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Cincinnati Reds center fielder Shogo Akiyama watches team baseball practice from the dugout at Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati, Friday, July 10, 2020. (AP Photo/Bryan Woolston)

Reds hope search for leadoff hitter ends with Akiyama

Jul. 15, 2020 2:38 AM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — The Cincinnati Reds hope their long-running search for a consistent leadoff hitter comes to an end with Shogo Akiyama. The first Japanese-born player in franchise history signed a three-year, $21 million deal during the offseason and is part of the team's extensive overhaul. Mike Moustakas,...

FILE - In this June 26, 2017, file photo, Chicago White Sox's Jake Burger watches during batting practice before the team's baseball game against the New York Yankees in Chicago. Burger is going to play in a local league this summer in his hometown of St. Louis after the White Sox approved the plan for their first-round pick in the 2017 amateur draft. The cancellation of this year's minor league season put prospects like Burger in a tough spot without anywhere to go for game action that could help continue their development. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty, File)

White Sox prospect Burger to play in local St. Louis league

Jul. 14, 2020 10:09 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Jake Burger just wanted to play again. Some real competition after a couple of major injuries. He found a spot — practically in his own backyard. Burger is going to play in a local league this summer in his hometown of St. Louis after the Chicago White Sox approved the plan for their...

FILE - In this March 6, 2020, file photo, Chicago White Sox starter Lucas Giolito pitches in the first inning of a spring training baseball game against the Chicago Cubs in Mesa, Ariz. The White Sox arrived at spring training eyeing a jump in the AL Central and their sights set on a playoff spot. Giolito emerged as an All-Star last season, tying for the major league lead in complete games (three) and shutouts (two), after posting a major league-worst 6.13 ERA in 2018. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)

Talented White Sox look to make a run in 60-game MLB sprint

Jul. 14, 2020 1:02 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago White Sox arrived at spring training with plans to make a jump in the AL Central and their sights set on a playoff spot. Nothing has changed along those lines, except one key detail: They will have to do it in a 60-game sprint instead of the usual marathon of 162 because of the...

FILE - In this March 12, 2020, file photo, Washington Nationals' Juan Soto waits for a pitch from the New York Yankees during the fourth inning of a spring training baseball game, in West Palm Beach, Fla. Baseball begins Thursday, July 23, 2020, with the New York Yankees at Washington Nationals. Juan Soto and Washington open their title defense after winning the World Series for the first time in franchise history. Gerrit Cole is hoping to lead New York to its 28th championship after the ace right-hander signed a blockbuster deal with the Yankees in free agency. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)

Astros at Dodgers, 'Field of Dreams' highlight MLB schedule

Jul. 13, 2020 3:03 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — At long last, baseball is ready to go after opening day was delayed by the coronavirus pandemic. With a myriad of potential problems circling a 60-game schedule, the whole season is truly a day-to-day proposition. With that in mind, here are a handful of dates to mark on the calendar. Just...

FILE - In this Monday, Feb. 17, 2020, file photo, Chicago White Sox center fielder Luis Robert throws the ball during spring training baseball in Phoenix. The 22-year-old Robert joins a formidable White Sox lineup after agreeing to a $50 million, six-year contract in January. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull, File)

White Sox OF Robert, Dodgers 2B Lux among rookies to watch

Jul. 13, 2020 2:10 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Baseball's 60-game season is plenty of time for a young slugger or pitcher to play a pivotal role in a playoff run. Here is a closer look at a handful of rookies who could grab a starring role this year: —OF Luis Robert, Chicago White Sox: The 22-year-old Robert joins a formidable...

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...

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...

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)

White Sox top pitching prospect Kopech opts out this year

Jul. 10, 2020 7:03 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago White Sox prized pitching prospect Michael Kopech chose Friday not to play this season and the team put star third baseman Yoán Moncada and pitcher Jose Ruiz on the 10-day injured list because of unspecified ailments. There was no official word on whether the moves were related...

The Arizona Diamondbacks play an intrasquad baseball game Tuesday, July 7, 2020, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)

The Latest: D-Backs' Guerra returns after negative test

Jul. 8, 2020 9:36 PM EDT

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ Arizona Diamondbacks reliever Junior Guerra has returned to the team after missing the start of summer camp because of a positive coronavirus test. Guerra is one of four Arizona players to test positive and had not participated...

Minnesota Twins' Byron Buxton, center, Marwin Gonzalez, right, and another player head to the batting cage during baseball training Wednesday, July 8, 2020, in Minneapolis. Count Buxton among the players who probably benefited from baseball's virus-induced delay. The oft-injured Twins center fielder was coming off major shoulder surgery. After a late arrival due to the birth of his second child, Buxton is in camp at full speed. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

Healed Twins speedster Byron Buxton: 'I've got no limit'

Jul. 8, 2020 8:07 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — An array of injuries was largely responsible for the blight on the first five years of Byron Buxton's still-promising major league career, with surgery last fall to repair labrum damage in his left shoulder serving as the latest setback. The most games he can get in this year for the...