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'Shoeless' Joe Jackson's game bat is auctioned for $583,500 (The Associated Press)

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 12:07:23 PDT

NEW YORK (AP) -- ''Shoeless'' Joe Jackson's game bat has sold for $583,500. Christie's says it went to an online bidder Wednesday on the first of a two-day auction of baseball memorabilia. Shoeless Joe's ''Black Betsy'' bat is one of two known to survive from his career, and the only one with his full signature in script stamped into the barrel.

Frank Kaminsky wants Cubs to lose so he wore a Steve Bartman jersey (Big League Stew)

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 10:06:33 PDT

The Chicago Cubs’ season and postseason has been pretty exciting to watch, but not everyone is on board. Frank Kaminsky, Illinois native and center for the Charlotte Hornets, is definitely not on board. Frank Kaminsky does not want the Cubs to win.

White Sox stay within organization to fill Renteria's staff (The Associated Press)

Fri, 14 Oct 2016 20:52:14 PDT

The Chicago White Sox are sticking within their organization to fill new manager Rick Renteria's staff. Joe McEwing replaces Renteria as bench coach after spending the past five seasons as third-base coach. Nick Capra takes over as third-base coach after five years as Chicago's director of player development.

Baseball standings (Reuters)

Tue, 11 Oct 2016 21:32:07 PDT

Oct 12 (Gracenote) - Standings from the MLB on Sunday AMERICAN LEAGUEEASTERN DIVISION W L PCT GB 1. Boston 93 69 .574 - 2. Baltimore 89 73 .549 4 3. Toronto 89 73 .549 4 4. NY Yankees 84 78 .519 9 5. Tampa Bay 68 94 .420 25 CENTRAL DIVISION W L PCT GB 1. Cleveland 94 67 .584 - 2. Detroit 86 75 .534 8 3. Kansas City 81 81 .500 13 1/2 4. Chicago White Sox 78 84 .481 16 1/2 5. Minnesota 59 103 .364 35 1/2 WESTERN DIVISION W L PCT GB 1. Texas 95 67 .586 - 2. Seattle 86 76 .531 9 3. Houston 84 78 .519 11 4. LA Angels 74 88 .457 21 5. Oakland 69 93 . ...

San Francisco faces Giant challenge against Cubs' Hendricks (The Associated Press)

Fri, 07 Oct 2016 22:54:46 PDT

Kyle Hendricks might not necessarily be the second coming of Greg Maddux, but the crafty Chicago Cubs right-hander compares quite favorably with the Hall of Famer, according to San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy. "He's a Maddux-type pitcher, he's cerebral, great stuff, great command and moves the ball around well," Bochy said Friday as the Giants and Cubs prepared to open their National League Division Series at Wrigley Field.

Members of '08 World Series-winning Phillies reunite in NLDS (The Associated Press)

Fri, 07 Oct 2016 00:13:38 PDT

Chase Utley sat in the Los Angeles Dodgers clubhouse and watched as Cole Hamels was chased from a game 1,000 miles away. Back then Utley made the signature play on the base paths in the decisive Game 5 and Hamels was lights out as they won the World Series together with the Philadelphia Phillies. Not far from Utley on Thursday were two other members of that team: catcher Carlos Ruiz and pitcher Joe Blanton.

Cashman will resist trading prospects for veteran stars (The Associated Press)

Wed, 05 Oct 2016 12:39:12 PDT

When teams dangle veteran stars for prospects this offseason, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman will do his best to say no. New York missed the playoffs for the third time in four years and at 84-78 finished four games out of an AL wild card. The Yankees struggled to a 9-17 start, then improved in the final two months of the season after bringing up catcher Gary Sanchez, right fielder Aaron Judge and first baseman Tyler Austin.

Indians back in October's spotlight after resilient season (The Associated Press)

Tue, 04 Oct 2016 16:21:30 PDT

The Cleveland Indians weren't supposed to be playing in October and yet here they are: AL Central champions with a chance to end a World Series drought approaching its 68th anniversary. While many baseball fans remain fixated on the Chicago Cubs, those lovable losers trying to rewrite baseball history, the Indians have quietly overcome injuries to put themselves in position to bring another championship to Cleveland, a city still giddy after LeBron James and the Cavaliers won an NBA title this summer. ''We don't mind if we have to play the underdog,'' said second baseman Jason Kipnis.

Nationals' Trea Turner brings blast of speed into October (The Associated Press)

Tue, 04 Oct 2016 13:19:33 PDT

Trea Turner knows things will speed up during the postseason. Since bursting into the majors in June, the Washington Nationals rookie has hit .342 with 14 doubles, eight triples, 13 home runs and 33 stolen bases in 73 games.

