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Boston Red Sox play an intra-squad baseball game at a Fenway Park empty of fans on Thursday, July 9, 2020, in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Baseball players get a peek at playing without fans

Jul. 9, 2020 9:21 PM EDT

Baseball players got a sense of what the game will be like without fans in the stands upon returning for workouts last week. They're getting a more realistic glimpse this week as teams begin holding scrimmages. Yes, it's very strange. “It was surreal. ... just sitting behind the dish at a major league...

Boston Red Sox right fielder Alex Verdugo jokingly stretches for a foul ball by Rafael Devers in a seating area empty of fans during an intra-squad baseball game at Fenway Park on Thursday, July 9, 2020, in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Scrimmage gives Red Sox taste of strange season to come

Jul. 9, 2020 6:35 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Rafael Devers lofted a fly ball to left, and John Andreoli took off in pursuit. It’s a long sprint, because Andreoli was playing center -- the only outfielder in the game at the time. The ball fell just out of the reach of his outstretched glove as Devers coasted into second base. And...

Washington Nationals starting pitcher Max Scherzer throws during a baseball training camp workout at Nationals Park, Wednesday, July 8, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Giants return, so do some players, but Padres INF Mateo out

Jul. 8, 2020 10:36 PM EDT

As Major League Baseball cautiously tiptoes closer toward beginning its delayed 2020 season, several teams welcomed back players who might have been exposed to the coronavirus, and the San Francisco Giants resumed workouts Wednesday after finally receiving the results of COVID-19 tests administered over the...

Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona watches during baseball practice at Progressive Field, Monday, July 6, 2020, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane)

More positive tests, canceled workouts add to MLB unease

Jul. 7, 2020 7:23 PM EDT

As baseball nears the two-week countdown to the start of its delayed season, the COVID-19 pandemic continues to keep more players, including Boston Red Sox projected opening day starter Eduardo Rodriguez, off the field. On Tuesday, one day after Major League Baseball released its 60-game schedule, there was...

Boston Red Sox's Xander Bogaerts, right, runs past Interim Manager Ron Roenicke during baseball training camp at Fenway Park, Tuesday, July 7, 2020, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

Red Sox's Bogaerts ready to lead after Betts' departure

Jul. 7, 2020 5:43 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts has grown accustomed to being on big stages during his first seven years in the major leagues. He won a World Series ring as a rookie with the Red Sox in 2013 and became a full-time starter the following season. He's since earned another ring in 2018 and...

Boston Red Sox players take batting practice during baseball training camp at Fenway Park, Monday, July 6, 2020, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

With Fenway retrofit, players get taste of luxury (boxes)

Jul. 6, 2020 4:53 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A pitching mound in a picnic area. Exercise bicycles in the concourse. Lockers in the luxury suites. Banished from their spring training complex in COVID 19-ravaged Florida to their historic but cozy home, the Red Sox are squeezing any space they can out of Fenway Park for the reboot of...

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31 MLB players, 7 staff test positive for COVID-19, or 1.2%

Jul. 3, 2020 5:48 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Thirty-one Major League Baseball players and seven staff members tested positive for COVID-19 during intake for the resumption of training, a rate of 1.2%. MLB and the players' association announced the results Friday as teams resumed workouts for the first time since the coronavirus...

FILE - In a  Monday, March 2, 2020 file photo, Washington Nationals pitcher Joe Ross throws during the first inning of a spring training baseball game against the Miami Marlins, in West Palm Beach, Fla. Longtime infielder Ryan Zimmerman and pitcher Joe Ross are opting out of playing the 2020 season as Major League Baseball tries to get back amid the COVID-19 pandemic. General manager Mike Rizzo says the team is 100% supportive of Zimmerman and Ross deciding not to play.(AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)

Roster shuffle: Plans change in MLB because of health issues

Jun. 29, 2020 11:27 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — A small group of players, including Nationals slugger Ryan Zimmerman and Rockies outfielder Ian Desmond, have announced they plan to sit out this season. The Minnesota Twins have shuffled their on-field staff to protect the health of some of their older coaches. As the sport lurches toward...

Rhode Island Class of 2020 honored in special TV tribute

Jun. 13, 2020 10:48 AM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Oscar-winning actor Viola Davis and New England Patriots receiver Julian Edelman are among the stars scheduled to deliver messages of encouragement to Rhode Island’s 9,000 graduating high school seniors at a special television tribute to the Class of 2020. The “Your...