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2018 Texas Rangers Baseball Tomorrow fund equipment drive takes place on Saturday

Equipment will go to Texas Rangers MLB Youth Academy

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

The Equipment Drive will take place Saturday, August 18 when the Rangers host the Los Angeles Angels at 7:05 p.m. at Globe Life Park in Arlington.

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

The Equipment Drive will take place Saturday, August 18 when the Rangers host the Los Angeles Angels at 7:05 p.m. at Globe Life Park in Arlington.

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

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

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

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

--Texas Rangers Grand Slam Gift Shop, Globe Life Park in Arlington

--Texas Rangers Team Shop, 316 Main St. in Fort Worth

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

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

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Rangers to honor Bartolo Colon as the all-time winningest pitcher from Latin America prior to Saturday's game with the Los Angles Angels

Dennis Martinez to participate in on-field ceremony

The Texas Rangers will honor Bartolo Colon in an on-field ceremony prior to the game with the Los Angeles Angels on Saturday, August 18 at Globe Life Park in Arlington. The ceremony will begin at approximately 6:45 p.m. prior to the 7:05 p.m. first pitch.

With his 246th career victory on August 7 against Seattle, Colon became the all-time Major League leader in wins for a native of Latin America. He surpassed Dennis Martinez, who won 245 games in a 23-year ML career from 1976-1998 with Baltimore, Montreal, Cleveland, Seattle, and Atlanta.

The Texas Rangers will honor Bartolo Colon in an on-field ceremony prior to the game with the Los Angeles Angels on Saturday, August 18 at Globe Life Park in Arlington. The ceremony will begin at approximately 6:45 p.m. prior to the 7:05 p.m. first pitch.

With his 246th career victory on August 7 against Seattle, Colon became the all-time Major League leader in wins for a native of Latin America. He surpassed Dennis Martinez, who won 245 games in a 23-year ML career from 1976-1998 with Baltimore, Montreal, Cleveland, Seattle, and Atlanta.

Martinez will be in Arlington to participate in Saturday's ceremony, which will include several presentations to Colon from the Rangers and their players. Martinez will also be signing autographs in the New Era Alumni Alley from 5:45-6:30 p.m. on Saturday.

Colon defeated Arizona on Monday and is 247-186 in his big league career with Cleveland (1997-2002), Montreal (2002), Chicago White Sox (2003; 2009), Anaheim/Los Angeles Angels (2004-07), Boston (2008), New York Yankees (2011), Oakland (2012-13), New York Mets (2014-16), Atlanta (2017), Minnesota (2017), and Texas (2018). He is 7-10 in 24 games/22 starts with the Rangers this season.

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Dodgers reinstate Daniel Hudson

The Los Angeles Dodgers reinstated right-handed pitcher Daniel Hudson from the 10-day disabled list and placed right-handed pitcher Erik Goeddel on the 10-day disabled list with right elbow inflammation Friday.

Hudson, who missed the last eight games with right forearm tightness, has appeared in 38 games (one start) with Los Angeles this season, going 3-2 with a 3.92 ERA (19 ER/43.2 IP) and striking out 40 against 18 walks. He has also held hitters to a .217 average, including limiting left-handed batters to a .182 mark.

The Los Angeles Dodgers reinstated right-handed pitcher Daniel Hudson from the 10-day disabled list and placed right-handed pitcher Erik Goeddel on the 10-day disabled list with right elbow inflammation Friday.

Hudson, who missed the last eight games with right forearm tightness, has appeared in 38 games (one start) with Los Angeles this season, going 3-2 with a 3.92 ERA (19 ER/43.2 IP) and striking out 40 against 18 walks. He has also held hitters to a .217 average, including limiting left-handed batters to a .182 mark.

Goeddel, who is making his second stint on the disabled list this season, has appeared in 31 combined games of relief with the Mariners and Dodgers, going 3-0 with a 2.95 ERA (12 ER/36.2 IP) and has limited hitters to a .195 average.

Los Angeles Dodgers, Daniel Hudson

Rangers acquire 3B Sherten Apostel from Pittsburgh Pirates and LHP Josh Javier from Arizona Diamondbacks

Texas acquires pair of 19-year-old prospects as players to be named later, completing trades involving Keone Kela and Jake Diekman

The Texas Rangers announced the following two player acquisitions Friday:

·   Third baseman Sherten Apostel acquired from the Pittsburgh Pirates as a player to be named later, completing a July 30 trade involving right-handed pitcher Keone Kela. Apostel has been assigned to the Spokane Indians of the Northwest League.

The Texas Rangers announced the following two player acquisitions Friday:

·   Third baseman Sherten Apostel acquired from the Pittsburgh Pirates as a player to be named later, completing a July 30 trade involving right-handed pitcher Keone Kela. Apostel has been assigned to the Spokane Indians of the Northwest League.

·   Left-handed pitcher Josh Javier acquired from the Arizona Diamondbacks as a player to be named later, completing a July 31 trade involving left-handed pitcher Jake Diekman. Javier has been assigned to the Arizona League Rangers.

Apostel, 19, was originally signed by the Pirates as a non-drafted free agent on July 2, 2015. The 6-foot-4, 210-pound native of Curacao has spent the year with the Bristol Pirates in the Rookie-level Appalachian League, batting .259 (36-139) with 7 home runs, 26 RBI, and an .866 OPS figure over 41 games in the first stateside action of his career. Apostel's younger brother, Shendrik, is also an infielder in the Pirates system.

