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Red Sox clinch AL East under the watch of first-time manager Alex Cora

It’s been a memorable year for the first-time manager, whose Red Sox have dominated baseball. But he has not ignored the plight back home in Puerto RicoWith last night’s 11-6 win over the New York Yankees, the Boston Red Sox have clinched the American …

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Mets’ Todd Frazier admits using rubber ball to fool umpire over catch

Third baseman used ball he found in stands to claim catch‘Sometimes you’ve got to act out a little bit’After an awful first-half of the season, the New York Mets have had a respectable few months, topped off by a series win at the Los Angeles Dodgers t…

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See you next year: why homophobia ended this Cubs fan’s season

My Cubs are that much deeper after trading for Daniel Murphy, but the second baseman’s homophobia is a dealbreaker for meThe last time I was at Wrigley Field, so was Daniel Murphy.It was Chicago Cubs against the Washington Nationals, and it was a remar…

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Kevin-Prince Boateng raps, Vuelta memories and managerial meltdowns

This week’s edition also features baseball history, Challenge Cup final memories and Cowdenbeath’s home ground1) The Vuelta a España, the third and last of cycling’s Grand Tours of 2018 gets started on Saturday with a time trial in Málaga. Last year, t…

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How Billy Beane rediscovered his mad scientist genius at the Oakland A’s

The club’s sudden and unexpected upturn is a serious threat to American League powerhouses, and confirmation of one man’s skillsBilly Beane, the executive VP of baseball operations and resident mad scientist of the Oakland Athletics, is back disrupting…

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‘It was intentional’: Braves and Marlins brawl after Urena hits Acuna with 97mph fastball

Ronald Acuna had been on streak of leadoff home runsJose Urena and Braves manager Brian Snitker ejected from gameRonald Acuna’s chance to extend his three-game streak of leadoff homers was put on hold when the Marlins’ Jose Urena hit him with his first…

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The baseball stars who ignore MLB to stay loyal to Cuba … and Canada

Cuban players can make millions if they defect to the United States but others prefer to plot a career path that will keep them close to their familiesMost of the year, Noelvis Entenza pitches in Havana’s historic Estadio Latinoamericano, a ballpark th…

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MLB trade deadline: Dodgers add power with Brian Dozier amid late frenzy

Dodgers add power-hitting second baseman Dozier at deadlineWashington Nationals says they will not trade Bryce HarperChris Archer traded to Pirates as Wilson Ramos head to PhilliesThe NL West-leading Los Angeles Dodgers kept revamping their infield, ge…

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Win now or win later? The woeful Mets and Padres chart different courses

The National League’s two worst teams are slogging their way through lost seasons on philosophically divergent tacksOne of the happiest moments of this lost summer for the New York Mets came last week, when Jeff McNeil made his major-league debut as a …

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Sean Newcomb, Trea Turner latest MLB players to apologize for racist tweets

Braves pitcher’s old tweets resurface after Sunday no-hitter bidNewcomb ordered to meet with MLB’s inclusion czar Billy BeanAtlanta Braves pitcher Sean Newcomb apologized Sunday for racist, homophobic and sexist tweets he sent as a teenager, calling th…

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Yankees star Aaron Judge will miss at least three weeks with broken wrist

Judge to miss time after getting hit by pitch and breaking wrist26-year-old slugger is hitting .285 with 26 home runs and 61 RBIYankees slugger Aaron Judge sustained a fractured right wrist when he was hit by a fastball and is expected to miss a minimu…

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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…