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

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