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Baseball

Cubs to hire Renteria

CHICAGO — The Cubs will hire Padres bench coach Rick Renteria as their manager, with an official announcement today, the Associated Press reported Wednesday.

The move will end a long search that began with the Cubs targeting Yankees manager Joe Girardi before moving on to Rays bench coach Dave Martinez, ex-Mariners manager Eric Wedge, ex-Nationals manager Manny Acta, ex-Diamondbacks manager A.J. Hinch and Brad Ausmus, who was hired by the Tigers.

The Cubs hope Renteria, a former infielder who was on the Padres' staff for six years, can develop their young players and lead them to their first championship since 1908. He replaces Dale Sveum, who was fired after two years.

More baseball

Ortiz gets 6th Slugger

World Series MVP David Ortiz of the Red Sox won his sixth Silver Slugger award as the top DH in voting by major-league managers and coaches.

Silver Slugger awards are given to the top offensive player at each position in the American and National leagues.

Jurisprudence: Rockies co-owner Charlie Monfort had a blood-alcohol level of 0.284, more than three times the limit at which a driver is considered impaired, when he was pulled over for speeding Monday in Windsor, Colo., police said. Monfort apologized. He is scheduled to enter a plea Nov. 19. … Chattanooga, Tenn., prosecutors dismissed reckless driving and speeding charges against Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig. Puig has completed at least 12 hours of community service, they said. He was cited April 28 while with Double-A Chattanooga.

Tennis

Nadal is year-end No. 1

Nine months after returning from a career-threatening knee injury, Rafael Nadal clinched the year-end No. 1 ranking for the third time by beating Stanislas Wawrinka 7-6 (7-5), 7-6 (8-6) to reach the semifinals of the ATP Finals in London.

Nadal can't be overtaken by No. 2 Novak Djokovic. "It is one of the best things that I did in my career: come back to No. 1 after three seasons," he said.

ET CETERA

Autos: Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone disputed the contention he paid a bribe to a banker to ensure he stayed in control of the series and then fabricated a reason for the payment. In a London court, Ecclestone, 83, said he was blackmailed by the banker tasked with selling a stake in F1 and paid him to avoid being reported about his tax affairs.

GOLF: The PGA Championship and the Players Championship will have golf's richest 2014 events with $10 million in prize money.

Soccer: Houston beat host New York 2-1 to reach the MLS East final by 4-3 aggregate, and Kansas City beat host New England 3-1 to reach the East final 4-3.

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Sports Day Tampa Bay podcast: Rays drop three of four in New York

Sports Day Tampa Bay podcast: Rays drop three of four in New York

The Rays lose three of four games in New York as Rick Stroud says they fail to figure out the Yankees' pitching. With Christian Arroyo injured, they activate Adeiny Hechavarria — one of the stars of Sunday's win — from the disabled list a...
Updated: 6 hours ago
Rays journal: Adeiny Hechavarria returns and plays short, but now what?

Rays journal: Adeiny Hechavarria returns and plays short, but now what?

NEW YORK — The Adeiny Hechavarria situation is going to be interesting for the Rays. The veteran seemed destined to be traded or even released as he completed his recovery from a hamstring strain rather than play again for the Rays after last ...
Updated: 9 hours ago
Marc Topkin’s takeaways from Sunday’s Rays-Yankees game

Marc Topkin’s takeaways from Sunday’s Rays-Yankees game

The Rays remain committed to using an "opener" three times in five game stretches, but that seems to tax the bullpen too much. Wilmer Font showed Sunday that he should be able to handle starting, at least until Chris Archer returns.It was only one wi...
Updated: 7 hours ago
Rays journal: Adeiny Hechavarria returns and plays short, but now what?

Rays journal: Adeiny Hechavarria returns and plays short, but now what?

NEW YORK — The Adeiny Hechavarria situation is going to be interesting for the Rays.The veteran seemed destined to be traded or even released as he completed his recovery from a hamstring strain rather than play again for the Rays after last week’s p...
Published: 06/17/18

Marc Topkin’s takeaways from Sunday’s Rays-Yankees game

The Rays remain committed to using an "opener" three times in five game stretches, but that seems to tax the bullpen too much. Wilmer Font showed Sunday that he should be able to handle starting, at least until Chris Archer returns.e_SClBIt was only ...
Published: 06/17/18
Rays leave New York with a smile after beating Yankees 3-1

Rays leave New York with a smile after beating Yankees 3-1

NEW YORK — You had seen this game before.So had the radio guys, the coaches, the manager, the players and, certainly, the bosses.The Rays grab an early lead over the Yankees. They look like they are headed to a rare win in the Bronx. And then when th...
Published: 06/17/18
Rays leave New York with a smile after beating Yankees 3-1

Rays leave New York with a smile after beating Yankees 3-1

NEW YORK – You had seen this game before.So had the radio guys, the coaches, the manager, the players and, certainly, the bosses.The Rays grab an early lead over the Yankees. They look like they are headed to a rare win in the Bronx. And t...
Published: 06/17/18
Rays journal: Adeiny Hechavarria returns and plays short, but now what?

Rays journal: Adeiny Hechavarria returns and plays short, but now what?

NEW YORK — The Adeiny Hechavarria situation is going to be interesting for the Rays.The veteran seemed destined to be traded or even released as he completed his recovery from a hamstring strain rather than play again for the Rays after last we...
Published: 06/17/18
For starters: Rays at Yankees, looking to avoid a four-game sweep

For starters: Rays at Yankees, looking to avoid a four-game sweep

UPDATE, 1:01: Cash said they still have some talking to do, but Adames will be back at SS starting Monday and that Hechavarria likely won't be used anywhere but short so it seems pretty clear he will be on the bench. … And it still seems likely...
Published: 06/17/18
Peering into the crystal baseball to see what Rays could look like in 2019

Peering into the crystal baseball to see what Rays could look like in 2019

The Rays are still talking, as they should, about playing for something this season. The reality is that almost every move they've made, going back to the end of last season, and in some cases further, has been about 2019 and beyond.Clearing out vete...
Published: 06/16/18
Updated: 06/17/18