Baseball

Cleveland Indians' Francisco Lindor connects for a home run against the Chicago Cubs during the first inning of a spring training baseball game Saturday, March 7, 2020, in Goodyear, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
March 11, 2020 - 1:22 pm
GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — Cleveland Indians executive Chris Antonetti says the franchise and representatives for star shortstop Francisco Lindor made a “sincere and earnest effort” to agree on a long-term contract before deciding this week to suspend talks. Antonetti, the president of baseball...
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Detroit Tigers designated hitter Miguel Cabrera, right, talks with Houston Astros third baseman Alex Bregman during the first inning of a spring training baseball game, Monday, March 9, 2020, in West Palm Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
March 11, 2020 - 2:14 am
Few players have been as consistently excellent at the plate as Miguel Cabrera in his prime. That seems like a long time ago now. Cabrera hit only 12 home runs last season and has just 31 over the past three years. He'll turn 37 in April, and there are plenty of indications that the Detroit star is...
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A view of the empty Juventus stadium, as a measure against coronavirus contagion, prior to the Serie A soccer match between Juventus and Inter, in Turin, Italy, Sunday, March 8, 2020. Serie A played on Sunday despite calls from Italy’s sports minister and players’ association president to suspend the games in Italy’s top soccer division. (Marco Alpozzi/LaPresse via AP)
Associated Press
March 10, 2020 - 8:29 pm
The novel coronavirus outbreak, which has already reshaped the professional sports landscape in Europe, prompted major changes to restrict fan access in the U.S. on Tuesday, with major decisions looming about baseball's opening day and college basketball's NCAA Tournament. College games will be...
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Colorado Rockies' Ian Desmond (20) loses his helmet on a swing as Cincinnati Reds catcher Curt Casali, right, gets out of the way during the second inning of a spring training baseball game Tuesday, March 10, 2020, in Scottsdale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
March 10, 2020 - 7:34 pm
Michael Kopech quickly got back up to speed for the Chicago White Sox. In his first game since having Tommy John surgery 18 months ago, Kopech threw 11 pitches — and six reached 100 mph. "Yeah, I might have been a little geeked," he said Tuesday. The 23-year-old right-hander started against Texas...
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Houston Astros pitcher Justin Verlander walks in the dugout after pitching to the St. Louis Cardinals in the first inning of a spring training baseball game, Tuesday, March 3, 2020, in Jupiter, Fla. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
March 09, 2020 - 11:59 pm
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Houston Astros ace Justin Verlander is expected to miss opening day after he strained a back muscle during a spring training start against the New York Mets. Verlander said it would “probably take a miracle” for him to pitch in the Astros' opener against the Los Angeles...
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FILE - In this Oct. 11, 2016, file photo, Texas Rangers pitcher Sam Dyson, left, packs a bag in the locker room at the baseball park in Arlington, Texas. The NBA, NHL, Major League Baseball and Major League Soccer are closing access to locker rooms and clubhouses to all non-essential personnel in response to the coronavirus crisis, the leagues announced in a joint statement Monday, March 9, 2020. (AP Photo/LM Otero, File)
March 09, 2020 - 6:48 pm
MIAMI (AP) — The NBA, NHL, Major League Baseball and Major League Soccer are closing access to locker rooms and clubhouses to all non-essential personnel in response to the coronavirus crisis, the leagues announced in a joint statement Monday night. The leagues said they made the decision “after...
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A view of the empty Juventus stadium, as a measure against coronavirus contagion, prior to the Serie A soccer match between Juventus and Inter, in Turin, Italy, Sunday, March 8, 2020. Serie A played on Sunday despite calls from Italy’s sports minister and players’ association president to suspend the games in Italy’s top soccer division. (Marco Alpozzi/LaPresse via AP)
March 09, 2020 - 2:00 pm
LONDON (AP) — All sports in Italy were expected to be halted on Monday because of the virus outbreak, including games in the country’s top soccer division and preparatory events for the Tokyo Olympics. The Italian Olympic Committee, which oversees all sporting events in the country, said in a...
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Texas Rangers' Willie Calhoun waits to bat during spring training baseball practice Friday, Feb. 14, 2020, in Surprise, Ariz. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
March 08, 2020 - 7:07 pm
SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) — Texas Rangers outfielder Willie Calhoun has a broken jaw after being hit in the mouth by a fastball Sunday. The left-handed hitting Calhoun crumbled after being struck in the face by a fastball from Los Angeles Dodgers lefty Julio Urias in the first inning of a spring...
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Cleveland Indians' Mike Freeman, left, signs autographs for fans as a Goodyear Stadium employee holds a container of pens and autograph cards prior to the team's spring training baseball game against the Chicago Cubs on Saturday, March 7, 2020, in Goodyear, Ariz. The stadium offered the items for players to sign autographs as a precaution for the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
March 08, 2020 - 12:12 am
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — A baseball fan's treasure trove sat on a table outside the San Francisco Giants clubhouse Saturday morning — hundreds of baseball cards signed by the franchise's biggest stars. Buster Posey, Hunter Pence, Evan Longoria and more, all ready for eager autograph seekers at the...
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Baltimore Orioles starting pitcher Alex Cobb (17) and relief pitcher Shawn Armstrong (43) and other pitchers warm up during spring training baseball, Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020, in Sarasota, Fla. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
March 07, 2020 - 8:00 pm
In a gloomy season for the Baltimore Orioles last year, one of their few bright spots was Trey Mancini. Now they'll have to do without him for a while. The big-hitting Mancini will undergo what the team is calling “a non-baseball-related medical procedure." Manager Brandon Hyde said Saturday that...
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