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Meet the Orioles reliever who maintains his body by limiting meat in his plant-based diet

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Shawn Armstrong has explained it so often that he knows he needs to start a certain way: He'll never completely give up eating meat.

But after that caveat, the Orioles reliever has a myriad of reasons, both empirical and anecdotal in his own life and career, why the plant-based diet that's largely cut meat out of his life has helped him ...Read more

'I don't know how I'm going to do this:' How A's players are breaking bad habits in order to stay safe

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Baseball players are creatures of habit, often chained to some superstitions and in-game quirks. They spit, high-five, lick. They get close even if the sport is naturally distanced. When tensions mount, one stink eye or misguided pitch can ignite a brawl.

Now, baseball players will have to curb all their habits and quirks and put aside some ...Read more

Shin-Soo Choo to let fate decide Rangers future. For now, he's happy playing baseball.

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ARLINGTON, Texas -- On his 38th birthday Monday, Shin-Soo Choo obliged the media with around 15 minutes of his time.

He is long past the point when birthdays become just another day, something that has remained a constant for the seasoned crowd during the life-altering coronavirus pandemic.

To wit, in the spirit of social distancing, Choo was ...Read more

Orioles prospect Adley Rutschman relishing camp at Camden Yards, and all the work he's doing to get him there to stay

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The most ambitious trajectory would have had Orioles top prospect Adley Rutschman taking at-bats at Camden Yards barely more than a year after he was drafted last summer.

No one would have envisioned then that he'd be doing so as part of a summer training camp in July to prepare for a season that hasn't started yet.

Still, the 2019 overall No....Read more

This is the way roster rules will impact how the Marlins construct their pitching staff

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Elieser Hernandez and Jordan Yamamoto have the same end goal. Nick Neidert and Robert Dugger are chasing it, too.

Four starting pitchers. One spot up for grabs.

"A spot in the rotation," Hernandez said Monday.

Barring injury or unforeseen circumstances, four of the Marlins' five rotation spots appear to be locked up by Sandy Alcantara, Caleb ...Read more

Yu Darvish hasn't closed the door on opting out of this Chicago Cubs season — particularly because of the COVID-19 testing delays in MLB

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Chicago Cubs pitcher Yu Darvish still has trepidation about playing during the COVID-19 pandemic, something he expressed shortly after pitching the last game of spring training four months ago.

And he hasn't closed the door on opting out of this season, particularly because of the delays in testing that have pushed back the start of several ...Read more

Edwin Encarnacion hopes to show off his signature home run trot frequently as the new Chicago White Sox DH

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Edwin Encarnacion started circling the bases after homering in Thursday's intrasquad game at Guaranteed Rate Field.

As he neared second base, his Chicago White Sox teammates began yelling from the dugout. They wanted to see "the parrot."

Encarnacion obliged with his signature home run trot, bending his right arm and keeping it out as he ...Read more

Angels pitcher Patrick Sandoval says he tested positive for COVID-19

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It started with what Patrick Sandoval called "really, really bad body aches in my back, unlike anything I've felt before," and it continued with a few days of chills and a fever.

The left-handed pitcher had a hunch he might have contracted the coronavirus, and those fears were confirmed with a positive test June 22, a setback that delayed his ...Read more

Trevor May in good place — Twins bullpen

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Trevor May is hitting his prime at the right time for the Twins. The righthander is coming off his best season, from an ERA standpoint, and is a key arm in a talented bullpen looking to do its part to help the club return to the postseason.

But, from a career standpoint, his timing couldn't be worse.

He's set to hit free agency after this ...Read more

Cards reliever Cabrera has second positive COVID-19 test

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Another day without relievers Giovanny Gallegos, Alex Reyes and Genesis Cabrera Sunday and Cardinals manager Mike Shildt barely can count on them being ready for the start of the season 11 days from now as summer camp has reached the halfway point.

