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Peanut Butter-Glazed Salmon and 4 other recipes for fall weeknights

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Pad Krapow Gai (Thai Basil Chicken), A Version Of The Thai Classic Adapted From The Chef Kris Yenbamroong'S Cookbook,
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Hello, everyone. I missed writing to you when I was out on my summer vacation, though I didn’t miss trying to come up with different ways to say “delicious.” (“Toothsome!”)

I returned and plunged directly into fall madness — a maelstrom of back to school, back to office, back to everything. Naturally, as I tried to determine who in my home had to be where and at what time, I wondered what I was going to have for dinner. (What, you’re not constantly thinking about what you’re going to have for dinner?)

I find that after Labor Day, a switch flips, and the collective yearning for summer food comes to a halt. Enough with the pan con tomate; it’s time for roast chicken. So this week, for me, is all about those meals: not heavy, but not light either, and sufficiently filling for the hectic early days of fall. And, because of the aforementioned crazy schedules, it’s also about speed and ease.


This fast and fun weeknight meal reveals an unexpected use for peanut butter, transforming it into a savory five-ingredient sauce. The pantry favorite is combined with tangy lemon juice, fragrant ginger and toasted sesame oil to create a rich, supernutty glaze that pairs well with fatty salmon. Here the salmon is roasted on a rack of green beans, but a bed of broccoli florets would be an excellent alternative. The sweet-salty glaze can be made a day ahead and brought to room temperature before using.

By Kay Chun

Yield: 4 servings

Total time: 20 minutes


  • 1 pound green beans, trimmed
  • 1 bunch scallions (about 6), halved lengthwise then cut crosswise into thirds
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 3 tablespoons neutral oil, such as safflower or canola
  • Salt and black pepper
  • 1/4 cup smooth peanut butter (either conventional or natural works)
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice, plus lemon wedges for serving
  • 2 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon grated peeled ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
  • 4 (6-ounce) center-cut salmon fillets
  • 1/4 cup chopped unsalted roasted peanuts (optional)


1. Heat oven to 450 degrees. On a large rimmed baking sheet, combine green beans, scallions, garlic and 2 tablespoons of the neutral oil; season with salt and pepper. Toss to evenly coat, then spread in an even layer.

2. Prepare the peanut butter glaze: In a small bowl, combine peanut butter, lemon juice, soy sauce, ginger, sesame oil and 1 tablespoon water. Season with salt and pepper, then whisk until smooth.

3. Rub salmon with the remaining 1 tablespoon neutral oil and season with salt. Arrange salmon on top of beans and spoon half of the peanut butter glaze on top of the fish. Roast for 5 minutes, then spoon over the remaining glaze. Roast until salmon is cooked to medium and beans are crisp-tender, 5 to 7 minutes more, depending on thickness.

4. Divide salmon and beans among serving plates. Top with peanuts and serve with lemon wedges.


Pad Krapow Gai (Thai Basil Chicken), a version of the Thai classic adapted from the chef Kris Yenbamroong’s cookbook, “Night + Market” in New York, Aug. 25, 2022. Food stylist: Barrett Washburne (Joe Lingeman/The New York Times)

As dynamic as it is speedy, this ground chicken and green bean recipe from “Night + Market” (Clarkson Potter, 2017) by Kris Yenbamroong and Garrett Snyder, delivers a wallop of flavor with punchy ingredients that stir-fry in just 15 minutes. While this popular Thai street food can be whipped up using a range of proteins, Yenbamroong refers to his riff as “low-rent” because it’s prepared with ground chicken rather than pricier slices of meat. It’s piled with basil; Thai basil or holy basil provide more assertive licorice notes, but sweet basil adds herbal bursts of brightness. Spiked with Thai seasoning (see tip below), the chicken mixture is salty on its own, but it’s inextricably linked with rice and imparts the right amount of salinity when dispersed.

Recipe from Kris Yenbamroong

Adapted by Alexa Weibel

Yield: 2 to 4 servings

Total time: 15 minutes


  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 pound ground chicken (preferably dark meat)
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic (from 2 cloves)
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh bird’s-eye chile or other fresh chile (from 1 chile)
  • 8 ounces green beans, trimmed and cut into 1/2-inch pieces (about 1 1/2 cups)
  • 3 tablespoons oyster sauce
  • 2 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Thai seasoning sauce (such as Golden Mountain; see tip below)
  • 1 cup loosely packed basil leaves (preferably Thai basil or holy basil)
  • Ground white pepper, to taste
  • Steamed jasmine rice, for serving
  • 4 crispy fried eggs (optional)


1. Heat a wok or large nonstick skillet over medium-high, then swirl in the oil. Once the oil is shimmering, add the ground chicken and cook, actively breaking the chicken up into small pieces, until it is mostly cooked, about 6 minutes.

