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Astros RBI player Kayla Robinson wins prestigious Jackie Robinson 'Breaking Barriors' essay contest

Marks 2nd consecutive year that member of Astros RBI program has been a winner

HOUSTON, TX -- On Sunday, Major League Baseball announced that Astros RBI Softball player Kayla Robinson had been named a winner of the Jackie Robinson "Breaking Barriers" Essay Contest.

She is pictured being presented with a laptop computer by David James, MLB VP of Youth Programs. Robinson and her Astros RBI Softball team are currently competing at the RBI World Series this week in Minneapolis, MN. Robinson has been a member of the Astros Youth Academy since its opening in 2010.

HOUSTON, TX -- On Sunday, Major League Baseball announced that Astros RBI Softball player Kayla Robinson had been named a winner of the Jackie Robinson "Breaking Barriers" Essay Contest.

She is pictured being presented with a laptop computer by David James, MLB VP of Youth Programs. Robinson and her Astros RBI Softball team are currently competing at the RBI World Series this week in Minneapolis, MN. Robinson has been a member of the Astros Youth Academy since its opening in 2010.

For this annual contest, which is the vision of Jackie Robinson's daughter, Sharon Robinson, participants are asked to share obstacles or challenges that they have had to overcome in life. Kayla Robinson's entry, entitled "The Storm," is an emotional story of how she and her family have had to overcome the devastation and loss caused by Hurricane Harvey in 2017, Hurricane Katrina while living in Louisiana back in 2005, and other storms. It is an uplifting account of how she has managed to draw the strength to find success, despite the obstacles. In the Fall, Robinson will be attending Grambling State University, where she will play softball on a scholarship.

"Kayla is a very special young lady," said Daryl Wade, Director of the Astros Youth Academy. "She was a little girl when we first opened the Academy, playing baseball with the boys, and was one of the better players. Once we got the softball program going, she worked hard to become one of our best. We are very proud of her."

In 2017, another member of the Astros RBI program, Drevian Nelson, also won the Jackie Robinson "Breaking Barriers" Essay Contest. Nelson's winning essay detailed how he managed to overcome the loss of his mother, who died of cancer when he was 10 years old. His story also has a happy outcome, as he was selected in the 14th round of this year's June Draft by the Anaheim Angels, and currently plays in their minor league system.

Houston Astros

The Reds Hall of Fame and Museum, presented by Dinsmore, welcomes former Red and 1989 NL MVP Kevin Mitchell

12:00 - 1:00 p.m. Sunday, August 19

The Reds Hall of Fame and Museum presented by Dinsmore is thrilled to announce an appearance by two-time All-Star and 1989 National League MVP Kevin Mitchell! A Red in 1993-94 and 1996, Kevin will be at the Reds Hall of Fame and Museum on Sunday, August 19 from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m.

Pricing for the event is $20 for the first autograph for non-members, $15 for Hall of Fame members. Up to five (5) additional items can be signed for $15 per item. One autograph ticket is required per item. There is a limit of five (5) items per person. Photographs (8x10) will be available for $10 while supplies last. Museum admission or membership is required to attend the autograph signing.

The Reds Hall of Fame and Museum presented by Dinsmore is thrilled to announce an appearance by two-time All-Star and 1989 National League MVP Kevin Mitchell! A Red in 1993-94 and 1996, Kevin will be at the Reds Hall of Fame and Museum on Sunday, August 19 from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m.

Pricing for the event is $20 for the first autograph for non-members, $15 for Hall of Fame members. Up to five (5) additional items can be signed for $15 per item. One autograph ticket is required per item. There is a limit of five (5) items per person. Photographs (8x10) will be available for $10 while supplies last. Museum admission or membership is required to attend the autograph signing.

Please call the Hall of Fame Box Office at (513) 765-7923 for more information.

Cincinnati Reds

Angels option Paredes to Triple-A, call up Morales

The Angels have made the following transactions:

·         RHP Eduardo Paredes - Optioned to Salt Lake

The Angels have made the following transactions:

·         RHP Eduardo Paredes - Optioned to Salt Lake

·         RHP Osmer Morales - Selected to the Major League Roster

Los Angeles Angels

Tickets for Yankee Stadium college football matchups

2018 New Era Pinstripe Bowl on Thursday, December 27 and Shamrock Series featuring Notre Dame vs. Syracuse on Saturday, November 17 to go on sale this week

Tickets for the 2018 New Era Pinstripe Bowl on Thursday, December 27 at 5:15 p.m. at Yankee Stadium along with tickets for the Shamrock Series featuring Notre Dame vs. Syracuse on Saturday, November 17 at 2:30 p.m. at Yankee Stadium will go on sale to the general public at www.yankees.com/football and www.ticketmaster.com on Thursday, August 16, at 10:00 a.m.

Additionally, various New Era Pinstripe Bowl fan packages, which include game day experiences, hotel accommodation and access to the coaches' press conferences, will also go on sale on the days and times noted in this release. Details on these fan packages can be found at www.pinstripebowlpackages.com.

Tickets for the 2018 New Era Pinstripe Bowl on Thursday, December 27 at 5:15 p.m. at Yankee Stadium along with tickets for the Shamrock Series featuring Notre Dame vs. Syracuse on Saturday, November 17 at 2:30 p.m. at Yankee Stadium will go on sale to the general public at www.yankees.com/football and www.ticketmaster.com on Thursday, August 16, at 10:00 a.m.

