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Bring out the pots and pans Miami, and come celebrate Heritage Night on Saturday at Marlins Park

The Marlins are celebrating the diverse culture of Miami with the first ever Heritage Night Celebration. Fans who purchase the ticket package at Marlins.com/HeritageCelebration will receive an exclusive Heritage Night Celebration T-shirt featuring their country's flag and colors (countries available: Colombia, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, Puerto Rico and Venezuela). Prior to the game, the Marlins will present a check for more than $45,000 to the benefitting charities from the 2018 Heritage Celebrations. There will be a postgame party at The 5th Base presented by Corona Light, with a concert featuring GioBeta - Tribute to Marc Anthony. 

WHAT:  
Heritage Night Celebration
  
WHEN:  
Saturday, September 22

The Marlins are celebrating the diverse culture of Miami with the first ever Heritage Night Celebration. Fans who purchase the ticket package at Marlins.com/HeritageCelebration will receive an exclusive Heritage Night Celebration T-shirt featuring their country's flag and colors (countries available: Colombia, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, Puerto Rico and Venezuela). Prior to the game, the Marlins will present a check for more than $45,000 to the benefitting charities from the 2018 Heritage Celebrations. There will be a postgame party at The 5th Base presented by Corona Light, with a concert featuring GioBeta - Tribute to Marc Anthony. 

WHAT:  
Heritage Night Celebration
  
WHEN:  
Saturday, September 22

WHERE:  
Marlins Park
501 Marlins Way
Miami, FL 33125

FESTIVITIES:  
- Fans are allowed to bring the following musical instruments: pots, pans, buleador, güiro, congas, pandereta, pander, claves, cajones, maracas, afuche/cabas, bongos, trumpet, tambura, cowbells, güira, and guitars;
- Complimentary arroz con pollo for fans at the West Plaza prior to the game, while supplies last;
- Pregame ceremony featuring a check presentation for more than $45,000 to benefitting charities from the 2018 Heritage Celebrations at Marlins Park;
- Marlins Pachanga Band playing in the stands during the game, located at sections 38-40;
- Postgame party at The 5th Base presented by Corona Light, with a concert featuring GioBeta
- Tribute to Marc Anthony

Miami Marlins

Hilti, Inc. becomes official tool provider of Texas Rangers

Hilti also is the official sponsor of the Globe Life Field Construction Site

In conjunction with the new 1.7 million square foot Globe Life Field, the Texas Rangers today announced Hilti, Inc.as the official tool provider of the Texas Rangers.
 
In addition to being the official tool provider of the Texas Rangers, the two-year deal includes title sponsorship of the Hilti Globe Life Field Construction site, as well as sponsorship of the Hilti Globe Life Field Observation Deck, a viewing area located on the right field upper concourse of Globe Life Park.
 
"We are pleased to have Hilti join the Texas Rangers and Globe Life Field family," said Jim Cochrane, Texas Rangers Senior Vice President, Partnerships and Client Services. "Globe Life Field provides an exciting landscape for Hilti and we're excited for them to be part of the construction process."
 
Hilti provides leading-edge technology, software and services, which power the professional construction industry. Hilti will also have a pop-up shop open to workers on the site where construction team members will be able purchase Hilti tools and consumables.
 
Hilti has also partnered to help provide instructional safety demonstrations for the over 700 workers on-site.
 
"We are proud to be a part of the ongoing construction at Globe Life Field as the project's Official Tool Provider. With this partnership, we look forward to continuing to bring safety and productivity to the jobsite and the hundreds of contractors working here every day," Avi Kahn, President and CEO, Hilti North America, said. "Seeing construction progress is always exciting and it means the Texas Rangers are one step closer to calling this state-of-the-art facility home."
 
The new 1.2 billion dollar ballpark, which will be located on 13 acres just south of the current Globe Life Park in Arlington, will include a retractable roof for climate control and shelter for fans during the hot summer months. Seating capacity is approximately 40,000 for Globe Life Field, which will open in March 2020. HKS is the design architect for the project.
 
ABOUT HILTI: Hilti supplies the worldwide construction industry with technologically leading products, systems, software and services that provide construction professionals with innovative solutions and superior added value. In North America, there are more than 3,500 team members who share Hilti's corporate culture based on integrity, teamwork, commitment and the courage to embrace change. Hilti calls Texas its North American home since relocating its headquarters to Plano in 2015. To learn more about Hilti, visit our website at www.hilti.com.

In conjunction with the new 1.7 million square foot Globe Life Field, the Texas Rangers today announced Hilti, Inc.as the official tool provider of the Texas Rangers.
 
In addition to being the official tool provider of the Texas Rangers, the two-year deal includes title sponsorship of the Hilti Globe Life Field Construction site, as well as sponsorship of the Hilti Globe Life Field Observation Deck, a viewing area located on the right field upper concourse of Globe Life Park.
 
"We are pleased to have Hilti join the Texas Rangers and Globe Life Field family," said Jim Cochrane, Texas Rangers Senior Vice President, Partnerships and Client Services. "Globe Life Field provides an exciting landscape for Hilti and we're excited for them to be part of the construction process."
 
Hilti provides leading-edge technology, software and services, which power the professional construction industry. Hilti will also have a pop-up shop open to workers on the site where construction team members will be able purchase Hilti tools and consumables.
 
Hilti has also partnered to help provide instructional safety demonstrations for the over 700 workers on-site.
 
"We are proud to be a part of the ongoing construction at Globe Life Field as the project's Official Tool Provider. With this partnership, we look forward to continuing to bring safety and productivity to the jobsite and the hundreds of contractors working here every day," Avi Kahn, President and CEO, Hilti North America, said. "Seeing construction progress is always exciting and it means the Texas Rangers are one step closer to calling this state-of-the-art facility home."
 
The new 1.2 billion dollar ballpark, which will be located on 13 acres just south of the current Globe Life Park in Arlington, will include a retractable roof for climate control and shelter for fans during the hot summer months. Seating capacity is approximately 40,000 for Globe Life Field, which will open in March 2020. HKS is the design architect for the project.
 
