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Pirates Homestand Highlights: Thursday, August 16 - Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Pirates return to PNC Park for the 10th time in 2018

The Pirates return to PNC Park for the 10th homestand of the season, a seven-game stop vs the Chicago Cubs and Atlanta Braves.

The homestand is highlighted by Dollar Dog Night on Friday, August 17; Bucco Royale around the 'Burgh on Saturday, August 18; and Kid's Day on Sunday, August 19.

The Pirates return to PNC Park for the 10th homestand of the season, a seven-game stop vs the Chicago Cubs and Atlanta Braves.

The homestand is highlighted by Dollar Dog Night on Friday, August 17; Bucco Royale around the 'Burgh on Saturday, August 18; and Kid's Day on Sunday, August 19.

 

Thursday, August 16, 2018 - Pirates vs. Chicago Cubs (7:05 p.m.)

  • Military Day: Come out to support and honor our brave American military service men and women. The Pirates will wear their Military Days jerseys and special caps. 
     
  • On-Field Military Ceremony: As part of today's Military Day efforts, the Pirates will host a group from Defenders of Freedom, Pittsburgh. Defenders of Freedom is a non-profit organization committed to supporting post 9/11 Veterans with emergencies and transitioning back to the Pittsburgh area.
     
  • 50/50 Raffle: Today's Pirates Charities 50/50 Raffle, supported by Rivers Casino, will benefit Defenders of Freedom, Pittsburgh.
     
  • Jewish Heritage Night: The Pirates invite you to join members of the Jewish Community for the seventh annual Jewish Heritage Night at PNC Park. This is a great opportunity to catch up with old friends and meet some new friends. We will have special block seating specifically for those who purchase tickets through this special offer. Each ticket purchased includes a Pirates "Let's Go Bucs" Hebrew cap. In addition, tonight the Pirates will host a special Kosher BBQ in Picnic Park. Thanks to the support of the Jewish Federation of Pittsburgh, the barbecue is specially priced at just $5 per person. For tickets and more information, visit pirates.com/JewishHeritage.
     
  • Firefighters Night: Tonight, the Pirates join with PA Firefighters on Firefighters Night at PNC Park. Each ticket purchased through pirates.com/Firefighters is located in the Pirates Cove and includes unlimited peanuts, popcorn and soda.
     
  • Beer Passport: Beer Passport ticket holders ages 21 and older are invited to a 90-minute beer sampling event that begins when gates open at 5:30 p.m. For more information and to order tickets, visit pirates.com/beerpassport.


Friday, August 17, 2018 - Pirates vs. Chicago Cubs (7:05 p.m.)

  • Wish Granted: Today, the Pirates joined with A Special Wish Foundation, Inc, Ohio Valley Chapter, to grant Zach Wajda his wish to meet Josh Harrison and have a day at PNC Park. Zach's day at the ballpark will begin at 2:30 p.m. with a tour of the clubhouse and a meet and greet with Josh Harrison. He will then get a guided tour of the ballpark, watch batting practice from the Pirates dugout and toss a first pitch before tonight's game. 
     
  • Pittsburgh Pirates and Baseball Tomorrow Fund Equipment Day: Today the Pirates invite all fans to participate in a Sporting Goods Drive benefiting DHS' Annual Holiday Project, which provides holiday gifts to eligible children and youth that receive services through the Allegheny County Department of Human Services. All items donated MUST BE NEW as the goal is to ensure the children in care have a special holiday season and, if for only one time during the year, receive items that are entirely theirs.
     
  • Donation Items Requested: Baseball and Softball bats for t-ball through adult, Baseball and Softball gloves for t-ball through adult, T-ball stands and Baseball tees. Please bring donation items to PNC Park's Peoples Home Plate Gate (corner of West General Robinson Street & Mazeroski Way near the Honus Wagner Statue) or Center Field Gate (on Federal Street near the Roberto Clemente Statue) from 4 to 7 p.m.
     
  • Check Presentations: Tonight, the Pirates will present DHS a $5,000 check, granted through Baseball Tomorrow Fund, to purchase additional baseball and softball equipment needed for this evening's Sporting Goods Drive.
     
  • Free Shirt Friday: Tonight, the Pirates popular Free Shirt Fridays continue as the first 20,000 fans, with paid admission, will receive a Pirates tee, presented by Western PA Toyota Dealers.
     
  • Dollar Dog Night: As a special thank you to the fans, the Pirates announced the Dollar Dog fan value promotion, presented by Sugardale, on select Friday nights at PNC Park. Tonight, fans can visit any North Shore concession stand throughout the ballpark and purchase regular hot dogs for just one dollar each.
     
  • Miller Lite Happy Hour: Tonight, and every Friday Night home game, the Pirates will host a special Happy Hour, presented by Miller Lite, at the Crow's Nest Bar from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Visit the Crow's Nest Bar for live music and half-priced cans of Miller Lite, Leinenkugel's Summer Shandy and Blue Moon.
     
  • Spirits Night: Join us for a 90-minute pregame spirits tasting tonight at PNC Park. Fans will have the opportunity to taste a variety of fine spirits and learn more about the history and characteristics of the drinks. For just $85 fans receive a ticket in a luxury suite, an invite to a pregame spirit tasting in Club 3000, and more. For complete information and to order tickets visit pirates.com/spirits.


Saturday, August 18, 2018 - Pirates vs. Chicago Cubs (7:05 p.m.)