Additionally, various New Era Pinstripe Bowl fan packages, which include game day experiences, hotel accommodation and access to the coaches' press conferences, will also go on sale on the days and times noted in this release. Details on these fan packages can be found at www.pinstripebowlpackages.com.

Yankees Season Ticket Licensees (Premium, Suite, Full and Partial), Yankees Universe members, and Yankees Group Leaders will have the opportunity to take part in a special pre-on-sale beginning on Tuesday, August 14, the details of which can be found at www.pinstripebowl.com.  

Mastercard cardholders can take advantage of a special Mastercard exclusive pre-on-sale on Wednesday, August 15, starting at 10:00 a.m. and ending at 10:00 p.m. Mastercard is the preferred card of the New Era Pinstripe Bowl.

This year's New Era Pinstripe Bowl will be nationally televised by ESPN, which has also secured national and local radio rights for ESPN Radio.

Established in 2010, the New Era Pinstripe Bowl has featured some of the most memorable moments in recent college football history. "New York's Bowl Game" is played at the world-renowned Yankee Stadium, which is home to the New York Yankees, New York City Football Club and many other sporting, cultural and business events.

Various events, promotions and community outreach programs will take place during New Era Pinstripe Bowl week to once again create an unforgettable experience for fans, families, students and staff.

For up-to-the-moment information, fans are encouraged to visit the game's official website (www.pinstripebowl.com), Twitter page (@PinstripeBowl) and Instagram account (@PinstripeBowl).

The Notre Dame - Syracuse matchup at Yankee Stadium will mark the ninth installment of the Shamrock Series, an event where the Irish play a scheduled home game at a neutral site. In addition to the game, the weekend features various off-the-field events aimed at bringing the full Notre Dame campus fan experience on the road to cities around the country. Presentations by University faculty and researchers, a celebration of the Holy Mass, a community service project and marching band performances are planned leading up to kickoff.

The Shamrock Series game will be nationally televised by NBC.

Notre Dame and Syracuse will each be making their third appearances at the current Yankee Stadium.

The Fighting Irish appeared in the current Stadium's first college football game on November 20, 2010, defeating Army, 27-3, in front of the Stadium's largest-ever crowd of 54,251. Notre Dame was also victorious in the 2013 New Era Pinstripe Bowl, topping Rutgers, 29-16.

The Orange are two-time New Era Pinstripe Bowl champions, defeating Kansas State, 36-34, in the inaugural 2010 contest and besting West Virginia, 38-14, in 2012.

Notre Dame and Syracuse have played on eight previous occasions all time, with the Irish leading the series, 5-3. Notre Dame earned a 50-33 victory in the most recent meeting between the teams on Oct. 1, 2016, at a neutral site.

Dodgers reinstate Erik Goeddel

LOS ANGELES - The Los Angeles Dodgers today reinstated right-handed pitcher Erik Goeddel from the 10-day disabled list and optioned switch-handed pitcher Pat Venditte to Triple-A Oklahoma City.

Goeddel, who missed nine games with right lat inflammation, last pitched on August 2 against the Brewers, where he allowed three runs on two hits over 1.0 inning of relief. In 30 games with Seattle and Los Angeles this season, the California native has a 3-0 record, 3.06 ERA (12 ER/35.1 IP) and has limited the opposition to a .202 average.

LOS ANGELES - The Los Angeles Dodgers today reinstated right-handed pitcher Erik Goeddel from the 10-day disabled list and optioned switch-handed pitcher Pat Venditte to Triple-A Oklahoma City.

Goeddel, who missed nine games with right lat inflammation, last pitched on August 2 against the Brewers, where he allowed three runs on two hits over 1.0 inning of relief. In 30 games with Seattle and Los Angeles this season, the California native has a 3-0 record, 3.06 ERA (12 ER/35.1 IP) and has limited the opposition to a .202 average.

Venditte, 33, has appeared in five games with Los Angeles, allowing four runs over 4.1 innings (8.31 ERA), while striking out four against one walk.

Los Angeles Dodgers

Yankees Roster Moves - 8/13/18

Prior to tonight's game, the Yankees made the following roster moves:

Selected RHP George Kontos (#70) from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
Recalled INF Ronald Torreyes (#74) from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
Placed LHP CC Sabathia on the 10-day disabled list with right knee inflammation.
Optioned INF Luke Voit to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
Transferred LHP Jordan Montgomery to the 60-day disabled list.

Prior to tonight's game, the Yankees made the following roster moves:

Selected RHP George Kontos (#70) from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
Recalled INF Ronald Torreyes (#74) from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
Placed LHP CC Sabathia on the 10-day disabled list with right knee inflammation.
Optioned INF Luke Voit to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
Transferred LHP Jordan Montgomery to the 60-day disabled list.

New York Yankees

MLB to host free, one-day umpire camp at Minute Maid Park on Aug. 18

Major League Baseball will host a free, one-day umpire camp at Minute Maid Park, home of the Houston Astros, on Saturday, August 18th. Staff for the event will include many accomplished former MLB Umpires, current MLB Supervisors and Observers, as well as Minor League Baseball and NCAA Officials. Among those participating from the MLB Umpiring Department will be Cris Jones, Ed Rapuano, Charlie Reliford and Rich Rieker.

