Angels closer Hansel Robles is alarmingly ineffective, and Joe Maddon is concerned

Angels manager Joe Maddon said closer Hansel Robles would not be available Sunday after pitching in two of the previous three games, including Saturday night’s blown save when he allowed a solo homer to Josh Reddick and a two-run shot to George Springer in the ninth inning of a 5-4, 10-inning Angels win over the […]

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No excuses? Even in a pandemic, Bears GM Ryan Pace still on the hot seat

Bears general manager Ryan Pace (left) and head coach Matt Nagy (right) face a critical season in difficult circumstances after the Bears fell from 12-4 in 2018 to 8-8 in 2019. | Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images The restrictions of the COVID-19 quarantine have put a crimp on the Bears’ offensive overhaul, but — unfair or not — Pace […]

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Dodgers starting lineup vs. Diamondbacks: Slumping Cody Bellinger gets a day off

PHOENIX — Dodgers manager Dave Roberts didn’t blink when asked about his reigning National League MVP on Friday night. Yes, Cody Bellinger had started the season five for 36 (.139 average) at the plate. Yes, he’d gone 16 consecutive at-bats without a hit. And yes, he flew out softly to left to end Friday’s 5-3 loss against […]

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Hang-ups, lies and wrong numbers: Contact tracers’ uphill fight against COVID-19

Erik Garcia is a manager at the South Side Walk-In and Express Clinic and a leader with the contact tracing team at the Howard Brown Health Clinic. | Victor Hilitski / Sun-Time The state of Illinois wants 90 percent of infections traced within 24 hours of a diagnosis, but officials in some areas admit they […]

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Joey Bosa agrees to terms on contract extension with Chargers

General manager Tom Telesco said he didn’t want to discuss contract matters Monday during a pre-training camp media session with local reporters. Barely 24 hours later, the Chargers and defensive end Joey Bosa agreed on a contract extension. According to ESPN, it’s a five-year, $135-million extension that includes $102 million in guarantees, the most in […]

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Willson Contreras, Kris Bryant out of Cubs’ lineup

AP Photo/Kamil Krzaczynski Bryant is dealing with a sore left elbow, but manager David Ross isn’t overly concerned. CINCINNATI — Catcher Willson Contreras and third baseman Kris Bryant got the night off in the Cubs’ 8-5 victory Tuesday against the Reds. It was just a normal day off for Contreras, but Bryant’s was more of […]

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Astros pick up Dusty Baker’s contract option for 2021 season

The Astros have picked up manager Dusty Baker’s option for 2021. | David J. Phillip/AP Baker was hired in January to replace AJ Hinch who was fired after he and general manager Jeff Luhnow were suspended for one year for their roles in Houston’s sign-stealing scandal. HOUSTON — The Houston Astros have picked up the […]

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White Sox manager Rick Renteria with team for series opener in Cleveland

Manager Rick Renteria rejoined the White Sox on Tuesday. | John Bazemore/AP The White Sox were without left fielder Eloy Jimenez for Game 1 of their doubleheader against the Indians Tuesday. CLEVELAND — The White Sox were without left fielder Eloy Jimenez for Game 1 of their doubleheader against the Indians Tuesday. Manager Rick Renteria […]

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Chargers GM Tom Telesco expects Joey Bosa to show for camp

The Chargers’ veterans are scheduled to report Tuesday and general manager Tom Telesco said he has been given no reason to think Joey Bosa won’t be among them. A two-time Pro Bowl selection entering the final season of his rookie contract, Bosa could be a candidate to hold out in search of a new deal. […]

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White Sox manager Rick Renteria passes test, expected to rejoin team

Manager Rick Renteria of the White Sox (center) gives instructions to members of his team during the first season workout at Guaranteed Rate Field on July 03, 2020 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images) | Getty Rick Renteria woke up Monday with a slight cough and congestion. CLEVELAND — White Sox manager Rick […]

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White Sox’ Rick Renteria won’t manage team Monday for precautionary reasons

White Sox manager Rick Renteria. (AP) | AP Photos CLEVELAND — White Sox manager Rick Renteria woke up Monday morning with “a slight cough and nasal congestion” and will remain at the team hotel tonight while bench coach Joe McEwing manages the team, general manager Rick Hahn said Monday afternoon. Renteria underwent testing and will […]

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Two MLB games postponed after positive COVID-19 tests

Miami Marlins’ manager Don Mattingly looks out from the dugout during Saturday’s game against the Philadelphia Phillies. The Marlins’ Monday home opener against the Baltimore Orioles was canceled after eight Miami players and two coaches tested positive for coronavirus. Monday’s Yankees-Phillies game was also postponed. | Chris Szagola/AP ESPN reported that eight more Marlins players […]

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Hernández: It’s clear Shohei Ohtani is facing the greatest challenge of his career

