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San Francisco Giants' Buster Posey carries his bats during a baseball practice in San Francisco, Sunday, July 5, 2020. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

The Latest: Giants star catcher Posey opts of playing

Jul. 10, 2020 12:13 PM EDT

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ San Francisco Giants star catcher Buster Posey is the latest big-name player to skip this season because of concerns over the coronavirus pandemic. Posey announced his decision on Friday. He says his family finalized the...

Boston Red Sox right fielder Alex Verdugo jokingly stretches for a foul ball by Rafael Devers in a seating area empty of fans during an intra-squad baseball game at Fenway Park on Thursday, July 9, 2020, in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Scrimmage gives Red Sox taste of strange season to come

Jul. 9, 2020 6:35 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Rafael Devers lofted a fly ball to left, and John Andreoli took off in pursuit. It’s a long sprint, because Andreoli was playing center -- the only outfielder in the game at the time. The ball fell just out of the reach of his outstretched glove as Devers coasted into second base. And...

Los Angeles Angels center fielder Mike Trout warms up to bat during baseball practice at Angels Stadium on Saturday, July 4, 2020, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

MLB releases 2021 schedule; all 30 teams to open on April 1

Jul. 9, 2020 1:54 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball will open the 2021 season on April 1 and hopes to have every team play its first game on the same day for the first time since 1968. The league released the full schedule Thursday, two weeks before it plans to begin a 2020 season that's been delayed and shortened by...

FILE - This July 5, 2020, file photo shows Chicago Cubs players during baseball practice at Wrigley Fieldin Chicago. The wind blowing out at Wrigley Field. The tricky breeze in San Francisco. The heat in Los Angeles.
The weather is important business in baseball. (AP Photo/Kamil Krzaczynski, File)

Winds of change? Company looks at weather's effect on ball

Jul. 9, 2020 2:20 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The wind blowing out at Wrigley Field. The tricky breeze in San Francisco. The heat in Los Angeles. The weather is important business in baseball. But what kind of business is still being decided. Weather Applied Metrics has a contract with Marquee Sports Network to develop graphics that...

New York Yankees pitcher Gerrit Cole throws during the first inning of an intrasquad game during baseball practice Tuesday July 7, 2020, in New York. (J. Conrad Williams Jr./Newsday via AP)

Yanks' Cole learns safety-protocol lesson in 1st intrasquad

Jul. 7, 2020 9:42 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Gerrit Cole couldn't have expected the New York Yankees to take the ball away from him just one batter into his first home start in the Bronx. But the team's new $324 million ace learned the hard way about one of baseball’s new coronavirus safety protocols Tuesday night during an...

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...

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...

Boston Red Sox's Xander Bogaerts, right, runs past Interim Manager Ron Roenicke during baseball training camp at Fenway Park, Tuesday, July 7, 2020, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

Red Sox's Bogaerts ready to lead after Betts' departure

Jul. 7, 2020 5:43 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts has grown accustomed to being on big stages during his first seven years in the major leagues. He won a World Series ring as a rookie with the Red Sox in 2013 and became a full-time starter the following season. He's since earned another ring in 2018 and...

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...

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...