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 Posted: Sun Oct 2nd, 2016 10:23 am
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The Mariners have been elininated with a 9-8 loss to the A's in 10 innings.

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The 2016 season was supposed to be a bounce-back year for the Minnesota Twins.

Instead, the club imploded, finishing with the worst record in the majors. Not only that, but it was the first time the Twins hit the 100-loss plateau since 1982.

If there's a saving grace for the disastrous Twins' campaign, it's that with the regular season officially over, Minnesota will have the No. 1 pick in the 2017 Draft.

This will be the third time Minnesota selects first overall in the draft. The Twins selected Joe Mauer first off the board in 2001, and in 1983, they took Tim Belcher, though he didn't sign.

This year, the Philadelphia Phillies selected dynamic high school outfielder Mickey Moniak with the No. 1 overall pick. The Phillies are in the top 10 again, selecting at No. 8.

After the Twins make their pick, they'll be followed by the Cincinnati Reds, San Diego Padres, Tampa Bay Rays, and Atlanta Braves to round out the top five.

As of the end of August, MLB.com ranks high school right-hander Hunter Greene as the top prospect in the draft. While he excels at shortstop, his fastball has topped out at 98 mph.

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Seven months ago, the Toronto Blue Jays were torn about what do with Aaron Sanchez, the promising-but-erratic right-hander whose future, some said, ought to be in the bullpen despite his first-round pedigree and bowling-ball sinker.

Now, with his team less than 48 hours away from hosting the Baltimore Orioles in the American League wild-card game, Sanchez is Toronto's undisputed ace. What a difference a season makes, eh?

Sunday afternoon in Boston, as his club sought to lock down a wild-card berth and secure home-field advantage for the one-game playoff, Sanchez authored a fitting epilogue to a remarkable breakout campaign in which he not only established himself as a viable starter, but led the American League in ERA. In front of a crowd that showed up to say goodbye to David Ortiz, the hard-throwing 24-year-old stole the show, no-hitting the Red Sox through 6 2/3 innings before Hanley Ramirez's controversial solo shot snapped his bid at history.

Still, while his efforts to wave Ramirez's blast foul went for naught, Sanchez made it through the inning with no further damage, and ended up notching his 15th victory of the campaign after Troy Tulowitzki delivered a go-ahead, ultimately game-winning single in the top of the eighth.

"For it to come down to 162 and me to be out there, it was the best," Sanchez told Sportsnet's Ben Nicholson-Smith following his club's 2-1 victory at Fenway Park.

He continued: "I knew what this feeling was like from last year and I wasn't ready to go home. We worked too hard for it to come to an end like this. ... It's huge what we accomplished, but it's not over."

In an elated, suds-soaked visitor's clubhouse, praise for Sanchez flowed like Bud Light following his 23rd quality start of 2016, which moved him into a tie for third-most in the American League. Only Justin Verlander and Rick Porcello had more this year.

"He's one of the best pitchers in the game," Tulowitzki said. "He's nasty. I'm glad he's on my team."

As Tulowitzki suggested, the hitters unlucky enough to face Sanchez this season had an exceedingly tough time squaring him up. Though his strikeout rate was pretty much league average, Sanchez managed the fifth-highest ground-ball rate (55.1 percent) among qualified starters, while his average batted-ball distance (197 feet) ranked eighth-best.

On Sunday, Sanchez fell shy of joining Dave Stieb as the only players in Blue Jays history to record a no-hitter - but he did become the first Toronto pitcher to lead the league in ERA since Rogers Clemens in 1998. (He won his fourth of seven career Cy Young Awards that year, by the way).

In doing so, Sanchez helped ensure Toronto gets to play the wild-card game at Rogers Centre. Not bad for a kid who was battling with Gavin Floyd for Toronto's final rotation spot back in March.

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Robin Ventura's time in Chicago has come to an end.

After five seasons as manager of the White Sox, Ventura announced Sunday he will not return to the team next season. Bench coach and former Chicago Cubs manager Rick Renteria is reportedly the favorite to replace Ventura. A press conference is scheduled for Monday.

After Sunday's 6-3 loss to the Minnesota Twins, Ventura told reporters, "I enjoy this place, love this place. It needs a new voice."

