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Indians C Pérez has ankle surgery, expected ready for camp

Oct. 17, 2019 2:48 PM EDT

CLEVELAND (AP) — Indians catcher Roberto Pérez had surgery to remove bone spurs in his right ankle. The team said Pérez underwent the arthroscopic procedure Thursday in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The 30-year-old Pérez is expected to be fully recovered by spring training in February. Pérez...

Bumpy road for Nationals manager leads to 'beautiful place'

Oct. 17, 2019 2:21 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Nationals manager Dave Martinez is an optimistic sort, a live-in-the-moment guy who loves his mantras and his mottos, whether it's telling players to "go 1-0 today" or to "stay in the fight." Rough as things were when Washington was 19-31 and people were wondering whether Martinez was in...

Joe Maddon returns to Los Angeles Angels as manager

Oct. 16, 2019 10:41 PM EDT

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Joe Maddon is back under the halo. Maddon agreed to a three-year deal to become the Los Angeles Angels' manager on Wednesday, reuniting the World Series-winning former bench boss of the Chicago Cubs with the organization where he spent the first three decades of his baseball career....

Babe Ruth's bat used for 500th homer hits auction block

Oct. 16, 2019 5:37 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The bat used by Babe Ruth to slug his 500th career home run in 1929 is going up for auction, nearly 75 years after he gave it to a friend whose family has kept it ever since. Ruth became the first player to reach the coveted plateau on Aug. 11, 1929, hitting a solo shot for the New York...

Yanks' Boone defends catcher Sánchez as 'excellent' defender

Oct. 16, 2019 4:49 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Yankees manager Aaron Boone wasn't sure Wednesday what his lineup for the next day's Game 4 of the AL Championship Series would look like. Gary Sánchez will be behind the plate, though — whether many in the Bronx want it that way or not. Boone doubled down on his defense of...

Girardi out, Brosius in as US manager for Olympic qualifiers

Oct. 16, 2019 4:38 PM EDT

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Joe Girardi quit as manager of the U.S. baseball team trying to qualify for the Olympics before it played a single game. Girardi said Wednesday he is leaving to pursue a major league managing job. There are seven current openings. He will be replaced by Scott Brosius, who had been...

There from the start for Nationals, Zimmerman in 1st Series

Oct. 16, 2019 4:28 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Bottle of beer in hand, Ryan Zimmerman stood alone in the Nationals Park home clubhouse for a few moments, taking in the scene while his teammates celebrated reaching Washington's first World Series since 1933. Eventually, someone threw an arm around the 35-year-old Zimmerman's shoulders...

Yanks' bullpen to be tested after rainout squeezes ALCS

Oct. 16, 2019 4:10 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A rainy day in the Bronx has left a most daunting October test for the New York Yankees vaunted bullpen: four games, four days and already a deficit to overcome against the Houston Astros in their AL Championship Series. Game 4 of the ALCS scheduled for Wednesday night was postponed a day...

Woeful Mariners now only team never to reach World Series

Oct. 16, 2019 3:06 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — And then there was one. The Washington Nationals are off to the World Series for the first time in franchise history after sweeping the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday night, becoming the final National League team to reach the Fall Classic and leaving a single team with the distinction of...

NLCS sweep puts damper on Cardinals' 92-win season

Oct. 16, 2019 1:19 PM EDT

From one corner of a sullen clubhouse came the glass half full view of the St. Louis Cardinals' season. "People did not think we were going to be here," veteran pitcher Adam Wainwright said. "I think if you had asked Cardinals (fans) in spring training if we got to the NLCS, would they be happy? Most of them...