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Padres to honor Dodgers broadcaster Jaime Jarrin

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SAN DIEGO — Jaime Jarrin has been a member of many thousands of baseball fans' families over parts of eight decades.

That includes the man who owns the Padres and the man who calls their games on Spanish-language radio.

"He's a living legend," Padres play-by-play announcer Eduardo Ortega said. "He's huge. I remember always listening to him."...Read more

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Willson Contreras -- back with Cubs for what might be his final homestand -- says goal in free agency is 'to be somewhere that I'm wanted'

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CHICAGO — Willson Contreras already went through his Wrigley Field goodbyes two months ago when a trade felt imminent.

This time, with another looming departure, Contreras merely wants to have fun with his Chicago Cubs teammates.

Contreras came off the injured list Tuesday and was back in the lineup as the designated hitter, his first game ...Read more

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MLB monitoring Hurricane Ian for crucial Braves series with Mets

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WASHINGTON – At this point, the National League East has the most exciting division race in baseball. As the division hangs in the balance, the Braves and Mets have a crucial three-game series at Truist Park this weekend.

That is, if Hurricane Ian does not interrupt their plans.

The storm could bring heavy rain to Atlanta this weekend, ...Read more

Miguel Andujar saves the day, David Bednar earns first save in two months in Pirates win

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PITTSBURGH — There was a time when Miguel Andujar’s presence on the Pirates would have been a big deal.

At one time, he was a top 100 prospect in the New York Yankees’ farm system. In past seasons, with the Yankees pushing for playoff spots and the Pirates still in a rebuild, a perusal of Twitter could uncover trade proposals from Yankee ...Read more

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Tim Anderson won't return to White Sox in 2022

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MINNEAPOLIS — Acting manager Miguel Cairo envisioned a Chicago White Sox lineup featuring both Tim Anderson and Elvis Andrus.

That won’t happen this season. Cairo said Tuesday the Sox will “shut it down” for the remainder of 2022 with Anderson, who has been recovering from a sagittal band tear in his left middle finger.

“I think it�...Read more

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Paul Sullivan: Remembering Mary Frances Veeck, an ambassador for baseball and sounding board for the former White Sox owner

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CHICAGO — Mary Frances Veeck was recalling the night in 1979 that her husband, former Chicago White Sox owner Bill Veeck, returned from a particularly rough night at Comiskey Park.

An anti-disco promotion with a local rock station and radio personality Steve Dahl had gone awry, with thousands of fans invading the field and forcing the ...Read more

SF Giants' 2023 bullpen is taking shape before our eyes this September

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The Giants took nearly the same group of relievers into this season as the one from their playoff roster last year, when they were the best in the majors. Come September, the faces have changed, the results have been wildly different, and there is no playoff roster to account for.

Thus is the fickle nature of bullpens.

Looking ahead to next ...Read more

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Twins getting new uniforms, Target Field getting massive new scoreboard

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The three-game series with the White Sox starting Tuesday at Target Field will be the final time that fans will ever see Luis Arraez, Joe Ryan and Jhoan Duran in Twins uniforms.

Oh, the players will probably be back next year. Those uniforms won't.

The Twins' offseason will include some substantial and noticeable changes, and not just to a ...Read more

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Anthony Santander blasts 2 homers, Gunnar Henderson ends extended skid as Orioles outslug Red Sox, 14-8

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The at-bats leading up to the sixth inning for Gunnar Henderson were promising, displaying the plate discipline that has made him such a standout player despite being the youngest in baseball. But with a crack that split the late evening chatter at Fenway Park, Henderson’s resounding swing broke him out of the first slump he has experienced in...Read more

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Yankees get early lead but fail to clinch AL East in 3-2 walk-off loss against Blue Jays, Judge stuck on 60

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TORONTO — The waiting is the hardest part.

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. lined a walk-off RBI-single in the bottom of the 10th to give the Blue Jays a 3-2 win over the Yankees at Rogers Centre Monday night. Toronto also held Aaron Judge homerless. The division-winning celebration and history will have to wait another day.

