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Red Sox launch "Wally's Math Academy" for elementary and middle school-aged students

As part of the club's ongoing effort to reach a younger generation of fans, the Red Sox today launched a new, online program designed to engage elementary and middle school-aged students by using real statistics from Red Sox games to teach math in the classroom. 

The new program, "Wally's Math Academy," replaces generic word problems with actual game data. It also includes video recaps of Red Sox games and photos of players. The program is designed to initially engage kids in 2nd through 4th grades and will be expanded and enhanced in the coming years. 

As part of the club's ongoing effort to reach a younger generation of fans, the Red Sox today launched a new, online program designed to engage elementary and middle school-aged students by using real statistics from Red Sox games to teach math in the classroom. 

The new program, "Wally's Math Academy," replaces generic word problems with actual game data. It also includes video recaps of Red Sox games and photos of players. The program is designed to initially engage kids in 2nd through 4th grades and will be expanded and enhanced in the coming years. 

Wally's Math Academy was previewed to about 100 Boston Public Schools teachers before last night's Red Sox-Orioles game, and with the help of Wally and Tessie, rolled out to middle school students earlier today at the Trotter Innovation School in Dorchester. 

"We've been working on this program for a few years now, and are excited to finally share it with students and teachers," said Red Sox EVP/CMO Adam Grossman. "We hope the daily exposure to Red Sox games and players through math will help build a greater connection to the team at an early age, provide a fun way for kids to hone their math skills, and help us engage and cultivate a community of educators." 

Wally's Math Academy is hosted on a platform called Training Camp developed by TrueMedia Networks, a sports analytics firm that provides research platforms for teams, leagues, and media partners.  

Wally's Math Academy is free to educators. They can sign up by visiting redsox.com/wallysmathacademy

Boston Red Sox

D-backs name Jazz Chisholm & Taylor Widener organizational player and pitcher of the year

The Arizona Diamondbacks (@Dbacks) named INF Jazz Chisholm (@j_chisholm3) and RHP Taylor Widener the organization's Minor League Player and Pitcher of the Year.

Chisholm, 20, hit .272 (124-for-456)/.329 OBP/.513 SLG with 23 doubles, 6 triples, 25 home runs, 70 RBI, 39 walks, 17 stolen bases and 79 runs scored in 112 games between Single-A Kane County and Single-A Advanced Visalia. A Midwest League midseason All-Star, Chisholm led all D-backs farmhands in home runs, and ranked among the leaders in runs (3rd), triples (T-5th), RBI (7th), slugging pct. (8th) and walks (T-9th).

The Arizona Diamondbacks (@Dbacks) named INF Jazz Chisholm (@j_chisholm3) and RHP Taylor Widener the organization's Minor League Player and Pitcher of the Year.

Chisholm, 20, hit .272 (124-for-456)/.329 OBP/.513 SLG with 23 doubles, 6 triples, 25 home runs, 70 RBI, 39 walks, 17 stolen bases and 79 runs scored in 112 games between Single-A Kane County and Single-A Advanced Visalia. A Midwest League midseason All-Star, Chisholm led all D-backs farmhands in home runs, and ranked among the leaders in runs (3rd), triples (T-5th), RBI (7th), slugging pct. (8th) and walks (T-9th).

A native of Nassau, Bahamas, the left-handed hitting infielder joins Jack Cust (20) in 1999 and Justin Upton (20) in 2007 as the youngest players in organization history to receive Player of the Year honors. Chisholm is also the first player to win the award from the Single-A ranks since Paul Goldschmidt did so in 2010. Chisholm is rated by MLB.com as the No. 2 prospect in the D-backs' organization, and is ranked third by Baseball America, as well as possessing the Best Infield Arm.

Widener, 23, was named Baseball America's Double-A Pitcher of the Year, going 5-8 with a 2.75 ERA (42 ER in 137.1 IP), .197 opponent average, 176 strikeouts and 43 walks in 26 games (25 starts) for the Southern League Champion Jackson Generals. He led the SL in strikeouts and WHIP (1.03) and ranked among the leaders in ERA (2nd), starts (6th) and innings pitched (6th), and led all D-backs Minor League pitchers in ERA and strikeouts.

Widener, who was a SL midseason All-Star in 2018, was acquired from the New York Yankees on February 20 in the trade that sent Brandon Drury to the Yankees and sent Steven Souza Jr. to the D-backs. He is the third pitcher in team history to earn Minor League Pitcher of the Year honors in his first season with the organization, joining Vladimir Nuñez in 1996 and Mike Gosling in 2002. He is rated by MLB.com as the No. 3 prospect in the D-backs' organization, and No. 4 by Baseball America.

