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#1 von dan yu , 19.02.2019 09:02

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Cubs are turning to a familiar face to help with their inconsistent offense.Chicago hired Anthony Iapoce as its hitting coach on Monday , replacing the fired Chili Davis. The 45-year-old Iapoce was a special assistant in the Cubs’ front office for three years from 2013-15, helping several of their current position players while overseeing the club’s minor league hitting program.Iapoce also has a connection to former Cubs hitting coach John Mallee, who was replaced by Davis after Chicago was eliminated by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NLCS in 2017. Iapoce was the hitting coach for Class A Jupiter from 2008-09 while Mallee was the minor league hitting coordinator for the Marlins.Chicago won 95 games in a franchise-record fourth straight playoff season, but its lineup struggled at times. The Cubs finished fourth in the National League in scoring Sean Manaea Jersey , but managed one run or less in 39 regular-season games. They scored just two runs over 22 innings in losing the NL Central tiebreaker game against Milwaukee and the NL wild-card game to Colorado.Iapoce served as Texas’ hitting coach the last three seasons, a span in which the Rangers ranked fifth in the American League in runs and fourth in home runs. The 2017 Rangers were the first MLB team with nine players to reach at least 17 homers in the same season.Prior to joining the Cubs, Iapoce spent three seasons as the roving hitting coordinator for the Toronto Blue Jays. The former outfielder played 11 seasons in the minor leagues in the Brewers and Marlins organizations, as well as independent ball.Davis had just one year on manager Joe Maddon’s staff. He spent the previous six seasons as a hitting coach with Oakland and Boston. Ken Blaze-USA TODAY SportsAfter falling out of playoff contention , the Minnesota Twins have reportedly traded star second baseman Brian Dozier to the Los Angeles Dodgers, according to ESPN's Jerry Crasnick.According to Jon Heyman of Fancred, Los Angeles will send utility man Logan Forsythe, outfielder Luke Raley and left-hander Devin Smeltzer to Minnesota.The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal and Dan Hayes first reported a deal was close.The Twins were a surprise playoff team last season after winning just 59 games in 2016. They started this season with high expectations because of that postseason appearance and signing starting pitcher Lance Lynn and closer Addison Reed to shore up the pitching staff.Dozier has been a mainstay for the Twins since his MLB debut in 2012. The31-year-oldmade the All-Star team in 2015 and set an AL recordin 2016 by hitting 40 of his 42 homers while playing second base.From 2014 to 2017 Pat Neshek Jersey , Dozier ranked second among all second basemen with 18.8 FanGraphs wins above replacement. His offense has taken a step back this season with a.224/.305/.402 slash linefor a Twins team that has disappointed with a 49-56after making the postseason last year.With Dozier being in the final year of his contract, the Twins were forced to decide if they wanted to play out this season before trying to re-sign him or add long-term assets they can build around in the future.Dozier is not an old man and is still in the prime of his career. He has hit all over the lineup in the past, primarily leading off for the Twins, so he gives Dodgers manager Dave Roberts more versatility in a lineup that also includes the newly acquired Manny Machadoand Cody Bellinger. The Dodgers got off to a slow start this season , so they needed to do something if they hoped to get back to the World Series. With Dozier's potent bat in their lineup, they have the depth to hold off the Arizona Diamondbacks, Colorado Rockies and San Francisco Giants in the National League West.

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