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Los Angeles Dodgers right fielder Mookie Betts celebrates their win against the Tampa Bay Rays in Game 1 of the baseball World Series Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020, in Arlington, Texas. The Dodgers defeated the Rays 8-3 to lead the series 1-0 games. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

LEADING OFF: Dodgers turn to Jansen, bullpen for Game 2

Oct. 21, 2020 1:32 AM EDT

A look at what's happening around the majors Wednesday: ___ BULLPEN SAVED The Dodgers were so good in Game 1 of the World Series, they helped themselves for Game 2. Top relievers Kenley Jansen, Blake Treinen and Brusdar Graterol should all be fresh for a bullpen game against Tampa Bay after they weren't needed in...

Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred watches Game 1 of the baseball World Series Tuesday between the Tampa Bay Rays and the Los Angeles Dodgers, Oct. 20, 2020, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

AP Interview: Manfred likes larger playoff, runner in extras

Oct. 20, 2020 8:41 PM EDT

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Ahead of a World Series capping the pandemic-shortened season, baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred said he hopes to keep two of this year’s innovations: expanded playoffs and starting extra innings with runners on second base. “People were wildly unenthusiastic about the...

FILE - In this Saturday, Oct. 16, 1976, file photo, Cincinnati second baseman Joe Morgan tips his helmet to the fans as he rounds the bases after a homer in the first inning against the New York Yankees at Riverfront Stadium in Cincinnati. Hall of Fame second baseman Joe Morgan has died. A family spokesman says he died at his home Sunday, Oct. 11, 2020, in Danville, Calif. (AP Photo/File)

Remembering Joe Morgan: 'Symbol of all-around excellence'

Oct. 12, 2020 6:13 PM EDT

“One of the best five-tool players our game has ever known and a symbol of all-around excellence. Joe often reminded baseball fans that the player smallest in stature on the field could be the most impactful. ... Joe was a close friend and an adviser to me, and I welcomed his perspective on numerous issues...

Houston Astros manager Dusty Baker Jr., left, celebrates with Michael Brantley (23), Josh Reddick (22) and others after the Astros defeated the Oakland Athletics in Game 4 of a baseball American League Division Series in Los Angeles, Thursday, Oct. 8, 2020. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

Column: Cheaters do prosper, at least in baseball

Oct. 10, 2020 2:35 PM EDT

Remorse? Carlos Correa has none. Not for stealing the 2017 World Series from the Los Angeles Dodgers. Certainly not for celebrating on the field at Dodger Stadium after advancing in the MLB playoffs. “I know a lot of people are mad. I know a lot of people don’t want to see us here,’’...

FILE - In this June 12, 2016 file photo, former New York Yankees pitcher Whitey Ford waves to fans from outside the dugout at the Yankees' annual Old Timers Day baseball game in New York. A family member tells The Associated Press on Friday, Oct. 9, 2020 that Ford died at his Long Island home Thursday night.  (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File)

Whitey Ford, Hall of Fame ace for mighty Yankees, died at 91

Oct. 9, 2020 7:16 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — During an era when the Yankees won the World Series so routinely it was joked that rooting for them was like rooting for General Motors, their ace pitcher owned the most fitting nickname: “The Chairman of the Board.” Whitey Ford, the street-smart New Yorker who had the best...

FILE - In this Dec. 4, 2006, file photo, Jimmie Lee Solomon, MLS executive vice president of baseball operations, announces the Civil Rights Game, during the baseball winter meetings in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Solomon, a top executive for Major League Baseball under Commissioner Bud Selig who established youth academies and helped launch the annual Futures Game of top prospects, has died. He was 64. Solomon was among the highest-ranking Black officials in baseball when he left in 2012. His daughter, Tricia Solomon, said Friday, Oct. 9, 2020, that he was found dead at his house in Houston and the cause was not immediately known. (AP Photo/Reinhold Matay, File)

Jimmie Lee Solomon, ex-MLB executive, dead at 64

Oct. 9, 2020 7:08 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Jimmie Lee Solomon, a top executive for Major League Baseball under Commissioner Bud Selig who established youth academies and helped launch the annual Futures Game of top prospects, has died. He was 64. Solomon was among the highest-ranking Black officials in baseball when he left in...

New York Yankees relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman reacts after the Yankees defeated the Cleveland Indians 10-9 in Game 2 of an American League wild-card baseball series, early Thursday, Oct. 1, 2020, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/David Dermer)

No days off puts stress on pitchers in Division Series, LCS

Oct. 4, 2020 8:18 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Postseason games come at an unprecedented pace starting Monday in this year of the pandemic. Teams could play the Division Series over five straight days, take a single day off and then contest the League Championship Series on seven consecutive days. That could stress closers such as...

FILE - In this Jan. 22, 2006, file photo, a Joe DiMaggio 1947 MVP Award plaque is displayed at a news conference in New York. The plaque features the name and image of Kenesaw Mountain Landis. The name of Landis, the former baseball commissioner who never had a Black player in the majors during his long reign, is being pulled off all future MVP plaques after more than 75 years. Landis won't be depicted on the annual awards presented by the Baseball Writers’ Association of the America, the group said Friday, Oct. 2, 2020. The decision came after 89% of its membership voted this week for removal. (AP Photo/Jennifer Szymaszek, File)

Landis' name pulled off baseball MVP plaques after 75 years

Oct. 3, 2020 6:54 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The name of the former baseball commissioner who never had a Black player in the majors during his long reign is being pulled off all future MVP plaques after more than 75 years. Kenesaw Mountain Landis won't be depicted on the annual awards presented by the Baseball Writers’...

In this photo provided by Hall of Fame shortstop Barry Larkin, Joel Armbruster, the CEO of Phoenix Bats, displays a bat label from Larkin's Project Unity initiative in Plain City, Ohio, Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020. Major League Baseball has endorsed players putting the label on knobs of bats during the playoff games starting Tuesday, Sept 29, 2020. (Joel Armbruster via AP)

Hall of Famer Larkin's postseason bat labels promote healing

Sep. 29, 2020 4:34 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Barry Larkin is gladly giving Major League Baseball a helping hand in these playoffs. Two of them, actually. Look closely at the bats being swung and you might notice something on the knobs: a label with a graphic design of Black and white hands clasped over the words “Heal”...

Minnesota Twins' Byron Buxton lies on the ground after being hit by a pitch from Cincinnati Reds' Lucas Sims during the eighth inning of a baseball game Friday, Sept. 25, 2020, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

LEADING OFF: Ailing players heal up, Yanks back in Cleveland

Sep. 27, 2020 10:04 PM EDT

A look at what's happening around the majors Monday: HOW DOES IT FEEL? American League playoff teams get only one day off to assess injuries and make roster decisions before the first round begins Tuesday. Minnesota has a couple of ailing hitters in third baseman Josh Donaldson (right calf) and center fielder...