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FILE - In this Oct. 10, 2016, file photo, Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz encourages the crowd from the dugout during the eighth inning in Game 3 of baseball's American League Division Series against the Cleveland Indians in Boston. Former Boston Red Sox slugger Ortiz was shot and wounded in his native Dominican Republic, his father told ESPN on Sunday, June 9, 2019. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)
June 09, 2019 - 10:46 pm
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) — Former Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz was ambushed by a man who got off a motorcycle and shot him in the back at close range Sunday night in his native Dominican Republic, authorities said. Dominican National Police Director Ney Aldrin Bautista Almonte...
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Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Kyle Hendricks delivers during the first inning of a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals, Sunday, June 9, 2019, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Matt Marton)
June 09, 2019 - 7:10 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — Kyle Hendricks tossed one-run ball over seven innings to continue his dominance over St. Louis, lifting the Chicago Cubs to a 5-1 win over the Cardinals on Sunday night. Carlos González hit his first homer with the Cubs and Kyle Schwarber went 2 for 3 with two RBIs as Chicago...
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Los Angeles Angels' Shohei Ohtani, right, runs to first for a single as Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Yusei Kikuchi runs to back up the first baseman during the first inning of a baseball game Saturday, June 8, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
June 08, 2019 - 11:58 pm
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Shohei Ohtani and Yusei Kikuchi sensed the excitement around Angel Stadium each time they dug in against each other. The Japanese stars also realized millions of eyes were on them from across the Pacific as they faced each other in the major leagues for the first time. When...
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Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Glenn Sparkman, left, walks off the field after being ejected by home plate umpire Mark Carlson for hitting Chicago White Sox's Tim Anderson with a pitch during the second inning of a baseball game Wednesday, May 29, 2019, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
June 08, 2019 - 7:40 pm
A look at what's happening around the majors Saturday: KEEP IT COOL Royals right-hander Glenn Sparkman pitches against the White Sox at Kauffman Stadium — in his last outing, he was ejected for hitting Chicago sparkplug Tim Anderson in the helmet with a pitch. Sparkman was tossed in the second...
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Retired Texas Rangers player Adrian Beltre tries on a gift presented to him by the team as shortstop Elvis Andrus reaches for his head during a jersey retirement ceremony for Beltre before the second baseball game of a doubleheader against the Oakland Athletics in Arlington, Texas, Saturday, June 8, 2019. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
June 08, 2019 - 7:00 pm
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Adrián Beltré got one more tap on the top of the head from Elvis Andrus, and a visit by the person who brought the four-time All-Star third baseman up to the major leagues as a teenager. The Rangers retired Beltré's No. 29 jersey on Saturday night after he spent the last...
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Home plate umpire Chris Conroy, left, gives a ball to Boston Red Sox catcher Christian Vazquez, center, as New York Yankees Brett Gardner, right, reacts during his at-bat in the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox, Sunday, June 2, 2019, in New York. Gardner grounded out. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
June 08, 2019 - 6:30 pm
CLEVELAND (AP) — This was not the kind of hard hit Brett Gardner hoped for. Fuming after his bid for extra bases was caught Saturday, the New York Yankees' sparkplug fired his batting helmet against a dugout wall in Cleveland— only to have the protective gear ricochet back and smack him in the face...
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Chicago Cubs President Theo Epstein, left, introduces pitcher Craig Kimbrel during a news conference at Wrigley Field, Friday, June 7, 2019 in Chicago. (Jose M. Osorio/Chicago Tribune via AP)
June 08, 2019 - 12:05 am
A look at what's happening around the majors today: GETTING GOING, PART I Dallas Keuchel says he doesn't expect to need much time tuning up in the minors before he joins his new team, the Atlanta Braves. The club confirmed Friday night that the 2015 American League Cy Young Award winner had agreed...
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FILE - In this May 20, 2019, file photo, New York Yankees' Didi Gregorius throws the ball to first base in time to get a runner during a Gulf Coast League baseball game, in Tampa, Fla. Gregorius is back at shortstop for the New York Yankees, who are winning despite a slew of major injuries. Gregorius had Tommy John surgery in October, shortly after he injured his right elbow in the playoffs against Boston. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara, File)
June 07, 2019 - 11:48 am
CLEVELAND (AP) — Didi Gregorius is back, giving the New York Yankees one of their major missing pieces. Eight months after undergoing Tommy John surgery on his right elbow, Gregorius was activated from the injured list and is expected to start at shortstop Friday night as the AL East-leading...
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FILE - In this Sept. 3, 2018, file photo, Boston Red Sox relief pitcher Craig Kimbrel works against the Atlanta Braves in the ninth inning of baseball game, in Atlanta. Free-agent closer Craig Kimbrel has agreed to a contract with the Chicago Cubs. The team said Friday, June 7, 2019, he has passed his physical. Contract terms were not disclosed. (AP Photo/John Bazemore, File)
June 07, 2019 - 8:56 am
CHICAGO (AP) — Free-agent closer Craig Kimbrel has agreed to a contract with the Cubs in a big move to strengthen Chicago's bullpen. The team said Friday he passed his physical. Contract terms were not disclosed. The addition plugs a major hole for Chicago, which has been beset by blown saves but...
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FILE - In this Oct. 16, 2018, file photo, Houston Astros starting pitcher Dallas Keuchel throws against the Boston Red Sox during the first inning in Game 3 of a baseball American League Championship Series in Houston. Pitchers Dallas Keuchel and Craig Kimbrel, the last two top free agents on the market, can sign starting Monday, June 3, 2019, with their new teams having to forfeit amateur draft picks as compensation. Both turned down $17.9 million qualifying offers in November, Keuchel from Houston and Kimbrel from the World Series champion Boston Red Sox. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)
June 06, 2019 - 9:45 pm
A look at what's happening around the majors Friday: BRAVE NEW WORLD It appears free agent pitcher Dallas Keuchel has finally found a home. Keuchel and the Atlanta Braves were near agreement on a one-year contract that would pay the 2015 AL Cy Young Award winner about $13 million, a person familiar...
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