The loss snapped a seven-...Read more

'He was so locked in': Bryce Elder becomes first Braves rookie to pitch shutout since 1990

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WASHINGTON — The Braves began Monday with a White House visit to celebrate their 2021 World Series and ended it with Bryce Elder – who was in the crowd but not on the stage because he was not a member of last year’s team – pitching his first career shutout in an 8-0 win over the Nationals.

Here are five observations on Atlanta (96-58): ...Read more

Home-cooking once again kind to Jack Suwinski during Pirates' victory over Reds

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PITTSBURGH — The ball landed with a thud when it struck the FedEx sign in right-center field. For Jack Suwinski, it must have felt strange to hit something to that part of PNC Park and have it actually stay in play. Seems all Suwinski does these days at home is hit homers.

Two of his last three. Four in his previous six. Fifteen homers in 50 ...Read more

Mariners pitcher Luis Castillo's 5-year extension keeps him in the 'family long term'

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For La Piedra, it was the feeling of la familia that made him want to eschew the flexibility of his looming free agency and commit to the Mariners for the next five years and perhaps beyond.

Two days after announcing the signing of right-hander Luis Castillo to a five-year, $108 million contract, the Mariners held the formal news conference at ...Read more

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Padres look to continue to walk the talk in sprint to finish

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It didn't matter anymore.

Only it did.

"To kind of get that monkey off our back here and win a series and score some runs feels pretty good," manager Bob Melvin said after the Padres won their second consecutive game at Coors Field on Sunday.

The season series against the Rockies in their silly ballpark was over. The Padres don't have to go ...Read more

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Braves celebrate World Series with White House visit and 'plan to be back'

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WASHINGTON – Standing on stage at a podium in front of the Atlanta Braves, President Joe Biden recounted the team’s improbable journey to winning a World Series title. As Biden mentioned the season’s highlights, the memories of a special campaign flooded back into the minds of those who achieved baseball’s ultimate goal.

“Forever ...Read more

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Tony La Russa and the Chicago White Sox: How the manager fared in two managing stints with the franchise

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Tony La Russa is one of the most accomplished managers in major-league history.

He’s second all time in victories. He won the World Series as the manager of the 1989 Oakland Athletics and the 2006 and 2011 St. Louis Cardinals.

La Russa was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2014.

His major-league managerial career began with the Chicago ...Read more

Yankees beat Red Sox in rain-shortened game as Aaron Judge stays stuck at 60 homers

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NEW YORK -- Even Mother Nature is making it harder for Aaron Judge these days. The Yankees slugger would have led off the bottom of the seventh inning Sunday night, but rain and lightning closed in on the Stadium and the game was delayed before Judge could get his fourth at-bat of the night. So Judge went homerless for the fifth straight game ...Read more

Dylan Hernández: Dave Roberts still backs his World Series guarantee despite Dodgers pitching woes

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Dave Roberts had enough.

"This will be the last I'll talk about this …" he said.

And who could blame him, Roberts talking about his October pitching plans sort of like the captain of the Titanic discussing the final stretch of the ocean liner's voyage.

The Dodgers won their 106th game Sunday to equal a franchise record and secure home-field...Read more

Cardinals vet Wainwright's September slump persists; Dodgers clinch top seed

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LOS ANGELES — As the Cardinals inch nearer a playoff berth, they have a few questions they must yet confront before October arrives.

Adam Wainwright’s curious September is among them.

The Cardinals’ veteran right-hander and presumptive rotation leader going into the playoffs struggled through another grinding, laborious start, his fifth ...Read more

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Phillies fall to Braves, 8-7, in 11th inning, fail to gain ground in wild-card race

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PHILADELPHIA — After an offensive explosion in the first five innings of Sunday’s game, the Phillies’ bats fell quiet once they returned from a rain delay that lasted 2 hours, 5 minutes. The Phillies entered the delay with a one-run lead, and for a while, it looked like the bullpen was going to hold it. But David Robertson allowed an ...Read more