Motte up for Miller Man of Year Award

Motte up for Miller Man of Year Award

MILWAUKEE -- Reliever Jason Motte has been named one of the 30 finalists for the annual Marvin Miller Man of the Year Award, presented to a player whose on-field performance and contributions to his community inspire others to higher levels of achievement. Motte was selected as a finalist through a vote of his teammates. Fans can now vote for any of the 30 team finalists at mlbplayers.com through Friday.

Motte has gained national recognition this season for his KCancer campaign, which brings awareness to pediatric cancer through the sale of KCancer T-shirts and other charitable events.

• Matt Adams returned to the lineup on Saturday after missing two games with an oblique injury. Manager Mike Matheny put Adams right back into the cleanup spot, too, even though Adams had just five hits in his last 44 at-bats.

"When he's right, that's where he belongs," Matheny explained. "Jhonny [Peralta] does a nice job there and can fill that spot, but I like Matt there. I think when our offense looks best, he's there doing what he normally does."

• Short-season State College advanced to the New York-Penn League Championship series with a 2-1 victory in a decisive semifinal game against Hudson Valley on Friday. State College scored twice in the eighth inning on an RBI single by Nick Thompson (eighth round, 2014 Draft) and a productive groundout from Robelys Reyes (non-drafted signee, 2010).

State College will open its best-of-three championship series against the Tri-City ValleyCats at home on Sunday.

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