The 19-year-old Javier is in his first season in the U.S. in 2018, posting a 3-1 record with a 2.80 ERA (11 ER/35.1 IP) and 1.189 WHIP figure over 10 games/4 starts with the Arizona League Diamondbacks. He has averaged 8.6 strikeouts per 9 innings this season after spending his first two professional campaigns in the Dominican Summer League. Javier was originally signed by Arizona as a non-drafted free agent in 2015 out of the Dominican Republic.

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Dodgers return home Monday to take on Cardinals, Padres

Chase Utley Bobblehead Night, Dave Roberts replica BP jersey giveaway highlight homestand promotions

LOS ANGELES - The Los Angeles Dodgers return home Monday for a six-game homestand against the St. Louis Cardinals (August 20-22) and San Diego Padres (August 24-26), including great promotions, special events, kid-friendly activities and Players' Weekend (Aug. 24-26).

Giveaways during the homestand include a knit cap presented by UnitedHealthcare on Monday, a Chase Utley bobblehead presented by Takagi Tankless Water Heaters on Wednesday, a cooling towel presented by BeWaterWise.com on Friday, a Dave Roberts replica batting practice jersey presented by Your Southern California BMW Centers on Saturday and for kids 14 & under, Jr. Dodgers socks presented by Spectrum on Sunday. Additionally, the promotional schedule features Friday Night Fireworks presented by Denny's, Viva Los Dodgers presented by Coca-Cola and Spectrum prior to Sunday's game with an expected appearance from Yasiel Puig in honor of Cuba Day and also postgame Kids Run the Bases following Sunday's homestand finale.

LOS ANGELES - The Los Angeles Dodgers return home Monday for a six-game homestand against the St. Louis Cardinals (August 20-22) and San Diego Padres (August 24-26), including great promotions, special events, kid-friendly activities and Players' Weekend (Aug. 24-26).

Giveaways during the homestand include a knit cap presented by UnitedHealthcare on Monday, a Chase Utley bobblehead presented by Takagi Tankless Water Heaters on Wednesday, a cooling towel presented by BeWaterWise.com on Friday, a Dave Roberts replica batting practice jersey presented by Your Southern California BMW Centers on Saturday and for kids 14 & under, Jr. Dodgers socks presented by Spectrum on Sunday. Additionally, the promotional schedule features Friday Night Fireworks presented by Denny's, Viva Los Dodgers presented by Coca-Cola and Spectrum prior to Sunday's game with an expected appearance from Yasiel Puig in honor of Cuba Day and also postgame Kids Run the Bases following Sunday's homestand finale.

The Padres series August 24-26 will mark Major League Baseball's second Players' Weekend, where both teams will wear specially designed uniforms with player nicknames on the back of their jerseys. Each player will also have the opportunity to recognize someone who was instrumental in his personal development, or a baseball player who inspired him, on a jersey patch on his right sleeve. 

The team will also be hosting LAFC Night (Aug. 20), Hello Kitty Night (Aug. 21), Overwatch League Night (Aug. 22), Healthcare Night (Aug. 24), LA Kings Night (Aug. 25), CSU San Bernardino Day (Aug. 26) and Cuba Day (Aug. 26). These games include special pregame programming and an exclusive item for those that purchase their tickets through Dodgers.com/Events.

A full list of promotions and special events for the upcoming homestand is below:

Monday, August 20, 7:10 p.m. vs. Cardinals
    Promotion: Knit Cap giveaway presented by UnitedHealthcare (first 40,000 ticketed fans in attendance).
    Special Event: LAFC Night (special event ticket pack, which includes an exclusive t-shirt, available at Dodgers.com/LAFC).
 • Ceremonial First Pitch: LAFC player Walker Zimmerman.

Tuesday, August 21, 7:10 p.m. vs. Cardinals
    Special Event: Hello Kitty Night (special event ticket pack, which includes an exclusive Hello Kitty drawstring bag, available at Dodgers.com/HelloKitty).

Wednesday, August 22, 7:10 p.m. vs. Cardinals
    Promotion: Chase Utley bobblehead giveaway presented by Takagi Tankless Water Heaters (first 40,000 ticketed fans in attendance).
    Special Event: Overwatch League Night (special event ticket pack, which includes an exclusive t-shirt, available at Dodgers.com/esports).
 • Ceremonial First Pitch: Overwatch League All-Star "Surefour".

Thursday, August 23 - Clayton Kershaw's 6th Annual Ping Pong 4 Purpose
    Charity event to benefit Kershaw's Challenge. Event will honor Camila and Matthew McConaughey with Kershaw's Challenge Impact Award, and welcome Bryan Cranston and Robin Dearden as honorary hosts.
    More information: KershawsChallenge.com/events.

Friday, August 24, 7:10 p.m. vs. Padres
    Friday Night Fireworks presented by Denny's, themed to "players' choice" music in honor of Players' Weekend.
    Promotion: Cooling Towel giveaway presented by BeWaterWise.com (first 40,000 ticketed fans in attendance).
    Special Event: Healthcare Night (special event ticket pack, which includes an exclusive Dodgers scrub top shirt, available at Dodgers.com/Healthcare). 

