Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins and White Sox first baseman Paul Konerko received the Clemente Award, the first time two players have shared US baseball’s prestigious honor for community service. The two were presented with the award shortly before the start of game three of the World Series, Major League Baseball’s best-of-seven championship final featuring the San Francisco Giants and Kansas City Royals. Rollins has long supported J-Roll’s Aces, a charitable ticket program, and the J-Roll’s Readers program, each of which is dedicated to directly working with and enhancing the lives of inner-city students. During his time in Philadelphia, he has also hosted major fundraisers to benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis, Prevent Child Abuse, Pennsylvania, The Food Trust, SHARE Food Program and St. Christopher’s Foundation for Children, raising more than $1 million.

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Retiring White Sox star Paul Konerko and Philadelphia shortstop Jimmy Rollins were picked Friday as the first co-winners of Major League Baseball’s Roberto Clemente Award. The annual honor is given for contributions on and off the field that best represent the sport and is named for the Pittsburgh Pirates Hall of Famer, who died on Dec. 31, 1972, in a plane crash while on a humanitarian mission to assist earthquake victims in Nicaragua. ”Their commitment to making a difference in the lives of children is a wonderful reflection of the legacy the legendary Roberto Clemente has left on our game and in society,” baseball Commissioner Bud Selig said. Konerko founded the ”Bring Me Home Campaign,” which also includes a pair of former teammates in retired great Jim Thome and the Los Angeles Angels’ Gordon Beckham.

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Joe Maddon, who led Tampa Bay Rays to a World Series berth in 2008, has stepped down after almost a decade at the helm, the Major League Baseball club said. The long-time manager’s exit came after Maddon exercised an opt-out clause in his contract. The 60-year-old presided over the Rays during their most successful period in the franchise’s 17-year history. It followed the departure of longtime executive Andrew Friedman, who was hired by the Los Angeles Dodgers last week.

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Phillies and Grady Sizemore have agreed to a one year, $2 million contract.

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The Kansas City Royals were dealt their first postseason setback in Game 1 of the World Series, falling 7-1 to the Madison Bumgarner- and Hunter Pence-led San Francisco Giants at a boisterous Kauffman Stadium. The lopsided result wasn’t what they had in mind, obviously, and it was a bit surprising given the unstoppable roll it appeared they were on coming in. The Royals, who are looking for their first world championship since 1985, set an MLB record by winning their first eight postseason games, including the AL wild-card game. Given the franchise’s championship drought and the relative ease with which they were able to dispatch the Los Angeles Angels and Baltimore Orioles, they were obviously the story coming into Game 1 and in many circles were considered the favorites until proven otherwise. Unfortunately, at least through one game, it was proven otherwise. The Royals’ story actually more closely resembled another recent Cinderella story gone wrong in the World Series. That would be the 2007 Colorado Rockies, who like Kansas City streaked to World Series by winning seven straight games in the postseason and 21 of 22 overall dating back to the regular season, but were quickly brought back to earth in a 13-1 loss to the Boston Red Sox in Game 1.  Though it wasn’t quite the drubbing Colorado experienced, there were still some eerie similarities, both glaring and subtle, between the two results. • Long layoff at the worst time:  In 2007, the Rockies swept through the Philadelphia Phillies and Arizona Diamondbacks and then sat idly by for the next nine days while the Red Sox and Cleveland Indians went seven games in the ALCS. The Royals were only off for five days, compared to four for San Francisco. It’s not a Royals excuse or necessarily even a legit excuse to begin with, but any such layoff is awkward and can prove disruptive in October.  • First-inning woes: Like the Rockies, Kansas City was down 3-0 in the first inning before the national anthem could stop reverberating through the stadium. Hunter Pence capped San Francisco’s rally with a two-run homer off James Shields. Dustin Pedroia greeted Jeff Francis with a homer in 2007, and then Boston sent seven more to the plate. 

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Right-hander Jerome Williams has agreed to a one-year, $2.5 million contract with the Philadelphia Phillies.

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BOSTON (AP) — Lou Lucier, who was the oldest surviving former Boston Red Sox player, has died at the age of 96.

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(Reuters) – List of winners in Major League Baseball’s World Series: 2013 – Boston Red Sox 4, St. Louis Cardinals 2 2012 – San Francisco Giants 4, Detroit Tigers 0 2011 – St. Louis Cardinals 4, Texas Rangers 3 2010 – San Francisco Giants 4, Texas Rangers 1 2009 – New York Yankees 4, Philadelphia Phillies 2 2008 – Philadelphia Phillies 4, Tampa Bay Rays 1 2007 – Boston Red Sox 4, Colorado Rockies 0 2006 – St. Louis Cardinals 4, Detroit Tigers 1 2005 – Chicago White Sox 4, Houston Astros 0 2004 – Boston Red Sox 4, St. …

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The Tampa Bay Rays expect to keep rolling without Andrew Friedman.

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