2. Stir in the garlic, sugar and chile until evenly distributed and fragrant, about 2 minutes, then add the green beans, oyster sauce, fish sauce and Thai seasoning, and cook, stirring constantly, until the chicken is fully cooked, the green beans are crisp-tender and the krapow is glossy, about 2 minutes.

3. Remove from heat, add the basil and a dash of white pepper and toss to combine. If the sauce seems to cling too tightly to the mixture, add 1 to 2 tablespoons of water to make it loose and glossy.

4. Serve over rice, and top with a crispy fried egg, if desired. Serve with additional Thai seasoning to sprinkle on top, according to taste.

TIP: Golden Mountain is made with fermented soybeans, like soy sauce, and imparts sweetness along with its jolt of salinity. It can be purchased in Asian supermarkets or online and lasts indefinitely. A dash of it adds complexity to stir-fries, curries, fried rice, and cooked proteins and vegetables.


Sheet-Pan Baked Feta With Broccolini, Tomatoes And Lemon, A Fan-Favorite Recipe From Yasmin Fahr That Is Both Virtuous (All Those Veggies) And Tasty, In New York, June 14, 2020. Food Stylist: Barrett Washburne (Bryan Gardner/The New York Times)
Sheet-pan baked feta with broccolini, tomatoes and lemon, a fan-favorite recipe from Yasmin Fahr that is both virtuous (all those veggies) and tasty, in New York, June 14, 2020. Food stylist: Barrett Washburne (Bryan Gardner/The New York Times)

When baked, feta gains an almost creamy texture, similar to goat cheese but with feta’s characteristic tang. In this easy vegetarian sheet-pan dinner, broccolini (or broccoli), grape tomatoes and lemon slices roast alongside the feta until the broccolini crisp, the tomatoes burst and the lemon rinds soften. (Remember, broccolini has a tender, delicious stalk so only the bottom 1/2-inch needs to be trimmed.) Serve this dish over a pile of orzo for a complete meal. If you like, cut the broccolini, feta and lemon into bite-size pieces and toss with the orzo.

By Yasmin Fahr

Yield: 4 servings

Total time: 25 minutes


  • 1 bunch broccolini, ends trimmed, thick stalks split lengthwise, or broccoli, stalks trimmed and cut into bite-size pieces
  • 1 pint grape tomatoes, halved (about 2 cups)
  • 1 small red onion, peeled, quartered and cut into 2-inch wedges
  • 1 lemon, 1/2 cut into thin rounds and the remaining 1/2 left intact, for serving
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil, plus more for serving
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon red-pepper flakes
  • Kosher salt and black pepper
  • 2 (6- to 8-ounce) blocks feta, cut into 1-inch slices
  • Cooked orzo or farro, for serving
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil or cilantro leaves and fine stems, roughly chopped (optional)


1. Heat the oven to 400 degrees with a rack set in the lower third. On a sheet pan, combine the broccolini, tomatoes, onion and lemon slices with the olive oil and toss. Add cumin and red-pepper flakes, season with salt and pepper, and toss again until evenly coated. Nestle the feta slices into the vegetables. (It’s OK if they break apart a little.)

2. Roast 15 to 20 minutes, stirring halfway through but leaving the feta in place, until the broccolini is charred at the tips, the stems are easily pierced with a fork and the tomato skins start to blister and break down.

3. Serve over orzo or farro. Drizzle with olive oil and serve with the remaining lemon half for squeezing. Top with fresh herbs, if using.


Baked Mustard-Herb Chicken Legs, An Old Recipe By Mark Bittman That He Learned From The Chef Gary Danko, In New York, Dec. 17, 2018. Food Stylist: Barrett Washburne (Julia Gartland/The New York Times)
Baked mustard-herb chicken legs, an old recipe by Mark Bittman that he learned from the chef Gary Danko, in New York, Dec. 17, 2018. Food stylist: Barrett Washburne (Julia Gartland/The New York Times)

“A model of simplicity” is how Mark Bittman described this 2004 recipe from San Francisco chef Gary Danko. Painted with mustard and tossed in an herbed mix of breadcrumbs, they go right into an oven, to be pulled out about 30 minutes later. It’s dinner party-worthy fare, made just as easily on a weeknight.