Baseball-Major League Baseball roundup (Reuters)

Mon, 03 Oct 2016 16:16:24 PDT

One day after finishing a season in which they went 69-93, the Arizona Diamondbacks fired general manager Dave Stewart and manager Chip Hale, the club announced Monday. Stewart has been the Diamondbacks GM since September of 2014, when Arizona's chief baseball officer Tony La Russa hired Stewart to replace Kevin Towers. - - The Colorado Rockies announced that manager Walt Weiss decided to step down after four seasons.

MLB managers on the hot seat: Walt Weiss and Chip Hale fired, who's next? (Big League Stew)

Mon, 03 Oct 2016 15:18:32 PDT

The regular season might be over, but the real fun is just beginning for any club that didn’t make the postseason. When things don’t go your way in baseball, people get fired. The first to go was Colorado Rockies skipper Walt Weiss, who resigned his post after three seasons. The Arizona Diamondbacks then canned Chip Hale after two years, along with GM Dave Stewart.

White Sox promote Renteria to replace Ventura as manager (The Associated Press)

Mon, 03 Oct 2016 11:38:03 PDT

Rick Renteria is getting a second chance to manage in Chicago, this time on the South Side. The White Sox promoted Renteria from bench coach to replace Robin Ventura on Monday, hoping he can help turn around a struggling franchise. Renteria takes over a team with one playoff appearance since the 2005 championship year.

Pirates head into offseason with plenty to work on (The Associated Press)

Mon, 03 Oct 2016 08:01:19 PDT

Clint Hurdle has gained an appreciation for advanced metrics during his six seasons with the Pittsburgh Pirates. ''The game will always start with pitching,'' Hurdle said. There was no confusion about what happened in Pittsburgh over the summer, when a bid for a fourth straight playoff berth cratered underneath the weight of a starting rotation that failed to live up to the standards set by its predecessors and a bullpen that faltered in crucial moments.

Weekend Sports in Brief (The Associated Press)

Sun, 02 Oct 2016 23:46:28 PDT

Robin Ventura announced he will not return as manager of the White Sox next season. Speaking after Chicago's season-ending 6-3 loss to the Minnesota Twins, Ventura said it was ''a personal decision.'' He was in the last year of his contract. The Chicago Sun-Times reported Saturday that bench coach and former Cubs manager Rick Renteria will likely take over, but the team did not immediately announce a replacement.

Robin Ventura announces he's out as White Sox manager (The Associated Press)

Sun, 02 Oct 2016 17:15:02 PDT

Robin Ventura has decided the success-starved South Siders need a new leader. Ventura announced Sunday he will not return as Chicago White Sox manager next season, insisting it was his decision and he wasn't pushed out due to a fourth consecutive losing season. Ventura was in the last year of his contract.

Braves give Turner Field a rousing send-off in final game (The Associated Press)

Sun, 02 Oct 2016 17:12:57 PDT

Walter Banks posed for pictures, caught up with old friends and turned a bit wistful as he remembered all the good times as an Atlanta Braves usher. The Braves played their final game at Turner Field on Sunday, ending a run that lasted a mere 20 seasons with a 1-0 victory over the Detroit Tigers. A sellout crowd of 51,220 turned out for the occasion, while Banks manned his usual position in the box seats near the Atlanta dugout, not far from former President Jimmy Carter and his wife, Rosalynn.

Tigers eliminated with 1-0 loss to Teheran, Braves (The Associated Press)

Sun, 02 Oct 2016 16:59:11 PDT

The Detroit Tigers needed a lot of things to go right on the final day of the regular season. Julio Teheran matched a career high with 12 strikeouts, and Freddie Freeman drove in the lone run with a first-inning sacrifice fly off Justin Verlander. Detroit missed the playoffs for the second year in a row after four straight postseason appearances that included a trip to the World Series in 2012.

Buxton's inside-the-park HR fuels Twins over Sale, ChiSox (The Associated Press)

Sun, 02 Oct 2016 16:46:32 PDT

Although he had Byron Buxton lead off Sunday's season finale, Twins manager Paul Molitor said beforehand he doesn't envision the talented rookie as a top-of-the-lineup hitter just yet. Buxton hit the game's first pitch for an inside-the-park home run and Minnesota beat Chris Sale and the White Sox 6-3 in manager Robin Ventura's final game with Chicago. According to MLB's Statcast, it took Buxton just 14.05 seconds to circle the bases, the fastest since it began tracking in 2015.

Baseball results (Reuters)

Sun, 02 Oct 2016 16:26:02 PDT

Oct 2 (Gracenote) - Results from the MLB games on Sunday (home team in CAPS) LA ANGELS 8 Houston 1 SAN FRANCISCO 7 LA Dodgers 1 WASHINGTON 10 Miami 7 PHILADELPHIA 5 NY Mets 2 Tampa Bay 6 TEXAS 4 (10 innings) Toronto 2 BOSTON 1 Baltimore 5 NY YANKEES 2 Oakland 3 SEATTLE 2 Chicago Cubs 7 CINCINNATI 4 ATLANTA 1 Detroit 0 Milwaukee 6 COLORADO 4 (10 innings) Minnesota 6 CHICAGO WHITE SOX 3 ARIZONA 3 San Diego 2 Cleveland 3 KANSAS CITY 2 ST. LOUIS 10 Pittsburgh 4

White Sox manager Robin Ventura announces he will not return (The Associated Press)

Sun, 02 Oct 2016 15:23:02 PDT

CHICAGO (AP) -- White Sox manager Robin Ventura announces he will not return.

