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High-profile Chicago right-hander Lucas Giolito and journeyman

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Detroit left-hander Ryan Carpenter will square off Saturday in a matchup of pitchers trying to carve out roster spots for themselves in 2019.Giolito (9-9 [url=http://www.metsfanproshop.com/authentic-mike-piazza-jersey]Mike Piazza Jersey[/url] , 6.08 ERA) was the 16th overall selection by Washington in the 2012 draft. He has had some health issues that have taken a few ticks off his fastball but is trying to adjust. He’s making his 26th start for the White Sox this season.Giolito is 1-1 with a 6.88 ERA in three starts against Detroit this season and is 2-1 with a 4.88 ERA in four career starts.Article continues below ...Carpenter (1-1, 6.00 ERA) was signed by the Tigers as a six-year free agent during the winter and received an early callup to Detroit when injuries created an opening. But he suffered a side injury and spent two months on the disabled list recuperating.Carpenter, who is making his first appearance against the White Sox, was called up and posted his first major league win at Minnesota in his last start. This is his first year in the majors and he’s getting a shot at maintaining a rotation spot for the rest of the season.He will replace left-hander Blaine Hardy, who is in his first year as a starter but recently was placed on the disabled list with elbow inflammation. He will work out of the bullpen, giving Detroit two left-handed relievers, when he comes off the disabled list Monday.Earlier this week, the Tigers called a players-only meeting to address how they need to finish the first year of a rebuilding effort.“It was about the culture we want to create moving forward,” catcher James McCann said. “It’d be very easy for a team where we are right now to say, ‘All right, we’ll see you in spring training,’ but no, it’s gotta start now [url=http://www.metsfanproshop.com/authentic-steven-matz-jersey]http://www.metsfanproshop.com/authentic-jose-reyes-jersey[/url] , and that’s just something we wanted to address, about how we handle our business both on and off the field and not allowing the results or lack thereof, affect how we prepare to play.“And not just preparing to play, but preparing to win.”“It’s great when coaches talk about it and the manager talks about it, but when players get together and talk about it, I like that,” Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire said. “I want them to understand what they’re trying to do. We got some good leaders in there. We gotta finish the season, we gotta play hard the rest of the way. They’ve done it up to this point; don’t quit now.”Rick Renteria was back in the Chicago dugout Friday night managing the White Sox after missing four games with a spell of lightheadness. Doctors in Chicago cleared him to return to the team so he booked a flight to Detroit and got to the dugout just before game time.Chicago scored six times in the eighth inning against Detroit right-handers Joe Jimenez and Shane Greene to post a 6-3 win Friday night over Detroit to mark Renteria’s return.Bench coach Joe McEwing had been handling the managerial duties in those four games.“I will resume my role as bench coach and Ricky will manage,” McEwing said. “Under the circumstances it’s not the way you’d want to go about it but it’s been a lot of fun.”“We prepare the same anyway. As a staff, we go out there and try to be prepared for who we’re facing that night and how we’re going to play them defensively and how we’re going to pitch them. Who are the runners? Controlling the running game. And we prepare that way every single day. We prepare to try to put our ballclub in the best position to be successful.“In that respect, everything stays the same on a daily basis. But being able to manage it and put your twist on it, it’s been a great learning experience and one that I never take for granted and continue to learn every single day and build on it.”The White Sox announced right-hander Dylan Cease, one of their top pitching prospects [url=http://www.metsfanproshop.com/authentic-wilmer-flores-jersey]Wilmer Flores Jersey[/url] , is being shut down for the season after reaching a career high of 124 innings between Class A Winston-Salem and Double-A Birmingham.Cease struck out 11 batters in five scoreless innings in his final appearance for the Barons. He had a 0.94 ERA in his last nine games, with 71 strikeouts and 20 walks in 47 2/3 innings. He was 12-2 with a 2.40 ERA between the two levels.His 160 strikeouts were tied for fourth in minor league baseball. Right-hander Michael Kopech, just called up to Chicago, leads the minors with 170. MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Joe Mauer is retiring after 15 major league seasons, six All-Star games, three Gold Glove awards, three batting titles and 2,123 career hits, all with his hometown Minnesota Twins.