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Houston Astros pitcher Justin Verlander, right, talks with Michael Brantley (23) after throwing during a simulated baseball game Thursday, July 9, 2020, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

'It's over now' - Astros eager to put scandal behind them

Jul. 14, 2020 12:09 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Astros spent the offseason reeling from a sign-stealing scandal that cost manager AJ Hinch and general manager Jeff Luhnow their jobs. Veteran Dusty Baker took over as the manager of the American League champions just before spring training. It was a choice owner Jim Crane made...

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...

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...

Washington Nationals starting pitcher Max Scherzer throws during a baseball training camp workout at Nationals Park, Wednesday, July 8, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Giants return, so do some players, but Padres INF Mateo out

Jul. 8, 2020 10:36 PM EDT

As Major League Baseball cautiously tiptoes closer toward beginning its delayed 2020 season, several teams welcomed back players who might have been exposed to the coronavirus, and the San Francisco Giants resumed workouts Wednesday after finally receiving the results of COVID-19 tests administered over the...

Astros look to McCullers to help make up for loss of Cole

Jul. 3, 2020 5:40 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — Gerrit Cole’s departure to join the New York Yankees in free agency left a gaping hole in Houston’s rotation entering the season. The Astros hope the return of Lance McCullers will help lessen the blow. The 26-year-old McCullers is healthy and ready to go after missing last...

FILE - In this Sept. 23, 2017, file photo, Oakland Athletics catcher Bruce Maxwell kneels during the national anthem before the team's baseball game against the Texas Rangers in Oakland, Calif. Maxwell is the only major leaguer to take a knee during the playing of

For openers: MLB tries again with short season, skewed rules

Jun. 24, 2020 10:41 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — So, where were we? Mid-March, a spring training exhibition between the St. Louis Cardinals and Miami Marlins at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter, Florida. Even before the final out, both sides had gotten the official word: Major League Baseball was shutting down immediately because of the...