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Thome joins White

Sox front office

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago White Sox announced Tuesday that former designated hitter Jim Thome has joined the franchise as a special assistant to general manager Rick Hahn.

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Thome spent parts of four seasons with the White Sox, hitting 134 home runs and driving in 369 runs. He will consult with Hahn and assistant general manager Buddy Bell while working with the White Sox and their minor league affiliates.

Thome, who pointed out he is not officially retired from baseball, said he was contacted by Bell two weeks ago about the opportunity to help coach.

Bailey no-hits Giants

CINCINNATI (AP) — Homer Bailey has thrown his second no-hitter in 10 months and the first in the majors this season, pitching the Cincinnati Reds to a 3-0 victory over the slumping San Francisco Giants on Tuesday night.

Bailey (5-6) became the third Reds pitcher with more than one no-hitter, joining Jim Maloney and Johnny Vander Meer — still the only big leaguer to toss two in a row. Bailey beat the Pirates 1-0 in Pittsburgh last Sept. 28 and got another 17 starts later.

The right-hander walked Gregor Blanco to lead off the seventh, the only Giants batter to reach base. First baseman Joey Votto threw out Blanco as he tried to reach third on a grounder.

With 27,509 fans on their feet chanting “Homer! Homer!” Bailey finished it off by getting Brandon Crawford on a high comebacker, striking out Tony Abreu and getting Blanco on a grounder to third.

7th annual Morton’s Firecracker Run/Walk

The 7th annual Morton Firecracker 4-Mile Run and 2-Mile Fun Run/Walk is Thursday, starting at the Brent Koch Memorial Shelter in the Morton City Park.

The races start at 8 a.m. with race-day registration ($25 entry fee) from 7-7:30 a.m. Contact Molly at 507-828-3282 for more information and visit www.active.com to register.

Braegleman records

slam-dunk ace

Rosann Braegelman recorded an ace at the Prairie View Community Golf Course last week. Braegelman slam dunked a 7-iron shot on the 99-yard, par-3 No. 4 hole. The shot was witnessed by Cindy Theis.

— Associated Press/Staff reports

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