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Cleveland Indians 2B Jason Kipnis named AL Player of the Week

Jason Kipnis (photo by Keith Allison, UCinternational via wikipedia commons)

Cleveland Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis has been named the American League Player of the Week for the period ending July 20th.

Kipnis batted .333 (5-for-15) with two homers, six RBI, four walks and three runs scored in four games to capture his third career weekly honor and the second for the Tribe this season, joining All-Star Michael Brantley, who was tabbed on June 16th. Kipnis’ previous two weekly nods came last season when he was named on June 17th and July 1st. Among league leaders, Jason was first in RBI, tied for first in homers, tied for second in total bases (11) and was fifth in slugging percentage (.733).

In recognition of his American League Player of the Week Award, Jason Kipnis will be awarded a watch courtesy of Game Time, the leader in licensed sports watches, available at MLB.com.

On Friday in the Motor City, Kipnis launched a pair of homers with four RBI as the Indians defeated the Detroit Tigers, 9-3, at Comerica Park. The left-handed-hitting Kipnis launched a three-run shot as part of a seven-run seventh inning for Cleveland, and two frames later collected his second career multi-homer effort with a solo blast in the ninth. Jason’s last two-homer game came on May 26, 2012 at the Chicago White Sox. In the first game of a double dip on Saturday, the 27-year-old went 2-for-5 with a pair of RBI to help lead Cleveland to a 6-2 triumph. In the nightcap, the Illinois native went 0-for-2, but walked three times and scored a run as the Indians won, 5-2, to sweep their first doubleheader in Detroit since July 17, 1966 at Tiger Stadium. It marked the Tribe’s fourth straight doubleheader sweep overall against Detroit. Of note, Kipnis drew three free passes one other time this season, on April 5th against Minnesota at Progressive Field.

Kipnis, a former second round pick in the 2009 Draft (by Cleveland) out of Arizona State University, is hitting .259 on the season with 14 doubles, one triple, five homers, 30 RBI, 37 runs scored and a team-leading 13 stolen bases in 72 games. The 2013 All-Star spent the majority of May on the disabled list due to a right oblique injury, just his second trip to the D.L. in his four-year career. Since his return on May 28th, Cleveland has gone 26-19 to climb into second place in the A.L. Central.

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY & A COURTESY OF MLB MEDIA RELATIONS

 

Cubs 1B Anthony Rizzo named NL Player of the Week

Anthony Rizzo Cubs 1B (photo by bangrey,UCinternational via wikipedia commons)

Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo has been named National League Player of the Week for the period ending July 20th.

After representing the Cubs in Minnesota in the 2014 Midsummer Classic last week, Rizzo led the Majors last weekend with three home runs, 14 total bases and a 1.273 slugging percentage. The 24-year-old was also tied for third in the N.L. with four RBI. He hit .455 (5-for-11) during the week and scored five runs while posting a .500 on-base percentage.

In recognition of his National League Player of the Week Award, Anthony Rizzo will be awarded a watch, courtesy of Game Time, the leader in licensed sports watches, available at MLB.com.

The left-handed hitting slugger went 2-for-4 in his first contest after the All-Star break, clubbing a pair of homers and collecting three RBI in a losing effort as the Arizona Diamondbacks edged the Cubs, 5-4, in Friday’s series-opener at Chase Field. It was his second multi-homer game of the season (also May 31st at Milwaukee) and the sixth of his career. The Florida native collected a hit in three at-bats during Saturday’s 9-3 loss to the D-backs. In Sunday’s finale, Rizzo posted his second multi-hit performance of the series, going 2-for-4 with his 23rd homer of the season in a 3-2 loss. The 23 long balls already matches his single-season career best (2013), and Rizzo is currently tied with Giancarlo Stanton for the most homers in the N.L. this season. Earlier this month, Rizzo became just the second left-handed Cubs hitter to reach the 20-homer threshold before the All-Star break (also Rick Monday in 1973 and Hall of Famer Billy Williams in 1970 and 1972). This is his first career Player of the Week Award and the first by a Cubs hitter since Starlin Castro (week ending August 7, 2011).

