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Twins part ways with human who's been T.C. Bear since 2000, never missed a home game

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MINNEAPOLIS -- The human behind -- and inside -- Minnesota Twins mascot T.C. Bear is out of the costume for good.

Greg Wilfahrt is no longer portraying the wide-eyed and permanently smiling mascot that he has embodied since the caricature's birth in 2000, a role he played without missing a regular season or playoff home game for 20 seasons, a ...Read more

San Francisco Giants prospect ejected from game for arguing robot umpire's call

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San Francisco Giants prospect Jacob Heyward was ejected from an Arizona Fall League game on Tuesday for arguing after taking a called strike three.

It's not the first and it won't be the last time a player is tossed for venting frustrations over balls and strikes, but Heyward may have made history with his ejection.

He apparently took issue ...Read more

Buck Showalter, Joe Girardi are early favorites for Phillies manager job as Joe Maddon signs with Angels

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Gabe Kapler modeled his managerial style after Joe Maddon's, which would have made it an interesting move for the Phillies if they replaced the fired Kapler with the freestyle manager who had molded Kapler's laid-back ways of leadership.

But it never came close to happening.

Maddon agreed Wednesday to a three-year deal to manage the Los ...Read more

Angels hire Joe Maddon as manager, returning him to Anaheim

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LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Angels have been to the playoffs one time in the last decade, an anti-climactic three-game stint in 2014 that saw star Mike Trout held to one hit. Despite Trout's unrelenting dominance in the time that has passed since that demoralizing series sweep, the Angels have experienced four losing seasons in the last five ...Read more

Washington completes four-game NLCS sweep by holding off Cardinals 7-4

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WASHINGTON -- The Cardinals were swept in a four-game postseason series for only the third time in their history Tuesday night when they spotted the Washington Nationals seven runs in the first inning in Game 4 of the National League Championship Series.

Unlike Game 3, the Cardinals showed more spunk in this one, rallying to make the game ...Read more

Theo Epstein's dog damaged an Arizona rental home with excessive peeing, the owners say. Now they're suing the Cubs president.

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As if Theo Epstein didn't have enough on his plate as the Cubs search for a manager, the team president is being sued by an Arizona couple who claim Epstein's dog, Winston, damaged their house by urinating excessively when Epstein rented the house during spring training in 2015.

According to the Phoenix New Times, the lawsuit filed Tuesday in ...Read more

Orioles' Richie Martin improved in some specific ways in 2019. Is it enough to lead to a successful career?

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What was always meant to be a challenging developmental year for Orioles shortstop Richie Martin, who was selected as the first pick in the Rule 5 draft from the Oakland Athletics after a breakout season at Double-A, certainly showed fruits by the end of the season.

Martin struggled out of the gate but took steps to simplify his swing with ...Read more

Nationals rout Cardinals 8-1, take 3-0 lead in NLCS

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WASHINGTON -- The Cardinals have scored just two runs in the first three games of the National League Championship Series and they shouldn't have either one but for misplays by Washington outfielders.

Falling behind three games to none in the best-of-seven series, the Cardinals laid an 8-1 egg Monday night to fall behind three games to none in ...Read more

Shildt prefers to wait until Monday to discuss Cardinals' lineup but he stresses loyalty

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WASHINGTON -- No Cardinals' lineup changes. Yet.

Manager Mike Shildt, speaking as his club worked out indoors Sunday because of outdoor rain at Nationals Park here, said, "We'll share the lineup tomorrow."

Shildt did allow, though, that the club must find a way, any way, to manufacture runs -- the Cardinals have had one in two games -- for ...Read more

Angels' Eric Kay: People with 'roles' in Tyler Skaggs' death must take responsibility

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LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Angels employee who reportedly provided opioids to Tyler Skaggs issued a statement Sunday saying that cooperating with federal authorities was "the right thing to do" and that "it's time for everybody to stand up and take responsibility for their respective roles" in the pitcher's drug-related death.

