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New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) winds up while delivering a pitch during a simulated game, part of the Mets summer training camp workout at Citi Field, Thursday, July 9, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

Mets' deGrom, Cubs' Rizzo dealing with back issues

Jul. 15, 2020 7:37 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Opening day is next week, and there is some unease for New York Mets ace Jacob deGrom and Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo because of back issues. It looks as if New York Yankees star Aaron Judge is feeling much better. The Mets sent deGrom for an MRI on Wednesday after 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)

Cubs 1B Anthony Rizzo frustrated by continuing back trouble

Jul. 15, 2020 4:15 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Anthony Rizzo was ready to go. The slugging first baseman for the Chicago Cubs showed up to summer camp in great shape, looking forward to the season. Then a familiar problem surfaced again. Rizzo is tracking pitches and doing strength and stability exercises while he waits for his ailing...

Chicago Cubs infielder Anthony Rizzo watches teammates during baseball practice at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Friday, July 10, 2020. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

Cubs 1B Anthony Rizzo dealing with back trouble

Jul. 14, 2020 7:28 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Anthony Rizzo's back trouble flared up again after he took batting practice over the weekend, and the Chicago Cubs are sending the slugger for tests. Rizzo has been dealing with back tightness during summer camp, a recurring problem throughout his career. The first baseman took live BP on...

FILE - In this March 6, 2020, file photo, Chicago White Sox starter Lucas Giolito pitches in the first inning of a spring training baseball game against the Chicago Cubs in Mesa, Ariz. The White Sox arrived at spring training eyeing a jump in the AL Central and their sights set on a playoff spot. Giolito emerged as an All-Star last season, tying for the major league lead in complete games (three) and shutouts (two), after posting a major league-worst 6.13 ERA in 2018. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)

Talented White Sox look to make a run in 60-game MLB sprint

Jul. 14, 2020 1:02 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago White Sox arrived at spring training with plans to make a jump in the AL Central and their sights set on a playoff spot. Nothing has changed along those lines, except one key detail: They will have to do it in a 60-game sprint instead of the usual marathon of 162 because of the...

Chicago Cubs players attend baseball practice at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Friday, July 10, 2020. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

David Ross looking to manage Chicago Cubs back into playoffs

Jul. 14, 2020 11:57 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — David Ross was already stepping into some big shoes when he agreed to replace Joe Maddon as manager of the Chicago Cubs. Then the coronavirus pandemic hit. Now Ross is a first-year skipper trying to guide his team through a brand new experience full of testing and protocols and an...

FILE - In this Friday, July 3, 2020, file photo, Chicago Cubs manager David Ross gestures during baseball practice at Wrigley Field in Chicago. Ross was already stepping into some big shoes when he agreed to replace Joe Maddon as manager of the Cubs. Then the coronavirus pandemic hit. Now Ross is a first-year skipper trying to guide his team through a brand new experience full of testing and protocols and an unforgiving 60-game season. How well he navigates the unprecedented situation is an important slice of the Cubs' hopes for returning to the playoffs. (AP Photo/Kamil Krzaczynski, File)

The Latest: Irish rugby players taking pay cut

Jul. 13, 2020 8:05 PM EDT

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ Rugby players in Ireland earning more than 25,000 euros ($28,000) a year have agreed to reduce their salary by 10% and defer 10% more until 2021. The Irish Rugby Football Union and Rugby Players Ireland agreed on the pay cut to...

FILE - In this Monday, Feb. 17, 2020, file photo, Chicago White Sox center fielder Luis Robert throws the ball during spring training baseball in Phoenix. The 22-year-old Robert joins a formidable White Sox lineup after agreeing to a $50 million, six-year contract in January. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull, File)

White Sox OF Robert, Dodgers 2B Lux among rookies to watch

Jul. 13, 2020 2:10 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Baseball's 60-game season is plenty of time for a young slugger or pitcher to play a pivotal role in a playoff run. Here is a closer look at a handful of rookies who could grab a starring role this year: —OF Luis Robert, Chicago White Sox: The 22-year-old Robert joins a formidable...

FILE - In this Tuesday, July 7, 2020, file photo, Pittsburgh Pirates first baseman Josh Bell, right, listens to manager Derek Shelton during a team workout at PNC Park in Pittsburgh. Shelton and other first-year managers are scrambling to make up for lost time. The rookie skippers are getting creative when it comes to getting a feel for their players during a season unlike any other.  (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)

Chemistry class: New managers test for right mix amid virus

Jul. 11, 2020 12:59 PM EDT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Derek Shelton needs his freedom. Maybe now more than ever. Fortunately for the first-year Pittsburgh Pirates manager, bench coach Donnie Kelly made it a point to provide it. Each day Kelly puts together a meticulous schedule designed to find a way for separate groups of players to get...

In this May 4, 2018, photo, Washington Nationals Bryce Harper is hugged and lifted off the ground by his manager Dave Martinez in the dugout prior to the start of a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Nationals Park in Washington. High fives and fist bumps are out. Hugs are a no-go. And just like crying, there's no spitting in baseball, at least for now. Things sure will be different when it's time to play ball in two weeks. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

No high-fives? No spitting? MLBers adjust in COVID world

Jul. 10, 2020 3:26 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Washington Nationals manager Dave Martinez wanted to hug, high-five and fist bump his players. After all, the defending World Series champions spent nearly four months apart before resuming workouts last week. Then, he remembered: Those are out. And just like crying, now there's no spitting...

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...