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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Baseball's new replay system is lauded by commissioner

NEW YORK - Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig says the sport's new replay system is working well despite a few problems during its first two weeks.
By Ronald Blum

Selig is praised on Jackie Robinson Day

NEW YORK - Marking the 67th anniversary of the day Jackie Robinson broke baseball's color barrier, the Rev. Jesse Jackson praised Commissioner Bud Selig for the strides the sport has taken in ...
By Ronald Blum

Monday, March 31, 2014

Fans get thrills after months of chills

Baseball came storming back Monday when 26 major league teams opened their seasons and seemed to make the outdoors feel a little warmer.
By Ronald Blum

Friday, March 28, 2014

MLB cracks down on PED violations

NEW YORK - Baseball players suspended during the season for a performance-enhancing drug violation will not be eligible for that year's postseason under changes to the sport's drug agreement ...
By Ronald Blum

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Dodgers end Yankees' run as top spenders in baseball

NEW YORK - Zack Greinke and the Los Angeles Dodgers have knocked Alex Rodriguez and the New York Yankees off baseball's payroll perch, part of an off-season spending spree that has the average ...
By Ronald Blum

Monday, Feb. 24, 2014

Home-plate collision rule has exceptions

Rather than ban home plate collisions outright, Major League Baseball and its players adopted a rule limiting them this season.
By Ronald Blum

Friday, Feb. 14, 2014

McCann praises Gomez, Fernandez following confrontations last year

New York Yankees' catcher Brian McCann has praised Carlos Gomez and Jose Fernandez following confrontations he had last year with both players.
By Ronald Blum

Friday, Feb. 7, 2014

Rodriguez drops lawsuits, accepts season-long suspension

NEW YORK - Alex Rodriguez has accepted his season-long suspension from Major League Baseball, the longest penalty in the sport's history related to performance-enhancing drugs.
By Ronald Blum

Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014

Players want to kick A-Rod out of union

NEW YORK - Several angry major league players wanted Alex Rodriguez kicked out of their union after he sued it last week, but staff lawyers told them expulsion was not allowed.
By Ronald Blum

Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014

A-Rod's suspension frees up money for Yankees

The New York Yankees got $22 million in extra spending money Saturday after Alex Rodriguez was suspended for the season.
By Ronald Blum

Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014

Hall of Fame says changes to be handled by BBWAA

The Hall of Fame said Thursday that any changes to future voting are to be handled by the membership of the BBWAA.
By Ronald Blum

Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013

MLB average salary up 5.4 percent

Major League Baseball's average salary is up 5.4 percent to a record $3.39 million, its steepest rise since 2006.
By Ronald Blum

Friday, Dec. 13, 2013

Ex-Red Sox star goes from Yankees' 'thorn' to 'flower'

NEW YORK - Joe Girardi is happy to see Jacoby Ellsbury in Yankees pinstripes instead of the uniform of the rival Boston Red Sox.
By Ronald Blum

Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013

Baseball owners want to protect investments

Baseball officials are up front about this: They want to ban home-plate collisions to guard their investments.
By Ronald Blum

Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013

Trumbo traded to Diamondbacks

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - The Los Angeles Angels traded outfielder-first baseman Mark Trumbo to the Arizona Diamondbacks as part of a three-team deal that also includes the Chicago White Sox.
By Ronald Blum

Friday, Dec. 6, 2013

US faces difficult draw in World Cup

The U.S. drew a daunting task for next year's World Cup: difficult opponents, tropical venues and a wearying 9,000-mile zigzag journey across Brazil.
By Ronald Blum

Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013

Baseball signings could happen quickly

In the cool of autumn, everyone is optimistic. Even the Houston Astros, trying to avoid becoming the first team to lose 100 games in four straight seasons since the 1962-65 Mets. 
By Ronald Blum

Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013

Boston's still rocking after World Series triumph

BOSTON - More than an hour after the final out, players lingered on the field and fans stood by their seats, cheering, singing and applauding.
By Ronald Blum

Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013

Red Sox win championship

The Boston Red Sox won the World Series on Wednesday night, beating the St. Louis Cardinals 6-1.
By Ronald Blum

Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013

Red Sox want to win title at home

The Boston Red Sox are hoping to win a championship at Fenway Park for first time since 1918 - when Woodrow Wilson was president of the United States and television hadn't been invented.
By Ronald Blum

Top headlines

Germany wins World Cup

RIO DE JANEIRO - Mario Goetze volleyed in the winning goal in extra time to give Germany its fourth World Cup title with a 1-0 victory over Argentina on Sunday.