For Orioles with young children, quality family time gives way to baseball-mandated quarantine

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BALTIMORE -- A young team like the Baltimore Orioles is bound to have plenty of firsts both on and off the field, and the shortened 2020 season should be no different.

For third baseman Rio Ruiz and reliever Paul Fry, this would have been their first full seasons as fathers after welcoming babies last year. As it is, they relished the time at ...Read more

Mariners' contingent of Black players will make sure their voices are heard

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SEATTLE -- They will no longer be silent. They will no longer be afraid to speak up for what they believe is right and speak out against what they know to be wrong. They'll educate teammates and others who don't understand. And they won't back down from this fight.

The movement to fight the long-standing systemic racism in this country reached ...Read more

Pirates Blake Cederlind, Socrates Brito test positive for COVID-19

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PITTSBURGH -- Manager Derek Shelton said on Saturday that the Pirates did indeed have a couple people test positive for COVID-19.

A day later, with two players' permission, he divulged who had contracted COVID-19 -- reliever Blake Cederlind and Socrates Brito.

Neither Cederlind nor Brito was expected to begin the 2020 season with the big club,...Read more

Cardinals lefty Andrew Miller: 'There's still some doubt we're going to have a season'

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. -- There were times throughout the negotiations between the players' union and Major League Baseball owners that Andrew Miller, a veteran on the committee involved in those talks, that he felt a season was unlikely because of disagreements between the sides.

The biggest threat of all to the season both sides agreed on.

And it's ...Read more

Dodgers aren't devaluing World Series title in coronavirus-shortened season

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LOS ANGELES -- For three months, as Major League Baseball's owners and the players' union snapped public jabs at each other, an uncomfortable reality was again exposed. MLB, above all, is a business, the same as other major professional sports leagues. And before a 2020 season was staged, figuring out how to divide billions of dollars was a ...Read more

Whit Merrifield says he had an obligation to his KC Royals family despite pandemic

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- For Kansas City Royals All-Star do-it-all defender and MLB hits leader Whit Merrifield, the decision to play this season came quickly and decisively. But it wasn't without thoughtfulness or consideration of the seriousness of COVID-19.

At the end of a week that has seen notable major league players such as Washington ...Read more

Miguel Sano sits out Twins workouts after positive test for COVID-19

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Miguel Sano, the Twins' All-Star slugger, will miss the beginning of summer training camp after testing positive for the COVID-19 virus, the team has revealed.

Sano is the player that President of Baseball Operations Derek Falvey declined to identify Friday in announcing that two Twins major leaguers -- utility player Willians ...Read more

Griffin Canning aims to break Angels' bad luck streak with platelet-rich plasma injections

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LOS ANGELES -- Maybe this time will be different, and an Angels pitcher who receives an injection of platelet-rich plasma in his elbow will not only return to action at a high level but avoid surgery that would sideline him for at least a year.

The team's recent track record with the procedure, which is supposed to promote healing in the ulnar ...Read more

2 Chicago White Sox players test positive for COVID-19

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CHICAGO -- The reality of the challenges for the upcoming season hit home Sunday for the Chicago White Sox, who announced two players tested positive for COVID-19.

The Sox did not disclose the names and said in a news release that the players requested privacy at this time.

Both players are asymptomatic and have been isolated in Chicago, the ...Read more

Phillies pitcher Zack Wheeler said his status for the season is uncertain as he awaits birth of child

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PHILADELPHIA -- Zack Wheeler arrived last week to Philadelphia, days before he was scheduled to report to Citizens Bank Park for the start of summer camp. He spent the majority of baseball's three-month shutdown in Georgia, throwing five times a week and facing hitters to make sure his right arm -- the one in which the Phillies invested $118 ...Read more

Braves have options at first base if Freddie Freeman misses games

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ATLANTA -- The Braves haven't begun to plan for first baseman Freddie Freeman's possible absence on opening day, but they know the candidates to replace him.

Freeman was one of four Braves who tested positive for COVID-19 on Friday. He's had a fever, body chills and other symptoms, according to his wife, Chelsea. First and foremost, the Braves ...Read more

Manny Machado ready to give Padres a run

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SAN DIEGO -- Being Manny Machado means you don't have to always give 100%.

He's so skilled he can sometimes play at a high level without being fully engaged. He's got so much of what the Dominican players call flow that other times it just looks like he's not fully engaged. It's who he is and probably a big part of why he is so productive. He ...Read more

Why are the Orioles players all going forward with this season? Their careers are on the line.

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BALTIMORE -- Mike Elias, the man charged with guiding the Orioles through a homegrown rebuilding process that now features this summer's coronavirus-caused detour, has been steadfast this week that if anyone on the major league team wanted to opt out of the 2020 season, the team would understand.

Manager Brandon Hyde said as much Friday during ...Read more

Masked men standing behind home plate? Not a problem for Rangers' Corey Kluber.

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ARLINGTON, Texas -- Corey Kluber has earned the nickname "Klubot" thanks to the robotic way he goes about the business of being an elite MLB pitcher.

The legend is that nothing, no matter how peculiar, diverts his attention from the task at hand, whether it be in the weight room or in a bullpen session between starts.

But what transpired ...Read more

Four Marlins players have tested positive for COVID-19, team confirms

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MIAMI -- The Miami Marlins have had four players in their 60-man roster pool test positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, Marlins president of baseball operations Michael Hill said Saturday.

One result stems from Wednesday's mandatory intake screening. Three more had previously tested positive within the past two ...Read more

Padres' Tommy Pham tests positive for COVID-19

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SAN DIEGO -- The Padres were without one of their star players for the first full-squad workout of preseason summer camp Friday at Petco Park.

Outfielder Tommy Pham tested positive for COVID-19. He is asymptomatic, and will need to test negative twice in a 24-hour period before he can take the field.

Pham won't be the last player to miss at ...Read more

Aaron Nola, two other Phillies players placed on COVID-19 injured list

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PHILADELPHIA -- Aaron Nola's status for the start of the season is in question as the Phillies' No. 1 starter was placed this week on the COVID-19 Injured List, according to a source.

Joe Girardi said Saturday that Nola, center fielder Adam Haseley, and catcher Christian Bethancourt had yet to report to summer camp but declined to explain why. ...Read more

Dodgers' David Price opts out of playing this season over coronavirus concerns

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LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers pitcher David Price, citing his and his family's health during the novel coronavirus outbreak, announced Saturday that he has opted not to participate in the 2020 season.

Price, who turns 35 next month, is the first Dodgers player to publicly declare his intention to not play this season. He posted his announcement on ...Read more

Phillies' Bryce Harper says he feels safe as Angels' Mike Trout says he's conflicted about playing

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PHILADELPHIA -- Bryce Harper was just beginning to take batting practice Friday morning in South Philadelphia, taking another swing toward an uncertain season, when news spread from 2,700 miles away that could make baseball's return even more challenging.

Mike Trout, a contemporary to Harper as one of the game's superstar players, told ...Read more

Freddie Freeman among four Braves to test positive for COVID-19

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ATLANTA -- Braves manager Brian Snitker announced Saturday that the team had four players test positive for COVID-19: first baseman Freddie Freeman, left-hander Will Smith, right-hander Touki Toussaint and utilityman Pete Kozma.

Smith and Toussaint are asymptomatic. Freeman and Kozma have fevers, but Kozma is feeling better, according to ...Read more