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Doctor walks to Wrigley Field during his journey to hit every MLB ballpark, raising awareness about preventable deaths in health care settings

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CHICAGO -- Wearing a Chicago Cubs cap, T-shirt and shorts, Dr. David Mayer finished a 7.2-mile morning walk from Northwestern University behind a group of supporters holding a "Patient Safety Movement" sign Saturday morning under the Wrigley Field marquee.

Mayer, a Cubs season ticket holder who grew up in Chicago, is more than 1,000 miles since...Read more

Chico is the man in Dodgers' intrasquad games

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LOS ANGELES -- Chris Taylor made a mistake in the second inning of the Los Angeles Dodgers' intrasquad game Saturday. He ran on Chico.

Taylor tagged up from first base on a routine fly ball to left field, where Chico camped under it. Chico, No. 97, fired a strike to second base that easily beat Taylor for a double play. Both teams erupted with ...Read more

Angels' Jaime Barria looks good in first intrasquad outing

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ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Angels starter Jaime Barria impressed in his first intrasquad outing of training camp. In three modified innings Friday, he gave up two hits and drew numerous swings and misses from a shortened lineup of David Fletcher, Justin Upton, Brian Goodwin and Max Stassi.

Manager Joe Maddon praised Barria in a videoconference Saturday...Read more

Will MLB teams play ball? Why things may be OK, and how they might fall apart.

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Major League Baseball unveiled a big surprise Thursday afternoon: A schedule for the 2021 season.

Not 2020, 2021. And it came a few weeks earlier than it would in a non-pandemic-muddled year, too. It's unclear why MLB felt the need to book their calendars next summer when the coronavirus trajectory and impact could not be more of an unknown.

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Rangers' Joey Gallo unsure he had COVID-19 despite MLB testing that said he did

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ARLINGTON, Texas -- Joey Gallo isn't sure how he tested positive for COVID-19, nor is he entirely convinced he had it.

He said he was doing the right things -- wearing a mask, staying home as much as possible, trying to keep those around him safe -- and had no symptoms.

He lives in a Dallas apartment building where many people touch the same ...Read more

Braves' Adam Duvall plans to play despite higher risk as diabetic

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ATLANTA -- Five days before camp reopened July 1, Braves manager Brian Snitker had a long conversation with outfielder Adam Duvall, who falls under the high-risk category as a diabetic. Duvall could've opted out of the 2020 season and received his pay and service time.

Instead, he's all systems go, hoping he'll play an important role throughout...Read more

Royals' Cam Gallagher, last catcher on their 40-man, latest to test positive for COVID

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The COVID-19 coronavirus continues to strain the Kansas City Royals' catching depth as the third of three catchers currently on their 40-man roster, Cam Gallagher, was placed on the injured list Saturday.

The Royals announced Saturday morning that Gallagher tested positive for the coronavirus. He's the fourth player the team...Read more

Padres' Tommy Pham back in natural habitat, criticizes MLB testing process

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SAN DIEGO -- On any given day under any normal circumstance, Tommy Pham appears to be a caged lion -- as if he has somewhere to be and you're keeping him from it and he can be bothered with you only for a short time before putting a hole in your person and running off to get something important accomplished.

So imagine this man during the 3 1/2...Read more

Joe Maddon on Angels' David Fletcher: 'It was love at first double'

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ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The first time Joe Maddon saw the Angels' emerging fan favorite play was 15 months ago in Chicago.

David Fletcher was making his Wrigley Field debut on a blustery afternoon. It was his only 93rd appearance in the majors, but he was already a star in the eyes of Angels followers.

Maddon, then manager of the Chicago Cubs, had ...Read more

Will Clayton Kershaw be ready for a ninth Dodgers season opener?

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LOS ANGELES -- Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts unceremoniously named his opening day starter this week. It will be Clayton Kershaw. The revelation didn't shock a soul.

