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Miami Marlins’ RF Giancarlo Stanton slugs his way to National League Player of the Week honors

Giancarlo Stanton 2015 By Arturo Pardavila III, CC BY 2.0, https commons.wikimedia.org

Miami Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton has been named the National League Player of the Week for the period ending August 27th, his second weekly honor of his red-hot month.

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

Rookie first baseman Rhys Hoskins (.385, 7 R, 6 HR, 15 RBI) of the Philadelphia Phillies also posted an historic week. With his round-tripper yesterday against the Chicago Cubs, Hoskins extended his home run streak to five games and matched the longest streak by a rookie in Major League history. All-Star outfielder Joc Pederson of the Los Angeles Dodgers (2015) was the last rookie across Baseball to accomplish the feat. In addition, the homer was his 11th in his first 18 Major League contests, establishing a new MLB record. Other noteworthy performances last week included starting pitcher Rich Hill, who completed nine no-hit innings on Wednesday night with 10 strikeouts and zero walks, as well as starter Patrick Corbin (2-0, 0.60 ERA, 15.0 IP, 14 SO) and reliever Fernando Rodney (5 G, 5 SV, 2.08 ERA) of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Stanton posted a slash line of .448/.500/1.069 with eight runs scored, 13 hits, three doubles, five home runs and 11 RBI over seven games played to claim his sixth career NL Player of the Week Award, last winning earlier this season for the period ending August 13th. Among NL leaders, Giancarlo finished the period first in hits, extra-base hits (8) and total bases (31); tied for first in runs scored; second in batting average, home runs, RBI and slugging percentage; and fourth in on-base percentage. This is Miami’s fifth Player of the Week Award this season, becoming the first Club in the Majors to do so. Other Marlins to win this season include Stanton’s teammates Edinson Volquez, who took home weekly honors for the period ending June 4th after logging his first career no-hitter; Marcell Ozuna (April 16th); and J.T. Realmuto (April 9th).

On Sunday afternoon against the San Diego Padres at Marlins Park, Stanton logged his fourth multi-hit game in a row, batting a perfect 3-for-3 with two runs scored, one double, a home run and three RBI. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, with the round-tripper, the four-time All-Star became the 28th different player in Major League history to club 50 homers in a single season. In addition, the 27-year-old slugger became the fastest player to reach the milestone since 2001, doing so in Miami’s 129th game of the 2017 campaign. During Barry Bonds’ 73-home run season in 2001, Bonds reached the 50-homer mark in San Francisco’s 117th team game. The only other players in MLB history to reach the 50-homer threshold prior to their team’s 130th contest were Hall of Famer Babe Ruth in 1921 (125), Roger Maris in 1961 (125), Mark McGwire in both 1998 (125) and 1999 (124) and Sammy Sosa in 1999 (121). With four games still remaining in August, the 2016 T-Mobile Home Run Derby Champion, who also participated in front of his home crowd during the 2017 Derby at his ballpark, has already tallied 17 home runs and 35 RBI. Stanton became just the fourth different player since 1913 to reach those totals in a single month, joining Ruth (September 1927), Rudy York (August 1937 and August 1943) and Sosa (June 1998 and August 2001).   With a record of 66-63 entering play today, the Marlins, who won six-of-seven games during Stanton’s award-winning week, now trail the Colorado Rockies by just 4.5 games for the second NL Wild Card spot.

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY MLB MEDIA RELATIONS; COURTESY MLBpressbox.com

 

Cejka has solid first round at Nationwide Children’s; pledges money for Houston area

Alex Cejka smiling about his tied for 3rd place first day with a -4 67 (megasportsnews.com photo)

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62,112 Alex Cejka Web.com Tour He looked pretty good How did he feel today 8 31 2017

62,113 Alex Cejka Web.com Tour TV broadcasters said he is contributing money to Houston for each birdie 8 31 2017

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Columbus, O. — Alex Cejka was in a smiling mood as he came off the 18th green Thursday afternoon.

He had just completed a nice round, bogey-free,  4-under, 67 on the tough Ohio State Scarlet course with breezy conditions.

No, he is not leading the pack but he is one of the leaders along with Keith Mitchell, 6-under 67, Abraham Ancer, 5-under 66 and Sam Saunders, whom Cejka is tied for third with, 4-under 67.

With three days left, it is anybody’s tournament. First round leaders rarely go wire-to-wire.

Cejka, who is 46 and a member of the PGA Tour, was also smiling when members of the media asked him about if it was true he would be donating money for every birdie he gets during the Web.com Tour Finals which the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship kicks off.

”Yes, to Houston” he said. We have a deal. I have a couple of friends that are going to chip in. I have $100 for each birdie I make, and I have a couple friends that are going to chip in to match what I do. And you know, at least we could make four birdies today and contribute a little bit, you know.”

