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MLB notebook — Sept. 21

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The Chicago Cubs say president of baseball operations Theo Epstein accepted Kevin Gregg’s apology for a tirade to the media and the team will not release him.

Before Saturday’s game against Atlanta, Gregg says he’s put the issue behind him and believes “it’s over” as far as Epstein is concerned, too.

Gregg unloaded to reporters on Friday about his dissatisfaction over apparently losing his closer’s job to reliever Pedro Strop. His outburst came after allowing four runs in the ninth during Friday’s 9-5 loss.

After learning of Gregg’s comments, Epstein said he would consider releasing Gregg. He called Gregg on Friday night and accepted the pitcher’s apology.

Manager Dale Sveum says the Cubs will look at Strop in the closer’s role, but Gregg hasn’t lost his job.

White Sox add pitcher from Rays

The Chicago White Sox acquired minor-league pitcher Frank De Los Santos in a trade with the Tampa Bay Rays.

The 25-year-old De Los Santos went 1-2 with two saves and a 5.34 ERA in 26 games for Triple-A Durham this season. He was on Tampa Bay’s 40-man roster, but has yet to pitch in the majors.

The Rays will receive cash or a player to be named in Saturday’s trade.

Tampa Bay acquired All-Star reliever Jesse Crain from Chicago on July 29. Sidelined by a right shoulder strain, Crain has been throwing on the side for the Rays but has not been activated.

A spokesman for the White Sox said the deal for De Los Santos is a separate trade from the Crain deal.

Blue Jays place Rasmus on DL

The Toronto Blue Jays placed outfielder Colby Rasmus on the 15-day disabled list before Saturday’s game against the Boston Red Sox because of an injured left eye.

Rasmus was hurt Friday before the bottom of the first while the Blue Jays were warming up and right fielder Anthony Gose hit him with a throw. Rasmus finishes the season with a .276 average, 22 homers and 66 RBI.

Ohioan draws Wrigley Field logo

The Cubs unveiled a logo to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Wrigley Field in 2014. It shows the ballpark’s familiar marquee and facade with “100 years 1914-2014.” The logo was submitted by Brandon Ort of New Bremen, Ohio, as part of a fan contest before the season.


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