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Angels acquire RHP Odrisamer Despaigne from Miami

Halos send cash considerations to Marlins

The Angels acquired RHP Odrisamer Despaigne from Miami in exchange for cash considerations Tuesday. In a corresponding move, RHP Dayan Diaz has been designated for assignment. The announcement was made by Angels General Manager Billy Eppler.

Despaigne, 31, (pronounced: oh-DREE-sah-mer deh-SPAWN-yay) appeared in 11 games (one start) for the Marlins this season and went 2-0 with a 5.31 ERA (20.1 IP - 12 ER). He opened the season in the Marlins starting rotation, but made his first appearance of the year in relief in the 17th inning on March 30 vs. Cubs and was the winning pitcher. Despaigne would make his lone start of the year the following day before being moved to the bullpen. He missed one month (April 20-May 21) this season on the disabled list with a right forearm strain and was optioned to Triple-A New Orleans on June 7. In 13 games (four starts) for the Baby Cakes, he went 2-3 with a 4.36 ERA (43.1 IP - 21 ER) and 40 strikeouts. He was named the Pacific Coast League Pitcher of the Week for June 25-July 1 after working 10.1 shutout innings across two appearances.

The Angels acquired RHP Odrisamer Despaigne from Miami in exchange for cash considerations Tuesday. In a corresponding move, RHP Dayan Diaz has been designated for assignment. The announcement was made by Angels General Manager Billy Eppler.

Despaigne, 31, (pronounced: oh-DREE-sah-mer deh-SPAWN-yay) appeared in 11 games (one start) for the Marlins this season and went 2-0 with a 5.31 ERA (20.1 IP - 12 ER). He opened the season in the Marlins starting rotation, but made his first appearance of the year in relief in the 17th inning on March 30 vs. Cubs and was the winning pitcher. Despaigne would make his lone start of the year the following day before being moved to the bullpen. He missed one month (April 20-May 21) this season on the disabled list with a right forearm strain and was optioned to Triple-A New Orleans on June 7. In 13 games (four starts) for the Baby Cakes, he went 2-3 with a 4.36 ERA (43.1 IP - 21 ER) and 40 strikeouts. He was named the Pacific Coast League Pitcher of the Week for June 25-July 1 after working 10.1 shutout innings across two appearances.

A native of La Habana, Cuba, Despaigne made his Major League debut with the Padres on June 23, 2014 after making just seven minor league appearances between Double-A San Antonio and Triple-A El Paso. He played professionally for Havana Industriales of Cuba's Serie Nacional for eight seasons before signing with San Diego as an international free agent on May 2, 2014. In 98 career Major League games (43 starts) he has gone 13-21 with one save and a 4.76 ERA (331 IP - 175 ER) and 200 strikeouts across parts of five seasons with the Padres (2014-15), Orioles (2016) and Marlins (2017-18).

Los Angeles Angels, Odrisamer Despaigne

Giants reinstate Brandon Belt from DL, option Pierce Johnson to Triple-A

The Giants made the following roster moves:

IF Brandon Belt (#9) has returned from his rehab assignment and has been reinstated from the 10-day disabled list. Belt had missed the Giants' last 17 games with a hyperextended right knee, an injury he suffered on July 25 at Seattle.

The Giants made the following roster moves:

IF Brandon Belt (#9) has returned from his rehab assignment and has been reinstated from the 10-day disabled list. Belt had missed the Giants' last 17 games with a hyperextended right knee, an injury he suffered on July 25 at Seattle.

·       Belt went 1-for-5 with a double in two rehab games with triple-A Sacramento.

RHP Pierce Johnson has been optioned to triple-A Sacramento.

San Francisco Giants, Brandon Belt

Angels roster moves

The Angels have made the following transactions:

·         INF Jose Fernandez - Optioned to Salt Lake

The Angels have made the following transactions:

·         INF Jose Fernandez - Optioned to Salt Lake

·         3B Taylor Ward - Selected to Major League Roster

·         OF Chris Young - Transferred to 60-day DL

Los Angeles Angels

Seattle Mariners Homestand Highlights

August 17-22, 2018: Los Angeles Dodgers & Houston Astros

Ceremonial First Pitches
•   Friday, August 17 -- Angie Mentink, ROOT SPORTS anchor, cancer survivor.
•   Monday, August 20 -- Members of the band Alice In Chains 

Special Presentation
•   Monday, August 20 -- During a special pregame ceremony, the Mariners will pay tribute to four new members of the Washington State Sports Hall of Fame: heptathlete Kelly Blair LaBounty; Dan Dugdale, "The Father of Professional Baseball" in Washington; Albert Johnson, Kentucky Derby-winning jockey, trainer and track official; Louise Mazzuca, fastpitch softball pioneer.

Ceremonial First Pitches
•   Friday, August 17 -- Angie Mentink, ROOT SPORTS anchor, cancer survivor.
•   Monday, August 20 -- Members of the band Alice In Chains 

Special Presentation
•   Monday, August 20 -- During a special pregame ceremony, the Mariners will pay tribute to four new members of the Washington State Sports Hall of Fame: heptathlete Kelly Blair LaBounty; Dan Dugdale, "The Father of Professional Baseball" in Washington; Albert Johnson, Kentucky Derby-winning jockey, trainer and track official; Louise Mazzuca, fastpitch softball pioneer.

Friday, August 17 vs. Dodgers (7:10pm)

Fireworks Night -- Get the weekend started with a bang as T-Mobile presents the fourth of five postgame fireworks shows at Safeco Field. The pyrotechnics have been set to the soundtrack of songs that will have everyone singing along. 

Premera Steals for the Cure Night -- Join the Mariners and Premera Blue Cross to help find a cure for breast cancer. During the 2018 season, Premera is donating $500 for every base a Mariners player steals to Susan G. Komen of Puget Sound. Specially priced tickets for the game come with a pink Mariners cap. The cost is $32 for View Level and $50 for Main Level with a portion of the proceeds from each ticket benefitting Komen of Puget Sound. Deadline to purchase tickets through this special online only offer is 5:00 p.m., Thursday, August 16, only at Mariners.com/StealsForACure

Seattle University Night -- Seattle University alumni, faculty and staff are invited to a night at Safeco Field. Specially priced tickets come with a T-shirt, and a portion of the proceeds from each ticket sold through the offer benefits Seattle University Alumni. Tickets are $34 for View Level and $57 for Main Level. Deadline to purchase tickets through the special online only offer is 5:00 p.m., Friday, August 17 at Mariners.com/SeattleU.

