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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).

Fans holding paid tickets for today's game (Sept. 18) may use them tonight or exchange their paid tickets for any regular season game at Yankee Stadium through the end of the 2019 season (subject to availability). Exchanges may be made at Yankee Stadium ticket windows beginning tomorrow (Wed., Sept. 19) at 9:00 a.m., and at all other times the ticket windows are open during the regular season.

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Fans holding complimentary (COMP) tickets for today's game must use them for tonight's game. COMP tickets or equivalent tickets bear no cash value and do not have any additional benefits that may be offered to ticket(s) with a dollar value.

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

Justin Verlander of the Houston Astros named American League Player of the Week presented by W.B. Mason

All-Star starting pitcher Justin Verlander of the Houston Astros has been named the American League Player of the Week presented by W.B. Mason for the period ending September 16th. The announcement was made earlier on MLB Network.

Across two starts, Verlander compiled a perfect 2-0 record while posting a 1.93 ERA over 14.0 innings pitched to claim his second AL Player of the Week Award this season (also April 15th), and the eighth of his career. The 2011 AL MVP tallied 21 strikeouts and issued just two free passes along with nine hits in two dominant starts last week. Justin, a product of Old Dominion University, paced his AL counterparts in innings pitched and strikeouts. The last Astros hurler to take home weekly honors other than Verlander was Mike Fiers on August 23, 2015.

All-Star starting pitcher Justin Verlander of the Houston Astros has been named the American League Player of the Week presented by W.B. Mason for the period ending September 16th. The announcement was made earlier on MLB Network.

Across two starts, Verlander compiled a perfect 2-0 record while posting a 1.93 ERA over 14.0 innings pitched to claim his second AL Player of the Week Award this season (also April 15th), and the eighth of his career. The 2011 AL MVP tallied 21 strikeouts and issued just two free passes along with nine hits in two dominant starts last week. Justin, a product of Old Dominion University, paced his AL counterparts in innings pitched and strikeouts. The last Astros hurler to take home weekly honors other than Verlander was Mike Fiers on August 23, 2015.

In his return to Comerica Park on September 10th against his former Club, the Detroit Tigers, Verlander tossed 7.0 innings of two-run ball with 10 strikeouts, permitting six hits and one walk en route to earning his first win against Detroit. With the performance, the seven-time All-Star reached the 15-win mark for the 10th time in his career, and is the only active Major League pitcher to have 10 double-digit win seasons. In the second outing of his award-winning week, the second overall selection of the 2004 MLB Draft earned the win after limiting the Arizona Diamondbacks to just one run on three hits with 11 punchouts. The performance was his 10th this season in which he recorded at least 10 strikeouts while issuing no more than one walk, extending his franchise record for such games in a single season. In addition, the 35-year-old notched his 11th career season of at least 200 innings, joining Mark Buehrle (14) and Hall of Famer Greg Maddux (12) as the only pitchers with as many such seasons in the Wild Card era (since 1994). Entering play today, Verlander, who has matched his career high from 2009 with 269 strikeouts, and his All-Star rotation-mate Gerrit Cole (260) rank first and second in the AL in strikeouts, respectively. The duo are the first pair of right-handed pitchers since at least 1900 to each surpass 250 punchouts in a season for the same Club.

Shortstop Didi Gregorius (.333, 7 R, 4 HR, 10 RBI) of the New York Yankees also posted a strong week at the plate. On Saturday against the Toronto Blue Jays, Gregorius logged his fifth multi-homer game of the season, culminating with his fourth home run in as many days. Following the performance, the 28-year-old established a new career high with 26 round-trippers on the season, and set a new franchise record for home runs by a shortstop in a single campaign. Other noteworthy performances last week included shortstop Adalberto Mondesi (.419, 13 H, 7 RBI, 5 SB) and second baseman Whit Merrifield (.310, 10 R, 4 XBH, 5 SB) of the Kansas City Royals, and outfielder Mitch Haniger (.407, 5 R, 4 XBH, 4 RBI) of the Seattle Mariners.

In recognition of his American League Player of the Week Award, Justin Verlander will be awarded a watch courtesy of Rockwell.

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

Los Angeles Dodgers 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, Yasiel 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).

Los Angeles Dodgers 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, Yasiel 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.

Other noteworthy performances last week included rookie sensation Juan Soto (.393, 8 R, 4 HR, 8 RBI) of the Washington Nationals; starting pitcher Luis Castillo (2-0, 1.38 ERA, 13.0 IP, 11 SO) of the Cincinnati Reds; outfielder Marcell Ozuna (.333, 6 R, 3 XBH, 8 RBI) of the Cardinals; outfielder Michael Conforto (.333, 4 2B, 2 HR, 6 RBI) and All-Star starter Jacob deGrom (14.0 IP, 3.21 ERA, 21 SO, 3 BB) of the New York Mets; and starter Chris Stratton (1-0, 0.00 ERA, 1 CG SHO, 7 SO) of the San Francisco Giants.

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

Verlander Named American League Player of the Week

Astros Ace wins his eighth career weekly award and his second in 2018

HOUSTON, TX - Major League Baseball announced this afternoon that Houston Astros right-handed pitcher Justin Verlander has been named the American League Player of the Week for the week of Sept. 10-16. This marks the eighth career American League Player of the Week award for Verlander and his second this season. The other came the week of April 9-15. 

