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Cincinnati Reds offering Fan Cutouts now for a limited time


July 28, 2020


The Cincinnati Reds are offering fans the opportunity to purchase photo cutouts that will be placed in the seats at Great American Ball Park.

Each cutout is $75 and all the proceeds will benefit the Reds Community Fund.

Reds Fan Cutout details:

• Each cutout is $75

• Cutouts will be at the ballpark during the 2020 regular season located in select seating sections (cannot pick location)

• Includes a photo of the cutout in its seat location after installation

• The cutouts will be authenticated and fans have the option to pick it up after the season

Please visit for complete rules, ordering instructions and tips for submitting photos.

The Reds Community Fund was established in 2001 and is dedicated to improving the lives of youth by leveraging the tradition of the Cincinnati Reds and the game of baseball. As the official non-profit of the Reds, the Community Fund creates programming that connects underserved children with baseball and softball while operating the P&G MLB Cincinnati Reds Youth Academy and fundraising programs that connect baseball with the community. More information at

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Royals sign RHP Matt Harvey to minor league contract


Matt Harvey pitching for Angels in 2019 By Keith Allison - https, CC BY-SA 2.0, https

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (July 28, 2020) – The Kansas City Royals announced today that they have signed right-handed pitcher Matt Harvey to a minor league contract. Per club policy, terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

Harvey, 31, made 12 starts for the Los Angeles Angels last season, going 3-5 with a 7.09 ERA (47 ER in 59.2 IP). In 2018, he made 28 starts between the New York Mets and Cincinnati, combining to go 7-9 with a 4.94 ERA (85 ER in 155.0 IP) and 131 strikeouts.

The right-hander was an All-Star with the Mets in 2013, finishing fourth in National League Cy Young Award voting that season. He also led New York to the World Series in 2015, serving as the Game 1 starter in both the NLCS vs. the Cubs and the Fall Classic against the Royals. That season, he set career highs in wins (13), starts (29) and innings (189.1), posting a 2.71 ERA (57 ER in 189.1 IP) along with 188 strikeouts (8.9 K/9).

Harvey was most recently with the Oakland A’s organization at the end of the 2019 season, but was granted free agency last November and did not sign with a Major League club during the offseason.

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MLB hands out Player of the Week and Play of the Week Awards

Nelson Cruz, Kyle Hendricks named Players of the Week presented by Chevrolet

Albert Almora Jr. makes a leaping catch at the wall to claim Play of the Week
Kyle Hendricks pitching to plate 2016 photo By Arturo Pardavila III from Hoboken, NJ, USA, CC BY 2.0, https
Nelson Cruz
Albert Almora Jr.
July 27, 2020

Designated hitter Nelson Cruz of the Minnesota Twins has been chosen the American League Player of the Week presented by Chevrolet and starting pitcher Kyle Hendricks of the Chicago Cubs has been named the National League Player of the Week presented by Chevrolet.

Cruz earned his seventh career AL Player of the Week Award, most recently winning for the period ending July 28th of last year, and is the 23rd different American Leaguer to win at least seven times since the award was introduced in the AL in 1974. Hendricks claimed his second career weekly honor, previously accomplishing the feat during his outstanding 2016 campaign (August 7th). Kyle’s rotation-mate Jon Lester was the last Cubs pitcher outside of Hendricks to earn NL Player of the Week, also doing so during the Cubs’ 2016 World Series-winning campaign (June 12th).

Nelson Cruz, Minnesota Twins (@ncboomstick23)

  • Batted .538 (7-for-23) with seven runs scored, two doubles, three home runs, 10 RBI, a walk, and a 1.385 slugging percentage over three games played.
  • In a historic contest on Sunday, logged four runs scored, two doubles, two home runs and seven RBI to lead Minnesota to a rubber-match win against the White Sox.
  • At 40 years, 25 days old, became the fourth-oldest player in Major League history to amass seven RBI in a single game, joining Hall of Famers Stan Musial and Reggie Jackson, as well as Jason Giambi. In addition, became the second-oldest player with four extra-base hits in a game since 1901, joining Hall of Famer Rickey Henderson.
  • Became the first player in franchise history to record at least four runs, four extra-base hits and seven RBI in a single game. Was just the 30th such game in Baseball history, and the first since Matt Carpenter on July 20, 2018.