Saturday, August 25, 6:10 p.m. vs. Padres
    Promotion: Dave Roberts replica batting practice jersey presented by Your Southern California BMW Centers (first 40,000 ticketed fans in attendance).
 • Anthem: Dave Roberts' daughter, Emmerson.
    Special Event: LA Kings Night (special event ticket pack sold out).
 • Ceremonial First Pitch: Kings players Dustin Brown, Tyler Toffoli, Alec Martinez and Nate Thompson.
    First Pitch: Sammy Rosa, son of fallen Long Beach Fire Captain David Rosa, who was killed in the line of duty on June 25.

Sunday, August 26, 1:10 p.m. vs. Padres
    Viva Los Dodgers presented by Coca-Cola and Spectrum. Free family-friendly event starts at 11:00 a.m. at the 76 Station, featuring live music, interactive games and player/broadcaster autographs.
 • Yasiel Puig expected to appear on-stage during the event's first hour in honor of Cuba Day.
    Promotion: Jr. Dodgers socks presented by Spectrum (first 12,000 ticketed kids 14 and under).
    CSU San Bernardino Day (special event ticket pack, which includes an exclusive t-shirt, available at Dodgers.com/CSUSB).
    Cuba Day (special event ticket pack, which includes an exclusive t-shirt, available at Dodgers.com/Cuba).
    Post-Game Kids Run the Bases. 

Tickets can be purchased by visiting www.dodgers.com/tickets or by calling (866) DODGERS, and information on the special events calendar can be found online at dodgers.com/groups. Information on parking and public transportation options to Dodger Stadium, including the Dodger Stadium Express, can be found online at www.dodgers.com under the Dodger Stadium tab at the top of the page.

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Mariners second annual women in baseball event

Special ticket offer and panel discussion with accomplished group of baseball veterans

The Seattle Mariners are helping shine a spotlight on the important role women play in the game of baseball with the Second Annual Women in Baseball event. On Tuesday, August 21, before the Mariners meet the Houston Astros, fans will have the chance to hear from an accomplished group of women with a diverse background in baseball.

Women In Baseball

The Seattle Mariners are helping shine a spotlight on the important role women play in the game of baseball with the Second Annual Women in Baseball event. On Tuesday, August 21, before the Mariners meet the Houston Astros, fans will have the chance to hear from an accomplished group of women with a diverse background in baseball.

Women In Baseball

The August 21 event is the part of the Beyond the Baselines series that highlights various aspects of the game that might not be apparent to casual observers or even avid fans.

Specially priced tickets are available starting at $27 exclusively at Mariners.com/Women. The ticket package includes a coupon for a free drink, View or Main Level game ticket and admission to a pregame event at the Outside Corner, which begins at 5:10 p.m. The program features a panel discussion among a group of women who work in various capacities in baseball. Deadline to purchase tickets is Monday, August 20 at 5:00 p.m. The panel will also be streamed on Facebook Live.

Pregame Panel

Moderated by The Hardball Times managing editor Meg Rowley, the panelists include Amanda Hopkins, Mariners area scout, Leslie Manning, Mariners Coordinator of Professional Development, Angie Mentink, ROOT SPORTS anchor/reporter, and Frances Traisman, Mariners Sr. Vice President of Sales.

Panelist Bios

Panel moderator Meg Rowley is Managing Editor for The Hardball Times and a contributing writer for FanGraphs. Her work has also appeared at Baseball Prospectus, Lookout Landing, Just A Bit Outside, and Vice Sports. She won the 2017 Society for American Baseball Research Analytics Conference Research Award in Contemporary Baseball Commentary for her piece "Let Ballparks Get Old." Meg became a fan of baseball when she was introduced to "the late-90s Mariners," a team that taught her "about the joy of winning, but also the thrilling disappointment and the small moments that snuff out a season." She lives in Seattle.

Amanda Hopkins, a former Central Washington University softball player, is in her third season as Mariners scout for the "Four Corners" area of Arizona, Utah, Colorado and New Mexico. Prior to being hired in December 2015, Hopkins served as an intern in the Mariners scouting department. Hopkins, who played four years of softball at CWU, where she was team captain during her senior year, is the daughter of Ron Hopkins, assistant to the general manager of the Pittsburgh Pirates. Baseball America has reported that Hopkins is believed to be the first full-time female scout hired by a Major League team since the 1950s.

Leslie Manning, Mariners Coordinator of Professional Development, specializes in coach to athlete connection, personnel education, strategic decision-making and a holistic approach to clubhouse culture. She leads players, staff and executives to become the best version of themselves by providing tools, resources and metrics to refine their purpose, vision, goals and habits with intentional focus. Prior to joining the Mariners, she founded the company NextStep Baseball, worked for the Labor Relations Department at the MLB Office of the Commissioner in New York and in Baseball Operations for the Arizona Diamondbacks. She was honored in 2011 as the Minor League Baseball NYPL Executive of the Year.

Angie Mentink worked her way up from intern to Emmy Award-winning reporter and anchor for ROOT SPORTS. Angie's career in sports broadcasting came after an accomplished athletic career as an All-American softball player in college and with the Colorado Silver Bullets professional baseball team. While at the University of Washington, Angie became the first Husky softball player to earn All-Pac 10 and All-American honors while topping the Pac 10 in hits, runs and stolen bases. Her single-season records for batting average (.472), stolen bases (59) and career batting average (.429) are records that still stand, and earned her a place in the Husky Hall of Fame.

