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Will mindbending proposed changes to MLB’s playoffs change the game?

Major League Baseball may restructure its playoffs to add teams and primetime drama. The changes would pit purists against progressivesThe NBA is toying with an in-season tournament, while the NFL devises deals with its players to add a 17th regular-se…

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Detroit Tigers minor leaguer dies after skateboarding accident aged 27

Chace Numata has died days after being injured in an accidentCatcher, 27, was in his first season with the Tigers organizationTigers minor league catcher Chace Numata died Monday, days after being injured in a skateboarding accident in Pennsylvania. He…

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Baseball in 2016: from Cubs win! to Scully’s sayonara, 10 memorable moments

Another year of baseball is gone, goodbye: David Lengel takes a look back at the best, worst and most controversial moments of the 2016 season

It was Game 7 of the World Series, and baseball history was busy pulling the Chicago Cubs back into a boiling cauldron of curses. Rajai Davis’ eighth inning, game-tying home run off the Cubs’ Aroldis Chapman had turned Cleveland’s Progressive Field into a mosh pit, with slightly fewer title-starved Indians fans ripping off their shirts in frenetic celebrations.

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Why protesting against the anthem is the ultimate sin in Major League Baseball

In a sport where patriotisim makes up the fabric of the game, Adam Jones is right to be concerned. Plus, three cheers for Yasiel Puig, Big Papi prepares to bow out, and Joe Maddon rides the Cowboy

Adam Jones works in a city that continues to experience racial upheaval, so perhaps it’s no coincidence that baseball’s most outspoken player on African American social issues calls Baltimore home.

Baseball is the sport that helped break barriers for black people across the United States, starting with Jackie Robinson’s debut in 1947. Nearly 70 years later, the participation of African Americans in the game, on the field as players, in the dugout as managers and in front offices as executives – where progress was always slower – is giving away the gains. Jones, who has spoken out before on racial issues, has little company: a lonely voice in a depleted sea of African American players.

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Why the Mets’ Matt Harvey has earned the right to be mediocre

Harvey hasn’t even been that, but if he can recover to a middling level, that will be enough fo New York in 2016. Plus happy birthday Big Sexy, Donald Trump is green all over, another Marlins mess, and more

Charles in New Jersey thinks Matt Harvey drinks too much while on the town flaunting his shoe collection, while Ron in Queens thinks Harvey has developed a bad habit of cupping the ball during his delivery. From talk radio to the broadcast booth to bleachers around baseball, fans and media in New York and beyond are trying to solve the sudden demise of the Dark Knight. It’s his weight, it’s the blood clot, it’s his attitude, it’s the lingering psychological impact of failing after convincing his manager to send him out for the ninth inning in Game 5 of the World Series, and of course, it’s his body’s blowback from a busy 2015 post-surgery season.

Matt Harvey, a franchise cornerstone who once lit up Flushing’s darkest days, who was once an undisputed ace, who was just mere outs away from that Fall Classic performance for the ages, hasn’t hit rock bottom, even if it may have seemed like it on Tuesday night in Washington. The Nats discovered that his third time through the lineup is a charm: ex-teammate Daniel Murphy and company teed off the righty, just as they did during Harvey’s prior start, a performance that has led to even more speculation.

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Will the Chicago Cubs wreck their franchise and win the World Series?

The Cubs are inching closer to the impossible, but do they really want to win it all for the first time since 1908? We preview the second half of the MLB season

Congratulations – you’ve survived two nights without any Major League Baseball activity whatsoever. I know, it wasn’t easy, because there’s only so much Real Housewives that one person can take. Never mind. Tonight, Friday, we’re back on the saddle, getting set for what should be a compelling second half baseball, with most of the league still in contention for playoff spot. Having said all that, I know you have some questions, so let’s try and answer a few of them.

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New York Mets fans win the World Series … of bad grammar

As if losing seven of their previous eight games wasn’t enough, Mets fans now find themselves in the basement of MLG – that’s Major League Grammar

It’s another day, and another kick in the teeth for fans of the New York Mets.

