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Dodgers sign reliever AJ Ramos to a minor league contract

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LOS ANGELES -- A day before the Los Angeles Dodgers are scheduled to hold their first official workout of training camp at Dodger Stadium, the club signed reliever AJ Ramos to a minor league contract Thursday, according to a person with knowledge of the situation.

Ramos is expected to join the Dodgers' player pool and participate in spring ...Read more

Baseball on July 4? How this Dodgers alum got his league to play

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LOS ANGELES -- For the Los Angeles Dodgers, training camp starts Friday, with the season three weeks away. For a prospect the Dodgers once hoped could anchor their starting rotation, the season itself starts Friday.

"Play ball!" will be heard. Professional baseball will be played.

The crowds might come later this summer. But for Justin ...Read more

In a 60-game season with so much uncertainty, Marlins ask: 'Why not us?'

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MIAMI -- In a sea of more than 3,500 words over a span of a 30-plus minute conference call this week, three words from Miami Marlins president of baseball operations Michael Hill stand out above all else.

"Why not us?"

Under normal circumstances, the Marlins would likely once again be long shots for the playoffs this season regardless of the ...Read more

Cubs expand COVID-19 testing to the families of players and coaches

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CHICAGO -- The Chicago Cubs are expanding their efforts in the battle against the coronavirus by inviting the families of uniformed personnel to participate in testing.

Cubs President Theo Epstein said Thursday the wives of several players have been through the testing process. Pitching coach Tommy Hottovy revealed Wednesday that he spent 30 ...Read more

Cubs' Jose Quintana will miss start of season after cutting his left thumb washing dishes at home

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CHICAGO -- The Chicago Cubs' starting pitching depth will be put to the test before Friday's first workout of summer training.

The team announced Thursday that Jose Quintana suffered a cut on his left pitching thumb at his Miami home that required five stitches.

Quintana, whom the Cubs said cut his finger washing dishes, underwent microscopic ...Read more

Trial date for Dodgers outfielder Andrew Toles is set for Aug. 5

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A date of Aug. 5 has been set for the trial of Dodgers outfielder Andrew Toles, who was arrested and charged with trespassing after being found sleeping behind a Federal Express building at the Key West, Fla., airport.

Toles, 28, did not appear in court for Thursday's arraignment. He was bonded out of the Monroe County jail last week after a ...Read more

For newly signed Orioles top pick Heston Kjerstad, introduction to pro ball will be virtual and 'creative'

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BALTIMORE -- Since the beginning of baseball's coronavirus shutdown in March, the Orioles' new minor league staff under director of player development Matt Blood has worked to keep players engaged with a variety of virtual meetings and baseball prescriptions to keep them growing in an arid baseball climate.

To emphasize nutrition, they've had ...Read more

Should Cubs fans be optimistic about a Comcast deal? Your Marquee Sports Network questions answered.

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CHICAGO -- It has been months since we last answered questions about Marquee Sports Network, but Major League Baseball's effort to pick up the pieces of its shattered season -- pandemic or no -- makes the Chicago Cubs' new TV channel relevant once more.

For fans who live in the multistate area MLB considers the Cubs' TV market, Marquee -- a ...Read more

Run at hitting .400 seems possible in 60-game major league season

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MINNEAPOLIS -- There was a 10-year period in which Joe Mauer was one of the elite hitters in baseball. But even with a line-drive swing, the willingness to hit the ball the other way, a keen eye at the plate and a proven two-strike approach, Mauer never got close to batting .400 or better in a season.

Reaching .400 isn't easy. No one in the ...Read more

White Sox to face Cardinals — not Yankees — in 'Field of Dreams' game

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CHICAGO -- The Chicago White Sox still are playing in Major League Baseball's "Field of Dreams" game -- but the opponent will be different.