Frances Traisman, Mariners Sr. Vice President of Sales, is in her 23rd season with the team. She directs Mariners corporate business including sponsorship, business development, ticket sales and analytics. Frances worked her way up through the ranks of the Mariners business operations starting as a sales account executive in 1996. During her years at the Mariners, she has been instrumental in planning, development and marketing of various improvements to the Safeco Field fan experience including The 'Pen, Press Box Suite and All-Star Club. She also works closely with Major League Baseball on online initiatives to enhance the fan experience.

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Rays host Royals and Red Sox during seven-game homestand

Highlights include Wade Boggs bobblehead and ceremonial first pitch on Saturday

The Tampa Bay Rays return to Tropicana Field on Monday for a seven-game homestand against the Kansas City Royals (Aug 20-23) and Boston Red Sox (Aug 24-26). The 2018 Rays season is presented by Tampa General Hospital.

The homestand begins Monday, with the first of four consecutive 7:10 p.m. starts against the Royals.

The Tampa Bay Rays return to Tropicana Field on Monday for a seven-game homestand against the Kansas City Royals (Aug 20-23) and Boston Red Sox (Aug 24-26). The 2018 Rays season is presented by Tampa General Hospital.

The homestand begins Monday, with the first of four consecutive 7:10 p.m. starts against the Royals.

For the second consecutive year, Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association will hold Players' Weekend from August 24-26 when the Rays host the Red Sox. Players' Weekend will showcase the personalities and interests of Major League players by allowing them to select a nickname for the back of their jersey as well as wear and use uniquely colored and designed equipment including bats, spikes, batting gloves, wristbands, compression sleeves and catcher's equipment. Each player will have the opportunity to recognize someone who was instrumental in his personal development, or a baseball player who inspired him to achieve, on a jersey patch on his right sleeve. In addition, each player will have the option to wear a T-shirt highlighting a cause or charity of his choice during pregame workouts and postgame interviews.

The Rays take on the Red Sox beginning on Friday, August 24, with first pitch set for 7:10 p.m. When gates open prior to Saturday's 6:10 p.m. game, all fans in attendance will receive a Wade Boggs Bobblehead, presented by Seminole Hard Rock Tampa, while supplies last. The Tampa native and Hall of Famer will throw out the ceremonial first pitch prior to Saturday's game. The homestand concludes on Sunday afternoon with a 1:10 p.m. start. Prior to Sunday's game, all kids 14 years and under will receive DJ Kitty Slippers, presented by Crown Automotive Group, while supplies last.

Sundays are Family Fun Days, courtesy of Tampa General Hospital. Every Sunday home game will feature free parking for cars with four or more passengers and a variety of postgame activities for kids, including Kids Run the Bases and a DJ Kitty Dance Party. For the fifth consecutive season, concourse activities will be complimentary for kids 14 years and under. Activities include Power Alley Batting Cage, Speed Pitch, Virtual Reality Home Run Derby, Raymond's Treehouse, Topps Make Your Own Baseball Card and the Grand Slam Alley, courtesy of GameTime. In addition, every Sunday home game, two Rays players will sign autographs for kids 14 years and under along the right field line from 12:00-12:30 p.m.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

PLAYERS' WEEKEND MERCHANDISE -- Rays Players' Weekend merchandise will be available for purchase throughout the homestand from the Rays Republic Team Store. In addition, authentic blank Players' Weekend jerseys and an original Blake Snell "Snellzilla" T-shirt will be available for sale.

SALUTE TO SERVICE $20 TICKETS -- The Rays have extended their Salute to Service promotion, presented by Suncoast Credit Union, to include $20 tickets for the game on Saturday, August 25. This special offer is available online only through raysbaseball.com/specials and expires the night before the game at midnight. Affiliation will be verified by ID.me, a third-party MLB approved verification service.

USF DAY-- USF Day returns to Tropicana Field on Sunday, August 26 with a $38 ticket package that includes a seat in the lower level and an exclusive Rays/USF co-branded hat. USF head football coach Charlie Strong will throw out the ceremonial first pitch prior to the game. To purchase the USF ticket special, visit raysbaseball.com/specialevents. The deadline to purchase tickets is Thursday, August 23 at 11:59 p.m.

PLEDGE PACKS -- With a $150 donation to the Rays Baseball Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization and the official charity of the Rays, fans can receive a Pledge Pack, valued at $250. Pledge Packs contain the Rays 20th anniversary coffee table book, a mystery autographed baseball grab bag, one (1) ticket voucher valid for four (4) Lower Corner tickets, a Fred McGriff and Tino Martinez Double Bobblehead and a Kevin Kiermaier STAR WARS® Pop Vinyl. All proceeds benefit the Rays Baseball Foundation. For more information or to purchase a pledge pack, visit raysbaseball.com/pledgepacks.

GATES OPEN -- Sunday-Thursday, 1 1/2 hours prior to first pitch; Friday-Saturday, two hours prior to first pitch.

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Cubs place Mike Montgomery on 10-day DL, recall Randy Rosario

The Chicago Cubs today placed left-handed pitcher Mike Montgomery on the 10-day disabled list (retroactive to August 14) with left shoulder inflammation and recalled left-handed pitcher Randy Rosario from Triple-A Iowa.

Rosario, 24, begins his fifth stint with the Cubs and is available for tonight's game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park.

The Chicago Cubs today placed left-handed pitcher Mike Montgomery on the 10-day disabled list (retroactive to August 14) with left shoulder inflammation and recalled left-handed pitcher Randy Rosario from Triple-A Iowa.