"Nothing ...Read more

Phillies manager search: Source says Dusty Baker to interview Wednesday; reportedly will talk to Buck Showalter

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As the Phillies begin the search to replace deposed Gabe Kapler, they are scheduled to interview one of the winningest managers of all time.

Dusty Baker will meet with the Phillies on Wednesday, according to a source with knowledge of the situation, after receiving permission from the San Francisco Giants. For the last two seasons, he has ...Read more

Attorney for implicated Angels employee: Tyler Skaggs 'an addict who overdosed'

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ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The attorney for an Angels employee who reportedly provided opioids to Tyler Skaggs described the pitcher as "an addict who overdosed."

Eric Kay, who has worked for the team in media relations for 24 years, engaged Newport Beach criminal defense attorney Michael Molfetta nearly two months ago out of concern that he might be ...Read more

Nationals take 2-0 NLCS lead with 3-1 win against Cardinals

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ST. LOUIS -- The Cardinals' offense remained lethargic in Game 2 of the National League Championship Series, as Max Scherzer held them without a hit for the first six innings and Washington went on to post a 3-1 win at Busch Stadium.

The Nationals opened a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven series, which will move to Washington on Monday night. The ...Read more

Cardinals manager Shildt says fly balls at Busch are traveling 4 1/2 feet shorter than usual

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ST. LOUIS -- Marcell Ozuna had a long fly out in Game 1 that seemed not to travel as far as the same ball might have on a warmer night.

Asked about the fly ball, Shildt said he was informed by "our front office analytical group" that the ball was traveling about four and a half feet less than normal.

Not four feet and not five feet, but four ...Read more

Sanchez dazzles as Cardinals manage only one hit in 2-0 Game 1 loss to Nationals

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ST. LOUIS -- Washington's Anibal Sanchez held the Cardinals hitless for 7 2/3 innings, and the Nationals scored once in the second inning and once in the seventh to win, 2-0, in the first game of the National League Championship Series at Busch Stadium.

Jose Martinez lined a single to center field with two outs in the eighth for the Cardinals' ...Read more

Dodgers will try to pick up the pieces, with or without Friedman

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LOS ANGELES -- For the first time since 2015, the Los Angeles Dodgers aren't playing baseball in mid-October. Their postseason exit in the National League Division Series, a startling outcome that left the franchise without a World Series title for the 31st consecutive season, is their earliest in four years. Rather than vie for a third ...Read more

Padres interview Ron Washington

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SAN DIEGO -- The Padres have done extensive research into Ron Washington's background, on and off the field, and have become increasingly comfortable and encouraged by what they learned.

So much so that they decided to meet face-to-face with the 67-year-old Washington with the hope of further ascertaining whether they want him to be their next ...Read more

Padres' Nix 'too intoxicated' to explain actions, according to arrest report

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Padres pitcher Jacob Nix "was too intoxicated" to explain why he attempted to enter a home near the team's spring training complex in Peoria, Ariz., through a doggy door shortly before 4 a.m. Sunday, according to the arrest report.

Nix, 23, is facing two counts of criminal trespassing. He has a preliminary court hearing scheduled for Oct. 16.

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Dodgers manager Dave Roberts will return next season

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LOS ANGELES -- Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts, who has been heavily criticized in the aftermath of the club's season-ending loss to the Washington Nationals on Wednesday, will return next season, according to two people with knowledge of the situation.

Roberts, 47, has three years remaining on his contract after agreeing to a new deal...Read more

Dave Roberts' baffling NLDS Game 5 bullpen decisions raise questions

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LOS ANGELES -- After the carnage, after his decisions blew up in his face, after the Los Angeles Dodgers' season came to a stupefyingly abrupt conclusion in a season-ending loss to the Washington Nationals at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday, Dave Roberts maintained he understood the cresting surge of criticism.

"If the blame falls on me, I've got ...Read more