 

ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS ORGANIZATIONAL PLAYER AND PITCHER OF THE YEAR

Year

Player

Club

 

Year

Pitcher

Club

1996

Kevin Sweeney

Lethbridge

 

1996

Vladimir Nunez

Lethbridge

1997

Travis Lee

High Desert

 

1997

Brad Penny

South Bend

 

Mike Stoner

High Desert

 

1998

Brad Penny

High Desert

1998

Jason Conti

Tulsa

 

1999

Andrew Good

South Bend

1999

Jack Cust

High Desert

 

2000

Bret Prinz

South Bend/El Paso

2000

Alex Cabrera

El Paso/Tucson

 

2001

Beltran Perez

South Bend

2001

Lyle Overbay

El Paso

 

2002

Mike Gosling

El Paso

2002

Scott Hairston

South Bend/Lancaster

 

2003

Brian Bruney

El Paso/Tucson

2003

Chad Tracy

Tucson

 

2004

Enrique Gonzalez

Lancaster

2004

Carlos Quentin

Lancaster/El Paso

 

2005

Dustin Nippert

Tennessee

2005

Andy Green

Tucson

 

2006

Micah Owings

Tennessee/Tucson

2006

Alberto Callaspo

Tucson

 

2007

Esmerling Vasquez

Mobile

2007

Justin Upton

Visalia/Mobile

 

2008

Cesar Valdez

Visalia/Mobile

2008

Josh Whitesell

Tucson

 

2009

Billy Buckner

Reno

2009

Ryan Wheeler

Yakima/South Bend

 

2010

Wade Miley

Mobile

2010

Paul Goldschmidt

Visalia

 

2011

Tyler Skaggs

Visalia/Mobile

2011

Paul Goldschmidt

Mobile

 

2012

Trevor Bauer

Mobile/Reno

2012

Adam Eaton

Mobile/Reno

 

2013

Archie Bradley

Visalia/Mobile

2013

Chris Owings

Reno

 

2014

Aaron Blair

South Bend/Visalia/Mobile

2014

2015

2016

2017

2018

Jake Lamb

Sócrates Brito

Mitch Haniger

Kevin Cron

Jazz Chisholm

Mobile/Reno

Mobile

Mobile/Reno

Jackson

Kane County/Visalia

 

 

2015

2016

2017

2018

Aaron Blair

Anthony Banda

Jon Duplantier

Taylor Widener

Mobile/Reno

Mobile/Reno

Kane County/Visalia

Jackson

Arizona Diamondbacks

The San Francisco Giants announce that Bobby Evans will not return as general manager

The San Francisco Giants announced Monday that Senior Vice President and General Manager Bobby Evans will step down from his general manager duties effective immediately. Evans will be reassigned with responsibilities to be determined.

"I want to thank Bobby for his tireless work on behalf of the Giants. He played an important role in our team's success throughout his tenure, which includes three World Series championships, four NL pennants and eight playoff appearances," said Giants President and CEO Laurence M. Baer. "We look forward to new leadership to continue our historic record of success."

The San Francisco Giants announced Monday that Senior Vice President and General Manager Bobby Evans will step down from his general manager duties effective immediately. Evans will be reassigned with responsibilities to be determined.

"I want to thank Bobby for his tireless work on behalf of the Giants. He played an important role in our team's success throughout his tenure, which includes three World Series championships, four NL pennants and eight playoff appearances," said Giants President and CEO Laurence M. Baer. "We look forward to new leadership to continue our historic record of success."

The Giants will immediately begin a search for its next head of baseball operations.

"I take great pride in the longstanding continuity of our baseball department. I want to express my thanks to Bobby for all he has given to the Giants over the past 25 years and for his countless contributions," said Giants Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations Brian Sabean. "I'll be working closely with with Larry as the organization finds its next leader of baseball operations."

San Francisco Giants

Dodgers reinstate JT Chargois

LOS ANGELES - The Los Angeles Dodgers today reinstated right-handed pitcher JT Chargois from the 10-day disabled list.

Chargois, 27, has made 38 relief appearances this season with Los Angeles, going 2-4 with a 3.45 ERA (12 ER/31.1 IP) and has held hitters to a .228 average, while striking out 38 against 15 walks. Chargois missed 29 games with nerve irritation after leaving the game on August 20 against the Cardinals in the fifth inning with neck discomfort.

LOS ANGELES - The Los Angeles Dodgers today reinstated right-handed pitcher JT Chargois from the 10-day disabled list.

Chargois, 27, has made 38 relief appearances this season with Los Angeles, going 2-4 with a 3.45 ERA (12 ER/31.1 IP) and has held hitters to a .228 average, while striking out 38 against 15 walks. Chargois missed 29 games with nerve irritation after leaving the game on August 20 against the Cardinals in the fifth inning with neck discomfort.

The Dodgers now have 40 players on the active roster.

Los Angeles Dodgers

Gloves for Kids set for Sept. 29

Annual event will feature four autograph sessions

KANSAS CITY, MO (September 24, 2018) - The Kansas City Royals alongside Royals Charities are excited to host Gloves for Kids on Saturday, September 29.

The event will take place at the Urban Youth Academy and starts at 11 a.m. Four groups of Royals players will be simultaneously signing autographs. Fans must purchase a ticket to ensure autographs. Fans can also reserve their spot in line by purchasing their ticket ahead of time. Tickets guarantee one autograph from each player in their designated group. To purchase tickets and see the most up-to-date list of players for each group, visit royals.com/glovesforkids.

KANSAS CITY, MO (September 24, 2018) - The Kansas City Royals alongside Royals Charities are excited to host Gloves for Kids on Saturday, September 29.

The event will take place at the Urban Youth Academy and starts at 11 a.m. Four groups of Royals players will be simultaneously signing autographs. Fans must purchase a ticket to ensure autographs. Fans can also reserve their spot in line by purchasing their ticket ahead of time. Tickets guarantee one autograph from each player in their designated group. To purchase tickets and see the most up-to-date list of players for each group, visit royals.com/glovesforkids.

