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Dodgers Love L.A. Community Tour presented by Bank of America launches Monday

Week of service opens Monday with Dave Roberts serving as the Grand Marshal of the Kingdom Day Parade

LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Dodgers will hold their 16th annual community service week from Monday, Jan. 21-Friday, Jan. 25 during the Dodgers Love L.A. Community Tour presented by Bank of America, the official Bank of the Los Angeles Dodgers. This week of community outreach and fan appreciation will include nine events and feature Dodger players, coaches, alumni and broadcasters as well as Bank of America employee volunteers making visits throughout the Southland. 

This year's Dodgers Love L.A. Community Tour presented by Bank of America highlights the team's commitment to the many different communities it serves, visiting with fans throughout the area from South Los Angeles (Kingdom Day Parade) to West Los Angeles (Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center and Bob Hope USO) to Thousand Oaks, where the team will honor the memory of victims and host those affected by the Borderline tragedy for lunch. The Dodgers will also visit City Hall for a special proclamation, host events for the area's brave firefighters and military at Dodger Stadium, surprise and delight at a local Smart & Final and pose for photos with four-legged fans. 

LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Dodgers will hold their 16th annual community service week from Monday, Jan. 21-Friday, Jan. 25 during the Dodgers Love L.A. Community Tour presented by Bank of America, the official Bank of the Los Angeles Dodgers. This week of community outreach and fan appreciation will include nine events and feature Dodger players, coaches, alumni and broadcasters as well as Bank of America employee volunteers making visits throughout the Southland. 

This year's Dodgers Love L.A. Community Tour presented by Bank of America highlights the team's commitment to the many different communities it serves, visiting with fans throughout the area from South Los Angeles (Kingdom Day Parade) to West Los Angeles (Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center and Bob Hope USO) to Thousand Oaks, where the team will honor the memory of victims and host those affected by the Borderline tragedy for lunch. The Dodgers will also visit City Hall for a special proclamation, host events for the area's brave firefighters and military at Dodger Stadium, surprise and delight at a local Smart & Final and pose for photos with four-legged fans. 

The full schedule is below, with a week of events leading up to the team's annual FanFest presented by Coca-Cola and San Manuel Casino on Saturday, January 26 at Dodger Stadium. Members of the media interested in attending any Dodgers Love L.A. Community Tour presented by Bank of America events should contact the Dodgers' Public Relations department by replying to this email or calling (323) 224-1301.

Monday, January 21
11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Kingdom Day Parade
Dave Roberts will serve as the grand marshal of the 34th annual Kingdom Day Parade. The three-mile route will begin at Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Western Avenue and proceed west on King to Crenshaw Boulevard and then south to Vernon Avenue, where a post-parade festival will be held at Leimert Park.
  
Tuesday, January 22  
10:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Justin Turner Day at City Hall
In recognition of Justin Turner's impact on the local community, the Los Angeles City Council will proclaim Tuesday, January 22, 2019 as Justin Turner Day in Los Angeles. 
Los Angeles City Hall

12:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. Enlistment Ceremony
Justin Turner and the Dodgers will host an enlistment and re-enlistment ceremony at Dodger Stadium for all branches of the military. Bank of America volunteers will provide a helping hand and Jason Gietter, U.S. Navy Veteran and Consumer Banking & Merrill Edge Region Executive, will address the enlistees. Following the ceremony, the new enlistees will be treated to lunch.
Dodger Stadium

Wednesday, January 23
11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. California Wildfires First Responders Luncheon/Batting Practice
Dodger players will host over 350 firefighters who battled wildfires in Southern California for lunch and batting practice. In addition, Bank of America executive Garrett Gin will give remarks and will be joined by Bank of America volunteers. 
Dodger Stadium

2:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. Smart & Final Surprise
Dodger pitcher Joe Kelly will surprise customers at a local Smart & Final location. 
Contact Dodgers PR for location

Thursday, January 24
2:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. Blue's Pet Family Photo Day
Joc Pederson will take photos with fans and their dogs, who will receive a Dodger dog t-shirt. Bank of America volunteers will support the event.
Sepulveda Basin Off-Leash Dog Park, 17550 Victory Blvd, Van Nuys, CA 91406

2:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. USO Surprise
Austin Barnes, Kiké Hernández and Bank of America volunteers will surprise military members and their families traveling to/from deployment through Los Angeles International Airport's Bob Hope USO, delivering snacks and goodies.
Bob Hope USO at LAX, LAX Theme Building, Los Angeles, CA 90045

Friday, January 25
10:00 a.m.- 11:00 a.m. UCLA Health visit at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center and UCLA Mattel Children's Hospital
Dodger players (listed below) will visit with patients at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center and UCLA Mattel Children's Hospital.
Event restricted to media, footage to be provided to media.

12:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m. Dodger players will visit with those affected by the Borderline tragedy in Thousand Oaks, honoring the memory of those lost, comforting survivors and thanking the brave first responders. Midge Campbell-Thomas, Bank of America Market President, Ventura & Santa Barbara Region, will address the gathering, and Bank of America volunteers will provide support.
Lundring Event Center at California Lutheran University, 130 Overton Ct.

Scott Alexander, Matt Beaty, Cody Bellinger, Walker Buehler, J.T. Chargois, Dylan Floro, David Freese, Rocky Gale, Kenta Maeda, Adam McCreery, Edwin Rios, Keibert Ruiz, Dennis Santana, Josh Sborz, Jaime Schultz, Brock Stewart, Ross Stripling, Chris Taylor, Justin Turner, Alex Verdugo and Dave Roberts are expected to attend Friday's events. 

Los Angeles Dodgers

2019 Tigers Winter Caravan ready to roll

Tigers Players, Manager, Coaches, Broadcasters and PAWS to visit fans throughout Michigan

DETROIT - The 2019 Detroit Tigers Winter Caravan in partnership with Visit Central Florida and FOX Sports Detroit, is set for Thursday, January 24 and Friday, January 25, and features an exciting lineup of stops throughout the state of Michigan. Group President of Sports and Entertainment, Ilitch Holdings Inc. Chris Granger, Tigers Executive Vice President, Baseball Operations and General Manager Al Avila, Executive Vice President, Business Operations Duane McLean, Vice President, Assistant General Manager David Chadd, Special Assistant to the General Manager Alan Trammell, Manager Ron Gardenhire, coaches, players, broadcasters, and Detroit's favorite mascot PAWS, will take part in a two-day journey across the region, spreading baseball fever to fans of all ages.

Media are encouraged to attend stops along the caravan for photo and b-roll opportunities. Further information on arranged media availabilities with Tigers players, coaches and executives will be announced at a later date.

DETROIT - The 2019 Detroit Tigers Winter Caravan in partnership with Visit Central Florida and FOX Sports Detroit, is set for Thursday, January 24 and Friday, January 25, and features an exciting lineup of stops throughout the state of Michigan. Group President of Sports and Entertainment, Ilitch Holdings Inc. Chris Granger, Tigers Executive Vice President, Baseball Operations and General Manager Al Avila, Executive Vice President, Business Operations Duane McLean, Vice President, Assistant General Manager David Chadd, Special Assistant to the General Manager Alan Trammell, Manager Ron Gardenhire, coaches, players, broadcasters, and Detroit's favorite mascot PAWS, will take part in a two-day journey across the region, spreading baseball fever to fans of all ages.

Media are encouraged to attend stops along the caravan for photo and b-roll opportunities. Further information on arranged media availabilities with Tigers players, coaches and executives will be announced at a later date.

