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Vehicles pass by the home run sculpture as they wait in line outside of Marlins Park at a COVID-19 testing site during the coronavirus pandemic, Monday, July 6, 2020, in Miami. The long line of cars each morning as players arrive at work provides a reminder of the risks when they leave. Behavior away from the ballpark will be a big factor in determining whether Major League Baseball's attempt to salvage the 2020 season can succeed. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Column: Rolling the dice against a virus that usually wins

Jul. 8, 2020 2:16 AM EDT

There’s plenty of activity outside ballparks on both sides of the country, with people lining up by the hundreds in nervous anticipation of what the next few days might bring. There’s some activity inside, too, but for how long nobody knows. Baseball is struggling mightily to get going, as each day...

Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Robbie Ray warms up in the bullpen during team baseball practice at Chase Field, Friday, July 3, 2020, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Upcoming MLB free agents have fewer games to impress

Jul. 8, 2020 2:06 AM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Robbie Ray already knew 2020 would be a big season for his financial future because it's his last one before becoming a free agent. Now the Arizona Diamondbacks left-hander has less time to make a strong impression. Major League Baseball's coronavirus-delayed 60-game season is much shorter...

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...

Minnesota Twins' Rich Hill pitches live batting practice at a baseball camp Monday, July 6, 2020, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Bruce Kluckhohn)

Over the Hill? Recovered lefty on track for Twins rotation

Jul. 7, 2020 9:18 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — When the Minnesota Twins signed Rich Hill from the bargain aisle of free agency last winter, they expected the left-hander to be available around midseason after his recovery from elbow surgery. Now the 40-year-old is on track to be ready right away, thanks to the virus outbreak that...

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...

FILE: In this Sept. 5, 2019, file photo, Oakland Athletics pitcher Jake Diekman works against the Los Angeles Angels during a baseball game in Oakland, Calif. Diekman has serious questions about Major League Baseball's ability to pull off a season given the issues everywhere getting timely test results, forcing delays and cancellations of workouts. For now, Diekman still plans to play. He must be extra careful given he has the autoimmune condition ulcerative colitis. (AP Photo/Ben Margot, File)

A's lefty Diekman questions whether there will be a season

Jul. 7, 2020 7:28 PM EDT

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Jake Diekman has serious questions about Major League Baseball's ability to pull off a season given the issues everywhere getting timely test results, forcing delays and cancellations of workouts. For now, Diekman still plans to play. He must be extra careful given he has the...

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...

Pittsburgh Pirates' Mitch Keller (23) delivers a pitch during the first inning of a spring training baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays Monday, March 2, 2020, in Dunedin, Fla. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Pirates' Keller looks to mesh information, instincts in 2020

Jul. 7, 2020 6:45 PM EDT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Mitch Keller's first go-round in the majors was a study in contrasts and a snapshot of where baseball is at in 2020. The traditional numbers for the Pittsburgh Pirates top-ranked pitching prospect weren't great. One win in 11 starts. An ERA north of 7.00. An inability to work deep into...

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...

FILE - In this Feb. 2, 2020, file photo, Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) passes against the San Francisco 49ers during the first half of the NFL Super Bowl 54 football game in Miami Gardens, Fla. The Chiefs made sure they will have Super Bowl MVP Mahomes around as long as possible. Mahomes agreed to a 10-year extension worth $503 million, according to his agency, Steinberg Sports. The deal is worth $477 million in guarantee mechanisms and includes a no-trade clause and opt-out clauses if guarantee mechanisms are not met. It is the richest contract in professional sports history, surpassing Mike Trout’s $426.5 million deal with the Los Angeles Angels. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

Mahomes' big bet on football pays off with $503 million deal

Jul. 7, 2020 5:58 PM EDT

Patrick Mahomes risked everything when he opted for football over baseball. Turns out, he got baseball money anyway. One day after the former two-sport star got a 10-year deal worth up to $503 million, the richest contract in American sports history, the reigning Super Bowl MVP repeatedly insisted this deal was...