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 Posted: Sat Oct 1st, 2016 04:42 am
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chrob61 wrote: Braves are waving bye-bye to Turner Field this weekend....I am getting so ooooold......I remember all the hoopla over that stadium and the '96 Olympics.

Some fans wanted the stadium to be called Hank Aaron Stadium instead of Turner Field.

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My buddy at the Red Sox game tonight, talking to the manager. pic.twitter.com/KdGAZ8nUtL
— Brandon (@DailySportsGeek) September 30, 2016
John Farrell was busy battling the elements Thursday in the Bronx.
One day after his Red Sox locked up their second division title in four years, Farrell opted to rest several starters for the club's series finale against the New York Yankees, and one "fan" wanted to know why.
"John, why are we going with the 'B' team when the second seed is in jeopardy," asked the apparent Red Sox fan.
In response, Farrell, whose Red Sox lost 5-1 and are still fighting for home-field advantage, delivered the sharpest rip of the night.
"Why don't you shut your ass up?"










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Just a heads up, all games are free tonight on MLB.com.
I'm watching the Blue Jays &Red Sox.

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chrob61 wrote: Braves are waving bye-bye to Turner Field this weekend....I am getting so ooooold......I remember all the hoopla over that stadium and the '96 Olympics.What's  wrong with the stadium?  20 yrs seems like a short  time before a new one is built. 



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Chicago White Sox left-hander Carlos Rodon put himself in the record books on Friday when he struck out the first seven hitters of the game against the Minnesota Twins.

In striking out John Ryan Murphy to begin the third inning, Rodon tied a White Sox record, as well as an American League record.

Logan Schafer ended Rodon's streak at seven with a double after the Murphy at-bat.

Rodon tied Joe Cowley, who struck out seven Texas Rangers on May. 28, 1986.

The major-league record to start a game is eight, which was set by Jim Deshaies of the Houston Astros in 1986. New York Mets right-hander Jacob deGrom tied the mark in 2014.

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This year's version of the New York Yankees' pitching staff has struck out more hitters than any Yankees staff in the past.

Right-hander Michael Pineda struck out Baltimore Orioles catcher Matt Wieters in the second inning of Friday's game, giving the staff a club record 1,371 strikeouts.

Coming into the game, the Yankees had 1,370 strikeouts as a team, ranked fifth in the majors and second in the American League.

The bulk of those strikeouts have come from Pineda, Masahiro Tanaka, CC Sabathia, and Dellin Betances, who have all eclipsed the the 120-strikeout plateau. Pineda is the only Yankees pitcher with more than 200 punch outs.

The previous records of 1,370 was set in 2015 and 2014. Prior to that, the record was 1,318, which was set in 2012.

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In the pouring rain at Yankee Stadium on Friday, Mark Teixeira received a pretty cool retirement gift before the New York Yankees hosted the Baltimore Orioles.
Rock band Twisted Sister met the 36-year-old first baseman on the field and gave the slugger an autographed guitar.


Teixeira has used the group's song "I Wanna Rock" as his walk-up music for most of his eight seasons in New York.
He'll retire from baseball as one of the game's best switch-hitters, slashing an impressive .269/.360/.510, which included 409 home runs and 1,297 RBIs over 14 seasons in the bigs.










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Benlen wrote: chrob61 wrote: Braves are waving bye-bye to Turner Field this weekend....I am getting so ooooold......I remember all the hoopla over that stadium and the '96 Olympics.What's  wrong with the stadium?  20 yrs seems like a short  time before a new one is built. 
Based on a quick Wikipedia search, it seems the current Turner Field has tons of traffic congestion- moving out to the Cobb County suburb is apparently where more fans can get there to the games.   Also there were upgrades needed on Turner Field that were necessary.   Anyone from Atlanta area can probably give a better picture of the reason for the move.

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If the American League wild-card race ends in a three-way tie between the Toronto Blue Jays, Baltimore Orioles, and Detroit Tigers, the teams have determined the order of events to sort things out.

Toronto chose to host the first game of the tiebreaker Tuesday, while Baltimore opted to play one home game Wednesday instead of two potential road games, MLB officials told USA TODAY's Bob Nightengale.

