Manto Out As White Sox Hitting Coach

CBS Chicago

CHICAGO – With one game left in the regular season, White Sox hitting coach Jeff Manto has been relieved of his duties, the team announced Saturday.

Assistant hitting coach Harold Baines will handle Manto’s responsibilities for Sunday’s season finale against the Royals, a news release said.

Manto, 49, was in his second season as hitting coach. He had joined the organization as the minor-league hitting coordinator in 2007.

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Phils Hold Off Late Braves Rally In 5-4 Win

CBS Philly

ATLANTA (AP) — Chris Johnson made a headfirst dive into first base but was thrown out to end the game, then argued in the dugout with Atlanta coach Terry Pendleton after the Braves lost to Philadelphia 5-4 Saturday night.

The loss dropped Atlanta one game behind St. Louis for the best record in the National League. If they’re tied following Sunday’s season finale, the Braves will get home-field advantage throughout the NL playoffs.

Down 5-1, the Braves rallied in the ninth on Justin Upton’s three-run homer, his 27th, with two outs. Freddie Freeman singled and Evan Gattis walked to keep the rally going against Jonathan Papelbon.

Johnson hit a grounder to the hole and Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins made a diving stop, got up and made a one-hop throw to first baseman Darin Ruf for the final out.

When Johnson got to the dugout, Pendleton grabbed him and there were angry words…

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NHL hands Leafs’ Clarkson 10-game suspension

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The Toronto Maple Leafs admitted that David Clarkson made a mistake by leaving the team’s bench to fight in Sunday’s melee with the Buffalo Sabres; now the NHL is making him pay. As expected, he was handed that automatic 10-game suspension on Monday.

Clarkson, 29, won’t be able to participate in his first Leafs regular season game until a road contest against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Oct. 25.

With little surprise, this suspension will take a hearty chunk out of the newly-signed forward’s wallet. He’s forfeiting $269,230.80 to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.

This development hurts the Leafs in more ways than just losing Clarkson, as this provides no salary cap relief for a team with little breathing room.

Now we’ll just need to wait and see how the NHL handles Phil Kessel’s slash-and-spear outburst on Buffalo Sabres tough guy John Scott.

Here’s video of the…

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Video: Milan Lucic’s brutal fight with Joel Rechlicz

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If the 2013 preseason is teaching us anything, it’s that games that “don’t matter” can still leave players hurting. Monday provided another example, as Boston Bruins winger Milan Lucic fought brutally with Washington Capitals tough guy Joel Rechlicz:

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That’s an impressive round of fisticuffs, no doubt, but you have to wonder how the Bruins feel about their 25-year-old power forward dropping the gloves in a heavyweight bought during a preseason game.

There’s no word on Lucic being banged up from the scuffle, yet it’s certainly a risk, especially against a seasoned pugilist.

Rechlicz, 26, engaged in a second period fight against Johnny Boychuk, too:

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Grabovski collects two assists in his Caps debut

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Monday was a busy day for Mikhail Grabovski.

Hours after comparing former teammate Phil Kessel to a “musketeer,” he also made his first in-game impressions on his new Washington Capitals colleagues, albeit in a preseason contest. Grabovski, 29, assisted on both of Washington’s goals in a 3-2 overtime loss to the Boston Bruins.

It’s possible he was one of the few Capitals who really looked impressive, at least from the box score; the Bruins out-shot the Capitals 38-14 tonight. Of course, the B’s loaded up while Washington iced a fairly anonymous crew beyond Grabovski, Martin Erat, Troy Brouwer, Brooks Laich and Braden Holtby, so that probably explains the disparity.

Grabovski fared well individually beyond the pair of helpers, winning 50 percent of his faceoffs, logging 19:15 of ice time and firing three shots on goal.

The more interesting debut comes in the regular season opener against the Chicago Blackhawks on…

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Phillies Shutout By Marlins 4-0

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MIAMI (AP) — Nathan Eovaldi pitched into the eighth inning to help the Miami Marlins beat the Philadelphia Phillies 4-0 on Monday night.

Justin Ruggiano drew a bases loaded walk in the first inning and the Marlins scored three runs in the eighth on RBI singles by Donovan Solando and Ed Lucas and a sacrifice fly by Christian Yelich.

Eovaldi (4-6) allowed three hits over 7 2-3 innings. He struck out five and walked two.

Roy Halladay (4-5) left the game with right arm fatigue after walking two of the first three batters he faced. He threw five strikes in 16 pitches before manager Ryne Sandberg visited the mound and eventually removed Halladay after a long discussion.

Luis Garcia relieved Halladay and walked the first two batters he faced — including Ruggiano — to give the Marlins a 1-0 lead.

Philadelphia used seven pitchers and they combined for nine walks.

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Penguins Beat Blackhawks 3-2 In Shootout

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PITTSBURGH (AP) — James Neal scored in the shootout to help the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Chicago Blackhawks 3-2 in a preseason game on Monday night.

Bryan Bickell scored two goals in the second period for Chicago, but Kris Letang had two goals in the third for Pittsburgh.

Bickell had a short-handed goal at 1:09 of the second, batting in a fluttering puck out of midair. He added a tip-in for a power-play score with six minutes left in the period.

Letang converted a breakaway at 9:23 of the final period, and then had a power-play goal with 2:16 to go.

Jeff Zatkoff made 30 saves for the Penguins, while veteran Nikolai Khabibulin had 31 stops for the Blackhawks.

 

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