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

Astros Union Station Team Store open now for shopping extravaganza

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

 

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

 

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

 

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Houston Astros

Pirates announce 2018 Pirates Community Commitment Program Award winners

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Pittsburgh Pirates

Statement from Jeff Banister

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

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

Texas Rangers

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Pittsburgh Pirates

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

Induction ceremonies to take place in 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Los Angeles Dodgers

Rays host Yankees and Blue Jays in final homestand

Highlights include Dan Johnson band PopSockets

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tampa Bay Rays

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

WHAT:  
Redemption in Miami

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

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

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

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

Miami Marlins

Chicago Cubs to host Pittsburgh Pirates September 24-27, St. Louis Cardinals September 28-30 for final homestand of the 2018 regular season

Seven-game homestand to include #CubsSocial media night, Community Nights and more

The Chicago Cubs close out the 2018 regular season with visits from the Pittsburgh Pirates September 24-27 and the St. Louis Cardinals September 28-30.

On Thursday, September 27, the Cubs will host their annual #CubsSocial Media Night powered by Xfinity. The night includes a pregame event at the Budweiser Brickhouse Tavern where guests can enjoy a Q-and-A panel, photo booth, specialty cocktails curated by Red Bull and more. Fans watching at home can tune in to NBC Sports Chicago for an interactive #CubsSocial broadcast. For more information, visit www.cubs.com/socialmedianight.

The Chicago Cubs close out the 2018 regular season with visits from the Pittsburgh Pirates September 24-27 and the St. Louis Cardinals September 28-30.

On Thursday, September 27, the Cubs will host their annual #CubsSocial Media Night powered by Xfinity. The night includes a pregame event at the Budweiser Brickhouse Tavern where guests can enjoy a Q-and-A panel, photo booth, specialty cocktails curated by Red Bull and more. Fans watching at home can tune in to NBC Sports Chicago for an interactive #CubsSocial broadcast. For more information, visit www.cubs.com/socialmedianight.

On Sunday, September 30, the Cubs will host Fan Appreciation Day. To celebrate, the Cubs will forego a traditional first pitch and instead Cubs players and associates will toss signed baseballs to fans before the game. As in years past, the seventh inning stretch will be led by the Wrigley Field Grounds Crew.

Homestand highlights follow.

Food and Beverage Offerings:

Wrigley Field will once again serve foodie spins on ballpark favorites this season. The Cubs and hospitality partner Levy are focusing on freshly prepared, chef-driven menu items including house-smoked short ribs and pork shoulder; house-made pickles, chips, slaws and condiments; and creative twists on classic Chicago flavors. For more information, visit www.cubs.com/food.  

Hot Doug's continues its rotating selections on Platform 14, located behind the center field scoreboard in the Budweiser Bleachers. Served this homestand are the Pete LaCock, a ribeye steak sausage with horseradish cream and blue cheese; the Bill Bonham, an atomic pork sausage with cherry marmalade and smoked Gouda cheese; and the Rick Reuschel, a spicy Vienna Beef sausage with jalapeño mustard, pepper jack cheese and crispy fried onions. 

Cubs Charities and Community events:

On Wednesday, September 26, Cole Hamels will present both the Academy for Urban School Leadership (AUSL) and Working in the Schools (WITS), with a $5,000 check on behalf of the Hamels Foundation, which is dedicated to enriching the lives of children through the power of education by giving them the tools they need to achieve their goals.

Cubs manager Joe Maddon will once again support Chicago nonprofit organizations through his "Respect Community" charity T-shirt initiative. After every Friday home game, Maddon will represent a different Chicago nonprofit by wearing the organization's T-shirt during his postgame press conference. On Friday, September 28, Maddon will represent High Jump, a tuition-free academic enrichment program for seventh and eighth graders in Chicago. 

Homestand Details September 24-30

Monday, September 24, Chicago Cubs vs. Pittsburgh Pirates, 7:05 p.m. 
•   Community Night presented by PEAK: Hispanic Heritage Night
•   First pitch and 7th inning stretch: Blackhawks broadcaster Pat Foley
•   Broadcast: NBC Sports Chicago, 670 The Score, Cubs.com

Tuesday, September 25, Chicago Cubs vs. Pittsburgh Pirates, 7:05 p.m.
•   Promotion: Cubs Drawstring Hat presented by RumChata, up to the first 10,000 early arriving adults, age 21 and older
•   Community Night presented by PEAK: Big Ten Night
•   Broadcast: WGN, MLB Network, 670 The Score, Cubs.com