  • Bucco Royale: Today the Pirates are inviting fans to join in a special Pirates Pierogy "Bucco Royale" scavenger hunt starting at 9:30 a.m. around the Pittsburgh area. Throughout the day, the Pirates Pierogies will visit SIX locations in the area, with a different Pierogy at each location. At each visit, fans are encouraged to take a picture with that Pirates Pierogy and post the pic to Twitter with the name of each Pierogy they met and the hashtag #BuccoRoyale to be entered in our Grand Prize drawing. Winners for our grand prizes will be chosen by the winner of the Great Pierogy Race at the end of the fifth inning during Saturday night's game. All winners of our grand prizes will be chosen from those fans who met and posted pics of the corresponding Pierogy winner earlier in the day.
     
  • Zambelli Fireworks Night: Fans are encouraged to stay in their seats immediately following the game and enjoy an amazing Zambelli Fireworks International fireworks display, presented by Rivers Casino.
     
  • Block Party: Come down early to join us before today's game for the Irish Fest Jim Beam Block Party starting at 5:30 p.m. on Federal Street. Fans are invited to come party on the street as food and beer sales will be available and there will be live music featuring County Mayo. Pirates alumni Rick Reuschel will sign autographs at the Leinenkugel Bar that will be located on Federal Street.
     
  • Irish Fest: Join the Pirates tonight for Irish Fest at PNC Park. Arrive early for pre-game activities on Federal Street, with live music by Irish band County Mayo and a performance by the Bell School of Irish Dance. Tickets purchased through this offer at pirates.com/Irish include a special Pirates Irish cap.


Sunday, August 19, 2018 - Pirates vs. Chicago Cubs (1:35 p.m.)

  • Kids Day: Come down early and join the fun as the #1 Cochran Family Fun Zone will be open on Federal Street from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Lined up outside PNC Park will be inflatable rides, face painting, information about the Bucaroos Kids Club, presented by Chick-fil-A and more.
     
  • Kids Pirates Collectible Truck: Today, all kids ages 14 and younger, with paid admission, will receive a special Pirates W.B. Mason Collectible Truck, presented by W.B. Mason.
     
  • Kids Run the Bases: Kids attending today's game are invited to stick around after to run the bases on the field at PNC Park with the Kids Run the Bases, presented by Rivendale.
     
  • Hello Neighbor: The Pirates along with Hello Neighbor will host a special day at PNC Park to raise awareness for supporting refugees and immigrants here in Pittsburgh through mentorship. Each ticket purchased through pirates.com/helloneighbor includes a $5 donation to Hello Neighbor as well as an invitation to hang out in Picnic Park starting at noon to socialize with other Hello Neighbor friends and families. The mission of Hello Neighbor is to improve the lives of refugees and immigrants by matching them with dedicated neighbors to guide and support them in their new lives in our community.


Monday, August 20, 2018 - Pirates vs. Atlanta Braves (7:05 p.m.)

  • #WeArePPS Back to School Event: Today, the Pirates and Pirates Charities have joined with the Pittsburgh Public Schools to support the PPS Back to School event at the Pittsburgh Faison from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Pirates Charities will donate 500 backpacks stuffed with school supplies as well as sponsor a Pirates Play Zone featuring the Pirate Parrot Bounce, Speed Pitch Baseball, and Giant Connect 4 provided by E.L.F. Entertainment.


Tuesday, August 21, 2018 - Pirates vs. Atlanta Braves (7:05 p.m.)

  • Pups in the Park: Fans can enjoy Bucco baseball with their pooch as the Pirates host one of 11 Pup Nights, presented by Rachael Ray Nutrish, at PNC Park. Each ticket package (1 person & 1 dog) costs just $36 with additional human tickets available for $36 each. A portion of the proceeds benefit local animal shelters and seats are limited and subject to availability. For complete information, visit pirates.com/pups.
     
  • Pirates Play Ball Team of the Game: Tonight is part of the Pirates season-long initiative honoring a youth baseball/softball team(s) of the game every Tuesday home game. Tonight, the Pirates will honor the seven Mayor's Cup champions that competed at PNC Park last week as part of a partnership between the Pirates and the City of Pittsburgh Parks and Recreation Department (Citiparks). The 2018 champions are: 12u Softball: Brookline, 15u Softball: Hazelwood, 18u Softball: Brookline, Little League: Carrick, Pony: 14th Ward, Colt: 14th Ward, Super Colt: Shadyside Boys & Girls Club.


Wednesday, August 22, 2018 - Pirates vs. Atlanta Braves (7:05 p.m.)

  • Wine Night: Tonight is a Wine Tasting Night at PNC Park. For just $70 fans receive a ticket in a luxury suite, an invite to a pregame wine tasting in Club 3000, and more. For complete information and to order tickets visit pirates.com/winenights.


Thursday, August 23, 2018 - Off Day

  • Sporting Clays Event: Pirates Charities and Pirates Chairman Bob Nutting will host the 10th annual Pirates Charities Sporting Clays Invitational. Participants at this event have the unique opportunity to spend the day with current and former Pirates players, broadcasters and front office executives while enjoying the Sporting Clays complex at scenic Seven Springs Mountain Resort. Most importantly, participants support the work of Pirates Charities through this annual fundraiser.