ABOUT HILTI: Hilti supplies the worldwide construction industry with technologically leading products, systems, software and services that provide construction professionals with innovative solutions and superior added value. In North America, there are more than 3,500 team members who share Hilti's corporate culture based on integrity, teamwork, commitment and the courage to embrace change. Hilti calls Texas its North American home since relocating its headquarters to Plano in 2015. To learn more about Hilti, visit our website at www.hilti.com.

Texas Rangers

Texas Rangers and Nashville Sounds enter into four-year player development contract

Official announcement to be made on Thursday in Nashville

The Texas Rangers and Triple-A Nashville Sounds of the Pacific Coast League today announced that the organizations have entered into a four-year Player Development Contract extending through the 2022 season.
 
A formal announcement of the agreement will be made at a press conference at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday at First Tennessee Park in Nashville. Rangers and Sounds ownership and management will be participating in the press conference.
 
"The Texas Rangers are very pleased to enter into this four-year player development contract with the Nashville Sounds," said Texas Rangers Co-Chairman and Managing Partner Ray Davis. "Led by Frank Ward and Adam Nuse, the Sounds are one of Minor League Baseball's top organizations. 
 
"The Sounds have received incredible fan support as the franchise finished fourth in Minor League Baseball in overall attendance with over 600,000 fans attending games at beautiful First Tennessee Park in downtown Nashville in 2018. For a number of reasons, this became a very attractive location for our Triple-A club and we look forward to a productive relationship with the Sounds."  
 
"The Nashville Sounds front office has a great reputation of taking care of its players, and we believe this is a tremendous opportunity," said Texas Rangers President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Jon Daniels. "I think our players and development staff will enjoy playing and working in an environment with first-class facilities and an exciting game atmosphere."
 
The Sounds become just the third Rangers' Triple-A affiliate in the last 37 years. Texas was affiliated with Oklahoma City from 1983-2010 and completed an eight-year affiliation with Round Rock in 2018. The Sounds, who were affiliated with Oakland from 2015-18, play at First Tennessee Park, which opened in 2015.  

The Texas Rangers and Triple-A Nashville Sounds of the Pacific Coast League today announced that the organizations have entered into a four-year Player Development Contract extending through the 2022 season.
 
A formal announcement of the agreement will be made at a press conference at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday at First Tennessee Park in Nashville. Rangers and Sounds ownership and management will be participating in the press conference.
 
"The Texas Rangers are very pleased to enter into this four-year player development contract with the Nashville Sounds," said Texas Rangers Co-Chairman and Managing Partner Ray Davis. "Led by Frank Ward and Adam Nuse, the Sounds are one of Minor League Baseball's top organizations. 
 
"The Sounds have received incredible fan support as the franchise finished fourth in Minor League Baseball in overall attendance with over 600,000 fans attending games at beautiful First Tennessee Park in downtown Nashville in 2018. For a number of reasons, this became a very attractive location for our Triple-A club and we look forward to a productive relationship with the Sounds."  
 
"The Nashville Sounds front office has a great reputation of taking care of its players, and we believe this is a tremendous opportunity," said Texas Rangers President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Jon Daniels. "I think our players and development staff will enjoy playing and working in an environment with first-class facilities and an exciting game atmosphere."
 
The Sounds become just the third Rangers' Triple-A affiliate in the last 37 years. Texas was affiliated with Oklahoma City from 1983-2010 and completed an eight-year affiliation with Round Rock in 2018. The Sounds, who were affiliated with Oakland from 2015-18, play at First Tennessee Park, which opened in 2015.  

Texas Rangers

Nationals sign player development contract with the Fresno Grizzlies of the Pacific Coast League

The Washington Nationals signed a two-year Player Development Contract with the Fresno Grizzlies of the Triple-A Pacific Coast League on Tuesday. The contract begins in 2019 and runs through the 2020 season. Nationals President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo made the joint announcement, along with Fresno's Team President, Derek Franks.

"The Washington Nationals are excited to be partnering with the Fresno Grizzlies of the Pacific Coast League," said President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo. "Fresno is committed to player development and we hope this partnership will continue to yield success for both clubs on the field and off."

The Washington Nationals signed a two-year Player Development Contract with the Fresno Grizzlies of the Triple-A Pacific Coast League on Tuesday. The contract begins in 2019 and runs through the 2020 season. Nationals President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo made the joint announcement, along with Fresno's Team President, Derek Franks.

"The Washington Nationals are excited to be partnering with the Fresno Grizzlies of the Pacific Coast League," said President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo. "Fresno is committed to player development and we hope this partnership will continue to yield success for both clubs on the field and off."

The Fresno Grizzlies will be Washington's fourth Triple-A club after being affiliated with Syracuse (2009-18), Columbus (2007-08) and New Orleans (2005-06) since moving to Washington, D.C. in 2005.   

Fresno began play in 1998, serving as a Triple-A affiliate of the San Francisco Giants until 2014 before joining Houston's player development system in 2015. The Grizzlies play at Chukchansi Park, an 11,800 seat stadium in downtown Fresno, Calif. The Grizzlies play in the Pacific Coast League's Pacific Northern Division along with the Reno Aces, Tacoma Rainers and Sacramento River Cats. 

"This is another thrilling new chapter for Fresno Grizzlies baseball- we can't wait for the Nationals to get on the ground in Central California and see everything this community has to offer," said Derek Franks, Fresno team president. "Our new ownership group is continuing several upgrades to both the fan experience and baseball operations facets of Chukchansi Park that began during our previous PDC with Houston, including plans for a brand new playing surface in 2019. I believe the Washington Nationals will find this a comfortable place to cultivate all of their young talent, and will see early on how committed the fans of "Growlifornia' are to baseball in the Central Valley," continued Franks.

Washington Nationals

A's medical update on right-handed pitcher Andrew Triggs

Triggs will undergo thoracic outlet surgery on Sept. 26.

The Oakland A's announced the following medical update on right-handed pitcher Andrew Triggs:

Triggs will have thoracic outlet surgery on Sept. 26, which will be performed by Dr. Gregory Pearl from the Texas Vascular Associates in Dallas, Texas. The club will provide further details after the surgery has been completed.

The Oakland A's announced the following medical update on right-handed pitcher Andrew Triggs:

Triggs will have thoracic outlet surgery on Sept. 26, which will be performed by Dr. Gregory Pearl from the Texas Vascular Associates in Dallas, Texas. The club will provide further details after the surgery has been completed.

