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CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Cubs are turning to a familiar
face to help with their inconsistent offense.Chicago hired Anthony Iapoce as its
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, 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 http://www.royalsfanproshop.com/authentic-george-brett-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. The Oakland
Athletics had the flair for the dramatic Tuesday.The A's overcame a 10-2 deficit
through six innings against the American League West rival Texas Rangers to earn
a 13-10 victory in 10 innings. Stephen Piscotty tied the game in the top of the
ninth with a solo home run Mike
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2I9s2Yj2agThe Athletics were only in position to win because of their efforts in
the seventh and eighth innings, when they scored seven runs to climb back into
the game.It was a historic performance.Susan Slusserof theSan Francisco
Chroniclenoted the Athletics drilled four long balls for the third straight game
for the first time in franchise history. What's more, it marked the first time
since 1939 the team overcame a deficit of eight or more runs after the sixth
inning.The showing continued a red-hot stretch for the playoff contenders.
Oakland was a mere 34-36 after its June 15 loss to the Los Angeles Angels and
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overall.The A's are still in third place in the American League West and 7.5
games behind the Houston Astros, but they are just two games behind the Seattle
Mariners for the second wild-card spot. The two teams play 10 more times down
the stretch as well, so Oakland will have plenty of opportunities to close the
gap.If Tuesday's showing was any indication, the Athletics aren't going to pack
it in just because they are facing a deficit.
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