After riding high in April, the Mets have been shot down in May and June while their morose lineup continues to drag the team into an offensive abyss. Their injury-depleted roster, one loaded with rookies, has scored just 11 runs in their previous eight games, sending their fans to the talk radio airwaves in a panic, demanding that something, anything, be done by their general manager Sandy Alderson, in order to save a season that once looked incredibly promising after a blistering 14-4 start.

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Are the Minnesota Twins contenders or pretenders?

The Minnesota Twins have come out of nowhere, blindsided their AL Central opponents and rocketed into first place – but why?

As young fans in the 1980s and 90s, baseball banter between a buddy and me included a concept we called “Twin years”. The phenomenon occurred when, seemingly out of nowhere, lowly Minnesota would suddenly shed their Twinkies moniker and do weird things, like winning the World Series. Then, not too long afterwards, Minnesota would slide back into the muck of the old American League West and Central divisions.

Of course, the biggest Twin years were in 1987 and 1991, when the franchise won its first two and only titles, beating the St Louis Cardinals and Atlanta Braves in a pair of dramatic Fall Classics. Those ball clubs had names, big ones – hall-of-famers such as Kirby Puckett, Bert Blyleven and even Steve Carlton, who pitched nine games in for the Twins 1987 but didn’t make the playoff roster (who knew?). There were all-stars like Jack Morris and Frank Viola, Joe Niekro, Kent Hrbek, Chili Davis, Chuck Knoblauch and a pair of burley bearded men closing out games inside the Homer Dome: Jeff Reardon and Rick Aguilera.

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Masahiro Tanaka has problems but the Yankees can still compete

The New York ace is out for at least a month, with speculation rife it could last much longer, but the Yankees’ season is far from lost

From the very start of the spring training, the prevailing thought around the New York Yankees was that their season hung on the threads of Masahiro Tanaka’s ulnar collateral ligaments. There were other pressing issues hanging around the team of course, but the question of whether or not the Yankees ace would be able to stay on the field and perform at a high level seemingly held the key to forecasting their 2015 season.

That made some sense, especially when you consider that Tanaka made 20 starts in 2014, when he was 13-5, with a 2.77 ERA and a 1.056 WHIP. Had the hurler stayed healthy and helped the Yankees win even half of the 12 starts he missed, New York would have been at 90 wins, one more than the Kansas City Royals, and two more than the Oakland Athletics, teams that reached the post-season via the American League Wild Card slots.

Tough news about Tanaka…guarantee you it started at our place when he pitched in 34 degree weather…recover quickly

Sorry for #Tanaka but I saw it coming. Too bad he had this setback. I wish him the best and a quick recovery

The truth is, if it’s partially torn, just a little bit torn, rehab and rest is the right way to go. In fact, you’d be crazy to do surgery on a UCL that’s just slightly torn.

I’m going to try and establish a certain pitching style this year, so it is not the wisest to ask for velocity from me this year.

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AL Central season preview: the White Sox are due a resurgence

Detroit will lose their grip on the division soon but they should still finish on top this year, while Cleveland may have the rookie of the year

With the regular season looming and teams about to head north, it’s time to take a look at five questions that will define the storylines for the American League Central in 2015. For

Related: NL West season preview: why the San Francisco Giants won’t repeat

Related: AL West season preview: Rangers set for Texas-sized suffering

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AL Central season preview: the White Sox are due a resurgence

Detroit will lose their grip on the division soon but they should still finish on top this year, while Cleveland may have the rookie of the year

With the regular season looming and teams about to head north, it’s time to take a look at five questions that will define the storylines for the American League Central in 2015. For

Related: NL West season preview: why the San Francisco Giants won’t repeat

Related: AL West season preview: Rangers set for Texas-sized suffering

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Masahiro Tanaka has problems but the Yankees can still compete

The New York ace is out for at least a month, with speculation rife it could last much longer, but the Yankees’ season is far from lost

From the very start of the spring training, the prevailing thought around the New York Yankees was that their season hung on the threads of Masahiro Tanaka’s ulnar collateral ligaments. There were other pressing issues hanging around the team of course, but the question of whether or not the Yankees ace would be able to stay on the field and perform at a high level seemingly held the key to forecasting their 2015 season.

