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Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Peter Fairbanks celebrates their victory against the Houston Astros in Game 7 of a baseball American League Championship Series, Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020, in San Diego. The Rays defeated the Astros 4-2 to win the series 4-3 games. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

Inside the stable: A primer on the Rays' fearsome bullpen

Oct. 19, 2020 2:41 AM EDT

The Tampa Bay Rays have crossed the desert on some no-name horses. Advancing from the AL playoffs in San Diego to the World Series in Arlington, Texas, manager Kevin Cash leaned hard on his bullpen — a group he described as “a whole damn stable of guys who throw 98 miles per hour” during a...

Members of the Tecolotes de los Dos Laredo, a binational professional baseball team with home stadiums in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, and Laredo, Texas, stand for the U.S. National Anthem before a game in 2019 in Laredo, Texas in a scene from

'Bad Hombres' film uses baseball to show the game of borders

Oct. 15, 2020 10:42 AM EDT

RIO RANCHO, N.M. (AP) — People have always crossed borders to play baseball, and the sport routinely reaches across borders to fans. But rarely do players have to cross a border almost every day to participate in a game they love while dodging the tensions and rhetoric around this imaginary line. And...

MLB starts process of taking over minors' governance

Oct. 7, 2020 4:49 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball is moving ahead with planning to eliminate the separate governing body of minor league baseball as part of a project to shrink affiliations from 160 to 120. MLB said Wednesday it had retained Peter B. Freund and Trinity Sports Consultants to work on the transition. ...

Editorial Roundup: Tennessee

Oct. 7, 2020 12:13 PM EDT

Recent editorials from Tennessee newspapers: ___ Oct. 2 The Johnson City Press on the Appalachian Baseball League: Now that professional baseball is a thing of the past in Northeast Tennessee, the Appalachian League has been handed what could either be a boon or a disaster. Just how well the league handles its...

Supreme Court allows minor leaguers' class action over pay

Oct. 5, 2020 5:22 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is allowing a class-action lawsuit to proceed from minor league baseball players who allege they are being paid less than minimum wage. The lawsuit involves minor league players in Arizona, California and Florida. The justices offered no comment Monday in rejecting Major...

Oakland Athletics' Chad Pinder (18) hits a two-run single in front of Chicago White Sox catcher Yasmani Grandal during the fifth inning of Game 3 of an American League wild-card baseball series Thursday, Oct. 1, 2020, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

Pinder plays through tender hamstring to help A's advance

Oct. 2, 2020 7:38 PM EDT

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — In this strange season, there were no rehab assignments or minor league at-bats for injured players like Chad Pinder to regain their timing before stepping right back into a major league batter's box. That meant rushing to return and being ready for a playoff round the Oakland...

Former Los Angeles Dodgers' Sweet Lou Johnson laughs during the old timers game on July 3, 2011, in Anaheim, Calif. Johnson, who hit a key home run for the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 7 of the 1965 World Series against Minnesota, died Wednesday night, Sept. 30, 2020, at his home in Los Angeles, according to the Dodgers. He was 86. (Keith Birmingham/The Orange County Register via AP)

Lou Johnson, hit winning homer in '65 World Series, dies

Oct. 2, 2020 7:18 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — “Sweet” Lou Johnson, who hit a key home run for the victorious Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 7 of the 1965 World Series and scored the only run in Sandy Koufax's perfect game the same year, has died. He was 86. Johnson died Wednesday night at his home in Los Angeles,...

Cincinnati Reds' Trevor Bauer reacts after striking out Milwaukee Brewers' Christian Yelich in the eighth inning during a baseball game in Cincinnati, Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020. The Reds won 6-1. (AP Photo/Aaron Doster)

LEADING OFF: Wild, 8-game day opens with Bauer vs Fried

Sep. 29, 2020 9:02 PM EDT

A look at what's happening around the majors Wednesday: ___ CRAZY EIGHT How’s this for wild: MLB is set to stage eight postseason games on the same day for the first time. National League clubs will open their best-of-three wild-card series, while four American League teams are already facing elimination...

Appalachian League leads off in minor league contraction

Sep. 29, 2020 6:22 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball started the process of eliminating minor league affiliates Tuesday, with the Appalachian League converted to a college summer circuit for rising freshmen and sophomores. The agreement between MLB and the minor leagues expires Wednesday. MLB has proposed cutting the...

The Miami Marlins gather for a photograph on the pitcher's mound after clinching a playoff berth when they won in the 10th inning of a baseball game against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium, Friday, Sept. 25, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/Corey Sipkin)

LEADING OFF: 2 NL playoff spots still open with 2 days left

Sep. 26, 2020 1:03 AM EDT

A look at what's happening around the majors on Saturday: PLAYOFF CHASE After manager Don Mattingly’s Marlins and the Cincinnati Reds clinched postseason spots, two NL playoff slots are still open with two days left in the regular season. St. Louis (29-27) and San Francisco (29-29) lead Philadelphia and...