Renteria reflects on what he, rebuilding Sox have achieved in ’17

HOUSTON — Of course, manager Rick Renteria knows the White Sox are rebuilding. His manner of doing things — creating a different atmosphere and a new identity in the clubhouse and on the field — is a significant part of the Sox’ plan. But there is no way Renteria, whose team improved to 61-91 with a 3-1 victory Thursday against the American League West champion Astros, will lie down for anyone. He refused to do so this season and won’t next season, either, even though his team likely won’t be equipped to contend for the playoffs. That might be another season or two away. Renteria knows this. But he is… Read More

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Who can make biggest SEC statement in Week 4?

Mississippi State quarterback Nick Fitzgerald (7) sprints past LSU linebacker Tyler Taylor (24) for a first down during the second half of their NCAA college football game against LSU in Starkville, Miss., Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017. Mississippi State won 37-7. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis) Just another Statement Saturday in the Southeastern Conference. Five conference games involving five ranked teams. SEC openers for six teams. Still in September, but 13 league teams have an opportunity to send a message this weekend. Let’s rank which teams based on who can make the biggest statements. 1. Mississippi State (3-0, 1-0). The No 19 Bulldogs have an opportunity to follow up an impressive 37-7… Read More

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Robinson Cano’s 300th HR not enough as Mariners lose 4-2 to Rangers

SEATTLE (AP) – Cole Hamels dominated for eight innings, Adrian Beltre and Shin-Soo Choo went deep and the Texas Rangers beat the Seattle Mariners 4-2 on Thursday night to hang around the AL wild-card hunt. Texas and the Los Angeles Angels are 2 1/2 games behind Minnesota for the second wild card. The Angels lost to Cleveland, while the Twins blew out Detroit. Photo gallery | Box score Hamels (11-4) allowed three hits and a run while striking out eight. He gave up a solo homer to Nelson Cruz – his 35th – in the seventh, along with a pair of singles to Jean Segura. Keone Kela got his second… Read More

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Rockies shut out again as the crumble continues, this time in San Diego at the hands of a Padres rookie

SAN DIEGO — Cheerfully blind to the one-sided pressure he parachuted into Thursday, Christian Villanueva, the 26-year-old Padres third baseman from Guadalajara, Mexico, dispensed the Rockies in back-to-back at-bats without a care in the world showing. Villanueva was playing in just his fourth big-league game, counting up, he hopes, to an extended career. The Rockies were counting down. With 10 games remaining in their season and two teams hot on their trail trying to steal away a wild-card spot, Colorado looked like a club running out of gas in a 3-0 loss at Petco Park. The best Rockies team in seven years is crumbling. Colorado lefty Tyler Anderson gave up… Read More

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Brewers one pitch away — twice — but Cubs teach newbies a lesson

MILWAUKEE — The Brewers were one strike away from victory. But that’s when the Cubs’ Javy Baez said “not tonight, fellas” and snuck a ninth-inning single through the middle of the diamond, scoring Ian Happ to tie the game 3-3. The Brewers were one ball away from victory. But that’s when Cubs closer Wade Davis — pitching in the bottom of the ninth in a rare non-save situation — said “maybe next year” and battled back from a 3-1 count on Orlando Arcia with the bases loaded to notch his biggest strikeout of the year. On to the 10th Thursday’s opener of this crucial four-game series went, and that’s when… Read More

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