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FILE - In this April 12, 1966, file photo, Atlants Braves second baseman Frank Bolling (2) throws the ball against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the first Major League Baseball game in the southeast at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium. Bolling, a two-time All-Star second baseman and the last player to hit a grand slam off Sandy Koufax, has died. He was 88. Bolling died Saturday, July 11, 2020. (Marion Crowe/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP, File)

2-time All-Star 2B Bolling dies, hit last slam off Koufax

Jul. 12, 2020 7:27 PM EDT

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — Frank Bolling, a two-time All-Star second baseman and the last player to hit a grand slam off Sandy Koufax, has died. He was 88. Bolling died Saturday. He was diagnosed with cancer about five years ago, his family said. Bolling played 12 seasons in the majors, six with Detroit and six...

FILE - In this April 12, 1966, file photo, Atlants Braves second baseman Frank Bolling (2) throws the ball against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the first Major League Baseball game in the southeast at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium. Bolling, a two-time All-Star second baseman and the last player to hit a grand slam off Sandy Koufax, has died. He was 88. Bolling died Saturday, July 11, 2020. (Marion Crowe/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP, File)

2-time All-Star 2B Bolling dies, hit last slam off Koufax

Jul. 12, 2020 7:22 PM EDT

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — Frank Bolling, a two-time All-Star second baseman and the last player to hit a grand slam off Sandy Koufax, has died. He was 88. Bolling died Saturday. He was diagnosed with cancer about five years ago, his family said. Bolling played 12 seasons in the majors, six with Detroit and six...

New York Yankees' Clint Frazier wears a face mask while batting during an intrasquad game in baseball summer training camp Sunday, July 12, 2020, at Yankee Stadium in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

Dodgers closer Jansen encourages masks after positive test

Jul. 12, 2020 6:46 PM EDT

Play ball — and mask up, too. Protective face coverings won't be out of sight when Major League Baseball resumes in less than two weeks. Some players and coaches are planning to wear them on the field. MLB's safety protocols require masks in clubhouses to prevent the spread of COVID-19, and coaches and...

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...

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 7:23 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...

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...

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...

Milwaukee Brewers during a practice session Saturday, July 4, 2020, at Miller Park in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

The Latest: NHL, union reach tentative return-to-play deal

Jul. 6, 2020 6:00 PM EDT

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ The National Hockey League and NHL Players’ Association have reached a tentative agreement to return to play this season and extend the collective bargaining agreement. The four-year extension of the CBA finalized Monday,...

FILE - In this July 5, 2020, file photo, Atlanta Braves' Nick Markakis, right, talks with a coach during team practice at Truist Park in Atlanta. Braves outfielder Nick Markakis has opted out of the 2020 season. The 36-year-old Markakis said he was uneasy about playing the season without fans and then was swayed by his telephone conversation with teammate Freddie Freeman, who has tested positive for COVID-19 and has fever and other symptoms. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson, File)

Braves 'ultimate pro' OF Nick Markakis opts out of season

Jul. 6, 2020 1:57 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta Braves outfielder Nick Markakis opted out of the 2020 season on Monday due to increased concerns about the coronavirus pandemic. Markakis is the second Atlanta veteran in two days to announce plans to sit out the 60-game season. He follows right-hander Félix Hernández, the...

Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo, left, stands next to manager David Ross, right, during baseball practice at Wrigley Field, Sunday, July 5, 2020, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Kamil Krzaczynski)

King Félix opts out of MLB season, Doolittle on fence

Jul. 5, 2020 6:56 PM EDT

Former Cy Young Award winner Félix Hernández has joined the list of major leaguers opting out of the 2020 season due to the coronavirus pandemic, at least temporarily ending the 34-year-old’s bid to revive his career. Stars Christian Yelich of the Milwaukee Brewers and Jose Altuve of the Houston...