National League Central capsules
Capsules of National League Central teams, listed in order of finish last year:
Xavier Cedeno agrees to $900,000, 1-year contract with Cubs
MESA, Ariz. (AP) — Left-handed reliever Xavier Cedeno and the Chicago Cubs have agreed to a $900.000, one-year contract.
The deal is not guaranteed, meaning Cedeno could be released for termination pay before opening day.
The 32-year-old went 2-0 with a 2.43 ERA in 48 appearances last season. He began the year with the Chicago White Sox and was traded to Milwaukee on Aug. 31.
NL Central teams at the start of spring training
A team-by-team look at the National League Central entering spring training, including key players each club acquired and lost, and dates of the first workout for pitchers and catchers, and the full squad:
Cedeno joins Brewers bullpen for NLCS; Dodgers add Urias
MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Milwaukee Brewers put Xavier Cedeno on their roster for the NL Championship Series against Los Angeles, adding another left-hander to their deep bullpen for the matchup with the Dodgers' power-packed lineup.
Cedeno had a 1.13 ERA in eight innings over 15 games after he was acquired in a trade with the Chicago White Sox on Aug. 31. Cedeno replaces slick-fielding outfielder Keon Broxton, who homered in Game 3 of the NLDS sweep against Colorado.
Busy Brewers add 3 more players for playoff push
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Milwaukee Brewers last made the playoffs seven years ago. With a chance to end that rut, they've been aggressive in remaking their roster.
Milwaukee brought in three more veterans on Friday, the deadline for traded players to be eligible to postseason play. They snagged left-handed starter Gio Gonzalez from the Washington Nationals, steady outfielder Curtis Granderson from the Toronto Blue Jays and lefty reliever Xavier Cedeno from the Chicago White Sox.
Brewers get OF Granderson from Blue Jays for minor leaguer
WASHINGTON (AP) — The busy Milwaukee Brewers acquired veteran outfielder Curtis Granderson from the Toronto Blue Jays on Friday night for a minor leaguer.
The deal was announced after both teams played. Granderson had a pinch-hit single and scored as Toronto won 6-5 at Miami.
Earlier in the day, the playoff-contending Brewers got starter Gio Gonzalez from Washington and reliever Xavier Cedeno from the Chicago White Sox.
Brewers add bullpen help, acquire Cedeno from White Sox
CHICAGO (AP) — The Milwaukee Brewers added bullpen help for the final stretch, acquiring veteran Xavier Cedeno from the Chicago White Sox for two minor leaguers on Friday.
Cedeno is 2-0 with a 2.84 ERA in 33 appearances after signing with Chicago as a minor league free agent in January. The left-hander is 10-7 with a 3.81 ERA in eight seasons with Houston, Washington, Tampa Bay and the White Sox.
Palka leads off 9th with home, White Sox beat Indians 1-0
CHICAGO (AP) — Daniel Palka led off the ninth inning with a home run, Carlos Rodon matched a career high by throwing eight innings of scoreless four-hit ball and the Chicago White Sox beat the Cleveland Indians 1-0 on Friday night.
Palka launched a 1-2 pitch from Neil Ramirez (0-2) six rows up into the left field seats for his 18th homer. The shot ended Chicago's three-game losing streak.
Jace Fry (1-2), the White Sox's third reliever, got the last two outs for his first major league victory.
Abreu, Palka homer as White Sox rally to top Royals 6-4
CHICAGO (AP) — In a matchup of teams on track to both lose 100 or more games, the White Sox avoided getting swept in a three-game series.
Jose Abreu hit a tying home run off Jason Adam in the eighth and pinch-hitter Daniel Palka had a three-run homer off Jason Hammel later in the inning, leading Chicago over the Kansas City Royals 6-4 Thursday.
CHICAGO (AP) — Lucas Giolito was rolling, feeling as comfortable as he has all season. It was just what the White Sox needed.
Giolito pitched into the eighth inning before Xavier Cedeno worked out of a jam, and Chicago snapped an eight-game losing streak by beating the Oakland Athletics 6-4 Friday night to salvage a doubleheader split.
At that point, it was just old habit. As Mitch Moreland sent Xavier Cedeno’s cutter to the opposite field, it seemed like there was enough juice on it to get the Red Sox’ doubles machine to second.
But somewhere along the line, as Hanley Ramirez rounded second base on the two-run, go-ahead hit in the seventh inning, Moreland had to stop in his tracks. Ramirez had hurt himself, and the game-turning play had suddenly struck a different tone as the designated hitter limped out of the game.
Moreland’s 2-run single leads Red Sox over Rays 7-5
BOSTON (AP) — Mitch Moreland feels like he's fit right in with the Boston Red Sox.
Moreland hit a go-ahead, two-run single in the seventh inning and drove in three runs, helping the Red Sox rally to a 7-5 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Sunday.
Boston trailed 5-4 before loading the bases against Danny Farquhar (0-1), and Moreland singled off left-hander Xavier Cedeno, who already has blown three leads this season.
Kiermaier, 8 other Rays avoid arbitration with 1-year deals
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Defensive whiz Kevin Kiermaier was among nine players who agreed to one-year contracts with the Tampa Bay Rays on Friday to avoid salary arbitration.
Kiermaier agreed to a deal for $2,975,000. He made $514,400 last season while winning his second straight AL Gold Glove Award in center field.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Rays left-handed reliever Xavier Cedeno has been in the wrong place at the wrong time twice this week.
Cedeno was throwing in the bullpen but not ready to go in the seventh inning when left-handed hitter Eddie Rosario put Minnesota ahead with a pinch-hit two-run homer, and the Twins beat the Tampa Bay 6-2 on Friday night.
Cedeno was preparing to face lefty Joe Mauer two hitters down the line when Rosario hit for Byron Buxton. Cedeno...
Perez’s homer lifts Royals to 3-2 win over Rays
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Salvador Perez hit a two-run home run in the seventh inning that carried the Kansas City Royals to a 3-2 win over the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday night.
Perez's 16th homer came off Xavier Cedeno (3-3) after a single by Eric Hosmer. It lifted the Royals to their 12th win in their last 13 games against Tampa Bay.
Chris Young (3-8) got the win in relief, and Kelvin Herrera pitched the ninth for his third save.