Salute to Those Who Serve -- The Mariners and Holland America Line pay tribute to the Lore family for their services to our nation through the U.S. Military. The presentation will be prior to the fireworks show.

Favorite Things Auctions -- Mariners Wives have assembled various items their husbands love and are auctioning them off to benefit Mariners Care, the team's nonprofit foundation. The items include a treasure trove of autographed items, some game used, as well as gift cards, music, movies, hobbies and favorite snacks and beverages. Items will be on display near Section 128 on the Main Level and available for bid through the sixth inning.

Deal of the Day -- 22oz sodas for $2 (regularly $5.75) at all concessions stands. Offer is good from the time the gates open until the end of the game. Limit of two items per person per transaction.

Saturday, August 18 vs. Dodgers (7:10pm)

Mariners T-Shirt Night -- The first 15,000 fans through the gates will receive a teal green Mariners T-shirt, courtesy of SATO.

Mariners Care Silent Auction -- Fans can bid on memorabilia from Mariners players and Pearl Jam during a special Mariners Care Silent Auction. Items will be on display at Section 128 of the Main Level. Bidding will close at the end of the 6th inning. All proceeds will benefit the band's Vitalogy Foundation's homelessness relief efforts.

Deal of the Day -- Bags of peanuts are $2 at all concessions stands (a $6 value). Offer is good from the time the gates open until the end of the game. Limit of two items per person per transaction.

Sunday, August 19 vs. Dodgers (1:10 pm)

African American Heritage Day -- The Mariners pay tribute to a group of notables who have made a significant contribution to our community. The honorees are Rev. Dr. Leslie Braxton, Juanita Grant, Racquel Russell, Karen Wilkins-Mickey and Michael Morgan. Specially priced tickets are available through an online only offer. Each ticket comes with a #42 cap in tribute to Jackie Robinson, and a portion of the proceeds of each ticket sold through the special offer will benefit New Beginnings Christian Fellowship. Tickets are $29 for View Level and $39 for Main Level and are available only at Mariners.com/AAHD. Deadline to purchase through the special online only offer is 5:00 p.m., Friday, August 17.

Amulet Day -- Join the Seattle Mariners and author/illustrator Kazu Kibuishi for a special day at the ballpark. Tickets are $25 for View Level seats and come with a limited edition Mariners Amulet T-shirt designed by Kazu Kibuishi and a pregame meet and greet with the author of the popular graphic novel series about the adventures of a young girl who discovers a magical amulet. Tickets are available online only at Mariners.com/Amulet. Deadline to purchase through this special offer is 5:00 p.m., Friday, August 17.

National Parks Day -- Join the National Park Service and the Seattle Mariners in kicking off the celebration for National Park Service Founder's Day, which is commemorated each year on August 25. Enjoy discounted seating to watch the Mariners take on the Dodgers. Tickets are available online only at Mariners.com/NationalParks. The price is $24 for View Level and $34 for Main Level. The deadline to purchase tickets for this online only offer is 5:00 p.m., Friday, Agust 17.

Salute to Those Who Serve -- The Mariners and Holland America Line pay tribute to the men and women who serve our nation in the U.S. Military. Midway through the 4th inning, Lt. Col. Kimberly Ford, U.S. Air Force Reserve, will be introduced.

Kids Run Around the Bases -- All kids, 14 and younger, are invited to stick around after the game to run around the bases, courtesy of KeyBank.

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

Monday, August 20 vs. Astros (7:10pm)

Washington State Sports Hall of Fame -- The Mariners will pay tribute to four pioneers in sports, all inductees to the Washington State Sports Hall of Fame. The honorees are Dan Dugdale, who owned several professional baseball teams in the Northwest and built Dugdale Park in 1907, the West Coast's first double-decker ballpark; Kelly Blair LaBounty, a Prosser High graduate who was called "the best schoolgirl athlete ever in the state." A three-sport athlete, LaBounty was a national champion heptathlete and two-time track & field Olympian (1996, 2000); Albert Johnson was one of the nation's premier jockeys of the 1920s whose mounts twice won the Kentucky Derby and went on to a career as a trainer and track official; Louise Mazzuca, a pioneer in fastpitch softball in the pre-Title IX era, threw 35 career no-hitters and nine perfect games. 

Alice In Chains Night -- Seattle natives Alice In Chains, known for hits like "Man in a Box,' and "Them Bones," celebrate the release of their new record, Rainer Fog, with a special event at the ballpark. Specially priced tickets are available for $45 and come with an Alice In Chains Mariners T-shirt, a pregame listening party and a Rainier Fog CD. Tickets are available online only at Mariners.com/AliceInChains. Deadline to purchase through the online only offer is noon, Monday, August 20.

Game of Thrones -- Join fellow fans in celebrating Game of Thrones® Night. Receive a Game of Thrones® Night bobblehead and get the chance to sit on the Iron Throne when you purchase through this special online only offer. Tickets are $35 for View Level and $49 for Main Level. Deadline to purchase through this special offer is noon, Monday, August 20, only at Mariners.com/GameOfThrones.

Korean Heritage Night -- Join the Mariners for Korean Heritage Night. Tickets purchased through a special online only offer are $18 for View Level and $32 for Main Level. The deadline for this online only offer is5:00 p.m., Friday, August 17, at Mariners.com/Korea.

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 Dogs are $3 (a $6 value) are available at Rolling Roof Refreshment stands at 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.

Tuesday, August 21 vs. Astros (7:10pm)

Page Ahead Book Drive -- The Mariners are joining with PACAAR and Page Ahead to promote child literacy. Bring a new children's book to the ballpark, or donate cash to the effort. In 2017, thanks to fans, over 850 books were collected.

Second Annual Women In Baseball -- The Mariners salute the contributions of women to the game of baseball. A pregame panel discussion features Angie Mentink, ROOT SPORTS anchor, Amanda Hopkins, Mariners scout, Leslie Manning, Mariners Coordinator of Special Development. Tickets are $27 for View Level and $41 for Main Level and are available only at Mariners.com/WomenInBaseball.

Salute to Native American Night -- The first 10,000 fans 21 and older will receive a Mariners cap courtesy of EQC. Specially priced tickets are $20 for View Level and $36 for Main Level. Deadline for this online only offer is 5:00 p.m., Monday, August 20, only at Mariners.com/NativeAmerican.

Peanut Controlled Seating Section -- A special seating section is designated where fans with peanut allergies can enjoy the game with a reduced risk of exposure to allergens. Tickets are $13 and are available online only at Mariners.com/NoPeanuts. Deadline to purchase through the special online only offer is 5:00 p.m., Monday, August 20.

