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FILE - In this Nov. 16, 2017, file photo, baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred speaks during a news conference at the annual MLB owners meetings in Orlando, Fla. A person familiar with the agenda tells The Associated Press that owners plan to vote on a new term for Manfred, a new television contract with Fox and an agreement for in-game cut-ins with the subscription video streaming service DAZN when they meet next week in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Raoux, File)
November 15, 2018 - 12:42 pm
ATLANTA (AP) — Baseball owners have extended the contract of Commissioner Rob Manfred and signed off a new television deal with Fox after two days of meetings in Atlanta. The owners put off any decision Thursday on changes that might speed games. Manfred says they prefer to reach a consensus with...
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All Japan starter Shotaro Kasahara pitches against MLB All-Stars in Game 6 at their All-Stars Series baseball at Nagoya Dome in Nagoya, central Japan, Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018. Kasahara struck out four and gave up four hits over 4 2/3 scoreless innings for Japan's 4-1 win. (Kyodo News via AP)
November 15, 2018 - 12:32 pm
NAGOYA, Japan (AP) — Sosuke Genda hit a three-run triple that chased starter Brian Johnson in a four-run second inning, and Japan beat the MLB All-Stars 4-1 Thursday for their fifth win in the six-game series. Genda scored on Ryosuke Kikuchi's sacrifice fly off Erasmo Ramirez at the Nagoya Dome. NL...
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FILE - This file photo released by the Detroit Police Department shows Jaylon Kerley, who was fired from his job as a food vendor at the Detroit Tigers' baseball stadium after video surfaced showing him spitting on a pizza. Kerley was sentenced Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018, to 18 months of probation. (Detroit Police Department via AP, File)
November 15, 2018 - 11:04 am
DETROIT (AP) — A food service worker at the Detroit Tigers' stadium who was fired after video surfaced showing him spitting on a pizza has been sentenced to 18 months of probation. Twenty-one-year-old Jaylon Kerley also was ordered Thursday to take an anger management class and to not work around...
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FILE - In this Sept. 26, 2018, file photo, New York Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom smiles after getting the win as the Mets defeated the Atlanta Braves 3-0 in a baseball game in New York. DeGrom won the National League Cy Young Award on Wednesday, Nov. 14. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun, File)
November 14, 2018 - 9:44 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — After a season marred by narrow defeats, Jacob deGrom became a runaway winner. The New York Mets ace easily won the National League Cy Young Award on Wednesday night, a reward for a historically fruitless season in Flushing. The right-hander had just 10 victories, the fewest ever by...
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FILE - In this July 24, 2018, file photo, Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora leans against the dugout rail during the second inning of the team's baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles in Baltimore. The Red Sox rewarded Cora for winning a World Series in his first year with the team, giving him a new contract that includes an additional guaranteed year through the 2021 season, in a deal announced Wednesday, Nov. 14. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)
November 14, 2018 - 8:28 pm
BOSTON (AP) — Alex Cora brought a new voice and culture to the Boston Red Sox that helped propel them to their latest World Series title. The Red Sox rewarded him for bringing home a championship in his first year with the team by giving him a new contract with an additional guaranteed year through...
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New York Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner speaks to reporters Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Amis)
November 14, 2018 - 5:04 pm
ATLANTA (AP) — Flush with cash, the New York Yankees may take a run at Manny Machado. But first, the slugging infielder would have some explaining to do. Arriving in Atlanta for two days of owners meetings at a hotel next to the Braves' SunTrust Park, Hal Steinbrenner discussed the state of a team...
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All Japan catcher Takuya Kai (62) is celebrated by teammates on the mound after beating MLB All-Stars 6-5 in Game 5 at their All-Stars Series baseball at Nagoya Dome in Nagoya, central Japan, Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018. (Kyodo News via AP)
November 14, 2018 - 12:22 pm
NAGOYA, Japan (AP) — Takuya Kai hit a go-ahead double off Dan Otero in the eighth inning, capping a comeback from a four-run deficit that led Japan over the MLB All-Stars 6-5 Wednesday and clinched the six-game exhibition series 4-1. Down 5-1, Japan tied the score with a four-run seventh against...
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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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