Rosario, 24, begins his fifth stint with the Cubs and is available for tonight's game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park.

Rosario is 4-0 with seven holds and a 3.00 ERA (11 ER/33.0 IP) in 28 relief appearances for the Cubs this season. He pitched to a 2.16 ERA (4 ER/16.2 IP) in 14 games from June 24-August 3 prior to allowing four runs in 1.0 inning in his most recent big league outing, August 5 vs. San Diego. This season, Rosario has walked 19, struck out 21 and held opponents to a .252 batting average (31-for-123). He has stranded 17 of 20 inherited runners and held the opponent scoreless in 21 of 28 outings. In 11 appearances of more than an inning, Rosario has posted a 1.33 ERA (3 ER/20.1 IP).

Claimed off waivers by the Cubs in November of last year, Rosario has no record and a 0.79 ERA (2 ER/22.2 IP) in 15 games with Iowa this season.

Rosario made his Major League debut with the Twins last year, allowing eight earned runs in 2.1 innings in two relief outings. In eight Minor League seasons, he is 18-22 with a 3.21 ERA (134 ER/375.1 IP) in 122 outings, including 55 starts. A native of Rio San Juan, D.R., Rosario originally signed as a non-drafted free agent with the Twins in August of 2010.

Montgomery, 29, is 4-4 with a 3.62 ERA (40 ER/99.1 IP) in 32 games, including 13 starts, for Chicago this season. He is 4-3 with a 3.08 ERA (25 ER/73.0 IP) in his 13 starts since moving into the starting rotation in late May when right-handed pitcher Yu Darvish landed on the DL (right triceps tendinitis).

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13th annual Picnic in the Park fundraiser takes place Sunday

Picnic at Fenway Park includes autograph session with Red Sox players, BBQ dinner and performance from World Premier Band

The Red Sox Foundation will once again host Picnic in the Park, the annual fundraiser that gives fans an opportunity to have a BBQ picnic in the outfield, get autographs from Red Sox players, and the chance to bid on unique auction items and experiences. Picnic in the Park is presented by Aramark, Franklin Sports, and Home Goods.

The 13th annual event will be held this Sunday, August 19, one hour after the conclusion of the Red Sox-Rays game, and will include a performance from the World Premier Band. A limited number of tickets are still available at redsox.com/picnic.

The Red Sox Foundation will once again host Picnic in the Park, the annual fundraiser that gives fans an opportunity to have a BBQ picnic in the outfield, get autographs from Red Sox players, and the chance to bid on unique auction items and experiences. Picnic in the Park is presented by Aramark, Franklin Sports, and Home Goods.

The 13th annual event will be held this Sunday, August 19, one hour after the conclusion of the Red Sox-Rays game, and will include a performance from the World Premier Band. A limited number of tickets are still available at redsox.com/picnic.

Proceeds will benefit the Red Sox Foundation's charitable programming and partners.

About the Red Sox Foundation

The official team charity of the Boston Red Sox, the Red Sox Foundation has donated to over 1,680 organizations since its creation in 2002, and focused on making a difference in the lives of children, families, Veterans, and communities in need by improving their health, education, and recreational opportunities. Through partnerships with best-in-class organizations in healthcare, the Red Sox have helped raised over $135 million for cancer treatment and research for The Jimmy Fund, supported more than 15,000 Veterans and their families suffering from the "invisible wounds of war" with the Home Base Program, and helped the Dimock Center serve over 17,000 patients annually with health and human services. The Foundation's self-run education and youth baseball programs have helped 274 Boston Public Schools students with college scholarships, and promotes healthy choices and valuable life skills to more than 700 urban youth annually through its RBI baseball and softball program. 

A 501(c)(3) nonprofit, the Red Sox Foundation raises funds through special events, corporate sponsorships, and grants. Founded and initially funded by Red Sox Principal Owner John Henry, Chairman Tom Werner, President/CEO Emeritus Larry Lucchino and their partners, the Red Sox Foundation has won numerous awards for the impact of its innovative programs. In 2010, the Foundation's Red Sox Scholars program was recognized by Major League Baseball with the first-ever "MLB Commissioner's Award for Philanthropic Excellence." In 2009, the Red Sox Foundation was honored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Sports Philanthropy Project with the Patterson Award as the nation's "Best Team Charity in Sports." For more information about the foundation, visit redsoxfoundation.org.

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Mariners place Jean Segura on paternity list, select Gordon Beckham

Outfielder John Andreoli designated for assignment to make room on 40-man roster

Seattle Mariners Executive Vice President & General Manager of Baseball Operations Jerry Dipoto announced today the following roster moves:

• Jean Segura, INF, placed on the paternity list.

Seattle Mariners Executive Vice President & General Manager of Baseball Operations Jerry Dipoto announced today the following roster moves:

• Jean Segura, INF, placed on the paternity list.

• Gordon Beckham, INF, selected from AAA Tacoma.

• John Andreoli, OF, designated for assignment.

With today's roster moves, Seattle's Major League, 40-man roster, remains at 40 players.

Beckham (#1) will be in uniform and available for tonight's (7:10 pm PT) game versus the Los Angeles Dodgers.

A player may be on the Paternity List for up to 3 days.

