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MLB collision rule leaves open exceptions

MLB collision rule leaves open exceptions

NEW YORK | Rather than ban home plate collisions outright, Major League Baseball and its players adopted a rule limiting them this season.

February 24, 2014 9:00 pm
More than half of Americans plan to follow Olympics

More than half of Americans plan to follow Olympics

NEW YORK | Just over half of Americans surveyed plan to watch or follow the Winter Olympics, according to an Associated Press-GfK Poll, and one-third of respondents say they have only a little or no confidence about Russia's ability to safeguard safety at the Sochi Games that start this week.

February 04, 2014 7:00 pm Related
Greg Maddux won't be unanimous Hall selection

Greg Maddux won't be unanimous Hall selection

NEW YORK | Greg Maddux could break a 22-year-old record today, though he won't become the first unanimous selection in the history of the baseball writers' Hall of Fame ballot.

January 07, 2014 4:24 pm
Injuries, losses prompt MLB to seek collision ban

Injuries, losses prompt MLB to seek collision ban

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. | Baseball officials are up front about this: They want to ban home-plate collisions to guard their investments.

December 12, 2013 2:18 pm

Ortiz dedicates World Series victory to city of Boston

BOSTON | More than an hour after the final out, players lingered on the field and fans stood by their seats, cheering, singing and applauding.

October 31, 2013 6:30 pm
Lester, Ross lead Red Sox to 3-1 WS Game 5 win

Lester, Ross lead Red Sox to 3-1 WS Game 5 win

ST. LOUIS | Jon Lester smothered St. Louis on four hits into the eighth, David Ross hit a tiebreaking RBI double in a two-run seventh inning off Adam Wainwright and the Boston Red Sox beat the Cardinals 3-1 Monday night to take a 3-2 World Series lead.

October 28, 2013 9:00 pm

MLB suspension talks drag; 14 players targeted

NEW YORK | The names are mostly known and so are the possible penalties — 50 games for most, perhaps a lifetime ban for one.

July 31, 2013 6:30 pm
Players deplore doping rather than defending users

Players deplore doping rather than defending users

NEW YORK | Protective no more, baseball players are downright disgusted these days with doping.

July 23, 2013 6:30 pm
Former MVP Ryan Braun suspended for rest of the season

Former MVP Ryan Braun suspended for rest of the season

NEW YORK | Former National League MVP Ryan Braun was suspended without pay for the rest of the season and the postseason Monday in the first penalty of baseball's investigation of players reportedly tied to a Florida clinic accused of distributing performance-enhancing drugs.

July 22, 2013 6:15 pm

MLB draft spending up six percent this year

NEW YORK | Teams spent $219.9 million on signing bonuses for selections in baseball's amateur draft this year, up six percent from $207.8 million at a similar point last year.

July 17, 2013 6:06 pm
Major League Baseball interviewing players as part of another drug probe

Major League Baseball interviewing players as part of another drug probe

NEW YORK | Major League Baseball has begun interviewing players linked to a Miami anti-aging clinic that allegedly sold performance-enhancing drugs and became the focus of the sport's investigation.

June 05, 2013 5:45 pm
Player salaries out of control for the 2013 MLB season

Player salaries out of control for the 2013 MLB season

NEW YORK | Alex Rodriguez will make more this year than all the Houston Astros combined — a lot more.

March 28, 2013 8:00 pm
Steroids fallout: No BB Hall for Bonds, Clemens, Sosa

Steroids fallout: No BB Hall for Bonds, Clemens, Sosa

NEW YORK | No one was elected to the Hall of Fame this year. When voters closed the doors to Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens and Sammy Sosa, they also shut out everybody else.

January 09, 2013 7:00 pm
Drop the puck: NHL, players settle labor dispute

Drop the puck: NHL, players settle labor dispute

NEW YORK | They walked into a Manhattan hotel, knowing they were running out of time to save their season.

January 06, 2013 6:30 pm Photos

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Major League Baseball loses its 'Moses" at age 95

Major League Baseball loses its 'Moses" at age 95

NEW YORK | Marvin Miller, a labor economist, never played a day of organized baseball. He preferred tennis. Yet he transformed the national pastime as surely as Babe Ruth, Jackie Robinson, television and night games.

November 27, 2012 7:30 pm
Miguel Cabrera, Buster Posey win MVP awards

Miguel Cabrera, Buster Posey win MVP awards

NEW YORK | Miguel Cabrera has a Most Valuable Player award to go with his Triple Crown. And Buster Posey has an MVP prize to put alongside his second World Series ring.

