NEW YORK (AP) – Mike Shildt of the St. Louis Cardinals has been voted NL Manager of the Year days after his mom’s death. Shildt got his start in baseball at his mother’s side. She worked for the Double-A Charlotte O’s, and he used to tag along at the ballpark. He narrowly beat Milwaukee’s Craig Counsell for the award in his first full season on the job. Minnesota manager Rocco Baldelli edged the Yankees’ Aaron Boone in a tight ballot for the AL prize.
SCTOSSDALE, Ariz (AP) – Major League Baseball has expanded its investigation into the Houston Astros after The Athletic website reported the team stole signs during home games in 2017 by using a camera positioned in center field. The report quoted former Astros pitcher Mike Fiers and three other unidentified people with the club. The website said a camera was connected to a television monitor near the Astros’ dugout and team employees or players would communicate signals to hitters by banging a trash can.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -Gabe Kapler has been hired as manager of the San Francisco Giants, a month after being fired from the same job by the Philadelphia Phillies. Kapler replaces Bruce Bochy, who retired at the end of the season following 13 years and three championships with San Francisco.
ATLANTA (AP) – Colin Kaepernick plans to audition for NFL teams on Saturday in a private workout arranged by the league to be held in Atlanta. The exiled former Pro Bowl quarterback posted on Twitter: “I’m just getting word from my representatives that the NFL league office reached out to them about a workout in Atlanta on Saturday. I’ve been in shape and ready for this for 3 years, can’t wait to see the head coaches and GMs on Saturday.”