Season Ticketholder Early Gate -- Gates open early, exclusively for Mariners season ticket holders. Right Field Gate at 4:10 p.m.

Deal of the Day -- Pizza by the slice, normally $8, is $4 at all High Cheese Pizza stands at 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.

Wednesday, August 22 vs. Astros (1:10pm)

National Anthem -- Chad Kimball, Seattle native, Roosevelt High grad and 2010 Tony Award nominee for Memphis, currently performing on Broadway in the musical Come From Away.

Deal of the Day -- Red Rope licorice is $1 at all concessions stands (a $3 value). Offer is good from the time the gates open until the end of the game. Limit of two items per person per transaction.

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Looking Ahead -- The Mariners return to Safeco Field on Monday, September 3, for an eight-game homestand against the Baltimore Orioles, New York Yankees and San Diego Padres. Highlights include Bark at the Park, Flannel Night, Salute to Latin American Beisbol, and Salute to Kids Day. For more information about upcoming Mariners special events log onto Mariners.com/Tickets.

Seattle Mariners

Rangers acquire outfielder Alexander Ovalles from Chicago Cubs to complete July 27 trade

Ovalles is the player to be named later for Cole Hamels deal

The Texas Rangers this evening announced that the club has acquired minor league outfielder Alexander Ovalles from the Chicago Cubs. The acquisition of Ovalles completes a July 27 trade in which the Rangers received right-handed pitchers Eddie Butler and Rollie Lacy and a player to be named later from the Cubs in exchange for left-handed pitcher Cole Hamels and cash considerations.

Ovalles, 17, has batted .316 (24-76) with no home runs, 8 RBI, 16 walks, 14 strikeouts, and a .799 OPS over 21 games with the Cubs2 team in the Dominican Summer League this year, his first professional action. He has been sidelined after having surgery for a broken hamate bone, and recently resumed batting in his return from the surgery. Ovalles last played in a game on June 26. He has appeared at first base and all three outfield positions this season.

The Texas Rangers this evening announced that the club has acquired minor league outfielder Alexander Ovalles from the Chicago Cubs. The acquisition of Ovalles completes a July 27 trade in which the Rangers received right-handed pitchers Eddie Butler and Rollie Lacy and a player to be named later from the Cubs in exchange for left-handed pitcher Cole Hamels and cash considerations.

Ovalles, 17, has batted .316 (24-76) with no home runs, 8 RBI, 16 walks, 14 strikeouts, and a .799 OPS over 21 games with the Cubs2 team in the Dominican Summer League this year, his first professional action. He has been sidelined after having surgery for a broken hamate bone, and recently resumed batting in his return from the surgery. Ovalles last played in a game on June 26. He has appeared at first base and all three outfield positions this season.

A native of the Domincan Republic, the left-handed batter and thrower was signed by the Cubs as an international free agent on July 27, 2017.

Texas Rangers

Dodgers reinstate Alex Wood

The Los Angeles Dodgers today reinstated left-handed pitcher Alex Wood from the 10-day disabled list and placed right-handed pitcher John Axford on the 10-day disabled list with a fractured right fibula. 

Wood, who missed the last nine games due to left adductor tendonitis, is slated to make his 23rd start of the season tonight against the Giants. The 27-year-old has posted a 7-6 record and 3.58 ERA (49 ER/123.1 IP) in 22 starts for Los Angeles this season. Since the All-Star Break, Wood is 2-1 with a 1.53 ERA (3 ER/17.2 IP) and has limited the opposition to a .161 average in three starts.  

The Los Angeles Dodgers today reinstated left-handed pitcher Alex Wood from the 10-day disabled list and placed right-handed pitcher John Axford on the 10-day disabled list with a fractured right fibula. 

Wood, who missed the last nine games due to left adductor tendonitis, is slated to make his 23rd start of the season tonight against the Giants. The 27-year-old has posted a 7-6 record and 3.58 ERA (49 ER/123.1 IP) in 22 starts for Los Angeles this season. Since the All-Star Break, Wood is 2-1 with a 1.53 ERA (3 ER/17.2 IP) and has limited the opposition to a .161 average in three starts.  

Axford, 35, has appeared in three games with Los Angeles since being acquired from the Toronto Blue Jays on July 31, allowing six runs over 3.1 innings (16.20 ERA) and striking out four against two walks.  

Los Angeles Dodgers

Nationals recall Trevor Gott and select Tim Collins

The Washington Nationals recalled right-handed pitcher Trevor Gott from Triple-A Syracuse and selected the contract of left-handed pitcher Tim Collins on Tuesday. Additionally, they placed right-handed pitcher Ryan Madson on the 10-day disabled list with lumbar nerve root irritation, optioned left-handed pitcher Sammy Solis to Triple-A Syracuse and transferred right-handed pitcher Erick Fedde to the 60-day disabled list. Nationals President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcements.

Gott, 25, returns to the Nationals for his fifth Major League assignment of the season. In his last eight games with Triple-A Syracuse, Gott has pitched to a 1.08 ERA (1 ER/8.1 IP) while striking out 10 batters and issuing just two walks. Opposing batters have hit just .179 (5-for-28) during this stretch.

The Washington Nationals recalled right-handed pitcher Trevor Gott from Triple-A Syracuse and selected the contract of left-handed pitcher Tim Collins on Tuesday. Additionally, they placed right-handed pitcher Ryan Madson on the 10-day disabled list with lumbar nerve root irritation, optioned left-handed pitcher Sammy Solis to Triple-A Syracuse and transferred right-handed pitcher Erick Fedde to the 60-day disabled list. Nationals President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcements.

Gott, 25, returns to the Nationals for his fifth Major League assignment of the season. In his last eight games with Triple-A Syracuse, Gott has pitched to a 1.08 ERA (1 ER/8.1 IP) while striking out 10 batters and issuing just two walks. Opposing batters have hit just .179 (5-for-28) during this stretch.

Collins, 28, joins the Nationals for the second time this season. Since being outrighted to Triple-A Syracuse on July 4, Collins has tossed scoreless relief in 10 of his 13 appearances with the Chiefs. Opposing left-handed batters hit just .167 (8-for-48) against him this season with Syracuse.

Madson, 37, is 2-5 with a 5.19 ERA in 48 games for Washington in 2018. This will be his second stint on the disabled list this season.

Solis, 30, is 1-2 with a 5.24 ERA in 50 games for the Nationals.

Fedde, 25, was placed on the 10-day disabled list with right shoulder inflammation on July 5. He was 1-3 with a 5.79 ERA in six Major League starts this season.