Season ticket packages for 2019 are on sale now. Plans that include an Opening Day ticket start as low as $15 per game. For complete 2019 season ticket information, visit tigers.com/seasons or call/text (313) 471-BALL (2255). Opening Day suite packages are currently available. For more information, please call (313) 471-2222. 2019 Group Tickets are also now on sale and accepting deposits, visit tigers.com/groups for more information.

Tickets for the 24th annual TigerFest on January 26 are on sale now and can be purchased by calling 866-66-TIGER or by visiting tigers.com/tigerfest. Tickets are $30 and half off ($15) for kids 14-and-under. Over 40 current Tigers players and coaches scheduled to appear and all fans attending will receive a free TigerFest tote bag, courtesy of Visit Central Florida.

Wednesday, January 23

Toledo Mud Hens The Flock Winter Party 6:05-7:05 p.m.
Hensville Fleetwood Building, 28 N. Clair St., Toledo
• Q&A with Detroit Tigers players and coaches.
• Detroit Tigers players will play an interactive game with members of the audience.
• Media session 6:05 - 6:25 p.m.
• This is a private event that requires a ticket.

Metro Bus
Thursday, January 24

Detroit Athletic Club 12:30-1:30 p.m.
241 Madison St., Detroit
• Tigers personnel will be the guest speaker at the Beavers Luncheon. The Beavers are the oldest club-within-the-club.
• In celebration of the Beaver's 100th Anniversary, Tigers will present a framed jersey.

United States Customs and Border Protection 1:25-2:25 p.m.
2810 W. Fort St., Detroit
• Private event; no media.

Detroit VA Medical Center/ Fisher House 1:15 -1:45 p.m.
4646 John R St., Detroit
• Fisher House has provided a "Home Away from Home" for families of patients receiving medical care at major military and VA centers.
• Tigers personnel will present a $10,000 donation to assist with bringing Fisher House to Michigan in 2020.
• Additionally, in honor of the Detroit VA Medical Center's 80 years of serving veterans, Tigers personnel will present a framed jersey.

Michigan Veterans Foundation 2:00-2:30 p.m.
4626 Grand River Ave., Detroit
• In celebration of their 30th anniversary, the Tigers are presenting the Michigan Veterans Foundation with a framed jersey and a check donation of $5,000. There will be a short Q&A and raffle prize giveaways.

Novi Police Department/Novi Civic Center 3:15-4:30 p.m.
45175 W. 10 Mile Rd., Novi
• Tigers Caravan visits the city of Novi to celebrate their 50th anniversary. Tigers players will dine and meet with Novi Police prior to a community rally at the Civic Center.
• Tigers players will participate in a Q&A, present a framed jersey to the city of Novi, and interact with fans for raffle prize giveaways.


Friday, January 25

National Coney Island 10:00-10:40 a.m.
1812 N. Main St., Royal Oak
• Tigers players to act as celebrity servers at National Coney Island.

Selfridge Air National Guard 10:45 a.m.-12:10 p.m.
44875 N. Jefferson Ave. Detroit
• Tigers players and coaches will participate in an energetic rally in the joint dining hall and will welcome home members of the 107th Fighter Squadron as they return from Exercise Emerald Warrior.
• Players will participate in a private simulation exercise prior to the rally.

Michigan Humane Society 11:10-11:50 a.m.
7887 Chrysler Service Dr., Detroit
• The Michigan Humane Society will offer free adoptions throughout the day
• Tigers players will help guests select their new favorite pet.

Arab-American National Museum 11:20 a.m.-12:20 p.m.
13624 Michigan Ave., Dearborn
• The Arab-American National Museum and Detroit Tigers will announce their 2019 ticket package partnership.
• Upon arrival, Tigers personnel will meet and greet with VIP guests from the Arab-American National Museum, including dignitaries and political leaders from the local community.
• Tigers personnel will present a Mikie Mahtook game worn jersey from Opening Day in 2018 to add to the exhibit collection.

Squad 4 Medic 7 12:20-12:40 p.m.
1697 W. Grand Blvd., Detroit
• To celebrate the firehouse's 110th Anniversary, Tigers personnel will present a framed jersey.
• PepsiCo will announce a donation of a year supply of assorted beverages for the firehouse.

DTE Energy 1:35-2:15 p.m.
1 Energy Plaza, Detroit
• Tigers personnel will dine with DTE Executives followed by an exciting rally with DTE employees; including a Q&A segment and raffle giveaways.

Children's Hospital of Michigan 2:30-3:30 p.m.
3901 Beaubien Blvd., Detroit
• Tigers players will visit children (outpatients) in the lobby of Children's Hospital of Michigan and give gifts to 300 inpatients as they visit select patient rooms.

FOX Sports Detroit 2:45-3:30 p.m.
26555 Evergreen Rd., Southfield
• Tigers players will have a meet and greet reception with Fox Sports Detroit sponsors and clients.

Ladder 20 Squad 2, Medic 6 Firehouse 3:50-4:30 p.m.
433 W. Alexandrine St., Detroit
• To celebrate the firehouse's 110th anniversary, Tigers personnel will present a framed jersey and an autographed helmet.
• Players will play interactive games with firefighters.
• PepsiCo will announce a donation of a year supply of assorted beverages for the firehouse.
• BELFOR Property Restoration will make a special presentation as well.

Detroit PAL 4:50-6:10 p.m.
1680 Michigan Ave., Detroit
• Tigers personnel will celebrate the 50th anniversary of Detroit PAL and recognize the centennial celebration of Jackie Robinson.
• Tigers players will present a framed jersey to the organization.
• Tigers personnel will have a private dinner prior to rally.

DFD Engine 32, Medic 23, Chief 6 5:05-5:30 p.m.
11740 E. Jefferson Ave., Detroit
• To celebrate the firehouse's 110th anniversary, Tigers personnel will present a framed jersey.
• Players will play interactive games with firefighters.
• PepsiCo will announce a donation of a year supply of assorted beverages for the firehouse.

North American International Auto Show 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Cobo Center, 1 Washington Blvd., Detroit
• Tigers personnel will participate in a special parade along the auto show floor culminating at the Chevrolet display area where hosts will conduct a round table interview and fan Q&A.
• This event is ticketed and open to the public.

WEST BUS

Thursday, January 24

Lansing Police Department 2:30-3:15 p.m.
120 W E Michigan Ave. Lansing
• Tigers personnel will celebrate Lansing Police Department's 125th Anniversary. Players will interact with the police department with raffle prizes and present a framed jersey.

West Michigan Whitecaps Banquet 5:50-9:00 p.m.
1000 East Beltline Ave. NE., Grand Rapids
• Silent and live auctions benefits Whitecaps Community Foundation and the Detroit Tigers Foundation, an affiliate of Ilitch Charities.
• Media session 5:45 - 6:30 p.m.
• This is a private event that requires a ticket.

Friday, January 25

Meijer Headquarters 10:00-11:30 a.m.
2929 Walker Ave., Grand Rapids
• Tigers personnel visits Meijer Headquarters and will interact with employees for raffle prize giveaways.

Kentwood Police Department 12:00-12:45 p.m.
4742 Walma Ave. SE, Kentwood
• Tigers personnel will celebrate Kentwood Police Department's 50th Anniversary with a framed jersey.

General Motors Flint Assembly Plant 3:00-4:00 p.m.
3100 Van Slyke Rd., Flint
• Tigers personnel will tour the Flint assembly plant and take a group photo with plant employees.

Snowfest at Zehnders 4:50-5:45 p.m.
730 S. Main St., Frankenmuth
• Tigers personnel will make an appearance at the annual Snowfest in Frankenmuth, MI.
• Tigers players will present two jerseys; Michigan Heroes Museum and Bronner's Christmas Wonderland. Tigers players will also recognize on-line contest winners.
• This is a public event that requires a ticket.

