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World football, baseball stars grieve for Venezuela

Caracas - The grief of Venezuela's deadly political crisis has reached as far as the football pitches of the English Premier League and the diamonds of Major League Baseball in the United States.

Can the Toronto Blue Jays expect more from Morales?

Many Toronto baseball fans may see the loss of Edwin Encarnacion during the offseason as the great tagedy of the season — even though spring training’s only just begun.

Baseball players are affected by jet lag: Study

Playing major league baseball across the U.S. involves a great deal of travel. What is the effect of this upon the body clocks of the players? A new study shows the impact of time differences is significant and this can affect results.

Bats is back: Six reasons Bautista is Blue Jays gold

Slugger Jose Bautista is returning to Toronto. After an offseason of big ticket failures for the team, the deal to secure the veteran slugger satisfies a lot of Jays fans’ expectations — and might cement a competitive 2017 team.

Time is running out for Expo Tim Raines to make the Hall of Fame

Time is running out for Montreal Expos hero Tim Raines. The stellar leadoff hitter is in the last year of his eligibility for election to the Hall of Fame (HOF).

Boston Red Sox go all-in on trade for Chris Sale

For Boston, the trade signals a clear desire to keep pushing for the World Series, and with Sale they could be as poised to do so as any team in the American League.

Toronto Blue Jays sign Steve Pearce for $12.5 million, two years

The Blue Jays have signed utility infielder Steve Pearce to two-year deal worth $12.5 million. The former Baltimore Oriole gives Toronto a player firmly rooted in the hard-hitting American League East.

Five things we learned from the 112th World Series

Cleveland - Five Things We Learned From the 112th World Series, which ended with the Chicago Cubs beating the Cleveland Indians 8-7 in 10 innings to win Major League Baseball's best-of-seven final four games to three:1. Everybody matters.

Curses foiled: Cubs manager says fans' burden lifted

Cleveland - At long last, for the first time since 1908, the Chicago Cubs are World Series champions.So say goodbye to the "Curse of the Billy Goat," Cubs fans. No more worrying about black cats crossing in front of the dugout like in 1969 at New York.

Marlins ace pitcher Jose Fernandez is mourned

Baseball fans were overwhelmed after news broke on Sunday that Miami Marlins ace pitcher Jose Ferndandez had died in a boating accident. He was 24 years old.

Former Cardinals chief scout sentenced to nearly four years

One of the strangest baseball stories in recent memory is coming to a close. Former director of scouting for the St. Louis Cardinals, Christopher Correa, has been sentenced to almost four years in prison.

MLB clears Dodgers in complaint about electronic positioning Special

Queens - The Los Angeles Dodgers baseball team did not violate league rules when it used laser technology to position players before a game with the Mets last month in New York.

Mets complain Dodgers used barred technology in pro baseball game

Flushing - The New York Mets baseball team has formally complained to league officials about what they suspect was another team's use of advanced electronics to better position players on the field.

Cuba on the cusp Special

If you were blindfolded and parachuted into the beach resort town of Varadero you’d be hard pressed to identify where you were.

Internet retailer takes name off Oakland's outdoor sports stadium

Oakland - Internet retailer Overstock.com has dropped its paid-for right to put the O.Co name on the outdoor sports stadium in Oakland, Calif.

Baseball diplomacy: Obama, Castro take in Havana game

Havana - US President Barack Obama and his Cuban counterpart Raul Castro sat side-by-side for a symbolism-laden game of baseball between Cuba's national team and the Major League's Tampa Bay Rays.

Obama arrives in Havana for historic visit with former enemy

Havana - U.S. President Barack Obama and his family landed in Havana on Sunday for an historic visit that highlights newly warming relations between Cuba and the United States, two longtime Cold War adversaries.

Bryce Harper scathingly critiques baseball's 'unwritten rules'

Compared to sports like football and basketball, baseball is far more straightlaced. Excessive celebration is discouraged.

Obama to attend Major League Baseball game in Cuba

New York - US President Barack Obama will attend a baseball game during a landmark visit to Cuba later this month, a symbolic show of friendship between the two baseball-mad nations.

Is designated hitter coming to National League?

With the current collective bargaining agreement ending later this year, there is discussion about making the Designated Hitter universal in Major League Baseball.

Op-Ed: Baseball playoffs reveal pitfalls of over-reliance on technology

Toronto - If baseball was smart in the way Apple Computer and Barack Obama were smart, it would endeavor to ensure that the extraordinary opportunity presented by the events of October 2015 was not frittered away.

