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Tampa Bay Rays' Tyler Glasnow, right, bumps fists with catcher Mike Zunino after pitching during baseball practice Tuesday, July 14, 2020, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Mike Carlson)

Puig picks Braves, Glasnow makes strong return to Rays

Jul. 15, 2020 12:19 AM EDT

Opening day rosters gained clarity on Tuesday when the Atlanta Braves reached an agreement with Yasiel Puig, and Tampa Bay pitcher Tyler Glasnow provided hopes for teams awaiting players to be cleared following positive tests for the coronavirus. Puig agreed to a one-year deal pending a physical, a person with...

Seattle Mariners' Zach DeLoach, left, watches as a pitch goes past and to catcher Tom Murphy as an umpire prepares to make a call during baseball practice Sunday, July 12, 2020, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

AP sources: About 10 MLB umpires opt out over virus concerns

Jul. 14, 2020 7:05 PM EDT

About 10 Major League Baseball umpires have opted out this season, choosing not to work games in the shortened schedule because of concerns over the coronavirus. Two people familiar with the situation told The Associated Press about the decisions on Tuesday. The people spoke on condition of anonymity because...

Dodgers selling fan cutouts for up to $299

Jul. 14, 2020 6:20 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Fans wanting to see their faces at Dodger Stadium can buy cutouts for prices ranging up to $299. The team said Tuesday that net proceeds from the sale will benefit the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation. Cutouts in the Dugout Club or new Pavilion Home Run Seats cost $299. Field and loge...

Arizona Diamondbacks' Eduardo Escobar (5) smiles as he celebrates his home run with manager Torey Lovullo, right, during a baseball training camp intrasquad scrimmage Sunday, July 12, 2020, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Revamped D-backs ready to chase Dodgers in NL West

Jul. 14, 2020 5:03 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Diamondbacks first baseman Christian Walker took his hacks during the first day of summer camp, launching a few balls into the empty Chase Field stands and watching them rattle around the unoccupied seats. There is a weirdness to baseball these days as it prepares for a shortened 60-game...

Colorado Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado takes part in drills during the baseball team's practice Sunday, July 12, 2020, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Rockies ready to rake at the plate but will pitching rise?

Jul. 14, 2020 4:51 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — All those fastballs that ended up bouncing around the water fall, fountains and pine trees at Coors Field during summer camp mean one of two things for the Colorado Rockies. Either their pitchers are rusty and the team might be in for a long haul of a 60-game season or slugger Nolan Arenado...

San Francisco Giants' Hunter Pence, left, gestures while speaking with manager Gabe Kapler during a baseball practice Friday, July 10, 2020, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

As Posey opts out, Giants begin new era under Gabe Kapler

Jul. 14, 2020 3:03 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The San Francisco Giants are beginning a new era under manager Gabe Kapler with many of the familiar faces who were part of all that winning last decade. And one glaring absence: Buster Posey. The veteran catcher has opted out of the season after adopting twin girls who were born...

FILE - In this July 6, 2020, file photo, Los Angeles Dodgers' Mookie Betts hits during intrasquad play in the restart of baseball spring training in Los Angeles. The Dodgers open the season at home on July 23 with a four-game series against the rival San Francisco Giants. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)

Betts leads stacked roster for Dodgers in World Series chase

Jul. 14, 2020 12:10 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Dodgers have been nothing if not consistent in recent years. Seven straight seasons of 90-plus wins to go with seven NL West titles in a row. All that's missing is an elusive World Series championship. They open the shortened 60-game season with a couple of B's in the...

FILE - In this July 6, 2020, file photo, San Diego Padres shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. bats during baseball training in San Diego. Tatis, has become one of the faces of the San Diego Padres, with or without a facemask. The exciting young shortstop has been taking coronavirus protocols seriously, including wearing a mask during summer camp workouts.  (AP Photo/Gregory Bull,File)

Tatis Jr. hopes to stay healthy during 60-game sprint

Jul. 14, 2020 12:05 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Fernando Tatis Jr. has become one of the faces of the San Diego Padres, with or without a facemask. The exciting young shortstop has been taking coronavirus protocols seriously, including wearing a mask during summer camp workouts. He even wore one during a Zoom session with the media. The...

FILE - In this Sept. 11, 2019, file photo, Colorado Rockies right fielder Charlie Blackmon waits to enter the batting cage before the team's baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals in Denver. All-Star outfielder Charlie Blackmon of the Colorado Rockies has become the first Major League Baseball player known to have tested positive for the coronavirus. A person familiar with Blackmon’s situation confirmed the test result to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because there was no official announcement. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)

Blackmon returns to Rockies after recovering from COVID-19

Jul. 13, 2020 11:49 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — All-Star outfielder Charlie Blackmon, the first major league player known to have tested positive for the coronavirus, returned to the Colorado Rockies for his first workout Monday after getting the all clear to rejoin his teammates. “I feel great. I have felt that way for at least a...

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...