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January

16
Cubs, first baseman Mancini agree on 2-year deal

Free agent first baseman Trey Mancini is in agreement with the Chicago Cubs on a two-year deal which includes an opt out clause after the first season, sources told ESPN on Saturday night. Mancini, 30, spent his entire career with the Baltimore Orioles before being traded last summer to the Houston Astros, where he played a part-time role in their run to the World Series title. He struggled with the Astros, hitting just .176 in 165 regular season at-bats. He hit 18 home runs split between the two teams and made a key defensive play at first for the Astros during the World Series. Looking for the […]

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January

11
Toronto Blue Jays get Brandon Belt on 1-year, $9.3 million deal

First baseman Brandon Belt and the Toronto Blue Jays finalized a $9.3 million, one-year contract on Tuesday. Belt, 34, had spent his previous 12 big league seasons with the San Francisco Giants. He was limited to 78 matches last year because of a right knee injury that required season-ending surgery. He hit .213 with eight homers and 23 RBIs, playing his last game on Aug. 20. “As we continue to improve upon a strong Blue Jays roster, the elite offensive skills and veteran presence of Brandon is an addition that will greatly complement this team,” general manager Ross Atkins said in a statement. “His consistency […]

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November

02
Ravens acquire LB Roquan Smith in trade with Bears

The Baltimore Ravens filled the biggest void in the middle of their defense with the NFL’s leading tackler. The Ravens got Chicago Bears linebacker Roquan Smith on Tuesday, sending the Bears a second- and a fifth-round pick in 2023 for Smith, who tops the NFL with 83 tackles this season. As part of the trade, the Ravens also sent linebacker A.J. Klein to Chicago. Smith was owed $5.408 million for the rest of the season. As part of the trade agreement, the Bears are paying Smith $4.833 million while the Ravens are paying him the league-minimum $575,000 for the rest of the season, sources told ESPN’s Adam […]

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September

30
Chicago Bulls optimistic after Lonzo Ball’s knee surgery ‘went well’ but uncertain when he will return

The Chicago Bulls expressed optimism on Thursday following guard Lonzo Ball’s latest surgery to address the lingering discomfort in his left knee, but his timeline to return to the court remains unclear. Bulls coach Billy Donovan met with director of athletic performance Chip Schaefer, who was in Los Angeles earlier in the week for Ball’s surgery, before practice on Thursday and received reports that Ball’s second knee operation since January “went well” and that Ball was in good spirits. However, Donovan acknowledged that until Ball resumes his rehab process, it’s difficult to determine when the Bulls might get their point guard back. “You […]

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September

22
Chicago Bulls guard Lonzo Ball will undergo arthroscopic surgery on left knee in Los Angeles

Chicago Bulls guard Lonzo Ball will undergo an arthroscopic debridement of his left knee and will be reevaluated in four to six weeks, the team revealed on Wednesday. The surgery is scheduled for next Wednesday in Los Angeles — the procedure will take place eight months after an initial knee surgery in January to repair a torn meniscus. Ball has not played in a game since Jan. 14. Before the surgery in January, the team announced a recovery timeline of six to eight weeks, but the discomfort in his left knee has persisted throughout the rehab process whenever he tries to ramp up […]

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September

19
New York Yankees’ Aaron Judge hits 58th, 59th homers, moves within two of American League record

Yankees star Aaron Judge turned in perhaps the best game of his historic season Sunday, hitting two home runs, a double and a single, driving in four runs and setting himself up to break the American League single-season home run record at home this week. Judge, as he is wont to do, downplayed his individual effort in the Yankees’ 12-8 victory over the Brewers, saying: “We’ve got some big games coming up. That’s really the only thing on my mind right now.” But around the Yankees’ clubhouse, all anyone could do was marvel at the 30-year-old outfielder, whose 59 home runs are two shy of Roger […]

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September

01
White Sox end 5-game skid behind Lynn, beat Royals 4-2

Lance Lynn pitched four-hit ball through seven innings, Elvis Andrus hit a tiebreaking home run in the fifth and the Chicago White Sox beat the Kansas City Royals 4-2 Wednesday night to snap a five-game losing streak. Lynn (4-5), who was reinstated from the bereavement list before the game, didn’t walk a batter and struck out eight for the fifth time this season. The Royals had scored 24 runs in their previous two games. Chicago (64-66) won for the first time under bench coach Miguel Cairo, who served his second game as acting manager while Tony La Russa is on indefinite leave while he undergoes tests performed […]

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August

04
Lance Lynn, Jose Abreu lift White Sox over Royals 4-1

Lance Lynn threw four-hit ball over six innings, Jose Abreu homered for the second consecutive game and Eloy Jiménez hit three singles as the Chicago White Sox defeat the Kansas City Royals 4-1 Wednesday. Lynn (2-4) struck out eight for the third time this season while not walking a batter for the third time in his last four starts. Rookie Bobby Witt Jr. snapped Lynn’s shutout bid by hitting a home run with one out in the sixth. The White Sox (53-51) won for the third time in four matches while remaining two games behind the Twins (55-49) and one behind the Guardians (54-50) in the AL Central. […]

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July

25
Gomes, Smyly help lift Cubs to three-game sweep of Phillies

Yan Gomes hit two home runs, Drew Smyly tossed six sharp innings and the Chicago Cubs completed a three-game sweep with a 4-3 triumph over the Philadelphia Phillies on Sunday. Nelson Velázquez also went deep for the Cubs, who have won four in a row to pull within 19 games of .500. It was Chicago’s first series sweep of the season and first three-game sweep in Philadelphia since July 25-27, 2000. “It feels nice to put some wins together,” Cubs manager David Ross said. “Pretty good all-around team win. Sweeps are hard.” Garrett Stubbs homered for the Phillies, who failed to gain ground in the NL wild-card race […]

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July

08
Rookie Brieske outduels Cease, Tigers beat White Sox 2-1

Rookie Beau Brieske tossed two-hit ball into the seventh inning while outpitching Dylan Cease, Javier Báez homered and the Detroit Tigers hung on defeat the Chicago White Sox 2-1 on Thursday night. The Tigers won their fifth consecutive. They started this four-game series against the reigning AL Central champs after a four-game home sweep of the Guardians, their first against Cleveland in nine years. Pinch-hitter Spencer Torkelson had an RBI single in the ninth to give Detroit a two-run lead. Chicago then made it interesting in the bottom half against closer Gregory Soto, who earned his 17th save in 19 chances. Tim Anderson singled with one out, AJ Pollock walked and Luis Robert cut it […]

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