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A foul ball rests in empty stands during Kansas City Royals' baseball practice at Kauffman Stadium on Thursday, July 9, 2020, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
July 15, 2020 - 10:30 pm
The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ Detroit Tigers left-hander Matthew Boyd was kept away from Comerica Park on Tuesday, a day after coming in contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19. Boyd told reporters on a Zoom call on Wednesday...
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New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) winds up while delivering a pitch during a simulated game, part of the Mets summer training camp workout at Citi Field, Thursday, July 9, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
July 15, 2020 - 6:29 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — Opening day is next week, and there is concern for New York Mets ace Jacob deGrom and Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo because of back issues. It looks as if New York Yankees star Aaron Judge is feeling much better. The Mets sent deGrom for an MRI on Wednesday after the right...
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Tampa Bay Rays' Tyler Glasnow, right, bumps fists with catcher Mike Zunino after pitching during baseball practice Tuesday, July 14, 2020, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Mike Carlson)
July 15, 2020 - 12:19 am
Opening day rosters gained clarity on Tuesday when the Atlanta Braves reached an agreement with Yasiel Puig, and Tampa Bay pitcher Tyler Glasnow provided hopes for teams awaiting players to be cleared following positive tests for the coronavirus. Puig agreed to a one-year deal pending a physical, a...
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Minnesota Twins' Byron Buxton stumbles in an intrasquad baseball game Monday, July 13, 2020, in Minneapolis. Buxton left the field via a cart. (AP Photo/Bruce Kluckhohn)
July 14, 2020 - 9:14 pm
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota Twins center fielder Byron Buxton has a sprained left foot but no structural damage, further testing revealed Tuesday following his injury in an intrasquad game. The Twins said Buxton's status would be evaluated on a day-to-day basis. While tracking a fly ball at Target...
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FILE - In this Sept. 22, 2019, file photo, Cleveland Indians' Yasiel Puig watches his three-run double off of Philadelphia Phillies relief pitcher Cole Irvin during the seventh inning of a baseball game in Cleveland. The free agent outfielder and the Atlanta Braves have agreed to a one-year deal, a person with knowledge of the deal said Tuesday, July 14, 2020. (AP Photo/Phil Long, File)
July 14, 2020 - 6:08 pm
ATLANTA (AP) — Free agent outfielder Yasiel Puig and the Atlanta Braves have agreed to a one-year deal, a person with knowledge of the deal said Tuesday. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the agreement is not official until Puig passes a physical. The...
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Houston Astros pitcher Justin Verlander, right, talks with Michael Brantley (23) after throwing during a simulated baseball game Thursday, July 9, 2020, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
July 14, 2020 - 12:08 pm
HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Astros spent the offseason reeling from a sign-stealing scandal that cost manager AJ Hinch and general manager Jeff Luhnow their jobs. Veteran Dusty Baker took over as the manager of the American League champions just before spring training. It was a choice owner Jim...
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FILE - In this Sept. 11, 2019, file photo, Colorado Rockies right fielder Charlie Blackmon waits to enter the batting cage before the team's baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals in Denver. All-Star outfielder Charlie Blackmon of the Colorado Rockies has become the first Major League Baseball player known to have tested positive for the coronavirus. A person familiar with Blackmon’s situation confirmed the test result to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because there was no official announcement. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)
July 13, 2020 - 11:48 pm
DENVER (AP) — All-Star outfielder Charlie Blackmon, the first major league player known to have tested positive for the coronavirus, returned to the Colorado Rockies for his first workout Monday after getting the all clear to rejoin his teammates. “I feel great. I have felt that way for at least a...
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Milwaukee Brewers' Justin Grimm, Devin Williams and Josh Hader watch during a practice session Monday, July 13, 2020, at Miller Park in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)
July 13, 2020 - 9:40 pm
Well-traveled Milwaukee Brewers first baseman-outfielder Logan Morrison figures it will be easy for him to adjust to games without spectators this season. “I played for the Rays and the Marlins, so I’m used to it,” Morrison said. The Brewers and other major league teams worked out again Monday in...
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FILE - In this Friday, July 10, 2020, file photo, Cleveland Indians' Francisco Lindor runs the bases after hitting a home run during a simulated game at Progressive Field in Cleveland. The Cleveland Indians seem to be standing in an uncomfortable on-deck circle. Now that the NFL's Washington Redskins have retired their contentious nickname and logo after decades of objection and a recent uproar triggered by nationwide social protests, the Indians appear to be the next major sports franchise in line to change their identity.(AP Photo/David Dermer, File)
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July 13, 2020 - 9:40 pm
CLEVELAND (AP) — The spotlight for change is shining on the Cleveland Indians. Now that the NFL's Washington Redskins have retired their contentious nickname and logo after decades of objection and amid a nationwide movement calling for racial justice, the Indians appear to be the next major sports...
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FILE - In this Friday, July 3, 2020, file photo, Chicago Cubs manager David Ross gestures during baseball practice at Wrigley Field in Chicago. Ross was already stepping into some big shoes when he agreed to replace Joe Maddon as manager of the Cubs. Then the coronavirus pandemic hit. Now Ross is a first-year skipper trying to guide his team through a brand new experience full of testing and protocols and an unforgiving 60-game season. How well he navigates the unprecedented situation is an important slice of the Cubs' hopes for returning to the playoffs. (AP Photo/Kamil Krzaczynski, File)
July 13, 2020 - 8:04 pm
The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ Rugby players in Ireland earning more than 25,000 euros ($28,000) a year have agreed to reduce their salary by 10% and defer 10% more until 2021. The Irish Rugby Football Union and Rugby Players Ireland agreed on...
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