Proceeds from the tickets go towards broadcaster Ryan Lefebvre's Gloves for Kids, which supports underprivileged youth by purchasing baseball gloves and other equipment. Since 2001, Gloves for Kids has raised more than $130,000 in baseball equipment for area youth baseball and softball players.

Kids ages 8 -14 years old can join the Kansas City Royals Minor League Player of the Year award winners as they host a clinic for Gloves for Kids at Urban Youth Academy from 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 a.m. Register at royals.com/glovesforkids. Clinic will be limited to 75 youth.

Fans are also encouraged to keep their tickets from the autograph session to receive a 2-for-1 admission into the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum.

Later that evening, the Royals will also host Fan Appreciation Night when the club plays the Cleveland Indians. Fans can pick up a hooded sweatshirt giveaway, participate in games and contests and watch a special fireworks show following the conclusion of the game. First pitch is scheduled for 6:15 p.m.

Kansas City Royals

Brewers to host Watch Party at Flannery's on Wednesday

MILWAUKEE - Heading into the season's final week, every game, every out is key. The Brewers magic number stands at four, and the Crew is inviting fans to take in the excitement of the push for the postseason even with the team playing on the road.

This Wednesday, September 26, the Brewers will host a Watch Party at Flannery's in the heart of Milwaukee. This is your chance to come out and cheer the boys of summer on as they try to secure their spot in October.

MILWAUKEE - Heading into the season's final week, every game, every out is key. The Brewers magic number stands at four, and the Crew is inviting fans to take in the excitement of the push for the postseason even with the team playing on the road.

This Wednesday, September 26, the Brewers will host a Watch Party at Flannery's in the heart of Milwaukee. This is your chance to come out and cheer the boys of summer on as they try to secure their spot in October.

All fans 21+ are invited to cheer on the Brewers as they take on the St. Louis Cardinals in a battle for the National League Central Division title. The party begins at 5:00 p.m. CT. with FOX Sports Wisconsin's Brewers Live pregame coverage starting at 5:30 p.m. CT and first pitch set for 6:10 p.m. CT. The first 100 fans who arrive will receive a pair of tickets to the final home game of the regular season, Sunday, September 30 when the Brewers host the Detroit Tigers at 1:10 p.m. CT.

The party will feature drink specials, promotional item giveaways, free T-shirts, trivia and much more. In addition, Bernie Brewer and the Johnsonville Famous Racing SausagesTM will be there to watch right along with fans.

To top it off, Craig Coshun from FOX Sports Wisconsin will be on site to host the event. The regional sports network will incorporate live shots of all fans cheering on the Crew from the Cream City into the game telecast that night.

For updates and information, please visit Brewers.com/WatchParty.

Milwaukee Brewers

Orioles Roster Moves 9/24/18

This afternoon, the Orioles made the following roster moves:

Selected the contract of LHP John Means from Triple-A Norfolk. His first appearance with the Orioles will be his Major League debut. He will wear No. 67. Recalled OF Austin Hays from Double-A Bowie and placed him on the 60-day disabled list (right ankle surgery).

This afternoon, the Orioles made the following roster moves:

Selected the contract of LHP John Means from Triple-A Norfolk. His first appearance with the Orioles will be his Major League debut. He will wear No. 67. Recalled OF Austin Hays from Double-A Bowie and placed him on the 60-day disabled list (right ankle surgery).

Baltimore Orioles

Astros Community Leader Occidental Petroleum to Donate School Supplies Benefitting Denver Harbor Community

Two HISD elementary schools in Denver Harbor community to receive more than 60 boxes of supplies

WHO:                   Astros Foundation Executive Director Twila Carter

                              Occidental Petroleum Senior Vice President, Business Support, Glenn Vangolen

WHO:                   Astros Foundation Executive Director Twila Carter

                              Occidental Petroleum Senior Vice President, Business Support, Glenn Vangolen

    Houston ISD Strategic Partnerships General Manager Caleen Allen

                                                                                                         

WHAT:                 Astros Community Leader Occidental Petroleum will deliver more than 60 boxes of school supplies

                              donated by its employees to two Houston ISD elementary schools in the Denver Harbor community,

                              the same community where the Occidental Petroleum Community Leaders field serves young students

                              and athletes. The delivery will contain approximately 11,930 total items benefitting Scroggins and Pugh

                              Elementary Schools. Executives from the Astros Foundation, HISD and Occidental will be on-hand to

                              deliver the donations to the two Denver Harbor schools.

 

WHEN:                 Tomorrow, Tuesday, Sept. 25

                              9:00 a.m. - Scroggins Elementary School

                              10:30 a.m. - Pugh Elementary

                                            

WHERE:               Scroggins Elementary School                                   

                              400 Boyles St.

                              Houston, TX 77020

 

                              Pugh Elementary School

                              1147 Kress St.

                              Houston, TX 77020

 

ABOUT THE ASTROS FOUNDATION:

The Astros Foundation, the official 501(c)(3) team charity of the Houston Astros, seeks to harness the passion of baseball fans to support youth baseball and softball programs, the recognition and honor of our nation's military, childhood cancer awareness and efforts to reduce homelessness. Our cornerstone initiatives include the Community Leaders program, the Astros Youth Academy and the Astros RBI (Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities) Program. For more information on the Astros Foundation, please visit www.astros.com/foundation.

