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New York Yankees relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman, left, leaves the field after a bullpen session with catcher Gary Sanchez after a bullpen session during a baseball summer training camp workout Sunday, July 5, 2020, at Yankee Stadium in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

The Latest: Pop keeping eye on Japan, and Olympic hopes

Jul. 11, 2020 8:15 PM EDT

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich, the U.S. men’s basketball coach, says he is watching how Japan — the site of the next Olympics — is handling the coronavirus. “They seem to be doing a pretty good...

FILE - In this June 24, 2019, file photo, New York Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman winds up in the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays in New York. Yankees manager Aaron Boone announced Saturday, July 11, 2020, that Chapman has tested positive for the coronavirus and is experiencing mild symptoms. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File)

Yankees closer Chapman has COVID-19; Judge scratched

Jul. 11, 2020 7:32 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman has tested positive for the coronavirus and is experiencing mild symptoms. New York manager Aaron Boone said Saturday that Chapman “overall is doing well” but “will not be here for the foreseeable future.” The AL East champions are...

New York Yankees relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman, left, leaves the field after a bullpen session with catcher Gary Sanchez after a bullpen session during a baseball summer training camp workout Sunday, July 5, 2020, at Yankee Stadium in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

Yanks closer Chapman has coronavirus; Astros cancel workout

Jul. 11, 2020 5:34 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — New York Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman became the latest high-profile player to test positive for the coronavirus, his diagnosis announced Saturday hours after the Houston Astros canceled another practice due to virus concerns. In New York, manager Aaron Boone said Chapman wouldn't...

FILE - In this Aug. 26, 2018, file photo, Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Michael Kopech throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers, in Detroit. White Sox prospect Michael Kopech missed the start of summer camp Frida, Ju;y 3, 2020, due to a personal matter. General manager Rick Hahn said he doesn't have a timeline for the return of the 24-year-old right-hander. “Given the time we're living through together I will try to answer the question that's probably now at the top of everybody's mind and just share the fact that currently Michael is healthy,” Hahn said on a video conference call.(AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)

The Latest: Pac-12 Commissioner LarryS

Jul. 11, 2020 12:54 AM EDT

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott has tested positive for COVID-19. The 55-year-old tested positive late this week after experiencing flu-like symptoms and is self quarantining at the direction of his doctor, according to a...

Ryan, catcher on Boston's 'Impossible Dream' team, dies

Jul. 10, 2020 9:20 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Mike Ryan, the backup catcher on the Boston Red Sox's 1967 “Impossible Dream” team during a 35-year career in professional baseball, has died. He was 78. The Red Sox said Ryan died in his sleep Tuesday in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire. A native of Haverhill, Ryan appeared in 636...

FILE - In this Monday, Feb. 24, 2020, file photo, San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey wipes sweat from his forehead during the first inning of a spring training baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks in Scottsdale, Ariz. Posey is the latest big-name player to skip this season because of concerns over the coronavirus pandemic. Posey announced his decision on Friday, July 10, 2020. He says his family finalized the adoption of identical twin girls this week. The babies were born prematurely and Posey said after consultations with his wife and doctor he decided to opt out of the season. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)

Posey out for 2020 as MLB teams deal with churning rosters

Jul. 10, 2020 8:43 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — San Francisco catcher Buster Posey became the latest well-known player to opt out of the abbreviated 2020 season because of concerns over the coronavirus pandemic, joining Dodgers pitcher David Price and Nationals first baseman Ryan Zimmerman on the sidelines. Later Friday, the Chicago White...

Boston Red Sox right fielder Alex Verdugo jokingly stretches for a foul ball by Rafael Devers in a seating area empty of fans during an intra-squad baseball game at Fenway Park on Thursday, July 9, 2020, in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Scrimmage gives Red Sox taste of strange season to come

Jul. 9, 2020 6:35 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Rafael Devers lofted a fly ball to left, and John Andreoli took off in pursuit. It’s a long sprint, because Andreoli was playing center -- the only outfielder in the game at the time. The ball fell just out of the reach of his outstretched glove as Devers coasted into second base. And...

Los Angeles Angels center fielder Mike Trout warms up to bat during baseball practice at Angels Stadium on Saturday, July 4, 2020, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

MLB releases 2021 schedule; all 30 teams to open on April 1

Jul. 9, 2020 1:54 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball will open the 2021 season on April 1 and hopes to have every team play its first game on the same day for the first time since 1968. The league released the full schedule Thursday, two weeks before it plans to begin a 2020 season that's been delayed and shortened by...

FILE - This July 5, 2020, file photo shows Chicago Cubs players during baseball practice at Wrigley Fieldin Chicago. The wind blowing out at Wrigley Field. The tricky breeze in San Francisco. The heat in Los Angeles.
The weather is important business in baseball. (AP Photo/Kamil Krzaczynski, File)

Winds of change? Company looks at weather's effect on ball

Jul. 9, 2020 2:20 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The wind blowing out at Wrigley Field. The tricky breeze in San Francisco. The heat in Los Angeles. The weather is important business in baseball. But what kind of business is still being decided. Weather Applied Metrics has a contract with Marquee Sports Network to develop graphics that...

New York Yankees pitcher Gerrit Cole throws during the first inning of an intrasquad game during baseball practice Tuesday July 7, 2020, in New York. (J. Conrad Williams Jr./Newsday via AP)

Yanks' Cole learns safety-protocol lesson in 1st intrasquad

Jul. 7, 2020 9:42 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Gerrit Cole couldn't have expected the New York Yankees to take the ball away from him just one batter into his first home start in the Bronx. But the team's new $324 million ace learned the hard way about one of baseball’s new coronavirus safety protocols Tuesday night during an...