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A baseball is pictured as the American League warms-up for the MLB baseball All-Star Game, Tuesday, July 9, 2019, in Cleveland. Faced with a record onslaught of home runs and pitchers convinced baseballs are juiced, Commissioner Rob Manfred says the sport has been unable to find any changes in the manufacturing process. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
July 09, 2019 - 9:13 pm
CLEVELAND (AP) — Faced with a record onslaught of home runs that has convinced many pitchers that baseballs are juiced, Commissioner Rob Manfred says the sport has been unable to find any changes in the manufacturing process. A May 2018 report to Major League Baseball by professors specializing in...
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Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred speaks during a news conference before a baseball game between the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees, Saturday, June 29, 2019, in London. Major League Baseball makes its European debut game today at London Stadium. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland)
July 09, 2019 - 5:41 pm
CLEVELAND (AP) — The baseball players' association has outlined goals for the sport's unprecedented midterm collective bargaining, objectives likely to meet resistance from management unless the union is willing to make trade-offs. Baseball's five-year labor contract expires in December 2021, but...
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Chicago Cubs' Kris Bryant watches after hitting a one-run single against the Chicago White Sox during the first inning of a baseball game in Chicago, Saturday, July 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
July 08, 2019 - 7:12 pm
CLEVELAND (AP) — His free agency delayed a year because the Chicago Cubs kept him in the minor leagues for one extra day, Kris Bryant is the shining example of why players are agitating for change in their labor contract. Baseball has had labor peace following eight work stoppages from 1972-95, but...
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FILE - In this June 29, 2019, file photo, fans arrive before a baseball game between the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees, in London. Major League Baseball is trying to muscle in on a crowded marketplace in Britain dominated by soccer but also filled with cricket, rugby _ and this month Wimbledon. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland, File)
July 06, 2019 - 9:42 am
LONDON (AP) — Making the long walk from the Stratford train station through a mall and to Olympic Stadium, fans headed to the first Major League Baseball games in Europe passed retailers filled with gear from Premier League clubs. Next on the route was a tented pop-up outlet brimming with...
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FILE - In this June 13, 2019, file photo, Toronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard (2) drives against Golden State Warriors forward Andre Iguodala (9) during the first half of Game 6 of basketball's NBA Finals in Oakland, Calif. A person familiar with the negotiations says the Los Angeles Clippers will be landing Kawhi Leonard as a free agent after they acquire Paul George from the Oklahoma City Thunder in a massive trade for players and draft picks. (AP Photo/Ben Margot, File)
July 06, 2019 - 9:02 am
LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Los Angeles Clippers made a huge decision. That meant Kawhi Leonard could finally make his. The Clippers will be landing Leonard as a free agent after they acquire Paul George from the Oklahoma City Thunder in a massive trade for players and draft picks, a person familiar with...
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Los Angeles Angels' Mike Trout fights back tears as he answers questions about Tyler Skaggs, who died Monday, during a news conference after the Angels' baseball game against the Texas Rangers in Arlington, Texas, Tuesday, July 2, 2019. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
July 03, 2019 - 1:23 am
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Tyler Skaggs weighed heavy on the minds of Mike Trout and all of the Los Angeles Angels in their first game since death of the much-loved 27-year-old pitcher. "I can't explain it man. Lost a teammate, lost a friend, a brother. Just got to get through it," a visibly shaken...
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July 02, 2019 - 6:43 pm
Ben Simmons is apparently about to become the next recipient of a big commitment from the Philadelphia 76ers. The All-Star point guard and the 76ers are negotiating a $170 million, five-year extension, according to a person with knowledge of the situation who spoke to The Associated Press on...
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FILE - In this April 19, 2019, file photo, Boston Celtics' Kyrie Irving (11) shoots against Indiana Pacers' Cory Joseph (6) during the second half of Game 3 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series in Indianapolis. Rarely relevant at the same time on the basketball court, the Knicks and Nets are front and center in the free agency race, two of the teams best positioned to make a splash when the market opens. Both can afford two top players, with hopes of landing not only a Kevin Durant or Kyrie Irving, but possibly even both. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings, File)
July 01, 2019 - 1:13 am
The Latest on NBA free agency (all times ET): 1:05 a.m. A person with knowledge of the details says the Brooklyn Nets capped their big day by agreeing to a deal with Kyrie Irving. The point guard left the Boston Celtics to sign on with a Nets team that also got agreements from Kevin Durant and...
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FILE - In this April 1, 2017, file photo, ground crew works on the bullpen behind the outfield wall at Olympic Stadium in Montreal. Starved for fans despite success on the field, the Tampa Bay Rays have been given the go-ahead by Major League Baseball to look into playing a split season in Montreal. No timetable for the possible plan was announced. An idea under consideration is for the Rays to play early in the season in Tampa Bay and later in Montreal. (Paul Chiasson/The Canadian Press via AP, File)
June 28, 2019 - 12:50 pm
LONDON (AP) — The players' union says the Tampa Bay Rays would need its permission to play games in Montreal. Commissioner Rob Manfred said last week the low-drawing Rays may explore a split season in Montreal. No timetable for the possible plan was announced "There is a lot of work that is going...
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FILE - In this March 16, 2019, file photo, New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis brings the ball up during the first half of the team's NBA basketball game against the Phoenix Suns in New Orleans. Two people familiar with the situation say the Pelicans have agreed to trade Davis to the Los Angeles Lakers for point guard Lonzo Ball, forward Brandon Ingram, shooting guard Josh Hart and three first-round draft choices. The people spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the trade cannot become official until the new league year begins July 6. ESPN first reported the trade.(AP Photo/Tyler Kaufman, File)
June 27, 2019 - 3:50 pm
The Los Angeles Lakers' price tag for Anthony Davis got a little steeper on Thursday, with the tradeoff being that the team now has the flexibility to bring another max-contract star to play alongside him and LeBron James next season. A person with knowledge of the negotiations told The Associated...
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