Student Pass

New for 2018, get exclusive offers just for students with the Pirates Papa John's Student Pass-- available through mobile delivery! Students with a .edu email address will be able to purchase tickets through the MLB Ballpark app. Text STUDENT to 61592 to receive Papa John's Student Pass offers. Your first Student Pass purchase gets you a FREE large one-topping Papa John's pizza. You may pick up your coupon during that game at the MLB Ballpark app kiosk located on the Riverwalk at PNC Park before the end of the 4th inning. The Papa John's Student Pass is a new type of ticket that gives students access to special offers throughout the season.


University Nights

The Pirates are hosting University Nights at PNC Park on select dates throughout the 2018 season. The nights are in partnership with local universities, and fans who purchase University Night tickets will receive a ticket in one of two special sections and a special co-branded Pirates cap. Students, alumni and fans of local universities are invited to cheer on the Pirates together at PNC Park. The caps for the program are available only with the special University Night tickets. For complete information, visit pirates.com/universitynights. Remaining University Nights are: California University of Pennsylvania: Friday, September 7; Duquesne University: Friday, September 21; Slippery Rock University: Sunday, September 23.
 

Slice Family 4-Pack

The Slice Family 4-Pack is a value-packed ticket package perfect for your next trip to PNC Park. The package includes four (4) tickets to any Monday-Thursday Pirates home game, One large, one-topping pizza from Slice on Broadway at PNC Park and four 16 oz. fountain drinks.


Pirates Charities 50/50 Raffles

The Pirates Charities 50/50 Raffle, supported by Rivers Casino, is back for the 2018 season. The 50/50 Raffles will take place during each Pirates home game throughout the season. Raffle ticket prices are two (2) tickets for $5, five (5) tickets for $10, 20 tickets for $20 and 80 tickets for $40 with all proceeds benefiting Pirates Charities. Raffle ticket sales close after the last out in the sixth inning. The winning number will be drawn and announced in the 8th inning and the winner will receive 50 percent of the total pot. Winning numbers will also be posted on pirates.com/5050raffle within three business days.


MLB Ballpark App

The MLB Ballpark app for iPhone and Android smartphones is the official MLB ballpark phone app for PNC Park. The app compliments and personalizes your trips to PNC Park with mobile check-ins, social media, offers, promotions and exclusive content. Entering its sixth season, Ballpark delivers fully intuitive integration of locally focused technology with a league-wide feature set, including team customization, exclusive video highlights, seat and experience upgrade capabilities; MyTickets Mobile for in-app ticket management, delivery and storage of every ticket sold and content integration with ballpark video screens. In addition, the Ballpark App is now featuring the Food and Beverage Finder, answering all of your questions as to where the best concessions are throughout PNC Park.


Hunt Auctions Kiosk

Located on the main concourse behind section 125, the Hunt Auctions kiosk is your one and only source for game-used and autographed items at PNC Park. Stop by to own your piece of the 2018 Pirates season and check out our new autographed and game-used products featuring Josh Bell, Josh Harrison, Starling Marte, Jameson Taillon and more. Specially branded game-used bases and more will be available, while supplies last, at the Hunt Kiosk or by emailing Authentics@pirates.com.


Fan Values

  • Pirates Cove (Sections 201- 205): Tickets in the right field Pirates Cove area offer a great view as well as access to the new $5 or less value items menu. Pirates Cove tickets are just $30 each and include bottomless popcorn, peanuts and soda.
     
  • Giant Eagle Advantage Card: The Pirates and Giant Eagle partner to offer fans a chance to save up to $10 on tickets for Friday through Sunday home games. Visit pirates.com/advantagecard for more details.
     
  • PNC Bank Pirates Card: The Pirates and PNC Bank team up to offer discounted tickets for select games at PNC Park. Fans can use their PNC Bank Pirates card and save up to $10 on select games throughout the season, including their great Thursday special where card holders can purchase buy one get one Outfield Box tickets. For tickets and more information visit pirates.com/pnccheckcard.
     
  • Port Authority ConnectCard: Get specially-priced tickets with your Port Authority ConnectCard! Save up to $10 this season on Sunday thru Thursday games at PNC Park, PAT card holders can purchase Grandstand tickets for only $10 to all Wednesday games throughout the season. For tickets and more information visit pirates.com/connectcard.


For a complete list of the 2018 Pirates promotions and special events, visit pirates.com/promotions.

Pittsburgh Pirates

White Sox option Ryan LaMarre to Triple-A Charlotte

Following today's series finale at Detroit, the Chicago White Sox optioned outfielder Ryan LaMarre to Class AAA Charlotte.

LaMarre, 29, is batting .273 (6-22) with one double, one home run and two RBI in nine games over two stints with the White Sox after being claimed off waivers from Minnesota on July 9. He connected on his first major-league home run last night, a solo shot in the second inning off Blaine Hardy. LaMarre is hitting .264 (32-121) with six doubles, one home run, 10 RBI and nine runs scored in 51 combined games this season between the White Sox and Twins.

Following today's series finale at Detroit, the Chicago White Sox optioned outfielder Ryan LaMarre to Class AAA Charlotte.

LaMarre, 29, is batting .273 (6-22) with one double, one home run and two RBI in nine games over two stints with the White Sox after being claimed off waivers from Minnesota on July 9. He connected on his first major-league home run last night, a solo shot in the second inning off Blaine Hardy. LaMarre is hitting .264 (32-121) with six doubles, one home run, 10 RBI and nine runs scored in 51 combined games this season between the White Sox and Twins.