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY & A COURTESY OF MLB MEDIA RELATIONS

 

2014 MLB All-Star Game at Target Field posts big numbers in all categories

Target Field home of the Minnesota Twins (2010 photo by Randy Stein via wikipedia commons)

The 2014 Major League Baseball All-Star Game and its surrounding festivities posted big numbers as fans consumed the event and connected with the best baseball players in the world in countless ways. As the action on the field resumes today, following are some of the highlights:

11.34 million
Viewers for the 85th All-Star Game, the largest average audience for the event since 2010

$8,575,800
Donated by MLB and the Minnesota Twins, the largest legacy community contribution ever made by MLB and its host club

2.6 million
Canadians watched some part of the MLB All-Star Game on Sportsnet, making it the most-watched MLB All-Star Game in network history. Sportsnet has carried the Midsummer Classic since 2003.

121,169
Attendance for three days of ballpark events at Target Field

114,878
Attendance for T-Mobile All-Star FanFest

38,758
Attendance for the first ever MLB All-Star Summer Pepsi Block Party

30,092
Attendance for the Target MLB All-Star Concert presented by Budweiser featuring Imagine Dragons and Atmosphere

27,686
Participants for The Color Run MLB All-Star 5K presented by Nike, the largest ever conducted by MLB and one of the Color Run’s largest events in the world

3,000+
Credentialed media covering the All-Star Game in Minneapolis

385
Percent increase of All-Star caps purchased by fans versus the previous year

223
Number of countries that the All-Star Game was viewed in

144
Jr. RBI players from across the U.S. and Canada attending All-Star Week

41
Percent of advertising bought by MLB’s sponsors in FOX’s sold out broadcast of the All-Star Game

31
Players who were first time All-Stars

30
All-Stars who were born outside of the U.S.

17
Languages the All-Star Game was televised in

16+
Percentage increase over 2013 for MLB Network’s combined All-Star programming viewership on Monday and Tuesday

DIGITAL DATA

8.1 million
Times the MLB.com At Bat app was accessed during Gatorade All-Star Workout Day and the All-Star Game, a +113% increase from the comparable time period in 2013

2.3 million
MLB.com Home Run Derby game play minutes logged by fans on mobile devices during the Gillette Home Run Derby live broadcast window on ESPN, a nearly 500% increase from 2013

1.4 million
Tweets that were sent during the All-Star Game, a +66% increase from the previous year

800,000
Live streams of the Gillette Home Run Derby, including the event’s first-ever MLB.com data-tracking stream, accessed by fans on MLB.com and the MLB.com At Bat app

615,886
Tweets sent about Derek Jeter during the All-Star Game

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY & A COURTESY OF MLB MEDIA RELATIONS

Gillette All-Star Home Run Derby raises $465,000 for charity

(courtesy MLB & Minnesota Twins)

Yoenis Cespedes won the Gillette Home Run Derby last Tuesday night, but all 10 participants teamed up to raise money for charity. With 82 total home runs hit during the competition (including 11 FlexBall home runs worth $10,000 each), Gillette and Major League Baseball combined to raise $465,000 to charity. The funds will be distributed as follows:

  • $50,000 to Cespedes’ charity of choice for winning the competition
  • $95,000 to Minneapolis Boys & Girls Club programs and MLB “Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities” (RBI) program
  • $20,000 to the charities of choice for each of Cespedes’ Derby teammates
  • $25,000 to NL Captain Troy Tulowitzki’s charity of choice
  • $25,000 to AL Captain Jose Bautista’s charity of choice
  • $8,000 to the charities of choice for each of the NL participants
  • The balance of the funds raised will be split between RBI & Boys & Girls Clubs of America

Nearly $4 million has been raised for charity over the past 11 years, including an all-time high of $615,000 donated in 2012.

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY & A COURTESY OF MLB MEDIA RELATIONS

 

Clippers bullpen blows game against Indianapolis in 7-5 Sunday loss

COLUMBUS, OH- The Columbus Clippers (54-49) lost to the Indianapolis Indians (56-47) 7-5 Sunday evening. Columbus lost three of four in Columbus against the Indians after taking four of six in Indy and fell to two games behind the Indians in the division.

(courtesy Indianapolis Indians)

Vin Mazarro (4-3, 2.37 ERA) picked up the win out of the bullpen. J.C. Ramirez (1-2, 3.52 ERA) took the loss. Andy Oliver allowed nothing but one walk with four strikeouts in two innings for his 12th save.

Justin Masterson (0-0, 3.60 ERA) pitched well, but took no decision in his rehab start. He went five innings and held Indy to two runs on five hits with two walks and six strikeouts. Casey Sadler (8-2, 2.74 ERA) struggled early against Columbus. He allowed five runs on eight hits with three walks and eight strikeouts in six innings.

 

GAME RECAP WRITTEN BY & A COURTESY OF COLUMBUS CLIPPERS MEDIA RELATIONS

 

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