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FILE - In this Oct. 30, 2019, file photo, Washington Nationals' Howie Kendrick hits a two-run home run against the Houston Astros during the seventh inning of Game 7 of the baseball World Series in Houston. The Astros were scheduled to spend July 4 in the nation's capital during a three-game series against the defending World Series champion Nationals. Houston won all three games at Nationals Park last October. But the Nationals won every game at Minute Maid Park, with Kendrick's two-run home run in the seventh inning of Game 7 putting them ahead to stay. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)
June 28, 2020 - 11:14 pm
Major League Baseball is set to resume “spring training” this week while moving toward the start of a shortened 60-game season in late July. If not for the coronavirus pandemic, the league would have reached the halfway point of its usual 162-game schedule. Wimbledon would have also been getting...
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People walk by the front of Angel Stadium, Thursday, June 25, 2020, in Anaheim, Calif. By the time Major League Baseball returns in late July, it will have been more than four months since teams last played. The season is now going to be a 60-game sprint to the finish, held in ballparks without fans and featuring some unusual rules. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
June 28, 2020 - 5:45 pm
Top prospect Wander Franco is part of the Tampa Bay Rays' 60-man player pool, and the Detroit Tigers are including their most heralded young pitchers as baseball gears up for its abbreviated season. Sunday was the deadline for teams to submit player pools, although additions can be made later. Many...
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FILE - In this March 5, 2020, file photo, New York Yankees starting pitcher Gerrit Cole throws during a spring training baseball game against the Detroit Tigers in Lakeland, Fla. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, Cole still has not made his regular season debut with the Yankees. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)
June 27, 2020 - 5:46 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Gerrit Cole could make his New York Yankees debut in a tasty opening-day treat for fans, facing Juan Soto and World Series champion Washington at Nationals Park. The Yankees and Nationals are set meet when the virus-delayed season begins next month, a person familiar with the game...
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FILE - In this March 4, 2019, file photo, Atlanta Braves' Grant Dayton pitches against the Houston Astros in the sixth inning of a spring baseball exhibition game in Kissimmee, Fla. Dayton is excited to driving north for the resumption of spring training with the Braves. He knows he will not be getting any more salary. "It's going to be weird not getting a paycheck," he said. Dayton is among 11 players who received $286,500 in advances that are higher than their prorated pay. (AP Photo/John Raoux, File)
June 26, 2020 - 5:58 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Grant Dayton will notice one glaring absence this season after he reports to the Atlanta Braves: his twice-a-month salary. He is among 11 major leaguers whose prorated pay for the abbreviated 60-game season amounts to less than the $286,500 advance already received by the 32-year-...
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FILE - In this March 9, 2020, file photo, Kansas City Royals manager Mike Matheny pauses in the dugout prior to a spring training baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks in Scottsdale, Ariz. Forget about those halcyon first few days of spring training, when arranging for the right tee time on the right golf course is often more challenging than the work on the field. When major leaguers report next week for spring training 2.0 — or perhaps more accurately, baseball's first summer camp — time will be one precious commodity with about three weeks before opening day. “We're going to have some live batting practices the first day they show up. Day 1 and Day 2. ... Multiple ups for the starters," Matheny said Friday, June 26, 2020, on a video conference call. “These guys are prepared for that. They've been hungry for it.” (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)
June 26, 2020 - 4:19 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — Forget about those halcyon first few days of spring training, when arranging for the right tee time on the right golf course is often more challenging than the work on the field. When major leaguers report next week for spring training 2.0 — or perhaps more accurately, baseball's...
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FILE - In this Jan. 15, 2020, file photo, Boston Red Sox baseball team owner John Henry, left, listens as chairman Tom Werner speaks during a news conference at Fenway Park in Boston. Liverpool won its first league title since 1990, clinching Thursday, June, 25, 2020. Because of the pandemic, Henry and Werner, who headed the group that bought the team in 2010, watched on television from the U.S. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)
June 25, 2020 - 11:49 pm
They had waited 10 years for this, just the last of three decades of frustration for Liverpool supporters that included tragedy and heartbreak yet rarely silenced the passionate scouse voices singing in the Kop. When the final whistle sounded at London's Stamford Bridge, John Henry was in Brookline...
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In this June 9, 2020, photo, two employees, work the box office and concessions, in masks, for a showing of The Goonies at the historic Hollywood Theater in Pittsburgh, in its fifth day in operation since COVID-19 forced most indoor theaters across the nation to close mid-March. (AP Photo/Lindsey Bahr)
June 25, 2020 - 5:58 pm
The outbreak of the coronavirus has dealt a shock to the global economy with unprecedented speed. Following are developments Thursday related to the national and global response, the work place and the spread of the virus. ________________________ OUT & ABOUT: Restaurants, professional sports...
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Salvador Hernandez, a groom at Emerald Downs Racetrack in Auburn, Wash., wears a mask as he watches a race Wednesday, June 24, 2020, on the first day of thoroughbred horse racing at the track since all professional sports in Washington state were curtailed in March by the outbreak of the coronavirus. No spectators were allowed, but online wagering was available and the races were streamed. Organizers hope to continue racing into October on a modified schedule. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
June 25, 2020 - 5:00 pm
The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ The Vancouver Canucks say the city is out of the running to act as a hub for the NHL playoffs. Canucks Sports and Entertainment thanked British Columbia health officials for their support during the bid to host...
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FILE - In this Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2019, file photo, Arizona Diamondbacks general manager Mike Hazen speaks during a media availability during the Major League Baseball general managers annual meetings, in Scottsdale, Ariz. Baseball’s bubble-free environment is an anomaly as the sports world tries to come back amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Hazen says he'll be constantly reminding everyone in his organization about the delicacy of the current situation. (AP Photo/Matt York, File)
June 25, 2020 - 4:46 pm
PHOENIX (AP) — Baseball's bubble-free environment is an anomaly as the sports world tries to come back amid the coronavirus pandemic. Instead of bringing a group of teams to Disney World (like the NBA and MLS) or concentrating on a few hub cities (like the current NHL plan), Major League Baseball...
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FILE - In this Oct. 4, 2019, file photo, Minnesota Twins third baseman Miguel Sano prepares to take batting practice before Game 1 of an American League Division Series baseball game against the New York Yankees, in New York. Minnesota Twins slugger Miguel Sanó told a Dominican Republic newspaper he's being blackmailed, having been accused of kidnapping and assault. The Twins said Thursday, June 18, 2020, they're aware of the report in El Nuevo Diario and still trying to gathering more information about the situation surrounding Sanó, who signed a three-year, $30 million contract in January and will move to first base if and when the 2020 season begins. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)
June 25, 2020 - 3:07 pm
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) — Authorities in the Dominican Republic are opening an investigation into allegations Minnesota Twins slugger Miguel Sanó participated in the kidnapping and assault of a man, prosecutors said Thursday. The Twins, however, said they were told Sanó was cleared...
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