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  • US routs Puerto Rico 8-0 to win WBC behind dominant Stroman U.S. catcher Jonathan Lucroy, left, greets pitcher Marcus Stroman in the sixth inning against Puerto Rico during the final of the World Baseball Classic. in Los Angeles, Wednesday, March 22, 2017. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)LOS ANGELES (AP) — The eagle has landed on top. The United States routed Puerto Rico 8-0 to win its first World Baseball Classic in four tries on Wednesday night behind six hitless innings from Marcus Stroman. The Americans planted their eagle statue mascot on the mound in celebration, a blue cap jauntily hanging from one of ...
  • US edges Japan 2-1, advances to WBC championship game USA WBCLOS ANGELES (AP) — Luke Gregerson’s final strike breezed past Nobuhiro Matsuda, and the rain-drenched American players celebrated on the field while a soaked crowd roared through the evening mist. A daylong downpour couldn’t dampen this resilient United States club or its fans, who will finally get to root for the home team in a World ...
  • Puerto Rico edges Netherlands 4-3 in 11 to reach WBC final PR WBCLOS ANGELES (AP) — Carlos Correa was 17 and watching the World Baseball Classic on television four years ago, too young to participate. When his chance came around this time, the Houston Astros’ star shortstop was up to the task. Correa hit a two-run homer in the first inning and scored the winning run in the 11th ...
  • Stanton’s homer, Jones’ leap carry US into WBC semifinals US Outside BBSAN DIEGO (AP) — The United States is going to the semifinals of the World Baseball Classic for the second time thanks to another impressive home run by Giancarlo Stanton at Petco Park and a spectacular catch at the fence by hometown favorite Adam Jones. Stanton hit a go-ahead, two-run shot into the third-level balcony of ...
  • Puerto Rico beats United States 6-5 to advance to WBC semis Puerto Rico's Javier Baez breaks his bat as he hits a single during the first inning of a second-round World Baseball Classic baseball game against the United States on Friday, March 17, 2017, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)SAN DIEGO (AP) — Puerto Rico is squeezing every bit of fun it can out of this World Baseball Classic. Come Monday night, the party moves on to Dodger Stadium. Yadier Molina and Puerto Rico advanced to the WBC semifinals after scoring four runs in the first inning and then holding on for a wild 6-5 win ...
  • Baseball: Japan beats Israel 8-3 to reach championship round of WBC Netherlands' Wladimir Balentien is poured water by a teammate after beating Cuba 14-1 in their second round game at the World Baseball Classic at Tokyo Dome in Tokyo, Wednesday, March 15, 2017. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)TOKYO (AP) — Yoshitomo Tsutsugo sparked a five-run sixth inning with a solo home run to lead Japan over Israel 8-3 Wednesday and into the championship round of the World Baseball Classic. With a perfect 6-0 record through the first two rounds, two-time champion Japan advances from Pool E along with the Netherlands, which beat Cuba ...
  • MLB: Venezuela rallies past Italy 4-3 to reach 2nd round of WBC / World Scores Venezuela's Miguel Cabrera celebrates with teammates after hitting a run against Italy during the ninth inning of a tie-breaker game at the World Baseball Classic in Guadalajara, Mexico, Monday, March 13, 2017. (AP Photo/Luis Gutierrez)GUADALAJARA, Mexico (AP) — Miguel Cabrera hit a tying homer and Rougned Odor delivered a go-ahead single during a three-run rally in the ninth inning that carried Venezuela past Italy 4-3 on Monday night and into the second round of the World Baseball Classic. In a one-game tiebreaker that determined the final team to advance out ...
  • MLB to push forward with process for rule changes Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred answers questions at a news conference Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)PHOENIX (AP) — Major League Baseball intends to push forward with the process that could lead to possible rule changes involving the strike zone, installation of pitch clocks and limits on trips to the pitcher’s mound. While baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred expressed hope the ongoing process would lead to an agreement, he said clubs would ...
  • MLB: Bagwell, Raines, Ivan Rodriguez elected to Hall of Fame MLB HOF BondsNEW YORK (AP) — Bags and Rock and Pudge are heading to Cooperstown. After a vote that could prove to be a turning point how Steroids Era stars are viewed, Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens could be joining them in the next few years. Jeff Bagwell, Tim Raines and Ivan Rodriguez were elected to baseball’s Hall of ...
  • MLB: Cloud of steroids hovers above Hall of Fame voting MLB HOF BondsNEW YORK (AP) — The cloud of steroids hovers above Hall of Fame voting, much as it shrouded baseball in the 1990s and early 2000s. Tim Raines, in his 10th and final year of eligibility, appears likely to gain election along with Jeff Bagwell when the Baseball Writers’ Association of America voting is announced Wednesday night. ...
