Cards reliever Cabrera has second positive COVID-19 test

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Another day without relievers Giovanny Gallegos, Alex Reyes and Genesis Cabrera Sunday and Cardinals manager Mike Shildt barely can count on them being ready for the start of the season 11 days from now as summer camp has reached the halfway point.

Cabrera, as well as infielder Elehuris Montero and lefthander Ricardo Sanchez, has tested ...Read more

A's: Stephen Piscotty was “lost last year.” Why he feels better than ever

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When we last saw Stephen Piscotty -- six feet away one March day in Mesa before baseball shut down -- he lamented the "perpetual cycle of hurt" he couldn't escape. With the shutdown providing time for recuperation and refocus, Piscotty emerged in spring training 2.0 as one of the most locked in hitters.

"My season, from a personal perspective, ...Read more

Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen feeling better after positive coronavirus test

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LOS ANGELES -- Los Angeles Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen revealed Sunday he tested positive for the coronavirus but has recovered and is participating in training camp.

Jansen had been one of the most notable missing players during the first weeks of camp, and the reason for his absence wasn't disclosed.

Jansen said his young son was the first ...Read more

Rougned Odor says he's primed for a hot start to Texas Rangers' season. Any takers?

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ARLINGTON, Texas -- Hey, everyone, Rougned Odor says he feels good at the plate leading up to another Texas Rangers season.

Odor looks really good and is doing the right things and sticking to recommended changes, manager Chris Woodward said.

Woodward's predecessor, Jeff Banister, said the same things.

And how have those seasons worked out?

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Orioles rotation taking shape, with Kohl Stewart a wild card; infielder Richie Martin has broken right wrist

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No area on the Orioles roster had more turnover than the starting rotation this offseason, and as baseball makes its second attempt at a season after a monthslong shutdown for the coronavirus pandemic, pitching coach Doug Brocail believes there's enough depth and quality there to get the team through the season.

The Orioles signed 2013 No. 4 ...Read more

With fanless season looming, Hanser Alberto's enthusiasm a spark for Orioles

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With the coronavirus pandemic preventing fans from attending games at least initially this season, Orioles manager Brandon Hyde said Saturday he would be open to fan noise being played inside empty ballparks during the upcoming 60-game campaign, if only to distract from the eerie quiet that would otherwise be present.

Luckily for Hyde, ...Read more

'He's got stuff that could put you back on your heels': Chicago White Sox are ready to rely on relief pitcher Aaron Bummer in any situation

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One day during spring training, Aaron Bummer told Chicago White Sox manager Rick Renteria he was impressed with teammates Michael Kopech, Dylan Cease and Dane Dunning while watching them throw in the bullpen.

Renteria responded with a compliment for Bummer.

"I said, 'Man, I wouldn't want to sit in the (batter's) box with you pitching,' " ...Read more

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