TV schedule are subject to change.

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White Sox announce 2019 broadcast schedule

The Chicago White Sox, NBC Sports Chicago, WGN-TV, WGN Radio AM 720 and WRTO-AM 1200/Univision Radio have announced the team's television and radio broadcast schedules for the 2019 season.

NBC Sports Chicago and NBC Sports Chicago+ will televise 106 White Sox games in 2019, beginning with Opening Day on March 28 at Kansas City (3:15 p.m. CDT). NBC Sports Chicago also will broadcast the home opener at Guaranteed Rate Field on April 4 vs. Seattle (1:10 p.m.), and one of the four games of the Crosstown series on June 19 (7:05 p.m.) at Wrigley Field.

The Chicago White Sox, NBC Sports Chicago, WGN-TV, WGN Radio AM 720 and WRTO-AM 1200/Univision Radio have announced the team's television and radio broadcast schedules for the 2019 season.

NBC Sports Chicago and NBC Sports Chicago+ will televise 106 White Sox games in 2019, beginning with Opening Day on March 28 at Kansas City (3:15 p.m. CDT). NBC Sports Chicago also will broadcast the home opener at Guaranteed Rate Field on April 4 vs. Seattle (1:10 p.m.), and one of the four games of the Crosstown series on June 19 (7:05 p.m.) at Wrigley Field.

WGN-TV will air 55 White Sox games this season, opening with its first telecast on March 31 at Kansas City (1:15 p.m.). WGN-TV also will televise two of the four Sox-Cubs match-ups, airing the games on June 18 (7:05 p.m.) at Wrigley Field and July 7 at Guaranteed Rate Field (1:10 p.m.).

The White Sox-Cubs game on July 6 at Guaranteed Rate Field (6:15 p.m.) will be broadcast nationally on FOX. Additional national broadcast games include July 13 at Oakland on Fox Sports 1 (locally on NBC Sports Chicago) and April 1 at Cleveland on ESPN (locally on WGN-TV).

All NBC Sports Chicago, NBC Sports Chicago+ and WGN telecasts will be available in high definition. All out-of-market White Sox games also are available live via MLB.TV across its more than 400 supported devices.

NBC Sports Chicago will air the following holiday games: Memorial Day, May 27 vs. Kansas City (1:10 p.m.), Father's Day, June 16 vs. the Yankees (1:10 p.m.), Independence Day, July 4 vs. Detroit (1:10 p.m.), Labor Day, September 2 at Cleveland (6:10 p.m.) and Remembrance Day, September 11 vs. Kansas City (7:10 p.m.). WGN-TV will broadcast the game on Mother's Day, May 12 at Toronto (12:07 p.m.).

Steve Stone, who enters his 11th season in the television booth and 12th with the club, will continue to provide fans with the color analysis during the season. Jason Benetti, who begins his fourth year with the Sox, will handle play-by-play duties alongside Stone for the 2019 season.

WGN Radio, entering its second year as the White Sox flagship radio station, will broadcast all 162 games. The on-air duo of former Sox pitcher Ed Farmer (play-by-play) and former outfielder Darrin Jackson (analyst) returns for its 11th season together.  

WRTO-AM 1200/Univision Radio returns for its fifth consecutive year as the Spanish-language radio home of White Sox baseball following a seven-year run from 2005-11. WRTO-AM will broadcast all 81 Sox home games during the 2019 season. Héctor Molina (play-by-play) and Billy Russo (color analyst) return as the club's Spanish-language broadcast team.

Game times and television networks are subject to change.

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Red Sox Foundation adds Bridget Terry Long, Jill Shah to board of directors

The Red Sox Foundation today announced the addition of two new members to its Board of Directors, Bridget Terry Long, Dean of the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE) and Saris Professor of Education and Economics, and Jill Shah, President of the Shah Family Foundation.

"Bridget and Jill both have a genuine interest in improving communities and they each bring a wealth of knowledge, experience, and a diverse perspective to our board," said Red Sox Foundation Executive Director Bekah Salwasser. "We are thrilled to have their expertise as we continue to expand the impact of the Foundation through our many programs and partners."  

The Red Sox Foundation today announced the addition of two new members to its Board of Directors, Bridget Terry Long, Dean of the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE) and Saris Professor of Education and Economics, and Jill Shah, President of the Shah Family Foundation.

"Bridget and Jill both have a genuine interest in improving communities and they each bring a wealth of knowledge, experience, and a diverse perspective to our board," said Red Sox Foundation Executive Director Bekah Salwasser. "We are thrilled to have their expertise as we continue to expand the impact of the Foundation through our many programs and partners."  

Long has been a member of the HGSE faculty since 2000, serving as academic dean from 2013 to 2017. She was previously the faculty director of the Ed.D. and Ph.D. programs from 2010 to 2013. Long is an economist whose research focuses on the impact of affordability, academic preparation, and information on college student access and success. She was appointed to the National Board for Education Sciences by president Barack Obama in 2010, and chaired that board from 2011-2013. Long is also a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) and a board director for MDRC, a nonprofit social policy research organization.

Over her professional career, Long has served as an advisor to many organizations, including the College Board, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the American Council on Education, the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education, the Ohio Board of Regents, and the I Have a Dream Foundation.

Shah has been the President of the Shah Family Foundation since June 2016 and is focused on Boston-based execution and testing of innovative solutions to issues that impact the health and happiness of students and families everywhere. Prior to her work with the Shah Family Foundation, she founded Jill's List, a health/tech company, which she sold to MINDBODY (MB) in 2013. She served as Senior Vice President of Business and Corporate Development for Mercator Software, a publicly-traded software company that she helped turn around and sell to Ascential Software. Shah moved to Mercator from Monitor Group's investment banking practice, MAST, where she served as Vice President. She was also part of an entrepreneurial team that helped to build the marketing and internet solutions company Larry Miller Productions, which was sold to iXL and taken public.

Shah currently serves on the Board of Trustees of both The Winsor School and The Belmont Hill School, the Board of Overseers at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital, the Board of Advisors for the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, the Board of Directors for Open AG at MIT Media Lab and Fresh Truck, and the Advisory Board of Open Notes. In May of 2018, she was inducted into the Academy of Distinguished Bostonians.

Long and Shah join 8 other members of the Red Sox Foundation Board, which includes Chairman Tom Werner, Linda Henry, Michael Egan, Chad Gifford, Michael Gordon, Sean McGrail, Linda Whitlock, and David Friedman.

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