Segura, 28, is batting .314 (148x471) with 78 runs, 27 doubles, 2 triples, 9 home runs, 56 RBI,17 stolen bases and a .343 on-base percentage this season. Over his last 7 games (Aug. 9-current), he's hitting .452 (14x31) with a double, a home run and 3 RBI. Among American League leaders this season, the 5-foot-10, 205-pound shortstop ranks 1st in hits, T3rd in multi-hit games (43), 5th in batting average, T7th in runs scored and 11th in stolen bases. He leads the Major Leagues with 18 games of at least 3 hits and has more multi-hit games (43) than games without a hit (30) this season. He was voted to his 2nd career All-Star Game (also: 2013 with Milwaukee) and finished 2-for-2 with a home run, 2 runs and 3 RBI.

In parts of 7 Major League seasons with Los Angeles-AL (2012), Milwaukee (2012-15), Arizona (2016) and Seattle (2017-c), he is a career .287 (990x3444) hitter with 152 doubles, 35 triples, 63 home runs and 309 RBI in 871 career games. The native of San Juan, DR, was signed by the Angels as an international free agent on Jan. 22, 2007.

Beckham, 31, has hit .200 (7x35) with 1 run, 1 double, 1 RBI, 3 walks and 1 stolen base in 13 games over two stints (5/14-31 and 7/10-12) with the Mariners this season. In 82 games with AAA Tacoma this season, he has hit .311 (96x309) with 23 doubles, 1 triple, 9 home runs and 49 RBI with a .411 on-base percentage and a .479 slugging percentage (.890 OPS).

In parts of 10 Major League seasons with Chicago-AL (2009-14, 2015), Los Angeles-AL (2014), Atlanta (2016), San Francisco (2016) and Seattle (2017-c), he is a career .239 (758x3171) hitter with 174 doubles, 5 triples, 74 home runs and 336 RBI in 977 career games. The native of Atlanta, GA, was a 1st round selection (8th overall) by the Chicago White Sox in the 2008 MLB First-Year Player Draft out of the University of Georgia.

Andreoli, 28, has had three stints with the Mariners this season: May 23-28, July 7-9 and July 20. Overall this season with the Mariners, he is 1-for-5 (.200) with 1 walk in 3 games. He made his Major League debut with the Mariners on May 23 at Oakland and went 1-for-3 with a walk while also making a sliding catch in right field to rob a base hit in the 8th inning. In 89 games with AAA Tacoma, the 6-foot-1, 210-pound outfielder is batting .287 (94x327) with 54 runs, 18 doubles, 5 triples, 3 home runs, 36 RBI, 55 walks, 19 stolen bases and a .397 on-base percentage. He was on the Rainiers disabled list from April 22 to May 2 with a sprained finger on his right hand.

Andreoli was signed by Seattle as a minor league free agent on Dec. 8, 2017. The Worchester, MA, native was drafted by Chicago-NL in the 17th round of the 2011 MLB First-Year Player Draft out of the University of Connecticut. In 8 minor league seasons (2011-current), he's appeared in 773 games, hitting a combined .270 (745x2763) with 127 doubles, 44 triples, 37 home runs and 256 RBI with 247 stolen bases.

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Rangers place Delino DeShields on 10-day DL, recall Drew Robinson

DeShields sustained fractured finger during Thursday night's game against the Angels

The Texas Rangers this afternoon announced that the club has placed outfielder Delino DeShields on the 10-day disabled list with a fracture of the tip of his right middle finger. The team has recalled infielder/outfielder Drew Robinson from Triple-A Round Rock.

DeShields sustained the injured finger on an attempted bunt in the seventh inning of Thursday night's series opener against the Los Angeles Angels. The first date he would be eligible to return is August 27. DeShields was also on the disabled list from March 31-April 21 with a fractured hamate bone in his left hand, and he was on the seven-day concussion list from August 4-11. DeShields has batted .204 with two home runs, 22 RBIs, and a team-high 18 stolen bases over 85 games for the Rangers this season.

The Texas Rangers this afternoon announced that the club has placed outfielder Delino DeShields on the 10-day disabled list with a fracture of the tip of his right middle finger. The team has recalled infielder/outfielder Drew Robinson from Triple-A Round Rock.

DeShields sustained the injured finger on an attempted bunt in the seventh inning of Thursday night's series opener against the Los Angeles Angels. The first date he would be eligible to return is August 27. DeShields was also on the disabled list from March 31-April 21 with a fractured hamate bone in his left hand, and he was on the seven-day concussion list from August 4-11. DeShields has batted .204 with two home runs, 22 RBIs, and a team-high 18 stolen bases over 85 games for the Rangers this season.

Robinson will be in his third stint with the Rangers this season, also Opening Day-May 20 and August 4-11. He has batted .186 with one home run and five RBIs in 32 games with Texas in 2018. He has spent the balance of the campaign with Round Rock, batting .303 (64-211) with 10 home runs, 28 RBIs, and a .948 OPS figure in 53 games.

After these transactions, the Rangers remain at the 40-man limit on the Major League roster, along with five players on the 60-day disabled list.

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Globe Life & Rangers Baseball Foundation award grants to 11 non-profits

Globe Life And Accident Insurance Company and the Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation today announced it has awarded grants to 11 non-profit organizations in Texas and Louisiana to support youth baseball and softball programs.

The Globe Life Texas Rangers Baseball and Softball grants will be presented during a ceremony prior to the game today, Friday, August 17, against the Los Angeles Angels at Globe Life Park in Arlington.

