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Julio Mendez, injured Milwaukee Brewers minor leaguer, moved to Venezuelan hospital

MILWAUKEE — Brewers minor leaguer Julio Mendez, who was seriously hurt after being hit in the chest by a pitch last month, has been moved to a hospital in his home country of Venezuela. Brewers general manager David Stearns says Mendez remains in critical but stable condition at the Venezuelan hospital after being moved at the request of his family. The Brewers say Mendez suffered a cardiac event after getting hit by the pitch during a Rookie League game on Aug. 26 in Tempe, Arizona. Mendez’s family is at his…

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Cincinnati Reds, catcher Tucker Barnhart reach 4-year extension

Catcher Tucker Barnhart and the Cincinnati Reds have agreed to a four-year extension through the 2021 season, the team announced Friday. The deal includes a team option for the 2022 season. Terms were not disclosed. “Tucker has made us proud on the field with his play and off the field with his community involvement,” Reds general manager Dick Williams said in a statement. The switch-hitting Barnhart, who would have been eligible for salary arbitration after this season, is hitting .272 with six home runs and 42 RBIs. Defensively, he only…

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Nationals vs. Braves – Game Recap – September 21, 2017

ATLANTA — R.A. Dickey isn’t sure he’ll be back with Atlanta in 2018, or even still pitching in the majors, so he took a minute to savor what he said could be the final home start of his career. The 42-year-old’s knuckleball cooperated for a memorable night. Dickey frustrated Washington with his knuckler for eight innings, Ozzie Albies had three hits, and the Braves beat the Nationals 3-2 on Thursday night. “I’d be lying to say I didn’t have some emotions about it,” Dickey said. “This could be my last…

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Cincinnati Reds to install additional safety netting over dugouts at Great American Ball Park

The Cincinnati Reds plan to install additional protective netting that spans across the length of the dugouts on each side of Great American Ball Park. Reds officials announced Thursday that the new netting will be installed during the offseason and will be in place by Opening Day next spring. They also said they will replace the existing netting behind home plate. The announcement comes a day after a young girl at Yankee Stadium was injured by a 105 mph foul ball off the bat of Todd Frazier during Wednesday’s game…

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Inside the Los Angeles Dodgers clubhouse, where two streaks define a season

A version of this story appears in ESPN The Magazine’s Oct. 2 MLB Playoffs issue. Subscribe today! Sunday morning, Dodger Stadium, Dave Roberts’ office, about 90 minutes before game time. You can feel the Sunday morning pregame sag emanating from the clubhouse, but Roberts is having none of it. He is upbeat in the relentless but unforced way of a teacher in an inspirational Hollywood adaptation, and he’s got important work to do. One unfinished task is nagging at him: Game time is nearing, and he has yet to have…

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Raul Mondesi sentenced on corruption charges in Dominican Republic

A court in the Dominican Republic has sentenced former major league outfielder Raul Mondesi to eight years in prison for corruption and mishandling of public funds while serving as mayor of his hometown of San Cristobal. Mondesi, the 1994 National League Rookie of the Year while with the Los Angeles Dodgers, had been under house arrest since February while awaiting trial. The three-judge panel also fined Mondesi the equivalent of $1.27 million for defrauding more than $6 million during his time as mayor from 2010 to 2016. Three of Mondesi’s…

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Aaron Judge hits 45th HR, Didi Gregorius passes Derek Jeter mark

NEW YORK — Aaron Judge hit his AL-leading 45th home run and topped 100 RBI, Didi Gregorius surpassed Derek Jeter for the most home runs by a Yankees shortstop and New York beat the Minnesota Twins 11-3 Wednesday for a three-game sweep. The game was briefly halted in the fifth inning when a foul ball down the third-base line off the bat of Todd Frazier struck a young girl, who was carried out of the stands, given first aid and taken to a hospital. The protective netting at Yankee Stadium…

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Chicago Cubs lefty Mike Montgomery delivers a consistent message – Chicago Cubs Blog

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — He wasn’t supposed to start another game this regular season, but his bosses told Chicago Cubs lefty Mike Montgomery to be ready just in case. After all, the Cubs were taking on the Tampa Bay Rays, who were 17-27 against lefty starters this year. You can make that 17-28 after a fantastic outing from the Cubs’ sixth starter on Tuesday night. “That’s the best I’ve seen him since he’s been here,” Cubs manager Joe Maddon said. Montgomery was great, pitching six innings while giving up just…

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String of donuts a reminder that Boston Red Sox have issues – Boston Red Sox Blog

BALTIMORE — The Boston Red Sox have issues. And one of them is how badly they need offense. A day after erupting for 10 runs against the Baltimore Orioles — including a bat-around fifth inning that erased a 6-1 deficit — Boston’s bats went back into hibernation in a 1-0 extra-innings win over Baltimore on Tuesday. Even though they did enough to win, finally putting a run across in the top of the 11th, the string of 10 consecutive bagels that the Sox hung on the Camden Yards jumbotron prior…

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Inside the Cleveland Indians clubhouse during their historic 22 game win streak

The Indians do all these things and more, but what they do not do, except under the duress of direct questioning, is talk about the streak, at least while it’s happening. “The mindset really isn’t on the winning streak,” Greg Allen says. “We’re not wrapped up in it,” Kluber says. “We’re not talking about it as much as you guys are,” Cody Allen says. Everyone else certainly talks about it. Some analysts call it the most dominant stretch of baseball ever played. Led by Edwin Encarnacion and Carlos Santana, Cleveland…

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