Detroit Tigers

Rays sign Avisaíl García to one-year contract

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The Tampa Bay Rays have agreed to a one-year, $3.5 million contract with free agent outfielder Avisaíl García (ah-vee-sigh-EEL). He has a chance to earn an additional $2.5 million in incentives. To make room on the 40-man roster, right-handed pitcher Oliver Drake was designated for assignment.

García, 27, hit a career-high 19 home runs last season for the Chicago White Sox despite being limited to 93 games due to two stints on the disabled list with a strained right hamstring. He missed nearly two months for his first stint on the disabled list, April 24-June 21, then was reinstated and appeared in 17 games before his second stint, July 9-20. He hit .236/.281/.438 (84-for-356) overall, .279/.333/.477 (24-for-86) against left-handed pitching and hit nine home runs in a 14-game span from June 26-July 21. He also recorded a multi-homer game on August 5 at Tropicana Field.

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The Tampa Bay Rays have agreed to a one-year, $3.5 million contract with free agent outfielder Avisaíl García (ah-vee-sigh-EEL). He has a chance to earn an additional $2.5 million in incentives. To make room on the 40-man roster, right-handed pitcher Oliver Drake was designated for assignment.

García, 27, hit a career-high 19 home runs last season for the Chicago White Sox despite being limited to 93 games due to two stints on the disabled list with a strained right hamstring. He missed nearly two months for his first stint on the disabled list, April 24-June 21, then was reinstated and appeared in 17 games before his second stint, July 9-20. He hit .236/.281/.438 (84-for-356) overall, .279/.333/.477 (24-for-86) against left-handed pitching and hit nine home runs in a 14-game span from June 26-July 21. He also recorded a multi-homer game on August 5 at Tropicana Field.

In 2017, García enjoyed a breakout season, batting .330/.380/.506 (171-for-518) with 18 home runs and 80 RBI. He was selected via the player vote to his first career All-Star Team, becoming the first White Sox outfielder to make the All-Star roster since Carlos Quentin in 2011. His .330 avg. ranked second in the American League behind Houston's José Altuve (.346), and his .424 avg. against left-handed pitching led the majors. He also ranked among AL leaders in on-base pct. (.380, sixth), multi-hit games (52, tied for sixth) and hits (171, 10th). He was named the White Sox recipient of the Heart and Hustle Award by the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association (MLBPAA), which honors active players who demonstrate a passion for the game of baseball and best embody its values, spirit and traditions.

García was signed by the Detroit Tigers as an international free agent in July 2007. Over parts of seven seasons in the majors with the Tigers (2012-13) and White Sox (2013-18), he has hit .271/.321/.420 (624-for-2,303) with 88 doubles, 76 home runs and 302 RBI. He is a career .304/.358/.457 (179-for-588) hitter against left-handed pitching and has hit six career home runs at Tropicana Field, his second-most at any visiting ballpark (Comerica Park, seven).

Drake, 32, has spent parts of four seasons in the majors, going 5-6 with a 4.59 ERA (137.1-IP, 70-ER) in 135 appearances, all in relief. Last season, he pitched in the majors for the Milwaukee Brewers, Cleveland Indians, Los Angeles Angels, Toronto Blue Jays and the Minnesota Twins, becoming the first player in major league history to pitch for five different teams in one season. This offseason, he was claimed by the Rays off waivers from the Twins on November 1, designated for assignment on November 20 and claimed by the Blue Jays off waivers on November 26. He was designated for assignment by the Blue Jays on December 30 and acquired by the Rays in exchange for cash considerations on January 4.

Tampa Bay Rays

Two Minor League players suspended

The Office of the Commissioner of Baseball announced Friday that two Minor League players have been suspended following their violations of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.

Atlanta Braves Minor League pitcher Carlos Caminero, who is currently on the roster of the rookie-level Dominican Summer League Braves, has received a 25-game suspension without pay for a violation of the Program.

The Office of the Commissioner of Baseball announced Friday that two Minor League players have been suspended following their violations of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.

Atlanta Braves Minor League pitcher Carlos Caminero, who is currently on the roster of the rookie-level Dominican Summer League Braves, has received a 25-game suspension without pay for a violation of the Program.

Cincinnati Reds Minor League outfielder Nate Scantlin, who is currently on the roster of the Single-A Dayton Dragons of the Midwest League, has received a 50-game suspension without pay following a second positive test for a drug of abuse in violation of the Program.

High school softball schedule announced

Pinkston High School Softball calls Academy home

The Texas Rangers announced on Friday the schedule of high school softball games that will be played at the Texas Rangers MLB Youth Academy at Mercy Street Sports Complex, Presented by Toyota this season.

Pinkston High School softball will once again call the Academy their home field in 2019. The facility will also support 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.

The Texas Rangers announced on Friday the schedule of high school softball games that will be played at the Texas Rangers MLB Youth Academy at Mercy Street Sports Complex, Presented by Toyota this season.

Pinkston High School softball will once again call the Academy their home field in 2019. The facility will also support 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.

Tuesday, January 29, will mark opening day of the softball season at the facility, as Carter will face O.D. Wyatt High School.

Pinkston takes the field at the Academy for the first time on Friday, February 1,hosting James Madison High School on Hamilton Field.

"We absolutely love practicing and playing at the Rangers Academy because the field is turf and easy to play on," Pinkston softball coach Johnitta Williams said. "It means a lot to our team to have the opportunity to play at such a nice facility that is specifically for softball."

Stacey Segal, Dallas ISD's Assistant Director of Athletics, oversees the scheduling of baseball and softball games for the district. Segal said scheduling has been a challenge this year due to many field undergoing improvements, and the Academy has been instrumental in facilitating this season's slate.

"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" Segal said. "After moving 111 games, The Rangers Youth Academy has been a wonderful partner in allowing us and our students to play at Oates Field, Field of Dreams, Hamilton Field, and Kershaw Field."  

Texas Rangers Director of Youth Academy & Youth Baseball Softball Programs Juan Leonel Garciga expressed the Academy's excitement with the continued partnership.

"As an organization, we are just excited to be able to step up and offer quality fields for these young men and women," Garciga said. "Not having a home field is difficult for any baseball or softball program, so the opportunity to serve as a home away from home is one that we are looking forward to this spring."

Pinkston High School Baseball will also call the Academy home in 2019, while the facility will also support scheduling for several other Dallas schools during the season. The schedule of baseball games at the Academy will be announced in the coming weeks.

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

 

 

Camp Time 

The Winter Academy Training Session kicked off Monday, January 14, with a record 70 baseball and softball 18U participants in attendance.

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

Cardinals announce Minor League field staffs and player development assignments for 2019

The St. Louis Cardinals announced their 2019 Minor League coaching staffs for their affiliate teams in addition to their player development and medical personnel for the upcoming season on Friday. The Cardinals Farm System finished 6th among all teams in overall winning pct. (.534; 401-350) in 2018, as Memphis won its second-consecutive Pacific Coast League (AAA) title and also the Triple-A National Championship Game, and both Peoria (Midwest League-A) and the GCL Cardinals (Gulf Coast League - Rookie) advanced to their respective league Championship Series.

The Cardinals announced five new managerial assignments for 2019, but will have incumbent pitching coaches at all nine of their minor league affiliates. In addition, the team has announced seven new hitting coach assignments for 2019.