Triggs, 27, was 3-1 with a 5.23 ERA (24 er, 41.1 ip) with 43 strikeouts in nine starts with Oakland this season. He began the season in the A's rotation before going on the 10-day disabled list with right arm nerve irritation on May 18. He was transferred to the 60-day disabled list on July 13. He made one rehab appearance with Stockton during the postseason on Sept. 5 vs. Visalia. This is the second season in a row that he has ended the year on the disabled list after suffering a strained left hip in 2017.

Oakland Athletics

Chad Pinder to receive Dave Stewart Community Service Award on Thursday

Oakland A's utility man Chad Pinder has been named the recipient of the 2018 Dave Stewart Community Service Award, the team announced today. Stewart will present Pinder with the award prior to the game on Thursday, Sept. 20 in a special on-field ceremony. The Dave Stewart Community Service Award is given annually to an A's player in recognition of charitable contributions throughout Northern California and across the nation. 

Pinder and his fiancée Taylor have teamed up with the School of Imagination in Dublin, Calif. Founded in 2011, the school is committed to bringing out the extraordinary in every child by offering groundbreaking early-childhood education programs, cutting-edge intervention services, and a full-inclusion preschool that empowers special needs children to excel along with their typical peers. Even through the busy MLB schedule, Pinder visits the school and its students every month -- frequently with teammates he encourages to join. During his visits, he brings A's goodies and joins students for reading time, games -- like dress-up and toy dinosaurs, and recess on the playground. To provide further support for the school and its students, Pinder has started a fundraising page. Fans can make a donation at gofundme.com/chadpinder.  

Oakland A's utility man Chad Pinder has been named the recipient of the 2018 Dave Stewart Community Service Award, the team announced today. Stewart will present Pinder with the award prior to the game on Thursday, Sept. 20 in a special on-field ceremony. The Dave Stewart Community Service Award is given annually to an A's player in recognition of charitable contributions throughout Northern California and across the nation. 

Pinder and his fiancée Taylor have teamed up with the School of Imagination in Dublin, Calif. Founded in 2011, the school is committed to bringing out the extraordinary in every child by offering groundbreaking early-childhood education programs, cutting-edge intervention services, and a full-inclusion preschool that empowers special needs children to excel along with their typical peers. Even through the busy MLB schedule, Pinder visits the school and its students every month -- frequently with teammates he encourages to join. During his visits, he brings A's goodies and joins students for reading time, games -- like dress-up and toy dinosaurs, and recess on the playground. To provide further support for the school and its students, Pinder has started a fundraising page. Fans can make a donation at gofundme.com/chadpinder.  

In addition, Pinder is a constant at A's community events, participating in events like Game Night, which raised more than $90,000 for the Oakland A's Community Fund; hospital visits to deliver Starlight Gowns to pediatric cancer patients; and distributing shoes, backpacks, T-shirts and A's hats to kids from the M. Robinson Baker YMCA.

The award originated in 1996 in honor of Stewart's many years of community service in the Bay Area. Throughout the years, Stewart has been involved in many non-profit organizations, including the Oakland Boys & Girls Club and Team-Up for Youth, a program that supports healthy development for young people living in low-income communities through after-school sports and physical activity programs. 

Previous winners of the Dave Stewart Community Service Award include: Ernie Young (1996), Scott Spiezio (1997), Tom Candiotti (1998), Art Howe (1999), Jason Giambi (2000), Terrence Long (2001), Tim Hudson (2002), Scott Hatteberg (2003), Eric Chavez (2004), Barry Zito (2005), Mark Kotsay (2006), Mark Ellis (2007), Dana Eveland (2008), Dallas Braden and Kurt Suzuki (2009), Craig Breslow (2010), Josh Willingham (2011), Jonny Gomes (2012), Sean Doolittle (2013), Jed Lowrie (2014), Stephen Vogt (2015, 2016), and Liam Hendriks (2017). 

Oakland Athletics

Cubs name INF Jared Young, RHP Matt Swarmer Minor League Player and Pitcher of the Year

The Chicago Cubs today named infielder Jared Young and right-handed pitcher Matt Swarmer the organization's Minor League Player and Pitcher of the year, respectively.  

Young and Swarmer will be honored during an on-field ceremony prior to the Cubs 7:05 p.m. CT game Thursday, September 27, against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Wrigley Field.

The Chicago Cubs today named infielder Jared Young and right-handed pitcher Matt Swarmer the organization's Minor League Player and Pitcher of the year, respectively.  

Young and Swarmer will be honored during an on-field ceremony prior to the Cubs 7:05 p.m. CT game Thursday, September 27, against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Wrigley Field.

Young, 23, batted .300 (134-for-447) with 19 doubles, eight triples, 16 homers and 76 RBI in 120 games this season between Single-A South Bend and Single-A Myrtle Beach. He began the year with South Bend, hitting .313 (81-for-259) with 13 doubles, six triples, 10 homers and 53 RBI in 69 games as he earned Midwest League mid-season All-Star honors. Named the Cubs Minor League Player of the Month for June, he batted .340 (34-for-100) with four doubles, two triples, five homers and 27 RBI on the month before being promoted to Myrtle Beach, July 7. Young appeared in 51 games with the Pelicans to conclude the season, batting .282 (53-for-188) with six doubles, two triples, six homers, 23 RBI and a .368 on-base percentage.

Since making his pro debut in 2017 with Single-A Eugene, Young has batted .290 (170-for-587) with 25 doubles, nine triples, 17 homers and 91 RBI in 159 career contests. He has appeared in 82 games at first base, 33 games at second base, 21 games in left field and one game at shortstop.

A 15th round draft pick in the 2017 Draft, Young attended Old Dominion University where he was named First-Team All-C-USA and a Third-Team All-American by Collegiate Baseball and ABCA/Rawlings. 

