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FILE - In this July 27, 2019, file photo, Los Angeles Angels' Mike Trout runs to first while watching his two-run home run during the first inning of the team's baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)
July 22, 2020 - 9:02 pm
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Mike Trout is confident enough in baseball's safety rules to stay on the field during the coronavirus pandemic. Trout has decided to play for the Los Angeles Angels in the shortened baseball season, although his year will be paused in a few weeks by the birth of his first...
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The Cleveland Indians and the Pittsburgh Pirates play an exhibition baseball game at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Saturday, July 18, 2020. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
July 22, 2020 - 8:31 pm
TORONTO (AP) — The state of Pennsylvania won't allow the Toronto Blue Jays to play at PNC Park in Pittsburgh amid the coronavirus pandemic, health officials announced Wednesday, becoming the second jurisdiction to say no to the team as the baseball season begins this week. Canada already denied the...
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FILE - In this Thursday, June 20, 2019 file photo, Umpires use headsets during a video review of a call during the seventh inning of a baseball game between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Miami Marlins in St. Louis. Taking a chance to review instant replay, Major League Baseball doubled the isolated cameras available for video reviews to 24 this year. (AP Photo/L.G. Patterson, File)
July 22, 2020 - 7:01 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Umpire Angel Hernández, who has sued Major League Baseball over a lack of top assignments, will serve as an interim crew chief this season after a dozen umps decided to sit out amid the coronavirus pandemic. Eight crew chiefs and four other umpires have opted out. The virus-delayed...
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New York Yankees' Clint Frazier, left, watches his two-run home run against the New York Mets during the fourth inning of a baseball spring training game Saturday, July 18, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)
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July 22, 2020 - 6:22 pm
Opening day, at last. A baseball season that was on the brink before it ever began because of the virus outbreak is set to start Thursday night when excitable Max Scherzer and the World Series champion Washington Nationals host prized ace Gerrit Cole and the New York Yankees. When it does get...
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Cincinnati Reds' Phillip Ervin, left, Joey Votto, left middle, Amir Garrett, middle, and Alex Blandino, right, kneel during the national anthem prior to an exhibition baseball game against the Detroit Tigers at Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati, Tuesday, July 21, 2020. (AP Photo/Aaron Doster)
July 22, 2020 - 5:44 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball players have the option of having a patch with “Black Lives Matter” or “United For Change” on a jersey sleeve on opening day of the pandemic-delayed season, and Washington Nationals pitcher Sean Doolittle says his team may is considering whether to take a knee...
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A ballboy catches a ball being taken out of play during the third inning of an exhibition baseball game between the Kansas City Royals and the Houston Astros at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., Tuesday, July 21, 2020. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)
July 22, 2020 - 5:01 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — It looks as if Christian Yelich is going to get some help. Same for Aaron Judge and the rest of baseball's corner outfielders. Major League Baseball has adjusted its policy for bat-and-ball kids this summer, clearing the way for ball boys and girls to return to the foul lines during...
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Mick Hoffman, executive director of the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association, poses for a photo, Thursday, July 16, 2020, sitting in the empty stands of the Renton School District's Renton Memorial Stadium, which is used for high school football, soccer, and track events in Renton, Wash. Hoffman and other administrators across the country are facing difficult decisions regarding the overwhelming uncertainty of whether high school sports can go forward this fall as the clock ticks closer to the start of the 2020-21 school year with little clarity in place for an obvious and safe path moving forward for athletics. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
July 22, 2020 - 9:05 am
The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ Kansas City Royals outfielder Hunter Dozier has tested positive for COVID-19 and been placed on the injured list before the club played its final exhibition game against the Cardinals in St. Louis. The 28-year-old...
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Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Jonathan Davis throws the ball back after making a catch during live batting practice at baseball training camp in Toronto on Monday, July 20, 2020. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)
July 21, 2020 - 4:37 pm
TORONTO (AP) — The Blue Jays’ front office has told its players that Pittsburgh and Baltimore are possibilities for where team will hold home games this year after Canada’s government barred the club from playing in Toronto amid the coronavirus pandemic, outfielder Randal Grichuk said Tuesday...
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New York Mets Michael Conforto, left, watches as Yoenis Cespedes takes batting practice in the cage before an exhibition game against the New York Yankees, Sunday, July 19, 2020, at Yankee Stadium in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
July 21, 2020 - 4:34 pm
Yoenis Céspedes expects to be the designated hitter for the New York Mets on Friday when they open the season against the Atlanta Braves. It will be his first major league game in more than two years. Injuries to his feet and legs have sidelined him since July 20, 2018. Céspedes said he’s feeling...
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New York Mets relief pitcher Drew Smith (62) slips on the grass trying to reach an infield grounder hit by Thairo Estrada during the sixth inning of an exhibition baseball game against the New York Yankees, Sunday, July 19, 2020, at Yankee Stadium in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
July 21, 2020 - 12:05 pm
MIAMI (AP) — As an official scorer for Major League Baseball, Ron Jernick has worked at the World Series, the All-Star Game and the World Baseball Classic. This season he'll work at home. Baseball is back, but because of the coronavirus, official scorers this season will rule remotely on hits and...
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