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UPDATED: Thu., July 11, 2019, 2:42 p.m.

Cardinals place Yadier Molina on IL amid series of roster moves

The St. Louis Cardinals placed catcher Yadier Molina on the injured list with a strained right thumb and activated infielder Matt Carpenter as part of a series of roster moves …


UPDATED: Thu., July 11, 2019, 2:43 p.m.

All-Star Game television rating sets record low

Baseball’s All-Star Game had a record low television rating. The American League’s 4-3 win over the National League had a 5.0 rating on Fox, according to Nielsen Media Research. The …


Young Rays confident they can stay in AL playoff chase

The Tampa Bay Rays are confident they can emerge from a tough five-week stretch and remain in contention for their first playoff berth in six years. The team with one …


UPDATED: Thu., July 11, 2019, 4:03 p.m.

Astros’ Jake Marisnick suspended for plate collision with Jonathan Lucroy

Houston Astros outfielder Jake Marisnick has been suspended for two games by Major League Baseball after his violent home plate collision with Los Angeles Angels catcher Jonathan Lucroy. The suspension …


UPDATED: Thu., July 11, 2019, 10:42 a.m.

Losses mount for rookie manager Brandon Hyde as Orioles rebuild

The rebuilding Orioles limped into the All-Star break with a major league worst 27-62 record. During a particular brutal stretch in late June, Baltimore showed its youth and inexperience while …


Tim Dahlberg: Baseball has issues beyond a juiced ball

First the players, now the ball. Home runs are skyrocketing, and once again Major League Baseball officials claim they don’t know the reason why. Then again, it might be that …


UPDATED: Thu., July 11, 2019, 1:15 p.m.

Party of 5? Competitive NL Central in for taut 2nd half

The National League Central is providing Major League Baseball a needed dose of pennant fever. All five teams are separated by just 4 1/2 games coming out of the All-Star …


Wife: Ex-Red Sox slugger David Ortiz recovering from 3rd surgery

Former Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz is recovering from a third surgery after experiencing complications resulting from his gunshot wound. Ortiz’s wife, Tiffany, says in a statement that he …


UPDATED: Thu., July 11, 2019, 4:08 p.m.

Larry Stone: Jim Bouton made sure the Seattle Pilots would live forever with his seminal book ‘Ball Four’

The thing about Jim Bouton that always amazed me – and warmed my heart – was the pure joy he derived from his masterpiece, “Ball Four.”


UPDATED: Wed., July 10, 2019, 7:44 p.m.

Jim Bouton, former pitcher, “Ball Four” author, dies at 80

Jim Bouton, the former New York Yankees pitcher who shocked and angered the conservative baseball world with the tell-all book “Ball Four,” has died. He was 80. Bouton’s family said …


UPDATED: Wed., July 10, 2019, 6:37 p.m.

‘Robot umpires’ debut in independent Atlantic League

“Robot umpires” have arrived. The independent Atlantic League became the first American professional baseball league to let a computer call balls and strikes, using the system at its All-Star Game. …


UPDATED: Wed., July 10, 2019, 3:52 p.m.

White Sox begin placing extended netting to foul poles

Work crews have begun extending the protective netting to the foul poles at Guaranteed Rate Field, a step the Chicago White Sox are taking following a couple of high-profile injuries …


Trade deadline looms as baseball resumes after break

Five of baseball’s six divisions feature deficits of at least 5 1/2 games as play resumes after the All-Star break. Life is pretty good for two iconic franchises, with Cody …


UPDATED: Wed., July 10, 2019, 10:18 a.m.

Derek Jeter’s Marlins could become a good team – but when?

