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Anthony Rizzo wins the 2017 Roberto Clemente Award


Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo has been named the winner of the 2017 Roberto Clemente Award, MLB.com’s Carrie Muskat reports. The Roberto Clemente Award, voted on by fans and members of the media, is an annual award given to the player who “best exemplifies the game of baseball, sportsmanship, community involvement and the individual’s contribution to his team.”

Rizzo is the third member of the Cubs to win the award, joining Sammy Sosa (1998) and Rick Sutcliffe (1987). Last year’s winner was Curtis Granderson, then an outfielder for the Mets.

Rizzo’s charity, the Anthony Rizzo Family Foundation, tweeted a photo of the award:

The Anthony Rizzo Family Foundation raises money for cancer research and provides support to children and their families dealing with cancer. Rizzo himself is a cancer survivor as he was diagnosed with limited stage classical Hodgkin’s lymphoma in April 2008. He underwent chemotherapy for six months and has since become one of baseball’s best players.

Video: Ramon Torres hits little league home run in first at-bat of season

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The Royals recalled infielder Ramon Torres from Triple-A Omaha on Saturday. He didn’t get into a game until starting Thursday night’s game against the Rangers, batting ninth.

In the top of the second inning, facing Austin Bibens-Dirkx, Torres laced a single up the middle. Center fielder Delino DeShields charged in on it, attempting to keep Ryan Goins at second base, but the ball went right past his glove, through his legs, and nearly trickled all the way to the warning track. Goins scored easily and Torres was waved home, too. He managed to narrowly beat the throw, touching home plate with his left hand on a head-first slide.

The play was officially scored a single and a three-base error. Torres wasn’t credited with an RBI on the play. But at least the Royals got two runs out of it.