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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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Donít call it a comeback: Jonny Venters return to majors with Rays much more than that

Donít call it a comeback: Jonny Venters return to majors with Rays much more than that

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Updated: 4 hours ago

Rays Journal: A win over ex-mate Cobb, and in a record way

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Updated: 6 hours ago
Rays bring Jonny Venters back to majors

Rays bring Jonny Venters back to majors

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Updated: 10 hours ago
For starters: Rays at Orioles, weather permitting (again)

For starters: Rays at Orioles, weather permitting (again)

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Published: 04/25/18
Rays up next: at Orioles, 7:05 Wednesday

Rays up next: at Orioles, 7:05 Wednesday

Wednesday: at Orioles7:05, Camden Yards, BaltimoreTV/radio: Fox Sports Sun; 620-AM, 680-AM (Spanish)Probable pitchersRays:  RH Jake Faria (1-1, 5.82)Orioles: RH Alex Cobb (0-2, 15.43)On Faria: Coming off quality start vs. Rangers, allowing Shin-...
Published: 04/25/18
Carlos Gomez says he was guilty of only one thing in Sundayís epic walkoff homer celebration

Carlos Gomez says he was guilty of only one thing in Sundayís epic walkoff homer celebration

BALTIMORE – Carlos Gomez is perfectly willing to explain the specific elements that went into his epic celebration tour around the bases following Sunday's walkoff home run.The bat flip and raised arms were his initial reaction to how well he h...
Published: 04/24/18
Updated: 04/25/18
Rays Journal: On the early rainout, pitching plans, medical matters, more

Rays Journal: On the early rainout, pitching plans, medical matters, more

BALTIMORE – If the Rays were going to get rained out Tuesday, they were happy  the Orioles made the decision at a good hour, around 5 p.m."I think they probably did the right thing in the fact that they knew there's a bunch of rain coming,...
Published: 04/24/18
Rays-Orioles postponed, doubleheader planned for May 12

Rays-Orioles postponed, doubleheader planned for May 12

UPDATE, 6:06: The Rays will stay in rotation, so Faria will slide back a day and pitch Wednesday, vs. Cobb, and Archer will get an extra day's rest and pitch Thursday, against RHP Dylan Bundy.Also of note, Cash said 3B Matt Duffy (right hamstring str...
Published: 04/24/18
For starters: Rays at Orioles, facing Cobb, weather permitting

For starters: Rays at Orioles, facing Cobb, weather permitting

The Rays are set to get their first look at an old friend tonight, as Alex Cobb will be on the mound for the Orioles, weather permitting.Heavy rain is forecast for the Baltimore area, though Orioles officials seem confident there will be a window for...
Published: 04/24/18
Rays up next: at Orioles, 7:10 Tuesday

Rays up next: at Orioles, 7:10 Tuesday

Tuesday:  at Orioles7:05, Camden Yards, BaltimoreTV/radio: Fox Sports Sun; 620-AM, 680-AM (Spanish) Probable pitchersRays:  RH Jake Faria (1-1, 5.82)Orioles: RH Alex Cobb (0-2, 15.43)On Faria: Coming off quality start vs. Rangers, allowing ...
Published: 04/24/18