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Ken Sugiura: Baseball's hiring practices at highest levels fail to honor Hank Aaron

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ATLANTA — Before Monday’s celebration honoring the 50th anniversary of Hank Aaron’s record-breaking 715th home run, a close friend and former teammate of Aaron’s was asked about an issue that was dear to the late baseball legend — the lack of opportunities for Blacks to be managers and general managers. This season in MLB, there are ...Read more

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Orioles' Colton Cowser hits first 2 home runs of career in 9-4 win over Red Sox to complete sweep

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BOSTON — After falling behind early in all three games of their midweek series against the Boston Red Sox, the Orioles completed the comeback for the third straight day Thursday to win, 9-4 in 10 innings behind left fielder Colton Cowser’s first two career home runs.

The Orioles trailed 1-0 on Tuesday, 5-0 on Wednesday and 2-0 in their ...Read more

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Phillies hit three home runs in series-opening win against Pirates

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PHILADELPHIA — A few hours before Thursday’s game, Phillies manager Rob Thomson was asked what he could do to help his team’s offense.

He didn’t hold back.

“If you don’t think we’re gonna slug, you ain’t watching the games,” Thomson said.

By the end of the night, his response seemed prophetic. The Phillies entered Thursday�...Read more

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Bill Plaschke: Shohei Ohtani's legend continues as a baseball star, not a gambler

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LOS ANGELES — Two weeks after sinking into a murky abyss, the legend of Shohei Ohtani has suddenly come up for air, surfacing powerfully through a thick layer of felonious lies and criminal deceit.

It smiles at those who doubted its integrity. It shakes its head at those who questioned its motives.

The legend lives.

I didn't quite believe ...Read more

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Is Shohei Ohtani still in trouble? Authorities say Dodgers star is 'considered a victim.'

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LOS ANGELES — When Japanese interpreter Ippei Mizuhara lost bets, he paid a bookmaker with money allegedly stolen from Shohei Ohtani, a staggering total of more than $16 million — nearly four times what previously had been reported.

But when Mizuhara won bets, federal authorities said Thursday, he stashed the cash in an account of his own �...Read more

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Did Dodgers underestimate value of Shohei Ohtani's first homer? It may be worth $100,000.

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LOS ANGELES — A baseball falls from the sky and into a fan's hands. Or at least it comes to rest near their feet and they reach down and secure it. The fan has taken possession of something that might have monetary value. It is theirs to do with as they wish.

Ambar Roman's seat in the Dodger Stadium right-field pavilion April 3 became the ...Read more

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Q&A: What's next for Shohei Ohtani and MLB after charges against Ippei Mizuhara?

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LOS ANGELES — On March 25, Shohei Ohtani stood before television cameras assembled at Dodger Stadium and said this about his longtime interpreter, Ippei Mizuhara: “Ippei has been stealing money from my account and has told lies.”

That same day, according to a federal criminal complaint filed Thursday, Ohtani granted consent for law ...Read more

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Diamondbacks' Jordan Montgomery drops agent Scott Boras after slow-moving offseason

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In the latest curveball of the Jordan Montgomery saga, the left-hander has dropped Scott Boras as his agent.

The decision, reported Thursday by ESPN, follows a slow-moving offseason in which Montgomery settled for a one-year, $25 million contract with the Arizona Diamondbacks in late March, just before the season began.

Montgomery will now be ...Read more

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Royals' perfect homestand vs. Astros aided by huge days from Witt, Pasquantino

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — This is the 56th year of Royals baseball, and Thursday’s 13-3 victory over the Houston Astros marked only the third time they’ve completed a homestand with at least a 7-0 record.

It’s early, but the good times are rolling for the Royals.

They jumped on the Astros for nine runs in the first inning of Thursday’s ...Read more

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Shohei Ohtani's ex-interpreter charged with stealing $16 million from Dodgers star

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LOS ANGELES — Federal prosecutors have charged Ippei Mizuhara, the since-fired interpreter for Shohei Ohtani, with stealing more than $16 million from the Dodgers superstar to pay debts with an allegedly illegal bookmaker.