The St. Louis Cardinals announced their 2019 Minor League coaching staffs for their affiliate teams in addition to their player development and medical personnel for the upcoming season on Friday. The Cardinals Farm System finished 6th among all teams in overall winning pct. (.534; 401-350) in 2018, as Memphis won its second-consecutive Pacific Coast League (AAA) title and also the Triple-A National Championship Game, and both Peoria (Midwest League-A) and the GCL Cardinals (Gulf Coast League - Rookie) advanced to their respective league Championship Series.

The Cardinals announced five new managerial assignments for 2019, but will have incumbent pitching coaches at all nine of their minor league affiliates. In addition, the team has announced seven new hitting coach assignments for 2019.

Memphis native and former Major Leaguer Ben Johnson will be entering his first season as manager at Memphis after most recently coaching the Durham Bulls (Tampa Bay-AAA) in 2018.  Joe Kruzel will pilot Springfield (AA) after two seasons at the helm in State College, while Dan Bilardello(Palm Beach-A), Roberto Espinoza (Johnson City -Rookie), Fray Peniche (DSL Blue) and John Matos(DSL Red) return to their respective teams.  Erick Almonte moves to Peoria (A) as manager, and bothJose Leon (State College-A) and Joshua Lopez (GCL Cardinals-Rookie) have been promoted to managers.

Several of the team's minor league field instructors have been retained, however Chris Swaugerwill move into a new role as Assistant Field Coordinator under Field Coordinator Mark DeJohn, andJohnny Rodriguez will serve as Minor League Infield Instructor. Jose Oquendo was recently announced as Minor League Roving Instructor, and former Cardinals catcher Tony Cruz has been named Minor League Catching Instructor.

               The following is a complete listing of the Cardinals 2019 Minor League Staffs and Player Development assignments:

Club                             Manager                            Pitching Coach                 Hitting Coach

Memphis (AAA)        Ben Johnson                      Dernier Orozco*                Jobel Jimenez^

Springfield (AA)        Joe Kruzel^                        Darwin Marrero*                 Brandon Allen^

Palm Beach (A)          Dann Bilardello*               Will Ohman*                      Tyger Pederson

Peoria (A)                   Erick Almonte^                 Cale Johnson*                   Russ Chambliss*

State College (A)       Jose Leon^                         Adrian Martin*                  Cody Gabella^

Johnson City (R)        Roberto Espinoza*            Rick Harig*                        Brian Burgamy^

GCL Cardinals (R)     Joshua Lopez^                   Giovanni Carrara*            Joe Hawkins

DSL Cardinals 1         Fray Peniche*                    Billy Villanueva*              Ismael Castro

DSL Cardinals 2         John Matos*                       Renee Cortez*                   Nabo Martinez*

 

2019 Cardinals Minor League Field Instructors & Medical Staff

 

Field Coordinator - Mark DeJohn*

Assistant Field Coordinator - Chris Swauger^

Latin America Field Coordinator - Jose Leger*

Senior Pitching Coordinator - Tim Leveque*

Minor League Offensive Strategist - George Greer*

Minor League Pitching Instructor - Randy Niemann*

Minor League Roving Instructor - Jose Oquendo^

Minor League Infield Instructor - Johnny Rodriguez^

Minor League Catching Instructor - Tony Cruz

Minor League Medical Coordinator - Keith Joint

Minor League Rehab Coordinator - Matt Leonard

Minor League Strength & Conditioning Coordinator - Aaron Rhodes

Minor League Performance Specialist - DC MacLea

Minor League Asst. Rehab Coordinator - Victor Kuri

Minor League Rehab Consultant - James Spencer

DSL Medical Director - Pedro Betancourt

DSL Head Strength & Conditioning - Jeremy Lezama

Trainers & Strength Coaches: 

Memphis - Matt Corvo & Frank Witkowski; Springfield - Dan Martin & Dan Vega; Palm Beach - Chris Whitman & Ross Hasegawa; Peoria - Chris Walsh & Kyle Richter; State College - Joe Olsiewicz & Don Trapp; Johnson City - Alex Wolfinger & TBD; GCL Cardinals - TBD & Cory Ritter; DSL Blue- Shoki Hioki & TBD; DSL Red - TBD & Luis Polanco.

*-Returning Manager/Coach

^-Returning Manager/Coach with new assignment

St. Louis Cardinals

Rays name Minor League coaching staffs for 2019

The Tampa Bay Rays have named the Minor League on-field coaching and medical staffs for the 2019 season. Among the organizational changes are Craig Albernaz (field) and Tomas Francisco (catching) moving into roles as minor league coordinators, Brady Williams managing Triple-A Durham, Reinaldo Ruiz managing Class-A Bowling Green and Rafael Valenzuela managing the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League Rays. Morgan Ensberg was hired to manage Double-A Montgomery and Jeff Smith was hired to manage Class-A Charlotte. In addition, Quinton McCracken (coach) will join the Durham staff and Brady North (coach) will join the GCL Rays staff.

Albernaz, 36, has been named minor league field coordinator, joining Michael Johns. Last season, he was named Midwest League Manager of the Year, leading Bowling Green to its first championship in their nine seasons in the Midwest League. The title wrapped up a historic campaign for the Hot Rods, as their 90 wins led Minor League Baseball and set a record for a Rays affiliate. Following the season, Bowling Green was named Baseball America's Minor League Team of the Year. In 2017, as manager of Short-A Hudson Valley, Albernaz led the Renegades to their third New York-Penn League title in franchise history. He was a coach with Hudson Valley in 2016 and with Rookie-level Princeton in 2015. He had a nine-year playing career as a minor league catcher, eight of which he spent in the Rays organization.

The Tampa Bay Rays have named the Minor League on-field coaching and medical staffs for the 2019 season. Among the organizational changes are Craig Albernaz (field) and Tomas Francisco (catching) moving into roles as minor league coordinators, Brady Williams managing Triple-A Durham, Reinaldo Ruiz managing Class-A Bowling Green and Rafael Valenzuela managing the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League Rays. Morgan Ensberg was hired to manage Double-A Montgomery and Jeff Smith was hired to manage Class-A Charlotte. In addition, Quinton McCracken (coach) will join the Durham staff and Brady North (coach) will join the GCL Rays staff.

Albernaz, 36, has been named minor league field coordinator, joining Michael Johns. Last season, he was named Midwest League Manager of the Year, leading Bowling Green to its first championship in their nine seasons in the Midwest League. The title wrapped up a historic campaign for the Hot Rods, as their 90 wins led Minor League Baseball and set a record for a Rays affiliate. Following the season, Bowling Green was named Baseball America's Minor League Team of the Year. In 2017, as manager of Short-A Hudson Valley, Albernaz led the Renegades to their third New York-Penn League title in franchise history. He was a coach with Hudson Valley in 2016 and with Rookie-level Princeton in 2015. He had a nine-year playing career as a minor league catcher, eight of which he spent in the Rays organization.

Francisco, 30, has been appointed minor league catching coordinator, replacing Paul Hoover, who was named to Kevin Cash's coaching staff as major league field coordinator. Francisco spent the previous two seasons on the coaching staff for the GCL Rays. Prior to that, he spent three seasons on the Dominican Summer League Rays staff after retiring from a four-year playing career in the Rays system. The former catcher originally signed with the Rays on May 3, 2006 and started his professional career with the DSL Rays. He reached as high as Bowling Green in 2010.

Williams, 39, becomes Durham's manager after five seasons at the helm for Montgomery. Last year, he led the Biscuits to a postseason berth for a fourth consecutive season. They finished the regular season with 79 wins, their most since 2007. Previously, Williams managed Charlotte (2013), Bowling Green (2010-12) and Hudson Valley (2009). He coached at Class-A Vero Beach in 2008 after serving the previous two years as a coach at Class-A Columbus (2007) and Southwest Michigan (2006). Williams was selected by the Boston Red Sox in the 45th round of the 1999 June Draft, and the former first baseman played five seasons of minor league ball with the Red Sox (1999-2001), Minnesota Twins (2002) and Rays (2003) before joining the coaching ranks. He is the son of former Rays special instructor and big league manager Jimy Williams.