The White Sox were believed to be interested in extending Ventura's contract if the 49-year-old bench boss was willing to return.

Despite the team missing the playoffs for the eighth straight season, outfielder Adam Eaton offered up his support of Ventura as manager.

"He has been awesome to me, and I think everybody in here would agree with that," Eaton said, according to Colleen Kane of the Chicago Tribune.

"I think I speak for everyone when I say that. Within the clubhouse and within these walls, he has been tremendous. Communication, instilling confidence in guys and at the same token, saying what needs to be said in certain instances, I think he had a great balance."

Under Ventura, the White Sox managed only one winning season - when he was hired in 2012, they won 85 games. Since then, they've finished below .500 for the past four years. He leaves his post with an overall record of 374-435 for Chicago.

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SAN FRANCISCO - If it is an even-numbered year, the San Francisco Giants find their way into the playoffs

San Francisco made it on the final day of the regular season, securing the second NL wild card with a 7-1 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Sunday to complete a three-game sweep of their rival.

''We found a way to get back to where we need to be,'' ace left-hander Madison Bumgarner said. ''If we play like we have been the last three days, we'll be tough to beat.''

Denard Span hit a two-run triple among his three hits, and Buster Posey drove in three runs and had three hits.

San Francisco, which won Series titles in 2010, '12 and '14, plays at the defending NL champion New York Mets on Wednesday night in the NL wild-card game, with the winner advancing to a Division Series against the Chicago Cubs. Bumgarner, the 2014 World Series MVP, will face Noah Syndergaard.

''Everybody realizes this is do-or-die. This is playoff time for us already,'' first baseman Brandon Belt said. ''We knew we needed to step our game up a little bit if we wanted to get in the postseason, and everybody did. ... I don't think it bothers anybody that we go on the road to win these games. It's actually a lot of fun. With Bumgarner on the mound, we're going to have a good shot.''

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Indians manager Terry Francona sat in the visiting clubhouse at Kauffman Stadium, moments after a 3-2 victory over the Kansas City Royals, and knew only that Boston awaited his club in the postseason.

He didn't know where the series would begin. That was still to be determined by games elsewhere, as was whether Cleveland would need to make up a rained out game in Detroit on Monday.

''Well,'' Francona said with a grin and a shrug, ''we're either going to shower and go home or shower and go to Detroit. Either way, I'm showering.''

Suds up that loofah, Tito. You're heading home.

The Tigers' loss to the Braves coupled with Boston's loss to the Blue Jays gave Cleveland (94-67) homefield advantage in the divisional round. The newly minted AL Central champions open against Boston (93-69) on Thursday at Progressive field with Trevor Bauer slated to take the hill.

''You get to the last weekend of the year, you see a lot of guys kind of tailing off,'' said Francona, who has yet to win a postseason game in Cleveland. ''Our guys never did that.''

Not even in their regular-season finale.

Josh Tomlin (13-9) dueled with the Royals' Ian Kennedy (11-11) into the eighth before finally pulling ahead. Carlos Santana drew a walk off Kennedy to start the inning, Jason Kipnis followed with a double and Francisco Lindor hit a fly ball deep enough to right field for the lead.

Tomlin got the first batter in the eighth before Andrew Miller finished it up, and Cody Allen handled the ninth to earn his 32nd save and give the Indians a nice boost heading into the playoffs.

''I've never really experienced the postseason,'' said Tomlin, the expected Game 3 starter,'' so I know I'll be ready when that time comes. We knew we put ourselves in good position."

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For a second straight season, the Toronto Blue Jays are heading to the playoffs, as last year's American League East champs secured a wild-card berth Sunday with the Detroit Tigers' 1-0 loss, and locked up home-field advantage for the one-game play-in against the Baltimore Orioles moments later with a 2-1 win over the Boston Red Sox in their regular-season finale.

"We can't wait to get home," Blue Jays right fielder Jose Bautista told Sportsnet's Ben Nicholson-Smith following his club's victory at Fenway Park.