Wednesday, September 26, Chicago Cubs vs. Pittsburgh Pirates, 7:05 p.m.
•   Community Night presented by PEAK: Alzheimer's Awareness Night
•   Community Night presented by PEAK: DePaul University Night
•   7th inning stretch: Chicago Cubs organist Gary Pressy
•   Broadcast: NBC Sports Chicago, 670 The Score, Cubs.com 

Thursday, September 27, Chicago Cubs vs. Pittsburgh Pirates, 7:05 p.m.
•   Pregame: #CubsSocial Media Night at Budweiser Brickhouse Tavern
•   Community Night presented by PEAK: Loyola University Chicago Night
•   7th inning stretch: Loyola University men's basketball head coach Porter Moser
•   Broadcast: NBC Sports Chicago, MLB Network, 670 The Score, WRTO 1200, Cubs.com

Friday, September 28, Chicago Cubs vs. St. Louis Cardinals, 1:20 p.m.
•   First pitch and 7th inning stretch: Cubs Hall of Famer Andre Dawson
•   Broadcast: ABC 7, ESPN, 670 The Score, WRTO 1200, Cubs.com

Saturday, September 29, Chicago Cubs vs. St. Louis Cardinals, 12:05 p.m.
•   First pitch and 7th inning stretch: Co-stars from the movie "Rookie of the Year" Thomas Ian Nicholas and Amy Morton
•   Broadcast: FOX, 670 The Score, WRTO 1200, Cubs.com

Sunday, September 30, Chicago Cubs vs. St. Louis Cardinals, 2:20 p.m.
•   Pregame: Fan Appreciation Day, Cubs players and associates will toss signed baseballs to fans in the crowd
•   7th inning stretch: Wrigley Field Grounds Crew
•   Broadcast: NBC Sports Chicago, 670 The Score, Cubs.com
•   Postgame: Kids Run the Bases, first 1,000 children age 13 and younger 

Chicago Cubs

Seattle Mariners Homestand Highlights: September 24-30, 2018

Ceremonial First Pitches
•   Monday, September 24 -- Eric Sauve, Grandview, WA, winner of the 2018 Mariners Team Store Dreamstakes
•   Tuesday, September 25 -- Bradley McDougald, Seattle Seahawks Safety
•   Wednesday, September 26 -- Hisashi Iwakuma
•   Friday, September 28 -- Dave Eskenazi, Northwest baseball historian, Mariners season ticketholder and 2018 Mariners Fan of the Year
•   Sunday, September 30 -- King County Sheriff's Deputy Bob Connor, who has worked security in Mariners dugouts for 38 years and is retiring after a 40-year public safety career.
National Anthem
•   Saturday, September 29 -- Pearl Jam's Mike McCready will perform the National Anthem as part of the annual Mariners Crohn's & Colitis Foundation Awareness Night.

Monday, September 24 vs. Oakland (7:10pm)
Ceremonial First Pitch --Eric Sauve, of Grandview, WA, winner of the 13th Annual Mariners Team Store Dreamstakes. Sauve's name was drawn at random from all entries. As grand prize winner, he receives four tickets neat the Mariners dugout, a full Mariners uniform, the chance to watch batting practice from the field, dinner at the Hit It Here Café, an overnight at the Stadium Silver Cloud Hotel, a $1,000 Team Store shopping spree and the chance to throw out the game's ceremonial first pitch.

Ceremonial First Pitches
•   Monday, September 24 -- Eric Sauve, Grandview, WA, winner of the 2018 Mariners Team Store Dreamstakes
•   Tuesday, September 25 -- Bradley McDougald, Seattle Seahawks Safety
•   Wednesday, September 26 -- Hisashi Iwakuma
•   Friday, September 28 -- Dave Eskenazi, Northwest baseball historian, Mariners season ticketholder and 2018 Mariners Fan of the Year
•   Sunday, September 30 -- King County Sheriff's Deputy Bob Connor, who has worked security in Mariners dugouts for 38 years and is retiring after a 40-year public safety career.
National Anthem
•   Saturday, September 29 -- Pearl Jam's Mike McCready will perform the National Anthem as part of the annual Mariners Crohn's & Colitis Foundation Awareness Night.

