CHICAGO — On a hot, sweaty Friday, Hall of Famer Ryne Sandberg smiled and looked cool all afternoon at Wrigley Field, returning for the first time as a major-league manager.
Sandberg brought his Phillies to Chicago to open a three-game series against the Cubs with a 6-5 win. It was his first trip to the park where he rose to prominence during a 16-year playing career since he was promoted to the interim job Aug. 16 after Charlie Manuel was fired.
"A little different view from this angle here looking out," Sandberg said from the visitors' dugout, "but other than that, this was a place that was very comfortable for me as a player."
Nicknamed "Ryno," the second baseman had his No. 23 retired by the team in 2005, the same year he was enshrined in Cooperstown, N.Y.
Cabrera back, then out again: Tigers star Miguel Cabrera, who leads the majors with 130 RBIs and a .358 average, left for a second straight game because of an issue in his abdominal area. He left Thursday's game in the fifth after an awkward slide. Manager Jim Leyland said the third baseman told him he was ready to play Friday, then Cabrera struck out and exited in the second inning.
Suspended Ranger eyes postseason: Slugger Nelson Cruz, suspended for his connection to the Biogenesis clinic and PEDs, hit several batting practice pitches over the fence during a visit with the Rangers before heading to the Arizona instructional league. Cruz said he wants to be ready if his AL West-leading team is in the playoffs when his 50-game suspension ends on the final day of the regular season. "It's been a really rough few weeks," said Cruz, who had gone home to the Dominican Republic. "But I have good friends and good family. They're behind me."
Dodgers: RHP Edinson Volquez, released Tuesday by the Padres after going 9-10 with a 6.01 ERA, signed a one-year deal.
Phillies: Cuban pitcher Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez, 26, agreed to a $12 million, three-year deal. He will report to the complex in Clearwater.
Rockies: Reliever Rafael Betancourt, 38, has decided to have elbow-ligament replacement surgery and will be out about a year.