Ruiz, 38, returns to manage Bowling Green after spending one season at the helm for Charlotte. He managed the Hot Rods from 2015-17, leading them to the postseason twice and a then-franchise-record 84 wins in 2016. During the 2016-17 offseason, he coached the Brisbane Bandits of the Australian Baseball League and helped them win the Claxton Shield trophy. Ruiz served as hitting coach for Princeton (2012-14), Hudson Valley (2010-11) and the GCL Rays (2009), and as catching instructor for the Rookie-level Venezuelan Summer League Rays (2007-08). He has also coached first (2013-14) and third base (2014-15) for the Bravos de Margarita in the Venezuelan Winter League, and spent two years (2005-06) as the hitting coach for the Navegantes del Magallanes in the VWL after concluding an eight-year career as a professional catcher.

Valenzuela, 31, was named manager of the GCL Rays, and it will mark his first season managing at any level. He has served as a coach for three different affiliates, most recently with Princeton last season. For the second half of the 2017 season, he replaced Craig Albernaz, who was named manager of Hudson Valley, on the Durham coaching staff. He began his coaching career with the GCL Rays in 2016 following a four-year playing career in the Houston Astros organization (2010-13).

Ensberg, 43, joins the Rays organization to manage Montgomery, replacing Brady Williams. He spent the previous two seasons managing in the Astros system, with Class-A Buies Creek in the Carolina League last year and with Short-A Tri-City in the New York-Penn League in 2017. He spent the 2016 season as the Astros minor league mindset coach, the 2014-15 seasons as the Astros minor league special assignment coach and the 2013 season as the infield coach at Class-A Lancaster. He joined the coaching ranks in 2011 and spent two seasons as a hitters and infielders coach for the University of California San Diego. Ensberg played parts of eight seasons in the majors with the Astros (2000, 2002-07), San Diego Padres (2007) and New York Yankees (2008). He was named the Astros MVP in 2005, when they won the National League pennant. He also came to Rays camp as a non-roster invite in 2009, but was released at the end of spring training.

Smith, 44, joins the Rays organization to manage Charlotte, replacing Reinaldo Ruiz. He has spent the last 14 seasons coaching or managing at the professional level, including the last two seasons in the majors as first base coach for the Twins, where he also assisted with catching instruction and baserunning. Prior to that, he managed in the Twins organization for Class-A Fort Myers (2008-09, 2015-16), Double-A New Britain (2010-14) and Class-A Beloit (2006-07) and coached for the GCL Twins in 2005. He was named Florida State League Manager of the Year in 2009, leading the Miracle to an 80-58 record. Smith was selected by the Twins in the 1995 June Draft and played in the organization through the 2002 season. He also played minor league ball in the Red Sox (2003) and Texas Rangers (2004) organizations. He totaled 658 games in the minor leagues before suffering a career-ending left knee injury.

McCracken, 48, joins the Durham coaching staff after one season as the minor league outfield and baserunning coordinator for the Miami Marlins. He spent the previous five seasons in the front office of the Astros, two as the director of player personnel (2016-17) and three as the director of player development (2013-15). Before joining the Astros, he worked two seasons in the front office of the Arizona Diamondbacks as their assistant director of player development. McCracken played in the majors for parts of 12 seasons from 1995-2006, including three seasons for the Rays. He was the club's second selection in the 1997 Expansion Draft and started the team's inaugural game in 1998, batting leadoff and playing center field. He scored the first run and recorded the first stolen base in franchise history. He was named Team MVP for the Rays in 1998, when he hit .292 (179-for-614) with seven home runs, 59 RBI and 19 stolen bases. He also compiled an 18-game hitting streak and recorded 18 outfield assists, still a club record, that season. McCracken attended the 1998 Devil Rays 20-year reunion last season.

North, 27, joins the coaching staff of the GCL Rays, and it will mark his first coaching experience in the professional ranks. Most recently, he was the director of hitting and mental performance at Top Level Athletes in Orlando, where he created and implemented individualized hitting programs through the use of movements, data and mental conditioning. Previously, he served as an assistant coach at Cumberland University, where he also played collegiately for the 2014 NAIA National Championship Team. He graduated from Cumberland with a master's degree in sport and exercise science. He was the hitting coach for two seasons at Gaither High School in Tampa, including the 2016 state championship team.

Other changes to the minor league coaching and medical staffs for the 2019 season: Coach German Melendez will move from Charlotte to Princeton, coach Ivan Ochoa will move from the DSL Rays to Charlotte, conditioning coach Sergio West will move from Princeton to Charlotte and conditioning coach Paul Jones will move from Charlotte to the GCL Rays.

See the third page of the attachment for a full list of the minor league coordinators, on-field coaching and medical staffs for the 2019 season.

For the Major League staff, the Rays have hired Jean Ramirez as bullpen catcher, replacing Mayo Acosta; and Josh Rodrigues as replay administrator.

In baseball operations, Sandy Sternberg has been hired as director, development strategy; and Kate Martinez as assistant sports dietician. Promotions within baseball operations include Ryan Bristow to assistant director, pro scouting; Cole Figueroa to assistant director, hitting development; Hamilton Marx to assistant director, amateur scouting; Ryan Harmon to lead sports dietitian, baseball performance science; Samantha Bireley to coordinator, baseball administration; Ryan Pennell to coordinator, baseball performance science; Simon Rosenbaum to coordinator, baseball development; and Jeremy Sowers to coordinator, major league operations.

Tampa Bay Rays

Pirates name Minor League managers, coaches & staff

The Pittsburgh Pirates announced their Minor League staff assignments for the 2019 season Friday. The announcement was made by Senior Director of Minor League Operations, Larry Broadway.

INDIANAPOLIS (AAA)
Manager: Brian Esposito
Hitting Coach: Ryan Long
Pitching Coach: Bryan Hickerson
Athletic Trainer: Dru Scott
Strength & Conditioning: Alan Burr

ALTOONA (AA)
Manager: Michael Ryan
Hitting Coach: Jon Nunnally
Pitching Coach: Joel Hanrahan
Athletic Trainer: Justin Ahrens
Strength & Conditioning: Joe Schlesinger

BRADENTON (A) 
Manager: Wyatt Toregas
Hitting Coach: Butch Wynegar  
Pitching Coach: Drew Benes
Athletic Trainer: Matt DenBleyker
Strength & Conditioning: Logan Byman

The Pittsburgh Pirates announced their Minor League staff assignments for the 2019 season Friday. The announcement was made by Senior Director of Minor League Operations, Larry Broadway.