Where did the idea come from?

”You know, you want to help,” Cejka said. You want to help, and a disaster like this happens, and people are just in a bad place and unlucky. and my wife likes to help, and when we can, luckily our home is in Vegas is safe. so you want to help people. They are not so lucky. So we decided to during the playoffs, all four weeks, every birdie I make we’re going to donate a little bit, and I needed to add a couple buddies.”

Cejka says he would have helped and donated anyway no matter if it was Houston or Utah. ”It’s a disaster, he said. ” It happens here in the States like regular, like every three or four years. So you know, it’s a shame. But we’re going to fix it, even if it’s a couple bucks, we’re just trying to help.”

The 5’8, 170-pound golfer, was born in Czechoslovakia. He left there with his parents as a refugee at age 9 and eventually settling in Munich where he became a German citizen.

He turned pro in 1989 and has 12 wins spread over four different tours.

Twins CF Byron Buxton named American League Player of the Week

 

Byron Buxton hitting ball 2015 By Keith Allison on Flickr, CC BY-SA 2.0, https commons.wikimedia.org

 

Minnesota Twins outfielder Byron Buxton has been named the American League Player of the Week for the period ending August 27th.

Other noteworthy performances last week included Byron’s teammates Kyle Gibson (2-0, 1.98 ERA, 13.2 IP, 15 SO) and Jorge Polanco (.344, 6 R, 4 2B, 4 HR, 11 RBI); starting pitcher Doug Fister (1-1, 1.69 ERA, 16.0 IP, 13 SO) of the Boston Red Sox; outfielder Trey Mancini (.478, 3 XBH, 8 RBI, .519 OBP) of the Baltimore Orioles; two-time All-Star starting pitcher Chris Archer (1-0, 1.38 ERA, 13.0 IP, 18 SO) and 2017 All-Star designated hitter Corey Dickerson (.500, 6 R, 5 XBH, 1.000 SLG) of the Tampa Bay Rays; and two-time All-Star shortstop Francisco Lindor (.360, 6 R, 4 HR, 7 RBI) of the Cleveland Indians.

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

Buxton batted .333 (11-for-33) with nine runs scored, a double, five home runs, 10 RBI and two stolen bases over eight games played to earn his first career AL Player of the Week Award. Among his AL counterparts, Byron finished his strong week first in home runs; tied for first in total bases (27); tied for second in extra-base hits (6) and RBI; fourth in slugging percentage (.818); and tied for fourth in hits and stolen bases. This is Minnesota’s third weekly award this season, becoming the second AL Club to do so (also Baltimore Orioles). Other Twins to win this season include Buxton’s teammates Miguel Sanó (April 30th) and Eddie Rosario (August 13th).

In Minnesota’s double-header on Monday against the Chicago White Sox, Buxton tallied three hits across both games, including his eighth homer on the season during the latter contest. With the multi-hit effort during the second game, the second overall selection of the 2012 MLB Draft continued a career-long 12-game hitting streak, dating back to August 10th. During his torrid stretch, Buxton batted .400 (18-for-45) with 12 runs scored, two doubles, two triples, four home runs, 12 RBI and three stolen bases. On Friday night against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre, the dynamic 23-year-old went 3-for-5 with two RBI and a stolen base to propel Minnesota to a 6-1 victory. Moreover, the speedy center fielder saved his best performance for Sunday’s matinee against the Blue Jays. In the Twins’ 7-2 victory over Toronto, Buxton went 4-for-5 with three home runs, a stolen base and five RBI, becoming the eighth player in Twins history to log three round-trippers in a single game. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, it was the 64th time since 2012 that a player clubbed as many as three homers in a game. However, Buxton joined Yoenis Céspedes of the New York Mets (2015) as the only players to also steal a base in the same contest. Since the calendar flipped to August, the Baxley, Georgia native has enjoyed the best month of his Major League career, slashing .330/.362/.649 with 22 runs scored, 32 hits, three doubles, two triples, eight home runs, 25 RBI and eight stolen bases. Led in large part by Buxton’s hot month at the plate, the Twins currently occupy the second AL Wild Card spot with a 67-63 (.515) record.

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY MLB MEDIA RELATIONS; COURTESY MLBpressbox.com

 

 

MLB issues discipline to Yankees, Tigers from bench-clearing brawl

Discipline has been issued to members of the Detroit Tigers and the New York Yankees as a result of the bench-clearing incidents during Thursday’s game at Comerica Park in Detroit. Joe Torre, Chief Baseball Officer for Major League Baseball, made the announcement.

·         Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera has received a seven-game suspension for inciting the first bench-clearing incident and fighting.

·         Yankees catcher Gary Sánchez has received a four-game suspension for fighting, including throwing punches.

·         Tigers pitcher Alex Wilson has received a four-game suspension for intentionally throwing a pitch at Todd Frazier of the Yankees while warnings were in place for both sides.