Over the past week, Verlander was 2-0 in two starts with a 1.93 ERA (3ER/14IP) with 21 strikeouts in just 14.0 innings pitched. He allowed just nine hits for a .184 opponent batting average. Verlander posted double-digit strikeouts in both of his starts. On Monday, in what was his first start back at Tiger Stadium since being acquired by the Astros, Verlander tallied 10 K's in his 7.0 innings of work in a 3-2 win over the Tigers. Yesterday afternoon, he tallied 11 K's in 7.0 innings while allowing just one run in a 5-4 win over the Diamondbacks. 

HOUSTON, TX - Major League Baseball announced this afternoon that Houston Astros right-handed pitcher Justin Verlander has been named the American League Player of the Week for the week of Sept. 10-16. This marks the eighth career American League Player of the Week award for Verlander and his second this season. The other came the week of April 9-15. 

Over the past week, Verlander was 2-0 in two starts with a 1.93 ERA (3ER/14IP) with 21 strikeouts in just 14.0 innings pitched. He allowed just nine hits for a .184 opponent batting average. Verlander posted double-digit strikeouts in both of his starts. On Monday, in what was his first start back at Tiger Stadium since being acquired by the Astros, Verlander tallied 10 K's in his 7.0 innings of work in a 3-2 win over the Tigers. Yesterday afternoon, he tallied 11 K's in 7.0 innings while allowing just one run in a 5-4 win over the Diamondbacks. 

For the season, Verlander is 16-9 with a 2.67 ERA, and leads the AL with 269 strikeouts, the latter of which matches his career-high for a season. For the month of September, Verlander is 3-0 with a 1.71 ERA (4 ER/21IP) and 29 strikeouts in 21.0 innings pitched. In recognition of his AL Player of the Week award, Verlander will be presented with a watch courtesy of Rockwell.

Prior to this season, Verlander won the AL Player of the Week Award for the weeks of May 22-28, 2006, June 11-17, 2007, May 2-8, 2011, June 13-19, 2011, Sept. 12-18, 2011 and Sept. 24-30, 2012. 

An Astros player has now been named AL Player of the Week four times in 2018. In addition to Verlander winning the award twice, Evan Gattis (June 11-17) and Alex Bregman (June 25-July 1) have also won the award. The Astros have also won two monthly awards this season, with Verlander capturing AL Pitcher of the Month honors for May and Bregman winning AL Player of the Month honors for June.   


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Houston Astros

Updates on RF Aaron Judge and LHP Aroldis Chapman

Earlier today at a simulated game at Yankee Stadium, RF Aaron Judge had 11 live at-bats off of RHP A.J. Cole, RHP Chance Adams and minor-league LHP Phillip Diehl. 

Additionally, LHP Aroldis Chapman threw 22 pitches to Tyler Wade and Kyle Higashioka. 

Earlier today at a simulated game at Yankee Stadium, RF Aaron Judge had 11 live at-bats off of RHP A.J. Cole, RHP Chance Adams and minor-league LHP Phillip Diehl. 

Additionally, LHP Aroldis Chapman threw 22 pitches to Tyler Wade and Kyle Higashioka. 

Both Judge and Chapman completed their sim-game programs without issues.

New York Yankees

A's announce partnership with Las Vegas 51s

The 51s will be Oakland's Triple-A affiliate through at least 2020

The Oakland Athletics have announced the club has come to terms on a player development contract with the Triple-A Las Vegas 51s of the Pacific Coast League through the 2020 season.

"It is an incredibly exciting time to partner with the Las Vegas 51s," said Athletics Executive VP of Baseball Operations Billy Beane. "Their ownership group is committed to providing a first-class environment for our players, which includes the grand opening of the Las Vegas Ballpark for the inaugural season of our affiliation. We're looking forward to working closely with Don Logan and his staff as we both work towards putting a championship club on the field."

The Oakland Athletics have announced the club has come to terms on a player development contract with the Triple-A Las Vegas 51s of the Pacific Coast League through the 2020 season.

"It is an incredibly exciting time to partner with the Las Vegas 51s," said Athletics Executive VP of Baseball Operations Billy Beane. "Their ownership group is committed to providing a first-class environment for our players, which includes the grand opening of the Las Vegas Ballpark for the inaugural season of our affiliation. We're looking forward to working closely with Don Logan and his staff as we both work towards putting a championship club on the field."

"We are excited to have the Oakland A's as our new Major League affiliate," 51s President/COO Don Logan said. "I have known Billy Beane for a long time and consider him a friend. The relationship with the A's goes back to the 1990's when they played regular season games in Las Vegas (1996). The A's have enjoyed great success at the Triple-A level with their minor league system which has been second to none. The new PDC will provide a tremendous environment for the players with the state-of-the-art amenities that will enhance player development with the indoor hitting cages, mounds and workout areas in the Las Vegas Ballpark. The proximity with the Bay Area to Las Vegas will also provide the opportunity to move players much easier regarding the roster transactions from the Triple-A to the Major League level. McCarran International Airport has non-stop flights to the numerous PCL markets, as well as the big cities, that enables our team to have the best travel in the 16-team league. This will be a great situation for our fans to watch top prospects in the A's system as well as players on Major League rehabilitation assignments showcase their talents in the Las Vegas Ballpark."

