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White Sox: Robin Ven­tura an­nounced he will not re­turn as man­ager next sea­son. Speak­ing af­ter the sea­son-end­ing 6-3 loss to the Twins, Ven­tura said it was “a per­sonal de­ci­sion.” He was in the last year of his con­tract. Ven­tura went 375-435 in five sea­sons with the White Sox. Af­ter an 85-77 de­but in 2012 that wasn’t good enough for the play­offs, Ven­tura suf­fered through four con­sec­u­tive los­ing sea­sons. Bench coach and for­mer Cubs man­ager Rick Ren­te­ria will likely take over, but the team did not im­me­di­ately an­nounce a re­place­ment.

Bat­ting ti­tles: DJ LeMahieu of the Rock­ies won his first NL bat­ting ti­tle, sit­ting out his sec­ond straight game to pro­tect his lead over the Na­tion­als’ Daniel Mur­phy. LeMahieu hit a ma­jor league-lead­ing .348 and fin­ished one point ahead of Mur­phy with the NL’s high­est av­er­age since the Braves’ Chip­per Jones bat­ted .364 in 2008. LeMahieu’s sea­son ended Fri­day af­ter three in­nings and two hit­less at-bats. Play­ing half their games at hit­ter-friendly Coors Field, Rock­ies play­ers have won bat­ting ti­tles in nine of the last 19 sea­sons.

Scully’s farewell: Vin Scully’s iconic voice on the videoboard in San Fran­cisco wel­comed a sell­out crowd to Game No. 162, the reg­u­lar-sea­son fi­nale, yes, and more no­tably the last of his dec­o­rated, 67-year Hall of Fame broad­cast­ing ca­reer. “It’s time for Gi­ant-Dodger base­ball, the great­est ri­valry in all of pro­fes­sional sports,” de­clared Scully, who de­clined the Giants’ of­fer of any kind of on-field cel­e­bra­tion.

Braves: The Braves played their fi­nal game at Turner Field, end­ing a run that lasted a mere 20 sea­sons with a 1-0 vic­tory over the Tigers. They are mov­ing to a new sta­dium in the sub­urbs next sea­son. A sell­out crowd of 51,220 turned out for the oc­ca­sion. The Braves marked the fi­nal game at the ball­park af­fec­tion­ately known as “the Ted” — a nod to its name­sake and for­mer Braves owner Ted Turner — with elab­o­rate cer­e­monies be­fore and af­ter the game.

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