Recipe from Gary Danko

Adapted by Mark Bittman

Yield: 4 servings

Total time: 45 minutes


  • 4 leg-thigh chicken pieces, cut in 2, or 8 thighs
  • 1 1/2 cups coarse fresh breadcrumbs
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 2 tablespoons chopped parsley
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh tarragon or other herb
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 6 tablespoons Dijon mustard


1. Heat oven to 400 degrees. Trim excess skin and fat from chicken. Combine breadcrumbs, garlic, parsley, tarragon and salt and pepper on a plate or waxed paper. Use a pastry brush to paint mustard lightly on chicken legs. Carefully coat chicken legs with breadcrumb mixture.

2. Gently place chicken in a roasting pan and bake for 30 to 40 minutes, or until completely cooked. Serve hot or cold.


Pasta With Fresh Tomatoes And Goat Cheese, An Unbelievably Simple Pasta Recipe From Ali Slagle That Combines Tomatoes With Goat Cheese And Parmesan For A Creamy, Salty, No-Cook Sauce, In New York, June 12, 2022. Food Stylist: Barrett Washburne (Bryan Gardner/The New York Times)
Pasta with fresh tomatoes and goat cheese, an unbelievably simple pasta recipe from Ali Slagle that combines tomatoes with goat cheese and Parmesan for a creamy, salty, no-cook sauce, in New York, June 12, 2022. Food stylist: Barrett Washburne (Bryan Gardner/The New York Times)

This pasta’s sauce comes together using the same trifecta found in lemon-ricotta pasta: a juicy fruit, a creamy cheese and a salty cheese. This recipe makes good use of those summer tomatoes with juices just barely contained by their thin skins. The creamy cheese is goat cheese, whose tang balances the sweetness of the tomatoes. Parmesan adds salty depth, while herbs and red-pepper flakes complete the dish. For a more filling pasta, feel free to add shrimp, corn or green beans to the boiling pasta in the last few minutes of cooking.

By Ali Slagle

Yield: 4 servings

Total time: 25 minutes


  • Kosher salt
  • 2 pounds very ripe tomatoes, coarsely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme or oregano leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon red-pepper flakes, plus more as needed
  • 2 ounces Parmesan cheese, coarsely grated, plus more as needed
  • 1 pound fusilli or another spiral pasta
  • 1 (4-ounce) log goat cheese, crumbled


1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.

2. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine the tomatoes, thyme, red-pepper flakes and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Mash with a fork or potato masher until tomatoes are juicy. Stir in the Parmesan. Set aside while the pasta cooks or up to 2 hours at room temperature.

3. Add the pasta to the boiling water and cook according to package instructions until al dente. Reserve 1/2 cup pasta cooking water, then drain the pasta.

4. To the bowl of tomatoes, add the goat cheese and 2 tablespoons of the reserved pasta cooking water. Stir until the cheese is mostly melted. Add the pasta and stir vigorously until the noodles are well coated. Add more pasta water as needed until the sauce coats the noodles. Season to taste with additional Parmesan and red-pepper flakes.

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A motorcyclist dies in a two-vehicle crash in the Montbello area of ​​Denver.

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A Motorcyclist Dies In A Two-Vehicle Crash In The Montbello Area Of ​​Denver.
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A motorcyclist has died after a two-vehicle crash in northeast Denver, police said.

The crash happened at East 46th Avenue and Fairplay Way, police said in a tweet at 12:49 p.m. Saturday.

About four hours after the initial tweet, Denver police announced that the motorcyclist had died.

The Denver Medical Examiner’s Office will provide the identity of the victim, after the family has been notified. An investigation into the accident is ongoing.


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Dortmund could move Bellingham for a bargain fee

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Dortmund Could Move Bellingham For A Bargain Fee
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The summer transfer window is closed for major leagues in Europe. However, with one eye on January, there’s a lot of gossip swirling about who’s moving where. Transfer Talk brings you all the latest buzz on rumours, whereabouts and, of course, deals!