This is MLB's third free, one-day umpire camp of 2018 for anyone interested in umpiring in baseball and softball, including those aiming to begin professional careers. The 2018 Umpire Camps will culminate with the MLBUC Professional Mini-Camp, which will be held in late December.

Major League Baseball will host a free, one-day umpire camp at Minute Maid Park, home of the Houston Astros, on Saturday, August 18th. Staff for the event will include many accomplished former MLB Umpires, current MLB Supervisors and Observers, as well as Minor League Baseball and NCAA Officials. Among those participating from the MLB Umpiring Department will be Cris Jones, Ed Rapuano, Charlie Reliford and Rich Rieker.

This is MLB's third free, one-day umpire camp of 2018 for anyone interested in umpiring in baseball and softball, including those aiming to begin professional careers. The 2018 Umpire Camps will culminate with the MLBUC Professional Mini-Camp, which will be held in late December.

Twenty-two attendees from last year's clinics went on to the MLB Professional Mini-Camp at no cost. Ten of the Ft. Myers attendees in 2017 advanced on MLB scholarships to the two professional umpire schools this past January, and they began their professional careers in June. In addition, over 130 attendees of MLB Umpire Camps have gone on to work in professional baseball since 2006.

For more information on how to participate in this camp and future MLB Umpire Camps, interested applicants can visit https://www.facebook.com/mlb.camps or e-mail mlbumpirecamps@mlb.com.

MLB

This week at the Yard

TUESDAY, AUGUST 14

TANNER SCOTT AT ORIOLES TEAM STORE IN YORK
On Tuesday, Orioles pitcher TANNER SCOTT will make an appearance at the Orioles Team Store in the York Galleria (2899 Whiteford Rd., York, Pa.) from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Scott will sign autographs and greet fans. The event is free of charge and open to the public.

CHRIS DAVIS & CASEY CARES EXTRA INNINGS EVENT
On Tuesday from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. ET, Orioles infielder CHRIS DAVIS will join the Casey Cares Foundation at the Extra Innings Baltimore facility. Davis will meet, sign autographs for, and play games with critically-ill children and their families. Davis and his wife, JILL, have been working with Casey Cares for the last few years, serving as race ambassadors for the Casey Cares 5K run/walk at Oriole Park at Camden Yards since 2016. This event will be closed to media, but photos and b-roll from the event will be made available.

TUESDAY, AUGUST 14

TANNER SCOTT AT ORIOLES TEAM STORE IN YORK
On Tuesday, Orioles pitcher TANNER SCOTT will make an appearance at the Orioles Team Store in the York Galleria (2899 Whiteford Rd., York, Pa.) from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Scott will sign autographs and greet fans. The event is free of charge and open to the public.

CHRIS DAVIS & CASEY CARES EXTRA INNINGS EVENT
On Tuesday from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. ET, Orioles infielder CHRIS DAVIS will join the Casey Cares Foundation at the Extra Innings Baltimore facility. Davis will meet, sign autographs for, and play games with critically-ill children and their families. Davis and his wife, JILL, have been working with Casey Cares for the last few years, serving as race ambassadors for the Casey Cares 5K run/walk at Oriole Park at Camden Yards since 2016. This event will be closed to media, but photos and b-roll from the event will be made available.

ORIOLES TO HOST MAKE-A-WISH CHILD
On Tuesday, the Orioles will welcome ETHAN, a 15-year-old from McLeansville, NC, to Oriole Park through Make-A-Wish Mid-Atlantic. Ethan, who has a cardiac condition, is an avid Orioles fan and baseball player himself. Ethan will have his own locker and nameplate set up with a jersey and hat, will meet with members of the team, get a behind-the-scenes tour of the ballpark, and will present the Orioles lineup card to the umpires prior to the game.

GAME OF THRONES NIGHT® AT ORIOLE PARK
The Orioles invite fans to enjoy Game of Thrones® Night at Oriole Park on Tuesday. A limited number of ticket packages are still available, featuring an exclusive pregame party in the bullpen picnic area located in center field from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., a game ticket in the left field lower box, a limited-edition Game of Thrones bobblehead, and the opportunity to take a photo on the Iron Throne. Ticket packages are exclusively available for purchase at www.orioles.com/gameofthrones.

PREGAME CEREMONY: Maryland Public Libraries Summer Reading Program
During a special pregame ceremony, representatives from each Maryland county library will be acknowledged for their work with the summer reading program. As a reward for youth who participated in their library's summer reading program, the Orioles donated 5,000 tickets for games on Tuesday and Monday, August 27. The summer reading program is an essential part of building children's vocabulary and preventing summer learning loss.

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 15

ADAM JONES TO RECEIVE THE HEART AND HUSTLE AWARD
Orioles outfielder ADAM JONES will be presented with the Orioles' 2018 Heart and Hustle Award by the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association (MLBPAA) prior to Wednesday night's game. This esteemed award is voted on by Alumni players to honor active players who demonstrate a passion for the game of baseball and best embody the values, spirit, and tradition of the game. This will be Jones' sixth time receiving the award, which he also won in 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017. Orioles Hall of Famer and current MASN broadcaster, MIKE BORDICK, will present Jones with the award.