Earlier in the day, Baltimore assured itself a spot in the wild-card showdown by grabbing a 5-2 victory over the New York Yankees in which Matt Wieters homered from both sides of the plate, but despite finishing the campaign with the same record as Toronto, the Orioles will head to Rogers Centre for the play-in game by virtue of losing the season series with the Blue Jays, 10-9.

As such, the two division rivals will meet north of the border on Tuesday night to determine which team advances to the best-of-five division series against the Texas Rangers, who finished the 2016 campaign with the best record in the American League (regardless of the outcome of Sunday's finale against the Tampa Bay Rays).

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Max Scherzer does it all.

The Washington Nationals ace won his 20th game and had four RBIs in the last regular-season game of the year against the Miami Marlins, becoming the first pitcher in team history to drive in that many runs in a single game.

Scherzer's impressive day moved him into second for RBIs among pitchers with 12, behind St. Louis Cardinals starter Adam Wainwright, who has 18.

The Cy Young candidate finished the season with the most wins in the National League and top WHIP (.097) and most strikeouts (284) in the majors.

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Following a disappointing season with high expectations, the Arizona Diamondbacks have parted ways with general manager Dave Stewart and manager Chip Hale, the club announced Monday.


Less than 24 hours after the Arizona Diamondbacks wrapped up a disappointing year that began with high expectations, the club announced major changes to its front office Monday, relieving GM Dave Stewart and manager Chip Hale of their duties after another losing season.
In a statement released by the club, the Diamondbacks said they "parted ways" with the pair after just two years in the desert in which Arizona stumbled to a 148-176 record. Stewart and Hale were hired in 2014 by chief baseball officer Tony La Russa, whose role is still being evaluated by ownership, according to managing general partner Ken Kendrick.
"We are grateful to Dave and Chip who are widely respected throughout the game of baseball," Kendrick said. "Ultimately, the results have not been what we had hoped and while that responsibility is shared by all of us, we have decided that a change is necessary. We are still discussing what the appropriate role for Tony La Russa will be going forward."
The Diamondbacks entered the 2016 campaign with playoff aspirations after committing a franchise-record $206-million contract to free-agent ace Zack Greinke. In a move widely panned by critics, the club also dealt No. 1 pickDansby Swanson and outfielder Ender Inciarte to Atlanta for pitcher Shelby Miller, who pitched to a team-high 6.15 ERA between stints in the minors and disabled list.

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Toronto Blue Jays right-hander Marcus Stroman will start against the Baltimore Orioles in the American League wild-card game at Rogers Centre on Tuesday, general manager Ross Atkins told MLB Network Radio.

Facing him on the mound for the Orioles will be right-hander Chris Tillman, Baltimore announced.

Toronto's choice for a wild-card starter came down to either Stroman or Francisco Liriano, and Atkins said the team elected to go with the 25-year-old right-hander due to his impressive performances late last season after returning from a torn ACL.

Blue Jays manager John Gibbons echoed his general manager's assessment, adding that the decision wasn't so simple.

"It wasn't easy. I think Stro's the perfect guy," Gibbons told reporters. "He got it done for us last year."

Gibbons added that Liriano and fellow starter Marco Estrada will be available out of the bullpen, if necessary.

Stroman posted a 4.37 ERA in 32 starts this season, though he crafted a 4.17 ERA in three starts in last year's postseason.

Tillman has been one of the Orioles' most reliable pitchers in 2015, finishing with a team-best 16-6 record and a 3.77 ERA.

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Rick Renteria is once again the manager of a major-league team in Chicago.

The Chicago White Sox officially announced the hiring of the 54-year-old, who served as their bench coach this season, on Monday. Renteria replaces Robin Ventura.

"I appreciate this tremendous opportunity to manage the Chicago White Sox," Renteria said in a release. "It is a great honor as well as a great responsibility. Over the past season as Robin Ventura's bench coach, I have gotten to know the players and staff very well, and I look forward to helping us achieve our goals together."

It was reported late last week that the White Sox front office was prepared to offer an extension to Ventura should he wish to remain with the club. Ventura, however, announced Sunday that he wouldn't return, citing the need for a new voice in the clubhouse.

Renteria's first and only season as a major-league manager came in 2014 with the Chicago Cubs. He went 73-89 before being unceremoniously relieved of his duties when the North Siders opted to hire Joe Maddon.

