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Shildt wins NL Manager of the Year days after mom's death

Nov. 12, 2019 9:24 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Mike Shildt began his life in baseball at his mom's side, tagging along with her to work at a Double-A ballpark and picking up odd jobs around the clubhouse. When Shildt was recognized Tuesday night for the career that has followed, the late Lib Shildt was the first thing on his mind. "My...

White Sox hire Coolbaugh as assistant hitting coach

Nov. 12, 2019 6:50 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago White Sox have hired Scott Coolbaugh as their assistant hitting coach. The White Sox announced the move Tuesday. He will work with new hitting coach Frank Menechino. The 53-year-old Coolbaugh spent last season as the hitting coach for the Los Angeles Dodgers' Triple-A Oklahoma...

Rocco Baldelli of Minnesota Twins wins AL Manager of the Year award

Nov. 12, 2019 6:21 PM EST
NEW YORK (AP) — Rocco Baldelli of Minnesota Twins wins AL Manager of the Year award.

Mets' Alonso, Astros' Álvarez named Rookies of the Year

Nov. 11, 2019 10:00 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Young sluggers known for their prodigious power, Pete Alonso and Yordan Álvarez knocked the Rookie of the Year voting out of the park. In a rarity for the major league home run leader, Alonso didn't land the biggest blow. Alonso, a star first baseman with the New York Mets, got 29 of...

Indians Carrasco, Perez honored for strong 2019 seasons

Nov. 10, 2019 9:52 PM EST

CLEVELAND (AP) — Carlos Carrasco's courage while fighting cancer and community service earned him another postseason honor. Carrasco won the Frank Gibbons-Steve Olin Good Guy Award, given annually by the Cleveland chapter of the Baseball Writers' Association of America, for being accommodating with media...

Crisis throws curve ball at opening of Venezuelan baseball

Nov. 6, 2019 1:52 PM EST

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Maria Graciela Briceno and her two best friends squeezed into their seats behind home plate at the baseball stadium in Venezuela's capital, knowing this season's opening game wouldn't measure up to past years. A deepening crisis has left her nation in shambles, and a recent curve...

Pérez's option declined; Odorizzi gets qualifying offer

Nov. 4, 2019 6:26 PM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Twins have declined a $7.5 million option on left-hander Martin Pérez and made a $17.8 million qualifying offer to All-Star right-hander Jake Odorizzi. Pérez will receive a $500,000 buyout as part of a contract agreed to last winter that paid him a $3.5 million salary this...

Indians let All-Star pitcher Salazar & 3 others go free

Nov. 4, 2019 4:36 PM EST

CLEVELAND (AP) — The Indians have given up on former All-Star Danny Salazar, whose career has been sidetracked by injuries. Salazar was reinstated from the 60-day disabled list Monday and refused an outright assignment to Triple-A Columbus, electing to become a free agent. Relievers Tyler Olson, A.J. Cole...

OF Gordon goes free after $23M option declined by Royals

Nov. 3, 2019 9:34 PM EST

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Royals have declined their half of Alex Gordon's $23 million mutual option for 2020, allowing the outfielder to become a free agent. Gordon had exercised his part of the option but was allowed to go free Saturday. He will receive a $4 million buyout, completing a $72 million,...

Darvish, Heyward stay with Cubs, who also keep Quintana

Nov. 3, 2019 2:49 AM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Starting pitcher Yu Darvish and outfielder Jason Heyward are staying with the Chicago Cubs, who exercised their $11.5 million option for 2020 on left-hander José Quintana on Saturday and declined their $6.5 million option on lefty Derek Holland, which triggered a $500,000 buyout....