TOP STORY: Dortmund could lose Bellingham for a bargain fee

Borussia Dortmund midfielder Jude Bellingham could leave for a transfer fee of just £83million next summer if paid up front, reports the Sun.

The England international is wanted by many of the biggest clubs in world football, a demand which has been reflected in the £130m transfer fee the Bundesliga club have reportedly demanded. Now, however, The Sun writes that any club looking to bring in the 19-year-old could do so for nearly £50m less than that figure, provided it’s all paid for upfront.

Manchester City are sure they can be the team to sign the talented teenager as they offer him the best chance of winning silverware and an opportunity to reunite with former Dortmund team-mate Erling Haaland, who has an incredible 14 goals in 10 games for City. The signing of Kalvin Phillips from Leeds United initially ruled City out of the race for the former Birmingham City wonderkid, but Pep Guardiola still wants another top player in midfield, and the Spaniard believes in Bellingham so much that he thinks he could possibly fill Kevin De Bruyne’s boots.

Liverpool have long been interested in the player, and they also believed they were favorites to bring him in. Chelsea are also an admirer of the midfielder, while Manchester United are reportedly keen to sign him but are aware he will need to secure Champions League football to have any chance of doing so.

Bellingham still has three years left on his contract with Dortmund, which does not contain a release clause.


– The Mirror reports Arsenal had scouts watching Stade Rennais Lovro Majer when he scored in Croatia’s 2-1 win over Denmark in the UEFA Nations League on Thursday. The midfielder has also impressed for Rennes since joining them just over a year ago, leading the Ligue 1 outfit to demand a transfer fee of £44million, having spent just £10m to sign him.

– Napoli are close to agreeing a new contract for the starting keeper Alex MeretCalciomercato report, with the Italy international’s contract expiring in 2023. The move ensures they won’t attempt to sign the Paris Saint-Germain striker Clelor Navas in January.

– Torino couldn’t sign the Dnipro-1 striker Artem Dovbyk during the summer, but Tuttosport report that the Serie A outfit will make another attempt to sign him in January. The hope is that his contract ending in 2024 will help move talks of a move forward.

– Lazio take steps to renew the contract of Manuel Lazzariaccording to Corriere dello Sport, the wide man’s contract ends in the summer of 2024. The Serie A club are entering negotiations with the Italy international offering him a deal to stay with them until 2027.


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Harry Styles and Olivia Wilde have a late night PDA in New York

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Harry Styles And Olivia Wilde Have A Late Night Pda In New York
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Harry Styles and Olivia Wilde makes more memories of midnight.

Fresh off the singer’s historic 15-night performance at Madison Square Garden, he and the Accommodation alum were spotted hugging and kissing outside after a date in New York.

For the Sept. 22 release, Olivia wore blue jeans, a black blazer over a white shirt, and a pair of yellow Adidas sneakers, while the “As It Was” singer wore a white jacket with peaches, dark-colored pants. and a pair of white sneakers.

Their PDA-filled evening comes a day after Harry completed his month-long ‘Love on Tour’ residency at the famous New York venue.

During MSG’s final show, the venue paid tribute to the former A direction singer bringing out the host Gayle King to unveil a massive banner hanging from the rafters, which read: “HARRY STYLES 15 consecutive nights in the garden”.

The garden also presented each spectator with a feather boa, which has become a fashion staple for Harry at shows.


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China in Taiwan: “External interference” will not be tolerated

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China underlined its commitment to its claim to Taiwan on Saturday, telling the assembled world leaders that anyone who hinders its resolve to reunite with the self-governing island will be “crushed by the wheels of history”.

The language was forceful but, for Chinese leaders, well within the realm of normal.

“Only when China is fully reunited can there be real peace in the Taiwan Strait,” Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said at the UN General Assembly. He said Beijing would “take the strongest measures to oppose outside interference.”

China regularly and vehemently defends its claim to Taiwan, which broke away from the mainland after a civil war in 1949 and now operates with its own government. A visit last month by US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi sharply increased tensions between Washington and Beijing.


Xi Jinping, general secretary of the CPC Central Committee of the Communist Party of China, Chinese president and chairman of the Central Military Commission, delivers an important speech at a ceremony marking the 100th anniversary of the founding of the CPC
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The language, while pointed, reflected the typical Chinese intensity about the island; its claim is rarely ignored in major international speeches. Taiwan is a central issue in Chinese politics, and Wang’s appearance at the leaders’ meeting – in place of his boss, Chinese leader Xi Jinping – was a signal that the speech was not necessarily meaningful.

