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Cincinnati Reds center fielder Shogo Akiyama watches team baseball practice from the dugout at Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati, Friday, July 10, 2020. (AP Photo/Bryan Woolston)

Reds hope search for leadoff hitter ends with Akiyama

Jul. 15, 2020 2:38 AM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — The Cincinnati Reds hope their long-running search for a consistent leadoff hitter comes to an end with Shogo Akiyama. The first Japanese-born player in franchise history signed a three-year, $21 million deal during the offseason and is part of the team's extensive overhaul. Mike Moustakas,...

Cleveland Indians' Francisco Lindor walks off the field during baseball practice, Monday, July 6, 2020, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane)

Indians lean on strong starters, Lindor for 60-game sprint

Jul. 14, 2020 1:57 PM EDT

CLEVELAND (AP) — This could have been Cleveland's year. Maybe it can be anyway. Under normal circumstances, with their strong starting rotation, star-filled infield, postseason experience and one of baseball's best managers, the Indians figured to have a solid chance at ending their 71-year-old World...

FILE - In this March 12, 2020, file photo, Washington Nationals' Juan Soto waits for a pitch from the New York Yankees during the fourth inning of a spring training baseball game, in West Palm Beach, Fla. Baseball begins Thursday, July 23, 2020, with the New York Yankees at Washington Nationals. Juan Soto and Washington open their title defense after winning the World Series for the first time in franchise history. Gerrit Cole is hoping to lead New York to its 28th championship after the ace right-hander signed a blockbuster deal with the Yankees in free agency. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)

Astros at Dodgers, 'Field of Dreams' highlight MLB schedule

Jul. 13, 2020 3:03 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — At long last, baseball is ready to go after opening day was delayed by the coronavirus pandemic. With a myriad of potential problems circling a 60-game schedule, the whole season is truly a day-to-day proposition. With that in mind, here are a handful of dates to mark on the calendar. Just...

Washington Nationals' manager Dave Martinez, left, and bullpen coach Henry Blanco walk together during a baseball training camp workout at Nationals Stadium, Sunday, July 5, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Nats, Astros, Cards cancel workouts over virus testing delay

Jul. 7, 2020 12:18 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Baseball's two World Series teams canceled workouts Monday because of coronavirus testing delays that one executive worried could endanger the season. The defending champion Washington Nationals and reigning American League champion Houston Astros called off training camp practices after...

The Minnesota Twins run drills on Target Field at a baseball camp iMonday, July 6, 2020, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Bruce Kluckhohn)

MLB releases pandemic-shortened schedule amid testing delays

Jul. 7, 2020 12:10 AM EDT

Major League Baseball released its pandemic-shortened schedule Monday, featuring a tantalizing season opener between the New York Yankees and World Series champion Washington Nationals, even as some teams were still bogged down by coronavirus concerns. By the time MLB revealed each team’s 60-game slate...

FILE - In this Aug. 28, 2009 file photo, the Washington Redskins logo is shown on the field before the start of a preseason NFL football game against the New England Patriots in Landover, Md. The Washington Redskins are undergoing what the team calls a “thorough review” of the nickname. In a statement released Friday, July 3, 2020, the team says it has been talking to the NFL for weeks about the subject. Owner Dan Snyder says the process will include input from alumni, sponsors, the league, community and members of the organization. FedEx on Thursday called for the team to change its name, and Nike appeared to remove all Redskins gear from its online store. (AP Photo/Nick Wass, File)

Trump criticizes Redskins, Indians for weighing name changes

Jul. 6, 2020 5:19 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Monday criticized a pair of pro sports teams that are considering name changes in the wake of a national reckoning over racial injustice and inequality. Trump tweeted, “They name teams out of STRENGTH, not weakness, but now the Washington Redskins &...

Cleveland Indians' Francisco Lindor prepares to bat during baseball practice at Progressive Field, Monday, July 6, 2020, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane)

Big stick: Lindor focused on season, not future in Cleveland

Jul. 6, 2020 4:54 PM EDT

CLEVELAND (AP) — Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor is religiously following baseball's COVID-19 protocols — social distancing, masks, temperature checks, you name it. He's making sure others do the same. So on Monday, after taking batting practice at Progressive Field, Lindor urged manager Terry...

FILE - In this Sept. 23, 2017, file photo, Oakland Athletics catcher Bruce Maxwell kneels during the national anthem before the team's baseball game against the Texas Rangers in Oakland, Calif. Maxwell is the only major leaguer to take a knee during the playing of

For openers: MLB tries again with short season, skewed rules

Jun. 24, 2020 10:41 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — So, where were we? Mid-March, a spring training exhibition between the St. Louis Cardinals and Miami Marlins at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter, Florida. Even before the final out, both sides had gotten the official word: Major League Baseball was shutting down immediately because of the...