Chicago will make a corresponding roster move prior to Friday's series opener vs. Kansas City.

Chicago White Sox

Mariners celebrate African American Heritage Day August 19

Pregame ceremony, ticket special and Mariners "42" cap are part of recognition

The Seattle Mariners are celebrating the contributions of African Americans to the Northwest community on Sunday, August 19, during a pregame ceremony before the Mariners take on the Los Angeles Dodgers (1:10pm start).

A special online-only ticket offer is available at Mariners.com/AfricanAmerican. Each ticket purchased through the offer comes with a special Mariners cap that features the number 42, in tribute to Jackie Robinson, who "broke baseball's color barrier" 71 years ago. A portion of each ticket sold through this special online-only offer will benefit New Beginnings Christian Fellowship.

The Seattle Mariners are celebrating the contributions of African Americans to the Northwest community on Sunday, August 19, during a pregame ceremony before the Mariners take on the Los Angeles Dodgers (1:10pm start).

A special online-only ticket offer is available at Mariners.com/AfricanAmerican. Each ticket purchased through the offer comes with a special Mariners cap that features the number 42, in tribute to Jackie Robinson, who "broke baseball's color barrier" 71 years ago. A portion of each ticket sold through this special online-only offer will benefit New Beginnings Christian Fellowship.

During a pregame ceremony, these notable African Americans will be honored:

Reverend Doctor Leslie D. Braxton, Senior Pastor New Beginnings Christian Fellowship, Kent. After receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree from University of Puget Sound, Master of Divinity from the Colgate Rochester Divinity School and Doctor of Ministry Degree from United Theological Seminary, Reverend Braxton served at First Shiloh Baptist Church of Buffalo, New York (1987-1999), before returning home to the Puget Sound area to Mount Zion Baptist Church in Seattle (1999-2005) . In 2005, he became pastor at New Beginnings Christian Fellowship (2005-present). Dr. Braxton is an avid promoter of social justice, educational excellence, physical and emotional health and well-being and community involvement.

Juanita Grant, Seattle Mariners and longtime loaned executive to United Way of King County. Juanita came to Seattle in 1962 with her husband Willie when he was hired to work at The Boeing Company. As she raised her family, Juanita became active in the community and was involved with numerous causes around social justice. She served on the Washington State Displaced Homemakers Advisory Committee; King County Civil Rights Commission; Washington State Civil Rights Advisory Committee to the U.S. Civil Rights Commission; Western Regional Chair of Soroptimist International n, Human Rights and Status of Women; Seattle-King County Advisory Council on Aging and Disability Services; and South King County United Way. In 1999, Juanita joined her husband Willie, who had retired after a long career at Boeing, as members of the Mariners Safeco Field Game Day staff. Over the years, she has fulfilled many roles within the organization and served for over 10 years as a Mariners loaned executive to United Way of King County.

Racquel Russell, Vice President of Government Relations/Social Impact/Community Engagement, Zillow Group. Racquel graduated with honors from University of Miami (FL) and received a Juris Doctor from George Washington University Law School. Her professional career has included policy expertise to the National Governors Association, Legislative Counsel to U.S. Senator Tom Carper (Delaware), Deputy Assistant to President Barack Obama, and Senior Vice President at GMMB's Seattle office, where she provided strategic counsel to nonprofit and philanthropic organizations. As Vice President of Government Relations and Public Affairs for the Zillow Group, Russell was chief architect of the organization's first-ever social impact program, The Home Project, and leads all efforts around civic and community engagement, social impact programming and government relations.

Karen A. Wilkins-Mickey, Director of Diversity & Inclusion, Alaska Airlines. Before joining the Alaska Air Group, Wilkins-Mickey worked in various industries including Finance and Technology. As Alaska Airlines first Director of Diversity & Inclusion, she takes pride in helping people find their passion and mentors them to reach their full potential. Wilkins-Mickey earned a B.A. in Communications from California State University, Chico. She lives in Bothell with her husband and two children.

Michael Morgan, Co-founder and Managing Partner WM Legacy Investments, former Seattle Seahawks linebacker. Morgan received a B.S. in Policy Planning and Development at the University of Southern California where he also played football. Morgan signed with the Seahawks in 2011. During a seven-year NFL career, he helped the Seahawks win their first Super Bowl championship (2013). After retiring from football, Morgan co-founded WM Legacy Investments, a real estate company that specializes in multi-family properties and development. Morgan is committed to helping youth attain their greatness and volunteers with eMODE, a math enrichment program, as well as Rainier Athletes, where he serves as a mentor.

Seattle Mariners

Orioles roster move 8/15/18

This afternoon, the Orioles made the following roster move:

Released INF Danny Valencia from his contract.

This afternoon, the Orioles made the following roster move:

Released INF Danny Valencia from his contract.

Baltimore Orioles

Cardinals activate Brett Cecil from disabled list

Lefty reliever Tyler Webb optioned to Triple-A Memphis

ST. LOUIS, MO - The St. Louis Cardinals announced this afternoon that they have activated left-handed pitcher Brett Cecil (right foot inflammation) from the 10-day disabled list. The team also announced that left-handed reliever Tyler Webb was optioned to Memphis (AAA) following last night's game.

