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Chicago Cubs right fielder Jason Heyward warms up during baseball practice at Wrigley Field on Friday, July 3, 2020 in Chicago. (AP Photo/Kamil Krzaczynski)

Cubs, Ross get back to work as workouts resume in baseball

Jul. 3, 2020 7:42 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — To new manager David Ross, Wrigley Field looked as good as ever. The ivy was in full bloom, and the Chicago Cubs got back to business, even if it wasn't quite business as usual on Friday. Lockers were spread out to allow for social distancing, Ross said. Some players even used the visitors...

FILE - Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Joe Musgrove plays during a spring training baseball game, Thursday, March 12, 2020, in Bradenton, Fla. Musgrove doesn't like wearing a mask more than any of his Pittsburgh Pirate teammates. Yet the pitcher wore one anyway  during the first day of workouts on Friday, just one way he is trying to lead  a pitching staff searching for an ace with Jameson Taillon and Chris Archer already out for 2020. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

From Three Rivers to PNC Park, Pirates pitcher Musgrove set

Jul. 3, 2020 5:24 PM EDT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Joe Musgrove isn't trying to make a political statement when the Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher dons a mask, but a practical one. Musgrove wants to play. Badly. The only way that happens is if Major League Baseball can avoid having COVID-19 spread through clubhouses. Pulling a piece of cloth...

Cincinnati Reds' Nicholas Castellanos (2) stretches during team baseball practice at Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati, Friday, July 3, 2020. (AP Photo/Aaron Doster)

Votto, Reds resume with unsettled feelings as workouts start

Jul. 3, 2020 5:11 PM EDT

CINCINNATI (AP) — Hitters in bright red shirts slapped batting-practice pitches to all parts of the recently mowed field. A mash-up of disco, rap and Motown reverberated through empty Great American Ball Park for background music. Looked and sounded like baseball, all right. Felt very different in many...

Atlanta Braves' pitcher Cole Hamels works out during a baseball practice at Truist Park on Friday, July 3, 2020, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

Braves' Hamels says shoulder feels strong after long layoff

Jul. 3, 2020 4:44 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — For baseball's short season, Cole Hamels says short starts will work just fine. The Atlanta Braves' new veteran left-hander just wants to make sure he posts quality innings, no matter how few they may be. Hamels said Friday he is feeling strong as the Braves opened their summer training for...

A workout area sits idle in the concourse under the first base stands at Fenway Park, Thursday, July 2, 2020, in Boston. The Boston Red Sox are scheduled resume training camp Friday at Fenway. (AP Photo/Jimmy Golen)

Zooming in to start unprecedented MLB summer camp amid virus

Jul. 2, 2020 11:14 PM EDT

Texas Rangers manager Chris Woodward was going to address his entire team before the start of MLB's unprecedented summer training camp, just like he did when spring training opened about 4 1/2 months ago. It was on a Zoom call instead of in person this time. When the New York Mets resume practice, 60-year-old...

FILE - In this Thursday, Sept. 26, 2019 file photo, Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Jose Quintana delivers during the first inning of the team's baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates in Pittsburgh. Chicago Cubs left-hander José Quintana had surgery to repair nerve damage in his pitching thumb Thursday, July 2, 2020 after he cut himself washing dishes and is out indefinitely. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)

Cubs' Quintana cuts thumb washing dishes, undergoes surgery

Jul. 2, 2020 3:09 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Already concerned about the depth of their rotation, the Chicago Cubs will have to get by for at least a little while without one starter because of a freak injury. Left-hander José Quintana had surgery to repair nerve damage in his pitching thumb Thursday after he cut himself washing...

A crow sits on fencing erected around the Epsom Downs racecourse, in Epsom, England, Tuesday, June 30, 2020. The Derby annual horse race will take place behind closed doors on Saturday amid the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

The Latest: Oklahoma athletics cutting $13.7M from budget

Jul. 2, 2020 12:43 AM EDT

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ The Oklahoma athletics department has announced $13.7 million in budget cuts it blames on fallout from the coronavirus pandemic, including a 10% salary drop for any employee earning at least $1,000,000 per year. Athletic...

FILE - In this June 5, 2020, file photo, an Iowa flag waves in the wind over the field at the Field of Dreams movie site in Dyersville, Iowa. The St. Louis Cardinals have replaced the New York Yankees as the opponent for the Chicago White Sox in the Field of Dreams game on Aug. 13 at Dyersville. A temporary 8,000-seat stadium is nearing completion at the site, about 200 miles west of Chicago, adjacent to where the movie was filmed on a diamond in a cornfield. This would be the major league game played in Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)

Cards replace Yanks as White Sox opponent at Field of Dreams

Jul. 1, 2020 6:45 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The St. Louis Cardinals have replaced the New York Yankees as the opponent for the Chicago White Sox in the Field of Dreams game on Aug. 13 at Dyersville, Iowa. The schedule change caused by the new coronavirus pandemic meant the White Sox no longer play the Yankees this season. The new...

FILE - This 2020 file photo shows Tommy Hottovy of the Chicago Cubs baseball team. An emotional Chicago Cubs pitching coach Tommy Hottovy is recovering from a severe case of COVID-19 that left him quarantined for 30 days. The 38-year-old Hottovy broke down as he detailed a harrowing ordeal during a conference call on Wednesday, July 1, 2020. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull, File)

Cubs pitching coach says COVID-19 quarantined him for month

Jul. 1, 2020 5:33 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — An emotional Chicago Cubs pitching coach Tommy Hottovy is recovering from a severe case of COVID-19 that quarantined him for 30 days. The 38-year-old Hottovy broke down as he detailed a harrowing ordeal during a conference call on Wednesday. The Cubs resume workouts Friday for the first time...

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey announces a new executive order in response to the rising COVID-19 cases in the state, during a news conference in Phoenix on Monday, June 29, 2020. The governor ordered bars, nightclubs and water parks to close again for at least a month starting Monday night — a dramatic about-face as coronavirus cases surge in the Sunbelt. (Michael Chow/The Arizona Republic via AP, Pool)

The Latest: Nets' DeAndre Jordan says he has coronavirus

Jun. 29, 2020 11:50 PM EDT

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ DeAndre Jordan says he has tested positive for the coronavirus and won’t be joining the Brooklyn Nets in Florida when the NBA season resumes. Jordan announced his status on Twitter, hours after fellow Nets player Spencer...