 

ABOUT OCCIDENTAL PETROLEUM:

Occidental Petroleum Corporation is an international oil and gas exploration and production company with operations in the United States, Middle East region and Latin America. Headquartered in Houston, Occidental is one of the largest U.S. oil and gas companies, based on equity market capitalization. The company's wholly owned subsidiary OxyChem manufactures and markets chlor-alkali products and vinyls. Occidental is committed to safeguarding the environment, protecting the safety and health of employees and neighboring communities, and upholding high standards of social responsibility throughout its worldwide operations.

 

-ASTROS-

Houston Astros

Astros' Yuli Gurriel named AL Player of the Week

Houston Astros first baseman Yuli Gurriel has been named the American League Player of the Week presented by W.B. Mason for the period ending September 23rd. The announcement was made earlier today on MLB Network.

Gurriel batted .462 (12-for-26) with eight runs scored, three doubles, three home runs and 10 RBI across six games played to earn his first career AL Player of the Week Award. Among qualified AL leaders, Gurriel finished first in RBI; second in total bases (24); tied for second in runs scored; tied for third in extra-base hits (6) and home runs; fourth in slugging percentage (.923); and tied for fourth in batting average and hits. Yuli is the fourth different (fifth time) Astros player to earn weekly honors this season, joining his teammates Justin Verlander (September 16th & April 15th), Alex Bregman (July 1st) and Evan Gattis (June 17th).

Houston Astros first baseman Yuli Gurriel has been named the American League Player of the Week presented by W.B. Mason for the period ending September 23rd. The announcement was made earlier today on MLB Network.

Gurriel batted .462 (12-for-26) with eight runs scored, three doubles, three home runs and 10 RBI across six games played to earn his first career AL Player of the Week Award. Among qualified AL leaders, Gurriel finished first in RBI; second in total bases (24); tied for second in runs scored; tied for third in extra-base hits (6) and home runs; fourth in slugging percentage (.923); and tied for fourth in batting average and hits. Yuli is the fourth different (fifth time) Astros player to earn weekly honors this season, joining his teammates Justin Verlander (September 16th & April 15th), Alex Bregman (July 1st) and Evan Gattis (June 17th).

On Friday against the Los Angeles Angels at Minute Maid Park, Gurriel batted 3-for-4 with two home runs and seven RBI, the most RBI by an Astros player since J.R. Towles on September 20, 2007. During his historic contest at the plate, the Cuba native clubbed his third career grand slam and second of the season (also June 24th). With the round-tripper, the Astros matched their single-season Club record with seven grand slams in 2018 (also: 2001 & 2007). In addition, Yuli's brother, Lourdes, logged a pair of home runs in Toronto's game against the Tampa Bay Rays on Saturday. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the duo became the first set of brothers to both record multi-homer games on the same day in MLB history. Over the weekend, Yuli logged at least two hits and a pair of runs scored in three consecutive games from Friday-Sunday, becoming the first Astros player to accomplish the feat since Kazuo Matsui (April 20-22, 2008). Gurriel, a right-handed-hitting slugger, enters play today in the midst of a nine-game hitting streak dating back to September 14th, and is now batting .288 on the season. About to finish his third Major League campaign with the Astros, the 34-year-old owns a career slash line of .290/.323/.450 to go along with 151 runs scored, 83 doubles, 34 home runs and 174 RBI.

Other noteworthy performances last week included outfielder Tommy Pham (.481, 8 R, 2 3B, 3 HR), starting pitcher Blake Snell (2-0, 0.00 ERA, 11.2 IP, 16 SO) and infielder Joey Wendle (.462, 12 H, 7 2B, 5 RBI) of the Rays; second baseman Robinson Canó (.619, 13 H, 5 2B, 7 RBI) of the Seattle Mariners; outfielder Stephen Piscotty (.421, 9 R, 4 XBH, 9 RBI) of the Oakland Athletics; outfielder Nicholas Castellanos (.500, 13 H, 5 2B, 5 RBI) of the Detroit Tigers; and starting pitcher J.A. Happ (2 GS, 0.82 ERA, 11.0 IP, 13 SO), outfielder Aaron Hicks (.381, 7 R, 5 XBH, 7 RBI) and first baseman Luke Voit (.368, 7 R, 4 HR, 8 RBI) of the New York Yankees.

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

Houston Astros

Brewers' Christian Yelich named NL Player of the Week

Milwaukee Brewers All-Star outfielder Christian Yelich has been named the National League Player of the Week presented by W.B. Mason for the period ending September 23rd. The announcement was made earlier today on MLB Network.

Yelich posted a slash line of .545/.615/1.091 with seven runs scored, 12 hits, four doubles, a triple, two home runs, seven RBI, three walks and two stolen bases over six games played to claim his third career NL Player of the Week Award, all during the 2018 campaign (also: September 2nd & July 29th). Among his NL counterparts, Yelich finished the period first in batting average, on-base percentage, slugging percentage, extra-base hits (7) and total bases; tied for first in hits and doubles; tied for third in runs scored, triples and home runs; tied for fourth in stolen bases; and tied for fifth in RBI. All three of Milwaukee's weekly awards in 2018 have been claimed by Christian.

