Athletics to call up top prospect Sean Manaea

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Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that the Athletics are calling up pitching prospect Sean Manaea to start Friday night against the Astros.

Manaea, the Royals first-round draft pick in 2013, was acquired from Kansas City last year in the Ben Zobrist deal. While he has a sketchy health history heading into this year, he has been doing just fine at Nashville in 2016, posting a 1.50 ERA and a 21/4 K/BB in 18 innings.

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Dodgers to retire Fernando Valenzuela’s No. 34 this summer

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LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Dodgers will retire the No. 34 jersey of pitcher Fernando Valenzuela during a three-day celebration this summer.

Valenzuela was part of two World Series champion teams, winning the 1981 Rookie of the Year and Cy Young awards. He was a six-time All-Star during his 11 seasons in Los Angeles from 1980-90.

He will be honored from Aug. 11-13 when the Dodgers host Colorado.

Valenzuela will join Pee Wee Reese, Tommy Lasorda, Duke Snider, Gil Hodges, Jim Gilliam, Don Sutton, Walter Alston, Sandy Koufax, Roy Campanella, Jackie Robinson and Don Drysdale with retired numbers.

“To be a part of the group that includes so many legends is a great honor,” Valenzuela said. “But also for the fans, the support they’ve given me as a player and working for the Dodgers, this is also for them.”