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The grounds crew works on the field at Oakland Coliseum before an Oakland Athletics baseball practice in Oakland, Calif., Saturday, July 4, 2020. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

The Latest: Two Arizona relievers tested positive for virus

Jul. 5, 2020 9:44 PM EDT

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ Arizona manager Torey Lovullo says that relief pitchers Silvino Bracho and Junior Guerra have both tested positive for COVID-19. The Diamondbacks had previously revealed that three players on the 40-man roster had tested...

New York Yankees relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman, left, leaves the field after a bullpen session with catcher Gary Sanchez after a bullpen session during a baseball summer training camp workout Sunday, July 5, 2020, at Yankee Stadium in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

Tanaka doing well; Yanks to air intrasquad game Monday

Jul. 5, 2020 7:23 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The Yankees had their Sunday brightened by Masahiro Tanaka, who came to the ballpark and seemed well a day after being hit in the head by Giancarlo Stanton’s line drive. They’re hoping Yankee Stadium’s lights will do the same this week. Encouraged by Tanaka’s...

Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo, left, stands next to manager David Ross, right, during baseball practice at Wrigley Field, Sunday, July 5, 2020, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Kamil Krzaczynski)

King Félix opts out of MLB season, Doolittle on fence

Jul. 5, 2020 6:56 PM EDT

Former Cy Young Award winner Félix Hernández has joined the list of major leaguers opting out of the 2020 season due to the coronavirus pandemic, at least temporarily ending the 34-year-old’s bid to revive his career. Stars Christian Yelich of the Milwaukee Brewers and Jose Altuve of the Houston...

Houston Astros shortstop Carlos Correa runs through a drill during a baseball practice at Minute Maid Park, Sunday, July 5, 2020, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Correa asks wife to stay out of salons until season ends

Jul. 5, 2020 5:04 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — Houston Astos shortstop Carlos Correa is so serious about not contracting the coronavirus that he’s asked his wife, Daniella, a former pageant queen, to stay out of beauty salons until the season is over. “When I talk to my wife she knows,” he said Sunday. “No...

FILE - In this Feb. 28, 2020, file photo, Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Andrew Heaney throws during the first inning of a spring training baseball game against the Texas Rangers in Tempe, Ariz. Left-hander Heaney is expected to make his first opening day start for the Angels. Manager Joe Maddon confirmed his selection Sunday, July 5, 2020, before the Angels' third workout of summer camp. Los Angeles is expected to open the season July 24. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)

Andrew Heaney tabbed to be Angels' opening day starter

Jul. 5, 2020 2:29 PM EDT

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Left-hander Andrew Heaney is expected to make his first opening day start for the Los Angeles Angels. Manager Joe Maddon confirmed his choice Sunday before the Angels' third workout of summer camp. Los Angeles is expected to open the season July 24. The 29-year-old Heaney will be the...

FILE - In a Sunday, July 28, 2019 file photo, Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona, left, has words with pitcherTrevor Bauer, right, as Bauer is taken out in the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo. Francona said Sunday, July 5, 2020 that he believes the Indians need to change their name. “I think it's time to move forward,” Francona said Sunday. (AP Photo/Colin E. Braley, File)

Indians manager Francona favors nickname change for club

Jul. 5, 2020 1:49 PM EDT

CLEVELAND (AP) — Cleveland manager Terry Francona won't sidestep the hot-button topic any longer. He believes the Indians need to change their contentious nickname. “I think it's time to move forward,” Francona said Sunday. Francona's comments came two days after the Indians, amid a...

FILE - In this March 2, 2020, file photo, Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher David Price throws against the Cincinnati Reds during the first inning of a spring training baseball game in Goodyear, Ariz. Price will not play this season because of concerns over the coronavirus pandemic, delaying his Los Angeles debut until next year. The five-time All-Star became the latest player to opt out, posting Saturday, July 4, 2020, on Twitter that he would not participate in the 60-game season that is scheduled to begin July 23. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)

Dodgers pitcher Price won't play this year because of virus

Jul. 5, 2020 1:21 AM EDT

Dodgers pitcher David Price will not play this season because of concerns over the coronavirus pandemic, delaying his Los Angeles debut until next year. The five-time All-Star became the latest player to opt out, posting Saturday on Twitter that he wouldn’t participate in the 60-game season that’s...

New York Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka lies on the field after being hit by a ball off the bat of Yankees Giancarlo Stanton during a baseball a workout at Yankee Stadium in New York, Saturday, July 4, 2020. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)

Yanks' Tanaka hit in head; LeMahieu, Cessa test positive

Jul. 4, 2020 11:20 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — With Masahiro Tanaka crumpled motionless on the mound, Aaron Judge repeatedly waved behind home plate and scolded a video journalist for taking images. This wasn't a scene anyone at Yankee Stadium wanted to see. Tanaka was alert and sent to a hospital after being hit in the head by a line...

FILE - In this March 2, 2020, file photo, Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher David Price throws against the Cincinnati Reds during the first inning of a spring training baseball game in Goodyear, Ariz. Price will not play this season because of concerns over the coronavirus pandemic, delaying his Los Angeles debut until next year. The five-time All-Star became the latest player to opt out, posting Saturday, July 4, 2020, on Twitter that he would not participate in the 60-game season that is scheduled to begin July 23. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)

Tough day for MLB: Price out, Freeman positive, Tanaka hurt

Jul. 4, 2020 8:01 PM EDT

Freddie Freeman tests positive for COVID-19. Masahiro Tanaka gets hit in the head by a line drive. David Price announces he won’t play this season. On this Fourth of July, even the return of baseball didn’t offer much cause for celebration. As teams prepared to start their pandemic-shortened season,...

New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone during a baseball workout at Yankee Stadium in New York, Saturday, July 4, 2020. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)

The Latest: Yankees' LeMahieu, Cessa test positive for virus

Jul. 4, 2020 7:34 PM EDT

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus pandemic on sports around the world: ___ Yankees All-Star infielder DJ LeMahieu and right-hander Luis Cessa tested positive for the coronavirus before traveling to New York for preseason camp and are self-isolating at home. Manager Aaron Boone said LeMahieu was...