The 51s will be moving in to Las Vegas Ballpark, a brand new facility in the Downtown Summerlin area in Las Vegas, Nevada. In addition to serving as the 10,000-person capacity home to Las Vegas' Triple-A baseball team, the Las Vegas Ballpark will host civic, community, nonprofit and sporting events.

Since moving to Oakland, the A's have been affiliated at the Triple-A level with Nashville (2015-18), Sacramento (2000-14), Vancouver (1999), Edmonton (1995-1998), Tacoma (1981-1994), Ogden (1979-80), Vancouver (1978), San Jose (1977), Tucson (1973-76), Iowa (1969-72) and Vancouver (1968).

Oakland Athletics

Tampa Bay Rays collaborate with NormaTec on world-class athlete recovery room

The Tampa Bay Rays have completed construction of a Recovery Room Powered by NormaTec. Located under the dome at Tropicana Field, this cutting-edge space is devoted to athlete recovery for their players, and features NormaTec's PULSE PRO Recovery Systems. In addition to the recovery room, the Rays have also invested in additional NormaTec Recovery Systems to utilize during travel. The team has also released this video with an inside look at the new facility.  
 
"The partnership with NormaTec has not only benefited our major league team, but also throughout the entire organization," said Joe Benge, Head Athletic Trainer of the Tampa Bay Rays. "Our goals are to keep players injury free and performing at their best year-round; the partnership with NormaTec helps us towards achieving those objectives." 
 
NormaTec utilizes patented technology to increase circulation and help athletes with both rehab and recovery. The dynamic NormaTec compression massage mobilizes fluid, and reduces pain and soreness, allowing athletes to recover quickly and better manage intense training and competition schedules. NormaTec's technology is currently relied on by 97% of pro teams, Olympic and elite athletes, and the sports medicine professionals who treat them.   
 
"It is an incredible honor to work with the Tampa Bay Rays Major League Baseball team on this initiative," said Gilad Jacobs, CEO of NormaTec. "We are excited about how well their new recovery room came together, and have already heard great things from the players and their athletic training team about their use of the NormaTec Recovery Systems."  
 
The move to create a NormaTec Recovery Room for their players puts the Tampa Bay Rays among several other pro teams who have now added official recovery rooms powered by NormaTec. The Boston Red Sox, Baltimore Ravens, Florida Panthers, LA Lakers, Las Vegas Golden Knights, and Kansas City Chiefs are just a few of the other organizations who have recently completed construction on NormaTec Recovery Rooms.   

The Tampa Bay Rays have completed construction of a Recovery Room Powered by NormaTec. Located under the dome at Tropicana Field, this cutting-edge space is devoted to athlete recovery for their players, and features NormaTec's PULSE PRO Recovery Systems. In addition to the recovery room, the Rays have also invested in additional NormaTec Recovery Systems to utilize during travel. The team has also released this video with an inside look at the new facility.  
 
"The partnership with NormaTec has not only benefited our major league team, but also throughout the entire organization," said Joe Benge, Head Athletic Trainer of the Tampa Bay Rays. "Our goals are to keep players injury free and performing at their best year-round; the partnership with NormaTec helps us towards achieving those objectives." 
 
NormaTec utilizes patented technology to increase circulation and help athletes with both rehab and recovery. The dynamic NormaTec compression massage mobilizes fluid, and reduces pain and soreness, allowing athletes to recover quickly and better manage intense training and competition schedules. NormaTec's technology is currently relied on by 97% of pro teams, Olympic and elite athletes, and the sports medicine professionals who treat them.   
 
"It is an incredible honor to work with the Tampa Bay Rays Major League Baseball team on this initiative," said Gilad Jacobs, CEO of NormaTec. "We are excited about how well their new recovery room came together, and have already heard great things from the players and their athletic training team about their use of the NormaTec Recovery Systems."  
 
The move to create a NormaTec Recovery Room for their players puts the Tampa Bay Rays among several other pro teams who have now added official recovery rooms powered by NormaTec. The Boston Red Sox, Baltimore Ravens, Florida Panthers, LA Lakers, Las Vegas Golden Knights, and Kansas City Chiefs are just a few of the other organizations who have recently completed construction on NormaTec Recovery Rooms.   

Tampa Bay Rays

Pirates Homestand Highlights: Monday, September 17 - Sunday, September 23, 2018

Pirates return to PNC Park for the 12th and final time in 2018

The Pirates return to PNC Park for the 12th and final homestand of the season, a six-game stop vs the Kansas City Royals and Milwaukee Brewers.

The homestand is highlighted by the Pirates and PNC teaming up to present Fan Appreciation Week. Each day, the Pirates will partner with PNC Bank to make a difference in the community and give back to Pirates fans throughout the greater Pittsburgh area. 

The Pirates return to PNC Park for the 12th and final homestand of the season, a six-game stop vs the Kansas City Royals and Milwaukee Brewers.

The homestand is highlighted by the Pirates and PNC teaming up to present Fan Appreciation Week. Each day, the Pirates will partner with PNC Bank to make a difference in the community and give back to Pirates fans throughout the greater Pittsburgh area. 