Milwaukee Brewers All-Star outfielder Christian Yelich has been named the National League Player of the Week presented by W.B. Mason for the period ending September 23rd. The announcement was made earlier today on MLB Network.

Yelich posted a slash line of .545/.615/1.091 with seven runs scored, 12 hits, four doubles, a triple, two home runs, seven RBI, three walks and two stolen bases over six games played to claim his third career NL Player of the Week Award, all during the 2018 campaign (also: September 2nd & July 29th). Among his NL counterparts, Yelich finished the period first in batting average, on-base percentage, slugging percentage, extra-base hits (7) and total bases; tied for first in hits and doubles; tied for third in runs scored, triples and home runs; tied for fourth in stolen bases; and tied for fifth in RBI. All three of Milwaukee's weekly awards in 2018 have been claimed by Christian.

In the first game of his award-winning week on September 17th, Yelich hit for the cycle for the second time this season in an 8-0 win over the Cincinnati Reds at Miller Park. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the California native joined Aaron Hill (2012), Babe Herman (1931), Tip O'Neill (1887) and John Reilly (1883) as the only players in MLB history to hit for the cycle twice in the same season. Yelich, who previously accomplished the feat on August 29th at Cincinnati's Great American Ball Park, is the first player to ever do it twice in one season against the same Club. The NL MVP candidate became the 25th player since at least 1908 to record multiple cycles in his career, and just the third active big leaguer, joining Adrián Beltré and Carlos Gómez. The 2016 NL Silver Slugger Award recipient, who enters play today in the midst of a six-game hitting streak dating back to his historic outing last Monday, has tallied at least one hit in all but three of his 20 games thus far in September. The 23rd overall selection of the 2010 MLB Draft is on pace to become just the second player in franchise history to bat at least .320 with 32 home runs and 21 stolen bases in a single campaign, and would join his teammate Ryan Braun, who accomplished the feat during his MVP-winning 2011 season (.332, 33 HR, 33 SB).

Other noteworthy performances last week included All-Star first baseman Freddie Freeman (.462, 2 2B, 2 HR, 8 RBI) of the Atlanta Braves; starting pitcher Kyle Hendricks (2-0, 1.10 ERA, 16.1 IP, 13 SO) of the Chicago Cubs; starters Rich Hill (1-0, 1.29 ERA, 7.0 IP, 7 SO) and Hyun-Jin Ryu (2-0, 0.00 ERA, 13.0 IP, 13 SO), and outfielder Joc Pederson (.462, 6 R, 3 2B, 3 HR) of the Los Angeles Dodgers; third baseman Anthony Rendon (.435, 5 R, 2 HR, 8 RBI) and shortstop Trea Turner (.429, 8 R, 4 XBH, 3 SB) of the Washington Nationals; and outfielder Michael Conforto (8 H, 2 2B, 2 HR, 11 RBI) of the New York Mets.

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

MLB

Angels host Texas and Oakland in 6-game homestand

The Angels face divisional foes for final homestand of 2018

The Angels return for their 12th and final homestand after facing the Athletics and Astros. The homestand begins Monday at 7:07 p.m. vs. the Rangers (Monday, September 24 - Wednesday, September 26). Following the three game series and an off day, the homestand will conclude with the Athletics (Friday, September 28 - Sunday, September 30). Below is a look at the notable events and ceremonies taking place at Angel Stadium during the homestand:

TEAM AWARDS

• The 2018 Team MVP Award winner, Mike Trout, will be honored in a pre-game ceremony prior to Friday's game.

The Angels return for their 12th and final homestand after facing the Athletics and Astros. The homestand begins Monday at 7:07 p.m. vs. the Rangers (Monday, September 24 - Wednesday, September 26). Following the three game series and an off day, the homestand will conclude with the Athletics (Friday, September 28 - Sunday, September 30). Below is a look at the notable events and ceremonies taking place at Angel Stadium during the homestand:

TEAM AWARDS

• The 2018 Team MVP Award winner, Mike Trout, will be honored in a pre-game ceremony prior to Friday's game.

• The 2018 Nick Adenhart Award winner, Andrew Heaney, will be honored in a pre-game ceremony prior to Friday's game.

• Both awards are voted on by fellow player and coaches.

FAN APPRECIATION DAY

• The Angels will recognize their fans by hosting festivities throughout Angel Stadium on Saturday.

• There will be pre- and in-game opportunities to win prizes for fans. These promotions will be featured on Angels' social channels for a chance to win.

• Fans in attendance will receive a Mike Scioscia Bobblehead courtesy of Angels Radio AM830 while supplies last.

BOY SCOUTS NIGHT

• Boy Scouts from the southern California area will be recognized at Angel Stadium on Thursday.

• Scouts from Troop 295, 660 and 525 will respectively be the Bat Kid, throw out the First Pitch, and announce the ceremonial "play ball."

JAPAN DAY

The Angels will host Japan Day presented by Japan Airlines from 2 to 5 p.m. on Saturday. Complimentary pre-game celebrations will take place in the parking lot of Angel Stadium near the Home Plate Gate and big hats.