Monday, September 24 vs. Oakland (7:10pm)
Ceremonial First Pitch --Eric Sauve, of Grandview, WA, winner of the 13th Annual Mariners Team Store Dreamstakes. Sauve's name was drawn at random from all entries. As grand prize winner, he receives four tickets neat the Mariners dugout, a full Mariners uniform, the chance to watch batting practice from the field, dinner at the Hit It Here Café, an overnight at the Stadium Silver Cloud Hotel, a $1,000 Team Store shopping spree and the chance to throw out the game's ceremonial first pitch.

Girls Night Out - Gather your BFFs for a fun night out at Safeco Field. Ticket package includes Main or Club Level seats, a free drink voucher and a Mariners tank top, while supplies last. The offer is available only at Mariners.com/Girls. The price is $40. Deadline to purchase through this special offer is Monday, September 24 at noon.

Guys Night Out -- Make Safeco Field your man cave with this specially priced ticket offer. For $40, you get a Main or Club Level seat and a voucher for a free drink. Tickets are available only at Mariners.com/Guys and must be purchased by noon on Monday, September 24.

Mariners Value Game, presented by BECU -- Fans can purchase select View Level and Bleacher seats for $15 or select Main and Club Level seats for $30. Log onto Mariners.com/Specials for more information.

Deal of the Day -- Foot Long Hot dog is $5 (a $10 value) at all High Cheese Pizza locations (Sections 109, 132, 141, 241, 312, 329) and Hempler's Carts (Section 131, 147, and Center Field Bleachers). Offer is good from the time the gates open until the end of the game. Limit of two items per person per transaction.

Tuesday, September 25 vs. Oakland (7:10pm)
Ceremonial First Pitch -- Bradley McDougald, Seattle Seahawks Safety

Mariners Value Game, presented by BECU -- Fans can purchase select View Level and Bleacher seats for $15 or select Main and Club Level seats for $30. Log onto Mariners.com/Specials for more information.

Season Ticketholder Early Gate Opening -- Mariners Season Ticketholders get early access to the ballpark with an exclusive early gate opening at 4:10pm (Right Field Gate only).

Deal of the Day -- Big League Burger for $4 (an $8 value), at Big League Burger (Sections 106 and 340). Offer is good from the time the gates open until the end of the game. Limit of two items per person per transaction.

Wednesday, September 26 vs. Oakland (7:10pm)
Ceremonial First Pitch - Hisashi Iwakuma, who pitched seven seasons for the Mariners, has opted to return to Japan to continue his recovery from shoulder surgery, and attempt to extend his professional baseball career. While at the Mariners, Kuma compiled a record of 63-39 and threw the 5th no-hitter in Mariners history.

Mariners Value Game, presented by BECU -- Fans can purchase select View Level and Bleacher seats for $15 or select Main and Club Level seats for $30. Log onto Mariners.com/Specials for more information.

Paint at the Park, Presented by Imagery Wine -- This special ticket offer includes a Main or View Level tickets, a complimentary drink voucher and access to a pregame paint class led by Wine & Canvas. The class is at the Outside Corner (above the Home Plate Gate) from 5:10-7:10pm. The cost is $54 for View Level and $69 for Main Level. Tickets are available online only at Mariners.com/Paint. Deadline to purchase through this online only offer is Tuesday, September 25 at 5:00pm.

TBTL Listeners Night -- The Tens are invited to share their love for the podcast Too Beautiful to Live at a special Safeco Field Listeners Night out. Tickets are available online only for $20 each. They come with a TBTL t-shirt (while supplies last). Deadline to purchase tickets through this special offer is Tuesday, September 25 at noon, only at Mariners.com/TBTL.

Deal of the Day -- Pizza by the slice for just $4 (an $8 value) at High Cheese Pizza locations (Sections 109, 132, 141, 241, 312, 329). Offer is good from the time the gates open until the end of the game. Limit of two items per person per transaction.

Thursday, September 27 vs. Texas (7:10pm)
Safeco Field Soil Night -- The first 4,000 postgame will receive a bag of Cedar Grove potting soil. Cedar Grove, one of the Mariners sustainability partners, helped the Club to its first-ever Green Glove Award as 2017's top recycler in all of Major League Baseball with a 96% diversion rate.

Safeco Field Employee Appreciation Night -- The Mariners pay tribute to the dedicated Game Day staff who strive to provide the best guest experience possible to all fans, making Safeco Field one of the best places in baseball to watch a game.