Swarmer, 24, went 9-8 with a 3.22 ERA (46 ER/128.2 IP) in 24 starts between Single-A Myrtle Beach and Double-A Tennessee. He struck out 135 batters while walking just 21, good for a 6.43 strikeout to walk ratio. He began the season with Myrtle Beach, going 5-2 with a 2.28 ERA (13 ER/51.1 IP) and 59 strikeouts in nine starts to earn Carolina League mid-season All-Star honors. He was named Cubs Minor League Pitcher of the Month in April after going 2-2 with a 1.74 ERA (4 ER/20.2 IP) in four starts. Promoted to Tennessee on June 5, Swarmer posted a 3.84 ERA (33 ER/77.1 IP) in 15 starts with the Smokies, striking out 76 batters and walking just 14. 

Swarmer has a career 16-14 record with a 3.84 ERA (106 ER/248.2 IP) in 56 appearances, 41 as a starter. He went 7-5 with a 4.71 ERA (53 ER/101.1 IP) in 24 appearances across four teams in the Cubs organization in 2017, and posted a 3.38 ERA (7 ER/18.2 IP) in eight games with Mesa in his pro debut in 2016. 

Selected by the Cubs in the 19th round of the 2016 Draft out of Kutztown University (Penn.), Swarmer was named All-Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference First Team in 2016. 

Chicago Cubs

Miles Mikolas headlines Reliving History event at Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum

Exclusive ticketed event scheduled for September 23rd after game vs. Giants

The St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum will host an exclusive Reliving History event with All-Star pitcher, Miles Mikolas on Sunday, September 23, from 6:00 pm-8:00 pm at the museum in Ballpark Village. As part of the event, Miles will discuss his baseball career, and his connection to our award-winning exhibit Goodwill Through Baseball: Cardinals Across the Pacific during a 45-minute Q&A session with KMOX Sports Director, Tom Ackerman. Matt Slater, Special Assistant to the GM, Player Procurement will also join the discussion to provide insight into how the Cardinals scouted Mikolas and brought him to St. Louis. 

In addition to the program, fans that purchase a ticket will enjoy a photo opportunity with Mikolas, light appetizers, and a complimentary drink. This is the third Reliving History at the Cardinals Museum event. 

The St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum will host an exclusive Reliving History event with All-Star pitcher, Miles Mikolas on Sunday, September 23, from 6:00 pm-8:00 pm at the museum in Ballpark Village. As part of the event, Miles will discuss his baseball career, and his connection to our award-winning exhibit Goodwill Through Baseball: Cardinals Across the Pacific during a 45-minute Q&A session with KMOX Sports Director, Tom Ackerman. Matt Slater, Special Assistant to the GM, Player Procurement will also join the discussion to provide insight into how the Cardinals scouted Mikolas and brought him to St. Louis. 

In addition to the program, fans that purchase a ticket will enjoy a photo opportunity with Mikolas, light appetizers, and a complimentary drink. This is the third Reliving History at the Cardinals Museum event. 

Mikolas signed as a free agent with the Cardinals on December 5, 2017. In his first season with St. Louis, Miles ranks among NL leaders in wins (15, T4th), winning percentage (.789, 2nd) and ERA (2.99, 6th). He was selected by Major League Baseball to represent the Cardinals on the 2018 National League All-Star team, which he missed due to the birth of his twins on July 16th.  

Tickets for this event are $40 or $30 for Museum Members, and can be purchased at cardinals.com/museum.

St. Louis Cardinals

Brewers announce player development contract with Triple-A San Antonio

The Milwaukee Brewers have announced a player development contract with Triple-A San Antonio of the Pacific Coast League. The two-year contract will run through the 2020 season. The announcement was made by Brewers General Manager David Stearns. 

"We are thrilled to continue our relationship with the Elmore Sports Group and relocate our Triple-A team to San Antonio," said Stearns. "San Antonio provides one of the premier Minor League markets in the country and offers our players a quality player development environment. We look forward to many future Brewers making their final Minor League stop at Wolff Stadium."

The Milwaukee Brewers have announced a player development contract with Triple-A San Antonio of the Pacific Coast League. The two-year contract will run through the 2020 season. The announcement was made by Brewers General Manager David Stearns. 

"We are thrilled to continue our relationship with the Elmore Sports Group and relocate our Triple-A team to San Antonio," said Stearns. "San Antonio provides one of the premier Minor League markets in the country and offers our players a quality player development environment. We look forward to many future Brewers making their final Minor League stop at Wolff Stadium."

The Missions join the Pacific Coast League after previously playing in the Double-A Texas League. The team plays their home games at Nelson W. Wolff Municipal Stadium. 

"We are very excited to be working with the Milwaukee Brewers," said Missions President Burl Yarbrough. "With our promotion to the Triple-A Pacific Coast League, they will be terrific partners as we begin a new era of Missions baseball in 2019. The Brewers were in town last week to see our facility and discuss our renovation plans for the clubhouse and batting cages. After meeting with them and seeing their excitement for San Antonio, we feel the Brewers were the best fit for us. The Brewers have one of the top farm systems in baseball and we look forward to helping them put many more players into Major League Baseball."

This marks the second time that the Brewers have had a player development contract with the franchise. San Antonio served as the Brewers Double-A affiliate in 1972. 

Milwaukee Brewers

Pirates Charities announces "Fields for Kids" grant recipients for 2018

Grants impact more than 9,100 youth in three states

Pirates Charities, the official philanthropic arm of the Pittsburgh Pirates, today announced the recipients of the "Fields for Kids" matching grant program for the entire 2018 season. Members of area nonprofits that have benefited this year will be recognized tonight in an on-field pregame ceremony at PNC Park.  

The Fields for Kids program is one of Pirates Charities' signature programs and provides financial support to improve youth baseball and/or softball facilities through matching grants ranging from $1,000 to $25,000.   

Pirates Charities, the official philanthropic arm of the Pittsburgh Pirates, today announced the recipients of the "Fields for Kids" matching grant program for the entire 2018 season. Members of area nonprofits that have benefited this year will be recognized tonight in an on-field pregame ceremony at PNC Park.  

The Fields for Kids program is one of Pirates Charities' signature programs and provides financial support to improve youth baseball and/or softball facilities through matching grants ranging from $1,000 to $25,000.   

A total of 34 youth baseball and softball organizations serving over 9,100 youth located throughout three states are impacted by the 2018 grants. Groups in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia were awarded funds to help ensure their programs continue to thrive. In 2018, Pirates Charities distributed the 34 grants over two grant cycles (Spring and Fall) with 22 grants between $1,000 and $5,000 being awarded to area nonprofits, 11 grants of between $5,000 and $10,000 distributed, and one $25,000 grant awarded. 