Event highlights will include:

• A scheduled appearance by Shohei Ohtani & Junichi Tazawa for a special onstage interview (player appearances are subject to change and based on availability)

• Promotional giveaways by Angels Radio AM830

• Angels Sponsor booths and giveaways

• Cultural activities, including: taiko drumming, traditional dances, origami, ikebana (Japanese flower arrangements), tea ceremony, and a kimono fashion show

• 2018 Nisei Week Queen Alice Amano will emcee the event

• Complimentary food sampling

• Discounted Angels and game used merchandise

• There will be a pre-game on-field Ninja performance and additional Fan Appreciation giveaways during the game vs. Oakland.

• In addition, one lucky fan will be selected to win a pair of economy class roundtrip tickets on Japan Airlines, from Los Angeles (LAX) to Japan.

OKTOBERFEST BEER FESTIVAL

• The Angels will host an Oktoberfest Beer Festival on Friday.

• Fans have a unique opportunity to purchase vouchers outside of Gate 1 for beer flights to be sampled in the Music Garden.

• The Music Garden will feature free Oktoberfest-themed festivities.

FIRST PITCH

• Angels alumni and All-Star, Shigetoshi Hasegaway, will throw out the first pitch prior to Saturday's game.

CEREMONIES

• St. Joseph's will be recognized in a ceremony prior to Monday's game.

• We Care Hero will be honored in a pre-game ceremony on Tuesday.

• There will be a pre-game ceremony honoring the R.B.I. League Equipment Drive on Wednesday.

• Perricone will be honored on Wednesday and present their total donation to the Angels Baseball Foundation. For every Angels home run this season, Perricone will donate $250 to the foundation.

• Angel Stadium's Employees of the Year (approx. 31 staff members) will be honored on-field prior to Friday's game.

• Fans in attendance of Saturday night's game will be treated to a postgame fireworks show presented by Wells Fargo.

• The Bud Good Sport program, signing up designated drivers at Angel Stadium, will be honored before Sunday's game.

GIVEAWAYS (while supplies last)

• Fans in attendance on Saturday will receive a Mike Scioscia Bobblehead presented by Angels Radio AM830 and a Team Photo while supplies last.

Los Angeles Angels

Gurriel named American League Player of the Week

Astros first baseman wins first-career weekly award

HOUSTON, TX - Major League Baseball announced this afternoon that Houston Astros first baseman Yuli Gurriel has been named the American League Player of the Week for the week of Sept. 16-23. This marks the first-career American League Player of the Week award for Gurriel.

Last week, Gurriel hit .433 (13x30) with three doubles, three homers, 10 RBI and a 1.267 OPS (.433 OBP/.833 SLG) in seven games, five of which were Astros victories. Among American League players during the week, he ranked first in RBI, tied for first in hits and tied for second in both runs scored (8) and total bases (25).

HOUSTON, TX - Major League Baseball announced this afternoon that Houston Astros first baseman Yuli Gurriel has been named the American League Player of the Week for the week of Sept. 16-23. This marks the first-career American League Player of the Week award for Gurriel.

Last week, Gurriel hit .433 (13x30) with three doubles, three homers, 10 RBI and a 1.267 OPS (.433 OBP/.833 SLG) in seven games, five of which were Astros victories. Among American League players during the week, he ranked first in RBI, tied for first in hits and tied for second in both runs scored (8) and total bases (25).

On Friday, Sept. 21, Gurriel went 3x4 with two home runs and a career-high seven RBI against the Angels, setting a Minute Maid Park record for RBI in a game while tying a club record for RBI by an Astros first baseman, a mark that Jeff Bagwell reached twice in his career (July 7, 2001 and Aug. 13, 2000). Yuli made history that night with his brother, Toronto Blue Jays IF Lourdes Gurriel Jr. , as the two became the first set of siblings to hit multiple home runs on the same day in the Major Leagues.

On the season, Gurriel has hit .288 (149x518) with 33 doubles, 13 home runs and a career-high 84 RBI, which rank second on the Astros behind only Alex Bregman (100). A native of Sancti Spiritus, Cuba, Gurriel recorded his 80th career double in what was his 300th career game in the Majors on Sept. 17, the most doubles by a Cuban-born player within his first 300 games in Major League history.

Gurriel becomes the fourth Astros player to win the AL Player of the Week award this season, as he joins two-time winner Justin Verlander (Sept. 10-16, April 9-15), Alex Bregman (June 25-July 1) and Evan Gattis (June 11-17). The Astros have also won two AL 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.

 -ASTROS-

Houston Astros

Orioles announce Fan Appreciation Weekend schedule

The Orioles today announced plans for Fan Appreciation Weekend, which will be held Friday, September 28, through Sunday, September 30, when the Orioles host the reigning World Champion Houston Astros for the final four-game series of the 2018 regular season. The weekend will feature exclusive giveaways and opportunities for fans to enjoy unforgettable experiences at Oriole Park.

As a "thank you" to fans for their support throughout the season, the Orioles will surprise the most-spirited fans at each game with prizes, including Orioles prize packs and autographed items. Randomly-selected fans will also have the chance to enjoy unique experiences over the weekend including opportunities to take the field with the Orioles starters for the national anthem, enjoy behind the scenes tours of Oriole Park, deliver the lineup card, or throw the ceremonial first pitch. Fans will also be able to interact with Orioles players as they swap roles with Orioles employees around the ballpark prior to Saturday night's game, and pre-selected fans will participate with Orioles players in a "Shirts Off Our Backs" Jersey Ceremony presented by Snapple before the series opener on Friday night. Additionally, throughout the weekend, a special Fan Appreciation filter will be available on Snapchat.