Washington Nationals

Indians place RHP Trevor Bauer on 10-day DL

LHP Tyler Olson recalled from AAA

The Cleveland Indians today announced the following transactions relative to the Major League roster:

Placed RHP TREVOR BAUER (right fibula stress fracture) on the 10-day Disabled List, retroactive to August 12.

The Cleveland Indians today announced the following transactions relative to the Major League roster:

Placed RHP TREVOR BAUER (right fibula stress fracture) on the 10-day Disabled List, retroactive to August 12.

Recalled LHP TYLER OLSON from AAA Columbus. 

Bauer, 27, exited his August 11 start at Chicago-AL in the bottom of the 7th inning after being struck on the right leg by a batted ball. He has posted a 12-6 record and 2.22 ERA (166.0IP, 125H, 49R, 41ER, 8HR, 56BB) in 25 starts, while recording a career-high 214 strikeouts. Bauer currently leads the American League in innings pitched (166.0), home ERA (1.87), games started (T1st) and quality starts (20), while ranking 2nd in strikeouts, 3rd in ERA (2.22), 4th in strikeouts-per-9.0IP (11.6) and 5th in opponent batting average (.205). The right-hander has eclipsed the 100-pitch threshold in all 25 of his outings this season, the longest such streak by any Indians pitcher dating back to at least 1988. This marks the first Disabled List stint of Bauer's MLB career.

Olson, 28, was on Cleveland's 2018 Opening Day roster and will begin his third stint with the club (Opening Day-June 16, July 11-19), making 30 relief appearances (1-1, 7.50 ERA, 18.0IP, 21H. 16R-15ER, 4HR, 8BB, 24SO, .284 AVG). He has held left-handed hitters to a .225 (9-40) avg. and .279 OBP at the Major League level, while fanning 14. Olson is 2-1 with a 1.86 ERA (9.2IP, 4H, 4R-2ER, 0HR, 1BB) across 12 relief appearances for Columbus this season, holding Triple-A batters to a .121 mark with 15 strikeouts. 

Cleveland Indians

Oakland A's to celebrate inaugural class for Athletics Hall of Fame

Class to be honored before Sept. 5 game

Baseball Hall of Famers Dennis Eckersley, Rollie Fingers, Rickey Henderson, Catfish Hunter, and Reggie Jackson; 1989 World Series MVP Dave Stewart; and former A's owner Charlie Finley will be enshrined in team history forever as members of the inaugural class of the Athletics Hall of Fame, the club announced today. The class will be honored during a pregame ceremony on Wednesday, Sept. 5, when the team hosts the New York Yankees. 

"Our franchise is built on the history of legends. The Athletics Hall of Fame allows us to recognize the individuals who have shaped our identity and brought us success," said A's President Dave Kaval, "We are honored to celebrate Eck, Rollie, Rickey, Catfish, Reggie, Stew, and Finley as our inaugural class." 

Baseball Hall of Famers Dennis Eckersley, Rollie Fingers, Rickey Henderson, Catfish Hunter, and Reggie Jackson; 1989 World Series MVP Dave Stewart; and former A's owner Charlie Finley will be enshrined in team history forever as members of the inaugural class of the Athletics Hall of Fame, the club announced today. The class will be honored during a pregame ceremony on Wednesday, Sept. 5, when the team hosts the New York Yankees. 

"Our franchise is built on the history of legends. The Athletics Hall of Fame allows us to recognize the individuals who have shaped our identity and brought us success," said A's President Dave Kaval, "We are honored to celebrate Eck, Rollie, Rickey, Catfish, Reggie, Stew, and Finley as our inaugural class." 

The game's most dominant closer of his time, Eckersley was born in Oakland and spent 12 seasons with the A's. Eck's powerful and precise pitching made him the only Major League pitcher with 100 saves and 100 complete games. He was a six-time All-Star (four with Oakland), a member of the 1989 World Series team, the American League MVP and Cy Young winner in 1992, and the two-time MLB saves leader in 1988 and 1992. He was inducted in the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2004.  

Fingers spent the first nine seasons of his 17-year Hall of Fame career with Oakland. Fans remember him for his trademark mustache and 341 career saves. During the A's dynasty years, Fingers won or saved eight World Series games. The right-hander was a seven-time All-Star (four-time All-Star with Oakland). He was inducted in the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1992. 

"Man of Steal" Henderson holds the all-time record for stolen bases. Also known as the "greatest leadoff hitter of all time," he scored more runs than any player in history and won the World Series with the A's in 1989. The 10-time All-Star (six with the A's) was the AL MVP in 1990 and was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2009.  

The first number the A's ever retired belongs to Catfish Hunter. With four consecutive 20-win seasons with Oakland, including a career-high 25 victories in 1974, he won the Cy Young Award that year. The eight-time All-Star (six with Oakland), threw the first perfect game in Oakland A's history on May 8, 1968. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1987. 

Jackson left his mark on the A's in more way than one. By the time he finished his career, he had 563 home runs and was named "Mr. October" for his clutch hitting in the postseason. He earned World Series MVP honors when the A's won their second of three straight World Series titles in 1973. He was also named AL MVP that year after leading the league in runs, home runs, and RBI. Jackson was a 14-time All-Star (six with Oakland). He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1993.

Stewart's famous "Death Stare" was nearly as merciless as his pitching. He won 20 games in four consecutive seasons from 1987 to 1990 and recorded two wins in the 1989 World Series, earning MVP honors in the A's sweep of the Giants. Stewart was an All-Star in 1989. The Oakland native takes great pride in his community and charitable involvement. In 1990, he was named Major League Baseball's Roberto Clemente Award winner, honoring the player who best exemplifies the game of baseball, sportsmanship, community involvement, and the individual's contribution to his team. To honor his commitment to the community, the A's created the Dave Stewart Community Award that annually recognizes an A's player for his charitable contributions in the Bay Area and nationwide. 

A man ahead of his time, Finley challenged baseball traditions and introduced a number of innovations to the game designed to make the fan experience more entertaining. The franchise's owner from 1961 to 1980, he moved the club from Kansas City to Oakland in 1968 and built the most dominant team of the early 1970s with three straight World Series titles.

Fans in attendance for the 7:05 p.m. matchup on Sept. 5 will receive an A's Hall of Fame giveaway item, courtesy of 7UP. To purchase tickets, visit athletics.com/athleticshof

The A's will annually induct a class into the Athletics Hall of Fame. Each class will be voted on by a committee. Members of the Athletics Hall of Fame will be honored with a display at the Coliseum in the future. 

