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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...

Oakland A's looking to fill seats with cardboard cutouts

Jun. 30, 2020 9:41 PM EDT

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The Oakland Athletics might have some fans at home games after all. Well, sort of. The A's are selling cardboard cutouts with fans' photos that they will put in the seats at the Coliseum this season. The team also plans to mix in images of former players and celebrities alongside the...

A's send Mateo to Padres in 1st trade since baseball resumed

Jun. 30, 2020 8:53 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The San Diego Padres have acquired middle infielder Jorge Mateo from the Oakland Athletics in the first trade since baseball resumed after a shutdown of more than three months due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Padres will send either a player or cash to the A’s for the...

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...

FILE - In this Jan. 23, 2020, file photo, Seattle Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto speaks in Seattle. For a number of rebuilding teams, the 2020 baseball season was supposed to be another step in the progression of their top prospects eventually reaching the big leagues. By the time June rolled around, Dipoto expected former first-round pick Logan Gilbert to be pitching on the mound at T-Mobile Park. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)

Rebuilding MLB clubs hope to keep developing top prospects

Jun. 29, 2020 4:54 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto had at one point expected former first-round pick Logan Gilbert to be pitching at T-Mobile Park by the time June rolled around. He also believed Jarred Kelenic, one of the top prospects in all of baseball, would likely soon follow him to the big...

FILE - In this Oct. 30, 2019, file photo, Washington Nationals' Howie Kendrick hits a two-run home run against the Houston Astros during the seventh inning of Game 7 of the baseball World Series in Houston. The Astros were scheduled to spend July 4 in the nation's capital during a three-game series against the defending World Series champion Nationals. Houston won all three games at Nationals Park last October. But the Nationals won every game at Minute Maid Park, with Kendrick's two-run home run in the seventh inning of Game 7 putting them ahead to stay. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)

What Would Have Been: World Series rematch at MLB midpoint

Jun. 29, 2020 2:15 AM EDT

Major League Baseball is set to resume “spring training” this week while moving toward the start of a shortened 60-game season in late July. If not for the coronavirus pandemic, the league would have reached the halfway point of its usual 162-game schedule. Wimbledon would have also been getting...

Mariners sign 3 draft picks, including top selection Hancock

Jun. 25, 2020 5:48 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — The Seattle Mariners signed three of their draft picks Thursday, including first-round selection Emerson Hancock. Along with Hancock, the Mariners signed second-round pick Zach DeLoach and fifth-rounder Taylor Dollard. Hancock, who was taken with the No. 6 overall pick, was one of the top...

FILE - In this  Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019 file photo, Texas Rangers starting pitcher Lance Lynn throws during the first inning of the team's baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays, in Arlington, Texas.  Veteran right-hander Lance Lynn has been named the opening day starter for the Texas Rangers, a game that will come more than four months after manager Chris Woodward actually made that decision. Woodward revealed his choice Thursday, June 25, 2020. (AP Photo/Richard W. Rodriguez, File)

Lynn named Rangers' opening day starter over Minor, Kluber

Jun. 25, 2020 5:40 PM EDT

Veteran right-hander Lance Lynn has been named the Texas Rangers' starter on opening day, a game that will be played more than four months after manager Chris Woodward actually made that decision. Woodward revealed his choice Thursday. The hard-throwing Lynn got the nod ahead of All-Star lefty Mike Minor and...

A fan holds a sign during a spring training baseball game between the Houston Astros and the Washington Nationals Sunday, Feb. 23, 2020, in West Palm Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Astros hope to move on from cheating scandal as MLB restarts

Jun. 25, 2020 3:41 AM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — The first round of spring training was dominated by fallout from the Houston Astros' sign-stealing scam. Players were plunked in exhibition games and heckled at every turn. Fans held signs mocking Houston players, and one man even banged on a trash can at an early workout in a reminder of...

FILE - In this Feb. 6, 2020, file photo, Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred answers questions at a press conference during baseball owners meetings in Orlando, Fla. Manfred tells The Associated Press that the commissioner's office, teams and the players' association

Baseball scrambles back into action amid lingering concerns

Jun. 24, 2020 7:02 PM EDT

Ron Gardenhire and Dusty Baker are a little uneasy. Jim Crane hopes his Houston Astros can play in front of fans at some point. As baseball scrambles to start an abbreviated season, the prevailing mood is one of nervous excitement. “Is it a risk? Absolutely,” said Gardenhire, the 62-year-old manager...