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Fans wearing face masks to help protect against the spread of the new coronavirus have their temperatures checked as they arrive to watch the KBO league game between Doosan Bears and LG Twins in Seoul, South Korea, Sunday, July 27, 2020. South Korean Baseball Organization (KBO) on Sunday started admitting fans to the games but only at 10% capacity for each venue. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)
July 26, 2020 - 3:42 am
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Masked fans hopped, sang and shouted cheers in baseball stadiums in South Korea on Sunday as authorities began allowing spectators to return to professional sports amid the coronavirus pandemic. After a weeks-long delay, South Korea’s 2020 baseball season began in early...
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Washington Nationals left fielder Michael A. Taylor, left, center fielder Victor Robles, and left fielder Adam Eaton celebrate while socially distant after a baseball game against the New York Yankees at Nationals Park, Saturday, July 25, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
July 25, 2020 - 9:06 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Wearing a red muscle shirt with a drawing of a gold trumpet — this year’s answer to the “Baby Shark” phenomenon of 2019 — Washington Nationals center fielder Victor Robles sat down for his postgame video conference and announced, “Hi, guys!” Filled with energy on and off a...
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Atlanta Braves designated hitter Marcell Ozuna celebrates a solo home run against the New York Mets during the ninth inning of a baseball game Saturday, July 25, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)
July 25, 2020 - 5:41 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Free-agent prize Marcell Ozuna introduced himself to new fans back in Atlanta with a big swing when it counted most. Just the sort of ingratiation still evading shaky Mets closer Edwin Díaz 1 1/2 years into his stint with New York. Ozuna hit a tying homer off Díaz with two outs in...
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Colorado Rockies shortstop Trevor Story (27) makes the tag on Texas Rangers' Elvis Andrus (1) who was attempting to steal in the fourth inning of a baseball game Saturday, July 25, 2020, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Richard W. Rodriguez)
July 25, 2020 - 5:05 pm
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Daniel Bard won in his first major league game in more than seven years, pitching 1 1-3 scoreless innings in relief for the Colorado Rockies in a 3-2 win over the Texas Rangers on Saturday. Bard (1-0), whose control troubles ran him out of baseball, got the Rockies out of a...
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Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Carlos Carrasco delivers during baseball practice, Monday, July 6, 2020, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane)
July 25, 2020 - 4:49 pm
A look at what’s happening around the majors Sunday: OHTANI’S TURN Angels two-way star Shohei Ohtani is set to make his first appearance on the mound since Sept. 2, 2018, after not pitching all last season following elbow surgery. Ohtani is under no restrictions when he faces the Athletics in...
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Cutouts of New York Mets players' dogs are displayed in the stands during a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves, Saturday, July 25, 2020, in New York. The likeness on the right of 1-year-old Willow, a puppy owned by the Mets' Jeff McNeil, was hit by a home run off the bat of Atlanta's Adam Duvall on Saturday. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)
July 25, 2020 - 4:00 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — A cardboard cutout of a dog at Citi Field got her paws on a home run ball Saturday. Easiest game of fetch Willow McNeil will ever play. Atlanta's Adam Duvall drilled a solo shot to right field that hit a cardboard likeness of the 1-year-old pup belonging to Mets All-Star Jeff McNeil...
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Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Dallas Keuchel throws the ball against the Minnesota Twins during the first inning of a baseball game in Chicago, Saturday, July 25, 2020. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
July 25, 2020 - 3:58 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — Leury García crashed a successful pitch-and-catch college reunion for Dallas Keuchel and James McCann. No one on the Chicago White Sox seemed to mind. García homered from both sides of the plate, and Chicago pounded the Minnesota Twins 10-3 on Saturday. Keuchel won his White Sox...
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Milwaukee Brewers players warm up before an opening day baseball game against the Chicago Cubs in Chicago, Friday, July 24, 2020, in Chicago. In a normal year, that would mean a sellout crowd at Wrigley Field and jammed bars surrounding the famed ballpark but in a pandemic-shortened season, it figures to be a different atmosphere. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
July 25, 2020 - 3:56 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — Bottom of the first, two out. Willson Contreras lines an RBI single against Corbin Burnes to give the Chicago Cubs an early lead over the Milwaukee Brewers on Saturday. The crowd cheers and, just to be clear, it's not one of those piped-in roars. Fans just beyond the ivy at Wrigley...
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Baltimore Orioles' Pedro Severino (28) follows through on a two-run double in front of Boston Red Sox's Kevin Plawecki (25) during the seventh inning of a baseball game Saturday, July 25, 2020, in Boston. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
July 25, 2020 - 3:13 pm
BOSTON (AP) — Orioles pitcher Alex Cobb has been waiting a long time to tell his teammates "thank you" following a victory. That wait ended with his first regular-season win in almost two years. Cobb mostly kept the Red Sox off balance on Saturday allowing just four hits and one run while striking...
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FILE - In this July 20, 2020 file photo, Washington Nationals starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg delivers a pitch to the Baltimore Orioles during an exhibition baseball game in Baltimore. Strasburg has been scratched from what was supposed to be his first start of the season for the Washington Nationals because of a nerve issue with his right hand. Nationals manager Dave Martinez announced the news about four hours before the scheduled first pitch against the visiting New York Yankees on Saturday, July 25. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)
July 25, 2020 - 1:13 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — World Series MVP Stephen Strasburg was scratched from what was supposed to be his first start of the season for the Washington Nationals on Saturday night because of a nerve issue with his right hand. Nationals manager Dave Martinez announced about four hours before the scheduled...
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