The positive impact of the grants can be seen throughout western Pennsylvania as 29 of the grants have been awarded over 15 counties in the state, with the remaining five grants awarded in Ohio (2) and West Virginia (3).   

The largest matching grant received this round was awarded to the New Castle Area School District in Lawrence County. The group received $25,000 to assist with the renovation of a 20,000 square foot indoor training facility for use by all students in the district. The project includes the installation of three batting cages, field turf and more.  

"The Pirates Organization has afforded the children of the New Castle Area School District an opportunity of a lifetime," said Debbie DeBlasio, acting Superintendent of the New Castle School District. "Through the kindness of the organization's donation, the New Castle Area School District students will have a training facility that will be state of the art. The facility will be primarily used as a training center for all of our athletic teams. The support means so much, not only to the school, but to the students this is helping." 

Nearly $110,000 in grants were awarded in the $5,000 to $10,000 range to 11 area organizations including the Bridgeville Athletic Association, in Allegheny County, to assist with flood restoration of a field. In neighboring Beaver County, the Central Valley Youth Baseball Association received help to replace an infield, warning track and irrigation system and more; and the Hopewell Youth Baseball Association, will receive assistance for a field lighting project for a field used by nearly 300 boys and girls. 

In Crawford County, the City of Titusville received a $10,000 grant to assist with fence replacement, field leveling and the installation of a scoreboard. In Erie County, the Millcreek Youth Athletic Association was awarded a grant to rebuild dugouts and retaining walls, install drainage, replace dirt, grass, a shed and gate, as well as field grading. Over 1,000 boys and girls participate in this program.   

In Indiana County, two organizations received grants totaling $19,500 as Clymer Little League and Homer City Area Athletic Boosters Club each were awarded grants for fencing, drainage, backstops, benches and more. In Fayette County, South Union Township serves over 350 boys and girls and received assistance with backstop reconstruction, as well as installation of a retaining wall and fencing. 

In Westmoreland County, the Burrell Baseball Association received help to replace a pitching mound and batting cage netting; and in Venango County, the Franklin Little League received a grant to build fencing that will help protect players and spectators.   

In Ohio's Trumbull County, the Newton Falls Youth Baseball and Softball League received a $10,000 grant to help repair and replace fencing on five fields, construct a concession stand, rebuild a dugout, remove trees and repair lighting.  

The remainder of the Fields for Kids matching grants awarded throughout the two grant cycles are in the amounts of $1,000 to $5,000. This season there were 22 of these grants awarded in 15 counties and they include: 

Pennsylvania

o Allegheny County:  
§ Bethel Park Girls Softball Association
§ Brentwood Athletic Association
§ Elizabeth Forward Youth Athletics
§ Kennedy Girls Softball, Inc.
§ Mount Lebanon Girls Softball Association § Natrona Heights Baseball Softball Association, Inc

o Armstrong County: Leechburg Area School District '
o Cambria County:  
§ Coaches4Kids Foundation
§ VE Arbutas Youth Softball and Baseball League

o Fayette County: North Union Township
o Greene County: Charmichael High School Softball  
o Lawrence County: Shenango Athletic Association
o Mercer County:  
§ Reynolds Rebels Fastpitch Softball
§ Mercer Girls Fastpitch Summer League

o Somerset County: Berlin Youth Baseball and Softball League
o Washington County:  
§ Burgettstown Area Youth Baseball League
§ Union Finley Athletic Association

o Westmoreland County: Central Hempfield Baseball Softball 

• West Virginia

o Doddridge County: Doddridge County Parks
o Hancock County: Weirton Baseball Association
o Monongalia County: City of Morgantown 

• Ohio

o Jefferson County: Toronto City School District 

Grant funds may be used for the upgrading of essential field components such as sod, infield playing surfaces, fencing, dugouts and irrigation systems. Upgrades to the overall facility, including lights, bleachers, scoreboards and concession stands are also eligible.  

Since the Fields for Kids program's inception in 2009, 326 individual grants have been distributed in the greater Pittsburgh region, in addition to 44 grants in the Pirates Spring Training Home of Bradenton, Florida since the program began there in 2011. To find out more information, including a downloadable application, please visit pirates.com/piratescharities.  

Pittsburgh Pirates

Cardinals announce postseason ticket details for Wild Card & Division Series

Tickets for potential NL Wild Card Game & NLDS home games on sale Thursday at noon CT

As postseason play approaches, tickets for potential Cardinals Wild Card and Division Series games will go on sale Thursday, September 20, at noon CT. 

Based on the final standings, the Cardinals could host the National League Wild Card game on Tuesday, October 2, and/or up to three National League Division Series (NLDS) games from October 4-10. 

As postseason play approaches, tickets for potential Cardinals Wild Card and Division Series games will go on sale Thursday, September 20, at noon CT. 

Based on the final standings, the Cardinals could host the National League Wild Card game on Tuesday, October 2, and/or up to three National League Division Series (NLDS) games from October 4-10. 

Tickets for the potential NL Wild Card and NLDS games will be available at cardinals.com, via phone at 314.345.9000 and at the Busch Stadium Box Office on 8th Street. 

In advance of the public sale, fans can also receive ticket access for all 2018 Cardinals Postseason games by placing a deposit on new 2019 season tickets.

Ticketing details for possible Tiebreaker, National League Championship Series and World Series games will be announced at a later date.
For a full calendar of the 2018 MLB Postseason schedule, visit mlb.com/postseason.
 

St. Louis Cardinals

Start time of today's Yankees-Red sox game moved to 7:05 p.m. tonight due to current forecast of inclement weather throughout the afternoon

The New York Yankees announced that the start time of today's game between the Yankees and Red Sox has been moved to 7:05 p.m. tonight due to the current forecast of inclement weather throughout the afternoon.

All Yankee Stadium Gates will open to fans with valid tickets at 5:30 p.m.

The New York Yankees announced that the start time of today's game between the Yankees and Red Sox has been moved to 7:05 p.m. tonight due to the current forecast of inclement weather throughout the afternoon.

All Yankee Stadium Gates will open to fans with valid tickets at 5:30 p.m.