November 15, 2012 6:08 pm Photos

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Giants defeat Tigers in 10; sweep World Series

Giants defeat Tigers in 10; sweep World Series

DETROIT | Marco Scutaro singled home the tiebreaking run in the 10th inning, and the San Francisco Giants beat the Detroit Tigers 4-3 on Sunday night to complete a four-game sweep and win their second World Series title in three years.

October 28, 2012 9:16 pm Photos

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Sports stars sell memories, beat tax increase

Sports stars sell memories, beat tax increase

NEW YORK | Rather than leave a 56-year-old uniform hanging in a closet at his Idaho home, Don Larsen decided it should be used for education.

October 25, 2012 7:15 pm

Reds to host Angels in 1st interleague opener

NEW YORK | One of baseball's traditional home openers will have an innovative twist next season.

September 12, 2012 4:39 pm

NHL players to challenge lockout in 2 provinces

NEW YORK | As hockey prepared for its first work stoppage since the 2004-05 season was wiped out, the NHL Players Association planned to challenge a lockout before labor boards in Quebec and Alberta.

September 10, 2012 10:00 pm

Spending drops 11 pct in MLB draft

NEW YORK | Spending by teams in baseball's amateur draft dropped by 11 percent in the first year of restrictions imposed by the new labor contract.

July 18, 2012 8:00 pm

Giant blowout: NL routs AL 8-0 in All-Star game

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Melky Cabrera and Pablo Sandoval sent the National League to a big early lead. Matt Cain and the rest of an imposing pitching staff finished off a Giant blowout in the All-Star game.

July 10, 2012 10:31 pm Related
Interleague rivalry games to be reduced in 2013

Interleague rivalry games to be reduced in 2013

KANSAS CITY, Mo. | The number of games between interleague rivals such as the Cubs and White Sox, Yankees and Mets, and Dodgers and Angels will be reduced under Major League Baseball's new schedule format for 2013.

July 10, 2012 6:30 pm
Already in first place, Pirates waiting for top prospects

Already in first place, Pirates waiting for top prospects

KANSAS CITY, Mo. | When Gerrit Cole and Jameson Taillon walk into locker rooms after minor league games, they tinker with the TV.

July 06, 2012 10:00 pm

High MLB draft picks sign for $1,000 apiece

NEW YORK | At 5-foot-11, Kyle Kraus didn't expect to be a high pick in the Major League Baseball draft after going 7-6 with a 2.03 ERA as a senior at the University of Portland.

July 04, 2012 2:15 pm
Five-time champion Moose Skowron dead at 81

Five-time champion Moose Skowron dead at 81

Moose Skowron, a five-time World Series champion and one of only two players to hit three home runs in Game 7s, died Friday of congestive heart failure at Northwest Community Hospital in Arlington Heights. He was 81.

April 27, 2012 5:00 pm
Giants ace Tim Lincecum heads 142 in arbitration

Giants ace Tim Lincecum heads 142 in arbitration

NEW YORK | San Francisco Giants ace Tim Lincecum headed 142 players filing for arbitration on Friday and is set to ask for a record salary when figures are exchanged this week.

January 13, 2012 10:40 pm
Barry Larkin elected to baseball Hall of Fame

Barry Larkin elected to baseball Hall of Fame

NEW YORK | Barry Larkin was elected to baseball's Hall of Fame on Monday with plenty of room to spare.

January 09, 2012 5:00 pm Photos

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New MLB deal includes extra replay

NEW YORK | Baseball's new labor contract includes more video replay, the chance for a longer All-Star break and a small, but likely welcome perk for players: the chance to get a private room instead of a roommate during spring training.

December 13, 2011 4:05 pm
AP source: Braun has positive drug test, appealing

AP source: Braun has positive drug test, appealing

NEW YORK | National League MVP Ryan Braun has tested positive for a performance-enhancing substance, a case still under appeal to an arbitrator under Major League Baseball's drug program, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press.

December 10, 2011 10:00 pm Photos

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Pujols, Angels reach $254 million, 10-year deal

Pujols, Angels reach $254 million, 10-year deal

DALLAS | Albert Pujols could have been a wealthy Cardinal for life, planning for the day his statue would be erected outside Busch Stadium next to those of Stan Musial, Bob Gibson and the other St. Louis greats.

December 08, 2011 3:50 pm

Buehrle wins Gold Glove for third-straight year

NEW YORK |Make it a three peat for White Sox pitcher Mark Buehrle.

November 01, 2011 10:10 pm
Pujols, Jackson, Wilson under special scrutiny

Pujols, Jackson, Wilson under special scrutiny

ST. LOUIS | For Albert Pujols, Edwin Jackson and C.J. Wilson, the future is now.