Flannel Night -- Get your grunge on with Flannel Night at Safeco Field. Tickets are available online only for $45 for View Level and $57 for Main Level seats. Those who purchase through this special offer will receive a Mariners green and navy plaid flannel shirt, while supplies last. Tickets can be redeemed at Section 339 before the end of the third inning. Deadline to purchase through this special offer is Wednesday, September 26 at 5:00pm only at Mariners.com/Flannel.

Dawg Daze -- Join the University of Washington First Year Programs for Dawg Daze at Safeco Field. UW students and family members can get a discount ticket and a Dawg Daze t-shirt (while supplies last). This online only offer is available Mariners.com/DawgDaze. The cost is $17 for View Level and $35 for Main Level seats. Deadline to purchase through this special offer is 5:00pm, Wednesday, September 26.

Hutch Heroes -- The Mariners and Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center spotlight a survivor who is fighting cancer with the same determination and spirit as baseball legend Fred Hutchinson, namesake of Seattle's world-renowned cancer research center.

Mariners Value Game, presented by BECU -- Fans can purchase select View Level and Bleacher seats for $15 or select Main and Club Level seats for $30. Log onto Mariners.com/Specials for more information.

Deal of the Day -- Sodo Dog is just $3 (a $6 value) at Rolling Roof Refreshment stands (Sections 109, 118, 126, 141, 190, 222, 244, 319, 329, 347). Offer is good from the time the gates open until the end of the game. Limit of two items per person per transaction.

Friday, September 28 vs. Texas (7:10pm)
Fan Appreciation Night, Presented by Emirates Airline and Holland America Line -- The Mariners thank our fans for being True to the Blue with random drawings for dozens of prizes throughout the game. All fans will receive a 2018 Mariners team poster. Stick around after the game for a special postgame fireworks show, presented by T-Mobile.

Awards - During the pregame ceremony, several awards will be presented including the Mariners Minor League Player of the Year, Baseball Writers' Association of America Seattle Chapter team awards, Major League Baseball Players Association Heart & Hustle Award and the ROOT SPORTS Ultimate Northwest Fans Award.

College Night -- Kick off the new school year with a night out at the ballpark. Arrive early to take advantage of extended happy hour in The 'Pen, Edgar's Cantina, Edgar's Home Run Porch presented by Sol & View Level concession stands until first pitch. The price is $13 for View Level seats ($16 on day of the game) and can be purchased until noon on Friday, September 28 at Mariners Team Stores, the Safeco Field box office or online at Mariners.com/College. Valid College ID is required for in-person purchases, and is limited to one ticket per ID.

Back to School Night -- Students heading back to school can enjoy specially priced tickets for Fan Appreciation Night. The online only offer is available at Mariners.com/GroupEvents. Tickets are $13 for View Level and $31 for Main Level and are available through 5:00pm on Thursday, September 27.

Deal of the Day -- Fan Appreciation Night Fan Pack special: a soda and popcorn for one low price, $5, a $10 value, at Rolling Roof Refreshment stands (Sections 109, 118, 126, 141, 190, 222, 244, 319, 329, 347). Offer is good from the time the gates open until the end of the game. Limit of two items per person per transaction.

Saturday, September 29 vs. Texas (6:10pm)
Ken Griffey Jr. Pop Collectable Night -- The first 20,000 fans through the gates will receive a Funko! Pop Ken Griffey Jr. collectable figure.

Oktoberfest -- The 10th Annual Oktoberfest at Safeco Field features specialty beers throughout the game, a voucher for one free drink, a Mariners stein (while supplies last). Tickets are $39 for View Level and $51 for Main Level and are available online only at Mariners.com/Oktoberfest. Deadline to purchase through this special offer is Friday, September 28 at 5:00pm.

Season Ticketholder Appreciation Night -- Special 2:40pm gate opening (Right Field Gate), with prizes and specials to thank our best customers for their support.

Crohn's & Colitis Foundation Night -- Support a great cause, get a cool knit hat and hear Pearl Jam's Mike McCready perform the National Anthem before the game. Tickets are available online only at Mariners.com/Crohns. The cost is $25 for View Level and $45 for Main Level and must be purchased by 5:00pm on Friday, September 28. A portion of the proceeds from each ticket sold through the online only offer will benefit the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation.

Deal of the Day -- Cracker Jack is $2 (a $6 value), available at all concession stands. Offer is good from the time the gates open until the end of the game. Limit of two items per person per transaction.

Sunday, September 30 vs. Texas (12:10pm)
Note special 12:10pm start time. All MLB games will begin at the same time.
Ceremonial First Pitch -- King County Sheriff's Deputy Bob Connor, who has worked security in Mariners dugouts for 38 years and is retiring after a 40-year public safety career.

