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New York Yankees' Aaron Judge follows through on a solo home run off James Paxton during an intrasquad game aWednesday, July 15, 2020, at Yankee Stadium in New Yo, Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez is behind the plate. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

Judge returns from stiff neck, HRs with Stanton off Paxton

Jul. 15, 2020 9:54 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — James Paxton and Aaron Judge were back on the field for an instrasquad game Wednesday, making the New York Yankees look more like themselves eight days before the latest opening day in team history. Pitching under game conditions for the first time since back surgery five months ago, ...

New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) winds up while delivering a pitch during a simulated game, part of the Mets summer training camp workout at Citi Field, Thursday, July 9, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

Mets' deGrom, Cubs' Rizzo dealing with back issues

Jul. 15, 2020 7:37 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Opening day is next week, and there is some unease for New York Mets ace Jacob deGrom and Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo because of back issues. It looks as if New York Yankees star Aaron Judge is feeling much better. The Mets sent deGrom for an MRI on Wednesday after the...

FILE - In this Sept. 28, 2019, file photo, New York Mets' Pete Alonso reacts after hitting hitting his 53rd home run of the season during the third inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves, in New York. Alonso at the plate. Jacob deGrom on the mound. And a healthy Yoenis Céspedes pegged conveniently for designated hitter.
There’s no question the New York Mets have reasons to believe this pandemic-shortened season is perfect for them -- even without injured starter Noah Syndergaard. All they need to do is pick right up where they left off last year.(AP Photo/Adam Hunger, File)

Mets `amped' for delayed season with Céspedes potential DH

Jul. 15, 2020 7:33 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Pete Alonso at the plate. Jacob deGrom on the mound. And a healthy Yoenis Céspedes conveniently slotted as the designated hitter. There’s no question the New York Mets have reasons to believe this pandemic-shortened season plays perfectly for them — even without injured...

FILE - In this July 9, 2020, file photo, New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom winds up while delivering during a simulated baseball game, part of the Mets summer training camp workout, at Citi Field in New York. Pete Alonso at the plate. Jacob deGrom on the mound. And a healthy Yoenis Céspedes pegged conveniently for designated hitter. There’s no question the New York Mets have reasons to believe this pandemic-shortened season is perfect for them -- even without injured starter Noah Syndergaard. All they need to do is pick right up where they left off last year.(AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File)

AP source: Mets get good news after MRI on Jacob deGrom

Jul. 15, 2020 7:14 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Jacob deGrom and the New York Mets averted a serious scare Wednesday when an MRI showed nothing to be concerned about, according to a person familiar with the situation. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because no immediate announcement on deGrom's medical condition was planned....

FILE - In this July 27, 2019, file photo, Boston Red Sox's Eduardo Rodriguez pitches during the first inning of a baseball game against the New York Yankees in Boston. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer, File)

Red Sox put Rodriguez, 2 others on injury list

Jul. 15, 2020 3:22 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Red Sox have placed left-handers Eduardo Rodríguez, Josh Taylor, and Darwinzon Hernandez on the injured list while they recover from COVID-19. Rodríguez won 19 games last year and had been the team’s likely opening day starter. Although all three pitchers would be...

New York Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka is tended to by team medical personnel 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 unsure whether he can take 1st rotation turn

Jul. 15, 2020 12:30 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka is unsure whether he will be able to take his first turn in the rotation as he recovers from a line drive off his head. Tanaka was hit on the right side near the temple by Giancarlo Stanton's shot during batting practice on July 4. While the 31-year-old...

FILE - In this Sept. 10, 2019, file photo, Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Nathan Eovaldi throws to a Toronto Blue Jays batter during the first inning of a baseball game in Toronto. (Fred Thornhill/The Canadian Press via AP, File)

Red Sox rebuilding rotation without Sale, Price, Rodríguez

Jul. 14, 2020 6:24 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Chris Sale is recovering from elbow surgery. David Price was traded. Rick Porcello left as a free agent. Eduardo Rodríguez tested positive for COVID-19. The Boston Red Sox are scrambling to put their starting rotation back together for the 60-game baseball season, and it won’t...

FILE - In this Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020, file photo, Baltimore Orioles manager Brandon Hyde returns to the dugout after making a pitching changer during a spring training baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays, in Sarasota, Fla. (AP Photo/John Bazemore, File)

Short-handed Orioles continue rebuild in abbreviated season

Jul. 14, 2020 4:21 PM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — The Baltimore Orioles will attempt to navigate an abbreviated baseball season without their most productive player, a severe shortage of outfielders and a precarious starting rotation. On March 12, the same day that the coronavirus outbreak brought spring training to an abrupt halt, rising...

FILE - In this Feb. 14, 2020, file photo, Washington Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg laughs during spring training baseball practice in West Palm Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)

'4 Horses' still key for World Series champion Nationals

Jul. 14, 2020 3:32 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — For all of the opt-outs and rule-change oddities, the spring training interruption and social distancing, Washington Nationals manager Dave Martinez figures his team’s bid for a rare repeat World Series championship during this pandemic-affected season might very well come down to...

The Toronto Blue Jays play an intrasquad baseball game in Toronto, Friday, July 10, 2020. (Carlos Osorio/The Canadian Press via AP)

Canadian health official: Long home stretch might help Jays

Jul. 14, 2020 3:00 PM EDT

TORONTO (AP) — A top Canadian government health official says the Blue Jays might want to consider hosting an extended stretch of home games in order to get approval to play in Toronto amid the pandemic. Dr. Howard Njoo, Canada’s Deputy Chief Public Health Officer, said Tuesday that back and forth...