“The PRC government is the only government representing all of China,” Wang said, referring to China’s official name, the People’s Republic of China. “The one-China principle has become a fundamental norm in international relations.

He added: “Any attempt to obstruct China’s reunification is bound to be crushed by the wheels of history.

China regularly exerts worldwide pressure on any entity – country, company, cartographer – that even implies that Taiwan might be a separate nation. At the Olympics, for example, Taiwan must compete as “Chinese Taipei”. The mainland’s government muscle has isolated the island’s government, although a few UN members continue to maintain diplomatic relations with Taipei rather than Beijing.


Taiwan Air Force Mirage Fighter Jets Taxi On A Runway At An Air Base In Hsinchu, Taiwan, Friday, Aug. 5, 2022.

Taiwan Air Force Mirage fighter jets taxi on a runway at an air base in Hsinchu, Taiwan, Friday, Aug. 5, 2022.
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At the UN meeting on Saturday, a few speakers before Wang, Prime Minister of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Ralph Gonsalves spoke forcefully about allowing Taiwan to raise its profile in international organizations, including the World Health Organization.

“How can we stand sideways, in relative silence and contented inaction, in defiance of Taiwan’s legitimate right to exist in accordance with the wishes and will of the Taiwanese people?” He asked.

Wang’s appearance at the 2022 in-person UN General Assembly came after two years of remote pandemic-era speeches by China’s top leader. Xi did not attend this year’s event, which Russian President Vladimir Putin also skipped. US President Joe Biden spoke on Wednesday.

The United States and China have tough diplomacy and disagree on many fundamental issues. They have been arguing for decades over human rights, most recently over the mistreatment of ethnic Uyghurs in China’s western Xinjiang region. Beijing views US criticism as hypocritical and an act of interference in its internal affairs.


People Walk Past A Billboard Welcoming U.s. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi In Taipei, Taiwan, August 3, 2022.

People walk past a billboard welcoming U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in Taipei, Taiwan, August 3, 2022.
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This is always reflected in the remarks of Chinese leaders. Wang’s speech used lightly coded phrases and references that criticized Washington without coming out and saying it. For example, Wang said, “We strongly oppose attempts to politicize human rights” and “We must uphold fairness and oppose bullying” – both references to the long-standing irritations he has with American politics.

With Taiwan and human rights still hampering China-US relations, Wang and US Secretary of State Antony Blinken met in person on the sidelines of the General Assembly on Friday.

U.S. officials said Blinken stepped up efforts by the Biden administration to pressure China to end provocative actions against Taiwan. China’s Foreign Ministry, in a summary of the meeting, said Wang told his counterpart that “current China-US relations are facing serious impacts, and there are lessons from which the US side must learn lessons”.

He said the two discussed “recent wrongdoings by the US side on the Taiwan issue.” However, he also said: “Both parties believe the meeting was frank, constructive and important, and have agreed to maintain communication.”


After Mao Zedong’s communist forces took control of China in 1949, Chiang Kai-shek’s nationalists decamped to Taiwan and maintained their separate government. It was recognized by the United States until 1979, when Washington established relations with Beijing.


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Olympian Kendall Coyne Schofield gives back to hometown Palos Heights with playground project – NBC Chicago

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Olympian Kendall Coyne Schofield Gives Back To Hometown Palos Heights With Playground Project - Nbc Chicago
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Olympic gold medalist Kendall Coyne Schofield and her husband, Bears offensive lineman Michael Schofield, are giving back to future generations with a new project – an inclusive park in the southern suburbs.

Thanks to a generous contribution from the couple’s Schofield Family Foundation, the Kendall Coyne Dream Big Park recently opened in the same Palos Heights neighborhood where Kendall grew up.

“They have the opportunity to be active, to have fun and, of course, the name of this park, to dream big,” Kendall said, explaining what the park has to offer kids. “The moment they enter this park, I hope they walk away with a dream bigger than they came.”

Kendall and Michael both want kids to have fun growing up, like they did long before their professional athletic careers.

“I was rollerblading, maybe he was throwing a soccer ball – but we were at the park playing with our siblings, playing with our friends, just enjoying being active, to enjoy the outdoors,” Kendall said.

From smooth rubber ground equipment, Kendall and Michael ensured the park was created for children of all skill levels.

