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Japanese leagues to start allowing fans at games

TOKYO -- Japan's professional baseball and soccer leagues will begin allowing fans this week, the heads of both leagues said on Monday.Soccer and baseball officials said the first day with fans will be Friday. The maximum number will be...

Giants manager: Sandoval’s weight not an issue

SAN FRANCISCO -- Pablo Sandoval's size and round middle have ignited the internet and brought out the body critics as baseball begins again.Manager Gabe Kapler said Sunday the San Francisco Giants fully expect their "Kung Fu Panda" to be...

Tanaka back at Yankee Stadium day after injury

Manager Aaron Boone was not hyperbolizing by saying the New York Yankees "dodged a bullet" with pitcher Masahiro Tanaka seemingly being symptom-free just a day after being hit on the right side of the head by a 112 mph...

Citing virus, Correa asks wife to stay out of salons

HOUSTON -- Houston Astros shortstop Carlos Correa is so serious about not contracting the coronavirus that he has asked his wife, Daniella, to stay out of beauty salons until the season is over."When I talk to my wife she...

Yelich knows he had fortunate timing on new deal

MILWAUKEE -- Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Christian Yelich acknowledges he benefited from fortunate timing in his contract negotiations.The Brewers held a March 6 news conference to announce that the 2018 NL MVP had agreed to a nine-year, $215 million contract....

Indians manager Francona favors name change

CLEVELAND -- Cleveland manager Terry Francona won't sidestep the hot-button topic any longer. He believes the Indians need to change their contentious nickname."I think it's time to move forward," Francona said Sunday.Francona's comments came two days after the Indians,...

Indians bench coach Mills opts out for family

Cleveland Indians bench coach Brad Mills has opted out of the 2020 season, manager Terry Francona said Sunday.Francona told reporters that Mills left the team Saturday to return to his family in Texas.Mills' 18-month-old grandson, Beau, drowned in a...

White Sox, Nats each have 2 players test positive

The Chicago White Sox say two players have tested positive for the coronavirus and are in isolation.The team said Sunday that the two unidentified players are asymptomatic and that contact tracing for both was conducted. They are being monitored...

Olney: Frank Robinson’s name belongs on baseball’s MVP trophy

Frank Robinson made his major league debut five years after Willie Mays' first season, two years after Henry Aaron broke in, one year after Roberto Clemente joined the Pittsburgh Pirates, and there wasn't a lot of leftover stage among...

King Felix forgoes season due to virus concerns

Felix Hernandez is opting out of the 2020 season, his agent announced on Saturday.The longtime Seattle Mariner signed a minor league deal with the Braves in January and was competing for a spot in the rotation.Hernandez, 34, is coming...