You Score as the Bucs Score Promo: The Pirates ran a special "You Score as the Bucs Score" promotional offer during the three-game series in Milwaukee from September 14-16 as a special thank you to our fans for the support shown throughout the 2018 season. For every run the Buccos scored, fans received $1 off ticket prices for the entire final homestand. The Pirates scored 10 total runs this past weekend, so thanks to the promotion, fans can purchase tickets for at a $10 discount at pirates.com/YouScore.

Monday, September 17, 2018 -- Pirates vs. Kansas City Royals (7:05 p.m.)
•    Fan Appreciation Week Happenings:
o    Teacher Appreciation Night: In recognition of their tireless work throughout the year, the Pirates and PNC partnered to offer 2,500 area educators two free tickets to tonight's game.  
o    Row of the Game: Tonight, one lucky row will be chosen to receive $25 Pirates gift cards as part of our Fan Appreciation Week.
o    Pregame Check Ceremonies
    Pirates Charities will donate $5,000 to DonorsChoose.org. DonorChoose.org makes it easy for anyone to help a classroom in need, moving us closer to a nation where students in every community have the tools and experiences they need for a great education. Public school teachers from every corner of America create classroom project requests, and donors can give any amount to the project that inspires them.
    PNC's Grow Up Great will donate $5,000 to Allegheny Intermediate Unit Head Start teacher Elizabeth Matesich to assist with school supplies. In addition, Matesich will toss out a first pitch before tonight's game. 

Tuesday, September 18, 2018 -- Pirates vs. Kansas City Royals (7:05 p.m.)
•    Fan Appreciation Week Happenings
o    Youth Baseball and Softball Night: In celebration of area baseball and softball, the Pirates and PNC partnered to offer 2,500 area youth baseball and softball players and coaches two free tickets to tonight's game.  
o   Row of the Game: Tonight, one lucky row will be chosen to receive $25 Pirates gift cards as part of our Fan Appreciation Week.
o    Pregame Check Ceremonies:
    Teams of the Game: The Pirates Charities 2018 Fields for Kids grant recipients will be honored during a pregame ceremony. This season, Pirates Charities distributed 34 grants, impacting 20 counties over three states through the Fields for Kids program.  
    Pirates Charities and PNC will partner to donate $20,000 to the Humane Animal Rescue to assist them with securing heated surgical tables.  
•    Pups in the Park: Fans can enjoy Bucco baseball with their pooch as the Pirates host one of 11 Pup Nights, presented by Rachael Ray Nutrish, at PNC Park. Each ticket package (1 person & 1 dog) costs just $36 with additional human tickets available for $36 each. As part of tonight's Fan Appreciation Week, PNC will distribute special Pup Night bandanas to all Pup Night participants. A portion of the proceeds benefit local animal shelters and seats are limited and subject to availability. For complete information, visit pirates.com/pups. 

Wednesday, September 19, 2018 -- Pirates vs. Kansas City Royals (7:05 p.m.)
•    Fan Appreciation Week Happenings:
o    Military Appreciation Night: In recognition of their service to our country, the Pirates and PNC partnered to offer 2,500 area military personnel and veterans two free tickets to tonight's game.
o    Row of the Game: Tonight, one lucky row will be chosen to receive $25 Pirates gift cards as part of our Fan Appreciation Week.
o    50/50 Raffle: Today's Pirates Charities 50/50 Raffle, supported by Rivers Casino, will benefit Operation Troop Appreciation.
o   Pregame Ceremonies:
   Pirates Charities and PNC will participate in a special pregame ceremony with a local veteran. 
•    Wine Night: Tonight is a Wine Tasting Night at PNC Park. For just $70 fans receive a ticket in a luxury suite, an invite to a pregame wine tasting in Club 3000, and more. For complete information and to order tickets visit pirates.com/winenights.

Thursday, September 20, 2018 -- Off Day 
•    Fan Appreciation Week Happenings:
o   Today, Pirates Charities and PNC will partner on a sports activity cart assembly event at PNC Tower from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Pirates players and alumni will be in attendance to assist with assembly of the sports activity carts that will be donated to local schools.  

Friday, September 21, 2018 -- Pirates vs. Milwaukee Brewers (7:05 p.m.)  
•    Fan Appreciation Week Happenings:
o    First Responders Night: In recognition of their service to our communities, the Pirates and PNC partnered to offer 2,500 area first responders two free tickets to tonight's game.
o    Row of the Game: Tonight, one lucky row will be chosen to receive $25 Pirates gift cards as part of our Fan Appreciation Week.
o    Pregame Ceremonies:
    First Pitch: Tonight, in celebration of First Responders Appreciation Night, the Pirates will welcome Pittsburgh Police Chief Scott Schubert; Pittsburgh Fire Chief Darryl Jones; and Pittsburgh EMS Chief Bob Farrow, who recently retired after 43 years of service, as the three will join together in a pregame ceremony and throw out the game-time first pitch.
•    Pirates Community Commitment Program: Tonight, the Pirates will recognize one player from each of the team's minor league affiliates as the recipients of the organization's annual Pirates Community Commitment Program awards in an on-field pregame ceremony. The Community Commitment Program encourages players throughout the Pirates system to emulate Roberto Clemente's legacy of community service. 
•    Kids Marte Jersey: Today, all kids ages 14 and younger, with paid admission, will receive a Starling Marte replica Pirates Sunday gold jersey, presented by Chevrolet.
•    Zambelli Fireworks Night: Fans are encouraged to stay in their seats immediately following the game and enjoy an amazing Zambelli Fireworks International fireworks display.
•    Miller Lite Happy Hour: Tonight, the Pirates will host a special Happy Hour, presented by Miller Lite, at the Crow's Nest Bar from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Visit the Crow's Nest Bar for live music and half-priced cans of Miller Lite, Leinenkugel's Summer Shandy and Blue Moon. 
•    University Night with Duquesne University: Tonight, the Pirates will host University Night with Duquesne University. All fans who purchase University Night tickets will receive a ticket in one of two special sections and a Pirates/Duquesne hat. For complete information and a list of the 2018 University Nights, visit pirates.com/universitynights.
•    Spirits Night: Join us for a 90-minute pregame spirits tasting tonight at PNC Park. Fans will have the opportunity to taste a variety of fine spirits and learn more about the history and characteristics of the drinks. For just $85 fans receive a ticket in a luxury suite, an invite to a pregame spirit tasting in Club 3000, and more. For complete information and to order tickets visit pirates.com/spirits.

