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Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon, center, yells toward the Pittsburgh Pirates dugout as he is restrained by umpire Joe West and Cubs' Kris Bryant (17) during the fourth inning of a baseball game in Pittsburgh, Thursday, July 4, 2019. Maddon was ejected. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
July 11, 2019 - 3:01 pm
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Joe Maddon didn't let the free time created by a rare ejection go to waste. Shortly after getting tossed by home plate umpire Joe West on July 4 following an outburst in which the Chicago Cubs manager appeared ready to take on any and all comers from the Pittsburgh dugout after...
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American League Gleyber Torres, left, of the New York Yankees, and American League Mookie Betts, of the Boston Red Sox, celebrate a 4-3 victory of the National League in the MLB baseball All-Star Game, Tuesday, July 9, 2019, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
July 10, 2019 - 2:33 am
CLEVELAND (AP) — Baseball players' union head Tony Clark says a poor job has been done of marketing Boston Red Sox outfielder Mookie Betts, the reigning AL MVP. "Mookie should be a household name," Clark told the Baseball Writers' Association of America on Tuesday. "Mookie should be a one-name guy...
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American League starting pitcher Justin Verlander, of the Houston Astros, throws during the first inning of the MLB baseball All-Star Game against the National League, Tuesday, July 9, 2019, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
July 10, 2019 - 2:23 am
CLEVELAND (AP) — For one night, the pitchers took back the power. Hours after an awesome Home Run Derby got everyone buzzing even louder about monster shots and juiced balls, only a couple flew out of Progressive Field in the All-Star Game. Instead, Justin Verlander blazed 97 mph heat from the...
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American League pitcher Shane Bieber, of the Cleveland Indians, reacts after striking out National League's Ronald Acuna Jr., of the Atlanta Braves, to end the top of the fifth inning of the MLB baseball All-Star Game, Tuesday, July 9, 2019, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
July 10, 2019 - 12:39 am
CLEVELAND (AP) — Michael Brantley came back, took a well-deserved bow and delivered like always. Shane Bieber pitched a perfect inning and took home an MVP trophy and a shiny new pickup truck. Carlos Carrasco stood up to cancer. On an idyllic night for baseball, Cleveland connections shined...
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American League pitcher Aroldis Chapman, of the New York Yankees, throws during the ninth inning of the MLB baseball All-Star Game against the National League, Tuesday, July 9, 2019, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
July 09, 2019 - 10:08 pm
CLEVELAND (AP) — The Latest on baseball's All-Star Game (all times local): 11:04 p.m. Justin Verlander blazed 97 mph heat from the start, Cleveland's Shane Bieber struck out the side and the AL staff combined to fan 16, dominating a loaded NL lineup 4-3 in the All-Star Game on Tuesday night for its...
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A baseball is pictured as the American League warms-up for the MLB baseball All-Star Game, Tuesday, July 9, 2019, in Cleveland. Faced with a record onslaught of home runs and pitchers convinced baseballs are juiced, Commissioner Rob Manfred says the sport has been unable to find any changes in the manufacturing process. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
July 09, 2019 - 8:13 pm
CLEVELAND (AP) — Faced with a record onslaught of home runs that has convinced many pitchers that baseballs are juiced, Commissioner Rob Manfred says the sport has been unable to find any changes in the manufacturing process. A May 2018 report to Major League Baseball by professors specializing in...
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Pete Alonso, of the New York Mets, reacts during the Major League Baseball Home Run Derby, Monday, July 8, 2019, in Cleveland. The MLB baseball All-Star Game will be played Tuesday. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
July 08, 2019 - 11:35 pm
CLEVELAND (AP) — Pete Alonso took one final swing and flipped his bat high in the air. Another walk-off. Money ball. As the crowd roared, the New York Mets rookie headed toward the mound and tightly squeezed his cousin and pitcher Derek Morgan, who had helped him win the All-Star Home Run Derby and...
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Vladimir Guerrero Jr., of the Toronto Blue Jays, hits during the Major League Baseball Home Run Derby, Monday, July 8, 2019, in Cleveland. The MLB baseball All-Star Game will be played Tuesday. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
July 08, 2019 - 9:29 pm
CLEVELAND (AP) — The Latest on the All-Star Game (all times local): 10:25 p.m. Toronto rookie Vladimir Guerrero Jr. will face New York Mets rookie Pete Alonso for the All-Star Home Run Derby title. Guerrero beat the Los Angeles Dodgers' Joc Pederson 40-39 in the semifinals after they extended to a...
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Cleveland Indians' Carlos Santana speaks at a news conference, Monday, July 8, 2019, in Cleveland. Santana is a first-time All-Star at 33, another special moment for the Indians first baseman, who is having a storybook season after returning to Cleveland after a year in Philadelphia. The 90th All-Star Game will be played on Tuesday in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
July 08, 2019 - 8:38 pm
CLEVELAND (AP) — Looking Cleveland summer chic, Carlos Santana strutted into the convention center's massive ballroom fashionably late. The first baseman's delayed entrance came long after Mike Trout, Francisco Lindor, J.D. Martinez and all the other American League players went to their assigned...
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Houston Astros' Justin Verlander speaks during a news-conference, Monday, July 8, 2019, in Cleveland. Verlander will be the American League starting pitcher for the 90th All-Star Game played on Tuesday in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
July 08, 2019 - 4:29 pm
CLEVELAND (AP) — Sitting next to Justin Verlander, American League manager Alex Cora cheekily declared "we've got the opener" as he described his pitching plans. Touché! Houston's ace has been among the players most critical of some teams' practice of using relief pitchers as ersatz starters for an...
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