Byron Buxton flies around the bases for 14-second inside-the-park homer (Big League Stew)

Sun, 02 Oct 2016 14:15:58 PDT

Byron Buxton’s 2016 season wasn’t what the Minnesota Twins had hoped for. Buxton hit an inside-the-park homer on the first pitch of the Twins’ game against the Chicago White Sox. If you’ve never realized just how fast Buxton is, this proved it.

Twins' Buxton hits inside-the-park HR on 1st pitch of game (The Associated Press)

Sun, 02 Oct 2016 12:40:09 PDT

Minnesota Twins speedster Byron Buxton hit an inside-the-park home run on the first pitch of Sunday's game against the White Sox. Leading off for the first time this season, Buxton sent Chicago ace Chris Sale's 93 mph fastball to center field. Leury Garcia appeared to misjudge it as it carried toward the wall.

White Sox's Ventura faces reported swan song (The Associated Press)

Sat, 01 Oct 2016 22:43:02 PDT

Robin Ventura will possibly manage his final game for the White Sox -- and Chris Sale will audition one last time for the American League Cy Young Award -- on Sunday afternoon against the Minnesota Twins. The White Sox are expected to replace Ventura with bench coach and former Chicago Cubs manager Rick Renteria, the Chicago Sun-Times reported Saturday night. Ventura has a record of 375-434 in five seasons and is in the final year of his contract.

Buxton homers, Shields gets 19th loss; Twins beat White Sox (The Associated Press)

Sat, 01 Oct 2016 20:38:40 PDT

Far removed from the playoff races, James Shields was trying to avoid his 19th defeat this season while facing the 103-loss Minnesota Twins. It resulted in a rare night of smiles for Minnesota while confusion surrounded White Sox manager Robin Ventura's future. Byron Buxton and Jorge Polanco each hit a two-run home run to send Shields to a major league high-tying 19th loss, and the Twins beat Chicago 6-0 on Saturday night.

Ventura declines to discuss report he's leaving White Sox (The Associated Press)

Sat, 01 Oct 2016 20:19:11 PDT

White Sox manager Robin Ventura declined to address a report that he will step down from the job and be replaced by bench coach Rick Renteria next season. In an odd scene after Chicago's 6-0 loss to the Minnesota Twins on Saturday night, general manager Rick Hahn declined interview requests and White Sox players claimed they hadn't heard about the report or Ventura's status. The Chicago Sun-Times reported during the game that Ventura, who is in the last year of his contract, would not return after five seasons and that Renteria, a former manager of the Chicago Cubs, would take over.

Report: Rick Renteria expected to replace Robin Ventura as White Sox manager (Big League Stew)

Sat, 01 Oct 2016 18:42:33 PDT

Robin Ventura (center) will reportedly be replaced by bench coach Rick Renteria (left). Despite reports suggesting the door was open for Robin Ventura to return as Chicago White Sox manager in 2017, it appears his five-year tenure will officially end on Monday.

Rodon's record-tying 7 straight strikeouts fuels White Sox (The Associated Press)

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 22:31:55 PDT

As the Chicago White Sox conclude a fourth straight losing season, a couple of 23-year-olds provided some optimism for the future Friday night. Carlos Rodon tied an AL record by striking out the first seven batters and Tim Anderson finished a double shy of the cycle in a 7-3 victory over the Twins. Rodon never gave them a chance.

Twins wind down disappointing season in Chicago (The Associated Press)

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 21:42:23 PDT

Paul Molitor says he can look back and point to a few instances when, had things gone even a little differently, the Minnesota Twins' season may not have ended up as dire as it did. With Friday night's 7-3 setback, the Twins dropped their franchise-worst 103rd loss, 21 more than the White Sox, who have dealt with their own disappointments this season.

Minnesota low: Rodon, White Sox send Twins to 103rd loss (The Associated Press)

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 21:29:43 PDT

Minnesota manager Paul Molitor acknowledged he can't wait until the season is over. Hours later, after the Chicago White Sox cruised to a 7-3 victory Friday night, the Twins had their most losses since the franchise moved to Minnesota: 103. The Twins couldn't hit Rodon to start and couldn't get Anderson out while fuming at his home run celebration.

White Sox's Rodon strikes out first 7 hitters to tie AL mark (The Associated Press)

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 18:18:12 PDT

CHICAGO (AP) -- Chicago White Sox left-hander Carlos Rodon tied an AL record by striking out the first seven Minnesota Twins batters Friday night.