Why Wednesday will be most exciting day of MLB playoffs action

If you like playoff baseball, circle Wednesday on your calendar. Two highly-anticipated elimination games are on tap, with the final game between the Blue Jays and the Rangers set for 4 p.m. ET and the Astros and Royals battling at 8 p.m.ET.

Op-Ed: Astros exploit Yankees' weaknesses in wild-card game win

New York - A few days ago, the New York Yankees sounded like they expected to be a factor in baseball's 2015 post-season tournament that began yesterday.

MLB's postseason picture with one week of games left

There are just seven days left in MLB's regular season but plenty of titles are still up for grabs. Here's a look at what's left as the final week gets underway.

Palin comes down on analyst's side in dispute over Muslim comment

Anchorage - Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin publicly ridiculed the ESPN sports network Friday for suspending baseball commentator Curt Schilling over an anti-Muslim comment he made on the website Twitter.

A.L. East pennant race heating up

Heading into the last month of the baseball season, the New York Yankees and Toronto Blue Jays are set for an epic battle for first place.

SF Giants using their ace pitcher as a pinch hitter

The San Francisco Giants are getting creative in their push for the second National League Wild Card spot. Giants manager Bruce Bochy has openly toyed with giving Madison Bumgarner a larger role in the offense.

Baseball stories in first half of 2015

As Major League Baseball enters the halfway point of the 2015 season, some interesting story lines have emerged. The Houston Astros are on top, Alex Rodriguez is playing like an all star again and Pete Rose is back in the news.

Ex-outfielder Darryl Hamilton dead in apparent murder-suicide

Houston - Former major leaguer Darryl Hamilton, an analyst for the MLB television network, was killed Sunday in what appears to be a murder-suicide.

Oakland A's call up relief pitcher who pitches with both arms

The Oakland A's have promoted Pat Venditte to the Major Leagues. Normally the promotion of a middle reliever would not make any waves, but Venditte is different: he can pitch with both arms.
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Nick Swisher and Curtis Granderson crash into each other while trying to catch an Angels line drive
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Lawrie is caught trying to steal second base against the Yankees on Sunday
Lawrie is caught trying to steal second base against the Yankees on Sunday
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At the ballpark: Watching Astros in action
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Thames is examined by a team doctor and Manager John Farrell
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Blue Jays rookie third baseman Brett Lawrie hits a single against the Yankees on Sunday
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2012 Triple-Crown Winner Miguel Cabrera
2012 Triple-Crown Winner Miguel Cabrera
The Reading Fightin Phils are the AA affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies.  A night at the ballpar...
The Reading Fightin Phils are the AA affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies. A night at the ballpark is more than just baseball, it is a family event. There are all kinds of food to eat, games for kids to play, live ostriches, and of course there's a baseball game thrown in for good measure
The Reading Fightin Phils are the AA affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies.  A night at the ballpar...
The Reading Fightin Phils are the AA affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies. A night at the ballpark is more than just baseball, it is a family event. There are all kinds of food to eat, games for kids to play, live ostriches, and of course there's a baseball game thrown in for good measure
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Adam Lind celebrates one of his two homeruns with second baseman Kelly Johnson on his way back to the dugout
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Taylor Jordan a pitcher for the Harrisburg Senators
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A scene from 'Million Dollar Arm'
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Roy Halladay announces his retirement at the MLB Winter Meetings at Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort. Halladay signed a one-day contract and retired with the Toronto Blue Jays
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Roy Halladay is joined with his wife Brandy, sons Braden, right, and Ryan, center, before he announces his retirement at the MLB Winter Meetings at Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort
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St. Louis Cardinals at a game
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Toronto Blue Jays slugger Jose Bautista swinging his bat
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The Reading Fightin Phils are the AA affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies.  A night at the ballpar...
The Reading Fightin Phils are the AA affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies. A night at the ballpark is more than just baseball, it is a family event. There are all kinds of food to eat, games for kids to play, live ostriches, and of course there's a baseball game thrown in for good measure
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George Steinbrenner brought out the baseballs for the Ceremonial First Pitch and was greeted by Yogi Berra, Reggie Jackson, Goose Gossage and Whitey Ford at the 2008 MLB All-Star Game
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The Reading Fightin Phils are the AA affiliate of the Philadelphi Phillies.  They were formerly know...
The Reading Fightin Phils are the AA affiliate of the Philadelphi Phillies. They were formerly know as the Reading Phillies and have been a part of the Phillies organization since 1967. The ballpark has undergone a lot of changes in the last few years with upgrades to just about every area of the park. A night at the ballpark is more than just baseball, it is a family event. There are all kinds of food to eat, games for kids to play, live ostriches, and of course there's a baseball game thro