Kids Appreciation Day -- The Mariners and Ivar's/Kidd Valley salute our youngest fans. All kids, 14 and under, take home a Moose poster, plus are eligible to win random prizes throughout the game. 

Deal of the Day -- Kids Moose Bucket (hot dog, popcorn, juice) for $4 (an $8 value) at select Rolling Roof Refreshment stands (Section 126, 190, 319). Offer is good from the time the gates open until the end of the game. Limit of two items per person per transaction.

Seattle Mariners

Transaction today

SEPT. 21: Activated RHP TREVOR BAUER from the 10-day Disabled List.

+Roster now at 34 players 
 

SEPT. 21: Activated RHP TREVOR BAUER from the 10-day Disabled List.

+Roster now at 34 players 
 

Cleveland Indians

Cardinals team with José Martínez to help people of Venezuela

Specially-priced $10 tickets on sale now for final three home games vs. Brewers

The St. Louis Cardinals, in collaboration with outfielder José Martínez, announced the team will sell specially-priced $10 tickets for the upcoming series with the Milwaukee Brewers on September 24-26 to help those impacted by the socioeconomic and political crisis in José's and bullpen catcher Kleininger Teran's home country of Venezuela. Fans can purchase the specially-priced tickets now at cardinals.com/helpjose.

For every specially-priced $10 ticket purchased, 75% will be donated to José's relief efforts to assist those in need in Venezuela. The team is partnering with a four-star Charity Navigator organization who has served more than 100 million people in more than 110 countries throughout the world to distribute aid items on the ground in Venezuela. 

The St. Louis Cardinals, in collaboration with outfielder José Martínez, announced the team will sell specially-priced $10 tickets for the upcoming series with the Milwaukee Brewers on September 24-26 to help those impacted by the socioeconomic and political crisis in José's and bullpen catcher Kleininger Teran's home country of Venezuela. Fans can purchase the specially-priced tickets now at cardinals.com/helpjose.

For every specially-priced $10 ticket purchased, 75% will be donated to José's relief efforts to assist those in need in Venezuela. The team is partnering with a four-star Charity Navigator organization who has served more than 100 million people in more than 110 countries throughout the world to distribute aid items on the ground in Venezuela. 

"As I think about returning to Venezuela when the seasons ends, I wanted to do something for the people of my country," Martínez stated. "They are in need of basic things, the most important of which is food. This generous ticket offer by the Cardinals during the team's postseason push will be a tremendous help to the cause."

Martínez has been an integral part of the Cardinals over the last two seasons, leading the team with a .306 batting average while ranking third in games played (249) and fourth in RBI (126).

Spanish speaking fans can purchase the specially-priced tickets at cardenales.com/ayudajose.

St. Louis Cardinals

Cards recall reliever Giovanny Gallegos from Memphis

Righty was acquired from Yankees in July trade

The St. Louis Cardinals announced this afternoon that they have recalled right-handed reliever Giovanny Gallegos from Memphis (AAA).

Gallegos, 27, was acquired by the Cardinals on July 29, along with lefty reliever Chasen Shreve, from the New York Yankees, and was a key fixture in the Memphis bullpen as they won their second consecutive Pacific Coast League title and the Triple-A National Championship Game.

The St. Louis Cardinals announced this afternoon that they have recalled right-handed reliever Giovanny Gallegos from Memphis (AAA).

Gallegos, 27, was acquired by the Cardinals on July 29, along with lefty reliever Chasen Shreve, from the New York Yankees, and was a key fixture in the Memphis bullpen as they won their second consecutive Pacific Coast League title and the Triple-A National Championship Game.

The 6-2, 210-pound Gallegos, a native of Ciudad Obregón, Mexico, has appeared in 20 career games in the majors, including four this season, going 0-1 with a 4.75 ERA while striking out 32 in 30.1 innings pitched. In his four appearances for the Yankees this season, Gallegos fanned 10 in 10.0 innings pitched.

Gallegos was 0-0, 0.54 ERA in 13 games for Memphis during the regular season and combined to go 2-1, 2.64 ERA in 30 games in the minors this year between Memphis (AAA) and Scranton Wilkes-Barre (AAA).

During Memphis' postseason title run this month, Gallegos was a combined 2-0, 2.57 ERA in five games, earning the save in the PCL title-clinching win over Fresno. Gallegos delivered the game-winning hit with a two-out walk-off RBI single against Oklahoma City on Sept. 8 to help advance Memphis to the PCL Championship Series. 