INDIANAPOLIS (AAA)
Manager: Brian Esposito
Hitting Coach: Ryan Long
Pitching Coach: Bryan Hickerson
Athletic Trainer: Dru Scott
Strength & Conditioning: Alan Burr

ALTOONA (AA)
Manager: Michael Ryan
Hitting Coach: Jon Nunnally
Pitching Coach: Joel Hanrahan
Athletic Trainer: Justin Ahrens
Strength & Conditioning: Joe Schlesinger

BRADENTON (A) 
Manager: Wyatt Toregas
Hitting Coach: Butch Wynegar  
Pitching Coach: Drew Benes
Athletic Trainer: Matt DenBleyker
Strength & Conditioning: Logan Byman

GREENSBORO (A)
Manager: Miguel Perez
Hitting Coach: Chris Petersen
Pitching Coach: Stan Kyles
Athletic Trainer: Jorge Islas
Strength & Conditioning: Jim Seratt

WEST VIRGINIA (SHORT-A)
Manager: Drew Saylor
Hitting Coach: Jonny Tucker
Pitching Coach: Tom Filer
Athletic Trainer: Tyler Brooks
Strength & Conditioning: Mark Dixon

BRISTOL (Advanced Rookie)
Manager: Kieran Mattison
Hitting Coach: Jonathan Prieto
Pitching Coach: Eric Minshall
Athletic Trainer: Matt McNamee
Strength & Conditioning: TBA

GCL Pirates (Rookie) 
Manager: Gera Alvarez 
Hitting Coach: Kory DeHaan 
Pitching Coach: Fernando Nieve 
Athletic Trainer: Lee Slagle
Strength & Conditioning: Nick Pressley 

DSL Pirates 1 (Rookie)
Manager: Stephen Morales
Hitting Coach: Luis Borges
Pitching Coach: Randor Bierd
Athletic Trainer: Alex Mena
Strength & Conditioning: Adam Marso

DSL Pirates 2 (Rookie)
Manager: Shawn Bowman
Hitting Coach: Julio Bruno
Pitching Coach: Yorman Bazardo
Athletic Trainer: Victor Silva
Strength & Conditioning: Glenn Nutting

Pittsburgh Pirates

Astros, Karbach Brewing Co. introduce new Crawford Bock beer

Crawford Bock Beer Aims to Enhance the Fan Experience and Gives Back to Houston

HOUSTON, TX - The Houston Astros and Houston-based Karbach Brewing Co. have joined forces to bring fans a brand new beer and give back to the Houston community right in time for spring season. Crawford Bock, a smooth, easy-drinking ballpark beer, will make its debut at the 2019 Astros Fan Fest on January 26th and be available to the public the first week of March at the ballpark and across Texas.

A portion of sales from every keg and case will benefit the Astros Foundation and its community initiatives, which include youth baseball and softball, military support, childhood cancer awareness and efforts to reduce homelessness. Giving back to the Houston community has always been a part of both the Houston Astros and Karbach Brewing Co.'s DNA.

HOUSTON, TX - The Houston Astros and Houston-based Karbach Brewing Co. have joined forces to bring fans a brand new beer and give back to the Houston community right in time for spring season. Crawford Bock, a smooth, easy-drinking ballpark beer, will make its debut at the 2019 Astros Fan Fest on January 26th and be available to the public the first week of March at the ballpark and across Texas.

A portion of sales from every keg and case will benefit the Astros Foundation and its community initiatives, which include youth baseball and softball, military support, childhood cancer awareness and efforts to reduce homelessness. Giving back to the Houston community has always been a part of both the Houston Astros and Karbach Brewing Co.'s DNA.

"Everything we do is for our fans and our community and Crawford Bock exemplifies this," said Matt Brand, Astros Senior V.P., Corporate Communications. "Our hope is that whether folks are watching an Astros game at the ballpark or in their own home, this beer will take the fan experience to the next level. Also, the funds raised will allow us to continue to serve the city of Houston through local programs."

Crawford Bock (4.5% ABV) is a deliciously smooth, malty beer that's the perfect brew to enjoy while catching a baseball game with your friends and family. The can design is a blend of old and new, inspired by the old school Astros rainbow uniforms and Minute Maid Park's iconic "Crawford Boxes" seating section. 

Karbach Brewing Co. and the Houston Astros have been loyal partners since long before the recent winning seasons. Karbach is the proud sponsor of Astroline, the Astros live, off-season radio show and home for Astros news. Born from meetings at both the brewery and at the ballpark, every aspect of the beer, from the creation of the name, recipe formulation, and the design of the can, has been a true collaboration. Karbach Brewing Co. and the Astros are proud to release a beer specifically designed for Astros fans. 

"All of us at Karbach are die-hard Astros fans and we're proud to pay tribute to the heritage of the team with this new beer," said David Graham, brand manager of Karbach Brewing Co. "Working with the Astros organization and the Astros Foundation to release Crawford Bock has been a great partnership and we cannot wait for fellow fans of beer drinking age to try it out."

Fans wanting a sneak preview of Crawford Bock can visit the 2019 Astros Fan Fest at section 113 on January 26th for an exclusive first taste. Starting the first week of March, Crawford Bock will be available at Minute Maid Park, in 6-packs at local grocery and liquor outlets, and on tap at select restaurants, bars and pubs across Texas. 

To learn more about the Houston Astros and the upcoming Crawford Bock release, visit www.astros.com/fanfest

About Karbach Brewing Co.
On a mission to provide high quality craft beer, Karbach Brewing Co. was founded in 2011 by beverage industry veterans, Chuck Robertson and Ken Goodman, with renowned brewmaster Eric Warner at the helm. Karbach beers are proudly brewed in Texas with a brewery and pub located on historic Karbach Street in Houston. As the company continues to grow, the team relies on its homegrown roots and universal flavors to provide craft beer that everyone can enjoy because after all, it's all about the beer. 

For more information, visit us at http://karbachbrewing.com/ or check us out on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

About the Astros Foundation
The Astros Foundation, the official 501(c)(3) team charity of the Houston Astros, seeks to harness the passion of baseball fans to support youth baseball and softball programs serving at-risk children and teens. Our cornerstone initiatives include the Community Leaders program, the Astros Urban Youth Academy and the Astros RBI program. For more information on the Astros Foundation, please visit www.Astros.com/Foundation.

Houston Astros

Single-game tickets for most 2019 Red Sox home games go on sale Friday, January 25, at 10 a.m.

BOSTON, MA - Single-game tickets for most 2019 Red Sox home games, including summer games, will go on sale Friday, January 25, at 10 a.m. Tickets will be available online at redsox.com and by phone at (877) RED-SOX9.

Fans can purchase up to 12 single-game tickets per transaction. Mastercard is the preferred payment of the Boston Red Sox. Fans who require ADA accessible seating may also call (877) RED-SOX9. Hearing impaired fans may call the Red Sox TTY line at (617) 226-6644.

Tickets to all regular season home games will be available, with the exception of the 6 games in the Diamond Tier - April 9, July 12-13, July 26-27, and September 7. Those tickets, along with table seating on the Sam Deck in Right Field, will be made available at a later date. Information about Green Monster tickets will also be announced at a later date.

BOSTON, MA - Single-game tickets for most 2019 Red Sox home games, including summer games, will go on sale Friday, January 25, at 10 a.m. Tickets will be available online at redsox.com and by phone at (877) RED-SOX9.

Fans can purchase up to 12 single-game tickets per transaction. Mastercard is the preferred payment of the Boston Red Sox. Fans who require ADA accessible seating may also call (877) RED-SOX9. Hearing impaired fans may call the Red Sox TTY line at (617) 226-6644.

Tickets to all regular season home games will be available, with the exception of the 6 games in the Diamond Tier - April 9, July 12-13, July 26-27, and September 7. Those tickets, along with table seating on the Sam Deck in Right Field, will be made available at a later date. Information about Green Monster tickets will also be announced at a later date.