The Orioles today announced plans for Fan Appreciation Weekend, which will be held Friday, September 28, through Sunday, September 30, when the Orioles host the reigning World Champion Houston Astros for the final four-game series of the 2018 regular season. The weekend will feature exclusive giveaways and opportunities for fans to enjoy unforgettable experiences at Oriole Park.

As a "thank you" to fans for their support throughout the season, the Orioles will surprise the most-spirited fans at each game with prizes, including Orioles prize packs and autographed items. Randomly-selected fans will also have the chance to enjoy unique experiences over the weekend including opportunities to take the field with the Orioles starters for the national anthem, enjoy behind the scenes tours of Oriole Park, deliver the lineup card, or throw the ceremonial first pitch. Fans will also be able to interact with Orioles players as they swap roles with Orioles employees around the ballpark prior to Saturday night's game, and pre-selected fans will participate with Orioles players in a "Shirts Off Our Backs" Jersey Ceremony presented by Snapple before the series opener on Friday night. Additionally, throughout the weekend, a special Fan Appreciation filter will be available on Snapchat.

Fan Appreciation Weekend will once again include sweepstakes and opportunities for fans to win prizes via the Orioles social media accounts. Fans should follow @Orioles on Twitter for instructions on how to enter. The entire Fan Appreciation Weekend schedule includes:

Friday, September 28
•   The first 20,000 fans ages 15 and over will receive an Orioles Coaster Set. 
•   Orioles players will participate in a pregame "Shirts Off Our Backs" Jersey Ceremony presented by Snapple where 15 Orioles will take the field pregame and give their jersey to pre-selected fans. Fans will return the jersey to each player for the game, but will receive it back autographed by the respective player once the season concludes.
•   One lucky fan will be selected to throw out the ceremonial first pitch.
•   During the game, spirited fans will receive autographed items and prizes.
•   A special Fan Appreciation Snapchat filter will be available for use in the Snapchat app.
•   All fans who check in through the MLB.com Ballpark App will receive a 15 percent off MLB.com Shop offer.

Saturday, September 29
•   The first 35,000 fans ages 15 and over will receive an Orioles Puffy Vest. 
•   One lucky fan will be selected to throw out the ceremonial first pitch.
•   Fans will have the chance to interact with Orioles players who will switch roles with Orioles employees from 5:45 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. at various locations around the ballpark. 
•   Randomly-selected fans will have the opportunity to participate in the pregame lineup card exchange on the field, experience what it's like to be a member of the Orioles grounds crew, and visit the Orioles press box, radio and television broadcast booths, and the MASN production truck. 
•   During the game, spirited fans will receive autographed items and prizes.
•   A special Fan Appreciation Snapchat filter will be available for use in the Snapchat app.
•   All fans who check in through the MLB.com Ballpark App will receive a 15 percent off MLB.com Shop offer.

Sunday, September 30 - Kids Fan Appreciation Day
•   The first 20,000 fans ages 15 and over will receive an Orioles Duffle Bag. 
•   One lucky child will randomly be selected to throw out the ceremonial first pitch.
•   Nine kids will be selected to take the field with the starters for the National Anthem.
•   One child will be selected to announce "Play Ball!" which will officially begin the regular season home finale.
•   A face painter and balloon twister will be located in the Kids Corner from 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
•   During the game, spirited fans will receive autographed items and prizes.
•   All fans ages 4 to 14 get the chance to participate in Kids Run the Bases presented by Weis Markets after the game. 
•   A special Fan Appreciation Snapchat filter will be available for use in the Snapchat app.
•   All fans who check in through the MLB.com Ballpark App will receive a 15 percent off MLB.com Shop offer.

For more information, visit www.orioles.com/fanappreciation.

Baltimore Orioles

Mariners announce player development contract with Class A West Virginia

SEATTLE, Wash. - Seattle Mariners Director of Player Development Andy McKay announced today a new Player Development Contract with the West Virginia Power in the South Atlantic League. The agreement is for two years, covering the 2019 and 2020 seasons.

"We are ecstatic to partner with the West Virginia Power," Mariners Director of Player Development Andy McKay said. "Our conversations with their leadership team immediately revealed that we have similar values and priorities. As with all of our affiliates, we will work to put the best possible product on the field with the goal of winning baseball games and playing meaningful games late in the season. Off of the field, we look forward to our community service responsibilities and will always value the relationships we will build with the fans."

SEATTLE, Wash. - Seattle Mariners Director of Player Development Andy McKay announced today a new Player Development Contract with the West Virginia Power in the South Atlantic League. The agreement is for two years, covering the 2019 and 2020 seasons.

"We are ecstatic to partner with the West Virginia Power," Mariners Director of Player Development Andy McKay said. "Our conversations with their leadership team immediately revealed that we have similar values and priorities. As with all of our affiliates, we will work to put the best possible product on the field with the goal of winning baseball games and playing meaningful games late in the season. Off of the field, we look forward to our community service responsibilities and will always value the relationships we will build with the fans."