VIRGINIA TECH UNIVERSITY NIGHT
Students, alumni, and supporters of Virginia Tech will be in attendance on Wednesday to celebrate Virginia Tech Night at Oriole Park, one of nearly a dozen University Nights this season. Ticket packages include a game ticket and a co-branded Orioles cap featuring Virginia Tech's colors and logo. For a complete list of University Nights, or to purchase a ticket package, visit www.orioles.com/university.

CEREMONIAL FIRST PICH: Alicia Graf Mack
The Orioles will welcome Maryland-native and newly-appointed dance director for The Juilliard School, ALICIA GRAF MACK, to throw out the ceremonial first pitch prior to Wednesday's game. A native of Columbia, Md., Graf Mack has danced as a guest performer with Beyoncé, John Legend, Andre 3000, and Alicia Keys, and at other events including the Chicago Dancing Festival, and the 2017 Kennedy Center Honors. Graf Mack is also co-founder of D(n)A Arts Collective, an initiative created to enrich the lives of young dancers through master classes and intensives.

ORIOLES MARYLAND STATE T-SHIRT GIVEAWAY
All fans at Wednesday's game will receive an Orioles Maryland State t-shirt as they enter the ballpark.

Baltimore Orioles

Ballpark Buzz: Top Things to Know for Phillies vs. Red Sox (8/14-15) & Mets (8/16-19)

On Tuesday, the Phillies return to host the Boston Red Sox followed by the New York Mets at Citizens Bank Park. The final game of the homestand will take place in Williamsport, Pa., as the Phillies take on the Mets in the MLB Little League Classic. Below are the top things to know.

  1. Interleague play! The Boston Red Sox come to town for a two-game series starting on Tuesday. Pregame highlights at Wednesday's game feature the Police Athletic League (PAL) Celebrity Softball Game with local media celebrities.

On Tuesday, August 14, the Phillies take on the Boston Red Sox at 7:05 p.m. at Citizens Bank Park.

On Tuesday, the Phillies return to host the Boston Red Sox followed by the New York Mets at Citizens Bank Park. The final game of the homestand will take place in Williamsport, Pa., as the Phillies take on the Mets in the MLB Little League Classic. Below are the top things to know.

  1. Interleague play! The Boston Red Sox come to town for a two-game series starting on Tuesday. Pregame highlights at Wednesday's game feature the Police Athletic League (PAL) Celebrity Softball Game with local media celebrities.

On Tuesday, August 14, the Phillies take on the Boston Red Sox at 7:05 p.m. at Citizens Bank Park.

Then, on Wednesday, August 15, beginning at 5:30 p.m., local television personalities and print newspaper writers will play softball against web and radio personalities to benefit the Police Athletic League prior to the 7:05 p.m. Phillies game.

After the PAL celebrity softball game, PAL representatives will make a pregame presentation to Phillies third baseman Maikel Franco, recognizing him for his community service; also, a PAL youngster, accompanied by Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross Jr., will throw out the ceremonial first pitch. In the 7th inning, PAL kids and a PAL officer will dance on the dugout with the Phanatic.

 

  1. Double the fun with a doubleheader on Thursday, which kicks off the series against the Mets. Plus, fans are invited to the Goya Latino Family Celebration!

The Phillies will hold a single-admission doubleheader against the Mets on Thursday, August 16 (rescheduled from Saturday, May 12). Tickets purchased for August 16 are valid for both games of the doubleheader. The first game will begin at 4:05 p.m. and all gates will open at 3:05 p.m. The second game will begin 30 minutes after the end of the 4:05 p.m. game.

Before the first game, Will Power, winner of the 2018 Indianapolis 500, will throw out a ceremonial first pitch. Plus, it's the final Throwback Thursday of the season; Phillies players will sport 1980s era powder blue uniforms for both games and organist George Akerley will be adding organ music and flavor throughout the first game.

Additionally, Goya Foods, the largest Hispanic-owned food company in the United States, will once again partner with the Phillies to host the Goya Latino Family Celebration on Thursday. Highlights include:

  • For both games of the doubleheader, Angel Castillo, a member of the Phillies Spanish language broadcast team, will introduce the lineups in Spanish, Hector Serrano Events presents Grupo Fuego, Caliente Dancers and Salseros Unidos will perform on-field, pregame and in-game and local artists will perform at the entrance gates, including DJ Oz and DJ Loso.
  • Before the second game, the Phillies Goya Family Service Award, given annually to an organization or individual that has an impact in the Latino Community, will be presented to Jarida Rodriguez, a foster parent who has provided a safe and happy home for numerous children as part of Concilio's foster care program.
  • The first 500 fans to purchase tickets through this Theme Night Ticket promotion will receive a limited-edition Phillies Goya Latino Family Celebration Los Phillies T-shirt.

 

  1. Postgame concert with Old Dominion on Friday!

ACM award-winning band, Old Dominion, will perform an on-field, postgame concert at Citizens Bank Park on Friday, August 17, after the Phillies host the New York Mets at 6:05 p.m. Each game ticket is also a concert ticket - no additional purchase is required to attend.

 

  1. Youngsters to receive Jake Arrieta Nickname T-Shirt on Saturday. Plus, it's Bud & Burger Night!

On Saturday, August 18, children 14 and under will receive an IBEW Local 98 Jake Arrieta Nickname T-Shirt with Arrieta's nickname "Snake" on the back at the 4:05 p.m. Phillies game.

