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Some returning, some still waiting as MLB re-opens

The Associated Press As Major League Baseball cautiously tiptoes closer toward beginning its delayed 2020 season, several teams welcomed back players who might have been exposed to the coronavirus and the San Francisco Giants resumed workouts Wednesday after finally receiving the results of ...

Keller will count on instincts

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Mitch Keller’s first go-round in the majors was a study in contrasts and a snapshot of where baseball is at in 2020. The traditional numbers for the Pittsburgh Pirates top-ranked pitching prospect weren’t great. One win in 11 starts. An ERA north of ...

Testing causing headaches

The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Baseball’s two World Series teams canceled workouts Monday because of coronavirus testing delays that one executive worried could endanger the season. The defending champion Washington Nationals and reigning American League champion Houston Astros each ...

Eyeing social change: Pirates star Josh Bell finds his voice

PITTSBURGH — Josh Bell wanted to make a statement with his actions, a way to channel the disgust the Pittsburgh Pirates first baseman felt in the wake of George Floyd’s death at the hands of Minneapolis police in late May. Yet as the crowds surged in downtown Pittsburgh last month during ...

Small group of MLB tests positive

By Ronald Blum The Associated Press NEW YORK — Thirty-one Major League Baseball players and seven staff members tested positive for COVID-19 during intake for the resumption of training, a rate of 1.2%. MLB and the players’ association announced the results Friday as teams resumed ...

Sports at a glance

Golfer still in isolation Monday marked the 10th day of self-isolation for Nick Watney, the minimum required for PGA Tour players who test positive for the new coronavirus. He said he is feeling good except for some minor fatigue, perhaps brought on by a major case of boredom, and ...

Santana banned 80 games

PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh Pirates reliever Edgar Santana will miss all of the abbreviated 2020 season after being suspended 80 games for violating Major League Baseball’s Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. MLB announced Sunday that Santana tested positive for Boldenone, a ...

Shelton navigating ups, downs

By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Derek Shelton ended nearly each press availability during spring training by jokingly telling reporters they picked the wrong day to ask the Pittsburgh Pirates first-year manager about his opening day starter. His answer was always some ...

Young, future Pirates to train at PNG Field

The Pittsburgh Pirates and Altoona Curve have reached an agreement to have Altoona’s Peoples Natural Gas Field serve as the Pirates’ alternate training facility during the 2020 Major League Baseball season. “It says a lot about the relationship the Altoona Curve has with the Pittsburgh ...

Antsy big leaguers embrace impending end of down time

The Associated Press Randy Dobnak had finished making his morning omelette one day last week when his wife, Aerial, asked the Minnesota Twins pitcher to keep the eggs out so she could make a sandwich. For the base she used a hot dog bun, an ingredient so bewildering to her husband that he ...

Top pick signs with Pirates

From Mirror reports The Pittsburgh Pirates signed shortstop Nick Gonzales on Thursday, the club’s first-round selection and seventh overall from the 2020 Major League Baseeball draft held earlier this month. The 21-year-old Gonzales was named the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper’s ...

Adjusted rules on tap for return

By Ben Walker The Associated Press NEW YORK — So, where were we? Mid-March, a spring training exhibition between the St. Louis Cardinals and Miami Marlins at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter, Florida. Even before the final out, both sides had gotten the official word: Major League Baseball ...

MLB season to open on July 23/24

The Associated Press NEW YORK — Major League Baseball issued a 60-game schedule Tuesday night that will start July 23 or 24 in empty ballparks as the sport tries to push ahead amid the coronavirus following months of acrimony. A dramatically altered season with games full of new rules was ...

Curve ballpark may host future Pirates

From Mirror reports A report surfaced Tuesday morning from The Athletic's Rob Biertempfel that the Pittsburgh Pirates were considering using Altoona's PNG Field as a workout site for a squad of their top minor league players who could be called up to join the Pirates throughout the 60-game ...

Commish ordering 60-game schedule

The Associated Press NEW YORK — Major League Baseball plans to unilaterally issue a 60-game schedule for its shortest season since 1878 after the players’ association rejected a negotiated deal of the same length, putting the sport on track for a combative and possibly unhappy return to ...

Both MLB players, owners not budging on demands

The Associated Press NEW YORK — The players’ association was told by Major League Baseball on Friday that teams will not agree to more than 60 games in the pandemic-delayed season, leaving open the possibility of an even shorter schedule of perhaps 50 games or fewer. While the NBA and ...

COVID forces teams to shut down

PHILADELPHIA — The Philadelphia Phillies shut their spring complex after five players tested positive for COVID-19 and at least two others teams closed camps Friday, raising the possibility the coronavirus pandemic could scuttle all attempts at a Major League Baseball season. The Toronto ...

Pros could have college vibe

By David Brandt The Associated Press PHOENIX — John Stuper remembers some of the first advice he got from veterans when he joined the St. Louis Cardinals as a rookie pitcher in 1982: Don’t get too high or too low during Major League Baseball’s grueling 162-game schedule or you’ll go ...

MLB still has no deal with players

The Associated Press NEW YORK — Baseball players proposed a 70-game regular-season schedule Thursday, a plan immediately rejected by baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred with the sides 10 games and about $275 million apart on plans to start the coronavirus-delayed season. As part of the ...

MLB could be returning soon

The Associated Press NEW YORK — After days of angry exchanges over money between Major League Baseball and the players’ association, baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred started to doubt whether there would be a 2020 season and said as much on national television. He then called union head ...