Kershaw was named the starter in March for the team's original opening day before the COVID-19 pandemic erupted. He has started on opening day for the Dodgers eight ...Read more

Braves executives make team's position clear on name change questions

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ATLANTA -- Announcements by the Washington NFL team and the Cleveland Indians that they will consider name changes have raised questions about whether the Atlanta Braves will do likewise.

The team's top executive, Terry McGuirk, has an unambiguous answer.

"We are so proud of our team's name, and our expectation is that we will always be the ...Read more

White Sox pitcher Michael Kopech opts out of the 2020 season for 'personal reasons'

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CHICAGO -- Michael Kopech, the top pitching prospect in the Chicago White Sox organization, has decided not to play this season, the team announced Friday.

Kopech's decision is for "personal reasons," according to a team spokesman.

"We recognize that reaching this decision is incredibly difficult for any competitive athlete, and our ...Read more

Giants catcher Buster Posey opts out of 2020 season, cites newborn twins' health

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SAN FRANCISCO -- The last time Buster Posey went a season without wearing a Giants jersey, there were questions regarding Bruce Bochy's job security, uncertainty over whether Brian Sabean was a competent executive and legitimate fears held by lifelong fans of the team in San Francisco they would never see the franchise win a World Series title. ...Read more

Drive-in baseball: Why not watch Dodgers or Angels games on a screen from a car?

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ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The cars rolled into the Angel Stadium parking lot last weekend, assembling beneath a giant pop-up screen. In the shadow of the Big A, and from the safety of their vehicles, folks enjoyed drive-in movies.

With the start of the 2020 season two weeks away, how about drive-in baseball?

With no fans allowed into major league ...Read more

J.T. Realmuto says Phillies' contract negotiations haven't 'gone anywhere' since March

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PHILADELPHIA -- During the last four months, J.T. Realmuto has seen a global pandemic cancel spring training and a 162-game schedule shrink to just 60 games. He narrowly avoided a coronavirus outbreak at the Phillies' Clearwater, Fla., facility, forcing him to self-quarantine in South Jersey and pass a series of tests as a precaution before ...Read more

Can Dodgers' Cody Bellinger repeat last year's scorching 60-game start in 2020?

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LOS ANGELES -- Cody Bellinger's first 60 games last season were near-historic: a .370 batting average, 20 home runs, 54 RBIs and a 1.177 on-base-plus-slugging percentage.

All of which made his final 60 games somewhat head-scratching: a .257 batting average, 13 home runs, 38 RBIs and an .890 OPS.

The 24-year-old outfielder still won the ...Read more

Angels' Anthony Rendon offers succinct opinion of piped-in crowd noise: It's stupid

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LOS ANGELES -- During a 2 1/2-hour intrasquad game this week, the Angels experimented with piping artificial crowd noise through the stadium's speaker system. Other teams around baseball have tried the same thing. They all wonder if piped-in ruckus can offset the absence of fans, who aren't expected to attend many games this season, if any.

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Indians outfielder Franmil Reyes apologizes for incident, swears it won't happen again

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Indians outfielder Franmil Reyes was kept away from the team for a few days following the discovery that he was around some people during the Fourth of July weekend without a mask.

Manager Terry Francona stressed a few days ago that Reyes did nothing egregious, and that he wasn't being punished. The team was choosing to keep Reyes away from the...Read more

Javier Baez still waiting for big payday, but signs of normalcy must precede his new contract: 'I'm not in a rush'

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CHICAGO -- The coronavirus pandemic placed baseball on a 3 1/2-month pause and created uncertainty in the financial world.

But Javier Baez doesn't seem worried about the lucrative payday that awaited him before the shutdown of spring training March 12.

Baez, the Chicago Cubs' prized shortstop, displayed the patience of a seasoned father in ...Read more

David Ross on Cubs' COVID-19 prevention plan: 'We're staying out of bars'

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CHICAGO -- A day after left fielder Kyle Schwarber revealed he and his teammates discussed the do's and don'ts during the coronavirus pandemic, Chicago Cubs manager David Ross went one step further in discussing the limits.

"We're staying out of bars," Ross said during a conference call.

As of Thursday, the Cubs remained the only MLB team to ...Read more