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Archive for August 23rd, 2017

Indians place Miller, Salazar on DL; recall Armstrong, Díaz from AAA Columbus

The Cleveland Indians have announced the following roster moves relative to the 2017 Major League roster:

  • Placed LHP ANDREW MILLER on the 10-day Disabled List with a patellar tendonitis in his right knee and RHP DANNY SALAZAR on the 10-day D.L. with right elbow inflammation (retroactive to August 21).
  • Recalled RHP SHAWN ARMSTRONG and YANDY DĺAZ from Triple-A Columbus.

Miller begins his second stint on the disabled list this month after spending 16 days, August 2-16, on the D.L. with a similar ailment. So far this season he owns a record of 4-3 with 2 saves and a 1.65 ERA in 48 relief outings (54.2IP, 26H, 10ER, 17BB, 79SO, .139 avg). He currently owns the 2nd-lowest relief ERA and 4th-lowest relief batting average in the American League to date.

Salazar also is beginning his second stint on the disabled list in 2017, spending nearly seven weeks on the disabled from June 4-July 21 with right shoulder soreness. So far this season he is 5-6 with a 4.30 ERA in 18 games/16 starts (92.0IP, 89H, 44ER, 38BB, 128SO, .254 avg). Over his six second half starts since returning from the D.L. he is 2-1 with a 2.68 ERA (37.0IP, 30H, 11ER, 10BB, 41SO, .221 avg).

Armstrong begins his seventh stint with Cleveland in 2017, posting a relief mark of 1-0 with a 4.22 ERA over 18 outings (21.1IP, 20H, 10ER, 9BB, 18SO, .238 avg). Around his time in Cleveland he has posted a record of 1-1 with 10 saves and a 2.96 ERA in 26 relief appearances for AAA Columbus (27.1IP, 25H, 9R/ER, 10BB, 33SO, .240 avg). He has limited right-handed Triple-A hitters to a .173 (9-52) average against and an overall mark of .208 (11-53) with runners on base.

Yandy is beginning his third stint with Cleveland this season, his first since May 8-15. Around his tenure in Cleveland, he has batted .350 (108-309) in Columbus with 56 runs, 17 2B, 1 3B, 5 HR & 33 RBI in 85 games (.454/.460/.914). He currently leads in the International League in on-base pct. (.454) and batting average and is third in OPS (.914) and tied for sixth in walks (60). He has batted .371 (33-89) off LHP and has hit .321 (16-57) with runners on base. With the Clippers he has appeared in 42 games in third base, 21 games in left field, 9 games in right field and 1 game at second base. With Cleveland he is batting .203 (13-64) with 1 2B and 3 RBI in 18 games.

 

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

 

Cincinnati Reds announce August 27 as ”Rookies Day”

Hosting 500 Club Members

Press Release |

The Cincinnati Reds will celebrate their youngest fans on Sunday, Aug. 27 for “Reds Rookies Day” at Great American Ball Park.

Over 500 Reds Rookies Baby Club members and their parents will take part in a pregame parade on the field.

The Kroger Fan Zone will become the “Baby Zone” with pregame activities and games for babies and their families hosted by Erin Fischer from “Raising A Reds Fan”, presented by PNC Grow Up Great.

Giveaways will be available from Reds partners Pampers, TriHealth and Kroger plus photo opportunities with Reds mascots.

Reds Rookies is the official baby club for the youngest fans up to 3 years of age. Members receive exclusive merchandise (baby floppy hat, bib & diaper bag tag), an on-field baby parade, player & mascot photo session plus a voucher for Reds tickets.

Current members can RSVP for Sunday’s pregame parade at reds.com/Rookies.

Families can still participate in Sunday’s activities by purchasing a membership for just $15. Memberships are available by calling (513) 765-7314 or at reds.com/Rookies.