“You don’t want someone not being able to go to the park because of their ability – you want this park to be for everyone and anyone,” Michael said.

Kendall shared a similar post.

“The inclusion of the park – making sure it’s ADA accessible, making sure there’s sensory equipment for the kids as well…I just hope any kid that comes through this park knows that there is something here for me, that this park is for me,” she said.

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Tony La Russa will not return to manage this season, and the Chicago White Sox will address his status for 2023 ‘when it’s appropriate’

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Tony La Russa Will Not Return To Manage This Season, And The Chicago White Sox Will Address His Status For 2023 ‘When It’s Appropriate’
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Manager Tony La Russa will not return this season at the direction of his doctors, the Chicago White Sox announced Saturday.

“After undergoing additional testing and medical procedures over the past week, doctors for Tony La Russa have directed him to not return as manager of the Chicago White Sox for the remainder of the 2022 season,” the Sox said in a statement.

Added general manager Rick Hahn at Guaranteed Rate Field: “I did speak to him (Saturday) morning and he had no issue with us letting everybody know that there is a treatment protocol in place that he plans on adhering to. …

“As for the inevitable question, ‘Well, what does that mean for next season?’ We are going to finish up this season first and then address everything when it’s appropriate to turn the page at the end of this year.”

Bench coach Miguel Cairo will remain the acting manager for the rest of the season.

“I talked to him (Friday) night, he’s doing good,” Cairo said of La Russa. “First is health. That’s the most important right now.

“We’ve got a job to do — we’ve got to finish strong. I talked to the players (before Saturday’s game against the Detroit Tigers), I let them know and it’s 11 more games, let’s finish strong.”

The Sox have been without La Russa, 77, since Aug. 30, when they announced less than an hour before a game against the Kansas City Royals that he would not manage that night. The next day the Sox said La Russa was out indefinitely and would undergo further testing with doctors in Arizona.

La Russa received clearance to attend a ceremony for former pitcher Dave Stewart on Sept. 11 in Oakland, Calif.

“Health ain’t nothing to mess with,” La Russa said before the event. “I got checked in Chicago and the reason I flew to Arizona is because that’s been the place since the ‘90s I’ve had physicals. They addressed it, they fixed it, now it’s just a question of regaining strength. Don’t mess with health.”

He told Janie McCauley of the Associated Press he had a pacemaker inserted for his heart.

La Russa flew to Chicago with the team after the A’s game and was in attendance for the next series against the Colorado Rockies, watching from a suite. He did not travel with the team for the ensuing trip to Cleveland and Detroit.

He is in the second season of his second stint with the Sox, who have hovered around .500 most of the season and are on the verge of missing the playoffs. They entered Saturday at 76-75 and eight games behind the first-place Cleveland Guardians in the American League Central.

La Russa is second all time among major-league managers in victories. The 2014 Hall of Fame inductee won World Series titles with the Oakland Athletics (1989) and St. Louis Cardinals (2006, 2011).

“I learned so much, I’ve been learning so much, I’m still learning because every day you learn something else,” Cairo said. “I always double check with him. What he would do different in that situation and he’s very straightforward to me. Sometimes, ‘OK, I didn’t think about that.’ It’s a learning experience that I’m enjoying. I learn from the best, I’m learning from the best still.

“We reflect on games, reflecting on a move or reflecting on innings that happen. Of course when you lose you’re going to second-guess yourself on everything. When you win, sometimes you’re going to do stuff that’s out of the book and works and sometimes you go by the book and it don’t work. As long as you go with the information and your gut together, that balance, you’re going to give your players a chance to succeed.”

The Sox entered Saturday 13-10 since Cairo took over Aug. 30.

“(Cairo) and the coaches have done a very fine job,” Hahn said. “We’ve seen at various stretches, unfortunately not over the last four days (all four losses), but for extended stretches over the last few weeks, this team showing flashes of playing at the level we thought was capable over the course of the entire season. It’s a little too little too late over the course of the year. But I think those guys deserve a lot of credit for what was thrust upon them on the fly and the way they responded, both in the coaches room and in the clubhouse.

“I feel that in many ways they haven’t missed a beat, which they deserve a lot of credit for. The focus has been on the games and the series right in front of them as opposed to any uncertainty. At the same time Tony is in their thoughts and there has been communication with Tony and well wishes passed along. In no way do I feel the club has been distracted despite the circumstances. Very professional response.”


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