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US ballplayer's kidnapped mother is released

Caracas - The mother of Pittsburgh Pirates catcher Elias Diaz was released Sunday, three days after being kidnapped in the Venezuelan city of Maracaibo, authorities said.

Mother of Venezuelan MLB player abducted

Caracas - The mother of a Venezuelan who plays Major League Baseball in the United States has been kidnapped in her country, the player said in remarks published Friday.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Op-Ed: Yankees Miller should keep closers role upon Chapman's return

Baseball's most feared pitcher returns tonight. Aroldis Chapman, fresh off a 30-game suspension for an offseason domestic violence incident, is eligible to make his season debut tonight when the New York Yankees welcome the Kansas City Royals.

MLB Rumors: Will the Miami Marlins trade Jose Fernandez?

Miami - As pitcher and catchers report to spring training, there are rumors the Miami Marlins could trade pitcher Jose Fernandez if a long-term contract cannot be reached.

Op-Ed: Spring storylines — Red Sox can't win without Ramirez, Sandoval

There are many people jumping on the Boston Red Sox bandwagon for 2016 after some impressive moves in the offseason. But the success of this team rests on the shoulders of two players who were acquired last season.

Op-Ed: Many productive MLB free agents remain

Here we are, in the middle of February and the list of available MLB free agents still holds players who can make a difference. We have former All-Stars, Gold Glove winners and even a former MVP still sitting in the unemployment line.

Op-Ed: MLB Free agent profile: SS Ian Desmond

Ian Desmond entered the offseason as the top free agent shortstop on the market. To the surprise of many, he still remains unsigned despite so many teams that finished the season with a need for the position.

Op-Ed: Dodgers Ethier an alternative option for teams looking at Fowler

The free agent outfield market has progressed slowly this offseason. As a result, many players have been left unsigned and potential trade candidates remain with their respective teams.

A decision on Pete Rose's reinstatement to baseball has been made

Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred has decided not to reinstate Pete Rose into the game of baseball, according to reports.

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: The best plays of the year from the Toronto Blue Jays

Here at Digital Journal, we're unapologetic Blue Jays fans. As the team heads into the playoffs for the first time in 22 years, here's a look at the best Blue Jays plays of 2015 season, right through the batting roster and including one great pitcher.

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.

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.

Kansas City Royals acquire Johnny Cueto

The Kansas City Royals — currently holding the best record in the American League — are looking a lot tougher after acquiring Johnny Cueto from the Cincinnati Reds in exchange for three prospects.

Hamels throws no-hitter in what may be last start for Phillies

Chicago - Philadelphia Phillies pitching star Cole Hamels certainly heard the rumors about being traded before Saturday's waiver deadline.

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.

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.

Phillies $50 million contract with Jonathan Papelbon a disaster

Jonathan Papelbon is in the last year of the four-year, $50 million contract the Phillies gave him in 2011. Though Papelbon's has been strong at times — he posted a pretty solid season in 2014 — the contract has largely been a nightmare for the Phils

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.

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.
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Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Andre Ethier.
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Blue Jays outfielder Travis Snider continues to swing a hot bat after hitting a solo home run in the third inning. He has hit in all four games since being called up from Triple-A Las Vegas including homering in back-to-back games
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The Angels celebrate its 7-2 win over the Blue Jays
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Edwin Encarnacion hits a 1-2 pitch over the left field fence for a solo homerun in the second inning. It was the infielder's 17th long ball of the year and moved him into second place in the American League in homeruns
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Blue Jays rookie third baseman Brett Lawrie hits a single against the Yankees on Sunday
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Yankees player Alex Rodriguez
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