MLB orders diversity training for Brewers' Josh Hader after hateful tweets surface during All-Star Game

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Milwaukee Brewers reliever Josh Hader, who pitched in his first All-Star Game on Tuesday in Washington then was made to answer for a series of hateful tweets from high school after the game, will be required to go through sensitivity training and participation in diversity and inclusion initiatives, Major League Baseball announced Wednesday.

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Brewers' Josh Hader apologizes for old slurs

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Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Josh Hader apologized late Tuesday for racist and homophobic tweets he posted seven years ago that surfaced and were circulated widely as he played in the All-Star Game.

"I was young, immature and stupid," Hader said. "There's no excuses."

Dan Halem, chief legal officer for Major League Baseball, said the league would...Read more

How Blake Treinen turned controversial A's trade into a steal

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Last July 16 -- one year and one day ago -- a broken pitcher joined a broken team.

Blake Treinen had lost his role as the closer for the Washington Nationals. The A's had lost 50 of 89 games and were last in the American League West.

On July 16, 2017, they came together as one. Treinen joined the A's in a deal that also included prospects ...Read more

Cubs' Willson Contreras on top of game in National League's 8-6 loss to American League

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WASHINGTON -- If there's one thing we have learned about Willson Contreras in his last three seasons with the Cubs it's that he doesn't have an off switch.

Contreras's energy level remains the same day or night, through good times or bad, for better or worse.

It's why Contreras survived 7 1/2 years in the minor leagues before getting his ...Read more

In selfie-filled All-Star Game, Machado enjoys what could be his final appearance in Orioles uniform

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The only prediction Manny Machado gave going into Tuesday night's All-Star Game was that the trade rumors that swirled around him weren't going to prevent him from having fun as he represented the Orioles in the midsummer classic for the fourth -- and likely final -- time.

While Machado was the focus leading up to Tuesday's game -- it is a near...Read more

Dodgers' All-Stars welcome possible Manny Machado addition: 'He could make things pretty special'

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Outfielder Matt Kemp and pitcher Ross Stripling, two of the Los Angeles Dodgers' three representatives at Tuesday night's All-Star Game, welcomed the possibility that the American League's starting shortstop Manny Machado could join them after the break.

The Orioles plan to trade him before play resumes Friday, but not before he represents them...Read more

Trade commodities such as Manny Machado and J.A. Happ stimulate All-Star rumor mill

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WASHINGTON -- A media horde surrounded Manny Machado's locker a few hours before Tuesday night's All-Star Game, waiting for the Orioles shortstop's reaction to rumors he will be traded to the Dodgers.

"I'm not worried about it," Machado said, basically repeating the mantra he has maintained since the start of the Machado sweepstakes at the ...Read more

Dodgers in talks to acquire Orioles star Manny Machado

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WASHINGTON -- After surging to first place in the National League West during the final week of the first half, the Los Angeles Dodgers stand on the verge of an acquisition which would increase their chances of returning to the World Series. As the All-Star Game played out on Tuesday night, the Dodgers were in talks to acquire star shortstop ...Read more

MLB explores streaming option to resolve Dodgers' TV blackout

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WASHINGTON -- As the Los Angeles Dodgers' television blackout extends through a fifth consecutive season, Commissioner Rob Manfred said Tuesday that the league has explored ways to make broadcasts available to all fans via the internet.

The league looked into the possibility of streaming SportsNet LA broadcasts throughout the Los Angeles market...Read more

One step back, huge step forward for Mariners All-Star outfielder Mitch Haniger

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ANAHEIM, Calif. -- As no better than a fourth outfielder in Double A three years ago, Mitch Haniger believed he had nothing to lose by requesting a demotion.

"If I stay at Double-A (Mobile) and don't play, I get released," Haniger recalled. "You can't get to the big leagues by not playing in the minor leagues and just being a bench guy.

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Commissioner Rob Manfred: MLB must discuss whether 'organic changes are good for the game'

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WASHINGTON -- Commissioner Rob Manfred and players union chief Tony Clark agreed on one thing Tuesday when speaking separately with reporters at a meeting of the Baseball Writers Association of America.

Major League Baseball and the players union will have conversations about potential changes in the game down the road.

When, where and what ...Read more

Orioles likely to complete Manny Machado trade shortly after All-Star Game

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BALTIMORE -- It appears that Tuesday's All-Star Game at Nationals Park will be Manny Machado's last game in an Orioles uniform.

On Tuesday morning, the Orioles continued to close in on finalizing a trade to send Machado to a contender, and a source said that a deal will likely be completed over the next 72 hours.

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Cubs' Kyle Schwarber falls to Bryce Harper in Home Run Derby final

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WASHINGTON -- Nationals Park was eerily quiet late Monday when Kyle Schwarber was pounding his patented Schwarbombs into the right-field stands.

The oohs and aahs that followed Schwarber's prodigious shots earlier in the night were missing because the Cubs slugger had the misfortune of competing against local hero Bryce Harper in the final of ...Read more

Giants forced to confront harsh reality as Samardzija heads to disabled list

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SAN FRANCISCO -- In the first 10 seasons of his major league career, Jeff Samardzija never spent a day on the disabled list.

Samardzija earned a reputation as an iron man, tossing at least 200 innings in five straight seasons and building credibility as one of the most durable starters in baseball.

That reputation is now gone.

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Even in a season-long funk, Royals' Salvador Perez draws praise from fellow All-Stars

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WASHINGTON -- Royals catcher Salvador Perez this season has been able to count on very few constants.

Eric Hosmer and Lorenzo Cain, teammates he loved like brothers, departed Kansas City as free agents in the winter and signed with National League clubs. Perez's batting average, historically a middling stat when compared to other backstops, has...Read more

Destination unknown, Orioles' Manny Machado experiences the All-Star Game spotlight

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Manny Machado is excited to play in his fourth All-Star Game on Tuesday night, but he acknowledged that he wasn't really looking forward to the national media crush he'd experience during Monday's All-Star Workout Day at Nationals Park.

But Machado sat in front of a sometimes suffocating reporter scrum Monday afternoon and answered every ...Read more

Marlins' J.T. Realmuto aiming to continue career season as trade rumors keep swirling

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WASHINGTON -- Manny Machado wasn't the only All-Star to get the "potential trade" questions repeatedly on Monday at Nationals Park.

Miami Marlins' catcher J.T. Realmuto, sat tucked away in the second-to-last spot at the end of a long row of stations set up for members of the media to interview the National League All-Stars on Workout Day.

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Craig Kimbrel: Braves look like they can compete

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WASHINGTON -- Craig Kimbrel is in a pretty good spot.

The former Braves closer and fan favorite is finishing games for MLB's best team. The Red Sox are a staggering 68-30 at the All-Star break, and Kimbrel already has secured 30 saves.

Kimbrel, 30, earned a spot in his seventh All-Star game after posting a 1.77 ERA and 0.89 WHIP while striking...Read more

Dodgers' Roberts manages to stay the course

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His irritation from the weekend had not faded. His apprehension about the week ahead had not been quashed. Dave Roberts planned to shield his players from both emotions. As manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers, he performs a daily ritual of alchemy, converting frustration into optimism, concern into calm. In his third year at the helm, the mask he...Read more

Cardinals players reflect on Matheny's tenure

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Kolten Wong never has known big-league baseball without Mike Matheny. In every game of Wong's six-season career, Matheny has penned the lineup card, taken the podium at the postgame news conference and occupied the office next door to the Cardinals' clubhouse.

Wong credits Matheny with teaching him how to play the right way. The manager, whom ...Read more