Oakland Athletics

Hard Rock Rocksino Named a Proud Entertainment Partner of the Cleveland Indians

Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield Park has been named "A Proud Entertainment Partner of the Cleveland Indians." The partnership teams up two of Northeast Ohio's most recognized and favorite brands to deliver a new level of "authentic experiences that rock" to their mutual fans.
 
"This new relationship between the Cleveland Indians and Hard Rock Rocksino synergizes two Northeast Ohio partners who continue to raise the bar in delivering sports and entertainment experiences that are second to none!" says Mark Birtha, President, Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield Park.  
 
"The Cleveland Indians are thrilled to announce a new partnership with Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield Park," said Indians President, Business Operations, Brian Barren. "Hard Rock Rocksino is a brand that has strong ties to Northeast Ohio; and we share a commitment to excellence when it comes to creating unique and memorable experiences for our customers and fans."
 
According to Birtha, "Hard Rock Rocksino's status as "A Proud Entertainment Partner of the Cleveland Indians" is a one-of-a-kind 'Wow' factor that continues to differentiate us in this region: Our authentic experiences that rock will reach a new level as we bring the excitement of our championship team to our property and the Hard Rock brand power to theirs. Hard Rock Rocksino continues to reinvest in our local community. As part of our evolution as a Vegas Experience with an Ohio Address, we want everyone to know that the Rocksino is always cutting edge, customer focused, and the region's premier destination for gaming, dining and entertainment." 
 
According to Birtha, this new partnership will provide added value to all of its guests. Once-in-a-lifetime activities with the Indians partnership include private "VIP Experiences" at Progressive Field on game days including the opportunity to steal second base during a game as the grounds crew works on the field, viewing the game from a booth at the Press Box level, watching batting practice or even attending a private brunch with notable Indians' alumni at Kosar's Wood-Fired Grill. In addition, guests will enjoy unique property promotions and giveaways, Rock Star 
Rewards club loyalty benefits, and many more remarkable events at the Hard Rock Rocksino. "We are excited to introduce new promotions and experiences for our Rock Star Rewards members as part of our relationship with the Cleveland Indians. We look forward to joining with Indians fans everywhere to cheer our home-town team to another victory," says Birtha.
 

Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield Park has been named "A Proud Entertainment Partner of the Cleveland Indians." The partnership teams up two of Northeast Ohio's most recognized and favorite brands to deliver a new level of "authentic experiences that rock" to their mutual fans.
 
"This new relationship between the Cleveland Indians and Hard Rock Rocksino synergizes two Northeast Ohio partners who continue to raise the bar in delivering sports and entertainment experiences that are second to none!" says Mark Birtha, President, Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield Park.  
 
"The Cleveland Indians are thrilled to announce a new partnership with Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield Park," said Indians President, Business Operations, Brian Barren. "Hard Rock Rocksino is a brand that has strong ties to Northeast Ohio; and we share a commitment to excellence when it comes to creating unique and memorable experiences for our customers and fans."
 
According to Birtha, "Hard Rock Rocksino's status as "A Proud Entertainment Partner of the Cleveland Indians" is a one-of-a-kind 'Wow' factor that continues to differentiate us in this region: Our authentic experiences that rock will reach a new level as we bring the excitement of our championship team to our property and the Hard Rock brand power to theirs. Hard Rock Rocksino continues to reinvest in our local community. As part of our evolution as a Vegas Experience with an Ohio Address, we want everyone to know that the Rocksino is always cutting edge, customer focused, and the region's premier destination for gaming, dining and entertainment." 
 
According to Birtha, this new partnership will provide added value to all of its guests. Once-in-a-lifetime activities with the Indians partnership include private "VIP Experiences" at Progressive Field on game days including the opportunity to steal second base during a game as the grounds crew works on the field, viewing the game from a booth at the Press Box level, watching batting practice or even attending a private brunch with notable Indians' alumni at Kosar's Wood-Fired Grill. In addition, guests will enjoy unique property promotions and giveaways, Rock Star 
Rewards club loyalty benefits, and many more remarkable events at the Hard Rock Rocksino. "We are excited to introduce new promotions and experiences for our Rock Star Rewards members as part of our relationship with the Cleveland Indians. We look forward to joining with Indians fans everywhere to cheer our home-town team to another victory," says Birtha.
 

Cleveland Indians

D-backs break ground on new Academy in Dominican Republic

The Arizona Diamondbacks hosted a groundbreaking ceremony today at their new academy, "Las Américas" in the Dominican Republic in front of numerous dignitaries including the country's president, Danilo Medina Sanchez. The multi-million dollar complex will feature state-of-the-art facilities on and off the field for the team's prospects and is expected to be fully operational for the 2020 Dominican Summer League season.
 
"This investment from our ownership group ensures that we will have an incredible academy for our prospects that will focus on fostering relationships with teammates, healthy living habits, education and of course, state-of-the-art baseball facilities," said D-backs President & CEO Derrick Hall. "We look forward to the next generation of Latin American D-backs prospects learning the game here and developing into big leaguers both on and off the field."
 
The franchise's Latin American operations have been headed by Junior Noboa since the club's inception and the return to "Las Américas" marks a homecoming for the D-backs, who shared the same land with the Toronto Blue Jays and Colorado Rockies from 1996-2003. The new complex will feature three full fields, a half field, covered batting cages and an agility field and have the ability to house over 100 prospects, coaches and visiting staff. A classroom will be built on site to create the best learning environment for the team's education program, which was created in 2013 following a meeting between Hall and President Medina.
 
"Having a first-rate facility in the Dominican Republic is a critical part of our development process," said D-backs Executive Vice President and General Manager Mike Hazen. "Nearly all of our prospects from Latin America will be impacted by this academy and we are excited to be able to create this from scratch while still returning to the organization's roots in Las Américas."
 
Today's ceremony was attended by President Medina as well as the Mayor of Boca Chica. D-backs legend Luis González, who serves as Special Assistant to the President & CEO, was also in attendance as was former D-backs catcher Miguel Montero, who played on the same fields where the new academy is being built after signing out of Venezuela in 2001.
 
Among the teams who have trained on these grounds are the Blue Jays, Rockies, Cardinals, Nationals, Indians, Twins and Dodgers. Notable players who have played there include Montero, José Valverde, Vicente Padilla, Jorge De La Rosa, Ubaldo Jimenez, Jhoulys Chacín, José Ramírez, Danny Salazar, Jesús Aguilar, Héctor Rondon and Pedro Strop. 
 
