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FILE - In this April 16, 2020 file photo, Wrigley Field's marquee displays Lakeview Pantry volunteer information in Chicago. The Chicago Cubs are instituting pay cuts because of the coronavirus crisis, but there will be no furloughs through the end of June. A person with direct knowledge of the situation says the pay cuts were based on compensation. President of baseball operations Theo Epstein and president of business operations Crane Kenney took the highest reductions. The person, who spoke to The Associated Press on Thursday, May 21, 2020 on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the situation, says 80% of associates are taking a pay cut of 20% or less.  (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, File)

Cubs institute pay cuts, Pirates announce furloughs

May. 21, 2020 7:34 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Cubs and Pittsburgh Pirates are trimming payroll while they await word on the fate of the Major League Baseball season. The Cubs are instituting pay cuts because of the coronavirus pandemic, but there will be no furloughs through the end of June. The Pirates announced Thursday...

Pirates infielder Kramer out 4-6 months after hip surgery

May. 20, 2020 2:13 PM EDT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh Pirates infielder Kevin Kramer will miss four to six months months while recovering from surgery on his right hip. The team announced Wednesday that Kramer underwent the procedure last week in Vail, Colorado. The 26-year-old Kramer had been dealing with what the club called...

This Date in Baseball

May. 19, 2020 9:22 PM EDT

May 19 1910 — Cy Young won the 500th game of his career as the Cleveland Indians beat the Washington Senators, 5-4, in 11 innings. 1910 — Boston beat the Pirates 6-3 for the first time in 26 tries. 1956 — Pittsburgh’s Dale Long hit a ninth-inning homer against the Chicago Cubs. It was...

FILE - In this Feb. 24, 2020, file photo, Arizona Diamondbacks' Starling Marte follows through on a swing during the first inning of a spring training baseball game against the  an Francisco Giants in Scottsdale, Ariz. Marte announced on social media that his wife Noelia has died of a heart attack. “Today I go through the great pain of making public the unfortunate death of my wife Noelia, due to a heart attack,” Marte wrote on Instagram on Monday, May 18, 2020. “It is a moment of indescribable pain. On behalf of my family, I am grateful for the expressions of esteem and solidarity in this difficult time.” (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)

D-backs OF Starling Marte says wife dies of heart attack

May. 18, 2020 11:18 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder Starling Marte announced on social media that his wife Noelia has died of a heart attack. “Today I go through the great pain of making public the unfortunate death of my wife Noelia, due to a heart attack,” Marte wrote on Instagram on Monday....

FILE - In this Sept. 28, 2019, file photo, Tampa Bay Rays' Kevin Kiermaier, top left, relaxes in the dugout with teammates in the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays in Toronto. Major League Baseball’s average salary as opening day approached remained virtually flat at around $4.4 million for the fifth straight season, according to a study of contracts by The Associated Press. (Fred Thornhill/The Canadian Press via AP, File)

AP study: MLB average at around $4.4M for 5th year in row

May. 5, 2020 2:45 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball’s average salary ahead of a postponed opening day remained at around $4.4 million for the fifth straight season, according to a study of contracts by The Associated Press. Following an offseason when Gerrit Cole, Stephen Strasburg, Anthony Rendon and Christian...

Pirates temporarily suspend 401k benefits amid pandemic

Apr. 28, 2020 4:56 PM EDT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pirates are suspending retirement benefits for members of Pittsburgh's baseball operations staff in an effort to cope with the economic fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic. General manager Ben Cherington said Tuesday the team has been searching for ways to find savings with the 2020...

Reds longtime scout , Mariners exec George Zuraw dies at 89

Apr. 27, 2020 4:34 PM EDT

CINCINNATI (AP) — Longtime Cincinnati Reds scout and former Seattle Mariners executive George Zurow has died in Florida. He was 89. The Reds confirmed that he died Friday. No further details were available. Zurow started his scouting career with the Pirates and worked for Cincinnati from 1968-88 during the...

This Date in Baseball

Apr. 17, 2020 12:10 PM EDT

April 18 1899 — John McGraw, only 26, made his managerial debut with the Orioles. He led them to a 5-3 victory over the New York Giants, a team he later managed for more than 30 years. 1916 — Philadelphia’s Grover Alexander pitched his first of 16 shutouts of the season with a win over the...