Cecil, 32, logged four scoreless innings over four appearances in his recent injury rehabilitation assignment with Memphis, allowing just two hits. The veteran reliever has appeared in 27 games with the Cardinals this season, totaling 23.2 innings pitched. Cecil had been sidelined since July 23, last appearing in a game for St. Louis on July 22 at Chicago.

ST. LOUIS, MO - The St. Louis Cardinals announced this afternoon that they have activated left-handed pitcher Brett Cecil (right foot inflammation) from the 10-day disabled list. The team also announced that left-handed reliever Tyler Webb was optioned to Memphis (AAA) following last night's game.

Cecil, 32, logged four scoreless innings over four appearances in his recent injury rehabilitation assignment with Memphis, allowing just two hits. The veteran reliever has appeared in 27 games with the Cardinals this season, totaling 23.2 innings pitched. Cecil had been sidelined since July 23, last appearing in a game for St. Louis on July 22 at Chicago.

Webb, a waiver claim from the Padres in late June, was unscored upon in his six outings (7.2 IP) with St. Louis. He has a 2.19 ERA in six appearances with Memphis, striking out 13 batters in 12.1 innings pitched.

St. Louis Cardinals

Mariners recall right-hander Christian Bergman from Triple-A Tacoma

Seattle places left-hander James Paxton on the 10-day disabled list

OAKLAND, Calif. - Seattle Mariners Executive Vice President & General Manager of Baseball Operations Jerry Dipoto announced today the following roster moves;

·         Christian Bergman, RHP, recalled from AAA Tacoma.

OAKLAND, Calif. - Seattle Mariners Executive Vice President & General Manager of Baseball Operations Jerry Dipoto announced today the following roster moves;

·         Christian Bergman, RHP, recalled from AAA Tacoma.

·         James Paxton, LHP, placed on the 10-day disabled list with a left forearm contusion.

Bergman (#56) will be in uniform and available for today's (12:35 pm PT) game vs. the Oakland Athletics at the Oakland Coliseum.

Bergman, 30, is in his 2nd stint with the Mariners this season (also: 5/16-17 and 7/13). He has made 2 spot starts this season, going 0-1 with a 3.97 ERA (5 ER, 11.1 IP) with 5 strikeouts and 2 walks. On May 16 vs. Texas, he tossed 7.0 scoreless innings, allowing 2 hits while striking out 5. In 23 games (22 starts) with AAA Tacoma this season, he is 7-9 with a 5.44 ERA (75 ER, 124.0 IP) with 100 strikeouts and 33 walks.

Bergman has appeared in parts of five Major League seasons with Colorado (2014-16) and Seattle (2017-c), compiling a record of 11-15 with a 5.49 ERA (130 ER, 213.0 IP) with 128 strikeouts and 48 walks in 70 games (25 starts). The native of Glendale, CA, was originally selected by Colorado in the 24th round of the 2010 MLB Draft out of UC Irvine. He made his Major League debut with the Rockies on June 9, 2014 vs. Atlanta.

Paxton, 29, was struck on the left forearm by a line drive (off the bat of Jed Lowrie) in the 1st inning of last night's game in Oakland. He underwent a precautionary x-ray, which was negative, and was diagnosed with a severe contusion. He was previously on the disabled list July 13-30 with lower back inflammation.

This season he has compiled a record of 10-5 with a 3.68 ERA (57 ER, 139.1 IP) with 176 strikeouts and 37 walks in 24 starts this season for Seattle. Among Major League leaders, he ranks 8th in strikeouts and 6th in strikeouts per 9.0 innings (11.37/176 K, 139.1 IP). The 6-4, 235-pound left-hander has struck out 10-or-more batters in 7 starts this season, T4th-most in the Majors. Paxton pitched the 6th no-hitter in Mariners history on May 8 at Toronto. He became the first American League pitcher to record a 16-strikeout game (5/2 vs. OAK) and a no-hitter in the same season since Nolan Ryan in 1991. 

The Ladner, British Columbia, Canada, native is 40-25 with a 3.38 ERA (211 ER, 561.1 IP) with 585 strikeouts and 163 walks in 98 career starts. Paxton was selected by Seattle in the 4th round of the 2010 MLB Draft and has spent 8 years in the Mariners organization, including parts of 6 Major League seasons.

Seattle Mariners

White Sox Hall of Famers join celebrity chef Joe Flamm for White Sox Charities dinner at Spiaggia

Exclusive Sept. 10 event features Hall of Famers, special menu

The Chicago White Sox and "Top Chef" Season 15 winner Joe Flamm will hold a special Chicago White Sox Charities (CWSC) benefit at Spiaggia on September 10. White Sox Hall of Famers Carlton Fisk and Frank Thomas are scheduled to appear.

Longtime White Sox fan and South Side native Flamm provides White Sox fans and foodies the opportunity to dine with White Sox legends, while also raising money for CWSC. The evening will include a specially prepared five-course dinner with wine pairings. This is an expansion of the partnership that brought a Café Spiaggia pop-up to Guaranteed Rate Field on July 27-29. 
 
"As a born and raised White Sox fan, I am beyond excited to partner with Chicago White Sox Charities on such an incredible event and to give back to a remarkable charity," said Flamm. "To cook alongside White Sox Hall of Famers Carlton Fisk and Frank Thomas is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and the event is sure to be a home run."
 
