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Still champions, even in defeat

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.

Kids on Jackie Robinson West team ‘refuse to lose’

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SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. — Jackie Robinson West manager Darold Butler vowed his team’s hitting would re-emerge. First-base coach Jason Little said shortly before the elimination game on Monday that it’s “a two-game tournament.” Turned out, a mulligan was exactly what the kids from Morgan Park …

MLB by the numbers: Defensive shifts add twist to runs-saved stat

Defensive metrics are changing constantly, moving much more rapidly than those on offense, where better information has been available for a longer time.

One new wrinkle this year comes from The Fielding Bible runs-saved stat from Baseball Info Solutions. Those who subscribe to billjamesonline.com can …

Jackie Robinson West falls 13-2 at Little League World Series

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SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa.— Jackie Robinson West lost by the mercy rule on Sunday, falling to Mountain Ridge 13-2 after four innings in its second game of the Little League World Series. The team from Chicago faces elimination Monday night.

Baseball by the numbers

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CUBS NINE TO KNOW

1 In the Cubs’ first 120 games, they homered in 73, the eighth-most in the majors. They are 40-33 in those games. Anthony Rizzo has homered in 24 games, the most on the team and the fifth-most in the majors. The …

Those who can inspire youth in short supply these days

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Cooled by the breeze from four Javy Baez all-or-nothing strikeouts Thursday, I headed for the Cell in hopes of seeing Scott Carroll pitch. But the blister that forced the well-traveled rookie to miss his scheduled start last week in San Francisco pushed him back to …

Fame is full-time work for Jackie Robinson West

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The Jackie Robinson West Little League team hadn’t been inside the Little League World ­Series ­complex for a minute Friday afternoon before it was asked for a photo — by an adult.

Rob Manfred elected next MLB commissioner

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BALTIMORE — Rob Manfred was elected baseball’s 10th commissioner Thursday and will succeed Bud Selig in January.

A labor lawyer who has worked for Major League Baseball since 1998, Manfred beat out Boston Red Sox Chairman Tom Werner in the first contested vote for a …

Jackie Robinson West team reaches Little League World Series

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The Jackie Robinson West team became the first all-black team from Chicago to reach the Little League World Series in three decades.