  • MLB: At long last, Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens on Cooperstown path bonds-rocket-hof(PhatzRadio Sports / USA Today)   —   It won’t happen this year. Maybe not next year, either. But it’s finally happening. For the first time since their names first appeared on the ballot in 2013, Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens are virtually assured of stepping onto that stage in Cooperstown, N.Y., in the next few years and earning induction ...
  • MLB winter meetings: Five sticky situations that need clarity nats-dusty-baker(PhatzRadio Sports / USA Today / AP)   —   NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. – The conclusion of the winter meetings hardly provided a sense of closure for several teams and big-name players whose fates remain undetermined, and whose decisions in the coming weeks could have a substantial impact on the baseball landscape next season. Here’s a look at ...
  • MLB 2016-17 free agent tracker: What to watch at the baseball winter meetings Kansas City general manager Dayton Moore, left, and Chicago Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer, announce a trade during Major League Baseball's winter meetings in Oxon Hill, Md., Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016. The World Series champion Chicago Cubs have acquired star closer Wade Davis from the Kansas City Royals for outfielder Jorge Soler. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)(Photo: The Associated Press)(PhatzRadio Sports / AP / USA Today)   —-   A look at what’s happening today at the baseball winter meetings in Oxon Hill, Maryland: ___ CLOSING TIME It was a good week for several top closers, with Aroldis Chapman and Mark Melancon getting rich deals and Wade Davis winding up with the World Series champion Cubs. As teams pack ...
  • MLB: What to watch at the baseball winter meetings FILE - In a Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2016 file photo, Boston Red Sox general manager Dave Dombrowski looks on during practice in Cleveland. The big-spending Boston Red Sox could be far more conservative this offseason because of baseball’s new luxury tax rules. President of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski said Monday, Dec. 5, 2016, that the new collective bargaining agreement’s stricter penalties for spending above a certain payroll threshold could factor in to the team’s plans. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)(Photo: The Associated Press)(PhatzRadio Sports / AP)   —-   A look at what’s happening today at the baseball winter meetings in Oxon Hill, Maryland: ___ CLOSE IT The World Series champion Cubs are hoping to finish off a deal for closer Wade Davis in a trade that would send outfielder Jorge Soler to Kansas City. Davis has been dominant for the last ...
  • MLB Winter meetings heat up: Melancon to Giants, Hill to Dodgers Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Rich Hill, left, speaks as manager Dave Roberts looks on during a media availability at Major League Baseball's winter meetings, Monday, Dec. 5, 2016 in Oxon Hill, Md. Hill recently signed a 3-year deal to stay with the Dodgers. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)OXON HILL, Md. (AP) — Albeit too late to save them this year, the San Francisco Giants got their closer. All-Star righty Mark Melancon and the Giants reached agreement on a $62 million, four-year contract Monday. As baseball’s winter meetings heated up, lefty Rich Hill re-signed with the Los Angeles Dodgers for $48 million over three ...
  • MLB: Selig, Schuerholz elected to baseball Hall of Fame FILE - In this Sept. 26, 2014, file photo, Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig speaks before a baseball game between the Milwaukee Brewers and the Chicago Cubs in Milwaukee. Former commissioner Selig and longtime general manager John Schuerholz have been elected to the baseball Hall of Fame. Schuerholz was picked by all 16 voters Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016, on a veterans committee at the winter meetings. Selig was listed 15 times. (AP Photo/Morry Gash, File)OXON HILL, Md. (AP) — Bud Selig oversaw baseball during a time of transformation and turmoil — wild cards and a ballpark boom, the cancellation of a World Series and the Steroids Era. For much of his reign, though, there was one constant: those first-place Atlanta Braves, built by John Schuerholz. The former commissioner and the ...
  • MLB News: MLB players, owners reach tentative labor deal mlb-120116IRVING, Texas (AP) — Baseball players and owners reached a tentative agreement on a five-year labor contract Wednesday night, a deal that will extend the sport’s industrial peace to 26 years since the ruinous fights in the first two decades of free agency. After days of near round-the-clock talks, negotiators reached a verbal agreement about 3 ...