The Mariners enter into a two-year Player Development Contract with the West Virginia Power in the South Atlantic League after spending the last 10 seasons in the Midwest League with the Clinton LumberKings. The Mariners had an affiliate in the Midwest League dating back to 1981 and will join the South Atlantic League for the first time in club history. The Mariners become the 7th different parent club that the West Virginia baseball club has had since it joined the South Atlantic League in 1987. Other Major League clubs that have been in West Virginia have been: Pittsburgh (2009-18), Milwaukee (2005-08), Toronto (2001-04), Kansas City (1999-2000), Cincinnati (1990-98) and Chicago-NL (1988-89). The Power plays their home games at Appalachian Power Park, in Charleston, West Virginia.

"Joining the Seattle Mariners family is an exciting moment for our franchise," said Power Executive Vice President Ken Fogel. "The Mariners boast a minor league system filled with talent that we cannot wait to showcase at Appalachian Power Park throughout 2019 and beyond. While we are grateful for the 10 years spent under the Pirates umbrella, we are excited to share this new opportunity with the city of Charleston and the surrounding fan base. We are confident that our partnership with the Mariners will bring unbridled success both on the field and in the community."

The history of professional baseball in Charleston dates back to 1910 with the Charleston Statesmen, though baseball was not always a constant. The city was without its favorite pastime from 1917 through 1930, during and shortly after World War II, 1965 until 1970, and for two years in the mid-1980's. The Charleston baseball club has been known by several names over the years. From its earliest incarnation as the Statesmen to a long run as the Senators (1912-61) to the Indians (1962-64) and the Charlies (1971-83), fans had an array of parent clubs, players and mascots to root for. After a short hiatus, the city saw baseball return as the Wheelers (1987-1994) and the Alley Cats (1995-2004) in the South Atlantic League.

"The opportunity to partner with the West Virginia Power is truly exciting for the entire Mariners organization," said Mariners Executive Vice President & General Manager Jerry Dipoto. "The combination of quality, experienced baseball people and a beautiful ballpark in a capital city provide all of us with something to look forward to for 2019 and beyond."

Former Mariners catcher and current Player Development Special Assistant, Dan Wilson, made his professional debut with the Charleston Wheelers in 1990 after he was selected by the Cincinnati Reds in the 7th round of the 1990 MLB June Draft. He also appeared in 52 games with Charleston in 1991.

The Mariners currently have Player Development contracts for all 7 of their minor league affiliates for the 2019 season: AAA Tacoma Rainiers in the Pacific Coast League, AA Arkansas in the Texas League, High-A Modesto in the California League, A West Virginia in the South Atlantic League, Short-A Everett in the Northwest League, Rookie Arizona League Mariners and Rookie Dominican Summer League Mariners.

Seattle Mariners

Brewers to host Fan Appreciation Weekend

Grand Prize includes a 2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback, courtesy of your Wisconsin Toyota Dealers

MILWAUKEE - The Milwaukee Brewers will thank fans for their support all season long with a series of events at Fan Appreciation Weekend. The celebration will take place during the final regular season series of the year this weekend, September 28 - 30 when the Crew hosts the Detroit Tigers. The weekend will culminate on Saturday, September 29, when one lucky fan will win the grand prize, a 2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback, compliments of your Wisconsin Toyota Dealers.

All weekend, fans will enjoy a variety of giveaways and prizes. All fans in attendance throughout the series will receive a 2019 Brewers magnetic schedule, compliments of Pick 'n Save. In addition, the first 20,000 fans in attendance for any of the three games against the Tigers will receive a scratch-off card containing prizes such as free 2019 game tickets, $10 food and beverage vouchers, autographed baseballs, game-used jerseys, a $100 Brewers Team Store by Majestic shopping spree and a Club Level suite to a 2019 game.

MILWAUKEE - The Milwaukee Brewers will thank fans for their support all season long with a series of events at Fan Appreciation Weekend. The celebration will take place during the final regular season series of the year this weekend, September 28 - 30 when the Crew hosts the Detroit Tigers. The weekend will culminate on Saturday, September 29, when one lucky fan will win the grand prize, a 2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback, compliments of your Wisconsin Toyota Dealers.

All weekend, fans will enjoy a variety of giveaways and prizes. All fans in attendance throughout the series will receive a 2019 Brewers magnetic schedule, compliments of Pick 'n Save. In addition, the first 20,000 fans in attendance for any of the three games against the Tigers will receive a scratch-off card containing prizes such as free 2019 game tickets, $10 food and beverage vouchers, autographed baseballs, game-used jerseys, a $100 Brewers Team Store by Majestic shopping spree and a Club Level suite to a 2019 game.

For an extra chance to win, 10 fans who check-in at Miller Park through the MLB Ballpark App during the weekend will be selected at random to win a special prize. Fans are encouraged to download the MLB Ballpark App on their smartphones before they get to the ballpark.

The celebration reaches a climax with Fan Appreciation Night, presented by Toyota, on Saturday, September 29. All fans on that day will receive a 2018 Brewers team photo and will be automatically entered into a drawing for the chance to win fabulous prizes, including autographed memorabilia, gift certificates to the Brewers Team Store by Majestic at Miller Park and much more. One lucky fan will win the grand prize 2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback.

Tickets for Fan Appreciation Weekend are available at the Miller Park Ticket Office, online at Brewers.com or by calling the Brewers ticket office at (414) 902-4000.

Milwaukee Brewers