Saturday, September 22, 2018 -- Pirates vs. Milwaukee Brewers (7:05 p.m.)
•    Hampton Fields for Kids Event: Pirates Charities, in partnership with Hampton Athletic Association, will participate in the Grand Opening of three newly renovated fields at Hampton Community Park at 11 a.m. The Association will be dedicating newly constructed dugouts in memory of beloved coach Skip Palmer as well as two young players from the association who passed away from cancer. In 2017, Pirates Charities contributed a matching grant of $25,000 to the project through the Fields for Kids program. Minor League players, recipients of the Pirates Community Commitment Program awards, will be in attendance as well as the Pirate Parrot.
•    Fan Appreciation Week Happenings:
o    Nurses/Caregivers Appreciation Night: In recognition of their hard work and dedication, the Pirates and PNC partnered to offer 2,500 area nurses and caregivers two free tickets to tonight's game.
o    Row of the Game: Tonight, one lucky row will be chosen to receive $25 Pirates gift cards as part of our Fan Appreciation Week.
o    Childhood Cancer Awareness Night: For the third consecutive year, MLB and its Clubs will raise awareness for the fight against childhood cancer by having all Major League players, coaches, umpires and grounds crew wear gold ribbon decals and wristbands.
o    Childhood Cancer Celebrity Head-Shaving: The Pirates & Sport Clips present the "2018 BaseBALD Challenge", helping the St. Baldrick's Foundation conquer childhood cancers by hosting a pregame head shaving event with players, coaches and front office employees. For every head shaved, Pirates Charities will donate to St. Baldrick's Foundation. The event will begin at 5 p.m. in the PNC Park Press Conference Room.
o    Superheroes: Tonight, Pirates Charities pediatric cancer guests will be recognized on-field during a pregame ceremony and will be given their very own Pirates superhero cape, by a member of the team, to assist them in their fight. Superheroes and their families will enjoy the game from our World Series Suites, courtesy of PNC, and will enjoy a dinner fit for a superhero, custom-created for them by Levy Cares.
•    Pirates Oktoberfest Stein: Tonight, the first 20,000 fans with paid admission will receive a Pirates Oktoberfest stein.
•    Carnival and Block Party on Federal St: Today on Federal Street from 2 p.m. to first pitch, the Pirates will host a special pregame carnival for all fans in addition to the Saturday Jim Beam Block Party. Fans are invited to come down early to join us before today's game for Pirates Carnival with games, prizes and more. In addition, the party on the street will include food and beer sales along with live music featuring Autobahn. Pirates alumni Steve Blass, John Candelaria, Doug Drabek, Bob Robertson and Grant Jackson will sign autographs beginning at 2 p.m. at the Leinenkugel Bar that will be located on Federal Street.
•    Season Ticket Holder Prize Locker: Tonight, the Pirates will host the second annual Pirates Prize Locker in the Picnic Park from 2 p.m. through the end of the game for Season Ticket Holders who have renewed their plans or who renew today. The Prize Locker is full of great promo items such as bobbleheads, tees and more.