For the rebuilding Miami Marlins, this season is about trying to get closer to competitive, and in the standings there’s little sign of progress. They dropped six of their final …


Nationals dance their way from rock bottom to playoff race

Since waking up at rock bottom on May 24, the Washington Nationals have gone a major league-best 28-11 to vault into playoff contention. With its combination of power hitting and …


Los Angeles Dodgers go dark in spotlight again with All-Star let down

The Los Angeles Dodgers put on another disappointing show in the national spotlight, with Clayton Kershaw, Cody Bellinger and others struggling during the National League’s 4-3 loss to the American …


UPDATED: Tue., July 9, 2019, 9:36 p.m.

American League finds perfect pitch in 4-3 victory over National League in MLB All-Star Game

Justin Verlander, Shane Bieber and the American League pitchers plugged power back into the mound.


2-city solution seen as way to preserve MLB in Tampa

Giving the Rays permission to explore playing part of their home schedule in Montreal is seen by baseball owners as “a way to preserve baseball in Tampa,” according to baseball …


Extended protective netting ballpark by ballpark decision

Extending protective netting down foul lines is a ballpark-to-ballpark decision because of differing configurations, according to baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred. Following a series of foul balls that injured fans, Major …


MLB union wants more competition, more money for young stars

The baseball players’ association has outlined goals for the sport’s unprecedented midterm collective bargaining, objectives likely to meet resistance from management unless the union is willing to make trade-offs. Union …


UPDATED: Tue., July 9, 2019, 6:15 p.m.

Rob Manfred: Baseballs not juiced, but decreased drag puzzling

Faced with an onslaught of home runs that’s convinced many pitchers that balls are juiced, Commissioner Rob Manfred says Major League Baseball has been unable to find any changes in …


UPDATED: Mon., July 8, 2019, 11:26 p.m.

‘Polar Bear’ Pete Alonso edges Vladimir Guerrero Jr. for Home Run Derby title

Pete Alonso took one final swing and flipped his bat high in the air. Another walk-off. Money ball.


UPDATED: Mon., July 8, 2019, 8:49 p.m.

Mauricio Dubon’s journey leads from Honduras to majors

In so many ways, Mauricio Dubon’s ascent to the big leagues has been unusual. Point No. 1 is simple: No major league player has ever been born-and-raised in Honduras. On …


Out of Right Field: Mariners past, future on display Sunday

Mariners fans can get a glimpse into the future today. And some goosebumps from the past.


MLB roundup: Travis d’Arnaud homers in bottom of the 9th, Rays beat Yankees 4-3

Travis d’Arnaud hit a two-out homer off Chad Green in the bottom of the ninth inning, lifting the Tampa Bay Rays past the New York Yankees 4-3 on Saturday.


UPDATED: Sat., July 6, 2019, 10:52 p.m.

Marco Gonzales has strong outing, Daniel Vogelbach homers as Mariners subdue Oakland Athletics 6-3

On a day when two of the team’s best relievers were put on the injured list, the Mariners offense and left-handed starter Marco Gonzales made sure Seattle’s beleaguered bullpen got …


UPDATED: Sat., July 6, 2019, 10:10 p.m.

Out of Right Field: Recap, takeaways from the Seattle Mariners’ 6-3 victory against the Oakland Athletics

Marco Gonzales earned his 10th victory, the second successive season he’s done so before the All-Star break, as the Seattle Mariners defeated the visiting Oakland Athletics 6-3 Saturday night.


Masahiro Tanaka, Felipe Vazquez, Brandon Woodruff added to All-Star rosters

New York Yankees right-hander Masahiro Tanaka, Pittsburgh closer Felipe Vazquez and Milwaukee right-hander Brandon Woodruff have been added to the rosters for Tuesday’s All-Star Game. They replace Toronto’s Marcus Stroman, …


Indians pitcher Carlos Carrasco being treated for leukemia

Indians pitcher Carlos Carrasco is being treated for leukemia, and he says it’s going to make him stronger than he was before.


John Blanchette: Pat Shine coaxed into All-Star spotlight again to help Christian Yelich at Home Run Derby

Face it, you don’t want to be the caddie who hands his golfer the wrong club. Or the field-goal holder who doesn’t get the laces out.