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

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

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MINNEAPOLIS -- First baseman Miguel Sano is the other Twins player who tested positive for the COVID-19 virus, the club revealed Saturday.

Sano consented to having his name released.

The former All-Star tested positive during the intake testing phase as players reported to Target Field to the start of training camp. He now will have to test ...Read more

Opening day on July 4 could have been something special. Too bad MLB blew it.

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If only baseball had gotten its act together this spring, it could have staged a grand reopening act this summer, a kickoff to a pandemic-shortened season for America's pastime on the most American of holidays -- the Fourth of July.

"Oh, you mean baseball, hot dogs, apple pie and Chevrolet?" sports business consultant Andy Dolich, 73, said, ...Read more

Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo, a cancer survivor, says he's comfortable playing amid the pandemic

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CHICAGO -- A slimmed-down Anthony Rizzo said there might be levels of trepidation as he and his Cubs teammates returned Friday to Wrigley Field for a three-week summer training session.

But Rizzo, a cancer survivor, spoke confidently about his decision to play with the COVID-19 pandemic wreaking havoc worldwide.

"As far as my body and the ...Read more

Mariners pitcher Marco Gonzales starts preparations for opening-day start

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SEATTLE -- The last pitcher to start a game for the Mariners during the interrupted 2020 spring training was supposed to be the pitcher to start opening day at T-Mobile Park vs. the Texas Rangers.

On March 11, a day before baseball shut down due to the spread of the novel coronavirus, Marco Gonzales tossed 3 1/3 innings, allowing an earned run ...Read more

Indians to review team name change

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The Indians have reached the point of discussing a potential name change.

After eliminating Chief Wahoo from their uniforms beginning with last season, the Indians could be looking to take it a step further with a potential name change.

"We are committed to making a positive impact in our community and embrace our responsibility to advance ...Read more

Cole Hamels says he's healthy, which could be big for the Braves

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ATLANTA -- Had the Braves opened as scheduled, Cole Hamels would have missed two months of the regular season. For the long-delayed opening day, he believes he'll be ready. Big difference.

The Braves were willing to pay $18 million for one season of Hamels' services. They wouldn't have spent nearly so much for an aging pitcher had they known ...Read more

Dodgers awarded the 2022 All-Star Game after this year's event is canceled

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LOS ANGELES -- Dodger Stadium will get its All-Star Game -- in 2022.

The Dodgers were scheduled to play host to the All-Star Game July 14, but the start of the 2020 season has been delayed to July 23 because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The All-Star Game was officially canceled Friday, and the 2022 game was awarded to the Dodgers.

"Once it became...Read more

Indians outfielder Delino DeShields tests positive for COVID-19

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Indians outfielder Delino DeShields has tested positive for COVID-19, according to Indians president of baseball operations Chris Antonetti.

DeShields is said to be experiencing mild symptoms, including the loss of taste and smell, but is generally doing well, according to Antonetti, who was given permission to discuss DeShields' health status....Read more

Mike Trout unsure he'll play in 2020 because he's 'very concerned' about COVID-19

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LOS ANGELES -- Angels star outfielder Mike Trout isn't certain he will play when the abbreviated Major League Baseball season begins at the end of July.

Trout said in his first video conference of training camp Friday that he and his wife, Jessica, discuss daily the possibility of him sitting out to avoid becoming infected with the coronavirus....Read more

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