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The custom first-responder cleats New York Mets slugger Pete Alonso used in a game on Sept. 11 are shown at the 9/11 Museum in New York, Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019. Alonso presented the equipment to museum President Alice M. Greenwald. Alonso said "it means the world" that the memorial wanted the gear for its permanent collection. (AP Photo/Jake Seiner)
October 01, 2019 - 12:28 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Mets slugger Pete Alonso visited the National September 11 Memorial & Museum on Tuesday to donate the custom cleats and baseball bat honoring first responders that he used in a game on the 18th anniversary of the terrorist attacks. Alonso presented the equipment to museum...
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Groundskeepers remove rainwater from a tarp covering home plate during a baseball workout session, Monday, Sept. 30, 2019, in Washington. The Washington Nationals are scheduled to host the Milwaukee Brewers in a National League wild card game Tuesday, Oct. 1. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
September 30, 2019 - 7:11 pm
A look at what's happening around the majors Tuesday: START 'EM UP Max Scherzer throws the first pitch of this year's playoffs when Washington takes on the Milwaukee Brewers in the NL wild-card game at Nationals Park (8:08 p.m. EDT). Since a 2013 AL Division Series victory for Detroit, Scherzer has...
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Los Angeles Angels manager Brad Ausmus picks up his clipboard after the last out in the ninth inning as the Houston Astros defeat his team in a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Sunday, Sept. 29, 2019. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)
September 30, 2019 - 1:14 pm
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — The Los Angeles Angels have fired manager Brad Ausmus after they went 72-90 in his only season after replacing Mike Scioscia. The Angels made the announcement Monday, a day after the regular season ended. There are six teams now that have managerial openings — San Francisco,...
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Chicago White Sox's Tim Anderson (7) comes out of the dugout and waves to fans after a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers Sunday, Sept. 29, 2019, in Chicago. Anderson, who is attempting to become the third White Sox player to win a batting title, went 0 for 2 with two walks in the second game after sitting out the opener. (AP Photo/Mark Black)
September 30, 2019 - 12:27 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Major league batters finished with 6,776 home runs, shattering the previous record of 6,105 set two years ago. Dominic Smith hit the final long ball of the season, a three-run drive in the 11th inning Sunday off Atlanta's Grant Dayton that lifted the New York Mets over the NL East...
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Fans watch as the New York Yankees play the Texas Rangers in the fifth inning of a baseball game at Globe Life Park in Arlington, Texas, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2019. The game was the final contest for the Rangers of the 2019 season, and the final game at the park for them. The club will play in a new stadium, Globe Life Field, still under construction across the street from the park, in the 2020 season. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
September 29, 2019 - 10:53 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The average time of a nine-inning game reached a record length in the major leagues this season. Major League Baseball said Sunday the final figure for this season was 3 hours, 5 minutes, 35 seconds. That topped the 3:05:11 in 2017. The average had dropped to 3:00:44 in 2018, helped...
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Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon looks out from the dugout prior to a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2019, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Scott Kane)
September 29, 2019 - 8:51 pm
A look at what's happening around the majors Monday: HOT SEAT The day after the regular season can be dicey for managers — a lot of teams like to make changes. A couple of clubs got a head start on their winter plans Sunday, with the Cubs announcing Joe Maddon wouldn't be back and the Pirates...
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St. Louis Cardinals' Matt Carpenter, center, is congratulated by teammates after hitting a three-run home run during the third inning of a baseball game against the Chicago Cubs Sunday, Sept. 29, 2019, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Scott Kane)
September 29, 2019 - 7:45 pm
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Jack Flaherty, Paul Goldschmidt and the St. Louis Cardinals quickly drained any drama from a final-day playoff chase. They were totally fine with that. The Cardinals clinched the NL Central in their last game of the regular season, using Flaherty's arm and Goldschmidt's bat Sunday...
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Boston Red Sox's Eduardo Rodriguez reacts after he struck out Baltimore Orioles' Richie Martin swinging during the seventh inning of a baseball game in Boston, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
September 29, 2019 - 7:18 pm
BOSTON (AP) — Even a walk-off victory on the final day of the season was tinged with disappointment for these Boston Red Sox. Eduardo Rodriguez missed out on a 20-win season when Boston's bullpen blew a late lead, but the Red Sox overcame a soaring home run robbery by Stevie Wilkerson to beat the...
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Former Pittsburgh Pirates manager Clint Hurdle drives away from PNC Park after being fired before the final baseball game of the season between the Pirates and the Cincinnati Reds in Pittsburgh, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2019. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
September 29, 2019 - 5:03 pm
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Clint Hurdle's booming voice and unrelenting optimism helped shake the Pittsburgh Pirates out of two decades of misery. His charisma gave the moribund franchise an identity, one that reconnected the franchise with a fan base worn down by years of losing. Yet over the years, as the...
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FILE - In this March 31, 2019, file photo, Pittsburgh Pirates manager Clint Hurdle walks through the dugout in the third inning of a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds in Cincinnati. Hurdle hopes to return for what would be his 10th season as the Pirates’ manager in 2020. He has two more years remaining on a deal that started with the 2018 season. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)
September 29, 2019 - 2:37 pm
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pirates fired manager Clint Hurdle before Sunday's regular season finale against Cincinnati following a stunning second-half collapse that dropped Pittsburgh to the bottom of the National League Central and included a series of off-the-field issues. Pittsburgh entered Sunday...
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