Gallegos has been assigned uniform no. 65 and his addition brings the Cardinals active roster to 35 players.

St. Louis Cardinals

Jeff Banister dismissed as Texas Rangers manager

Bench coach Don Wakamatsu to serve as interim manager for remainder of 2018 season

The Texas Rangers today announced that the club has dismissed manager Jeff Banister.
 
Bench coach Don Wakamatsu has been named as the team's interim manager effective with tonight's game against the Seattle Mariners and continuing through the remainder of the 2018 season.
 
"I informed Jeff Banister of our decision earlier today," said Rangers President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Jon Daniels. "I want to thank Jeff for his dedication and efforts with the Texas Rangers over the last four years. This organization is very appreciative of what he has contributed to the club on the field and in the community.
 
"This was not an easy decision and comes after a long period of evaluation. However, we feel that a change in the leadership of our Major League club is necessary as we move forward. Once this conclusion was reached, I felt it was appropriate to make the move now. On behalf of the entire organization, I wish Jeff and his family the best."
 
Banister has a record of 325-313 since being appointed as the 18th full-time manager in club history on October 16, 2014.
 
Wakamatsu rejoined the Rangers on November 6, 2017 after four seasons as the bench coach in Kansas City. He previously served on Texas' Major League coaching staff as bench coach (2003-06) and third base coach (2007).
 
The 55-year-old Wakamatsu managed Seattle from the start of 2009 until August 9, 2010 with a 127-147 overall record. He also has been a big league coach with Oakland (2008) and Toronto (2011-12).  

The Texas Rangers today announced that the club has dismissed manager Jeff Banister.
 
Bench coach Don Wakamatsu has been named as the team's interim manager effective with tonight's game against the Seattle Mariners and continuing through the remainder of the 2018 season.
 
"I informed Jeff Banister of our decision earlier today," said Rangers President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Jon Daniels. "I want to thank Jeff for his dedication and efforts with the Texas Rangers over the last four years. This organization is very appreciative of what he has contributed to the club on the field and in the community.
 
"This was not an easy decision and comes after a long period of evaluation. However, we feel that a change in the leadership of our Major League club is necessary as we move forward. Once this conclusion was reached, I felt it was appropriate to make the move now. On behalf of the entire organization, I wish Jeff and his family the best."
 
Banister has a record of 325-313 since being appointed as the 18th full-time manager in club history on October 16, 2014.
 
Wakamatsu rejoined the Rangers on November 6, 2017 after four seasons as the bench coach in Kansas City. He previously served on Texas' Major League coaching staff as bench coach (2003-06) and third base coach (2007).
 
The 55-year-old Wakamatsu managed Seattle from the start of 2009 until August 9, 2010 with a 127-147 overall record. He also has been a big league coach with Oakland (2008) and Toronto (2011-12).  

Texas Rangers

Statement from the Chicago Cubs

The Chicago Cubs today issued the following statement.

"We take allegations of domestic violence seriously and support the League's decision to place Addison Russell on administrative leave given new details revealed today. We will continue to cooperate with the League's investigation so the appropriate action can be taken." 

The Chicago Cubs today issued the following statement.

"We take allegations of domestic violence seriously and support the League's decision to place Addison Russell on administrative leave given new details revealed today. We will continue to cooperate with the League's investigation so the appropriate action can be taken." 

Chicago Cubs

Chicago's Russell placed on administrative leave

Major League Baseball issued the following statement today:

"Major League Baseball takes all allegations of Domestic Violence seriously. When the allegations against Addison Russell became public on June 7, 2017, the Commissioner's Office's Department of Investigations immediately commenced an investigation. Melisa Russell declined to participate in the investigation at that time. Our investigation of this matter has remained open and we have continued our efforts to gather information. 

Major League Baseball issued the following statement today:

"Major League Baseball takes all allegations of Domestic Violence seriously. When the allegations against Addison Russell became public on June 7, 2017, the Commissioner's Office's Department of Investigations immediately commenced an investigation. Melisa Russell declined to participate in the investigation at that time. Our investigation of this matter has remained open and we have continued our efforts to gather information. 

"With the new details revealed in today's blog post by Ms. Russell, Mr. Russell has been placed on Administrative Leave in accordance with the Joint MLB-MLBPA Domestic Violence Policy. We are hopeful that this new information will allow us to complete the investigation as promptly as possible."