MLB Playoffs

FILE - In this Sept. 18, 1987, file photo, New York Yankees' Rickey Henderson, bottom, steals second base below Toronto Blue Jays shortstop Tony Fernández during a baseball game in New York. Fernández, a stylish shortstop who made five All-Star teams during his 17 seasons in the major leagues and helped the Blue Jays win the 1993 World Series, died Sunday, Feb. 16, 2020, after complications from a kidney disease. He was 57. (AP Photo/G. Paul Burnett, File)
February 16, 2020 - 9:32 pm
TORONTO (AP) — Tony Fernández, a stylish shortstop who made five All-Star teams during his 17 seasons in the major leagues and helped the Toronto Blue Jays win the 1993 World Series, died Sunday after complications from a kidney disease. He was 57. Fernández was taken off a life support system in...
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Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Trevor Bauer (27) throws long tosses, Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020, at the Reds spring training baseball facility in Goodyear, Ari.z. (Kareem Elgazzar/The Cincinnati Enquirer via AP)
February 16, 2020 - 4:49 pm
GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — Cincinnati Reds pitcher Trevor Bauer says he has gotten positive response to his criticism of a plan being considered by Major League Baseball to expand the playoffs, one that includes an extended break for top seeds and some teams choosing who they will play. Bauer directed...
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FILE - In this Oct. 28, 2017, file photo, Houston Astros starting pitcher Charlie Morton throws against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the second inning of Game 4 of baseball's World Series in Houston. Two-time All-Star pitcher Morton says he regrets not doing anything to try to stop the Astros from illegally stealing signs and relaying information to their hitters during the team’s 2017 World Series championship season. Morton currently is the ace of the Tampa Bay Rays. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum, File)
February 09, 2020 - 4:07 pm
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Two-time All-Star pitcher Charlie Morton says he regrets not doing anything to try to stop the Houston Astros from illegally stealing signs and relaying the information to their hitters during the team’s 2017 World Series championship season. Morton, now the ace of the...
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A mural features the faces of the young soccer players who died one year ago in a fire at the Flamengo club training center in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Friday, Feb. 7, 2020. The fire killed 10 academy players and injured three others, all aged between 14 and 16 years-old at the time. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)
February 08, 2020 - 10:38 am
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — When Marília de Barros Silva heard reports that the popular Brazilian soccer club Flamengo was signing a player for almost 17 million euros ($18.6 million), she felt sadness — but also resentment. For a year, she has been trying in vain to reach a settlement with the Rio de...
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Hal Steinbrenner, principal owner of the New York Yankees, talks with reporters during MLB baseball owners meetings, Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
February 05, 2020 - 3:03 pm
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — New York Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner understands why his players feel cheated by the Houston Astros. If Houston had not been using a video camera to steal opposing catcher's signs in 2017, maybe the Yankees would have won the AL Championship Series instead of losing to the...
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FILE - In this October 1952 file photo, Brooklyn Dodgers' Carl Erskine pitches against the New York Yankees in Game 5 of the baseball World Series in New York. Up by 13 1/2 games in mid-August in 1951, Jackie Robinson and the Dodgers seemed destined. That was until rookie Willie Mays and the New York Giants came flying back, fueled by an incredible, late run in home games at the Polo Grounds, and forced a best-of-three playoff for the National League pennant. Erskine was warming up in the Brooklyn bullpen in Game 3 when Bobby Thomson connected for the famed "Shot Heard 'Round the World," a three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth off Ralph Branca that rallied the Giants to a 5-4 win. A half-century later, a giant secret was revealed: The Giants had rigged a spyglass-and-buzzer system in late July to steal catchers' signals and tip off their hitters. (AP Photo, File)
January 16, 2020 - 1:20 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Stealing signals. Banging on a trash can. Beating the Dodgers in October. Sounds very familiar to Carl Erskine. "If they're going to go back to 2017 with penalties for the Astros," he said Wednesday, "then I want them to go all the way back to 1951 to help us." The old Brooklyn...
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Gerrit Cole poses at Yankee Stadium as the newest New York Yankees player is introduced during a baseball media availability, Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2019 in New York. The pitcher agreed to a 9-year $324 million contract. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
December 18, 2019 - 6:35 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Boston will pay a Red Sox record $13.4 million luxury tax after failing to make the playoffs and the New York Yankees finished with a $6.7 million bill, likely a fraction of what they will pay next year. Three teams owe tax, according to end of year figures sent to clubs on...
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A baseball lies on packed dirt after for a short batting practice during a tour of the under construction baseball field at the new Texas Rangers stadium in Arlington, Texas, Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019. (AP Photo/LM Otero)
December 11, 2019 - 1:07 pm
SAN DIEGO (AP) — The baseballs weren't juiced during a record-setting 2019 regular season, according to a study commissioned by Major League Baseball. They were just flying farther. A four-person committee of scientists found that baseballs this year had less drag on average than in previous...
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Philadelphia Phillies manager Joe Girardi speaks during the Major League Baseball winter meetings Monday, Dec. 9, 2019, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)
December 09, 2019 - 9:10 pm
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Joe Girardi was hardly stunned to learn his firing two years ago as manager of the New York Yankees may have followed a canning by the Houston Astros. “Word gets around,” he said. Entering his first season as manager of the Philadelphia Phillies, Girardi said Monday the Yankees...
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December 06, 2019 - 11:22 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Postseason star Howie Kendrick and the World Series champion Washington Nationals agreed in principle to a $6.25 million, one-year contract, according to a person with knowledge of the negotiations. Speaking on condition of anonymity Friday because the deal was still pending a...
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