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In this Sept. 21, 2018 photo Los Angeles Angels' Shohei Ohtani, of Japan, waits to stretch during batting practice before a baseball game against the Houston Astros in Houston. Ohtani has been voted American League Rookie of the Year after becoming the first player since Babe Ruth with 10 homers and four pitching wins in the same season. Ohtani, a 24-year-old right-hander who joined the Angels last winter after five seasons with Japan's Nippon Ham Fighters, received 25 first-place votes and four seconds for 137 points from the Baseball Writers' Association of America in balloting announced Monday, Nov. 12, 2018. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
November 12, 2018 - 5:56 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Shohei Ohtani was rewarded for a Ruthian season at the plate — and on the mound. Baseball's best two-way player since the Babe at the dawn of the live-ball era a century ago, Ohtani was an overwhelming pick for American League Rookie of the Year on Monday despite an elbow injury...
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Minnesota Twins' Joe Mauer takes a question during his baseball retirement news conference Monday, Nov. 12, 2018, in Minneapolis, after playing 15 major league seasons, all with the Twins. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)
November 12, 2018 - 5:07 pm
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Yes, the narrative of Joe Mauer's career was missing a championship chapter. That plotline stalled for a few years while the star was set back by injuries. Still, this story of the Minnesota native with the smooth left-handed swing who played for the Twins the entire time sure...
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MLB All-Star pitcher Kenta Maeda, third from left, of the Los Angeles Dodgers welcomes teammates after the Major League team beat All Japan 7-3 in Game 3 at their All-Stars Series baseball at Tokyo Dome in Tokyo, Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018. (AP Photo/Toru Takahashi)
November 11, 2018 - 5:10 pm
TOKYO (AP) — Yadier Molina had three hits, including a three-run homer, and J.T. Realmuto also went deep to lead the MLB All-Stars over Japan 7-3 on Sunday for their first win of the six-game exhibition series after a pair of defeats. Realmuto hit an opposite-field solo homer to right in the fourth...
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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 - 6:08 am
TOKYO (AP) — Yuki Yanagita homered and drove in four runs Saturday to lead Japan to a 12-6 win over the MLB All-Stars and a 2-0 lead in the six-game exhibition series. Yanagita, who hit a game-ending two-run homer in Friday's 7-6 win, singled in a run in the first inning at Tokyo Dome and hit a two...
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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 - 4:38 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 - 1:28 pm
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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November 06, 2018 - 7:42 pm
CARLSBAD, Calif. (AP) — The Washington Nationals made an offer to Bryce Harper late in the season in an attempt to reach a deal before he became a free agent. Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo disclosed the talks with agent Scott Boras at the general managers' meetings on Tuesday. "We've had...
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