"We are big fans of Chef Flamm and thrilled to offer a unique way to bring the Spiaggia and Sox families together to break bread and raise support for a good cause," said Christine O'Reilly, CWSC executive director. "It certainly is going to be an evening to remember with star power from both the culinary world with Chef Flamm as well as our own Hall of Famers. We are so excited to share this incredible experience with fans of Spiaggia and the White Sox."
 
The event will benefit CWSC and its efforts to support the Greater Chicago Food Depository. A limited number of tickets to the event are now available for purchase for $200 each at spiaggiarestaurant.com.

The Chicago White Sox and "Top Chef" Season 15 winner Joe Flamm will hold a special Chicago White Sox Charities (CWSC) benefit at Spiaggia on September 10. White Sox Hall of Famers Carlton Fisk and Frank Thomas are scheduled to appear.

Longtime White Sox fan and South Side native Flamm provides White Sox fans and foodies the opportunity to dine with White Sox legends, while also raising money for CWSC. The evening will include a specially prepared five-course dinner with wine pairings. This is an expansion of the partnership that brought a Café Spiaggia pop-up to Guaranteed Rate Field on July 27-29. 
 
"As a born and raised White Sox fan, I am beyond excited to partner with Chicago White Sox Charities on such an incredible event and to give back to a remarkable charity," said Flamm. "To cook alongside White Sox Hall of Famers Carlton Fisk and Frank Thomas is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and the event is sure to be a home run."
 
"We are big fans of Chef Flamm and thrilled to offer a unique way to bring the Spiaggia and Sox families together to break bread and raise support for a good cause," said Christine O'Reilly, CWSC executive director. "It certainly is going to be an evening to remember with star power from both the culinary world with Chef Flamm as well as our own Hall of Famers. We are so excited to share this incredible experience with fans of Spiaggia and the White Sox."
 
The event will benefit CWSC and its efforts to support the Greater Chicago Food Depository. A limited number of tickets to the event are now available for purchase for $200 each at spiaggiarestaurant.com.

Chicago White Sox

White Sox cap season-long send off for Ken 'Hawk' Harrelson

Legendary broadcaster honored with charitable fundraiser, documentary, pregame ceremony and more

CHICAGO - The Chicago White Sox announced details for celebrations honoring Ken "Hawk" Harrelson and his final season in the broadcast booth.

A five-time Emmy Award winner, three-time Ford Frick Award nominee and two-time Illinois Sportscaster of the Year, Harrelson is working a 20-game schedule during the 2018 season, including Sunday home games and other select contests. After stepping away from the booth, Harrelson will serve the organization as a White Sox ambassador starting in the 2019 season, which will mark the beginning of his eighth decade in baseball.

CHICAGO - The Chicago White Sox announced details for celebrations honoring Ken "Hawk" Harrelson and his final season in the broadcast booth.

A five-time Emmy Award winner, three-time Ford Frick Award nominee and two-time Illinois Sportscaster of the Year, Harrelson is working a 20-game schedule during the 2018 season, including Sunday home games and other select contests. After stepping away from the booth, Harrelson will serve the organization as a White Sox ambassador starting in the 2019 season, which will mark the beginning of his eighth decade in baseball.

Hawk Day at Guaranteed Rate Field

The White Sox invite fans to celebrate Harrelson during a special pregame ceremony on Hawk Day on Sunday, September 2. The first 10,000 fans who enter the ballpark will receive a Hawk Harrelson Nesting Doll. The giveaway commemorates a different phase of Hawk's career in each doll, depicting Hawk as a broadcaster with a headset, as a front office executive wearing his cowboy hat and as a player donning his Red Sox uniform. In addition, fans can check in to the MLB Ballpark App on Hawk Day to receive a "Hawk Day" magnet in the Revolution Brewing #SoxSocial Taproom, while supplies last. Fan-favorite catcher A.J. Pierzynski also is scheduled to join Hawk as the special broadcast guest during this game.

"Hawk" Documentary Screening

The White Sox and NBC Sports Chicago have teamed up to produce a documentary chronicling Hawk's life and career. The documentary, titled "Hawk," will be shown during a private screening on September 6 at ArcLight Cinemas (1500 N. Clybourn Ave, Chicago), featuring appearances by special guests as well as a Q&A with Hawk and the directors. A limited number of tickets are available through the "He Gone" for Charity sweepstakes. Entries to win are available at whitesox.com/hawk. The documentary will be broadcast at 7 p.m. on September 13 exclusively on NBC Sports Chicago, NBCSportsChicago.com and on the NBC Sports app.

"He Gone" for Charity Sweepstakes

Chicago White Sox Charities (CWSC) will hold the "He Gone" For Charity sweepstakes, giving one lucky fan the opportunity to join Hawk and special guests on field during the September 2 ceremony. All fans who enter the sweepstakes will take home a piece of Hawk memorabilia, ranging from Hawk T-shirts and hats to baseballs autographed by Hawk as well as tickets to the September 6 private documentary screening. The sweepstakes will take place at whitesox.com/hawk from 10 a.m. on Monday, August 13, through 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, August 19. All proceeds from "He Gone" for Charity will benefit CWSC and its mission to make Chicago a better place to live, work and play.

Hawk's Final Broadcast

Hawk will sign off for the last time in the White Sox broadcast booth following the Sunday, September 23, game vs. the Cubs at 1:10 p.m. on NBC Sports Chicago.