  • MLB: Tainted Ramirez, Rodriguez on Hall ballot with Guerrero FILE - In this May 3, 2007, file photo, Boston Red Sox' Manny Ramirez connects on a two-run home run against the Seattle Mariners during the fourth inning in a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston. Steroids-tainted stars Manny Ramirez and Ivan Rodriguez are on baseball's Hall of Fame ballot for the first time along with Vladimir Guerrero, Monday, Nov. 21, 2016. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Steroids-tainted stars Manny Ramirez and Ivan Rodriguez are on baseball’s Hall of Fame ballot for the first time along with Vladimir Guerrero. Jeff Bagwell is the top holdover on the 2017 Baseball Writers’ Association of America 34-player ballot announced Monday. He fell 15 votes short of the required 75 percent in 2016 ...
  • MLB: Nationals’ Scherzer, Boston’s Porcello win Cy Young Awards FILE - In this Sept. 3, 2016, file photo, Boston Red Sox pitcher Rick Porcello works against the Oakland Athletics in the first inning of a baseball game, in Oakland, Calif. Tight races are expected for the Cy Young awards, with Corey Kluber, Justin Verlander and Rick Porcello up for the American League honor.(AP Photo/Ben Margot, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Max Scherzer celebrated aboard a boat off the British Virgin Islands, doused by college pals on a floating party. Rick Porcello enjoyed the moment at his parents’ home in New Jersey, surrounded by family, friends and a few bottles of wine. As for Justin Verlander, well, fuming supermodel Kate Upton brought the heat ...
  • 2016 World Series: Zobrist’s big hit gives Cubs newcomer World Series MVP Chicago Cubs' Ben Zobrist watches his RBI-double against the Cleveland Indians during the 10th inning of Game 7 of the Major League Baseball World Series Thursday, Nov. 3, 2016, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)CLEVELAND (AP) — This is why Ben Zobrist came back home. And this is why manager Joe Maddon wanted him so badly. The Cubs needed a veteran in the clubhouse to teach their seemingly endless supply of budding young stars, someone who’d been there. Who’d done that. Who cared little about curses or droughts. Who knew ...
  • Cubs win 1st Series title since 1908, beat Indians in Game 7 The Chicago Cubs celebrate after Game 7 of the Major League Baseball World Series against the Cleveland Indians Thursday, Nov. 3, 2016, in Cleveland. The Cubs won 8-7 in 10 innings to win the series 4-3. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)   Your browser does not support iframes. CLEVELAND (AP) — Kris Bryant started to smile even before he fielded the ball. And with his throw to first for the final out, the agonizing wait ’til next year was over at last. No more Billy Goat, no more Bartman, no more black-cat curses. For a legion of fans who waited ...
  • 2016 World Series: Cubs beat Indians, force Series to deciding Game 7 The Chicago Cubs celebrate after their win in Game 6 of the Major League Baseball World Series against the Cleveland Indians Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2016, in Cleveland. The Cubs won 9-3 to tie the series 3-3. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)CLEVELAND (AP) — One more game. For everything. Either a 108-year World Series championship drought will come to an end, or another that’s lasted 68 years. Hysteria for one fan base, more heartbreak for the other. Your browser does not support iframes. Cubs vs. Indians in a winner-take-all Game 7. As it should be. “It’s just correct and apt that we’d ...
  • What to watch for in Game 6 of the World Series The Progressive Field seats get a power wash on Monday, Oct. 31, 2016 in preparation for Tuesday night's Game 6 of the baseball World Series between the Cleveland Indians and Chicago Cubs in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)(PhatzRadio Sports / AP)   —-   What to watch for tonight in Game 6 of the World Series: ___ SO CLOSE The Cleveland Indians can win their first championship since 1948 with a victory over the visiting Chicago Cubs. The city is primed to party, too, after Cleveland fans missed out on hosting this year’s biggest sports events so ...
  • 2016 World Series: Chapman, Cubs stop Indians, cut World Series deficit to 3-2 Chicago Cubs relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman throws during the seventh inning of Game 5 of the Major League Baseball World Series =ai-Sunday, Oct. 30, 2016, in Chicago. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)CHICAGO (AP) — They have waited 108 years for a championship. So with this World Series on the verge of slipping away, the Chicago Cubs could not wait any longer. Manager Joe Maddon summoned closer Aroldis Chapman from the bullpen in the seventh inning for the first eight-out save of his big league career, a desperate ...
  • 2016 World Series: Kluber, Indians beat Cubs 7-2, now lead World Series 3-1 Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Corey Kluber throws during the first inning of Game 4 of the Major League Baseball World Series against the Chicago Cubs, Saturday, Oct. 29, 2016, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)CHICAGO (AP) — One more win and baseball fans everywhere might finally believe in these Cleveland Indians. That’s all it will take for Corey Kluber & Co. to clinch this World Series. Kluber pitched six sparkling innings on short rest for his second victory this week and the Indians beat the Chicago Cubs 7-2 Saturday night, taking ...

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