Saturday is also Bud & Burger Night! Phillies alum Gary "Sarge" Matthews will be at the Boardwalk Eats Burger stand near the Left Field Plaza from 2:45 - 4:00 p.m. to sign autographs and chat with fans. Fans 21 and older are invited to enjoy specials on Budweiser throughout the ballpark. Plus, at the Hatfield grill stands at Sections 106, 120, 135 and 136, and the Boardwalk Eats Burger stand, discounts on Bud & Burgers will be available.

 

  1. Phillies head to Williamsport for the MLB Little League Classic!

On Sunday, August 19, the Phillies will take on the Mets in the second MLB Little League Classic at the BB&T Ballpark at Historic Bowman Field, the home of the Phillies' Class-A Williamsport Crosscutters of the New York-Penn League.

The game will air nationally on ESPN's "Sunday Night Baseball" and ESPN Radio at 7:10 p.m.

 

Gate Openings: Ashburn Alley opens two hours prior to game time; all other gates open one and a half hours prior to game time. For the single-admission doubleheader on Thursday, August 16, all gates will open at 3:05 p.m.

Fandom: Check in using Ballpark, Citizens Bank Park's official mobile app, to receive special offers for retail, concessions and more. Also, follow the action via @Phillies on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and Snapchat.

Broadcast: For the most up-to-date TV broadcast schedule, please go to Phillies.com. MLB.TV and SportsRadio 94WIP will carry all games during the season and fans can tune into Spanish radio on 1680 WTTM.

Traffic: Log on to www.511pa.com, www.511nj.org or call 511 from any phone to check traffic conditions. Transit services are also available, for a SEPTA schedule please visit www.septa.org.

Philadelphia Phillies

Ryan Zimmerman named NL Player of the Week

Washington Nationals first baseman Ryan Zimmerman has been named the National League Player of the Week presented by W.B. Mason for the period ending August 12th. The announcement was made earlier today on MLB Network.

Zimmerman batted .476 (10-for-21) with four runs scored, three doubles, three home runs, 12 RBI and four walks across seven games played to claim his fifth career NL Player of the Week Award, last winning for the period ending April 30, 2017. Among his NL counterparts, Ryan finished the period first in RBI and slugging percentage (1.048); tied for first in extra-base hits (6); second in batting average, on-base percentage (.538) and total bases (22); tied for third in home runs; tied for fourth in hits; and tied for seventh in doubles. This is Washington's fourth weekly award of the 2018 season, following Ryan's teammates Adam Eaton (April 2nd), Max Scherzer (April 15th) and Mark Reynolds (July 9th).

Washington Nationals first baseman Ryan Zimmerman has been named the National League Player of the Week presented by W.B. Mason for the period ending August 12th. The announcement was made earlier today on MLB Network.

Zimmerman batted .476 (10-for-21) with four runs scored, three doubles, three home runs, 12 RBI and four walks across seven games played to claim his fifth career NL Player of the Week Award, last winning for the period ending April 30, 2017. Among his NL counterparts, Ryan finished the period first in RBI and slugging percentage (1.048); tied for first in extra-base hits (6); second in batting average, on-base percentage (.538) and total bases (22); tied for third in home runs; tied for fourth in hits; and tied for seventh in doubles. This is Washington's fourth weekly award of the 2018 season, following Ryan's teammates Adam Eaton (April 2nd), Max Scherzer (April 15th) and Mark Reynolds (July 9th).

In Washington's doubleheader on Tuesday against the Atlanta Braves, Zimmerman tallied six hits across both games as the Nationals split the twinbill with Atlanta. In the afternoon contest, the University of Virginia product batted 3-for-5 with a run scored, two doubles, a home run and three RBI to propel Washington to an 8-3 victory. Zimmerman became the third National this season to reach those totals in a single game, joining Anthony Rendon (June 29th) and Eaton (March 31st). In Saturday afternoon's tilt against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field, the fourth overall selection in the 2005 MLB Draft posted his second multi-homer game of the season (also April 28th) and the 25th of his career. Additionally, Zimmerman matched his career high with six RBI, and became the fourth different Nats player in 2018 to club a pair of homers with at least six RBI in a contest, joining Daniel Murphy (July 31st), Reynolds (July 7th) and Trea Turner (July 5th). The 33-year-old veteran capped off his strong period at the plate with his third multi-RBI performance of the week on Sunday night against the Cubs. Since July 24th, Zimmerman is slashing .386/.462/.795 with six runs scored, 17 hits, six doubles, four home runs and 18 RBI.

Other noteworthy performances last week included All-Star first baseman Paul Goldschmidt (.357, 10 H, 6 XBH, 4 RBI) and outfielder David Peralta (.444, 8 R, 12 H, 4 HR, 6 RBI) of the Arizona Diamondbacks; All-Stars Jesús Aguilar (.350, 3 R, 3 HR, 10 RBI) and Lorenzo Cain (.414, 6 R, 12 H, 2 SB) of the Milwaukee Brewers; All-Star outfielder Nick Markakis (.444, 6 R, 6 XBH, 8 RBI) of the Atlanta Braves; and Zimmerman's teammate Scherzer (14.0 IP, 17 SO, 2 BB, 7 H).

In recognition of his National League Player of the Week Award, Ryan Zimmerman will be awarded a watch courtesy of Rockwell.