Tickets are available at whitesox.com, the Guaranteed Rate Field box office (Monday-Friday from 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.) or by calling 866-SOX-GAME.

Chicago White Sox

Angels statement on passing of Aaron Cox

"The Angels Organization is saddened to hear of the passing of Aaron Cox, a member of the Angels family since 2015. We are deeply heartbroken and shocked by this tragic loss. Our heartfelt prayers and condolences to his family and friends. Aaron will always have a special place in the hearts of those within the organization."

"The Angels Organization is saddened to hear of the passing of Aaron Cox, a member of the Angels family since 2015. We are deeply heartbroken and shocked by this tragic loss. Our heartfelt prayers and condolences to his family and friends. Aaron will always have a special place in the hearts of those within the organization."

Los Angeles Angels

Statement from Mike & Jessica Trout and their families

"Early this morning our families lost a phenomenal human being. Aaron Cox was a tremendous son, brother, and brother-in-law. He had a deep love for his family, and a passionate dedication and commitment to his friends. As our families grieve together, we will also celebrate the memories, the laughter, and the love we each shared with Aaron in the short time we had him. He will forever be at the forefront in the hearts and minds of the Cox and Trout families. We will rely on the love and strength of God first and foremost during this difficult and challenging time, as well as our dear family and friends. We thank you for your thoughts and prayers, and our Lord and Savior for His precious gift of Aaron Joseph."

"Early this morning our families lost a phenomenal human being. Aaron Cox was a tremendous son, brother, and brother-in-law. He had a deep love for his family, and a passionate dedication and commitment to his friends. As our families grieve together, we will also celebrate the memories, the laughter, and the love we each shared with Aaron in the short time we had him. He will forever be at the forefront in the hearts and minds of the Cox and Trout families. We will rely on the love and strength of God first and foremost during this difficult and challenging time, as well as our dear family and friends. We thank you for your thoughts and prayers, and our Lord and Savior for His precious gift of Aaron Joseph."

Los Angeles Angels

Cardinals and On the Run announce $6 ticket offer

Discounted tickets available for three-game series vs. Pirates

The St. Louis Cardinals and On the Run are partnering to present fans with a special discount ticket offer. On sale now, fans can purchase tickets for just $6 to watch the Cardinals take on the Pittsburgh Pirates on August 28-30.

These specially-priced $6 tickets will be available while supplies last. Tickets are limited to eight per customer. To purchase tickets, or for more information, visit cardinals.com/six.

The St. Louis Cardinals and On the Run are partnering to present fans with a special discount ticket offer. On sale now, fans can purchase tickets for just $6 to watch the Cardinals take on the Pittsburgh Pirates on August 28-30.

These specially-priced $6 tickets will be available while supplies last. Tickets are limited to eight per customer. To purchase tickets, or for more information, visit cardinals.com/six.

St. Louis Cardinals

Five MLB Clubs Join Expanded 'SHRED HATE' Initiative in Support of Bullying Prevention Efforts in Schools & Communities

Angels, Dodgers, Phillies, Pirates and Rangers Are Latest 'Shred Hate Clubs,' Joining the Cubs, White Sox, Twins and Nationals

Major League Baseball, ESPN and X Games today announced the addition of five MLB Clubs to theShred Hate initiative, an innovative joint program striving to put an end to bullying in schools by encouraging youth to choose kindness. The new Shred Hate Clubs that will support the bullying prevention efforts, starting in the 2018-2019 academic year, are the Los Angeles AngelsLos Angeles Dodgers,Philadelphia PhilliesPittsburgh Pirates and Texas Rangers. This group joins the original list that includes the Chicago CubsChicago White SoxMinnesota Twins and Washington Nationals.Shred Hate was launched in January 2017 at X Games Aspen and has since reached nearly 30,000 students. Historically, the No Bully methodology, which is utilized by the Shred Hate initiative, has been able to remediate more than 90% of bullying instances.

Through Shred Hate, No Bully, a nonprofit that trains schools how to activate student compassion to eradicate bullying and cyberbullying, will work directly with local school districts in Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Dallas. This is in addition to No Bully continuing its work with schools in Colorado and Minneapolis/St. Paul, and providing continued learning opportunities to existing Shred Hateschools in Chicago and Washington D.C. Nearly 60,000 students will be reached through the program in the next academic year.

Major League Baseball, ESPN and X Games today announced the addition of five MLB Clubs to theShred Hate initiative, an innovative joint program striving to put an end to bullying in schools by encouraging youth to choose kindness. The new Shred Hate Clubs that will support the bullying prevention efforts, starting in the 2018-2019 academic year, are the Los Angeles AngelsLos Angeles Dodgers,Philadelphia PhilliesPittsburgh Pirates and Texas Rangers. This group joins the original list that includes the Chicago CubsChicago White SoxMinnesota Twins and Washington Nationals.Shred Hate was launched in January 2017 at X Games Aspen and has since reached nearly 30,000 students. Historically, the No Bully methodology, which is utilized by the Shred Hate initiative, has been able to remediate more than 90% of bullying instances.

Through Shred Hate, No Bully, a nonprofit that trains schools how to activate student compassion to eradicate bullying and cyberbullying, will work directly with local school districts in Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Dallas. This is in addition to No Bully continuing its work with schools in Colorado and Minneapolis/St. Paul, and providing continued learning opportunities to existing Shred Hateschools in Chicago and Washington D.C. Nearly 60,000 students will be reached through the program in the next academic year.