Tonight's game will be broadcast on WPIX (New York market), MLB Network (outside the New York market) and Facebook (outside the New York market).

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New York Yankees

Dodgers name Tony Gonsolin, Gavin Lux as the Branch Rickey Minor League Pitcher/Player of the Year

The Los Angeles Dodgers today named right-handed pitcher Tony Gonsolin as the Branch Rickey Minor League Pitcher of the Year and infielder Gavin Lux as the Branch Rickey Minor League Player of the Year. 

In 26 combined starts this season with Single-A Rancho Cucamonga and Double-A Tulsa, Gonsolin has a 10-2 record with a 2.60 ERA (37 ER/ 128.0 IP), striking out a combined 155 batters against just 42walks. Gonsolin started his season in the California League, posting a 2.69 ERA (25 ER/83.2 IP) in 17 starts and was named a Mid-Season All-Star before his promotion to Tulsa on July 14. The 24-year-old then dominated in nine starts for the Drillers, going a perfect 6-0 with a 2.44 ERA (12 ER/44.1 IP), a 1.08 WHIP and a .203 opponent's batting average.

The Los Angeles Dodgers today named right-handed pitcher Tony Gonsolin as the Branch Rickey Minor League Pitcher of the Year and infielder Gavin Lux as the Branch Rickey Minor League Player of the Year. 

In 26 combined starts this season with Single-A Rancho Cucamonga and Double-A Tulsa, Gonsolin has a 10-2 record with a 2.60 ERA (37 ER/ 128.0 IP), striking out a combined 155 batters against just 42walks. Gonsolin started his season in the California League, posting a 2.69 ERA (25 ER/83.2 IP) in 17 starts and was named a Mid-Season All-Star before his promotion to Tulsa on July 14. The 24-year-old then dominated in nine starts for the Drillers, going a perfect 6-0 with a 2.44 ERA (12 ER/44.1 IP), a 1.08 WHIP and a .203 opponent's batting average.

The Vacaville, California native was selected in the ninth round of the 2016 First-Year Player Draft out of St. Mary's College where he split playing time as an outfielder and pitcher before he transitioned to pitching full-time with the Dodgers. In 87 career minor-league games (26 starts), the right-handed pitcher went 18-10 with 10 saves, 3.14 ERA (80 ER/229.0 IP) and struck out 265 batters against 68 walks.  

Lux started 2018 with Single-A Rancho Cucamonga batting .312 (72-for-231) with eight home runs and 35 RBI and was named a Mid-Season All-Star. The 20-year-old continued his dominance in the second half of the season, slashing .346/.396/.528 and was selected as a post-season California League All-Star, to finish ranked among league leaders in average (.324, 3rd), OBP (.396, 2nd), SLG (.520, 3rd) and OPS (.916, 2nd). After 88 games with the Quakes, the Kenosha, Wisconsin native was promoted to Double-A Tulsa where he hit .324 (34-for-105) with four home runs, nine RBI and a .408 on-base percentage in 28 appearances.

Since being selected as the first-round pick by the Dodgers in the 2016 draft, the shortstop has appeared in 283 career minor league games, slashing .288/.368/.432 with 22 homers, 54 doubles, and 117 RBI.   

Gonsolin and Lux will both be presented their respective awards and honored in a pregame ceremony at Dodger Stadium on Sept. 18 vs. Colorado. 


Branch Rickey Minor League Player and Pitcher of the Year: 1989-2018

Year | Player of the Year | Pitcher of the Year
1989 | Mike Huff, Albuquerque (OF) | Jim Poole, Vero Beach (LHP)
1990 | Henry Rodriguez, San Antonio (OF) | Jamie McAndrew, Bakersfield/San Antonio (RHP)
1991 | Eric Karros, Albuquerque (IB) | Pedro Martinez, San Antonio/Albuquerque (RHP)
1992 | Mike Piazza, San Antonio/Albuquerque (C) | Todd Williams, Bakersfield/San Antonio (RHP)
1993 | Billy Ashley, Albuquerque (OF) | Kip Gross, Albuquerque (RHP)
1994 | Billy Ashley, Albuquerque (OF) | Greg Hansell, Albuquerque (RHP)
1995 | Adam Riggs, San Bernardino (IF) | Gary Rath, San Antonio/Albuquerque (LHP)
1996 | Paul Konerko, San Antonio/Albuquerque (IF) | Billy Neal, Vero Beach (RHP)
1997 | Paul Konerko, Albuquerque (IF) | Dennys Reyes, San Antonio/Albuquerque (LHP)
1998 | Angel Peña, San Antonio (C) | Luke Prokopec, San Bernardino/San Antonio (RHP)
1999 | Chin-Feng Chen, San Bernardino (OF) | Eric Gagné , San Antonio (RHP)
2000 | Joe Thurston, San Bernardino (IF) | Carlos Garcia, San Bernardino (RHP)
2001 | Phil Hiatt, Las Vegas (IF) | Ricardo Rodriguez, Vero Beach (LHP)
2002 | Joe Thurston, Las Vegas (IF) | Edwin Jackson, South Georgia (RHP)
2003 | Franklin Gutierrez, VB/Jacksonville (OF) | Greg Miller, Vero Beach/Jacksonville (LHP)
2004 | Joel Guzman, Vero Beach/Jacksonville (OF) | Chad Billingsley, Vero Beach/Jacksonville (RHP)
2005 | Andy LaRoche, Vero Beach/Jacksonville (IF) | Chad Billingsley, Jacksonville (RHP)
2006 | James Loney, Las Vegas (1B) | Mark Alexander, Jacksonville/Las Vegas (RHP)
2007 | Chin-lung Hu, Jacksonville/Las Vegas (IF) | James McDonald, Inland Empire/Jacksonville (RHP)
2008 | Ivan De Jesus, Jr., Jacksonville (IF) | James McDonald, Jacksonville/Los Angeles (RHP)
2009 | Dee Gordon, Great Lakes (IF) | Scott Elbert, Chattanooga/Albuquerque/Los Angeles (LHP)
2010 | Jerry Sands, Great Lakes/Chattanooga (IF/OF) | Rubby De La Rosa, Great Lakes/Chattanooga (RHP)
2011 | Scott Van Slyke, Chattanooga (IF/OF) | Shawn Tolleson, Great Lakes/Rancho/Chattanooga (RHP)
2012 | Joc Pederson, Rancho Cucamonga (OF) | John Ely, Albuquerque (RHP)
2013 | Scott Schebler, Rancho Cucamonga (OF) | Zach Lee, Chattanooga (RHP)
2014 | Joc Pederson, Albuquerque (OF), Corey Seager, Rancho Cucamonga/Chattanooga (IF) | Julio Urias, Rancho Cucamonga (LHP)
2015 | Alex Verdugo, Great Lakes/Rancho Cucamonga (OF) | Zach Lee, Oklahoma City (RHP)
2016 | Edwin Rios, Great Lakes/Rancho Cucamonga/Tulsa (IF) | Brock Stewart, Rancho Cucamonga/Tula/Oklahoma City/LA (RHP)
2017 | Keibert Ruiz, Great Lakes/Rancho Cucamonga (C) | Walker Buehler, Rancho Cucamonga/Tulsa/Oklahoma City (RHP)
2018 | Gavin Lux, Rancho Cucamonga/Tulsa (INF) | Tony Gonsolin, Rancho Cucamonga/Tulsa (RHP)