The U.S. Attorney for the Central District of California, E. Martin Estrada, announced the charge Thursday at a news ...Read more

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Mets win series over NL East rivals after routing Braves, 16-4

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ATLANTA — Nothing came easy for the Mets through the first 10 games of the season, but a resounding win over the Atlanta Braves should send them back to New York riding high.

The Mets took their first series of the year from their NL East rivals on Thursday afternoon, routing the Braves ,16-4, at Truist Park.

DJ Stewart hit his second home ...Read more

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Tigers-Twins postponed, doubleheader set for Saturday

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DETROIT — The Tigers’ tough scheduling stretch got tougher, thanks to unrelenting rainfall Thursday.

The first game of the series against the Twins was postponed and will be made up as part of a straight doubleheader on Saturday, starting at 1:10 p.m.

That means, what was 14 games in 14 days is now 14 games in 13 days. They will now play ...Read more

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David Murphy: Pitching injuries are easy to explain, hard to accept. The cost of doing business.

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PHILADELPHIA — Professional sports are great entertainment for the same reason they are hell on the body. The man in the arena is made out of the same stuff as those on the outside. In another time and place, all of us would be side-by-side throwing rocks at woolly mammoths and either dragging them home or running like hell. Our culture ...Read more

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Jake Burger homers as Marlins salvage finale vs. Yankees

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NEW YORK — Miami Marlins infielder Jake Burger turned 28 on Wednesday.

He made sure he and his teammates had reason to celebrate.

Burger smashed a three-run home run against Marcus Stroman to lead the Marlins to a 5-2 win over the New York Yankees to salvage the series finale at Yankee Stadium after dropping the first two games of the series...Read more

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Orioles storm back to beat Red Sox, 7-5, behind Jordan Westburg's 3-run blast, dominant bullpen

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BOSTON — On a day when the attention was all centered on Jackson Holliday making his MLB debut, it was another Orioles first-round draft pick who delivered in the biggest moment.

Jordan Westburg crushed a go-ahead, three-run home run in the seventh inning to lead a dramatic Orioles comeback in their 7-5 win over the Boston Red Sox on ...Read more

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Vinnie Pasquantino records career-high 5 RBIs as Royals beat Astros, extend winning streak to six games

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Kansas City Royals are the hottest team in Major League Baseball.

And they have earned that title.

On Wednesday, the Royals won, 11-2, over the Houston Astros at Kauffman Stadium. KC improved to 8-4 and stretched its winning streak to six games.

Royals first baseman Vinnie Pasquantino led the charge. Pasquantino, who ...Read more

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Padres have one of their good days, rout Cubs to complete first series win

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SAN DIEGO — The Padres got another quality start, hit balls all over Petco Park and secured their first series win of the season with a 10-2 victory over the Cubs on Wednesday.

It was one of those days, as opposed to the other kind that they have mixed in early this season in which their starting pitcher has put them in an early hole and/or ...Read more

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A's focus on Vegas relocation process after landing temporary homesite

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LAS VEGAS — Now that its temporary homesite has been nailed down, the Oakland Athletics can now focus on aspects of their planned Las Vegas relocation.

That work entails hammering out agreements tied to the planned Las Vegas stadium, filing for trademarks for future homesites and fighting a ballot measure push challenging their stadium public...Read more

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Behind stellar pitching and extra-inning heroics, Mariners grab a needed win over Blue Jays

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TORONTO — The pitch wasn't even a strike. It was a first-pitch sinker a few inches off the outside part of the plate.

So it's difficult to know if it was executed properly by Toronto lefty Tim Mayza or by the definition of Blue Jays manager John Schneider.

But as he's been known to do in the indoor confines of the Rogers Centre, Cal Raleigh ...Read more

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Rockies lose to Diamondbacks in 9th on Eugenio Suarez's bloop double

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DENVER — Arizona’s Eugenio Suarez hit a two-out 72.3-mph blooper into no-man’s land. Rockies left fielder Nolan Jones raced over, desperate to make the catch. He dove, came up empty, and two runs came in.

And so it goes for the Rockies.

They lost, 5-3, to the Diamondbacks on Wednesday afternoon at Coors Field and are now 3-10 to begin ...Read more