October 26, 2011 4:10 pm
Napoli's homer lifts Rangers to 4-0 lead

Napoli's homer lifts Rangers to 4-0 lead

ARLINGTON, Texas | Mike Napoli took a mighty swing, tossed his bat aside and trotted around the bases. Fireworks exploded in the air, and Texas Rangers fans cheered wildly.

October 23, 2011 10:00 pm
Craig's pinch single gives Cardinals 3-2 lead

Craig's pinch single gives Cardinals 3-2 lead

ST. LOUIS | Pinch-hitter Allen Craig singled in the go-ahead run off reliever Alexi Ogando in the sixth on a sinking line drive that dropped just in front of right fielder Nelson Cruz, and the St. Louis Cardinals led the Texas Rangers 3-2 after six innings Wednesday night in a chilly World S…

October 19, 2011 9:45 pm Photos

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C.J. Wilson, the coolest person at the World Series

C.J. Wilson, the coolest person at the World Series

ST. LOUIS | The coolest person at the World Series is C.J. Wilson.

October 18, 2011 11:30 pm Photos

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Tigers send Yankees packing

NEW YORK | Don Kelly and Delmon Young hit first-inning home runs, Doug Fister and the Detroit bullpen held on and the Tigers edged the New York Yankees 3-2 Thursday night to win the deciding Game 5 of the AL playoff series.

October 06, 2011 10:00 pm
Fielder homer propels NL to consecutive All-Star wins

Fielder homer propels NL to consecutive All-Star wins

PHOENIX | Pitching, speed and a little bit of power. The National League is back on top in the All-Star game, using the same formula that worked during its dominating run in the 1970s and '80s.

July 12, 2011 11:45 pm
Percentage of black baseball players drops again

Percentage of black baseball players drops again

NEW YORK | The percentage of black players in the major leagues dropped again on opening day this year even as the sport again received a top overall grade for racial diversity.

April 22, 2011 10:00 pm

Velarde says Bonds' trainer gave him injections

SAN FRANCISCO | As prosecutors moved closer to finishing their case against Barry Bonds, former major league infielder Randy Velarde described meeting the slugger's personal trainer outside spring training ballparks for injections of human growth hormone.

March 30, 2011 10:00 pm

Bonds' friend: I saw trainer holding syringe

SAN FRANCISCO | Barry Bonds looked at the witness stand with a blank expression as a childhood friend and former business partner described how baseball's biggest star walked into the master bedroom at his spring training home along with trainer Greg Anderson, who had a syringe with a needle.

March 23, 2011 10:00 pm
Bonds goes on trial Monday for 2003 testimony

Bonds goes on trial Monday for 2003 testimony

When Barry Bonds walked into the federal courthouse in San Francisco on Dec. 4, 2003, his career total stood at 658 home runs, baseball had yet to institute drug testing with penalties and the Giants were nearly a half-century removed from their last World Series title.

March 19, 2011 10:00 pm
Cliff Lee forgoes an extra $30 million

Cliff Lee forgoes an extra $30 million

NEW YORK | At some point, it seems, Cliff Lee figured it wasn't about the money anymore.

December 14, 2010 8:15 pm

After the World Series ends, free agency begins

NEW YORK | Baseball's offseason market got busy even faster than usual Tuesday, with teams forced to make quick decisions on contract options as they prepare offers to a relatively weak free-agent class headed by Cliff Lee and Carl Crawford.

November 02, 2010 10:00 pm

Cain gives Giants 9-0 win, 2-0 World Series lead

SAN FRANCISCO | Matt Cain shut down the Texas Rangers with the type of suffocating pitching that put the San Francisco Giants in the World Series.

October 28, 2010 10:19 pm

Pedro Martinez rejects offers to return to majors

NEW YORK | Pedro Martinez's phone has been ringing during the last two weeks.

August 05, 2010 8:00 pm

A-Rod hits home run No. 600

NEW YORK | Alex Rodriguez became the youngest player to hit 600 home runs Wednesday, reaching the milestone after a 12-game drought — and exactly three years to the day after his 500th homer — with a drive off Toronto's Shaun Marcum in the first inning at Yankee Stadium.

August 04, 2010 12:41 pm

Yankees PA man Bob Sheppard dies

NEW YORK | The New York Yankees say longtime public address announcer Bob Sheppard has died. He was believed to be 99.

July 11, 2010 10:00 am

U.S. soccer team scatters, pondering what might have been

IRENE, South Africa | They started scattering Sunday to the United States and Europe, never to come together as a group again.

June 28, 2010 12:00 am
Team USA's World Cup run thwarted by Ghana

Team USA's World Cup run thwarted by Ghana

RUSTENBURG, South Africa | Life on the edge came to an exhausting and crushing end for the United States against a familiar foe.

June 27, 2010 12:00 am Photos

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