MLB

J.D. Martinez named AL Player of the Week

Boston Red Sox designated hitter/outfielder J.D. Martinez has been named the American League Player of the Week presented by W.B. Mason for the period ending August 12th. The announcement was made earlier today on MLB Network.

Martinez posted a slash line of .464/.531/1.071 with seven runs scored, 13 hits, five doubles, four home runs and 11 RBI over seven games played to earn his second AL Player of the Week Award this season (also May 20th), and the eighth weekly award of his career. Among qualified AL leaders, J.D. finished the week first in RBI, extra-base hits (9), slugging percentage and total bases (30); tied for first in hits; second in on-base percentage; tied for second in doubles and home runs; third in batting average; and tied for fifth in runs scored. This is Boston's third weekly award of the 2018 season, most recently following his teammate Xander Bogaerts (July 8th).

Boston Red Sox designated hitter/outfielder J.D. Martinez has been named the American League Player of the Week presented by W.B. Mason for the period ending August 12th. The announcement was made earlier today on MLB Network.

Martinez posted a slash line of .464/.531/1.071 with seven runs scored, 13 hits, five doubles, four home runs and 11 RBI over seven games played to earn his second AL Player of the Week Award this season (also May 20th), and the eighth weekly award of his career. Among qualified AL leaders, J.D. finished the week first in RBI, extra-base hits (9), slugging percentage and total bases (30); tied for first in hits; second in on-base percentage; tied for second in doubles and home runs; third in batting average; and tied for fifth in runs scored. This is Boston's third weekly award of the 2018 season, most recently following his teammate Xander Bogaerts (July 8th).

In the first game of his award-winning week on Tuesday against the Toronto Blue Jays, Martinez notched his eighth three-hit game of the season, including a double, the go-ahead home run in the eighth inning and four RBI to help lead Boston to a 10-7 victory. On Friday night against the Baltimore Orioles, the 30-year-old slugger logged a pair of runs scored and two hits to go along with his 100th and 101st RBI of the season. With the performance, Martinez, who signed with Boston this past offseason, became the ninth player in franchise history to record at least 30 home runs and 100 RBI in his first season with the Red Sox, and the first since 10-time All-Star David Ortiz in 2003. In the second game of Saturday's day/night doubleheader against the Orioles at Camden Yards, the Florida native posted his 10th career multi-home run game, and third of the 2018 campaign, last accomplishing the feat on July 24th. The 2015 Silver Slugger Award winner became just the fourth player in team history to club 37-or-more round-trippers in his team's first 119 games of a season, joining Hall of Famer Jimmie Foxx (1938), Manny Ramirez (2001) and Ortiz (2006). The eight-year veteran is vying to become the 10th player (11th time) in AL history to win the prestigious Triple Crown, as he paces the Majors in home runs (37) and RBI (104), while trailing his All-Star teammate Mookie Betts (.350) by 17 points in batting average (.333).

Betts (.448, 10 R, 13 H, 8 XBH, 5 RBI) also posted a strong week for the Red Sox. On Thursday, Mookie became the 21st player (22nd time) in Club history to hit for the cycle, and the first since his teammate Brock Holt on June 16, 2015. In addition, the dynamic outfielder became the first Red Sox hitter to score multiple runs in five consecutive contests (August 5th-10th) since Kevin Youkilis in 2005. Other noteworthy performances last week included All-Star closer Edwin Díaz (5 G, 1.80 ERA, 5 SV, 11 SO) of the Seattle Mariners; All-Star starting pitcher Trevor Bauer (2-0, 0.73 ERA, 12.1 IP, 19 SO) of the Cleveland Indians; outfielder Giancarlo Stanton (.296, 8 R, 5 HR, 9 RBI) of the New York Yankees; and outfielder Adam Engel of the Chicago White Sox, who made three home run-saving catches.

In recognition of his American League Player of the Week Award, J.D. Martinez will be awarded a watch courtesy of Rockwell.

MLB

Ryan Zimmerman named NL Player of the Week

Following a week in which he hit .476 (10-for-21) with three doubles, three homers, 12 RBI, four walks and four runs scored in seven games, Nationals first baseman Ryan Zimmerman was named the National League Player of the Week on Monday. Major League Baseball made the announcement on MLB Network.

Zimmerman led the National League in slugging percentage (1.048), OPS (1.586), RBI (12) and tied for the lead with six extra-base hits last week. He hit safely in five of the seven games and reached base safely in six of the seven.

Following a week in which he hit .476 (10-for-21) with three doubles, three homers, 12 RBI, four walks and four runs scored in seven games, Nationals first baseman Ryan Zimmerman was named the National League Player of the Week on Monday. Major League Baseball made the announcement on MLB Network.

Zimmerman led the National League in slugging percentage (1.048), OPS (1.586), RBI (12) and tied for the lead with six extra-base hits last week. He hit safely in five of the seven games and reached base safely in six of the seven.

The highlight of Zimmerman's week came on Aug. 11 at Chicago when he matched a career-high with six RBI via two home runs and a sacrifice fly in the Nationals 9-4 win over the Cubs. It was his second multi-home run game of the season and 25th of his career.

This award marks the eighth taken home by a Nationals player so far in 2018.

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Oakland A's establish $100,000 Endowment for Peralta Community College Students

OAKLAND, Calif. - The Oakland A's Community Fund has announced a $100,000 endowment to the Peralta Colleges Foundation that will support scholarships for Peralta Community College District students.