The local project manager in the Dominican Republic is Ingasa, led by Jaime González, while the D-backs are working with San Francisco-based architect jones | haydu, which was established in 2004 by Hulett Jones and Paul Haydu and was responsible for designing the adjacent San Francisco Giants academy in the Dominican Republic. The two principals have extensive experience in residential, hospitality, academic, and cultural institutions while jones | haydu has received accolades for their designs from many institutions including local and state awards from the American Institute of Architects, and state and international awards from the IIDA.  

The Arizona Diamondbacks hosted a groundbreaking ceremony today at their new academy, "Las Américas" in the Dominican Republic in front of numerous dignitaries including the country's president, Danilo Medina Sanchez. The multi-million dollar complex will feature state-of-the-art facilities on and off the field for the team's prospects and is expected to be fully operational for the 2020 Dominican Summer League season.
 
"This investment from our ownership group ensures that we will have an incredible academy for our prospects that will focus on fostering relationships with teammates, healthy living habits, education and of course, state-of-the-art baseball facilities," said D-backs President & CEO Derrick Hall. "We look forward to the next generation of Latin American D-backs prospects learning the game here and developing into big leaguers both on and off the field."
 
The franchise's Latin American operations have been headed by Junior Noboa since the club's inception and the return to "Las Américas" marks a homecoming for the D-backs, who shared the same land with the Toronto Blue Jays and Colorado Rockies from 1996-2003. The new complex will feature three full fields, a half field, covered batting cages and an agility field and have the ability to house over 100 prospects, coaches and visiting staff. A classroom will be built on site to create the best learning environment for the team's education program, which was created in 2013 following a meeting between Hall and President Medina.
 
"Having a first-rate facility in the Dominican Republic is a critical part of our development process," said D-backs Executive Vice President and General Manager Mike Hazen. "Nearly all of our prospects from Latin America will be impacted by this academy and we are excited to be able to create this from scratch while still returning to the organization's roots in Las Américas."
 
Today's ceremony was attended by President Medina as well as the Mayor of Boca Chica. D-backs legend Luis González, who serves as Special Assistant to the President & CEO, was also in attendance as was former D-backs catcher Miguel Montero, who played on the same fields where the new academy is being built after signing out of Venezuela in 2001.
 
Among the teams who have trained on these grounds are the Blue Jays, Rockies, Cardinals, Nationals, Indians, Twins and Dodgers. Notable players who have played there include Montero, José Valverde, Vicente Padilla, Jorge De La Rosa, Ubaldo Jimenez, Jhoulys Chacín, José Ramírez, Danny Salazar, Jesús Aguilar, Héctor Rondon and Pedro Strop. 
 
The local project manager in the Dominican Republic is Ingasa, led by Jaime González, while the D-backs are working with San Francisco-based architect jones | haydu, which was established in 2004 by Hulett Jones and Paul Haydu and was responsible for designing the adjacent San Francisco Giants academy in the Dominican Republic. The two principals have extensive experience in residential, hospitality, academic, and cultural institutions while jones | haydu has received accolades for their designs from many institutions including local and state awards from the American Institute of Architects, and state and international awards from the IIDA.  

Arizona Diamondbacks

Rays acquire Shane Baz to complete trade with Pirates

The Tampa Bay Rays have acquired minor league right-handed pitcher Shane Baz (pronounced BOZ) as the player to be named to complete the July 31 trade with the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Baz, 19, will join Rookie-level Princeton. He went 4-3 with a 3.97 ERA (45.1-IP, 20-ER) and 54 strikeouts in 10 starts this season with Rookie-level Bristol, and ranks among Appalachian League leaders in ERA (seventh), strikeouts (third), innings pitched (fifth) and opponents' batting avg. (.250, fourth). Over his last four starts, he was 2-1 with a 2.04 ERA (17.2-IP, 4-ER) and 25 strikeouts. He was named the Appalachian League Pitcher of the Week for August 6-12, his first career weekly honor, making a pair of scoreless starts spanning 9.2 innings.

The Tampa Bay Rays have acquired minor league right-handed pitcher Shane Baz (pronounced BOZ) as the player to be named to complete the July 31 trade with the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Baz, 19, will join Rookie-level Princeton. He went 4-3 with a 3.97 ERA (45.1-IP, 20-ER) and 54 strikeouts in 10 starts this season with Rookie-level Bristol, and ranks among Appalachian League leaders in ERA (seventh), strikeouts (third), innings pitched (fifth) and opponents' batting avg. (.250, fourth). Over his last four starts, he was 2-1 with a 2.04 ERA (17.2-IP, 4-ER) and 25 strikeouts. He was named the Appalachian League Pitcher of the Week for August 6-12, his first career weekly honor, making a pair of scoreless starts spanning 9.2 innings.

Baz was selected by the Pirates in the first round (12th overall) of the 2017 June Draft out of Concordia Lutheran (Texas) High School and is ranked by MLB.com as the No. 95 overall prospect in the minor leagues. He was ranked by both Baseball America and MLB.com as the No. 4 prospect in the Pirates organization. In his first professional season, he went 0-3 with a 3.80 ERA (23.2-IP, 10-ER) in 10 starts for the GCL Pirates. Following the season, he was ranked by Baseball America as the No. 3 prospect in the Gulf Coast League. He committed to Texas Christian University before signing with the Pirates. 

On July 31, the Rays traded right-handed pitcher Chris Archer to the Pirates in exchange for right-handed pitcher Tyler Glasnow, outfielder Austin Meadows and a player to be named. Glasnow has pitched to a 2.25 ERA (12-IP, 3-ER) in three starts with the Rays, and leads the majors with a 15.00 strikeouts per nine innings ratio in August (min. 10 IP). Meadows is batting .333/.372/.718 (13-for-39) with six doubles, three home runs and eight RBI in 11 games for Triple-A Durham.

Tampa Bay Rays

Colorado Rockies placed right-handed pitcher Scott Oberg on paternity list

Infielder Garrett Hampson recalled from Triple-A Albuquerque

The Colorado Rockies announced today that they have placed right-handed pitcher Scott Oberg on the paternity list and have recalled infielder Garrett Hampson from Triple-A Albuquerque.
 
•  Hampson, 23, will be making his second stint on the active roster this season … had his contract selected from Triple-A Albuquerque July 21 and made his Major League debut that night in Arizona in a start at second base … recorded his first career hit, a double, off Zack Godley in the fifth inning … played seven games (six starts) in his first Major League stint, and batted .300 (6-for-20) with one run, one double, one triple, two RBI, four walks and one stolen base … the Reno, Nev., native was originally selected by Colorado in the third round of the 2016 First-Year Player Draft out of Long Beach State. 

