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FILE - In this Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017 file photo, Oakland Athletics manager Bob Melvin poses for a portrait in Mesa, Ariz. Oakland’s Bob Melvin was voted Manager of the Year for the third time, winning the American League honor after leading the Athletics to the playoffs despite the lowest opening-day payroll in the major leagues, Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson, File)
November 13, 2018 - 9:01 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Bob Melvin's job was a lot different as a rookie manager with Seattle in 2002, and even when he was voted Manager of the Year with Arizona in 2007 and Oakland in 2012. "Organizations and certainly front offices are more a part of it now, and you have to understand that," Melvin said...
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All Japan's Ryosuke Kikuchi uses a squeeze play for the go-ahead run off MLB All-Star pitcher John Brebbia of the St. Louis Cardinals in the ninth inning of Game 4 at their All-Stars Series baseball at Mazda Zoom-Zoom Stadium in Hiroshima, western Japan, Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018. Japan won 5-3. The catcher is J.T. Realmuto of the Miami Marlins. (Kyodo News via AP)
November 13, 2018 - 2:36 pm
HIROSHIMA, Japan (AP) — Ryosuke Kikuchi drove in the go-ahead run on a squeeze bunt in a four-run ninth inning as Japan beat the MLB All-Stars 5-3 Tuesday and took a 3-1 lead in their six-game exhibition series. MLB led 3-1 when Kirby Yates walked leadoff batter Kazuki Tanaka, who stole second and...
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In this Aug. 26, 2018 photo Atlanta Braves left fielder Ronald Acuna Jr. looks out of the dugout during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Miami Marlins in Miami. Acuna Jr. was a runaway pick for the NL Rookie of the Year over Washington outfielder Juan Soto in a contest between 20-year-olds. He received 27 first-place votes and three seconds for 144 points. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
November 13, 2018 - 2:47 am
HIROSHIMA, Japan (AP) — Atlanta Braves outfielder Ronald Acuna Jr. woke up in Japan to news he had been named National League Rookie of the Year. Acuna was a runaway choice for the award over Washington outfielder Juan Soto in a contest between 20-year-olds. "I'm just flattered, I'm so honored,"...
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In this Sept. 21, 2018 photo Los Angeles Angels' Shohei Ohtani, of Japan, waits to stretch during batting practice before a baseball game against the Houston Astros in Houston. Ohtani has been voted American League Rookie of the Year after becoming the first player since Babe Ruth with 10 homers and four pitching wins in the same season. Ohtani, a 24-year-old right-hander who joined the Angels last winter after five seasons with Japan's Nippon Ham Fighters, received 25 first-place votes and four seconds for 137 points from the Baseball Writers' Association of America in balloting announced Monday, Nov. 12, 2018. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
November 12, 2018 - 9:24 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Shohei Ohtani was rewarded for a Ruthian season at the plate — and on the mound. Baseball's best two-way player since the Babe at the dawn of the live-ball era a century ago, Ohtani was an overwhelming pick for American League Rookie of the Year on Monday despite an elbow injury...
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November 12, 2018 - 8:38 pm
New York Mets minor leaguer Tim Tebow has another offseason job. The 2007 Heisman Trophy winner and former NFL quarterback will host "Million Dollar Mile," a 10-episode high-stakes physical competition show on CBS. Contestants will have a chance to win $1 million every time they run the Million...
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Minnesota Twins' Joe Mauer takes a question during his baseball retirement news conference Monday, Nov. 12, 2018, in Minneapolis, after playing 15 major league seasons, all with the Twins. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)
November 12, 2018 - 8:07 pm
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Yes, the narrative of Joe Mauer's career was missing a championship chapter. That plotline stalled for a few years while the star was set back by injuries. Still, this story of the Minnesota native with the smooth left-handed swing who played for the Twins the entire time sure...
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FILE - In this Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018 file photo, Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu throws to an Atlanta Braves batter during the first inning of Game 1 of a baseball National League Division Series in Los Angeles. Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu was the only player to accept among the seven given $17.9 million qualifying offers by their former teams on Nov. 2. Ryu accepted the offer before the Monday, Nov. 12, 2018 deadline and is considered a signed player. He is just the sixth to accept among the 80 qualifying offers made since the process began in 2012. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)
November 12, 2018 - 5:23 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu was the only player to accept among the seven given $17.9 million qualifying offers by their former teams on Nov. 2. Ryu accepted the offer before Monday's deadline and is considered a signed player. He is just the sixth to accept among the...
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MLB All-Star pitcher Kenta Maeda, third from left, of the Los Angeles Dodgers welcomes teammates after the Major League team beat All Japan 7-3 in Game 3 at their All-Stars Series baseball at Tokyo Dome in Tokyo, Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018. (AP Photo/Toru Takahashi)
November 11, 2018 - 8:10 pm
TOKYO (AP) — Yadier Molina had three hits, including a three-run homer, and J.T. Realmuto also went deep to lead the MLB All-Stars over Japan 7-3 on Sunday for their first win of the six-game exhibition series after a pair of defeats. Realmuto hit an opposite-field solo homer to right in the fourth...
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November 11, 2018 - 11:47 am
HOUSTON (AP) — It's a girl for supermodel Kate Upton and her husband Houston Astros pitcher Justin Verlander. Upton used her Instagram site to announce the birth of the couple's first child — Genevieve Upton Verlander — and the date Nov. 7. The site features a black-and-white photo of an infant...
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All Japan's designated hitter Yuki Yanagita, right, celebrates with teammate Sosuke Genda after hitting a two-run home-run off MLB All-Star starter Erasmo Ramirez of the Seattle Marinersin the third inning of Game 2 of their All-Stars Series baseball at Tokyo Dome in Tokyo, Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018. (AP Photo/Toru Takahashi)
November 10, 2018 - 5:49 pm
TOKYO (AP) — Yuki Yanagita had a home run and four RBIs as Japan scored the first nine runs and beat the MLB All-Stars 12-6 Saturday to open a 2-0 lead in the six-game exhibition series. Yanagita, who hit a game-ending two-run homer in the opening 7-6 win, had an RBI single in the first off Erasmo...
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