Several promotional giveaways are scheduled throughout the 2019 season. The dates and items include:

• 2019 Season Magnet Schedule, presented by Dunkin', on April 9
• Win Wall Flag, presented by JetBlue, on April 23
• Mookie Betts MVP Hat, presented by Citgo, on April 30
• J.D. Martinez Home Run Counter Bobblehead, presented by French's, on May 14
• Alex Cora World Series Bobblehead, presented by Coca-Cola, on June 25
• Mookie Betts "Time to Party" Bobblehead with Sound, presented by Toyo Tires, on July 16
• World Series Champions Tote Bag, presented by MLB Network, on July 30
• Brock Holt ALDS Hitting for the Cycle Bobblehead, presented by Jim Beam, on August 6
• Andrew Benintendi ALCS Catch Bobblehead, presented by Jim Beam, on September 3
• Nathan Eovaldi World Series Bobblehead, presented by Benjamin Moore, on September 17

The Boston Red Sox' 2019 Spring Training season begins February 13 at JetBlue Park at Fenway South in Lee County, FL, when pitchers and catchers are scheduled to hold their first workout. The first full squad workout is set for February 18. Red Sox Spring Training is presented by CVS Health.

The Red Sox will open the regular season in Seattle on Thursday, March 28. The Fenway Park opener is scheduled for Tuesday, April 9.

Boston Red Sox

2019 Cardinals Caravan and Winter Warm-Up Weekend Update

As of today, all 2019 Cardinals Caravan and Winter Warm-Up activities are going forward as planned. However, we are keeping a close eye on weather conditions for this weekend, as the safety of our guests, players, volunteers, employees and fans is of the utmost importance. Fans can stay up to date on any changes to this weekend's events by visiting cardinals.com, following us on Twitter (@Cardinals), or checking local news outlets. We're looking forward to the kick off of the 2019 season!

As of today, all 2019 Cardinals Caravan and Winter Warm-Up activities are going forward as planned. However, we are keeping a close eye on weather conditions for this weekend, as the safety of our guests, players, volunteers, employees and fans is of the utmost importance. Fans can stay up to date on any changes to this weekend's events by visiting cardinals.com, following us on Twitter (@Cardinals), or checking local news outlets. We're looking forward to the kick off of the 2019 season!

St. Louis Cardinals

Mets announce Major League invites

FLUSHING, N.Y., January 17, 2019 - The New York Mets announced today that the club has invited 13 additional players to Major League Spring Training including: infielder Peter Alonso, LHP P.J. Conlon, infielder Andrés Giménez, LHP Anthony Kay, catcher Patrick Mazeika, LHP David Peterson, catcher Colton Plaia, RHP Ryder Ryan, catcher Ali Sánchez, RHP Corey Taylor, outfielder Tim Tebow, RHP Josh Torres and RHP Stephen Villines.

The Mets have previously invited: LHP Luis Avilán, outfielder Grégor Blanco, RHP Arquimedes Caminero, outfielder Rajai Davis, infielder Dilson Herrera, outfielder Rymer Liriano, LHP Ryan O'Rourke and LHP Héctor Santiago.

FLUSHING, N.Y., January 17, 2019 - The New York Mets announced today that the club has invited 13 additional players to Major League Spring Training including: infielder Peter Alonso, LHP P.J. Conlon, infielder Andrés Giménez, LHP Anthony Kay, catcher Patrick Mazeika, LHP David Peterson, catcher Colton Plaia, RHP Ryder Ryan, catcher Ali Sánchez, RHP Corey Taylor, outfielder Tim Tebow, RHP Josh Torres and RHP Stephen Villines.

The Mets have previously invited: LHP Luis Avilán, outfielder Grégor Blanco, RHP Arquimedes Caminero, outfielder Rajai Davis, infielder Dilson Herrera, outfielder Rymer Liriano, LHP Ryan O'Rourke and LHP Héctor Santiago.

 

New York Mets

Single-game tickets for most 2019 Red Sox home games go on sale Friday, January 25, at 10 a.m.

BOSTON, MA - Single-game tickets for most 2019 Red Sox home games, including summer games, will go on sale Friday, January 25, at 10 a.m. Tickets will be available online at redsox.com and by phone at (877) RED-SOX9. 

Fans can purchase up to 12 single-game tickets per transaction. Mastercard is the preferred payment of the Boston Red Sox. Fans who require ADA accessible seating may also call (877) RED-SOX9. Hearing impaired fans may call the Red Sox TTY line at (617) 226-6644.
 
Tickets to all regular season home games will be available, with the exception of the 6 games in the Diamond Tier - April 9, July 12-13, July 26-27, and September 7. Those tickets, along with table seating on the Sam Deck in Right Field, will be made available at a later date. Information about Green Monster tickets will also be announced at a later date.

BOSTON, MA - Single-game tickets for most 2019 Red Sox home games, including summer games, will go on sale Friday, January 25, at 10 a.m. Tickets will be available online at redsox.com and by phone at (877) RED-SOX9. 

Fans can purchase up to 12 single-game tickets per transaction. Mastercard is the preferred payment of the Boston Red Sox. Fans who require ADA accessible seating may also call (877) RED-SOX9. Hearing impaired fans may call the Red Sox TTY line at (617) 226-6644.
 
Tickets to all regular season home games will be available, with the exception of the 6 games in the Diamond Tier - April 9, July 12-13, July 26-27, and September 7. Those tickets, along with table seating on the Sam Deck in Right Field, will be made available at a later date. Information about Green Monster tickets will also be announced at a later date.

Several promotional giveaways are scheduled throughout the 2019 season. The dates and items include:

-- 2019 Season Magnet Schedule, presented by Dunkin', on April 9
-- Win Wall Flag, presented by JetBlue, on April 23
-- Mookie Betts MVP Hat, presented by Citgo, on April 30
-- J.D. Martinez Home Run Counter Bobblehead, presented by French's, on May 14
-- Alex Cora World Series Bobblehead, presented by Coca-Cola, on June 25
-- Mookie Betts "Time to Party" Bobblehead with Sound, presented by Toyo Tires, on July 16
-- World Series Champions Tote Bag, presented by MLB Network, on July 30
-- Brock Holt ALDS Hitting for the Cycle Bobblehead, presented by Jim Beam, on August 6
-- Andrew Benintendi ALCS Catch Bobblehead, presented by Jim Beam, on September 3
-- Nathan Eovaldi World Series Bobblehead, presented by Benjamin Moore, on September 17

The Boston Red Sox' 2019 Spring Training season begins February 13 at JetBlue Park at Fenway South in Lee County, FL, when pitchers and catchers are scheduled to hold their first workout. The first full squad workout is set for February 18. Red Sox Spring Training is presented by CVS Health.
 
The Red Sox will open the regular season in Seattle on Thursday, March 28. The Fenway Park opener is scheduled for Tuesday, April 9.

 

Boston Red Sox

Pirates charities to host 'Pittsburgh Pirates home run 5K/10K'

5K and 10K Routes to Highlight Pittsburgh's North Shore and Strip District

Pirates Charities, the official philanthropic arm of the Pittsburgh Pirates, announced today the Pittsburgh Pirates Home Run 5K/10K, presented by Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield and Allegheny Health Network, is scheduled for Saturday, April 20, 2019.

The morning event starts on Pittsburgh's North Shore, on North Shore Drive, and all participants will have the opportunity to cross the finish line on the field at PNC Park.

Pirates Charities, the official philanthropic arm of the Pittsburgh Pirates, announced today the Pittsburgh Pirates Home Run 5K/10K, presented by Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield and Allegheny Health Network, is scheduled for Saturday, April 20, 2019.

The morning event starts on Pittsburgh's North Shore, on North Shore Drive, and all participants will have the opportunity to cross the finish line on the field at PNC Park.

Fans are encouraged to begin to register now at pirates.com/HomeRun.

