Stories by Ronald Blum

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Braves lead majors in amateur signing bonueses

NEW YORK - Major league teams have spent a record $267.95 million on signing bonuses for players drafted last month, a 7.4 percent increase from last year's final total of $249.38 million.
By Ronald Blum

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Royals' Hosmer, Perez lead AL to win over NL

SAN DIEGO - Eric Hosmer and Salvador Perez homered off former Kansas City teammate Johnny Cueto during a six-pitch span in the second inning, Hosmer added an RBI single to become MVP of the ...
By Ronald Blum

Baseball Commissioner Manfred says PED's aren't behind home run increase

SAN DIEGO - With home runs up to a level not seen since the height of the Steroids Era, baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred says he is not worried performance-enhancing drugs are a reason for the ...
By Ronald Blum

Monday, July 11, 2016

Stars will be out in San Diego sun

The All-Star Game will be back in San Diego for the first time since 1992.
By Ronald Blum

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Strike zone change is up for debate

NEW YORK - Wade Miley hears the talk about lifting the bottom of the strike zone in an effort to spark offense and insists there has been too much tinkering already.
By Ronald Blum

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Cubs, Red Sox dominate All-Star rosters

NEW YORK - The Chicago Cubs became the first team since the 1976 Cincinnati Reds' Big Red Machine to have five players voted as All-Star Game starters when their entire infield earned the honor ...
By Ronald Blum

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Chile reigns at Copa America; Messi's wait continues

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Lionel Messi put his penalty kick over the crossbar, Francisco Silva converted Chile's shootout finale and La Roja won their second consecutive Copa America title by ...
By Ronald Blum

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

US men's soccer team still 'long way off'

Walking out of the stadium after Tuesday night's loss to Argentina, the Americans looked wide-eyed and shell-shocked.
By Ronald Blum

Messi leads Argentina to easy victory

HOUSTON -Five-time world player of the year Lionel Messi set up Ezequiel Lavezzi's opening goal in the third minute, then scored on a free kick to break Argentina's career scoring record and ...
By Ronald Blum

Monday, June 20, 2016

US will take the game to Argentina

HOUSTON - American players maintained over and over that playing Argentina and Lionel Messi in a Copa America semifinal tonight was a big deal, yet not mind-boggling.
By Ronald Blum

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Braves win fourth in a row

Atlanta overcame a 3-0 deficit and hung on in a wild ninth to beat the Mets for the second consecutive night and match its longest winning streak this year at four games. 
By Ronald Blum

Monday, June 13, 2016

Copa America attendance exceeding projections

NEW YORK - Fans at some first-round Copa America games have arrived to see empty sections, even closed-off decks. Still, the tournament is averaging more than 40,000 fans per game, a figure ...
By Ronald Blum

Saturday, June 11, 2016

U.S. holds on, advances to Copa America quarterfinals

PHILADELPHIA - The United States advanced to the quarterfinals of the Copa America, getting a first-half goal from Clint Dempsey and surviving DeAndre Yedlin's early second-half ejection to beat ...
By Ronald Blum

Monday, Feb. 22, 2016

MLS commissioner hopes new FIFA president brings change

NEW YORK - MLS Commissioner Don Garber hopes the winner of Friday's election for FIFA president institutes sweeping change.
By Ronald Blum

Monday, Jan. 25, 2016

Commissioner outlines possible changes during interview

NEW YORK - Baseball's strike zone could be getting a slight lift.
By Ronald Blum

Thursday, Jan. 7, 2016

Griffey, Piazza pick their Cooperstown caps

Ken Griffey Jr. and Mike Piazza decide on which caps to have on their Cooperstown plaques.
By Ronald Blum

Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2016

Griffey, Piazza elected to Hall of Fame

NEW YORK - Ken Griffey Jr. has been elected to the baseball Hall of Fame with the highest voting percentage ever, and Mike Piazza also is headed to Cooperstown.
By Ronald Blum

Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016

Griffey Jr. could receive close to 100 percent of the Hall of Fame vote

Ken Griffey Jr. seems assured of election on the first ballot Wednesday into the hall of fame , possibly with a record vote of close to 100 percent.
By Ronald Blum

Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2015

Major League Baseball makes safety recommendations to avoid injuries from foul balls

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Major League Baseball recommended teams have protective netting between the dugouts for any field-level seats within 70 feet of home plate.
By Ronald Blum

Braves trade Miller to Arizona

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - In another dramatic move to return to the playoffs for the first time since 2011, the Arizona Diamondbacks reached an agreement to acquire All-Star right-hander Shelby Miller.
By Ronald Blum
 
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