Sunday, September 23, 2018 -- Pirates vs. Milwaukee Brewers (1:35 p.m.) -- Kids Day
•    Brunch with Clint: Pirates Charities and Manager Clint Hurdle will host members of the Prader-Willi Syndrome Association's PA chapter for a pregame brunch, entertainment and meet and greet in PNC Park's Press Conference Room at 11:15 a.m. The participants will enjoy brunch, balloon artists, caricatures, games and more before they watch the afternoon game.
•    Fan Appreciation Week Happenings:
o    Fan Appreciation Day: Throughout today's game, prizes will be given out to select ticket holders as part of the Pirates Fan Appreciation Day. Prizes include gift cards, 2019 Pirates season tickets and more. In addition, the Pirates will be announcing seat locations of fans throughout the game who have been chosen for the opportunity to go onto the field post-game and receive a game-worn jersey autographed by a Pirates player.
o    Shred Hate: Today, the Pirates will host 50 students and teachers from each of the 23 Shred-Hate schools throughout the Pittsburgh area and recognize the group in a pregame on-field ceremony. Shred-Hate is an initiative supported by MLB, ESPN and the X Games, designed to address bullying within the schools. Pirates Charities is proud to sponsor this program along with the Pittsburgh Public Schools for the 2018/2019 school year. Before entering the ballpark, each student and teacher will receive a Pirates/Shred Hate wrist band and will be entered into a drawing for prizes, courtesy of the Pirates and PNC.  
•    Kids Day: Come down early and join the fun as the #1 Cochran Family Fun Zone will be open on Federal Street from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Lined up outside PNC Park will be inflatable rides, face painting, information about the Bucaroos Kids Club, presented by Chick-fil-A and more.
•    Pirates Kids Knit Hat: Today, all kids ages 14 and younger, with paid admission, will receive a Pirates 'Play Ball' knit cap, presented by Chevy.
•    Kids Run the Bases: Kids attending today's game are invited to stick around after to run the bases on the field at PNC Park with the Kids Run the Bases, presented by Rivendale.
•    University Night with Slippery Rock University: Tonight, the Pirates will host University Night with Slippery Rock University. All fans who purchase University Night tickets will receive a ticket in one of two special sections and a Pirates/SRU hat. For complete information, visit pirates.com/universitynights.
•    Bucs Battle Bullying: The Pirates will host the second annual Bucs Battle Bullying Night at PNC Park. Come out and watch the Pirates take on the Milwaukee Brewers on Sunday, September 23 while raising awareness for anti-bullying initiatives. The first 1,000 ticket purchasers will have the opportunity to go on the field at PNC Park to be recognized during a special pre-game salute to those fighting bullying in schools and the community! A portion of all ticket proceeds purchased from pirates.com/bucsbattlebullying will be donated to local anti-bullying initiatives.

Pittsburgh Pirates

Tampa Bay Rays collaborate with NormaTec on world-class athlete recovery room

The Tampa Bay Rays have completed construction of a Recovery Room Powered by NormaTec. Located under the dome at Tropicana Field, this cutting-edge space is devoted to athlete recovery for their players, and features NormaTec's PULSE PRO Recovery Systems. In addition to the recovery room, the Rays have also invested in additional NormaTec Recovery Systems to utilize during travel. The team has also released this video with an inside look at the new facility.  
 
"The partnership with NormaTec has not only benefited our major league team, but also throughout the entire organization," said Joe Benge, Head Athletic Trainer of the Tampa Bay Rays. "Our goals are to keep players injury free and performing at their best year-round; the partnership with NormaTec helps us towards achieving those objectives." 
 
NormaTec utilizes patented technology to increase circulation and help athletes with both rehab and recovery. The dynamic NormaTec compression massage mobilizes fluid, and reduces pain and soreness, allowing athletes to recover quickly and better manage intense training and competition schedules. NormaTec's technology is currently relied on by 97% of pro teams, Olympic and elite athletes, and the sports medicine professionals who treat them.   
 
"It is an incredible honor to work with the Tampa Bay Rays Major League Baseball team on this initiative," said Gilad Jacobs, CEO of NormaTec. "We are excited about how well their new recovery room came together, and have already heard great things from the players and their athletic training team about their use of the NormaTec Recovery Systems."  
 
The move to create a NormaTec Recovery Room for their players puts the Tampa Bay Rays among several other pro teams who have now added official recovery rooms powered by NormaTec. The Boston Red Sox, Baltimore Ravens, Florida Panthers, LA Lakers, Las Vegas Golden Knights, and Kansas City Chiefs are just a few of the other organizations who have recently completed construction on NormaTec Recovery Rooms.   

The Tampa Bay Rays have completed construction of a Recovery Room Powered by NormaTec. Located under the dome at Tropicana Field, this cutting-edge space is devoted to athlete recovery for their players, and features NormaTec's PULSE PRO Recovery Systems. In addition to the recovery room, the Rays have also invested in additional NormaTec Recovery Systems to utilize during travel. The team has also released this video with an inside look at the new facility.  
 
"The partnership with NormaTec has not only benefited our major league team, but also throughout the entire organization," said Joe Benge, Head Athletic Trainer of the Tampa Bay Rays. "Our goals are to keep players injury free and performing at their best year-round; the partnership with NormaTec helps us towards achieving those objectives." 
 
NormaTec utilizes patented technology to increase circulation and help athletes with both rehab and recovery. The dynamic NormaTec compression massage mobilizes fluid, and reduces pain and soreness, allowing athletes to recover quickly and better manage intense training and competition schedules. NormaTec's technology is currently relied on by 97% of pro teams, Olympic and elite athletes, and the sports medicine professionals who treat them.   
 
"It is an incredible honor to work with the Tampa Bay Rays Major League Baseball team on this initiative," said Gilad Jacobs, CEO of NormaTec. "We are excited about how well their new recovery room came together, and have already heard great things from the players and their athletic training team about their use of the NormaTec Recovery Systems."  
 
The move to create a NormaTec Recovery Room for their players puts the Tampa Bay Rays among several other pro teams who have now added official recovery rooms powered by NormaTec. The Boston Red Sox, Baltimore Ravens, Florida Panthers, LA Lakers, Las Vegas Golden Knights, and Kansas City Chiefs are just a few of the other organizations who have recently completed construction on NormaTec Recovery Rooms.   

Tampa Bay Rays

Oakland Athletics homestand highlights

Los Angeles Angels (Sept. 18-20) & Minnesota Twins (Sept. 21-23)

TUESDAY, SEPT. 18 | 7:05 P.M.

