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NEW YORK | Rather than ban home plate collisions outright, Major League Baseball and its players adopted a rule limiting them this season.
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.
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.
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. | Baseball officials are up front about this: They want to ban home-plate collisions to guard their investments.
BOSTON | More than an hour after the final out, players lingered on the field and fans stood by their seats, cheering, singing and applauding.
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.
NEW YORK | The names are mostly known and so are the possible penalties — 50 games for most, perhaps a lifetime ban for one.
NEW YORK | Protective no more, baseball players are downright disgusted these days with doping.
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.
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.
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.
NEW YORK | Alex Rodriguez will make more this year than all the Houston Astros combined — a lot more.
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.
NEW YORK | They walked into a Manhattan hotel, knowing they were running out of time to save their season.
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.
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.
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.
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.
NEW YORK | One of baseball's traditional home openers will have an innovative twist next season.
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.
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.
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.
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.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. | When Gerrit Cole and Jameson Taillon walk into locker rooms after minor league games, they tinker with the TV.
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.
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.
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.
NEW YORK | Barry Larkin was elected to baseball's Hall of Fame on Monday with plenty of room to spare.
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.
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.
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.
NEW YORK |Make it a three peat for White Sox pitcher Mark Buehrle.
ST. LOUIS | For Albert Pujols, Edwin Jackson and C.J. Wilson, the future is now.
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.
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…
ST. LOUIS | The coolest person at the World Series is C.J. Wilson.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
NEW YORK | At some point, it seems, Cliff Lee figured it wasn't about the money anymore.
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.
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.
NEW YORK | Pedro Martinez's phone has been ringing during the last two weeks.
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.
NEW YORK | The New York Yankees say longtime public address announcer Bob Sheppard has died. He was believed to be 99.
IRENE, South Africa | They started scattering Sunday to the United States and Europe, never to come together as a group again.
RUSTENBURG, South Africa | Life on the edge came to an exhausting and crushing end for the United States against a familiar foe.
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