·         Yankees catcher Austin Romine has received a two-game suspension for fighting, including throwing punches.

·         Tigers manager Brad Ausmus has received a one-game suspension for the intentional actions of Wilson while warnings were in place.

All five individuals also received undisclosed fines as a part of their discipline. Others who were fined for their actions during the incidents were Yankees manager Joe Girardi, Yankees bench coach/acting manager Rob Thomson, Yankees outfielder Brett Gardner, Yankees pitcher Tommy Kahnle andTigers shortstop José Iglesias. In addition, two members of the Yankees, first baseman Garrett Cooperand outfielder Clint Frazier, received fines for entering the field while being on the disabled list.

Unless appealed, all suspensions are scheduled to be effective tonight, when the Yankees are to host the Seattle Mariners and the Tigers are to visit the Chicago White Sox. If any player elects to appeal, then the discipline issued to him will be held in abeyance until the process is complete. In addition, if Wilson chooses to appeal his discipline, Ausmus’ suspension will be effective the same day that Wilson serves his suspension, if any.

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY MLB MEDIA RELATIONS; COURTESY MLBpressbox.com

 

Blue Jackets participating in annual NHL Prospects Tournament, Traverse City, Michigan September 8

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Players will undergo physicals and practice on Thursday, September 7 before departing for Traverse City

 

COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Columbus Blue Jackets will begin preparations for the 2017-18 National Hockey League season at the Annual NHL Prospect Tournament to be held from September 8-12 at the Center Ice Arena in Traverse City, Michigan.  The 23 players participating in the tournament will undergo physicals prior to taking part in an on-ice practice session at the OhioHealth Ice Haus, the club’s official practice facility at Nationwide Arena, from 10 to 11 a.m. on Thursday, September 7.

 

The on-ice session is free and open to the public.  Media availability with the players will be held immediately following practice before the team departs for Traverse City.

 

This year will mark Columbus’ 16th-straight appearance at the tournament.  The Blue Jackets, who finished third last year, captured the tournament title in 2006, 2007, 2015 and 2016.  This year’s participating clubs will be divided into the following: TED LINDSAY DIVISION – Columbus, Dallas Stars, Minnesota Wild and St. Louis Blues; and GORDIE HOWE DIVISION – Carolina Hurricanes, Chicago Blackhawks, Detroit Red Wings and New York Rangers.

 

Practice sessions and tournament games will be held on the facility’s two sheets of ice – David’s Rink and West Rink – located at 1600 Chartwell Drive, Traverse City, Michigan, 49686 (Phone – 231/933-7465).  The Blue Jackets’ schedule includes:

 

Friday, Sept. 8

8:30 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. Practice (David’s Rink)

3:30 p.m. vs. DALLAS (David’s Rink)

 

Saturday, Sept. 9

11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Practice (West Rink)

7:30 p.m. at MINNESOTA (West Rink)

 

Sunday, Sept. 10

1:15 to 2:15 p.m. Practice (West Rink)

 

Monday, Sept. 11

8:30 to 9:15 a.m. Practice (West Rink)

3 p.m. at ST. LOUIS (David’s Rink)

 

Tuesday, Sept. 12

Game – Opponent, Time and Rink TBD

 

The Blue Jackets’ rookie camp roster features 23 players, including six who were selected by the club via the NHL Draft. Leading the group of prospects will be two of the club’s first round picks in the most recent NHL Drafts – 2015 first round pick Gabriel Carlsson (29th overall) and 2016 third overall selection Pierre-Luc Dubois.  Other drafted players scheduled to participate in the tournament include: 2016 – Vitaly Abramov, Calvin Thurkauf; 2015 – Paul Bittner; 2014 – Ryan Collins.

 

The Blue Jackets rookies will be coached in Traverse City by John Madden, head coach of the Cleveland Monsters, the club’s American Hockey League affiliate.  He will be assisted by Monsters Assistant Coach Steve McCarthy and Goaltending Coach Manny Legace, along with Blue Jackets Development Coaches Chris Clark, Gregory Campbell and Jarkko Ruutu.

 

Blue Jackets veterans and rookies will open the club’s 17th training camp with medicals and fitness testing on Thursday, September 14 with the first day of on-ice workouts scheduled for the following day.  The Blue Jackets open preseason play on Tuesday, September 19 when they host the Blackhawks at 7:00 p.m. at Nationwide Arena.  The club will open the regular season on Friday, October 6 at home against the New York Islanders.

 


Full and partial season tickets for the Blue Jackets’ 2017-18 campaign are currently available for purchase.  Information on all ticketing options can be obtained by calling (800) NHL‐COLS or by visiting BlueJackets.com.

 

‐ CBJ ‐

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY & A COURTESY OF COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS COMMUNICATIONS

 

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