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‘You want to make sure you get it right’: Baseball’s big plans for London

MLB is already at work to ensure next year’s London series between the Yankees and Red Sox is as authentic as possibleMajor League Baseball has staged regular-season games in Japan, Australia, Mexico and Puerto Rico. But nothing the league has attempte…

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Why making pitchers bat is one of baseball’s most beautiful facets

During All-Star week there have been rumblings that the National League will adopt the designated hitter rule. But pitchers themselves aren’t sold on the ideaIt was a stray comment, a line tossed out by Tony Clark, the head of the baseball players unio…

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Josh Hader’s family change shirts after pitcher’s racist tweets emerge mid-game

Brewers player’s tweets resurface during All-Star gamePitcher was 17 at time of tweets and says he was ‘immature’Social media posts used n-word and also insulted gay peopleMilwaukee Brewers reliever Josh Hader took responsibility for racist and homopho…

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Mike Trout may be the most underrated sports superstar in history

The best player of his era is making a compelling case for the greatest season in baseball history. So why aren’t more people talking about it?Anyone with even a passing interest in baseball knows that Mike Trout is, and has been since not long after b…

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Inventor believed to have died after becoming trapped in freezer at Braves stadium

Todd Keeling was installing new beer taps at SunTrust Park48-year-old had been working on technology since collegeAn inventor who was at the Atlanta Braves’ stadium to install new beer technology is believed to have died after becoming trapped in a fre…

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Philadelphia Phillies fan injured by flying hot dog launched by Phanatic

Hot dog fired into crowd injures supporter at Phillies gameFan doesn’t plan legal action after diagnosis of hematomaIt was a flying frankfurter and not a foul ball that left a baseball fan with a black eye in Philadelphia.Kathy McVay says she was at Mo…

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Say it ain’t so, Joe! How 1919 informs America’s entire worldview on gambling

A society’s century-long distrust of sports betting can be traced to the night of 21 September 1919, when the Black Sox went nationalAmerica’s century-long distrust of sports betting can be traced to the night of 21 September 1919. That’s when several …

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Mariners slugger Robinson Canó banned 80 games for positive drug test

Eight-time All-Star banned 80 games for violation of drug policyCanó, 35, tested positive for the prohibited substance furosemideBan represents first blemish in career with Hall of Fame potential Seattle Mariners second baseman Robinson Canó, an eight-…

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Free-falling New York Mets lose to Reds after batting out of order

New York undercut rally by batting out of order in first inningFourth-place Mets have dropped 16 of 23 games after 11-1 startMets manager Mickey Callaway: “It probably cost us the game”The New York Mets have found many ways to self-destruct through the…

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Will Yankees-Red Sox in London break the NFL’s UK stranglehold?

Former Channel Five baseball co-host David Lengel believes Major League Baseball can make a splash in Britain despite a late startFor the tightly knit baseball community scattered throughout the UK and Ireland, Tuesday’s announcement from Major League …

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Red Sox and Yankees confirmed to meet in London MLB double-header

London Stadiums to host games at end of June 2019Boston will be designated as home team in LondonThe New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox will face each other in two regular-season games at the London Stadium next year.Boston will be the home team for b…

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How three cities are fighting back against the oldest scam in US sports

Billionaire owners have for years leveraged the threat of relocation to line their pockets. Here’s how three cities are fighting back against one of the longest-running scams in American sportsDoes this story sound familiar: a sports team pleads povert…

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Ichiro Suzuki: the secretive superstar who defied baseball’s steroid era

The Japanese outfielder has all but retired from playing at the age of 44. And he showed you didn’t need huge muscles to make a Hall of Fame careerThe baseball world into which Ichiro Suzuki walked in 2001 was one of swagger, bravado and brawn. Only tw…

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London Stadium set to host Red Sox-Yankees games next year

Mayor and MLB commissioner holding press conference on TuesdayWest Ham’s stadium layout makes it well suited for baseballMajor League Baseball will announce next week that the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox will play two games at the London Stadiu…

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‘We play too much’: Chicago Cubs’ Anthony Rizzo calls for shorter season

Cubs’ first baseman says MLB’s 162-game season is too longRizzo says he’s OK with shorter season even with smaller payChicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo believes that baseball’s 162-game schedule is too long.The three-time All-Star said Tuesday i…

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Nationals’ Bryce Harper hits startling broken-bat home run in win over Mets

Harper hits broken-bat home run in first inning off Jacob deGromSlumping Nats come together for 8-6 victory over surging MetsBryce Harper hit a startling, broken-bat homer early, then grounded a key single during a six-run surge in the eighth inning th…

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Yankees and Red Sox brawl at Fenway after New York player gets hit by pitch

Newest chapter of famed rivalry kicks off with bench-clearing brawlYankees snap Boston’s nine-game winning streak with 10-7 victoryThe fuse has officially been lit in the newest chapter of the ramped-up Yankees-Red Sox rivalry. Zim v Pedro. A-Rod v Var…

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Japanese two-way star Shohei Ohtani drawing early Babe Ruth comparisons

Japanese import continues to shine as both pitcher and hitterOhtani flirted with perfect game for six-plus innings on SundayJapanese two-way star Shohei Ohtani continued to display Babe Ruth-like brilliance in the early stages of his Major League Baseb…

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Masters moments, remembering Ray Wilkins and the best bicycle kicks | Classic YouTube

This week’s roundup also features more NCAA drama, the evergreen Ichiro Suzuki and Football Italia nostalgia1) The Masters starts on Thursday, so let’s dip into the archive. Bob Goalby seizes the moment after a scorecard error by Roberto De Vicenzo’s p…

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Yankees fans boo Stanton after strikeouts as Ohtani equals Babe Ruth’s feat

Yankees slugger says he was ‘awful’ during win over Tampa BayJapanese star hits homer days after winning as starting pitcherMuch was expected of Giancarlo Stanton when he arrived in New York this season but after hitting two home runs in the season ope…