Charlie Blackmon hits for the cycle

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The final day of the regular season schedule had all kinds of drama with the entire seeding for the National League postseason teams undecided. The Dodgers and Rockies were tied for the NL West lead while the Cubs and Brewers were tied for the NL Central lead. The final day also included a cycle. Rockies outfielder Charlie Blackmon became the fourth player to hit for the cycle this season.

Blackmon led off the bottom of the first inning against the Nationals with a triple and came around to score on a two-run home run by Nolan Arenado. Blackmon then drilled a two-run homer of his own in the third, singled to lead off the fifth, and completed the cycle with an RBI double in the eighth.

The Rockies went on to defeat the Nationals 12-0. As the Dodgers defeated the Giants 15-0, both end Sunday still tied for the NL West lead. The two clubs will play a tiebreaker, regular season game no. 163, on Monday in L.A.

Blackmon, 32, is now batting .289/.356/.501 with 29 home runs, 70 RBI, 119 runs scored, and 12 stolen bases in 692 plate appearances. His performance on Monday will count towards his regular season stats.

White Sox acquire reliever Franklin German in trade with Red Sox

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CHICAGO — The Chicago White Sox acquired reliever Franklin German in a trade with the Boston Red Sox.

The White Sox sent minor league right-hander Theo Denlinger to Boston for German, who made his major league debut in September. Right-hander Jason Bilous was designated for assignment to make room for German on Chicago’s 40-man roster.

The 25-year-old German played for Double-A Portland and Triple-A Worcester for most of last season, going 5-2 with a 2.72 ERA and seven saves in in 43 relief appearances. The right-hander had no record and an 18.00 ERA in five appearances with the Red Sox.

German, a fourth-round pick in the 2018 amateur draft, was designated for assignment when Boston acquired reliever Richard Bleier in a trade with Miami.

The 26-year-old Denlinger had a 2-2 record and a 4.47 ERA in 40 appearances last season with Class A Winston-Salem and Double-A Birmingham. He was a seventh-round selection in the 2021 draft out of Bradley University.