Though it hasn't been made official, the Blue Jays have been designated as Team A in the procedure. The Orioles are then Team B, and will host a sudden-elimination game against the loser of the Blue Jays and Tigers.

Detroit will have two chances to win, playing both games on the road, meaning they could travel back to Toronto if they defeat Baltimore, with the eventual winner taking on the Texas Rangers in the ALDS on Friday.

The tiebreaker process has been pushed back a day because the Tigers have a makeup game against the Cleveland Indians on Monday in Detroit.

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The Chicago White Sox appear poised to part ways with Robin Ventura, as the club will reportedly name bench coach Rick Renteria its new manager on Monday, according to Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times.

On Saturday, the club announced a press conference with general manager Rick Hahn has been scheduled for Monday at 11 a.m. ET, but did not provide any additional details.

Ventura's future with the club has generated plenty of speculation of late, though sources told Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY Sports earlier this week that the White Sox were interested in signing Ventura to an extension if the 49-year-old wished to return.

Despite the club's reported willingness to extend that relationship, though, Ventura navigated a mostly forgettable tenure in Chicago, guiding the club to a cumulative 373-432 record while missing the postseason in each of his five seasons at the helm. With two games left to go in 2016, the White Sox are 78-82 and were eliminated from postseason contention back on Sept. 23.

Renteria, incidentally, endeared himself to Ventura in his first season as his bench coach - his first job in baseball following his one-year stint as manager of the Chicago Cubs in 2014.

"He's just a good baseball guy," Ventura said. "You see the work he puts in, all the little things he does and (what he can do for) our Latin guys. His interaction. He does a lot of stuff people don't see. Gets there early, does video work. It's been great."

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The Washington Nationals clinched home-field advantage for the National League Division Series, which begins Friday against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

With the Chicago Cubs having locked up first place in late September, the Dodgers and Nationals have known they'd be opponents for some time, though home field wasn't determined until Saturday afternoon when the Dodgers lost to the San Francisco Giants.

Game 1 and 2 will take place Friday and Saturday in Washington, with Game 3 going Monday in Los Angeles. Should the series extend further, Game 4 would be Tuesday in L.A., while Game 5 would return to Washington.

The Nationals went 48-31 at home this season, while the Dodgers are 38-42 on the road. Los Angeles took the season series 5-1 over Washington.

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Barely an hour after clinching their spot in the National League wild-card game, the New York Mets announced right-hander Noah Syndergaard will take the mound for Wednesday's one-game playoff at Citi Field.

"It's like every little kid's dream come true to pitch in a high-stakes game," Syndergaard told reporters after his club secured home-field advantage for the wild-card showdown with a 5-3 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies. "I'll embrace it."

The Mets' opponent for the one-and-done affair has yet to be decided, as the San Francisco Giants (85-75) and St. Louis Cardinals (85-76) will both head into the final day of the regular season with a chance of securing the second wild-card spot.

Either way, the Mets will have their undisputed ace on the mound, working on seven days' rest in a stadium he's dominated in all season. Syndergaard, who allowed one run and struck out eight over six innings Tuesday at Marlins Park, crafted a 2.87 ERA with a 1.11 WHIP in 16 starts and one relief appearance at home this season, posting a 6.50 strikeout-to-walk ratio while allowing just six home runs in 97 1/3 innings (0.55 per nine).

An All-Star for the first time this season, Syndergaard managed a 2.60 ERA with a 1.15 WHIP in 183 2/3 innings in 2016, leading all qualified starters in both fielding independent pitching (2.28) and homers per nine innings (0.54).

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PHILADELPHIA -- After the Mets clinched a playoff berth and home field for the National League wild-card game on Saturday with a 5-3 victory over the Phillies, all eyes shift to longtime Phillies slugger Ryan Howard on Sunday afternoon.

Howard said he's not taking anything extra in right now and is only focused on playing baseball, but even his manager knows that's hardly likely.

"He says he's not but I think he's got to," Phillies manager Pete Mackanin said. "It's just human nature. Tomorrow's going to be fun to watch."

