Ron Gardenhire, one of baseball’s best managers, has reached a milestone that only nine other managers in major league history have achieved


The Minnesota Twins manager won his 1,000th game on Saturday in a 7-3 decision over Cleveland.

Gardenhire has managed the Twins since 2002, and joined Tom Kelly as the only Minnesota skippers to win 1,000 games. He also joined Connie Mack, John McGraw, Walter Alston, Tommy Lasorda and Earl Weaver as the only managers to win 1,000 games with the same team.

“I guess you tip your hat to those guys because I know how hard it is,” Gardenhire said.

Gardenhire, who was named the AL Manager of the Year in 2010, has guided teams to six division titles and had a losing record in just four seasons.

Jeter, 8th on hits list: Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter moved into eighth place on baseball’s all-time hits list on Sunday. He had two hits against Tampa Bay to reach 3,320 in his career, breaking a tie with Paul Molitor. Carl Yastrzemski (3,419 hits) is next on the list for Jeter.

Wrigley Field, 100 years old: The Chicago Cubs celebrated the 100th anniversary of Wrigley Field at Friday’s home opener against Philadelphia.

The ballpark has hosted the World Series in that span, but the Cubs have never won a World Series since they started playing at Wrigley in 1914, with their last title coming in 1908.

Former Cubs’ great and Hall of Famer Ryne Sandberg, now the Phillies manager, joined Cubs Hall of Famers Ernie Banks, Ferguson Jenkins and Billy Williams on the field for the ceremonial first pitch.

“It’s a special day for me to be here,” Sandberg said. “The fan base and the excitement opening day brought every year with the optimism that this is going to be the year. I thought that every single year.”

Sign and retire for Berkman, Oswalt: Former Houston Astros’ stars Lance Berkman and Roy Oswalt signed one-day contracts and officially retired on Saturday at Minute Maid Park. Oswalt ranks second in club history in wins and strikeouts, finishing his 13-year career with a 163-102 record. Berkman completed his 15-year career hitting .293 with 366 home runs and 1,234 RBIs.

Oswalt played for three other teams, including two years with Philadelphia.

“It’s an honor to come back here and retire as an Astro,” Oswalt said.

Berkman also played for three other teams, including two seasons with St. Louis.

“We all kind of felt like we were all part of the Astros family,” Berkman said. “That’s what made this, in my opinion, a special place to be.”

StatsWatch: Several teams struggled to score runs with runners in scoring position in their first several games. Here’s a look at those teams along with their batting averages with runners in scoring position:

  • Cardinals, 7 runs, .143 average in first six games.
  • Padres, 9 runs, .122 average in first six games.
  • Braves, 9 runs, .184 average in first six games.
  • Astros, 10 runs, .175 average in first 6 games.
  • Red Sox, 11 runs, .136 average in first six games.

Miami, which finished last in 2013 with the fewest runs scored with runners in scoring position, ranked second with 32 runs in its first seven games with a .333 average.

Diamond Notes: Pirates manager Clint Hurdle has agreed to a new contract that will run through 2017. Hurdle led Pittsburgh to 94 wins and a postseason appearance last season, and was selected as the National League Manager of the Year. The Pirates have improved in each year of Hurdle’s tenure, winning 70 games in 2011, 79 in 2012 and 94 in 2013…Shortstop Yunel Escobar has agreed to a two-year contract extension with the Tampa Bay Rays. Escobar, 31, played in a career-high 153 games last season for the Rays. He set team marks with a .989 fielding percentage at shortstop and 53 straight games without an error…Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis was scheduled to undergo arthroscopic surgery this week to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee. Ellis injured his knee while trying to score from second base in Saturday’s loss to San Francisco.

Copyright © 2014 Bob Hurst. All Rights Reserved. Distributed by Hurst Sports Media.

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