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Los Angeles Angels first baseman Albert Pujols smiles during baseball practice at Angels Stadium, Monday, July 6, 2020, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

Albert Pujols heads into 20th big league season healthy

Jul. 11, 2020 8:39 PM EDT

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Albert Pujols' 20th season in the majors is about to begin with the Los Angeles Angels. When it does, the 40-year-old slugger is likely to be the oldest player in the big leagues. Although time has chipped away at Pujols' mountainous talent, he has never believed his advancing age...

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...

Los Angeles Angels' Anthony Rendon smiles after batting during practice at Angels Stadium on Friday, July 3, 2020, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

Angels' Anthony Rendon expects MLB stars to find groove fast

Jul. 9, 2020 9:41 PM EDT

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — The Los Angeles Angels' new $245 million third baseman mostly spent the first few months of his seven-year contract changing his daughters' diapers and occasionally throwing a tennis ball at a wall. Anthony Rendon is more than ready to get to work earning his riches, and the World...

Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Shohei Ohtani pitches during an intrasquad game at baseball practice at Angel Stadium on Tuesday, July 7, 2020, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

Shohei Ohtani back on Big A mound in Angels' intrasquad game

Jul. 7, 2020 8:49 PM EDT

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Shohei Ohtani threw competitive pitches off the mound at Angel Stadium on Tuesday for the first time in two years. Ohtani struggled with his control in the Los Angeles Angels' intrasquad game, walking eight batters on about 50 pitches. The two-way star and manager Joe Maddon weren't...

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...

FILE - In this Feb. 28, 2020, file photo, Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Andrew Heaney throws during the first inning of a spring training baseball game against the Texas Rangers in Tempe, Ariz. Left-hander Heaney is expected to make his first opening day start for the Angels. Manager Joe Maddon confirmed his selection Sunday, July 5, 2020, before the Angels' third workout of summer camp. Los Angeles is expected to open the season July 24. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)

Andrew Heaney tabbed to be Angels' opening day starter

Jul. 5, 2020 2:29 PM EDT

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Left-hander Andrew Heaney is expected to make his first opening day start for the Los Angeles Angels. Manager Joe Maddon confirmed his choice Sunday before the Angels' third workout of summer camp. Los Angeles is expected to open the season July 24. The 29-year-old Heaney will be the...

Scoreboard shows the final score during the English Premier League soccer match between Manchester City and Liverpool at Etihad Stadium in Manchester, England, Thursday, July 2, 2020. (AP Photo/Dave Thompson,Pool)

Enhanced crowd audio adds another dimension to fanless games

Jul. 5, 2020 10:00 AM EDT

There's clearly a huge difference between an English Premier League match and one played between friends on a local field. But when you take away 54,000 fans who would otherwise be singing and cheering at Liverpool's Anfield, both sound the same. That doesn't seem appropriate to Pierre Moossa, NBC's coordinating...

Los Angeles Angels designated hitter Shohei Ohtani (17) catches a ball during a baseball practice at Angels Stadium on Friday, July 3, 2020, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

Determined Ohtani charging back into 2-way role for Angels

Jul. 4, 2020 7:09 PM EDT

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Shohei Ohtani is doing twice as much work as his Los Angeles Angels teammates again, and he's thrilled about it. The majors' first serious two-way player in decades is alternating between batting practice and bullpen sessions this week at the Big A. Ohtani is determined to contribute...

Los Angeles Angels center fielder Mike Trout (27) stands on the field wearing a face mask during a baseball practice at Angels Stadium on Friday, July 3, 2020, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

AL MVP Trout still doesn't feel comfortable about this year

Jul. 3, 2020 3:44 PM EDT

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Mike Trout rounded third base wearing a white N-95 mask Friday morning as he participated in the Los Angeles Angels first workout of summer camp. The reigning American League MVP is taking every necessary precaution as he ponders whether he will be the lineup when the season begins...

FILE - In this  Friday, Feb. 28, 2020 file photo, Los Angeles Angels' Shohei Ohtani bats during the first inning of a spring training baseball game against the Texas Rangers in Tempe, Ariz. Angels general manager Billy Eppler confirmed Tuesday, June 30, 2020 that Japanese star Shohei Ohtani will pitch and hit in the majors this season.(AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)

Shohei Ohtani returns to 2-way role with Angels this season

Jun. 30, 2020 6:05 PM EDT

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Shohei Ohtani will resume his two-way career with the Los Angeles Angels when baseball returns. Angels general manager Billy Eppler confirmed Tuesday that his Japanese star will pitch and hit in the majors this season. Ohtani was only a designated hitter last season after undergoing...