Howard's two-run homer to tie the game in the fifth inning against the Mets on Saturday could be Howard's last. It moved him into 67th place on the career home run list list, tying him with Jim Rice and Frank Howard with 382.

"It was cool," Howard said. "Being able to hit the home run and tying the game up. Tried to spoil it for them a little bit today but they got us and you've gotta congratulate those guys because they've scratched and clawed."

Mackanin said he hopes his first baseman has just a little more left in him for what could be his final game in Phillies pinstripes.

"Hopefully he'll hit another one tomorrow," he said. "He's been swinging the bat well in the second half to have 25 home runs and almost 60 RBIs. He's been phenomenal."

The Phillies will celebrate Howard's career before the first pitch tomorrow, but the 36-year old first baseman says it's just another game.

"Tomorrow is Sunday," Howard said when asked about tomorrow's game. "I'm just going to show up. I'll definitely take it in. I think it'll be something cool."

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As he stumbles towards the end of the worst season of his 11-year career, Los Angeles Angels right-hander Jered Weaver - scratched from Sunday's scheduled start due to a back injury - made it clear he intends to pitch in 2017.

"I am definitely not retiring," the impending free agent told Pedro Moura of the Los Angeles Times on Saturday, lamenting that his season ended a day earlier than he'd hoped.

"It hurts me to say I will not be able to start tomorrow," he said.

Frankly, it's a fitting end to a season that was undeniably painful both for Weaver and the Angels, who drafted the 6-foot-7 California native in the first round of the 2004 draft and have employed him ever since.

Weaver, a three-time All-Star, managed a career-worst 5.06 ERA (79 ERA+) with a 1.46 WHIP over 31 starts in 2016, allowing 209 hits and a league-worst 37 homers in 178 innings amid a marked decline in velocity. This year, only one qualified starter - Toronto Blue Jays knuckleballer R.A. Dickey - threw his four-seam fastball slower than Weaver, whose heater averaged 84 miles per hour.

On Monday, after allowing just one hit and one walk over five shutout innings against the Oakland Athletics, Weaver acknowledged he may have just pitched his last game in an Angels uniform.

"It's a little weird," Weaver told MLB.com's Austin Laymance. "It's different. Something I've never gone through or dealt with before, not knowing what the future holds and not knowing what is going to happen next year."

In 11 seasons with Los Angeles, Weaver managed a 3.55 ERA with a 1.19 WHIP in 322 starts, finishing among the top five in American League Cy Young voting three times while compiling the third-most WAR (36) and innings pitched (2,025) in franchise history.

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ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Braves have interviewed interim manager Brian Snitker and three coaches for the full-time job heading into 2017.

Snitker met with president of baseball operations John Hart and general manager John Coppolella earlier this week. Hart and Coppolella also spoke with bench coach Terry Pendleton, first-base coach Eddie Perez and third-base coach Bo Porter about the job.

Hart and Coppolella are expected to begin the process of interviewing candidates outside the organization after the season ends Sunday.

Snitker said the interview was his first, for any position, in 40 years with the Braves.

He managed 20 years in the minor leagues, worked seven years as third-base coach under Hall of Fame manager Bobby Cox and was in his third Triple-A stint when the Braves promoted him to replace Fredi Gonzalez on May 17.

When Snitker took charge, Atlanta had the majors' worst offense and a shaky pitching staff. It took until late September for Atlanta to no longer have the majors' worst record.

The Braves are 57-65 under Snitker and had won 10 of 11 before Friday's loss to Detroit. They still have the fewest home wins in the majors, 29, in their final season at Turner Field.

Pendleton, Perez and Porter confirmed Saturday to The Associated Press that they have been interviewed, but they declined to give details.

Pendleton, a Braves assistant coach for 15 years, was the 1991 National League MVP and a major reason why Atlanta went from worst to first and advanced to its first World Series that year.

Perez, the MVP of the 1999 National League Championship Series, played 18 of his 20 seasons in Atlanta. He's in his 10th year as a coach.

Porter, in his second year as an Atlanta coach, managed the Houston Astros to a 121-203 record in 2013-14.

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