 

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

 

”Boyhood” first ever baseball-themed TV series, goes over huge in China

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“Boyhood” tv series surpasses 5 billion video views, wins primetime time slot on television in China

Press Release | August 22nd, 2017

“Boyhood,” the first ever baseball-themed television series in China, reached a large audience of viewers in China across television and digital platforms. The series, which was produced in cooperation with Major League Baseball, generated more than 5 billion video views, 3.1 billion social media impressions in China (@Weibo), and won its time period on television during the golden time window, China’s primetime (7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.).

The 40-episode series starred the TFBoys, a popular Chinese boy band, as baseball players trying to turn around the performance of a losing team. The series aired on Hunan Satellite TV, China’s top satellite television station, and was available on digital platforms Tencent Video and iQiyi Video. “Boyhood” ranked as the number one topic on @Weibo for the month of July, the first time that has occurred for a baseball topic in China.

The baseball scenes for “Boyhood” were filmed at the MLB Development Center in Nanjing, China. Seventeen players from the MLB Development Center made guest appearances in the series, including three who have signed Minor League contracts with MLB Clubs: “Itchy” Xu Guiyan (Baltimore Orioles), Hai-Cheng Gong (Pittsburgh Pirates) and Justin Qiangbarenzeng (Boston Red Sox).

“The huge audience tuning into this year’s ‘Boyhood’ series is the latest indication that baseball is finding its own distinctive way forward in communities around the world,” said Chris Park, MLB Executive Vice President, Global Marketing and Partnerships. “We are delighted to see the MLB Development Centers serve and inspire great Chinese storytelling, even as the Centers continue to lay the foundation for the first full generation of Major League Chinese talent.”

MLBI has opened three MLB Development Centers in China in Wuxi, Changzhou and Nanjing. The Centers provide world-class facilities for talented Chinese student athletes in grades 7-12, combining a mainstream school curriculum with baseball skills development.

 

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

 

Orioles’ 3B Manny Machado named American League Player of the Week

 

Manny Machado By Keith Allison CC BY-SA 2.0, https commons.wikimedia.org

Baltimore Orioles third baseman Manny Machado has been named the American League Player of the Week for the period ending August 20th.

Newly-acquired outfielder Jay Bruce (.357, 9 R, 6 XBH, 9 RBI) also posted an impressive week for the Cleveland Indians. Since making his first start for the Tribe on August 11th, the three-time All-Star enters play today in the midst of a 10-game hitting streak. During his torrid start with his new Club, Bruce has slashed .385/.455/.744 with 11 runs scored, 15 hits, five doubles, three home runs and 12 RBI. Other noteworthy performances last week included Jay’s teammate Trevor Bauer (2-0, 1.98 ERA, 13.2 IP, 16 SO); outfielder Nomar Mazara (.429, 5 R, 12 H, 11 RBI) of the Texas Rangers; All-Star relief pitcher Dellin Betances (4 G, 3 SV, 0.00 ERA, 5 SO) of the New York Yankees; and three-time All-Star Josh Donaldson (.375, 6 R, 4 HR, 7 RBI) of the Toronto Blue Jays.

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

Machado batted .385 (10-for-26) with four runs scored, a double, four home runs and 12 RBI over six games played to earn his third career AL Player of the Week Award, last winning on June 15, 2015. Among his AL counterparts, Manny finished his strong week first in RBI; tied for first in home runs; second in total bases (23); tied for second in extra-base hits (5); and ninth in slugging percentage (.885). This is Baltimore’s third weekly award this season, becoming the first AL Club to do so. Other Orioles to win this season include Machado’s fellow infielders Tim Beckham (August 7th) and Jonathan Schoop (July 23rd).