Cabrera, as well as infielder Elehuris Montero and lefthander Ricardo Sanchez, has tested ...Read more

A's: Stephen Piscotty was “lost last year.” Why he feels better than ever

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When we last saw Stephen Piscotty -- six feet away one March day in Mesa before baseball shut down -- he lamented the "perpetual cycle of hurt" he couldn't escape. With the shutdown providing time for recuperation and refocus, Piscotty emerged in spring training 2.0 as one of the most locked in hitters.

"My season, from a personal perspective, ...Read more

Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen feeling better after positive coronavirus test

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LOS ANGELES -- Los Angeles Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen revealed Sunday he tested positive for the coronavirus but has recovered and is participating in training camp.

Jansen had been one of the most notable missing players during the first weeks of camp, and the reason for his absence wasn't disclosed.

Jansen said his young son was the first ...Read more

Rougned Odor says he's primed for a hot start to Texas Rangers' season. Any takers?

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ARLINGTON, Texas -- Hey, everyone, Rougned Odor says he feels good at the plate leading up to another Texas Rangers season.

Odor looks really good and is doing the right things and sticking to recommended changes, manager Chris Woodward said.

Woodward's predecessor, Jeff Banister, said the same things.

And how have those seasons worked out?

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Orioles rotation taking shape, with Kohl Stewart a wild card; infielder Richie Martin has broken right wrist

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No area on the Orioles roster had more turnover than the starting rotation this offseason, and as baseball makes its second attempt at a season after a monthslong shutdown for the coronavirus pandemic, pitching coach Doug Brocail believes there's enough depth and quality there to get the team through the season.

The Orioles signed 2013 No. 4 ...Read more

With fanless season looming, Hanser Alberto's enthusiasm a spark for Orioles

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With the coronavirus pandemic preventing fans from attending games at least initially this season, Orioles manager Brandon Hyde said Saturday he would be open to fan noise being played inside empty ballparks during the upcoming 60-game campaign, if only to distract from the eerie quiet that would otherwise be present.

Luckily for Hyde, ...Read more

'He's got stuff that could put you back on your heels': Chicago White Sox are ready to rely on relief pitcher Aaron Bummer in any situation

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One day during spring training, Aaron Bummer told Chicago White Sox manager Rick Renteria he was impressed with teammates Michael Kopech, Dylan Cease and Dane Dunning while watching them throw in the bullpen.

Renteria responded with a compliment for Bummer.

"I said, 'Man, I wouldn't want to sit in the (batter's) box with you pitching,' " ...Read more

Doctor walks to Wrigley Field during his journey to hit every MLB ballpark, raising awareness about preventable deaths in health care settings

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CHICAGO -- Wearing a Chicago Cubs cap, T-shirt and shorts, Dr. David Mayer finished a 7.2-mile morning walk from Northwestern University behind a group of supporters holding a "Patient Safety Movement" sign Saturday morning under the Wrigley Field marquee.

Mayer, a Cubs season ticket holder who grew up in Chicago, is more than 1,000 miles since...Read more

Chico is the man in Dodgers' intrasquad games

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LOS ANGELES -- Chris Taylor made a mistake in the second inning of the Los Angeles Dodgers' intrasquad game Saturday. He ran on Chico.

Taylor tagged up from first base on a routine fly ball to left field, where Chico camped under it. Chico, No. 97, fired a strike to second base that easily beat Taylor for a double play. Both teams erupted with ...Read more

Angels' Jaime Barria looks good in first intrasquad outing

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ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Angels starter Jaime Barria impressed in his first intrasquad outing of training camp. In three modified innings Friday, he gave up two hits and drew numerous swings and misses from a shortened lineup of David Fletcher, Justin Upton, Brian Goodwin and Max Stassi.

Manager Joe Maddon praised Barria in a videoconference Saturday...Read more

Will MLB teams play ball? Why things may be OK, and how they might fall apart.

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Major League Baseball unveiled a big surprise Thursday afternoon: A schedule for the 2021 season.

Not 2020, 2021. And it came a few weeks earlier than it would in a non-pandemic-muddled year, too. It's unclear why MLB felt the need to book their calendars next summer when the coronavirus trajectory and impact could not be more of an unknown.

...Read more