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Astrid DeGruchy, left, and Mayu Fielding pose for a picture earlier this month at Pirate City in Bradenton, Fla. DeGruchy is an international scouting assistant. Fielding works as the Pirates' education coordinator.( Jason Mackey/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette via AP)

Women in Pirates organization provide inspiration for others

Mar. 28, 2020 10:47 AM EDT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — By themselves, each has an impressive story. Mayu Fielding started with the Pirates as an administrative assistant in 2007 and quickly moved into her current role as education coordinator, helping foreign players transition to life in America. Kinza Baad graduated from the University of...

San Diego Padres players and coaches line up during playing of the national anthem before a spring training baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Monday, March 9, 2020, in Peoria, Ariz. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

AP sources: MLBers keep service time in deal; draft may trim

Mar. 27, 2020 4:39 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Players agreed to a deal with Major League Baseball that would preserve service time in the event this season is canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic, but left open details of what a configured schedule would look like. As part of the agreement approved by the union Thursday night,...

A woman walks 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)

MLB ballparks will remain eerily empty on 'opening day'

Mar. 25, 2020 5:48 PM EDT

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — There will be no hot dogs on the grill, no beer on tap, no vendors in the stands selling peanuts and Cracker Jack. The shiny new stadium deep in the heart of Texas will still be waiting for its first Rangers game. Instead of warming up for his debut with the New York Yankees after...

Toronto Blue Jays general manager Ross Atkins, right, stands next to newly- signed pitcher Shun Yamaguchi as he puts a team shirt on before speaking to the media Wednesday Jan. 15, 2020 in Toronto. (Chris Young/The Canadian Press via AP)

7-inning doubleheaders? MLBers open to considering new ideas

Mar. 25, 2020 5:02 PM EDT

TORONTO (AP) — If Major League Baseball needs to squeeze more games into a condensed season without exhausting pitching staffs, perhaps this idea could get tossed into play: seven-inning doubleheaders. “Maybe that’s something we have to consider,” Toronto Blue Jays general manager Ross...

New York Yankees' Aaron Judge runs during a spring training baseball workout Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Yankees' Judge still hasn't resumed baseball activities

Mar. 25, 2020 3:38 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Injured New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge still has not resumed baseball activities. Judge did not play in any spring training games because of discomfort in his right pectoral muscle and shoulder that he felt when swinging. The Yankees said March 6 that the 2017 AL Rookie of the Year...

A sign announcing the suspension of spring training baseball games is displayed outside a closed JetBlue Park, the spring training home of the Boston Red Sox, Friday, March 13, 2020, in Fort Myers, Fla. Major League Baseball has suspended the rest of its spring training game schedule because of the coronavirus outbreak. The league is also delaying the start of its regular season by at least two weeks. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

Red Sox minor leaguer tests positive for virus, complex shut

Mar. 24, 2020 10:38 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A minor league player for the Boston Red Sox has tested positive for the coronavirus, prompting the team to close down its training complex in Fort Myers, Florida. The Red Sox made the announcement Tuesday, a day after the positive diagnosis. The team didn't identify the player, but said he...

Texas Rangers minor league players Chris Seise, right, and Kevin Mendoza shake hands in greeting in the batting cages Thursday, March 12, 2020, in Surprise, Ariz. Major League Baseball is delaying the start of its season by at least two weeks because of the coronavirus outbreak and has suspended the rest of its spring training game schedule. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Minor league advocacy group demands $15,000 salaries

Mar. 20, 2020 4:04 PM EDT

A collection of former and current players have formed an advocacy group asking that Major League Baseball roughly double salaries in the minors to $15,000 per season. Advocates for Minor Leaguers is led by Garrett Broshuis, a former pitcher and the lawyer who has represented players in lawsuits alleging minor...

Toronto Blue Jays minor league baseball player Steward Berroa, center, prepares to fly home along with his teammates from the Dominican Republic at the Tampa International Airport in Tampa, Florida on Sunday, March 15, 2020. Flight schedules for departures and arrivals remain normal during the coronavirus pandemic.(Octavio Jones/Tampa Bay Times via AP)

MLB to pay minor leaguers through April 8; salaries TBD

Mar. 19, 2020 11:41 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Philadelphia Phillies minor leaguer Logan O'Hoppe got the news from his agent and relayed it immediately to teammate Vito Friscia. Friscia, a 40th-round draft pick, would be getting his spring training pay, after all. “He thought I was kidding," O'Hoppe said. “It’s...

FILE - In this Aug. 27, 2019, file photo, Colorado Rockies manager Bud Black watches during the first inning of the team's baseball game against the Boston Red Sox in Denver. Black said in a conference call Thursday, March 19, that he would be open to the idea of doubleheaders. Opening day has been pushed back from March 26 to mid-May at the earliest, and both sides are committed to playing as many games as possible. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)

Twin bill? Doubleheaders may be possibility to make up games

Mar. 19, 2020 9:36 PM EDT

Let's play two? Colorado Rockies manager Bud Black would be down for doubleheaders. Maybe even a couple a week. That might be a necessity to make up games once a baseball season delayed by the new coronavirus gets under way. "In theory, yeah, I think all of us would be up for some sort of doubleheader situation,"...

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...