Los Angeles Dodgers

Yasiel Puig named National League Player of the Week presented by W.B. Mason

Dodger outfielder Yasiel Puig has been named the National League Player of the Week presented by W.B. Mason for the period ending September 16th. The announcement was made earlier today on MLB Network.

Puig batted .429 (9-for-21) with seven runs scored, a double, five home runs, nine RBI, three walks and a stolen base over seven games played to claim his third career NL Player of the Week Award, last winning for the period ending May 18, 2014. Among his NL counterparts, Puig finished the week first in batting average, home runs, RBI, slugging percentage (1.190) and total bases (25); tied for second in runs scored and extra-base hits (6); third in on-base percentage (.500); and tied for third in hits. This is the Dodgers' second Player of the Week award this season, following his All-Star teammate Matt Kemp (June 3rd).

Dodger outfielder Yasiel Puig has been named the National League Player of the Week presented by W.B. Mason for the period ending September 16th. The announcement was made earlier today on MLB Network.

Puig batted .429 (9-for-21) with seven runs scored, a double, five home runs, nine RBI, three walks and a stolen base over seven games played to claim his third career NL Player of the Week Award, last winning for the period ending May 18, 2014. Among his NL counterparts, Puig finished the week first in batting average, home runs, RBI, slugging percentage (1.190) and total bases (25); tied for second in runs scored and extra-base hits (6); third in on-base percentage (.500); and tied for third in hits. This is the Dodgers' second Player of the Week award this season, following his All-Star teammate Matt Kemp (June 3rd).

On Friday night against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium, Puig clubbed a pair of solo home runs as part of a three-hit game to lead the Dodgers to an important 3-0 win. The outing was his second multi-homer game of the season, previously doing so on August 2nd against the Milwaukee Brewers. The Cuban native enjoyed one of his best games as a Major Leaguer in the following contest on Saturday, driving in a career-high seven runs to go along with his first career three-homer game. Yasiel joined NL MVP candidate Matt Carpenter (July 20th) of the St. Louis Cardinals as the only players in the Majors this season to record three home runs and seven RBI in a contest.  

In addition, the dynamic outfielder became just the fourth Cuban-born player to ever reach those totals in a game, joining Jose Canseco (June 13, 1994), Yoenis Céspedes (August 21, 2015) and Kendrys Morales (August 31, 2017). Puig became just the ninth player in franchise history to log back-to-back multi-homer games (last: Cody Bellinger; June 11-13, 2017), and the 24th player in Club history to post a three-homer game (last: Corey Seager; June 20, 2017). Additionally, the 2014 All-Star became just the second player in Dodgers lore to record five round-trippers in consecutive games, joining Shawn Green, who accomplished the feat on May 23-24, 2002. The Dodgers recorded at least one home run in 23 consecutive games from August 21st-September 15th, the second-longest streak in franchise history, and the longest since 1953 when the then-Brooklyn Dodgers posted a streak of 24 games. Entering play today, the Dodgers (82-68) are tied with the Cardinals for the second NL Wild Card spot, and sit just a half-game behind the Colorado Rockies (82-67) in the tight NL West.

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

Los Angeles Dodgers

Dana-Farber Pediatric Patients join Fenway's Bullpen Buddies, Celebrate 68 Years with Red Sox

After 68 years of partnership between the Boston Red Sox's charitable Red Sox Foundation and the Jimmy Fund, a charity supporting the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, patients from the Jimmy Fund Clinic received a unique honor that most Bostonians spend their whole lives only dreaming about: Fenway Park Field Access. 

As part of the Bullpen Buddies charity initiative, sponsored by IBEW Local 103 and NECA, Dana-Farber pediatric patients stood on the field of the oldest, most beloved Major League ballpark in America and cheered on the Red Sox during their batting practice. 

The Red Sox Foundation has worked closely with Dana-Farber and its revered Jimmy Fund for decades, partnering to raise money for cancer research and treatment for adults and children. 

Throughout the Red Sox batting practice, Jimmy Fund Clinic patients were greeted at the bullpen by some hometown heroes: players of the Boston Red Sox. After getting autographs from their new friends, patients and their families then stayed to watch the Red Sox match up against the Toronto Blue Jays, together enjoying America's favorite pastime in America's favorite park. 

IBEW Local 103 and NECA also provided each of the young visitors with IBEW Local 103 t-shirts, Red Sox hats, a baseball, and other Red Sox merchandise in a complimentary swag bag as part of the experience. 

"Bullpen Buddies is a really special initiative, and we're proud to play a part in making such a positive, lasting memory for local youth," said Lou Antonellis, Business Manager of IBEW Local 103. "That's what this partnership with the Sox is all about: working together for our community." 

The members of IBEW Local 103 and NECA have been servicing Fenway Park for over 100 years. Now, IBEW Local 103 members, along with the union contractors of NECA, have forged a broader partnership with the Boston Red Sox that will help power a number of key charitable initiatives. In addition to Bullpen Buddies, these initiatives include the recent Baseball Tomorrow Fund Equipment Drive and an expansion of the "Helmets to Hardhats" program that helps returning military service veterans find rewarding, family-sustaining careers in the construction trade industry.