The White Sox stretched their postseason drought to eight seasons after wrapping up the year 78-84, good for a fourth-place finish in the division.

Renteria will be the team's fourth manager since 1998.

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The Minnesota Twins announced the hiring of Derek Falvey on Monday as the club's new executive vice president and chief baseball officer.

"It's a tremendous honor to have the opportunity to lead the Twins baseball operations," Falvey said in a statement. "This is a proud, resilient franchise, and I'm eager to return championship-caliber baseball to the Twin cities."

OFFICIAL: #MNTwins Name Derek Falvey EVP, Chief Baseball Officer. https://t.co/DMSeDRZJO3 pic.twitter.com/wCXdT3R3yr

— Minnesota Twins (@Twins) October 3, 2016
Falvey spent the last nine seasons with the Cleveland Indians, most recently as the assistant general manager. He'll begin his new role with the Twins at the conclusion of the Indians' season.

The 33-year-old will have a full workload in Minnesota, as he'll be overseeing the major-league team, coaches, support staff, contract negotiations, player development, scouting, research and development, medical and communications.

"I believe the addition of Derek Falvey to the Minnesota Twins will markedly enhance our organizational excellence and bring championship baseball back to Minnesota," Twins owner Jim Pohlad said.

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Walt Weiss is no longer the manager for the Colorado Rockies, as he officially stepped down from his position Monday, the club announced.

After his contract expired following the end of the regular season Sunday, Weiss elected not to return to the club he's managed for the past four seasons. He originally signed a one-year deal with the Rockies in 2012 before agreeing on a three-year extension in 2013.

The 52-year-old admitted Monday his decision to step down stemmed from his bumpy relationship with Rockies general manager Jeff Bridich.

“I want to come from a position of gratitude toward an organization I spent 15 years with,” Weiss said, according to The Denver Post's Patrick Saunders. "But I just thought the working relationship with the front office wasn't healthy or productive. That was ultimately my thought when I made this decision."

Reports surfaced in recent days that Sunday would be Weiss' last game as Colorado's bench boss, revealing that the Rockies' front office had been leaving the skipper out of conversations regarding player acquisitions.

Weiss, however, was unfazed by the reports.

"It doesn't necessarily bug me," he said Sunday. "I only want to be where I'm wanted. If I'm not wanted, I just leave. It's one of my rules in life. I don't stay anywhere where I'm not wanted. I just go, I just disappear. … I want to make sure that people want me, from top to bottom. If not, I don't want to be here."

Weiss ends his tenure with the Rockies with a 283-365 record. His .437 winning percentage is the lowest in franchise history.

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Following his dominant American League East-winning campaign with the Toronto Blue Jays last season, left-hander David Price was given a seven-year, $217-million contract by the Boston Red Sox.

While the Red Sox are headed to the postseason as the 2016 AL East champs, Price has been heavily scrutinized for his work - including his 1-3 record and 7.89 ERA in five starts versus the division-rival New York Yankees.

Despite some less than stellar performances this season, and giving up the most home runs of his career, Price still made a mark on Red Sox history, pitching the most innings (230) since Pedro Martinez back in 1998 (233 2/3).

Martinez, a three-time Cy Young Award winner and eight-time All-Star, spent seven seasons in Boston, and was MLB's ERA leader in five of his seasons (four with the Red Sox), and the AL strikeout leader in three. The Dominican native was a first-ballot Hall of Famer in 2015.

Price, 31, posted a 17-9 record with a 3.99 ERA in 35 starts. He allowed 102 earned runs with 30 homers.

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The Philadelphia Phillies officially announced Monday that hitting coach Steve Henderson will not have his contract renewed for the 2017 season.

Henderson was the only member of the Phillies' coaching staff to be let go after the club finished 71-91 and missed the playoffs for a fifth straight year.

Part of the reason for the Phillies' struggles was an inefficient offense. They ranked last in the majors in runs scored, 29th in average, on-base percentage, and slugging.

Henderson joined the Phillies in 2010 as an outfield and baserunning coordinator. He was promoted to hitting coach in 2012.

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