Professional Baseball

All Japan's designated hitter Yuki Yanagita, right, celebrates with teammate Sosuke Genda after hitting a two-run home-run off MLB All-Star starter Erasmo Ramirez of the Seattle Marinersin the third inning of Game 2 of their All-Stars Series baseball at Tokyo Dome in Tokyo, Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018. (AP Photo/Toru Takahashi)
November 10, 2018 - 2:49 pm
TOKYO (AP) — Yuki Yanagita had a home run and four RBIs as Japan scored the first nine runs and beat the MLB All-Stars 12-6 Saturday to open a 2-0 lead in the six-game exhibition series. Yanagita, who hit a game-ending two-run homer in the opening 7-6 win, had an RBI single in the first off Erasmo...
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FILE - In this Sunday, Sept. 30, 2018, file photo, Minnesota Twins' Joe Mauer acknowledges a standing ovation as he donned catcher's gear and caught for one pitch against a Chicago White Sox batter in the ninth inning of a baseball game in Minneapolis. Mauer began his career as a catcher before switching to first base. The Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that Mauer has taken out an ad in its Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018, paper to announce his retirement. (AP Photo/Jim Mone, File)
November 09, 2018 - 3:58 pm
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Joe Mauer is retiring after 15 major league seasons, six All-Star games, three Gold Glove awards, three batting titles and 2,123 career hits, all with his hometown Minnesota Twins. "Thank you, Minnesota Twins, and thank you, fans, for making my career as special and memorable as...
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Los Angeles Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman speaks to reporters during the Major League Baseball General Manager Meetings Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018, in Carlsbad, Calif. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)
November 08, 2018 - 4:29 pm
CARLSBAD, Calif. (AP) — Major League Baseball and its players' union likely will not decide until the eve of spring training whether to change rules in an effort to increase action on the field next year. Deputy Commissioner Dan Halem said Thursday as the annual general managers' meetings ended...
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FILE - In this Sept. 29, 2018, file photo, Tampa Bay Rays center fielder Mallex Smith makes a running catch on a fly ball hit by Toronto Blue Jays' Jon Berti during the fifth inning of a baseball game in St. Petersburg, Fla. Speedy outfielder and leadoff hitter Mallex Smith has been acquired by the Seattle Mariners from the Tampa Bay Rays for catcher Mike Zunino and outfielder Guillermo Heredia as part of a five-player deal. (AP Photo/Steve Nesius, File)
November 08, 2018 - 11:42 am
SEATTLE (AP) — Mallex Smith was made a promise by Seattle general manager Jerry Dipoto when he was acquired for a second time by the Mariners after an initial tenure that lasted less than two hours. "Dipoto didn't guarantee anything, but he said I at least have 78 minutes," Smith joked. "We'll see...
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November 08, 2018 - 11:40 am
BRAINTREE, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts great-grandfather has won a $100,000 lottery prize by picking the jersey numbers of five members of the World Series-winning Boston Red Sox. The lottery said in a statement that 84-year-old Jim Aylward Jr., of Templeton, won the prize in Monday's Mass Cash...
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Theo Epstein, president of baseball operations for the Chicago Cubs, speaks to reporters during the Major League Baseball General Manager Meetings Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018, in Carlsbad, Calif. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)
November 07, 2018 - 11:21 pm
CARLSBAD, Calif. (AP) — The agent for free agent Bryce Harper and many of baseball's top players claims rebuilding teams have become a "competitive cancer" that caused this season's 4 percent attendance drop. As the sport's officials start to consider possible rules changes to spark offense and...
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New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady celebrates a touchdown run by Cordarrelle Patterson during the first half of an NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers, Sunday, Nov. 4, 2018, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
November 04, 2018 - 9:49 pm
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers spent the week telling anyone who asked that the other guy was the better quarterback. In the second matchup between the future Hall of Famers, it was the one with five Super Bowl rings who walked off the field with the victory. Brady threw for...
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November 03, 2018 - 6:16 pm
CINCINNATI (AP) — Pitcher Jairo Capellan was killed and two other Cincinnati Reds minor leaguers were injured in a car accident Saturday morning in the Dominican Republic, a team official said. Dick Williams, the Reds' president of baseball operations, confirmed Capellan's death and said pitcher...
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JetBlue's Red Sox-themed Plane arrives at the Luis Muñoz Marin airport with Manager Alex Cora, players, coaches and executive staff to celebrate the team's 2018 championship season victory, in Carolina, Puerto Rico, Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018. (AP Photo Carlos Giusti)
November 03, 2018 - 11:41 am
CAGUAS, Puerto Rico (AP) — Hundreds of arms stretched into the sky in the hometown of Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora on Saturday as fans took pictures and video of the first man from Puerto Rico to lead a team to a World Series championship. Cora held up the trophy that he had been cradling in...
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FILE - This is 2018 file photo, shows third base coach Chris Woodward of the Los Angeles Dodgers baseball team in Glendale, Ariz. The Texas Rangers have hired Dodgers third base coach Chris Woodward as their manager, six weeks after Jeff Banister was fired. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)
November 03, 2018 - 10:32 am
Los Angeles Dodgers third base coach Chris Woodward was hired as manager of the Texas Rangers on Saturday six weeks after Jeff Banister was fired. He received a three-year contract with a club option for 2022, the Rangers said. He is to be introduced at news conference Monday. Woodward inherits a...
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