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Commissioner rejects Pete Rose’s plea for reinstatement

Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred rejected Pete Rose’s plea for reinstatement on Monday, citing his continued gambling and evidence that he bet on games when he was playing for the Cincinnati …


Dodgers look to Zack Greinke to extend playoff run

One ace helped the Los Angeles Dodgers stave off elimination against the New York Mets.


Grip on Sports: Mariners tack on another year of disappointment

Wednesday: We are into the second half of September. The calendar will soon tell us fall is actually here. Which means the World Series will be as well. When will …


Seattle Mariners hit four homers to topple Rockies

SEATTLE – Four homers. That usually works, right? The Mariners hit four homers Saturday night and continued their (too-late?) late-season surge with a 7-2 victory over the Colorado Rockies at …


Mariners notes: Mark Trumbo has settled in since July 4

SEATTLE – Mark Trumbo’s career-best hitting streak ended at 12 games Friday when he went 0 for 3 with a walk in the Mariners’ 4-2 loss to Colorado. So let’s …


Cruz, Cano secure Mariners’ win with back-to-back homers against Rangers

SEATTLE – Muscle is a wonderful thing. The Mariners used a three-homer salvo Friday night in offsetting some early defensive lapses while rallying for a 4-3 victory over the Texas …


Suit seeks safety netting for MLB ballparks

A federal lawsuit filed in San Francisco on Monday is trying to force Major League Baseball to install netting from foul pole to foul pole to protect spectators from flying …


Kansas City’s seven-run fourth inning sends Mariners to 8-2 loss

SEATTLE – Let’s credit the Seattle Mariners with this much over the last couple weeks. When they lose, they don’t mess around. No torment or anguish. No maybe, almost or …


Little League will use TV revenue to expand programs

Little League is turning $4 million in new television revenue into opportunities for local youth teams. The world’s largest organized youth sports program is expected to announce a plan to …


MLB notes: Surging Nationals celebrate wins with chocolate syrup dousing

Let the chocolate syrup flow. As the Washington Nationals have set aside a slow start and grabbed a one-game lead in the N.L. East, they developed an unusual way to …


Steroids will always be part of baseball, other sports

Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens have moved on, their names cleared. The cloud of steroids remains over baseball and all sports. Dugouts no longer are filled with bulked-up players with …


Mariners salvage final game of series by beating Astros 3-2

SEATTLE – J.A. Happ delivered the strong start the Mariners so desperately needed Wednesday night and the bullpen nursed a 3-2 lead through taut moments in a victory over Houston …


Diaz: Pete Rose Hall of Fame ban should stick forevermore

The apologists are lining up for Pete Rose again. Good people. Great people. Iconic names like Cal Ripken Jr., who recently said, “To me, he’s a Hall of Fame player …


Felix Hernandez fans 12 to help Mariners end four-game skid

SEATTLE – Five days removed from leaving his last start with a tight quadriceps and a twisted ankle, Felix Hernandez’s health on Saturday night was an estimated “98 percent,” according …


MLB notes: Alex Rodriguez starts season on hot streak

Alex Rodriguez is the first one to admit it. He is surprised by his start this season after missing all of last year while serving a drug suspension. Rodriguez is …


MLB notes: Astronaut honors Jackie Robinson from space

Jackie Robinson Day was celebrated even in space this year. While Rachel Robinson, the player’s 92-year-old widow, and commissioner Rob Manfred honored Major League Baseball’s first black player in a …


Couch Slouch has own ideas on how to speed up baseball

New MLB commissioner Rob Manfred wants baseball to move into the 21st century – Couch Slouch disagrees with him right there; the 20th century was a lot better than people …


MLB, notes: Florida Marlins invest in talented outfield

The Florida Marlins made another long-term investment in their young, talented outfield. Left fielder Christian Yelich agreed to a seven-year contract worth about $49.6 million, a person familiar with the …


Former MVP Al Rosen dies at 91

Al Rosen’s success in baseball didn’t end after he left the diamond for the final time. A muscular third baseman for the Cleveland Indians who won the 1953 A.L. MVP …


MLB notes: Texas Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish will get another opinion

Yu Darvish will get one more opinion before the ace pitcher will likely have season-ending elbow surgery. Texas Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said Dr. David Altchek, the New York …


Taijuan Walker starts bid for spot in Mariners’ rotation with two strong innings

PEORIA, Ariz. – The time is right, Taijuan Walker believes, to validate his long-held status as the Seattle Mariners’ top pitching prospect. Wednesday served as a strong opening statement.


MLB notes: Play ball! Quickly! Baseball tries to speed game this spring

With large, glowing red numbers, the timer on the center-field wall at Goodyear Ballpark ticked down Tuesday, counting off seconds and ushering in change. Baseball, the timeless game of endless …


M’s ace Felix Hernandez loses Cy Young to Cleveland’s Corey Kluber

SEATTLE – Sigh instead of Cy. Seattle Mariners ace Felix Hernandez saw anticipation turn to keen disappointment Wednesday when he fell short in his bid to win the American League …


Lawyer: Alex Rodriguez admitted steroids use to DEA

MIAMI – A lawyer for the University of Miami’s former pitching coach said Wednesday that Alex Rodriguez admitted to federal investigators he used steroids supplied by the owner of a …


Giants beat Royals to even Series at 2

SAN FRANCISCO – Down three runs and in danger of getting pushed to the World Series brink, Pablo Sandoval and the San Francisco Giants raised up some Panda-monium. Sandoval’s single …


Maddon opts out of contract with Rays

Joe Maddon’s highly successful run as manager of the Tampa Bay Rays is over. After discussions on a new deal bogged down with the Rays, Maddon is now free to …


Felix Hernandez, Robinson Cano and Kyle Seager among finalists for A.L. Gold Gloves

Three Seattle Mariners are looking to mine some off-season gold for their in-season gems. Pitcher Felix Hernandez, second baseman Robinson Cano and third baseman Kyle Seager were identified Thursday as …


Royals get first look at San Francisco’s unique stadium

SAN FRANCISCO – Eric Hosmer loaded up, launched a long fly and watched it sail toward McCovey Cove. Way out there in right field, near the 421-foot mark, the ball …


MLB notes: Braves select John Hart as president of baseball operations

The Atlanta Braves made John Hart their president of baseball operations, the team announced Thursday. With Hart accepting the newly created title, the Braves no longer are looking for a …


Eric Hosmer, Mike Moustakas guide Royals into ALCS

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The expectations that accompanied Mike Moustakas and Eric Hosmer were largely unfair, and anybody in the Kansas City Royals’ front office would probably be willing to …