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Derek Jeter worship out of control

I just saw a list of the ‘‘most significant figures in world history,’’ as compiled by The New Republic: 1. Alexander the Great; 2. Aristotle; 3. Jesus Christ; 4. Charles Darwin; 5. Buddha; 6. Albert Einstein; 7. Mahatma Gandhi; 8. Derek Jeter; 9. William Shakespeare; …

 

Dodgers a hard team to figure out

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The cloudless blue sky and mid-70s temperature were more reminiscent of early June than mid-September, so there was no chill in the air to enhance the urgency of fall baseball at Wrigley Field on Friday. Then again, it has been six years since a fall-ball …

Baseball by the numbers

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This week’s names and numbers in baseball:

CUBS NINE TO KNOW

1. The visiting team with the most home runs this season at Busch Stadium in St. Louis is the Cubs with 16. No other visiting team has more than eight.

2. In 1965, the …

Baseball by the numbers

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This week’s names and numbers in baseball:

CUBS NINE TO KNOW

1. Entering Thursday, Cubs pitchers had allowed only 19 homers to the first two batters in opposing lineups, the fewest in the National League.

2. Cubs pitchers had held opponents to a .236 BAA …

Chris Davis suspended 25 games for amphetamine use

Orioles slugger Chris Davis has been suspended 25 games for using amphetamines, a punishment that will extend into the postseason.

Giancarlo Stanton hit in face by pitch, leaves in ambulance

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MILWAUKEE — Miami Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton was hit under the left eye by a fastball and bleeding from the face as he was taken off the field in an ambulance Thursday night. The major league RBI leader was struck by an 88 mph pitch …

Baseball by the numbers

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This week’s names and numbers in baseball:

CUBS NINE TO KNOW

1. I would rather see a batter be aggressive than passive, which is why I like Starlin Castro’s decreasing percentage of striking out looking. In 2012, 17 percent of all his whiffs were looking. …

Baseball by the numbers

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This week’s names and numbers in baseball:

CUBS NINE TO KNOW

1. After watching Jorge Soler’s first at-bat, I wished I had trademarked ‘‘Soler Powered.’’ Soler was the 114th player in MLB history to homer in his first at-bat — 47 in the American League …

Still champions, even in defeat

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SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. — Jackie Robinson West lost a game Sunday but won over a country. The South Siders fell 8-4 to South Korea in the Little League World Series championship. Shortly after, they were reminded of what they had accomplished during their 11-day stay …

Brandon Green, DJ Butler give their all in title-game defeat

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SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. — Win or lose, Jackie Robinson West players Brandon Green and DJ Butler knew it would be their last game. And they played like they had some unfinished business to attend to. Green and Butler struggled at times in the tournament, but …

Cheers for Jackie Robinson West players who ‘brought the city together’

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The applause never ended. Even as South Korea took an 8-1 lead over Jackie Robinson West in the final inning of Sunday’s Little League World Series Championship game, the crowd on State Street put their hands together for the boys from the South Side. Ultimately, Jackie Robinson West fell to South Korea 8-4 after one more thrilling run. But there were still cheers in the Loop. “I’m so proud of these boys,” North Sider Laveta Mitchell said.

Baseball by the numbers

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WHITE SOX NINE TO KNOW

1 Jose Abreu leads the majors with a .771 slugging percentage and a 1.271 OPS on full-count pitches.

2Sox pitchers have 510 strikeouts at home, tied with the Padres for 15th in the majors, but only 389 on the road, …

Cheers, tears from supporters in Chicago for Little Leaguers

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Timesha Wharton ran to the front of the gym where the giant screen showed the Jackie Robinson West boys winning the Little League World Series United States. Championship to become the third Little League team from Illinois ever to reach the world championship game. Then came the tears. “It’s just unbelievable that you have these kids from the inner city winning,” said Wharton, 25, who viewed the game in West Pullman at one of two city-sponsored watch parties.

Jackie Robinson West advances to U.S. Championship

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Jackie Robinson West staved off elimination for the third time this week, beating Taney of Philadelphia 6-5 Thursday, to earn a spot in the U.S. championship game and a rematch with Mountain Ridge from Las Vegas.

Jackie Robinson West team has big fan in Dodgers’ Carl Crawford

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SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. — The Jackie Robinson West team got a call from its most famous fan Saturday. Los Angeles Dodgers left fielder Carl Crawford spoke on Skype with the 13 Little Leaguers from Morgan Park. The experience might have given the youngsters an indication …

Jackie Robinson West advances after wild comeback win

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Jackie Robinson West manager Darold Butler vowed his team’s hitting would re-emerge.