•  Oberg, 28, is 7-0 with a 3.12 ERA (34.2 IP, 12 ER), 10 walks and 29 strikeouts in 35 appearances this season … his seven wins as a reliever rank first in the National League, tied for third in the Majors … the Tewksbury, Mass., native was originally selected by Colorado in the 15th round of the 2012 First-Year Player Draft and is11-6 with two saves, a 4.67 ERA (177.1 IP, 92 ER), 76 walks and 148 strikeouts since his Major League debut on April 14, 2015 vs. San Francisco.

The Colorado Rockies announced today that they have placed right-handed pitcher Scott Oberg on the paternity list and have recalled infielder Garrett Hampson from Triple-A Albuquerque.
 
•  Hampson, 23, will be making his second stint on the active roster this season … had his contract selected from Triple-A Albuquerque July 21 and made his Major League debut that night in Arizona in a start at second base … recorded his first career hit, a double, off Zack Godley in the fifth inning … played seven games (six starts) in his first Major League stint, and batted .300 (6-for-20) with one run, one double, one triple, two RBI, four walks and one stolen base … the Reno, Nev., native was originally selected by Colorado in the third round of the 2016 First-Year Player Draft out of Long Beach State. 

•  Oberg, 28, is 7-0 with a 3.12 ERA (34.2 IP, 12 ER), 10 walks and 29 strikeouts in 35 appearances this season … his seven wins as a reliever rank first in the National League, tied for third in the Majors … the Tewksbury, Mass., native was originally selected by Colorado in the 15th round of the 2012 First-Year Player Draft and is11-6 with two saves, a 4.67 ERA (177.1 IP, 92 ER), 76 walks and 148 strikeouts since his Major League debut on April 14, 2015 vs. San Francisco.

Colorado Rockies

Mariners reinstate infielder Robinson Canó from MLB restricted list

RHP Casey Lawrence optioned to Triple-A Tacoma; RHP Sam Tuivailala transferred to the 60-day disabled list to make room on the Mariners 40-man roster.

Seattle Mariners Executive Vice President & General Manager of Baseball Operations Jerry Dipoto announced today the following roster moves: 
 
•    Robinson Canó, INF, reinstated from MLB Restricted List.
•    Casey Lawrence, RHP, optioned to Triple-A Tacoma (post-game on Aug. 13).
•    Sam Tuivailala, RHP, transferred to the 60-day disabled list (strained right Achilles).
 
The Mariners 40-man roster is currently at 40 players following today's roster moves. 
 
Canó (#22) will be in uniform and available for tonight's (7:05 pm PT) game vs. the Oakland Athletics at the Oakland Coliseum.  
 
Canó, 35, has been out of the lineup since being placed on the disabled list on May 14 after sustaining a fractured fifth metacarpal on his right hand after being hit by a pitch in the 3rd on May 13 at Detroit. He was suspended on May 15 by Major League Baseball for 80 games for violation of the Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. Canó appeared in 5 games on a rehabilitation assignment with Triple-A Tacoma (2 games, 8/6-7) and Short-A Everett (3 games, 8/9-11), combining to bat .389 (7x18) with 4 runs scored 1 doubles, 2 home runs, 6 RBI and 2 walks. 
 
Prior to his injury, Canó appeared in 39 games with the Mariners this season, batting .287 (41x143) with 24 runs, 10 doubles, 4 home runs, 23 RBI, 21 walks, a .385 on-base percentage and a .441 slugging mark (.825 OPS). At the time of his injury, he was among American League leaders in walks (T13th) and on-base percentage (14th). Since making his Major League debut on May 3, 2005, he has appeared in 2,037 games, the 2nd-most of any player in that span. 
 
Since joining the Mariners for the 2014 season, he has hit .294 (768x2608) with 369 runs, 147 doubles, 5 triples, 101 home runs and 384 RBI in 662 games. He signed a 10-year contract through the 2023 season on Dec. 12, 2013 after playing nine seasons with New York-AL. In 14 Major League seasons, he is a career .304 (2417x7944) hitter with 1168 runs, 522 doubles, 33 triples, 305 home runs and 1,206 RBI in 2,036 career games.
 
Lawrence, 30, has appeared in four stints with the Mariners this season (also: 3/28-4/14, 5/1-12, 7/13-28, 8/9-13), going 0-0 with an 8.31 ERA (16 ER, 17.1 IP) in 8 relief appearances. He allowed 3 runs on 3 hits while walking 2 and striking out 1 over 3.0 innings last night at Oakland. Lawrence is 7-3 with 1 saves and a 2.75 ERA (24 ER, 78.2 IP) in 15 games, 12 starts with AAA Tacoma.
 
In parts of 2 Major League seasons with the Blue Jays (2017) and Mariners (2017-c), he is 2-3 with a 6.81 ERA (55 ER, 72.2 IP) with 63 strikeouts and 32 walks in 35 games (2 starts). He was claimed off waivers by the Mariners from Toronto on May 11, 2017. The native of McSherrytown, PA, made his Major League debut with the Blue Jays on April 8, 2017 at Tampa Bay. Lawrence was originally signed by Toronto as a non-drafted free agent on June 15, 2010. 
 
Tuivailala, 27, was originally placed on the 10-day disabled list with a strained right Achilles on August 9. He went 1-0, 1.69 (1 ER, 5.1 IP) in 5 appearances with Seattle this season. Tuivailala was acquired by Seattle from St. Louis in exchange for minor league right-handed pitcher Seth Elledge on July 27. Prior to joining the Mariners he went 3-3 with 4 holds and a 3.69 ERA (13 ER, 31.2 IP) in 31 games with the Cardinals. He had 21 scoreless outings in his 31 appearances, and allowed 1 run or fewer in 29 of his 31 games, limiting right-handed hitters to a .230 (17x74) average with just 2 extra-base hits (2B, HR). 
 
Tuivailala was the Cardinals 3rd round selection in the 2010 MLB First-Year Player Draft. He was converted from shortstop to pitcher in 2012 and made the jump from rookie ball to the Majors in just 87 appearances, debuting vs. the Reds on Sept. 9, 2014. 

Seattle Mariners Executive Vice President & General Manager of Baseball Operations Jerry Dipoto announced today the following roster moves: 
 
•    Robinson Canó, INF, reinstated from MLB Restricted List.
•    Casey Lawrence, RHP, optioned to Triple-A Tacoma (post-game on Aug. 13).
•    Sam Tuivailala, RHP, transferred to the 60-day disabled list (strained right Achilles).
 
