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FILE - In this April 16, 2020 file photo, Wrigley Field's marquee displays Lakeview Pantry volunteer information in Chicago. The Chicago Cubs are instituting pay cuts because of the coronavirus crisis, but there will be no furloughs through the end of June. A person with direct knowledge of the situation says the pay cuts were based on compensation. President of baseball operations Theo Epstein and president of business operations Crane Kenney took the highest reductions. The person, who spoke to The Associated Press on Thursday, May 21, 2020 on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the situation, says 80% of associates are taking a pay cut of 20% or less.  (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, File)

Cubs institute pay cuts, Pirates announce furloughs

May. 21, 2020 7:34 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Cubs and Pittsburgh Pirates are trimming payroll while they await word on the fate of the Major League Baseball season. The Cubs are instituting pay cuts because of the coronavirus pandemic, but there will be no furloughs through the end of June. The Pirates announced Thursday...

FILE - In this Oct. 23, 2019, file photo, New England Patriots free safety Devin McCourty (32) speaks with members of the media following an NFL football practice in Foxborough, Mass. The New England Patriots extended safety Devin McCourty's contract Sunday, March 15, 2020. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)

Cruz, Love, McCourty brothers among Ali award finalists

May. 20, 2020 5:57 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Nelson Cruz of the Minnesota Twins, Kevin Love of the Cleveland Cavaliers, and brothers Devin and Jason McCourty of the New England Patriots are among the nominees for the Muhammad Ali Sports Humanitarian Award. The other finalists announced Wednesday by ESPN are Maya Moore of the...

In this March 8, 2020, photo, Oklahoma City Thunder's Chris Paul plays against the Boston Celtics during an NBA basketball game in Boston. Making it safe for America's professional sports teams to start playing games is one thing. Making sure athletes are in game shape is another. Experts say nothing should be rushed. Athletes in the NBA, NHL and Major League Baseball all indicate that a few weeks of training is necessary before any games. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

If games resume, athletes will 'need to know when to peak'

May. 11, 2020 12:22 PM EDT

Making it safe for America’s professional sports teams to start playing games is one thing. Making sure athletes are in game shape is another. The coronavirus pandemic brought sports to a halt, but stay-at-home orders are starting to be eased and a handful of NBA teams are opening practice facilities. For...

FILE - In this Feb. 16, 2020, file photo, Kansas City Royals manager Mike Matheny, back left, watches as pitcher Jesse Hahn throws during spring training baseball practice in Surprise, Ariz. The Royals had an entire offseason and most of spring training to get to know Mike Matheny. But one unintended consequence of the coronavirus pandemic is they've gotten to know their new manager better than they could ever have imagined. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)

Royals learning about new manager during stay-at-home orders

May. 7, 2020 11:41 AM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — When the Kansas City Royals learned that spring training was over and they were headed home, with questions swirling around if and when they might start the season, Mike Matheny sent them each a copy of a book called “Legacy.” Author James Kerr tells the story of the...

A TV camera man works near empty seats before the start of a baseball game between Hanwha Eagles and SK Wyverns in Incheon, South Korea, Tuesday, May 5, 2020. Cheerleaders danced beneath rows of empty seats and umpires wore protective masks as a new baseball season began in South Korea. After a weeks-long delay because of the coronavirus pandemic, a hushed atmosphere allowed for sounds like the ball hitting the catcher's mitt and bats smacking the ball for a single or double to echo around the stadium. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

Play ball: Korean baseball league begins in empty stadiums

May. 5, 2020 10:03 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The new baseball season began in South Korea on Tuesday with the crack of the bat and the sound of the ball smacking into the catcher’s mitt echoing around empty stadiums. After a weeks-long delay because of the coronavirus pandemic, umpires wore protective masks and...

In this Sept. 24, 2019 photo Texas Rangers relief pitcher Emmanuel Clase works against the Boston Red Sox in a baseball game in Arlington, Texas. Clase has been suspended 80 games by Major League Baseball for testing positive for a banned performance-enhancing drug Friday, May 1, 2020.. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

Indians reliever Clase suspended 80 games for PED violation

May. 1, 2020 8:40 PM EDT

CLEVELAND (AP) — Whenever the Cleveland Indians finally get to start their season they won't have reliever Emmanuel Clase. The hard-throwing right-hander was suspended 80 games by Major League Baseball on Friday for testing positive for a banned performance-enhancing drug. Clase was the biggest acquisition...

FILE - In this undated file photo, people portraying ghost players emerge from a cornfield as they reenact a scene from the movie

'Field of Dreams': Fathers & sons, phantoms and phenoms

May. 1, 2020 6:53 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Baseball and tears, the ones streaking down cheeks. Tears, the kind leaving rifts between fathers and sons. “Field of Dreams” is about phantoms and phenoms on an unlikely diamond in an Iowa cornfield. Emotions gush like water across the fresh-cut grass, resonating three...

FILE - In this March 31, 2020, file photo, a statue of Nolan Ryan stands in the empty plaza outside Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas. The new Texas Rangers ballpark is among possible venues Major League Baseball could use if it decides to start the season with groups of teams in different areas. Among the different plans looked at by Major League Baseball is to use Texas as a mid-American hub. (Smiley N. Pool/The Dallas Morning News via AP, Pool, File)

MLB teams offer ticket refunds, credit for games not played

Apr. 29, 2020 5:47 PM EDT

The St. Louis Cardinals and Boston Red Sox announced ticket refund policies on Wednesday for games not played through May because of the virus outbreak, with some Major League Baseball teams offering plans for cash returns and bonus credit. A day after MLB told clubs they could decide their own ticket refund...

Yankee Stadium remains closed due to COVID-19 restrictions, March 26, 2020, in the Bronx borough of New York. (John Woike/Samara Media via AP)

The Latest: Cuomo can envision baseball in NYC this summer

Apr. 26, 2020 7:02 PM EDT

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says he can envision baseball games being played without fans this summer at Yankee Stadium and the Mets' Citi Field. “Be creative. Try to figure it out,” the Democrat said during his...

This Date in Baseball

Apr. 25, 2020 11:17 AM EDT

April 26 1902 — Cleveland’s Addie Joss pitched a one-hitter in his major league debut. Joss allowed a scratch single to Jessie Burkett as the Indians beat the St. Louis Browns 3-0. 1905 — Jack McCarthy of the Cubs threw out three runners at the plate, each of whom became the second out of a...