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Ryan Costello: Minnesota Twins prospect found dead aged 23

Infielder was playing in New Zealand at time of deathPreliminary reports indicate player died of natural causesMinnesota Twins prospect Ryan Costello was found dead on Sunday in his hotel room in New Zealand. He was 23. The Connecticut native was in Ne…

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MLB playoff preview: will the Dodgers finally hold their nerve?

The Boston Red Sox didn’t make the postseason, meaning we’re guaranteed a new World Series champion. We break down the final eight contendersThe wildcard games have been decided and the business end of the season is now upon us. Nothing is guaranteed i…

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Aaron Judge homers in playoff debut as New York Yankees book place in ALDS

  • Yankees advance to ALDS with 8-4 victory over Twins in wild-card playoff
  • Gregorius’ three-run homer tied game after Minnesota ran out to early lead
  • New York travel to Cleveland for Game 1 of AL division series on Thursday

Aaron Judge, Didi Gregorius and a brilliant bullpen rescued New York from a rugged start and lifted the Yankees to their first postseason win in five years.

Gregorius’ three-run homer tied the score after Minnesota knocked out Luis Severino in the first inning, a pumped-up Judge showed his most emotion this season when he hit a two-run shot in his postseason debut and the Yankees beat the Twins 8-4 Tuesday night in the AL wild-card game.

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Major League Baseball overcome by emotion during its final week

MLB experienced both celebratory and tragic goodbyes this week with the retirement of legendary broadcaster Vin Scully and the death of pitcher José Fernández. Plus, a review of Major League Baseball’s have nots

On Friday night in Los Angeles, I sat next to my father inside Dodger Stadium. My dad, Mike Lengel, is a 75-year-old lifelong fan of the Dodgers, who grew up in New York city watching Jackie Robinson, Pee Wee Reese, Duke Snider and the team of his childhood play in Brooklyn. But until Friday, he had never been been to LA or visited Dodger Stadium, where the team landed after leaving in 1957.

Related: José Fernández: a smiling star whose death leaves baseball bereft

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Major League Baseball overcome by emotion during its final week

MLB experienced both celebratory and tragic goodbyes this week with the retirement of legendary broadcaster Vin Scully and the death of pitcher José Fernández. Plus, a review of Major League Baseball’s have nots

On Friday night in Los Angeles, I sat next to my father inside Dodger Stadium. My dad, Mike Lengel, is a 75-year-old lifelong fan of the Dodgers, who grew up in New York city watching Jackie Robinson, Pee Wee Reese, Duke Snider and the team of his childhood play in Brooklyn. But until Friday, he had never been been to LA or visited Dodger Stadium, where the team landed after leaving in 1957.

Related: José Fernández: a smiling star whose death leaves baseball bereft

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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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Baseball’s top 10 of 2015, from KC’s royal masterpiece to the mesmerizing Mets

With another year of baseball is in the books, David Lengel takes a look back at the best, worst and most controversial moments of the 2015 season

Around 20 minutes after closer Wade Davis struck out the Mets’ Wilmer Flores in the bottom of the 12th inning of Game 5, dozens of friends and family of the newly crowned Kansas City Royals were stationed on the field, waiting for their World Series champs. A champagne-drenched Mike Moustakas emerged from the clubhouse, spotted his wife, and delivered an all conquering leg-lifting hug. “I told you” said KC’s third baseman. Moustakas never had any doubt about the outcome. His manager, Ned Yost, had no doubt. His teammates had no doubt.

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Baseball’s top 10 of 2015, from KC’s royal masterpiece to the mesmerizing Mets

With another year of baseball is in the books, David Lengel takes a look back at the best, worst and most controversial moments of the 2015 season

Around 20 minutes after closer Wade Davis struck out the Mets’ Wilmer Flores in the bottom of the 12th inning of Game 5, dozens of friends and family of the newly crowned Kansas City Royals were stationed on the field, waiting for their World Series champs. A champagne-drenched Mike Moustakas emerged from the clubhouse, spotted his wife, and delivered an all conquering leg-lifting hug. “I told you” said KC’s third baseman. Moustakas never had any doubt about the outcome. His manager, Ned Yost, had no doubt. His teammates had no doubt.

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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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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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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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Where is baseball’s Michael Sam? Attitudes still mixed in MLB

Umpire Dale Scott’s confirmation he is gay was well received but comments by the Twins’ Torii Hunter show there is still progress to be made

While there has been some degree of progress over the previous 18 months, sexual preference continues to be an issue in the insular world of North American sports. Locker rooms still can’t be counted on to provide an atmosphere in which a gay, male athlete would feel comfortable in coming out and revealing his sexuality to team-mates.

This week we learned about the positive experiences of a Major League Baseball umpire who recently came out. Just hours later, we witnessed a player incident that can only be described as significantly less progressive.

The first 10 years of my Major League umpire career, I would have been horrified if a story had come out that I was gay. But guys unprovoked started to approach me and say, ‘I just want you to know that I would walk on the field with you any day, you’re a great guy, a great umpire and I couldn’t care less about your personal life.’ Basically what they were saying without me provoking it was ‘I know and I don’t care.’ That meant a lot to me because it surprised me since I had not brought it up.

I think Major League Baseball has proven that it certainly isn’t an issue with them. I’ve worked three World Series, I’ve worked the playoffs consistently, I’ve been a crew chief for 12 years. Obviously, if they had an issue with my life, it would be shown in my career with lack of assignments.

I am extremely grateful that Major League Baseball has always judged me on my work and nothing else and that’s the way it should be.

To his friends and colleagues throughout the game, Dale is universally regarded as a class act. All of us at MLB are very proud of him, just as we have always been.

…Asa is committed to the principles we hold dear. Like a strong faith in God, equal justice for all, and keeping marriage between one man and one woman.

I’m officially done with this guy. #Tigers #ToriiHunter #LivingInTheDarkAges #PleaseRetire #BuhBye http://t.co/9LZTLZnFbg

Torii Hunter is a bigot. He’s supporting a bigot in Asa Hutchinson. Taste the rainbow you fucking bigots!!!

Quoting America’s greatest civil rights leader in protest of granting minority civil rights? Special kind of stupid. http://t.co/y6fFVcJvhT

No. I mean, nah. There’s nothing to talk about. You already know, so why keep talking about it? I said it. It is what it is. No, I’m not going to talk about it if you bring it up.

It’s not even baseball related. We can do that later, when I retire. Then I’ll tell you the truth – everything.

Hey, Mike is kind of a prick huh? No, seriously, you’re a prick man. I don’t even know you. You’re a prick. Seriously. Ain’t nothing wrong with that man, that’s your job. He’s definitely a prick, though.

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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 trade deadline deals in full: Price right for Detroit, Beane raids Boston

With the dust settling after a busy and fascinating non-waiver trade deadline, we take a look at the biggest movers and shakers Continue reading…

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Angels surge into All-Star break while Yankees star Tanaka hits disabled list

What impact is manager Mike Scioscia really having? Yankees pitcher’s sensational season falls off rails Cincinnati’s Alfredo Simon is better late than never Exclusive interview: Angels pitcher CJ Wilson Continue reading…

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Clayton Kershaw throws a no-hitter for Dodgers, and the Royals are on a roll

Five things we learned this week: Kershaw dominates, Royals on a hot streak, and Tony Gwynn tributes pour in Continue reading…

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The NBA’s swift ousting of Donald Sterling is the anti-Marge Schott

Sterling scandal evokes MLB’s dithering over ex-Reds ownerAre the New York Mets turning the corner?Robinson Cano returns to Yankee StadiumDodgers win 10,000th game Continue reading…