The Oakland Athletics Scholars Program (OASP) will provide four scholarships annually for students enrolled in a variety of disciplines including Business; Digital Media & Communications; Information Technology; Hospitality/Retail; and Environment & Sustainability. Students receiving the scholarship will also be eligible to be considered for internships with the team.

OAKLAND, Calif. - The Oakland A's Community Fund has announced a $100,000 endowment to the Peralta Colleges Foundation that will support scholarships for Peralta Community College District students.

The Oakland Athletics Scholars Program (OASP) will provide four scholarships annually for students enrolled in a variety of disciplines including Business; Digital Media & Communications; Information Technology; Hospitality/Retail; and Environment & Sustainability. Students receiving the scholarship will also be eligible to be considered for internships with the team.

"The Oakland A's financial commitment to the Peralta Colleges Foundation is another example of our positive impact in our community," said A's President Dave Kaval. "We are excited to support the Peralta Colleges Workforce Development programs for East Bay students."

"We are so excited for this partnership with the Oakland A's Community Fund," said Nikki Lasley, Interim Executive Director of the Peralta Colleges Foundation. "Current and future students will benefit tremendously from this generous gift, without which many would not be able to attend college at all."

The OASP scholarship application will be available in the fall and will be awarded in early 2019. Qualified students from all four Peralta Community Colleges - Berkeley City College, College of Alameda, Laney College and Merritt College - are eligible to apply. For more information, visit peraltafoundation.org.

About the Oakland A's
The Oakland A's are committed to meeting the social, cultural, and educational needs of the community and accomplish this work through the team's community engagement initiatives and its charitable arm, the Oakland A's Community Fund. The A's take an innovative and dynamic approach to support education, promote youth sports, and provide economic opportunity in order to help make Oakland and the East Bay a more equitable and inclusive community. For more information on the club's community work, visit athletics.com.

About the Peralta Colleges Foundation
The Peralta Colleges Foundation is an independent 501c3 nonprofit that supports academic excellence and success throughout the Peralta Community College District by building partnerships in the region to raise funds for scholarships to committed students and financial support to the four colleges that comprise the district.

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Rangers to begin countdown of games remaining at Globe Life Park in Arlington

Rangers Hall of Famer Rusty Greer to take part in 100-game countdown

Arlington, Texas - The Texas Rangers will begin the countdown of remaining scheduled regular season games at Globe Life Park in Arlington, TONIGHT, Monday, August 13, when the club opens a six-game homestand with the Arizona Diamondbacks at 7:05 p.m.

At the end of the fifth inning of tonight, Rangers Hall of Fame outfielder Rusty Greer will take part in a ceremony to unveil a sign on the left field upper suite level façade to indicate that 100 scheduled regular season games remain at Globe Life Park in Arlington.

Arlington, Texas - The Texas Rangers will begin the countdown of remaining scheduled regular season games at Globe Life Park in Arlington, TONIGHT, Monday, August 13, when the club opens a six-game homestand with the Arizona Diamondbacks at 7:05 p.m.

At the end of the fifth inning of tonight, Rangers Hall of Fame outfielder Rusty Greer will take part in a ceremony to unveil a sign on the left field upper suite level façade to indicate that 100 scheduled regular season games remain at Globe Life Park in Arlington.

The sign will be updated after the fifth inning of each remaining game at Globe Life Park in 2018 and 2019. Rangers' alumni, longtime season holders and employees, and other individuals associated with the history of Globe Life Park will take part in the sign unveilings.

Globe Life Park in Arlington opened as The Ballpark in Arlington in April 1994 and has been the site of 25 postseason games, including six World Series contests, and the 1995 All-Star Game. Entering tonight, the Rangers have played 1980 regular season games at Globe Life Park.

The official groundbreaking for Globe Life Field took place on September 28, 2017 with construction beginning the following week. The new 1.7 million square foot ballpark, which will be located on 13 acres just south of the current Globe Life Park in Arlington, will include a retractable roof for climate control and shelter for fans during the hot summer months. Seating capacity is approximately 40,000 for Globe Life Field, which will open in March 2020.

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Homestand highlights: August 14-20

Tuesday, August 14 vs. Pittsburgh Pirates (7:10 p.m.) - Presented by Cub Foods

Cancer Awareness Night - Supporters purchasing tickets through this special theme night ticket package will receive a special Minnesota Twins Cancer Awareness hat with the opportunity to choose the logo color, which corresponds to the most prevalent cancers seen throughout Twins Territory. Additionally, a portion of each ticket purchased through this special ticket package will be donated to local non-profit organizations to support cancer research and awareness. For more information and to join the effort to strike out cancer, please visit www.twinsbaseball.com/cancerawareness.

Tuesday, August 14 vs. Pittsburgh Pirates (7:10 p.m.) - Presented by Cub Foods

Cancer Awareness Night - Supporters purchasing tickets through this special theme night ticket package will receive a special Minnesota Twins Cancer Awareness hat with the opportunity to choose the logo color, which corresponds to the most prevalent cancers seen throughout Twins Territory. Additionally, a portion of each ticket purchased through this special ticket package will be donated to local non-profit organizations to support cancer research and awareness. For more information and to join the effort to strike out cancer, please visit www.twinsbaseball.com/cancerawareness.

