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Chicago Cubs pitcher Jharel Cotton, left, throws alongside other pitchers during a spring training baseball workout Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020, in Mesa, Ariz. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

Call to arms: Compressed schedule could mean more pitchers

Apr. 1, 2020 9:59 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — When and if opening day comes around this year, New York Yankees pitching coach Matt Blake anticipates a brimming bullpen. Major League Baseball and the players' association have talked about a compressed schedule to get in as many games as possible. That will set off a call to arms. "I...

A locked gate is seen by the Etihad Stadium where Manchester City was due to play Burnley in an English Premier League soccer match Saturday March 14, 2020, after all English soccer games were cancelled due to the spread of the COVID-19 Coronavirus. For most people, the new COVID-19 coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms, but for some it can cause more severe illness.(AP Photo/Jon Super)

The Latest: Union player tests positive, first in MLS

Apr. 1, 2020 8:58 PM EDT

The Latest on the effects of the new coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: A player for the Philadelphia Union has tested positive for coronavirus. It is Major League Soccer’s first player case of the virus that has caused the suspension of the season. The Union did not identify the player. He...

Texas Rangers' Shin-Soo Choo catches a ball during spring training baseball practice Friday, Feb. 14, 2020, in Surprise, Ariz. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Rangers vet Choo giving $1K each to 191 Texas minor leaguers

Apr. 1, 2020 8:06 PM EDT

Rangers veteran Shin-Soo Choo is helping out financially strapped minor league players with the season on hold, giving $1,000 each to 191 of them who are in the Texas organization. Choo said Wednesday that he remembers the financial struggles when he was in the minors. The 37-year-old outfielder-designated hitter...

FILE - In this July 13, 2019, file photo, Los Angeles Dodgers fans celebrate a solo home run by Cody Bellinger during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox in Boston. Whenever the baseball season begins, Los Angeles Dodgers fans who subscribe to DirecTV and its subsidiaries will have access to the team's regional sports network after a deal ended a nearly seven-year stalemate. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer, File)

Dodgers TV network reaches deal to show games in LA area

Apr. 1, 2020 2:32 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Whenever the baseball season begins, Los Angeles Dodgers fans who subscribe to DirecTV and its subsidiaries will have access to the team's regional sports network after a deal ended a nearly seven-year stalemate. Spectrum Networks said it began delivering Spectrum SportsNet LA to...

Chicago Cubs' Anthony Rizzo follows through on a base hit against the San Francisco Giants during the first inning of a spring training baseball game Tuesday, March 10, 2020, in Scottsdale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York)

Cubs-Cardinals series in London in June canceled by MLB

Apr. 1, 2020 10:30 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball has canceled a two-game series in London between the Chicago Cubs and the St. Louis Cardinals because of the coronavirus pandemic. The teams had been scheduled to play at Olympic Stadium on June 13-14. Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred made the announcement in a...

In this November 1980 photo, Syracuse University football coach Frank Maloney is shown. Former Syracuse University head football coach Frank Maloney, who succeeded the winningest coach in school history when the program was in decline, has died. He was 79. Maloney died Monday, March 30, 2020, at his home in Chicago, his family confirmed to the university. The cause was metastic brain cancer, according to Syracuse.com. (John Berry/The Post-Standard via AP)

Former Syracuse football coach Frank Maloney dead at 79

Apr. 1, 2020 9:14 AM EDT

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Former Syracuse football coach Frank Maloney, who succeeded the winningest coach in school history when the program was in decline, has died. He was 79. Maloney died Monday at his home in Chicago, his family told the university. The cause was metastic brain cancer, according to...

FILE - In this Sept. 20, 2019, file photo, Baltimore Orioles first baseman Chris Davis warms up during the first inning of a baseball game against the Seattle Mariners in Baltimore. Following three straight frustrating seasons that led him to consider retirement, Davis was in the midst of an outstanding spring training when Major League baseball screeched to a halt because of the deadly coronavirus. Now, as he strives to find ways to keep his three daughters amused while confined to his house. Davis remains confident that he's poised to return to the form he displayed in 2015. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)

O's slugger Davis expects return to spring form after return

Mar. 31, 2020 6:41 PM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — Following three straight frustrating seasons that led him to consider retirement, Chris Davis was in the midst of an outstanding spring training when Major League Baseball came to a halt because of the deadly coronavirus. Now, as the slugger strives to find ways to keep his three daughters...

FILE - In this Feb. 14, 2020, file photo, LSU baseball head coach Paul Mainieri watches his players practice before an NCAA college baseball game against Indiana, in Baton Rouge, La. The widely praised NCAA decision to extend the eligibility of spring sports athletes who had their seasons abruptly end because of the coronavirus pandemic creates headaches for baseball and softball coaches who have to manage rosters that could become unwieldy. (AP Photo/Matthew Hinton, Fle)

NCAA throws baseball coaches a curve with added eligibility

Mar. 31, 2020 6:29 PM EDT

Widely hailed as the right thing to do for student-athlete welfare, the NCAA's decision to extend spring sports athletes' eligibility a year because of the coronavirus pandemic is causing consternation for baseball coaches. Ohio State's Greg Beals said Tuesday he isn't worried about 2021, when the 35-man roster...

New York Yankees' Gerrit Cole delivers a pitch during the first inning of a spring training baseball game against the Detroit Tigers, Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

AP exclusive: MLB vets get $4,775 daily during virus outset

Mar. 31, 2020 5:43 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Gerrit Cole, Mike Trout and other veteran major leaguers will receive $4,775 per day in advance pay for the first 60 days of the season during the stoppage caused by the new coronavirus, a total of $286,500. That's just 2.5% percent of the $193,548 the New York Yankees pitcher and Los...

Workers wearing protective gears disinfect as a precaution against the new coronavirus at Gocheok Sky Dome in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, March 17, 2020. The Korea Baseball Organization has postponed the start of new season to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus. For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms. For some it can cause more severe illness. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

Masks on the field? Ahmed ready if games can be played

Mar. 31, 2020 5:02 PM EDT

In order to get back on the baseball field, Nick Ahmed is willing to play as a masked man. The two-time Gold Glove shortstop for the Arizona Diamondbacks said he's seen some pictures of recent baseball games in Asia where players have worn protective masks to shield themselves from the spread of the coronavirus....