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Nov 4, 2016

Levine hired as Twins GM

The Minnesota Twins have named Thad Levine as general manager under new chief baseball officer Derek Falvey in their attempt to rebound from a club-worst 59-103 record. Levine was the assistant general manager of the Texas Rangers for the last 11 seasons. The 44-year-old ...

Nov 4, 2016

Astros claim Aoki off waiver wire

The Houston Astros have acquired outfielder Norichika Aoki, the American League club said Thursday. The 34-year-old Aoki, who bats left-handed, joined the Astros as a waiver claim from the Seattle Mariners and will be playing for his fifth team in his sixth season in ...

Nov 4, 2016

Championship parade set for Cubs

Ecstatic Chicago Cubs fans are expected to amass downtown Friday for a parade and rally to honor the new World Series champions. The celebration of the Cubs’ first title in 108 years will kick off when team buses leave Wrigley Field at 10 a.m. ...

Cubs cruise to force Game 7

Nov 2, 2016

Cubs cruise to force Game 7

After 108 years, what’s one more day? The Chicago Cubs are far from finished. They’re frothing. Addison Russell hit a grand slam and tied a World Series record with six RBIs, and Chicago took advantage of a huge early misplay in Cleveland’s outfield as ...

Granderson earns Clemente Award

Oct 29, 2016

Granderson earns Clemente Award

Winning the Roberto Clemente Award meant a lot to Curtis Granderson. Accepting the honor in front of his parents in his hometown made the moment even sweeter for the New York Mets outfielder. Granderson received baseball’s biggest honor for sportsmanship and community involvement before ...

Cubs reach World Series

Oct 23, 2016

Cubs reach World Series

Cursed by a Billy Goat, bedeviled by Bartman and crushed by decades of disappointment, the Chicago Cubs are at long last headed back to the World Series. Kyle Hendricks outpitched Clayton Kershaw, Anthony Rizzo and Willson Contreras homered early and the Cubs won their ...

Oct 22, 2016

McClendon returns to Tigers

The Detroit Tigers hired Lloyd McClendon as hitting coach and Leon Durham as assistant hitting coach Friday. McClendon is returning for his second stint with the Tigers after serving as bullpen coach in 2006 and hitting coach in 2007-13 before managing the Seattle Mariners ...

Cubs beat Dodgers again, now win from World Series

Oct 21, 2016

Cubs beat Dodgers again, now win from World Series

Jon Lester pitched seven sharp innings, Addison Russell hit a tiebreaking homer and the Chicago Cubs moved one win from their first World Series trip in 71 years by beating the Los Angeles Dodgers 8-4 on Thursday. The Cubs grabbed a 3-2 lead in ...

Cubs unleash power to rout Dodgers, even NLCS 2-2

Oct 20, 2016

Cubs unleash power to rout Dodgers, even NLCS 2-2

After striking out in his first two at-bats, Anthony Rizzo was seeking a slump buster. He found one in teammate Matt Szczur’s bat. Using the borrowed lumber, Rizzo homered and ended a postseason skid with three RBIs. The rest of the Chicago Cubs’ hitters ...