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In this aerial photo, Oriole Park at Camden Yards is closed on what would've been Opening Day, Thursday March 26, 2020, in Baltimore, Md. The Orioles were slated to host the New York Yankees at the park, but the season has been delayed due to the coronavirus outbreak. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Fields of green: Mild winter, no games aid ballpark grass

Apr. 4, 2020 2:02 PM EDT

Nicole Sherry poked some holes in the turf at Camden Yards, cut the grass and then left the ballpark about the same time the Baltimore Orioles should have been wrapping up their season opener. “What a beautiful day it would have been for a ballgame,” said Sherry, the head groundskeeper for the...

The Olympic rings are seen Monday, March 30, 2020, in Tokyo. The Tokyo Olympics will open next year in the same time slot scheduled for this year's games. Tokyo organizers said Monday the opening ceremony will take place on July 23, 2021. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

The Latest: NJ Devils make donation for medical equipment

Mar. 31, 2020 4:58 PM EDT

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ The owners of the NHL's New Jersey Devils have made a six-figure donation to the state’s largest health care system for medical equipment to ensure the safety and proper protection of all healthcare workers and first...

In this March 11, 2020, photo, Hanshin Tigers pitcher Shintaro Fujinami throws a ball against Yakult Swallows in a pre-season match in Tokyo. Fujinami became the first professional baseball player in Japan to test positive for the new coronavirus. Fujinami was examined at a hospital on Tuesday, March 24, and Wednesday, March 25, and a doctor recommended he have a PCR test for the new coronavirus. Kyodo News agency reported on Friday, March 27,  that the result was positive.(Kyodo News via AP)

Japanese baseball players test positive for coronavirus

Mar. 27, 2020 1:27 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Three Hanshin Tigers players testing positive for the coronavirus this week isn't making Japanese baseball organizers think twice about starting the professional league season next month. National broadcaster NHK reported Friday that Tigers pitcher Shintaro Fujinami and two teammates have...

White Sox option RHP Kopech to Triple-A Charlotte

Mar. 26, 2020 3:55 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Right-hander Michael Kopech was optioned to Triple-A Charlotte by the Chicago White Sox on Thursday. The 23-year-old is among the top pitching prospects. He missed last season after he had Tommy John surgery in September 2018, but he hit triple-digits on the radar gun during his first spring...

A woman and her dog walk past Kauffman Stadium, home of the Kansas City Royals baseball team, Wednesday, March 25, 2020, in Kansas City, Mo. The start of the regular season, which was set to start on Thursday, is on hold indefinitely because of the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Royals new owner patiently awaiting rescheduled opening day

Mar. 26, 2020 10:41 AM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The morning dawned bright and sunny over Kauffman Stadium, just to the east of downtown Kansas City. The outfield grass was a perfectly manicured ocean of green, the infield dirt brushed as if by a fine-toothed comb. In the air was a pervasive feeling of spring, of hope and...

FILE - In this April 7, 1969, file photo, President Richard Nixon and Baseball Commissioner Bowie Kuhn, center-left, join Washington Senators manager Ted Williams, left, in a round of laughter before the chief executive tossed out the first ball in an opening day baseball game at RFK Stadium in Washington. (AP Photo/File)

Opening day memories: From Seaver to Scully, Ted to the Ted

Mar. 25, 2020 2:14 PM EDT

No game today. On what was supposed to be opening day all around the majors, ballparks will be shut Thursday because of the coronavirus pandemic. So while we wait and hope for baseball this year, some present and past sports writers for The Associated Press reflect on their favorite opening day memories, on and...

FILE - In this June 27, 2019, file photo, Minnesota Twins relief pitcher Trevor May throws against the Tampa Bay Rays during a baseball game in Minneapolis. Trevor May has been preparing for this. Not precisely for a global pandemic that would bring sports — and so much else — to an unprecedented standstill. But a break in the baseball schedule? That's something the Minnesota Twins reliever — and pro video game streamer — thought might happen eventually. (AP Photo/Jim Mone, File)

Pros, preps and weekend warriors go virtual amid pandemic

Mar. 25, 2020 2:07 AM EDT

Trevor May has been preparing for this. Not precisely for a global pandemic that would bring sports — and so much else — to an unprecedented standstill. Even hours and hours of dystopian video games couldn't help foresee that. But a break in the baseball schedule? That's something the Minnesota...

BC-BBO--This Date in Baseball

Mar. 24, 2020 3:17 PM EDT

March 27 1973 — Minnesota pitcher Jim Perry became the first player to use the "10 and 5 rule" when he OK'd his own trade to the Detroit Tigers for minor league pitcher Dan Fife and cash. 1986 — Major League Baseball's Rules Committee voted to change the designated hitter rule for the World Series...

A bicyclist rides past T-Mobile Park, Wednesday, March 11, 2020, in Seattle, where baseball's Seattle Mariners plays home games. In efforts to slow the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, Washington State Gov. Jay Inslee announced a ban on large public gatherings in three counties in the metro Seattle area. That decision impacts the Seattle Mariners, Seattle Sounders, and the XFL's Seattle Dragons home games. (AP Photo/Stephen Brashear)

Sports business staff grapple with coronavirus world

Mar. 20, 2020 4:18 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The idea came together while Dan Migala was working on proper hand-washing techniques with his 5 1/2-year-old son, William. William is a big NBA fan, so they talked about how he needed to wash his hands for 24 seconds like the shot clock in pro basketball. Dan then asked William about how...

A puddle in an empty parking lot reflects a closed Goodyear Ballpark, home of the Cleveland Indians and Cincinnati Reds baseball teams, Thursday, March 12, 2020, in Goodyear, Ariz. Major League Baseball has suspended the rest of its spring training game schedule because if the coronavirus outbreak. MLB is also delaying the start of its regular season by at least two weeks. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Indians paying minor leaguers stipends, shut spring complex

Mar. 19, 2020 5:14 PM EDT

CLEVELAND (AP) — With no end to the coronavirus shutdown in sight and no certainty about baseball's return this season, the Cleveland Indians will continue to pay minor league players their weekly stipends to help offset any “hardship” during the hiatus. The team also is closing its...