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Rick Renteria officially named White Sox manager


It was hinted over the weekend that White Sox bench coach Rick Renteria would be named the new manager after Robin Ventura resigned. This morning they made it official.

Renteria will be the first White Sox manager with previous managerial experience since Jeff Torborg back in 1988. He’s also only the second person to manage both Chicago teams, following Johnny Evers in that previously unique honor. Renteria’s one season at the helm of the Cubs resulted in a 73-89 season in 2014. He was fired after Joe Maddon became available after getting out of his Rays contract. If that hadn’t happened, there’s a good chance the Cubs would’ve kept Renteria on board for another year.

But now he’s back in the managerial chair. The job in front of him is a lot bigger than the one he faced on the North Side — there has not been a full-scare rebuild ready to bear fruit with the Sox, if you hadn’t noticed — but he’ll likely get a longer and more full shot to prove himself on the South Side than he did with the Cubs.

Nelson Cruz hits 400th career home run

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Twins DH Nelson Cruz hit his 400th career home run, a solo home run in the fourth inning of Sunday’s game against the Royals. The blast padded the Twins’ lead to 8-6, and was also No. 40 on the season for Cruz.

Cruz, 39, is the 57th member of the 400-homer club. He was previously tied with Andres Galarraga and Al Kaline at 399. Cruz has hit 163 of his homers with the Mariners, 157 with the Rangers, and 40 each with the Orioles and Twins.

Cruz entered Sunday batting .300/.383/.624 with 104 RBI in 500 plate appearances. Pretty good production for the Twins from a slugger on a one-year, $14.3 million contract. The Twins hold a $12 million club option for 2020 as well.