Kyle Hendricks, Chicago Cubs

  • Earned the victory on Opening Day after tossing a complete-game shutout with nine strikeouts and no walks while permitting just three baserunners.
  • Became the first Cubs pitcher to toss a nine-inning shutout on Opening Day since Bill Bonham in 1974, and the first Major Leaguer since Clayton Kershaw in 2013.
  • Joined Hall of Famer Bob Gibson (1967) and Chris Short (1968) as the only hurlers to register nine-or-more strikeouts and zero walks in a shutout on Opening Day since 1901.
  • The outing was his 29th with the Cubs in which he tallied at least five strikeouts without allowing a fee pass, third-most in franchise history, trailing only Hall of Famers Fergie Jenkins (50) and Greg Maddux (31).
  • Other noteworthy AL performances last week included outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. (.636, 7 H, 2 2B, 2 RBI) of the Boston Red Sox; All-Star starting pitcher Shane Bieber (1-0, 0.00 ERA, 14 SO, 1 BB) of the Cleveland Indians; outfielder Giancarlo Stanton (.444, 2 R, 2 HR, 4 RBI) of the New York Yankees; shortstop José Iglesias (.538, 7 R, 3 2B, 2 RBI) of the Baltimore Orioles; starter Lance Lynn (1-0, 0.00 ERA, 6.0 IP, 9 SO) of the Texas Rangers; and first baseman Matt Olson (2 R, 2 H, 1 HR, 5 RBI) of the Oakland A’s, who clubbed a walk-off grand slam in extra innings on Friday night.

Other noteworthy NL performances for the week included first baseman Eric Hosmer (.667, 2 2B, 1 HR, 7 RBI) of the San Diego Padres; starting pitcher Trevor Bauer (6.1 IP, 1.42 ERA, 13 SO, 1 BB) of the Cincinnati Reds; infielder Miguel Rojas (.700, 7 H, 3 XBH, 5 RBI) of the Miami Marlins; starting pitcher Ross Stripling (1-0, 1.29 ERA, 7 SO, 0 BB) and third baseman Justin Turner (.467, 3 R, 4 2B, 4 RBI) of the Los Angeles Dodgers; and outfielder Marcell Ozuna (.333, 2 2B, 2 HR, 3 RBI) of the Atlanta Braves.


Leaping catch at the wall by Albert Almora Jr. of the Chicago Cubs

July 26 vs. MIL – Watch It Here

Outfielder Albert Almora Jr. of the Chicago Cubs earned his first career Play of the Week honor and is the first Cubs player to accomplish the feat since the award was introduced in 2019. With no outs in the top of the ninth inning in yesterday’s tilt against the Milwaukee Brewers, Almora ranged back to deep right-center field before leaping into the ivy to rob Logan Morrison of an extra-base hit. Additional Play of the Week candidates included Anthony Santander’s home-run robbing catch; Francisco Lindor’s jump-throw from deep in the hole at shortstop; JaCoby Jones’ leaping catch against the centerfield wall; Austin Slater’s twisting snag on the warning track; and Garrett Hampson’s home-run robbing catch at the new Globe Life Field.



Texas Rangers give update on RHP Corey Kluber

Arlington, Texas – Texas Rangers right-handed pitcher Corey Kluber was removed from his start on Sunday versus Colorado after the first inning while experiencing tightness behind his right shoulder.

Kluber was examined by Rangers Team Physician Dr. Keith Meister and subsequently underwent an MRI on Sunday evening.

The diagnosis is that Kluber sustained a grade 2 tear of the teres major muscle in his right shoulder. No surgery is required, and Kluber will have platelet-rich plasma therapy later this week.

Corey Kluber

Kluber will be shut down from throwing for a minimum of four weeks. He will be placed on the injured list, and the Rangers will make a corresponding roster move to replace him on the 30-man active roster.

Kluber made his first start with Texas on Sunday after being acquired from Cleveland last December.

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Miami Marlins CEO Derek Jeter issues Statement on COVID-19 issues


Derek Jeter in 2007 as Yankees shortstop By Keith Allison, CC BY-SA 2.0,


July 27, 2020


“The health of our players and staff has been and will continue to be our primary focus as we navigate through these unchartered waters. After a successful Spring 2.0, we have now experienced challenges once we went on the road and left Miami. Postponing tonight’s home opener was the correct decision to ensure we take a collective pause and try to properly grasp the totality of this situation. We have conducted another round of testing for our players and staff, and our team will all remain in Philadelphia pending the results of those tests, which we expect later today. We will provide additional information as soon as it becomes available.”

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