CHEVY FREE PARKING TUESDAY: Fans will enjoy free parking, courtesy of Chevy.  

TUESDAY, SEPT. 18 | 7:05 P.M.

CHEVY FREE PARKING TUESDAY: Fans will enjoy free parking, courtesy of Chevy.  

SHARKS/A'S SCARF: Fans with a special ticket will receive a Bay Area Unite: Sharks/A's scarf. Former Sharks player Jonathan Cheechoo will throw the ceremonial first pitch. 

A'S VOLUNTEER TEAM: The A's Volunteer Team will go to the Oakland Zoo from 9 a.m. to noon to take part in a habitat restoration and enhancement project.  

A'S AMIGOS: Kids from the Unity Council will meet with an A's Spanish-speaking player during a pregame field visit. 

WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 19 | 7:05 P.M.

CAL VS STANFORD NIGHT: The A's will host Cal vs Stanford night at the Coliseum. Fans with a special ticket will receive a cobranded A's hat.

ESPORTS TOURNAMENT: Beginning at 6 p.m., the A's will host a special eSports showcase event between Cal and Stanford eSports teams in Shibe Park Tavern. The teams will compete in two tournaments, including League of Legends and Overwatch. The SF Shock Overwatch team will join the eSports tournament and will be available for autographs and photos. A portion of every Cal vs Stanford Night special ticket will be donated to the Women in Gaming initiative.

GREEN STAMPEDE: The A's will welcome the Green Stampede Homework Club to the Colisem for the final time this season. Students will watch batting practice from the field. Through Green Stampede, elementary school students visit the ballpark to receive help with their homewrk from tutors and aides and then stay for the game.

VOLUNTEER TEAM APPRECIATION: The A's will host members of the A's Volunteer Team and recognize them ingame. 

THURSDAY, SEPT. 20 | 12:35 P.M.

DAVE STEWART AWARD: A's utility man Chad Pinder will receive the 2018 Dave Stewart Award for Community Service, which is given annually to an A's player in recognition of charitable contributions throughout Northern California and across the nation. Dave Stewart will present Pinder with the award during an on-field, pregame ceremony.  

OAKLAND COLISEUM GOLDEN EMPLOYEES: Prior to the start of the game, the A's will recognize five Oakland Coliseum staff members who have worked at the facility for 50 years. Each "Oakland Coliseum Golden Employee" will be presented with a plaque and custom jersey. 

FRIDAY, SEPT. 21 | 7:05 P.M.

STATE OF THE A'S: A's Access members will hear from Billy Beane, David Forst, Dave Kaval, and Chris Giles during the exclusive State of the A's event from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Eastside Club.

SEAN MANAEA BOBBLEHEAD: 15,000 fans will receive a Sean Manaea no-hitter bobblehead giveaway, courtesy of NBC Sports California.

PORTUGUESE HERITAGE NIGHT: The A's will celebrate Portuguese Heritage Night at the ballpark. Fans with a special ticket will receive an A's Portuguese Heritage Stomper bobblehead and access to a pregame party in Championship Plaza.

FAN APPRECIATION WEEKEND: As part of Fan Appreciation Weekend, presented by Chevron ExtraMile, fans will be randomly selected throughout the game to receive prizes like A's memorabilia, a 2019 suite, an iPad, gift cards, and more. 

SATURDAY, SEPT. 22 | 6:05 P.M.

EQUIPMENT DRIVE: The A's are teaming up with Pitch In For Baseball to host an equipment drive at the Coliseum. Fans who bring new or gently used baseball and softball equipment to C Gate, D Gate or the BART Plaza Entrance will receive two free tickets to that night's game. All equipment will go to the Oakland Athletic League.

JERSEYS OFF THEIR BACKS: Forty lucky fans will receive the jersey off an A's player following the game.

POSTGAME FIREWORKS: Following the game, fans are invited to the outfield grass to enjoy a 50th anniversary season fireworks display, as part of Fan Appreciation Weekend presented by Chevron ExtraMile. 

SUNDAY, SEPT. 23 | 1:05 P.M.

SEASON TICKET MEMBER PARADE: Season Ticket Members will enjoy a parade on the field prior to the game.

KIDS APPRECIATION DAY: To cap off Fan Appreciation Weekend presented by Chevron ExtraMile, A's will celebrate Kids Appreciation Day. Kids will be randomly selected throughout the game to win prizes like A's memorabilia, an electric scooter, a bicycle, and more.

A'S PLAYERS FAVORITE THINGS BASKETS: The A's Wives will auction off baskets of their husbands' and partners' favorite things behind Sec. 121. Proceeds will benefit Camp Reel Stories. 

Oakland Athletics

This Week at The Yard

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 17

ALUMNI AUTOGRAPH SERIES
Every Monday and Thursday home game, former Orioles players will sign autographs on Eutaw Street as part of the Orioles Alumni Autograph Series. HAROLD BAINES, JOHN MILLER, and AARON RAKERS will be on hand on Monday to meet fans and sign autographs from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. ET.

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 17

ALUMNI AUTOGRAPH SERIES
Every Monday and Thursday home game, former Orioles players will sign autographs on Eutaw Street as part of the Orioles Alumni Autograph Series. HAROLD BAINES, JOHN MILLER, and AARON RAKERS will be on hand on Monday to meet fans and sign autographs from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. ET.