A source confirmed Wednesday the St. Louis Cardinals were selected in place of the New York Yankees, one week after Major League Baseball announced it would play a 60-game schedule that limits teams to ...Read more

Cubs pitching coach Tommy Hottovy shares his experience after testing positive for COVID-19: 'It's still raw'

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CHICAGO -- An emotional Tommy Hottovy shared his harrowing experience of coping with the coronavirus with the hope that his fellow Chicago Cubs employees and families can learn from his ordeal.

"It's still raw in the fact that we just got through it, and to relive it, obviously it affected us pretty significantly for a month," Hottovy said at ...Read more

Angels to pay minor leaguers through August

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LOS ANGELES -- The Angels have decided to pay minor leaguers a $400-per-week stipend through the end of July, according to a person familiar with the decision but not authorized to speak publicly about it.

The move assures that players in the team's organization will receive pay for at least four months of a five-month season despite not ...Read more

Andrew Toles' sister on his mental health issues: 'We want to help him so badly'

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Four years ago, Andrew Toles' extended family was reveling in his newfound success in Major League Baseball, sending out group texts to one another celebrating each of the Dodgers outfielder's on-field triumphs.

"It's really cool to see the whole family come together and celebrate him," his sister Morgan Toles told The Los Angeles Times in 2016...Read more

Here are the Major League Baseball players who opted out of 2020 season and why

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Wednesday is the first day of July, and it's the month in which Major League Baseball is scheduled to return.

The unpredictability of the COVID-19 pandemic could change those plans, but the Royals are set to begin workouts Friday at Kauffman Stadium and begin games either July 23 or 24.

The other 29 teams will also be opening camps and nearly ...Read more

MLB's 'Field of Dreams' game reportedly is still on for Aug. 13. But it might not be White Sox vs. Yankees.

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CHICAGO -- The status for the "MLB at Field of Dreams" game hasn't changed, according to a report from MLB Network's Jon Morosi.

The Chicago White Sox originally were scheduled to play the New York Yankees Aug. 13 on the Dyersville, Iowa, farm where the Oscar nominated film "Field of Dreams" took place.

The new 2020 schedule has not been ...Read more

Rockies' Ian Desmond calls for change as he opts out of 2020 MLB season

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DENVER -- Ian is out.

The Rockies didn't see this one coming. On the same day general manager Jeff Bridich said "at this point we expect everyone to be there" for the Rockies and Major League Baseball's belated season, highly paid outfielder Ian Desmond announced he has chosen to not play in 2020.

In a post on his Instagram account, Desmond ...Read more

MLB to have its experts weigh decision to let Texas Rangers fans into Globe Life Field

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FORT WORTH, Texas -- Major League Baseball isn't yet prepared to unveil its 60-game schedule for 2020 as it monitors COVID-19 spikes nationwide and considers if it would be safe to play games in certain cities.

That includes Arlington, where the Texas Rangers are dealing with their own outbreak in the offices at Globe Life Field. Nevertheless, ...Read more

Padres have options, different reasons for using DH

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SAN DIEGO -- Having the designated hitter for a season in the National League is as much about options as it is about offense.

More than anything, it is a matter of health.

With just three weeks of preseason summer camp after 31/2 months in which the MLB season was suspended, it was deemed to be too risky to pitchers' health to add hitting and...Read more

Giants' outfield prospect Hunter Bishop tests positive for COVID-19

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Giants outfield prospect and Bay Area native Hunter Bishop was expected to report to Oracle Park for workouts this week, but those plans have been put on hold.

The Giants announced Monday that Bishop has tested positive for COVID-19.

Giants' president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi said Bishop tested positive in Arizona on Friday and that...Read more

Mike Leake, Ryan Zimmerman and Joe Ross are first MLB players to opt out of season

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Ryan Zimmerman has been a fixture in the Washington Nationals lineup and clubhouse since the franchise moved from Montreal in 2005, and he was a key reserve on a team that beat the Houston Astros in a thrilling seven-game World Series last October.

But if Major League Baseball is able to launch a pandemic-shortened 60-game season in late July, ...Read more