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Jackie Robinson West team reaches Little League World Series

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

 

Jackie Robinson West advances to U.S. Championship with 6-5 win

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SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. — After Jackie Robinson West lost to Mountain Ridge on Sunday, manager Darold Butler called it a “blessing in disguise.”

Jackie Robinson West’s emotional center now had a carrot that would motivate his kids through the rest of the tournament: earning a …

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.

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 …

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 …

Baseball by the numbers

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This week’s names and numbers in baseball:

NINE TO KNOW: CUBS

1.As of Thursday, Cubs pitchers had allowed 70 runs in the first inning; only the Philadelphia Phillies (75) had allowed more in the majors. Travis Wood, along with Tim Lincecum and Wade Miley, led …

Baseball by the numbers

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This week’s names and numbers in baseball:

CUBS NINE TO KNOW

1.The Cubs had by far their worst run-differential month in July. In March/April, when they were 9-17, they scored 99 runs and allowed 108, a run differential of minus-9. In May, when they were …

Jon Lester traded to A’s for Yoenis Cespedes

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The Oakland Athletics acquired left-hander Jon Lester along with outfielder Jonny Gomes from the Boston Red Sox for slugging outfielder Yoenis Cespedes before Thursday’s trade deadline, a person with knowledge of the deal said.

Georgia on Baseball Hall of Fame inductees’ minds

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The Susquehanna River runs through the village of Cooperstown, N.Y. And if this is the heart of baseball, an artery surely will be flowing this weekend into Georgia.

This 1.6-square-mile town is expecting a crowd of more than 60,000 on Sunday to watch the largest …

Baseball by the numbers

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This week’s names and numbers in baseball:

CHICAGO BATTERS NINE TO KNOW

1. Since June 1, Jose Abreu led the majors with 15 homers, followed by Anthony Rizzo with 14.

2. Abreu and Starlin Castro are the leading Chicago hitters on the road. Both were …