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Twins’ Andrelton Simmons ruled out with Covid-19 week after declining vaccine

Vaccine was made available to team last ThursdayShortstop said he refused shot for personal reasonsMinnesota Twins shortstop Andrelton Simmons has tested positive for coronavirus and was placed on the Covid-19 injured list on Wednesday before the team’…

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Cleveland Indians’ Yu Chang receives racist tweets after making error

Cleveland first baseman receives racist tweets after costly errorChang, who is Taiwanese, shared some of the anti-Asian tweetsCleveland Indians first baseman Yu Chang shared some racist tweets he received after making a costly error in Monday night’s g…

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Joe Musgrove tosses first no-hitter in San Diego Padres’ 53-year history

Musgrove pitches first no-hitter in San Diego team historyRight-hander grew up near San Diego in El Cajon, CaliforniaPadres had been only active MLB team without a no-hitterSan Diego Padres right-hander Joe Musgrove pitched the first no-hitter in the h…

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Will moving the All-Star Game cost Georgia $100m? Almost certainly not

Huge figures are often thrown around when it comes to the economic impact of sporting events. But many experts say the sums are usually wishful thinkingMajor League Baseball has found itself at the center of a maelstrom over its decision to relocate th…

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Greg Abbott will not throw first pitch after MLB hits out at Georgia voting laws

Texas governor was due to appear at Rangers’ opener on MondayMLB moved All-Star game from Georgia after new laws passedTexas governor Greg Abbott said on Monday that he won’t throw the ceremonial first pitch as planned at the Texas Rangers’ home opener…

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Dual-threat star Ohtani pitches 100mph then hits 450ft HR in same inning

Angels star later leaves game injured after awkward fallJapanese player has fastest pitch and hardest-hit homer of seasonShohei Ohtani both hit the hardest homer and threw the hardest pitch by a starter in the majors this season in an extraordinary two…

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Trump and Carlson lead backlash as MLB pulls All-Star Game from Georgia

Former president calls on fans to ‘boycott baseball’Obama lauds MLB ‘for taking a stand on behalf of voting rights’Donald Trump and Tucker Carlson led rightwing backlash after Major League Baseball said it would not play its All-Star game in Georgia be…

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MLB 2021 predictions: how do you stop a juggernaut like the LA Dodgers?

The World Series champions look set to repeat. Our writers run down the contenders and the best players to watch in the coming season“Dog, if there were slightly larger bases, I would be all over MLB!”, said no young would-be baseball fan, ever, at any…

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Francisco Lindor signs 10-year, $341m deal with New York Mets through 2031

Mets sign Lindor to blockbuster $341m contract over 10 yearsDeal represents third-richest by value in major league historyFrancisco Lindor and the New York Mets have agreed to a $341m, 10-year deal, keeping the All-Star shortstop in Queens for the long…

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MLB’s war on the joy of watching pitchers bat is almost complete

With the league all but certain to adopt the universal designated hitter rule in December, the forthcoming season will almost certainly be the last time we see pitchers take their turn at batWhen Major League Baseball made the decision to expand the de…

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Chicago Cubs prospect arrested with 21lbs of meth in team duffel bag

Jesus Camargo-Corrales, 25, faces felony charges in ColoradoCamargo-Corrales found with meth and oxycodone pills in carPitcher claimed he was offered $500 to deliver bag to DenverA minor league baseball player is facing drug charges after police in Col…

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Chris Christie joins New York Mets’ board of directors under Steve Cohen

Christie, 58, was New Jersey’s governor from 2010 to 2018Politician was an adviser to US president Donald TrumpChris Christie, the former New Jersey governor and adviser to US president Donald Trump, has joined the board of directors of the New York Me…

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LeBron James becomes partner at FSG, owner of Liverpool and Boston Red Sox

NBA star becomes first black partner at Fenway Sports GroupRedBird Capital Partners also invest $750m in FSGLeBron James has become a partner in Fenway Sports Group, meaning he is now a part-owner of the Boston Red Sox, Liverpool FC and US sports netwo…

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Age-old problem: how easy is it for athletes to fake their birthdates?

Baseball players are often accused of presenting themselves as younger than they actually are. But it is becoming harder to slip under teams’ radarsNo matter how full the stadiums may be, normalcy will still be in short supply when the new Major League…

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Robot umpires and larger bases: MLB to test experimental rules in minors

MLB to experiment with rule changes in minor leagues this yearComputer umpires to call balls and strikes at some Low-A gamesMajor League Baseball will experiment with several rule changes in the minor leagues this season, including an automated strike …

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Moses Fleetwood Walker: editor, author and major league baseball’s first black star

Before Jackie Robinson dared to cross baseball’s color line in the spring of 1947, there was Moses Fleetwood Walker – the pioneer that time always forgetsSecond-degree murder was the charge that they gave him, and his win probability did not look good….

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Moses Fleetwood Walker: editor, author and major league baseball’s first black star

Before Jackie Robinson dared to cross baseball’s color line in the spring of 1947, there was Moses Fleetwood Walker – the pioneer that time always forgetsSecond-degree murder was the charge that they gave him, and his win probability did not look good….

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Urban Meyer embodies the hubris of the US sports industry

Powerful figures like the Jacksonville Jaguars head coach believe they are above reproach – because for much of their careers they have beenJust when you think the NFL cannot sink any deeper into its own particular brand of win-at-all-costs shamelessne…

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Mariners CEO quits after questioning players’ English skills

Comments were made during appearance earlier this monthPlayers reported to be ‘angry’ and ‘sad’ over commentsSeattle Mariners president and CEO Kevin Mather resigned on Monday following the emergence of video in which he criticized some of the team’s p…

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New York Mets include Tim Tebow on virus-limited spring training roster

Tebow, 33, invited to Mets spring training for fifth straight yearHeisman winner has hit .223 during his time in organizationQuarterback-turned-outfielder Tim Tebow is getting another chance at making the New York Mets roster. Related: Mets fire genera…