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Pittsburgh Pirates' Mitch Keller (23) delivers a pitch during the first inning of a spring training baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays Monday, March 2, 2020, in Dunedin, Fla. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Pirates' Keller looks to mesh information, instincts in 2020

Jul. 7, 2020 6:45 PM EDT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Mitch Keller's first go-round in the majors was a study in contrasts and a snapshot of where baseball is at in 2020. The traditional numbers for the Pittsburgh Pirates top-ranked pitching prospect weren't great. One win in 11 starts. An ERA north of 7.00. An inability to work deep into...

Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona watches during baseball practice at Progressive Field, Monday, July 6, 2020, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane)

More positive tests, canceled workouts add to MLB unease

Jul. 7, 2020 6:27 PM EDT

As baseball nears the two-week countdown to the start of its delayed season, the COVID-19 pandemic continues to keep more players, including Boston Red Sox projected opening day starter Eduardo Rodriguez, off the field. On Tuesday, one day after Major League Baseball released its 60-game schedule, there was...

New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom throws during a simulated game at a baseball workout at Citi Field, Sunday, July 5, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

AP source: Mets to host Yankees on 20th anniversary of 9/11

Jul. 7, 2020 6:08 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Mets will host the crosstown Yankees on the 20th anniversary of 9/11 next season, according to a person familiar with the decision. The clubs will play at Citi Field in a game sure to be full of emotions for the city that's also reported over 18,000 confirmed coronavirus deaths...

FILE - This Sept. 27, 2019, file photo shows Los Angeles Dodgers' Cody Bellinger (35) getting a hit against the San Francisco Giants during a baseball game in San Francisco. Bellinger was well on his way to becoming the National League MVP only 60 games into last season for the Los Angeles Dodgers, already with 20 homers in that stretch before his 24th birthday. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar, File)

1st 60: How MLB standouts fared in what will equal full 2020

Jul. 7, 2020 5:28 PM EDT

Cody Bellinger was well on his way to becoming the National League MVP only 60 games into last season for the Los Angeles Dodgers, already with 20 homers in that stretch before his 24th birthday. Over that same span for the Houston Astros last summer, Justin Verlander won nine games and struck out 103 batters on...

Philadelphia Phillies' Jake Arrieta, front, warms up near manager Joe Girardi during baseball practice at Citizens Bank Park, Tuesday, July 7, 2020, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Adam Haseley reports to Phils' camp after virus test delay

Jul. 7, 2020 5:16 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Adam Haseley reported to camp Tuesday after waiting several days for clearance because the lab used by Major League Baseball didn’t return the results of his initial test for the coronavirus. “Once we realized we weren’t going to get...

Ricardo Zapata, left, a photographer for the Los Angeles Angels, has his temperature taken by Sarah Morris before entering Angels Stadium for baseball practice on Monday, July 6, 2020, in Anaheim, Calif. New protocols like temperature checks, social distancing, and limiting amount of people allowed in sports venues have been put in place due to the spread of COVID-19. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

The Latest: Kansas City's Keller and O'Hearn test positive

Jul. 7, 2020 4:51 PM EDT

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ The Kansas City Royals say right-hander Brad Keller and first baseman Ryan O’Hearn have tested positive for COVID-19. The 24-year-old Keller is in his third season with Kansas City after joining the organization as a...

Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw throws to the plate during intrasquad play in the restart of baseball spring training Monday, July 6, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Clayton Kershaw to start opening day for Dodgers vs Giants

Jul. 7, 2020 4:32 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Clayton Kershaw will make his franchise-record ninth opening day start for the Los Angeles Dodgers. Manager Dave Roberts confirmed his choice Tuesday in a video conference call. The Dodgers open the 60-game season on July 23 at home against the rival San Francisco Giants. Kershaw was...

Vehicles wait in line outside of Marlins Park at a COVID-19 testing site during the coronavirus pandemic, Monday, July 6, 2020, in Miami. The long line of cars each morning as players arrive at work provides a reminder of the risks when they leave. Behavior away from the ballpark will be a big factor in determining whether Major League Baseball's attempt to salvage the 2020 season can succeed. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Safe at home? Off-field behavior will be decisive for MLB

Jul. 7, 2020 11:55 AM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Reliever Nick Vincent signed last week with the Miami Marlins and settled in for two days of quarantine in his hotel room while awaiting clearance to join workouts. “That was a little bit different,” he said. “In 48 hours, you're definitely a little stir-crazy." Vincent...

Gerald Armstrong recalls his time working for the old Kansas City Athletics as an attendant and ball boy in the visitor's clubhouse as he speaks from the front porch of the home where he grew up and now lives in Kansas City, Mo., on Friday, June 26, 2020. Armstrong is one of more than a dozen Black men who said they were sexually molested by former Red Sox clubhouse manager Donald

Red Sox dogged by claims of racism, sexual abuse

Jul. 7, 2020 12:22 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Last month, when former Major League All-star Torii Hunter said he’d been called the N-word “a hundred times” at Boston’s storied Fenway Park, the Red Sox were quick to back him up with a promise to fight racism. “Torii Hunter’s experience is...

Washington Nationals' manager Dave Martinez, left, and bullpen coach Henry Blanco walk together during a baseball training camp workout at Nationals Stadium, Sunday, July 5, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Nats, Astros, Cards cancel workouts over virus testing delay

Jul. 7, 2020 12:18 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Baseball's two World Series teams canceled workouts Monday because of coronavirus testing delays that one executive worried could endanger the season. The defending champion Washington Nationals and reigning American League champion Houston Astros called off training camp practices after...