Military Discount - Presented by T-Mobile and FOX Sports North, active military members or veterans with a valid ID plus up to three guests receive half-price Home Plate View tickets every Monday through Thursday game.

U.S. Bank Meal Deal - Purchase a U.S. Bank Home Run Porch View ticket and receive a FREE Schweigert™ hot dog and Pepsi.

Wednesday, August 15 vs. Pittsburgh Pirates (12:10 p.m.) - Presented by Cub Foods

Military Discount - Presented by T-Mobile and FOX Sports North, active military members or veterans with a valid ID plus up to three guests receive half-price Home Plate View tickets every Monday through Thursday game.

Treasure Island Resort & Casino Senior Days - Fans 55 and better receive a $5 discount on Field Box, Left Field Bleachers and Treasure Island Cove tickets for all weekday day games. Offer available by phone and in-person only. Tickets subject to availability.

Student Day presented by Rasmussen College - Ballpark Access tickets are just $5 for students - now available through mobile delivery! Plus students can download a free Metro Transit ride pass. Students can visit twinsbaseball.com/student to register to purchase tickets through the MLB Ballpark app and to download the free ride pass. Tickets are also available day of game at the Target Field Box Office beginning at 9:00 AM. Limit one ticket per student with valid ID.

Schweigert Dollar-A-Dog Day - Hot dogs are just $1 at the Hennepin Grille and Taste of Twins Territory concession stands. (Limit 20,000 per game; 2 per person)

Thursday, August 16 vs. Detroit Tigers (7:10 p.m.)

North Dakota State University Night- Fans who purchase a ticket for this exclusive theme night package will receive a special, limited-edition co-branded North Dakota State University/Twins cap. Additionally, a portion of each ticket purchased will support the NDSU Alumni Association. For more information on North Dakota State University Night, please visit www.twinsbaseball.com/ndsu.

Military Discount - Presented by T-Mobile and FOX Sports North, active military members or veterans with a valid ID plus up to three guests receive half-price Home Plate View tickets every Monday through Thursday game.

Friday, August 17 vs. Detroit Tigers (7:10 p.m.)

Rosie's Rose Garden - Join your fellow Twins fans in the 'Rose Garden' at Target Field to cheer on the Twins and Eddie Rosario. Fans who purchase a ticket through this special package will receive an exclusive "Rosie's Rose Garden" T-Shirt. For more information, please visit www.twinsbaseball.com/rosegarden.

Wine, Women and Baseball -Just for women, the Wine, Women & Baseball package includes a ticket in The Deck seating or Skyline View ticket. You also get access to an exclusive pregame hospitality event at nearby Loews Minneapolis Hotel. The Minnesota Pork Board is the premier partner of Wine, Women and Baseball. For more information please visit www.twinsbaseball.com/wwb. Please note tickets for this evening have been sold out.

Fireworks - With a salute to Zac Brown Band, fans are invited to stay after the game for a fireworks show presented by Securian Financial.

Bat & Barrel Postgame Show - Fans are welcome to stay after the game for a postgame party in Bat & Barrel with live music.

Saturday, August 18 vs. Detroit Tigers (6:10 p.m.) ­

GIVEAWAY - The first 5,000 fans will receive a Jack Morris T-Shirt (Adult M/XL).

Twins Sportsmen's Flannel Night - Fans who purchase a ticket will include your ticket to the game, an exclusive Joe Mauer signature flannel. A portion of each ticket will support Pheasants Forever, St. Paul's own 4-star wildlife habitat organization. For more information on Sportsmen's Night, please visit www.twinsbaseball.com/sportsmensnight. Presented by SCHEELS All Sports.

Jack Morris HOF Night - Fans are welcomed to arrive early to the game to celebrate Jack Morris on his Hall of Fame honors as part of a special pregame recognition.

Sunday, August 19 vs. Detroit Tigers (1:10 p.m.)

Diversity Week presented by Treasure Island Resort & Casino and Prairie Island Indian Community

GIVEAWAY - The first 5,000 kids (12 & under) will receive a Twins Backpack presented by U.S. Bank.

Mascot Softball Game - Get to your seats early to watch T.C. and 24 of his mascot friends play a softball game before the Twins take the field.

T.C.'s Summer Bash - Join T.C. and his friends with this special ticket package which includes early entry into Target Field, access to the exclusive T.C.'s Summer Bash Brunch in the Town Ball Tavern, a souvenir photo with T.C. and Friends, plus a ticket to the game on Sunday, August 19th! For more information please visit www.twinsbaseball.com/TCbrunch.

Kids Day - Presented by Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare, every Sunday, kids meals are half price-just $4! Before the game, kids 12 and younger can play interactive games and get free autographs from a Twins player. Postgame, kids can run the bases.

Monday, August 20 vs. Chicago White Sox (6:10 p.m.) - Makeup game from April 15th

Diversity Week presented by Treasure Island Resort & Casino and Prairie Island Indian Community

Military Discount - Presented by T-Mobile and FOX Sports North, active military members or veterans with a valid ID plus up to three guests receive half-price Home Plate View tickets every Monday through Thursday game.

Kids Day - Presented by Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare, every Sunday, kids meals are half price-just $4! Before the game, kids 12 and younger can play interactive games and get free autographs from a Twins player. Postgame, kids can run the bases.

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