Machado, a three-time AL All-Star, posted a hit in each contest during his award-winning week, and enters play today in the midst of a nine-game hitting streak dating back to August 11th. On Monday against the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field, the 25-year-old clubbed his sixth career grand slam, and second of the road trip (also August 7th at Los Angeles Angels). The third overall selection in the 2010 MLB Draft followed up his hot start to the week with a three-homer effort on Friday night against the Angels at Camden Yards. With his final homer – a walk-off grand slam – Manny finished the contest with seven RBI. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Machado became the 13th player in MLB history to log three round-trippers in a game with the final one being a walk-off, and the first since All-Star first baseman Joey Votto accomplished the feat for the Cincinnati Reds on May 13, 2012 against the Washington Nationals. Over a 12-game stretch from August 6th-18th, Machado hit .370 (20-for-54) with 12 runs scored, four doubles, a triple, seven home runs (three grand slams) and 25 RBI. Per Elias, Manny became the first Major League hitter with 25 RBI over a span of 12 games since Edwin Encarnacion did so for the Toronto Blue Jays in 2015. In addition, the dynamic third baseman became just the 10th player in Baseball history, and the first in Orioles franchise history, to record three grand slams in a calendar month. Nine-time All-Star Carlos Beltrán last accomplished the feat for the New York Mets in July 2006.

 

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

 

 

Cubs’ 1B Anthony Rizzo named National League Player of the Week

Anthony Rizzo during batting practice before 2016 NLCS By Arturo Pardavila III from Hoboken, NJ, USA, CC BY 2.0, https commons.wikimedia.org

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

Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Keon Broxton (.467, 7 R, 4 HR, 6 RBI) also posted a strong week. The 27-year-old clubbed four home runs over a three-game stretch from Tuesday-Friday, culminating with his 20th round-tripper on the season. Just back from the Minors, Broxton enters play today with career bests in runs scored (60), hits (80), doubles (14), triples (4), home runs (20) and RBI (47). Other noteworthy performances last week included rookie outfielder/first baseman Rhys Hoskins (.320, 8 R, 5 HR, 8 RBI) of the Philadelphia Phillies; starting pitcher Gio Gonzalez (2-0, 0.00 ERA, 12.2 IP, 12 SO) of the Washington Nationals; and outfielder Starling Marte (.520, 8 R, 13 H, 4 SB) of the Pittsburgh Pirates.

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

Rizzo posted a slash line of .429/.484/.750 with five runs scored, 12 hits, three doubles, two home runs, 13 RBI and a stolen base over seven games played to claim his second career NL Player of the Week Award, last winning on July 21, 2014. Among NL leaders, Anthony finished the period first in RBI; second in hits and total bases (21); tied for second in extra-base hits (5); tied for fourth in doubles; tied for fifth in batting average; and sixth in slugging percentage. This is Chicago’s second Player of the Week Award this season, following Willson Contreras, who took home NL weekly honors for the period ending August 6th.

In Chicago’s first game of the week on Monday against the Cincinnati Reds at Wrigley Field, Rizzo went 3-for-5 with a home run and a season-high five RBI to help propel the Cubs to a 15-5 win over the Reds. Joined by two-time All-Star Kris Bryant, the ‘Bryzzo’ duo posted back-to-back home runs for the first time this season, and fifth time in their careers. On Wednesday night, Rizzo, who became the third left-handed-hitting in Cubs history to post four 25-homer campaigns earlier this month (also: Hall of Famer Billy Williams and Bill Nicholson), clubbed a grand slam as the Cubs’ fourth batter of the game. This marked just the third time in franchise history in which Chicago’s cleanup batter hit a grand slam in the first inning with no outs, joining Hank Lieber (September 12, 1939 vs. Boston) and Bob O’Farrell (June 14, 1923 vs. Brooklyn). The bases-clearing round-tripper, which helped lead the Cubs to a 7-6 victory, was the third grand slam of his career and first since September 4, 2015. In the final contest of the series against Cincinnati on Thursday, the three-time All-Star notched his eighth three-hit game of the season, including a pair of doubles and runs scored. During the four-game series against the Reds, the Florida native tallied nine hits, three doubles, a pair of homers and 10 RBI. Moreover, last year’s NL Gold Glove Award winner at first base enters play today with a career-best 102-game errorless streak, dating back to April 25th. The impressive stretch in the field is the longest errorless streak by a Cubs first baseman since Mark Grace also posted a streak of 102 games during his Gold Glove Award-winning 1992 season.

 

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

 

 

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