“Thank you, Minnesota Twins, and thank you, fans, for making my career as special and memorable as it was [url=http://www.metsfanproshop.com/authentic-neil-walker-jersey]http://www.metsfanproshop.com/authentic-neil-walker-jersey[/url] ,” Mauer wrote in a full-page ad that will run Sunday in the Minneapolis Star Tribune and St. Paul Pioneer Press. “Because of you I can leave the game I love with a full and grateful heart.”Mauer’s eight-year, $184 million contract expired the day after the World Series ended, creating a natural parting from the game he grew up with in St. Paul, less than 10 miles from the downtown Minneapolis ballparks he called home with the Twins.“The decision came down to my health and my family,” Mauer wrote. “The risk of a concussion is always there, and I was reminded of that this season when I missed 30 games as a result of diving for a foul ball. That’s all it took this time around and it was all I need to bring me back to the struggles I faced in 2013.”The first overall pick in the 2001 draft out of Cretin-Derham Hall High School, the same program that produced Hall of Famer Paul Molitor, Mauer made his debut at the Metrodome on April 5, 2004, two weeks before his 21st birthday. He signed his megadeal three weeks before the Twins began playing at Target Field.Mauer acknowledged down the stretch this season he wasn’t sure yet whether he was interested in continuing to play, with twin 5-year-old daughters at home and a third child on the way for him and his wife, Maddie. Then came the final game of the season on Sept. 30, when he doubled in his last at-bat and donned his catcher’s gear to symbolically take one more pitch in the top of the ninth inning as he tearfully waved to the adorning crowd. Not many players could experience a farewell more poignant than that.What made the moment so emotional was the fact that Mauer hadn’t been behind the plate since Aug. 19 [url=http://www.metsfanproshop.com/authentic-adrian-gonzalez-jersey]Adrian Gonzalez Jersey[/url] , 2013, when a foul tip banged off his mask and triggered a concussion that forced him to move to first base“The concussion I experienced that season not only changed my life professionally with a move to first base, but changed me personally as well,” Mauer wrote.While his athleticism — he had a scholarship waiting for him to play quarterback at Florida State and was a sharpshooting guard on the basketball team in high school — allowed for a relatively smooth transition on defense, the effects of the head injury robbed him of his prowess at the plate for most of the next three years.As a catcher, easily the game’s most demanding and dangerous position, Mauer’s offensive ability was Hall of Fame-worthy. In 2006, he became the first catcher to lead the league in batting average since 1942. He did so again in 2008 and in 2009, when he hit .365 with a .444 on-base percentage and a .587 slugging percentage to top the AL in all three categories and win the MVP award. In Mauer’s last 10 games as a catcher before the concussion in 2013, he went 17 for 43 with three doubles, three homers and nine RBIs.Staying healthy became a challenge, however, and his popularity lessened some in a state usually fiercely proud of homegrown players due to the size of his contract and the amount of his absences.A knee injury limited his rookie season to 35 games [url=http://www.metsfanproshop.com/authentic-jose-bautista-jersey]Jose Bautista Jersey[/url] , and a strained left quadriceps had him on the disabled list for more than a month in 2007. Back trouble sidelined him for all of April in 2009, when Mauer still managed to hit 28 home runs, by far his career high. In 2011, soreness and weakness in both of his legs kept him out for more than two months.Moving to first base allowed him to play more often, but between 2014 and 2016 his cumulative average was just .267 and the three highest strikeout totals of his career came in each of those seasons.His renaissance came in 2017 as the Twins went from 59-103 to 85-77 and a spot in the AL wild card game, batting .305 with 36 doubles, the second-highest total of his career. That made it easy to see Mauer playing beyond 2018, but in the end he opted to walk away with a .306 batting average and a place in the top five on the team’s career lists in a clear majority of offensive categories. Mauer is their all-time leader in doubles and times on base and second in hits behind Kirby Puckett.
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