"Generations of Red Sox players, staff, and fans have raised millions for cancer treatment and research for the Jimmy Fund. We're excited to celebrate our partnership, which is the oldest and most extensive team-charity relationship in professional sports. There isn't a better way to celebrate that than to give our young patients the chance to meet their favorite players on the field at Fenway Park," said Jimmy Fund spokesperson Molly McHale. "We can't thank IBEW and NECA enough for choosing The Jimmy Fund for what was a special day for patients and their families." 

About the Jimmy Fund: The Jimmy Fund solely supports Boston's Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, raising funds for adult and pediatric cancer care and research to improve the chances of survival for cancer patients around the world. Since its founding in 1948, the Jimmy Fund has raised millions of dollars through thousands of community fundraising events. Their charity partners include the Boston Red Sox, Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association, Pan-Mass Challenge, and the Variety Children's Charity of New England. 


About IBEW Local 103: IBEW Local 103's mission is to provide Greater Boston's developers with the best trained, most efficient, safest electricians and telecommunications specialists, while fostering our Union's values of economic fairness, equal opportunity and charitable giving in the communities where we work, live, and raise our families. Our unwavering commitment to professional excellence is personified by the recently built addition to our Joint Apprenticeship Training facility. The Local 103 JATC is among the most advance electrical apprenticeship programs in the country. Working for better wages, better benefits, and fair working conditions is only a small part of our Union's focus. Local 103 members take pride in giving back our time and expertise to causes and charities serving those less fortunate throughout our jurisdiction.

About NECA of Greater Boston: For over 100 years, NECA of Greater Boston has guaranteed Eastern New England construction developers the highest level of quality in electric and telecommunication service. Through representation of more than 80 of the finest electrical and telecom contractors in Massachusetts, Maine, and New Hampshire, NECA of Greater Boston strives every day to bring reliability and safety to each local project. Our tireless dedication to construction quality is synonymous to our dedication to the communities we serve, and we're proud to share and amplify those values through partnerships with the union electrical industry. Together our priority is simple: to advocate for the education, management and skilled workforce training, and labor relations that are constantly raising the standards of the industry.

After 68 years of partnership between the Boston Red Sox's charitable Red Sox Foundation and the Jimmy Fund, a charity supporting the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, patients from the Jimmy Fund Clinic received a unique honor that most Bostonians spend their whole lives only dreaming about: Fenway Park Field Access. 

As part of the Bullpen Buddies charity initiative, sponsored by IBEW Local 103 and NECA, Dana-Farber pediatric patients stood on the field of the oldest, most beloved Major League ballpark in America and cheered on the Red Sox during their batting practice. 

The Red Sox Foundation has worked closely with Dana-Farber and its revered Jimmy Fund for decades, partnering to raise money for cancer research and treatment for adults and children. 

Throughout the Red Sox batting practice, Jimmy Fund Clinic patients were greeted at the bullpen by some hometown heroes: players of the Boston Red Sox. After getting autographs from their new friends, patients and their families then stayed to watch the Red Sox match up against the Toronto Blue Jays, together enjoying America's favorite pastime in America's favorite park. 

IBEW Local 103 and NECA also provided each of the young visitors with IBEW Local 103 t-shirts, Red Sox hats, a baseball, and other Red Sox merchandise in a complimentary swag bag as part of the experience. 

"Bullpen Buddies is a really special initiative, and we're proud to play a part in making such a positive, lasting memory for local youth," said Lou Antonellis, Business Manager of IBEW Local 103. "That's what this partnership with the Sox is all about: working together for our community." 

The members of IBEW Local 103 and NECA have been servicing Fenway Park for over 100 years. Now, IBEW Local 103 members, along with the union contractors of NECA, have forged a broader partnership with the Boston Red Sox that will help power a number of key charitable initiatives. In addition to Bullpen Buddies, these initiatives include the recent Baseball Tomorrow Fund Equipment Drive and an expansion of the "Helmets to Hardhats" program that helps returning military service veterans find rewarding, family-sustaining careers in the construction trade industry.

"Generations of Red Sox players, staff, and fans have raised millions for cancer treatment and research for the Jimmy Fund. We're excited to celebrate our partnership, which is the oldest and most extensive team-charity relationship in professional sports. There isn't a better way to celebrate that than to give our young patients the chance to meet their favorite players on the field at Fenway Park," said Jimmy Fund spokesperson Molly McHale. "We can't thank IBEW and NECA enough for choosing The Jimmy Fund for what was a special day for patients and their families." 

About the Jimmy Fund: The Jimmy Fund solely supports Boston's Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, raising funds for adult and pediatric cancer care and research to improve the chances of survival for cancer patients around the world. Since its founding in 1948, the Jimmy Fund has raised millions of dollars through thousands of community fundraising events. Their charity partners include the Boston Red Sox, Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association, Pan-Mass Challenge, and the Variety Children's Charity of New England. 


About IBEW Local 103: IBEW Local 103's mission is to provide Greater Boston's developers with the best trained, most efficient, safest electricians and telecommunications specialists, while fostering our Union's values of economic fairness, equal opportunity and charitable giving in the communities where we work, live, and raise our families. Our unwavering commitment to professional excellence is personified by the recently built addition to our Joint Apprenticeship Training facility. The Local 103 JATC is among the most advance electrical apprenticeship programs in the country. Working for better wages, better benefits, and fair working conditions is only a small part of our Union's focus. Local 103 members take pride in giving back our time and expertise to causes and charities serving those less fortunate throughout our jurisdiction.

About NECA of Greater Boston: For over 100 years, NECA of Greater Boston has guaranteed Eastern New England construction developers the highest level of quality in electric and telecommunication service. Through representation of more than 80 of the finest electrical and telecom contractors in Massachusetts, Maine, and New Hampshire, NECA of Greater Boston strives every day to bring reliability and safety to each local project. Our tireless dedication to construction quality is synonymous to our dedication to the communities we serve, and we're proud to share and amplify those values through partnerships with the union electrical industry. Together our priority is simple: to advocate for the education, management and skilled workforce training, and labor relations that are constantly raising the standards of the industry.

Boston Red Sox