A new out-of-school Shred Hate­ module also has been developed for use in after-school and summer programs, or wherever youth may experience bullying. The lessons, available for download at www.MLB.com/ShredHate, are designed to last approximately 20-30 minutes each and are complementary to the No Bully System® in-school methodoloy. MLB plans to utilize the out-of-school module through RBI programs nationwide as well as through its MLB Youth Academy network in multiple cities throughout the United States. Also launching this academic year, will be a Shred Hate module specifically designed to train student athletes and coaches to be champions against bullying. These athletes will learn how to be "upstanders" and lead schools in their bullying prevention efforts. MLB and ESPN will continue to collaborate with No Bully on its methodology, and will support the initiative through various multimedia platforms and other promotional activities, including public service announcements featuring Major League players.

Additionally, MLB will host a social media-driven, Shred Hate activation at the upcoming MLB Little League Classic presented by GEICO in Williamsport, Pa. The activation, which will be located at MLB's "PLAY BALL Park" at the Little League International Complex, will look to raise awareness about bullying and the Shred Hate initiative among the thousands of kids and parents attending the 2018 Little League Baseball World Series.

Billy Bean, Vice President & Special Assistant to the Commissioner, Major League Baseball, said: "Shred Hate has been an extraordinary opportunity for baseball to use our considerable platform and positively influence the lives of young people where our teams play. The courageous stories shared by some of the students participating in the Shred Hate program, and who have been affected by this epidemic, inspire us to multiply our efforts. We are incredibly thankful to our clubs who have stepped forward in support of this initiative as we continue to grow an inclusive and accepting culture throughout every level of our sport."

"Shred Hate is stopping bullying at unprecedented rates," said Kevin Martinez, ESPN vice president of Corporate Citizenship. "We're excited to expand on this success and bring the program into more schools, while raising awareness on this critical issue using the incredible reach and platforms of MLB, its clubs and X Games."

Through Shred Hate, cooperating schools and youth-focused programs utilize the "No Bully System®," a non-disciplinary, innovative model that guides K-12 school leaders, teachers, and youth sports administrators through an integrated series of leadership coaching sessions, teacher trainings and parent workshops to create and sustain a bully-free culture for the long term. The No Bully System® provides an alternative to suspension or discipline, and rather promotes an environment revolving around cooperation and respect to ensure compliance with state and federal anti-bullying laws. A No Bully facilitator, who will be assigned to each participating school and program, will travel to administer trainings around the No Bully Coaching Leadership Team Guide and be available throughout the program for support.

Program monitoring and evaluation will play a central role in Shred Hate. Key performance indicators will include, but are not limited to, the following: reduced solution of incidents of bullying, reduction of severity and incidents of bullying, active student engagement in solutions, active parent/guardian and community engagement in bullying resolution, and additional positive shifts in behavior.

In a study by the Centers for Disease Control and the U.S. Department of Education, nearly one in four students - more than 10 million total students - report being bullied each year in the United States.

MLB

Everything But The House Auction

To benefit Reds Hall of Fame and Museum

The Cincinnati Reds are partnering with Everything But The House (EBTH), the world's premier online estate sale and secondhand goods marketplace for authenticated items, to auction over 200 pieces of one-of-a-kind items from Reds history past and present. 
 
Items available in the auction include:
• Signs, banners, photos and old displays from the Reds Hall of Fame & Museum  
• Signage and furniture from Great American Ball Park 
• Yamaha/Willis Music organ (with bench) 
• Giant Reds-branded piggy bank (with stairs)
• Original "Bats Incredible" public art sculpture from 2003

The auction begins Wednesday, Aug. 15 and runs until Tuesday, Aug. 21.  

The Cincinnati Reds are partnering with Everything But The House (EBTH), the world's premier online estate sale and secondhand goods marketplace for authenticated items, to auction over 200 pieces of one-of-a-kind items from Reds history past and present. 
 
Items available in the auction include:
• Signs, banners, photos and old displays from the Reds Hall of Fame & Museum  
• Signage and furniture from Great American Ball Park 
• Yamaha/Willis Music organ (with bench) 
• Giant Reds-branded piggy bank (with stairs)
• Original "Bats Incredible" public art sculpture from 2003

The auction begins Wednesday, Aug. 15 and runs until Tuesday, Aug. 21.  

Fans can view the auction items and place bids at EBTH.com/CincinnatiReds. 

A portion of the proceeds from the auction will benefit the Reds Hall of Fame & Museum's "150th Anniversary Legacy Campaign." The campaign has been created to celebrate next year's anniversary of baseball's first professional team (the 1869 Red Stockings) and to improve the museum's ability to preserve and showcase Reds history.
 
"We are excited to be partnering with the experts at Everything But The House to offer these unique items to our fans," said Rick Walls, executive director of the Reds Hall of Fame & Museum. "We have a great fan base who collect and cherish Reds-related items and a portion of the proceeds from the auction will go to the Museum's ongoing efforts to add significant items to its collection and enhance the experience for visitors."

All items will include a certificate of authenticity from the Reds Hall of Fame & Museum.

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Media contacts:
• Michael Anderson, Cincinnati Reds Public Relations, manderson@reds.com
• Brittany Sykes, Everything But The House Public Relations, brittany.sykes@ebth.com

Cincinnati Reds

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