Globe Life And Accident Insurance Company and the Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation today announced it has awarded grants to 11 non-profit organizations in Texas and Louisiana to support youth baseball and softball programs.

The Globe Life Texas Rangers Baseball and Softball grants will be presented during a ceremony prior to the game today, Friday, August 17, against the Los Angeles Angels at Globe Life Park in Arlington.

The Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation instituted the Grant Program in 2012 as another means to promote the growth and development of youth baseball and softball. Since its creation in 1992, the Rangers Foundation has constructed the Texas Rangers MLB Youth Academy at Mercy Street Sports Complex, presented by Toyota along with 12 baseball fields in other communities and supported thousands of children playing for RBI (Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities) and Miracle League programs. Seven grants were awarded in the first year of the program in 2012, an additional 11 were presented in both 2013 and 2014, 10 were given in both 2015 and 2016, and eight were distributed in 2017.

In February 2014, the Texas Rangers and Globe Life announced a 10-year agreement establishing Globe Life Park in Arlington as the new name for Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. As part of the agreement with the Rangers, Globe Life is making a substantial commitment to support youth baseball and softball programs in the Rangers' five-state territory by joining with the Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation in the grant partnership program.

On August 24, 2017, the Rangers and Globe Life announced an extension of their naming rights partnership establishing Globe Life Field as the name for the team's new ballpark that will open in Arlington for the 2020 season. The extension of the Rangers-Globe Life partnership goes through 2048.

Over the past seven years, more than $550,000 has been distributed to more than 69 different organizations - impacting more than 60,000 kids and more than 50 different communities through the Globe Life Texas Rangers Baseball and Softball Grant Program.

Based in McKinney, Texas, Globe Life has served the life insurance needs of American families since 1951. Globe Life has 4.2 million policyholders and more than $80 billion of insurance in force.

Organizations were asked to complete a proposal describing how funding from the grant would allow them to give youth in their area the opportunity to play either baseball or softball. The winners were selected based on need and the ability of the proposed program to improve baseball programs in their local areas. FOX Sports Southwest helped to promote the grant program throughout the Rangers entire television territory.

The 2018 Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation grant recipients includes:

El Paso Border Youth Athletic Association, El Paso, TX

Funds will be used for leagues and fall, spring, and summer programming.

Fort Worth Southwest High School Softball, Fort Worth, TX

Funds will be used to replace batting cage nets.

Frazier Revitalization, Dallas, TX

Funds will be used for skill development and competition for grades four through six in South Dallas.

Greenville High School, Greenville, TX

Funds will be used to build batting cages, cover current batting cages, and build a storage shed for field supplies.

Legacy Ranch, Gonzales, TX

Funds will be used to install a softball play area, including field generation, backstop, bases, bats, balls, and gloves.

Opelousas High School Baseball Team, Opelousas, LA

Funds will be used to build a batting cage and purchase a pitching machine.

Opelousas Senior High School, Opelousas, LA

Funds will be used to improve and elevate the softball program.

Paris Optimist Foundation, Paris, TX

Funds will be used to upgrade the dugouts for players with disabilities.

Sunray ISD, Sunray, TX

Funds will be used to begin a baseball program.

Texas Leadership Charter Academy- Arlington, Arlington, TX

Funds will be used to build batting cage and pitching/bullpen area.

Van Baseball and Softball Association, Van, TX

Funds will be used to replace backstop and add dugouts for the t-ball field. 

About Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation: Since its inception in 1991, the Foundation has invested more than $30 million in our community to help children through support of programs including the Texas Rangers MLB Youth Academy at Mercy Street Sports Complex, presented by Toyota, youth health and wellness programs like the just keep livin programs, educational programs including the Richard Greene Scholars program, and support of the military and first responders and their families

About Globe Life And Accident Insurance Company: Globe Life has served the life insurance needs of American families since 1951. Globe Life has 4.2 million policyholders and more than $80 billion of insurance in force. Globe Life And Accident Insurance Company, which employs nearly 3,000 people at its offices in McKinney, Oklahoma City, OK, and other corporate locations nationwide, is a wholly owned subsidiary of Torchmark Corporation (NYSE: TMK), headquartered in McKinney. Torchmark's other insurance subsidiaries include American Income Life, Liberty National, United American, and Family Heritage Life. More information is available at www.GlobeLifeInsurance.com.

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Rangers MLB Youth Academy Notebook

With the new "States Play" tournament coming to Globe Life Park in Arlington next weekend, the Texas Rangers MLB Youth Academy at Mercy Street Sports Complex Presented by Toyota is set join the action by hosting some of the workouts.

Workouts will be held at the Academy on Friday, August 24 and Saturday, August 25 from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m.

With the new "States Play" tournament coming to Globe Life Park in Arlington next weekend, the Texas Rangers MLB Youth Academy at Mercy Street Sports Complex Presented by Toyota is set join the action by hosting some of the workouts.

Workouts will be held at the Academy on Friday, August 24 and Saturday, August 25 from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m.

The three games of the tournament will be hosted at Globe Life Park, pitting a roster of players from Texas against a roster from California. Athletes were selected MLB and USA Baseball.

Games at Globe Life Park are Friday, August 24, at 5:00 p.m.; Saturday, August 25, at 7:00 p.m.; and Sunday, August 26, at 11:00 a.m. The games are free for the public and will stream live on MLB.com.

