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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.

Alex Rodriguez is quietly producing for the New York Yankees

A year-and-a-half ago New York Yankees designated hitter Alex Rodriguez was embroiled in the aftermath of the Biogenesis scandal. Now, the 39-year-old has quietly become one of the team's most reliable hitters.

The 5 best MLB plays of the last 7 days

Each season of baseball is more than 160 games, but every week players add to the growing highlight reel of great defensive plays. Here are five from the past week.

Hostess is getting slammed for this brilliantly dumb tweet

The snack food company Hostess has caused a stir with a seemingly tone-deaf tweet that celebrated the start of the baseball season with a blatant reference to football.

Arizona freshman’s night at the plate is no laughing matter Special

Tucson - J.J. Matijevic has had people mispronounce his last name for as long as he can remember, but the Arizona first baseman with Polish heritage has always had a sense of humor about it.

Baseball post season: MLB All-Stars finished year in Japan tour

Tokyo - The MLB All-Stars just finished their tour in Japan playing against the Japanese national team Samurai Japan for five games and two exhibition games. According to MLB, the MLB All-Stars lost 3 to 2 in the series with the Samurai Japan.

Op-Ed: San Francisco Giants fans are elated, despite rain upon a parade Special

San Francisco - Despite storm warnings and a downpour of some rain, over a million Giants fans showed up for the congratulatory parade celebration in honor of the baseball team's third World Series Victory in five years.

Op-Ed: SF Giants prove again that the best baseball is team baseball

San Francisco - Say what you want about how the San Francisco Giants are undeserving of being Major League champions because they couldn't even win their division after the nearly interminable 162-game season.

San Francisco Giants' Pablo Sandoval enters free agency

Celebrating the San Francisco Giants' victory over the Kansas City Royals in the seventh and final game of the 2014 World’s Series was all that Pablo Sandoval was interested in.

San Francisco Giants win third World Series in 5 years

A near-perfect five innings of relief pitching by Madison Bumgarner gave the Giants a narrow Game 7 World Series win over the Kansas City Royals. Tonight the Giants won their third World Series in five years, completing a rare sports trilogy.

Rumour mill says Tampa Bay Rays could move to Montreal

St. Petersburg - It's no secret that 2014 has been a bad year for the Tampa Bay Rays — the team once again missed the playoffs, and on Friday, manager Joe Maddon abruptly left the team and became a free agent. Now sources say the team could be headed for Montreal.

Rookie Cardinals outfielder dies in car accident

San Francisco - St. Louis Cardinals rookie outfielder Oscar Taveras, who hit a dramatic home run two weeks ago in the National League playoffs, was killed Monday in a car crash in the Dominican Republic.
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Nick Swisher and Curtis Granderson crash into each other while trying to catch an Angels line drive
Nick Swisher and Curtis Granderson crash into each other while trying to catch an Angels line drive
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Taylor Jordan a pitcher for the Harrisburg Senators
Taylor Jordan a pitcher for the Harrisburg Senators
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Thames is examined by a team doctor and Manager John Farrell
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Pitcher Mark Buehrle makes an incredible play, throwing a ball between his legs for an out
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Neyland Stadium night
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Aaron Sanchez of the Toronto Blue Jays
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LOOK DOWN: The New York Mets professional baseball team has played its home games at Citi Field in Queens since 2009.
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The dome at San Francisco's City Hall was lighted with orange lights in honor of the third victory by the SF Giants at the World Series. Fans like Chris Langridge and many others posted on Facebook and other social media sites their excitement and elation.
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VICTOR: Houston Astros hurler Dallas Keuchel pitches against the Yankees at Yankee Stadium in New Yo...
VICTOR: Houston Astros hurler Dallas Keuchel pitches against the Yankees at Yankee Stadium in New York in August.
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Lightning above St. Louis' Busch Stadium during a regular season MLB game
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LEASE: Baseball at the Oakland Coliseum could continue for at least 10 more years under a rumored de...
LEASE: Baseball at the Oakland Coliseum could continue for at least 10 more years under a rumored deal between the team, the city and Alameda County.
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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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The rain that fell did not deter fans from turning out in full force to greet their home team.
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Angels starting pitcher Dan Haren falls to the ground after being hit on the left wrist by a comebac...
Angels starting pitcher Dan Haren falls to the ground after being hit on the left wrist by a comebacker hit by Jays' Eric Thames
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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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David Price, a starting pitcher for the Toronto Blue Jays
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Ervin Santana
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