The Los Angeles Dodgers have exercised their option on Dave Roberts’ contract f
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CARLSBAD Johnny Damon Jersey , Calif. (AP) —or 2019 while continuing to work on a long-term deal for the manager who has taken the team to consecutive World Series.Andrew Friedman, the Dodgers president of baseball operations, says the team is “optimistic about working something out long-term.”“The reason that we’ve kind of slowed down a little bit is we’ve got a lot of coaching staff decisions to make and interviews,” Friedman said Wednesday at the general manager’s meetings. “I think it speaks more to the optimism that something is going to definitely get done and allows us to kind of focus on what we need to near-term.”Roberts just finished his third season as the Dodgers’ skipper, when Los Angeles lost the World Series in five games to the Boston Red Sox. The Dodgers lost the 2017 World Series in seven games to the Houston Astros.He has led the Dodgers to seasons of 91, 104 and 92 wins, and is 287-200 overall. Chicago White Sox (29-33, third in the AL Central) vs. Kansas City Royals (20-43, fifth in the AL Central)Kansas City Masahiro Tanaka Jersey , Kansas; Saturday, 2:15 p.m. EDTPITCHING PROBABLES: White Sox: Lucas Giolito (8-1, 2.54 ERA, .95 WHIP, 78 strikeouts) Royals: Brad Keller (3-7, 4.50 ERA, 1.42 WHIP, 54 strikeouts)Article continues below ...LINE: White Sox favored by 1 1/2 runs; over/under is 8 1/2 runsBOTTOM LINE: Chicago enters the game as losers of their last three games.The Royals are 8-13 against the rest of their division. The Kansas City pitching staff as a whole has an ERA of 5.31. Brad Keller leads the team with a 4.50 ERA.The White Sox are 16-14 against the rest of their division. Chicago has hit 69 home runs as a team this season. Jose Abreu leads the club with 16, averaging one every 15.2 at-bats.TOP PERFORMERS: Jorge Soler leads the Royals with 16 home runs and is batting .239. Cheslor Cuthbert is 10-for-28 with three home runs and seven RBIs over the last 10 games for Kansas City.Yoan Moncada leads the White Sox with 68 hits and is batting .285. Abreu is 8-for-39 with two doubles Paul O'Neill Jersey , three home runs and 10 RBIs over the last 10 games for Chicago.LAST 10 GAMES: Royals: 2-8, .253 batting average, 5.93 ERA, outscored by 25 runsWhite Sox: 6-4, .280 batting average, 4.03 ERA, outscored opponents by five runsRoyals Injuries: Trevor Oaks: 60-day IL (hip), Jesse Hahn: 60-day IL (elbow), Danny Duffy: day-to-day (leg) http://www.yankeesfanproshop.com/authentic-giancarlo-stanton-jersey , Lucas Duda: 10-day IL (lumbar strain), Hunter Dozier: 10-day IL (chest), Salvador Perez: 60-day IL (elbow).White Sox Injuries: Carlos Rodon: 60-day IL (elbow), Michael Kopech: 60-day IL (elbow), Nate Jones: 60-day IL (elbow), Ryan Burr: 10-day IL (elbow), Jon Jay: 60-day IL (hip).