Equipment Drive

On Saturday, August 18, fans may drop off new and gently used baseball and softball equipment at any entrance of Globe Life Park in Arlington from 4:30-7:30 p.m. as part of the Baseball Tomorrow Fund (BTF) Equipment Drive.

Academy athletes who were on the RBI All-Star teams that traveled to the RBI Southwest Regionals in Austin, Texas, last month will be on hand to assist with the collection. All equipment received will benefit Academy participants, Rangers RBI, and Mercy Street Little League. 

Fans who make a donation will receive a ticket to a future 2018 Rangers home game.

Fall Preview

The Rangers Academy is gearing up for fall programming. Activities to watch for in the coming weeks include:

• Registration is now open for Mercy Street Little League (https://www.mercystreetdallas.org/baseball/)

• RBI Fall Baseball and Softball season kicking off at the end of September (www.rangers.com/academy)

• Youth Academy Fall Training Program for ages 7 through 18, beginning at the end of September (www.rangers.com/academy)

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Mets select LHP Daniel Zamora, place RHP Bobby Wahl on DL

The New York Mets announced today that the club has selected the contract of LHP Daniel Zamora from Binghamton (AA) of the Eastern League and placed RHP Bobby Wahl on the 10-day disabled list with a right hamstring strain. Zamora will wear #73 and will be active for tonight's game at Philadelphia. His first appearance will be his Major League debut. To make room on the 40-man roster for Zamora, the Mets transferred Phillip Evans to the 60-day disabled list.

Zamora, 25, was 1-1 with two saves and a 3.48 ERA (20 earned runs/51.2 innings) in 40 games for Binghamton this year. He was named to the mid-season Eastern League All-Star team. Zamora has racked up 69 strikeouts and issued only 16 walks. He is holding left-handers to a .244 (21-86) mark and right-handers are batting .157 (16-102) against him.

The New York Mets announced today that the club has selected the contract of LHP Daniel Zamora from Binghamton (AA) of the Eastern League and placed RHP Bobby Wahl on the 10-day disabled list with a right hamstring strain. Zamora will wear #73 and will be active for tonight's game at Philadelphia. His first appearance will be his Major League debut. To make room on the 40-man roster for Zamora, the Mets transferred Phillip Evans to the 60-day disabled list.

Zamora, 25, was 1-1 with two saves and a 3.48 ERA (20 earned runs/51.2 innings) in 40 games for Binghamton this year. He was named to the mid-season Eastern League All-Star team. Zamora has racked up 69 strikeouts and issued only 16 walks. He is holding left-handers to a .244 (21-86) mark and right-handers are batting .157 (16-102) against him.

He was acquired from the Pirates along with cash considerations on January 31 earlier this year in exchange for LHP Josh Smoker. Zamora posted a 1.86 ERA (11 earned runs/53.1 innings) with 61 strikeouts in 37 games with Bradenton (A) of the Florida State League last year. He also hurled 3.0 scoreless innings in two contests with Altoona (AA) of the Eastern League in 2017. Zamora combined to go 2-4 with nine saves, allowed only two home runs and issued 19 walks. He was named to the mid-season Florida State League All-State team last season.

Overall, the 6-3, 195-pounder has gone 7-7 with 14 saves and a 2.80 ERA (52 earned runs/167.1 innings) in 114 career Minor League games. He has 202 strikeouts during that span.

Wahl is 0-1 with a 10.13 ERA (six earned runs/5.1 innings) in seven games with New York.

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Red Sox activate second baseman Ian Kinsler from 10-day DL

Club places third baseman Rafael Devers on 10-day DL

The Boston Red Sox today activated second baseman Ian Kinsler from the 10-day disabled list. The club also placed third baseman Rafael Devers on the 10-day disabled list with a left hamstring strain, retroactive to yesterday, August 16.

President of Baseball Operations Dave Dombrowski made the announcement.

The Boston Red Sox today activated second baseman Ian Kinsler from the 10-day disabled list. The club also placed third baseman Rafael Devers on the 10-day disabled list with a left hamstring strain, retroactive to yesterday, August 16.

President of Baseball Operations Dave Dombrowski made the announcement.

Kinsler, 36, missed 11 games after being placed on the disabled list on August 4 with a left hamstring strain. Acquired from the Los Angeles Angels on July 30, the second baseman has gone 4-for-10 with two stolen bases, three runs scored, and two RBIs in three games with the Red Sox. In 54 games since May 29, he has hit .292 (61-for-209) with an .870 OPS, including .414 (24-for-58) with a 1.106 OPS in his last 16 games. Kinsler won the American League's Rawlings Gold Glove Award for second base in 2016 and was once again a finalist for the award in 2017. Selected by Texas in the 17th round of the 2003 June Draft, he has been named to four American League All-Star teams (2008, '10, '12, '14) and has finished in the top 30 in MVP voting four times.

Devers, 21, made his first career Opening Day roster and has spent the entire 2018 season with the major league club. In 102 games, he has hit .242 (94-for-389) with 47 runs scored, 22 doubles, 16 home runs, and 55 RBIs, making 99 starts at third base and one as the designated hitter. The left-handed hitter has reached base via hit or walk in each of his last 11 games since July 23, going 11-for-41 (.268) with an .838 OPS in that time. Originally signed by the Red Sox as an international free agent in 2013, the Dominican-born third baseman has a .257 career batting average (157-for-611) with 36 doubles, 26 home runs, and 85 RBIs over 160 games.

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