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 18

NATIONAL FEDERATION OF THE BLIND NIGHT
In recognition of the 40th anniversary of the National Federation of the Blind (NFB) moving their national headquarters to Baltimore, the Orioles will host National Federation of the Blind Night at Oriole Park on Tuesday. During the game, Orioles players and coaches will wear specially-designed jerseys with Braille lettering of both "Orioles" and player last names, becoming the first team in American professional sports history to incorporate Braille lettering into their gameday uniforms. The jerseys will be autographed, authenticated, and auctioned at www.orioles.com/auctions to benefit the National Federation of the Blind. 

The Orioles will welcome accomplished concert pianist CARLOS ALBERTO IBAY, who has been blind since birth, to perform the national anthem. MARK RICCOBONO, President of the National Federation of the Blind, will throw out the ceremonial first pitch. Riccobono will be available to speak with media on the warning track at 6:15 p.m. 

The first 15,000 fans in attendance will receive a co-branded NFB/Orioles Braille alphabet card, which will be distributed by volunteers from the NFB. Additionally, members of the NFB will be at the OriolesREACH Community Booth near Gate D during the game. 

BUCK SHOWALTER TO RECEIVE ORIOLE WAY AWARD
The Oriole Advocates will honor Orioles manager BUCK SHOWALTER, the winner of the 2018 Oriole Way Award during an on-field ceremony prior to Monday's game. The Oriole Advocates, with the support of the Baltimore Orioles, created the Oriole Way Award to recognize a member of the Orioles who has made significant contributions both on and off the field and who has demonstrated a sincere desire to serve the community. The award is presented annually to an Oriole whose participation in the community also embraces the Oriole Advocates' mission of promoting and stimulating interest in baseball. Since joining the Orioles in 2011, Showalter has been active with KidsPeace and the Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter, Inc. (BARCS), among other organizations.

SUMMER SLUGGER PROGRAM CELEBRATION EVENT
On Tuesday, the Orioles will celebrate the second successful season of the Summer Slugger program, a math and literacy education initiative, by rewarding a deserving group of students with a special school visit. The Oriole Bird, along with members of the Orioles On Deck Employee Volunteer Program presented by Bank of America, will visit students in grades four and five at Germantown Elementary School in Annapolis. The Orioles will also be donating two tickets to each child who participated in the program at Germantown Elementary. 

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 19

WWE BIRDLANDMANIA AT ORIOLE PARK
As part of a special ticket package, the Orioles invite fans to step into the ring and enjoy WWE Birdlandmania at Oriole Park on Wednesday. Ticket packages feature a game ticket and a limited-edition Oriole Bird "Birdlandmania" bobblehead and are available for $30 for an upper reserve seat or $45 for a left field lower box seat. An upgraded ticket package, which includes the bobblehead and a Center Field Roof Deck seat, along with a pregame meet-and-greet and photo opportunity with WWE superstars LUKE GALLOWS and KARL ANDERSON from 5:00 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. at the Center Field Roof Deck, is sold out. The other ticket packages are still available at www.orioles.com/WWE. 

All fans in attendance will have the chance to take photos with an authentic WWE title belt, which will be located by the Kids' Corner near Gate C from 5:30 p.m. until the seventh inning. 

Gallows, a native of Cumberland, Md., and Anderson will also each throw out a ceremonial first pitch prior to the game. 

UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND NIGHT
The Orioles will welcome students, alumni, and supporters of the University of Maryland to celebrate UMD Night at Oriole Park on Wednesday night. Ticket packages include a game ticket and a co-branded Orioles cap featuring the Terrapins' colors and school logo. For a complete list of University Nights, or to purchase a ticket package, visit www.orioles.com/university.  

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Swing For Your Seats October 6

Homer To Win 2019 Season Tickets

The Cincinnati Reds are inviting current and prospective season ticket members to the third annual "Swing for your Seats" at Great American Ball Park on Saturday, Oct. 6. 

Fans who put down a deposit on a renewal or new season ticket membership for the 2019 season will have the opportunity to take three swings on the field at GABP. 

The Cincinnati Reds are inviting current and prospective season ticket members to the third annual "Swing for your Seats" at Great American Ball Park on Saturday, Oct. 6. 

Fans who put down a deposit on a renewal or new season ticket membership for the 2019 season will have the opportunity to take three swings on the field at GABP. 

If a participant hits a home run, they receive their 2019 Season Ticket Membership for free, up to a $10,000 value.

Swing for your Seats details:
• The event will take place on Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018 beginning at 9 a.m. 
• Each participant will receive three (3) pitches
• An automatic pitching machine will be used 
• Deadline is Oct. 1, 2018 to place minimum 25% deposit on a 2019 Season Ticket Membership
• Eligible season ticket plans include 20-game, half season and full season (up to $10,000 value)

Additional prizes for participants include:
• Hit the outfield wall on the fly to win a complimentary luxury suite for up to 16 guests for a game during the 2019 season. 
• Various targets will be set up in the outfield for other opportunities to win Reds prizes.

Full event details and information on how to place the required deposit are available at reds.com/swing or by calling 513-765-7500.

At the previous "Swing for your Seats" events in 2016 and 2017, a total of four winners hit home runs to win season tickets.  

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