The race is open to fans of all ages and abilities with staggered start times beginning at 7:30 a.m. (time subject to change). Competitive runners can choose to run in the 10K or 5K individually or take part in the team challenge, where teams of four runners can compete against other teams based on average overall time. Top 10K and 5K male and female individual runners in each age group (under 15, 16-19 and 10 year age groups from 20 to 70-plus), as well as top male, female and co-ed teams, will be recognized on the field
at PNC Park prior to a Pirates home game.

Fans who do not wish to run are welcome to join in on the fun by walking the 5K route.

All participants (runners and walkers) will receive a specially designed commemorative Pittsburgh Pirates Home Run medal after they cross the finish line.

Registration for the Pittsburgh Pirates Home Run begins at $50 per person for the 10K and $35 per person for the 5K. Team registrations for the 10K are available for $200 per team of four and $140 per team of four for the 5K. Please check the home page for the complete pricing structure.

All participants are invited to the post-race party that will be held on Federal Street immediately following the event and will feature complimentary food and beverages. In addition to the commemorative medal, 10K and 5K participants will receive a Pittsburgh Pirates Home Run tech t-shirt and a ticket voucher good for one complimentary ticket to select Pirates games at PNC Park in April and May. Ticket dates are based upon availability.

Fans are encouraged to show their Pirates pride and the participant with the most festive Pirates attire will win a customized jersey and two complimentary tickets to an upcoming game at PNC Park.

In 2018, over 3,000 participants took part in the sixth annual Home Run race and raised nearly $143,000 to help support Pirates Charities' many local community and charitable initiatives.

In addition to Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield and Allegheny Health Network, the other 2019 Pirates Charities Home Run sponsors to date include Alco Parking, ARAMARK, AT&T SportsNet, Giant Eagle, Dasani, 93.7 The Fan, Y108, KDKA, Star 100.7, Cellone's, Silverstar, Dunkin', Fleet Feet, Mrs. T's Pierogies, Rivendale Farms and Utz.

Complimentary parking will be available, courtesy of Alco Parking, for all participants beginning at 5 a.m. Fans should plan to arrive prior to 7 a.m. in order to guarantee a complimentary parking spot.

To register or obtain complete race details, fans can log onto pirates.com/HomeRun, or contact Jackie Hunter at 412-325-4776.

About Pirates Charities
Pirates Charities, the philanthropic arm of the Pittsburgh Pirates, is a 501(c)(3) organization committed to strengthening the community by supporting organizations and programs aimed at improving the lives
of children and adults in the Greater Pittsburgh region. Pirates Charities places a special emphasis on supporting youth programs focused on health, fitness and education by developing partnerships with those who share in our mission. In addition to helping youth, Pirates Charities provides assistance to military families and veteran and offers support to those in our community who are fighting cancer. To learn more about Pirates positive impact in the community, visit pirates.com/community.

Pittsburgh Pirates

White Sox announce 2019 Spring Training broadcast schedule

Spring Training games to be featured on TV, radio & whitesox.com

CHICAGO - The Chicago White Sox, NBC Sports Chicago, WGN-TV and WGN Radio AM 720 have announced the team's 2019 Spring Training television, radio and webcast schedule.

The White Sox will have six Cactus League games televised from Arizona (five on NBC Sports Chicago; one on WGN), and 11 additional webcasts on whitesox.com. WGN Radio, the club's flagship radio station, will air 11 games. In addition, NBC Sports Chicago will provide a live stream of its White Sox Spring Training telecasts to authenticated subscribers via the "MyTeams by NBC Sports" app and at NBCSportsChicago.com.

CHICAGO - The Chicago White Sox, NBC Sports Chicago, WGN-TV and WGN Radio AM 720 have announced the team's 2019 Spring Training television, radio and webcast schedule.

The White Sox will have six Cactus League games televised from Arizona (five on NBC Sports Chicago; one on WGN), and 11 additional webcasts on whitesox.com. WGN Radio, the club's flagship radio station, will air 11 games. In addition, NBC Sports Chicago will provide a live stream of its White Sox Spring Training telecasts to authenticated subscribers via the "MyTeams by NBC Sports" app and at NBCSportsChicago.com.

The Sox will present full webcasts of 11 Spring Training games on whitesox.com, which are available free to all fans. The Spring Training webcasts begin Saturday, February 23 at 2:05 p.m. CST when the White Sox open the Cactus League schedule vs. the Los Angeles Dodgers. Russ Langer returns for his ninth spring as the play-by-play voice.

The first televised Spring Training game is on WGN-TV on Friday, March 15 at 3:05 p.m. CDT when the White Sox play host to the Cubs at Camelback Ranch - Glendale. NBC Sports Chicago will televise the first of its five spring games on Saturday, March 16 vs. the Dodgers at 3:05 p.m. CDT.

Jason Benetti and Steve Stone will work all six televised games in their fourth Spring Training together as the White Sox broadcast team. Benetti is set to begin his fourth season with the Sox, while Stone enters his 12th year with the club.

WGN Radio broadcasts the first of its 11 games with the White Sox spring opener on Saturday, February 23 vs. the Dodgers. WGN Radio also will air both White Sox vs. Cubs match ups on Sunday, March 3 at Sloan Park and Friday, March 15 at Camelback Ranch. Ed Farmer and Darrin Jackson return as the on-air tandem. Farmer is entering his 28th season in the radio booth, while Jackson will begin his 20th year as a Sox broadcaster.

White Sox 2019 Spring Training broadcast schedule
(All times CT)

Saturday, Feb. 23: vs. Dodgers (ss), Glendale -- Radio: WGN, Online: whitesox.com, 2:05 p.m.
Monday, Feb. 25: vs. Giants, Scottsdale -- Radio: WGN 2:05 p.m.
Tuesday, Feb. 26: vs. Royals, Glendale -- Online: whitesox.com, 2:05 p.m.
Wednesday, Feb. 27: vs. Reds, Glendale -- Online: whitesox.com, 2:05 p.m.
Saturday, March 2: vs. Rockies, Glendale -- Online: whitesox.com, 2:05 p.m.
Monday, March 4: vs. Angels, Glendale -- Radio: WGN, Online: whitesox.com, 2:05 p.m.
Tuesday, March 5: vs. Padres (ss), Glendale -- Online: whitesox.com, 2:05 p.m.
Thursday, March 7: vs. Brewers, Glendale -- Radio: WGN, Online: whitesox.com, 2:05 p.m.
Sunday, March 10: vs. Athletics, Glendale -- Radio: WGN, Online: whitesox.com, 3:05 p.m.
Tuesday, March 12: Mariners (ss), Glendale -- Online: whitesox.com, 3:05 p.m.
Friday, March 15: vs. Cubs, Glendale -- TV: WGN, Radio: WGN, 3:05 p.m.
Saturday, March 16: vs. Dodgers, Glendale -- TV: NBCSCH, 3:05 p.m.
Sunday, March 17: vs. D-backs, Scottsdale -- Radio: WGN, 3:10 p.m.
Monday, March 18: vs. Giants, Glendale -- Radio: WGN, Online: whitesox.com, 3:05 p.m.
Tuesday, March 19: vs. Reds, Goodyear -- TV: NBCSCH, Radio: WGN, 8:05 p.m.
Wednesday, March 20: vs. D-backs, Glendale -- TV: NBCSCH, 3:05 p.m.
Thursday, March 21: vs. Rangers, Glendale -- Online: whitesox.com, 3:05 p.m.
Friday, March 22: vs. Angels, Tempe -- TV: NBCSCH, 3:10 p.m.
Sunday, March 24: vs. Indians, Glendale -- TV: NBCSCH, Radio: WGN, 2:05 p.m.

Additional information regarding Spring Training broadcasts and tickets at CR-G can be found at whitesox.com/spring.

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