Before Shohei Ohtani pitched his first game in nearly two years, Angels manager Joe Maddon declared there were no limits to what the two-way marvel could do. Maddon was right. In the wake of a 6-4 loss to the Oakland Athletics on Sunday, Ohtani has an earned-run average of infinity. Almost 22 months removed from […]

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Tim Anderson reflects on “emotional” moments before Friday’s White Sox opener

Tim Anderson, flanked by manager Rick Renteria and Yoan Moncada, and Jose Abreu kneel during the National Anthem on Friday. | Getty Anderson took a knee before Friday’s game, and appreciated the support of his teammates. The moments before Friday night’s opener were emotional for White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson. “I tried not to shed […]

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Sir Clayton Kershaw, medieval knight, is your opening day pitchman

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts announced Clayton Kershaw on March 9 as the team’s opening day starter. On Thursday, 136 days later, opening day finally is here. The days in between had been long and serious ones for Kershaw: helping to care for a newborn son, adapting a workout routine to a coronavirus hiatus that stretched […]

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Pius Suter signing continues Blackhawks’ fruitful European pipeline

General manager Stan Bowman talked about the Blackhawks’ latest signing, Swiss forward Pius Suter, on Tuesday. | AP Photos The Hawks expect Suter — the top scorer in Switzerland this past season — to “be an NHL player for us next year,” per Stan Bowman. In the past two summers alone, the Blackhawks have poached […]

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Cleveland manager Terry Francona talks potential team name change, 2020 MLB season | Golic and Wingo

Cleveland baseball manager Terry Francona joins Golic and Wingo to discuss his comments on supporting the team changing the "Indians" nickname. He also talks about the 2020 MLB season and the challenges of managing during a pandemic. ✔️Subscribe to ESPN+ https://plus.espn.com/ ✔️ Get the ESPN App: http://www.espn.com/espn/apps/espn ✔️Subscribe to ESPN on YouTube: http://es.pn/SUBSCRIBEtoYOUTUBE ✔️ Subscribe […]

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Trump tweets ‘the game is over for me’ if players kneel during the national anthem

San Francisco Giants manager Gabe Kapler and several of his players took a knee during the national anthem Monday before a preseason game in Oakland as a protest against police brutality. So did Angels reliever Keynan Middleton before his team’s game in San Diego. While the moves were praised by Major League Baseball and others, […]

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Rick Renteria makes it official: Lucas Giolito is White Sox Opening Day starter

White Sox manager Rick Renteria shows a Lucas Giolito bobblehead to name his opening day starter. Rick Renteria announced his opening day starter by holding up a Lucas Giolito bobblehead. There was no suspense in Rick Renteria naming right-hander Lucas Giolito to start the season opener Friday against the Twins, but the White Sox manager […]

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Bring on the Cubs! White Sox turn into home stretch of tuneups for strange season

White Sox manager Rick Renteria, left, talks with Cubs fans Brock Beeler and his mother Beth Beeler before a game against the Cubs, Saturday, May 12, 2018, at Wrigley Field. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh) | AP Photos “It gives them a little bit more of an incentive when you’re playing against some opponents, let alone […]

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Parscale calls media ‘criminal network,’ vows to keep fighting alongside Trump after shakeup

President Trump’s former campaign manager Brad Parscale called the media a “criminal network” on Friday and vowed to keep fighting alongside Trump after being replaced this week with veteran GOP operative Bill Stepien. “The media is a criminal network that has very few honest people. They have zero intention to tell the truth. I have seen so […]

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An asterisk for the winner of this year’s World Series (if there is one)? No, a gold star.

Cubs manager David Ross says COVID-19 won’t lessen the meaning of this shortened season. He’s right. | Quinn Harris/Getty Images Whoever wins the title will have overcome fears, doubts, disruptions, distractions, positive test results and cardboard fans. No small thing. There are people who think a 60-game, pandemic-reduced baseball season will be like a Masters […]

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New Trump campaign manager vows to ‘expose’ Joe Biden, as Parscale transfers power

President Trump’s outgoing reelection campaign manager and his successor met Thursday with staffers at the campaign’s headquarters in Arlington, Va., for a transfer-of-power type of ceremony. Hours later new campaign manager Bill Stepien said the person he replaced – Brad Parscale – “will remain heavily involved.” PARSCALE REMOVAL ‘SHOCKED’ TRUMP CAMPAIGN STAFFERS And in a message to Trump […]

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Who is Bill Stepien? Trump’s new campaign manager and longtime Republican operative

President Trump announced that he was promoting Bill Stepien to be his new 2020 campaign manager Wednesday, replacing Brad Parscale, who will remain a senior adviser. “Both were heavily involved in our historic 2016 win, and I look forward to having a big and very important second win together,” Trump wrote as part of the […]

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