The Mariners 40-man roster is currently at 40 players following today's roster moves. 
 
Canó (#22) will be in uniform and available for tonight's (7:05 pm PT) game vs. the Oakland Athletics at the Oakland Coliseum.  
 
Canó, 35, has been out of the lineup since being placed on the disabled list on May 14 after sustaining a fractured fifth metacarpal on his right hand after being hit by a pitch in the 3rd on May 13 at Detroit. He was suspended on May 15 by Major League Baseball for 80 games for violation of the Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. Canó appeared in 5 games on a rehabilitation assignment with Triple-A Tacoma (2 games, 8/6-7) and Short-A Everett (3 games, 8/9-11), combining to bat .389 (7x18) with 4 runs scored 1 doubles, 2 home runs, 6 RBI and 2 walks. 
 
Prior to his injury, Canó appeared in 39 games with the Mariners this season, batting .287 (41x143) with 24 runs, 10 doubles, 4 home runs, 23 RBI, 21 walks, a .385 on-base percentage and a .441 slugging mark (.825 OPS). At the time of his injury, he was among American League leaders in walks (T13th) and on-base percentage (14th). Since making his Major League debut on May 3, 2005, he has appeared in 2,037 games, the 2nd-most of any player in that span. 
 
Since joining the Mariners for the 2014 season, he has hit .294 (768x2608) with 369 runs, 147 doubles, 5 triples, 101 home runs and 384 RBI in 662 games. He signed a 10-year contract through the 2023 season on Dec. 12, 2013 after playing nine seasons with New York-AL. In 14 Major League seasons, he is a career .304 (2417x7944) hitter with 1168 runs, 522 doubles, 33 triples, 305 home runs and 1,206 RBI in 2,036 career games.
 
Lawrence, 30, has appeared in four stints with the Mariners this season (also: 3/28-4/14, 5/1-12, 7/13-28, 8/9-13), going 0-0 with an 8.31 ERA (16 ER, 17.1 IP) in 8 relief appearances. He allowed 3 runs on 3 hits while walking 2 and striking out 1 over 3.0 innings last night at Oakland. Lawrence is 7-3 with 1 saves and a 2.75 ERA (24 ER, 78.2 IP) in 15 games, 12 starts with AAA Tacoma.
 
In parts of 2 Major League seasons with the Blue Jays (2017) and Mariners (2017-c), he is 2-3 with a 6.81 ERA (55 ER, 72.2 IP) with 63 strikeouts and 32 walks in 35 games (2 starts). He was claimed off waivers by the Mariners from Toronto on May 11, 2017. The native of McSherrytown, PA, made his Major League debut with the Blue Jays on April 8, 2017 at Tampa Bay. Lawrence was originally signed by Toronto as a non-drafted free agent on June 15, 2010. 
 
Tuivailala, 27, was originally placed on the 10-day disabled list with a strained right Achilles on August 9. He went 1-0, 1.69 (1 ER, 5.1 IP) in 5 appearances with Seattle this season. Tuivailala was acquired by Seattle from St. Louis in exchange for minor league right-handed pitcher Seth Elledge on July 27. Prior to joining the Mariners he went 3-3 with 4 holds and a 3.69 ERA (13 ER, 31.2 IP) in 31 games with the Cardinals. He had 21 scoreless outings in his 31 appearances, and allowed 1 run or fewer in 29 of his 31 games, limiting right-handed hitters to a .230 (17x74) average with just 2 extra-base hits (2B, HR). 
 
Tuivailala was the Cardinals 3rd round selection in the 2010 MLB First-Year Player Draft. He was converted from shortstop to pitcher in 2012 and made the jump from rookie ball to the Majors in just 87 appearances, debuting vs. the Reds on Sept. 9, 2014. 

Seattle Mariners

2018 Texas Rangers Baseball Tomorrow Fund equipment drive takes place on Saturday, August 18

Equipment will go to Texas Rangers MLB Youth Academy

In support of the ongoing commitment from Major League Baseball, its Clubs and the players to increase opportunities for youth participation in baseball and softball, the Texas Rangers will once again team with the Baseball Tomorrow Fund (BTF) to host an equipment collection drive in 2018.

The Equipment Drive will take place this Saturday, August 18 when the Rangers host the Los Angeles Angels at 7:05 p.m. at Globe Life Park in Arlington.
Rangers catcher-infielder Isiah Kiner-Falefa is serving as the Equipment Drive's honorary chairman this year. Fans may drop off new and gently used baseball and softball equipment at any entrance of Globe Life Park in Arlington from 4:30-7:30 p.m. on August 18. All fans who make a donation will receive a ticket to a future Rangers' home game in 2018.  

In support of the ongoing commitment from Major League Baseball, its Clubs and the players to increase opportunities for youth participation in baseball and softball, the Texas Rangers will once again team with the Baseball Tomorrow Fund (BTF) to host an equipment collection drive in 2018.

The Equipment Drive will take place this Saturday, August 18 when the Rangers host the Los Angeles Angels at 7:05 p.m. at Globe Life Park in Arlington.
Rangers catcher-infielder Isiah Kiner-Falefa is serving as the Equipment Drive's honorary chairman this year. Fans may drop off new and gently used baseball and softball equipment at any entrance of Globe Life Park in Arlington from 4:30-7:30 p.m. on August 18. All fans who make a donation will receive a ticket to a future Rangers' home game in 2018.  

All equipment received will be donated to the Texas Rangers MLB Youth Academy at Mercy Street Sports Complex presented by Toyota in West Dallas.  

In a pre-game presentation on Saturday, the Baseball Tomorrow Fund will donate a $5,000.00 grant to Mercy Street for the purchase of youth baseball and softball equipment. In addition, Academy Sports + Outdoors will be giving a $2,000.00 gift card to the Rangers Baseball Foundation to use for the purchase of equipment at the Texas Rangers MLB Youth Academy.

Fans can also drop off equipment all this week at the following locations:

--Texas Rangers Grand Slam Gift Shop, Globe Life Park in Arlington
--Texas Rangers Team Shop, 316 Main St. in Fort Worth

This year marks the 14th season the Baseball Tomorrow Fund has teamed with Major League Baseball Clubs to supplement their existing equipment collection programs and to help facilitate the creation of new programs. 

The equipment drive is sponsored in part by Academy Sports + Outdoors, Fox Sports Southwest and the Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation. For more information, call 817-273-5207 or visit www.texasrangers.com/equipment.

Texas Rangers