That made some sense, especially when you consider that Tanaka made 20 starts in 2014, when he was 13-5, with a 2.77 ERA and a 1.056 WHIP. Had the hurler stayed healthy and helped the Yankees win even half of the 12 starts he missed, New York would have been at 90 wins, one more than the Kansas City Royals, and two more than the Oakland Athletics, teams that reached the post-season via the American League Wild Card slots.

Tough news about Tanaka…guarantee you it started at our place when he pitched in 34 degree weather…recover quickly

Sorry for #Tanaka but I saw it coming. Too bad he had this setback. I wish him the best and a quick recovery

The truth is, if it’s partially torn, just a little bit torn, rehab and rest is the right way to go. In fact, you’d be crazy to do surgery on a UCL that’s just slightly torn.

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Will a US-Cuba deal open up an MLB gold rush?

America and Cuba are moving towards a restoration of relations. And fans will hope their clubs can exploit a rich vein of talent

With the announcement that relations between the United States and Cuba are on the cusp of a major thaw, the North American sports community is anticipating the possibility of Cuban prospects flooding into Major League Baseball, once they are free to do so.

Of all the lingering questions attached to Wednesday’s events, one thing we do know is that such an opening won’t happen overnight, with factions in Congress vowing to oppose shifts in the US embargo.

Major League Baseball is closely monitoring the White House’s announcement regarding Cuban-American relations. While there are not sufficient details to make a realistic evaluation, we will continue to track this significant issue, and we will keep our Clubs informed if this different direction may impact the manner in which they conduct business on issues related to Cuba.

Given that there are MLB teams in Canada, why not Cuba? I’d love to go to a @mets game in Havana! (Even though they’d def lose.)

Havana clearly set for MLB expansion in the not-so-distant future. Montreal probably will get ballpark issues settled. Bingo, 2 new teams.

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Atlanta Falcons prepare for clash against Detroit Lions at Wembley video

The Atlanta Falcons train at London Colney on Wednesday ahead of their NFL game against the Detroit Lions on Sunday at Wembley. It will be the 10th NFL match held at the London stadium since September’s game between the Miami Dolphins and Oakland Raide…

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American League Division Series: Baltimore Orioles 2-1 Detroit Tigers – as it happened!

Baltimore Orioles advance to the ALCSNelson Cruzs 6th inning home run the differenceDetroit Tigers 9th inning rally falls short Continue reading…

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2014 MLB playoffs preview: AL and NL Divisional Series

Eight teams remain in the race for the World Series. We look at the match-ups in the American and National LeagueJeters flip and more: five great Divisional Series momentsMLB postseason: share your photos and experiences Continue reading…

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MLB Postseason 2014: share your photos and experiences

The MLB playoffs are upon us and we want to know how this years baseball season has been for you and your team so far. Share your teams success stories or shortcomings with us Continue reading…

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Jordan Zimmermann throws first no-hitter in Washington Nationals history

Pitcher leads NL East champions to 1-0 win over MiamiTigers take AL Central, Cardinals win NL CentralJeter ends Yankees career with single in Boston Continue reading…

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MLB: a frosty mug of a playoff picture, and New York hosts a Jeter-palooza

The Tigers, Royals, As et al jockey for position, and with less than a week remaining in the MLB regular season, the media is also making the most of Derek Jeters last week in pinstripes Continue reading…

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Orioles and Nationals capture division flags, Angels reach the playoffs

Corks pop around Major League Baseball as October and the playoffs draw near. Plus, updates on the wild-card races Continue reading…