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Lester, Kluber, Hand boost free agent total to 175

NEW YORK (AP) — Jon Lester, Corey Kluber and Brad Hand were among 15 more major leaguers who became free agents Friday when teams...

Phillies clear out ‘pen, decline options on Neris, Phelps

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Philadelphia Phillies have declined options on relievers Héctor Neris, David Phelps and David Robertson, clearing out the bullpen after it...

Dodgers decline option on RHP Jimmy Nelson

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jimmy Nelson’s $2 million option was declined Friday by the Los Angeles Dodgers, allowing the right-hander to become a free...

Sale of Mets to Steve Cohen approved; Wilpon era nears end

NEW YORK (AP) — The Wilpon family's control of the New York Mets neared its end after 34 years when Major League Baseball owners...

Jon Lester option declined by Cubs, lefty becomes free agent

CHICAGO (AP) — Jon Lester’s $25 million mutual option for 2021 was declined Friday by the Chicago Cubs, completing a $155 million, six-year contract...

Indians decline options on closer Hand, 1B Santana for 2021

CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cleveland Indians have declined contract options on Brad Hand, first baseman Carlos Santana and outfielder Domingo Santana for next season,...

The Latest: OHL bans bodychecking to fight virus spread

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ...

Fresh off suspension, Hinch takes over as Tigers manager

DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Tigers hired AJ Hinch to be their new manager Friday, giving him a chance to return to a major...

White Sox reunite with La Russa, hire Hall of Fame manager

CHICAGO (AP) — Tony La Russa didn't envision returning to the dugout when he stood at the podium in Cooperstown six years ago and...

‘Just a normal guy’: Chiefs’ Mahomes shares life with world

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Patrick Mahomes and Brittany Matthews stood before a yellow sign in their backyard, pink and blue balloons stacked to...

MLB says Turner violated protocols when he returned to field

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Justin Turner violated coronavirus protocols when he celebrated with his Los Angeles Dodgers teammates and he refused instructions from security...

Los Angeles celebrations of Dodgers win mostly peaceful

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A World Series win by the Los Angeles Dodgers left the team’s hometown fans celebrating in the streets and setting...

Dozen MLB players have options turned down, go free

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — What figures to be a down and perhaps brutal market for baseball free agents in the offseason following the pandemic...

World Series TV ratings average drops 32% below previous low

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — The Los Angeles Dodgers’ six-game win over the Tampa Bay Rays received an average television rating 32% below the previous...

Column: Turner’s selfish celebration mars Dodger triumph

Well, at least the contact tracing should be easy. ...

Dodgers ace Kershaw finally wins elusive World Series title

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Clayton Kershaw stood in the Los Angeles bullpen in right-center field, watching Austin Barnes glove the final pitch, the one...

Arozarena’s breakout postseason not quite enough for Rays

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Randy Arozarena did pretty much everything during a breakout performance for the Tampa Bay Rays. ...

Roberts guides Dodgers to 1st World Series title in 32 years

Dave Roberts finally has a World Series title to savor. ...

Fitting finale: Dodgers win title, Turner tests positive

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — No large dogpile, no champagne and a mask on nearly every face — the Los Angeles Dodgers celebrated their first...

Cash’s bullpen blunder joins Little, others in playoff lore

Rays manager Kevin Cash stepped out of the dugout, and Blake Snell turned his head to curse. ...

Cashed Out: Rays manager roasted for pulling Snell in Game 6

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Blake Snell turned away from his manager and yelled an expletive as Kevin Cash headed to the mound. In control...

Corey Seager hits rare double as World Series and LCS MVP

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Corey Seager hit a rare October double, becoming Most Valuable Player of the World Series after earning the honor for...

The Latest: Dodgers’ Turner tests positive for coronavirus

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — The Latest on Game 6 of the World Series between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Tampa Bay Rays (all times...

World Series notes: Dodgers bullpen finishes off Rays

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — First, it was Dylan Floro. And then Alex Wood, Pedro Báez, Victor González, Brusdar Graterol and finally, Julio Urías. ...

World Series sets another low for television viewers

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — The Los Angeles Dodgers’ 6-2 Game 3 win over the Tampa Bay Rays was the least-watched World Series game ever,...

If Trump wanted people to avoid ’60 Minutes,’ it didn’t work

NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump can still be a potent television draw, although in the case of “60 Minutes” this past week,...

Rays, Dodgers grateful to have fans at neutral-site Series

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Individual whistles echo during quieter moments, and a single fan with enough persistence can leave an impression with a chant...

Dodgers 1 win from title after 32 years and more than $3.6B

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Since Orel Hershiser struck out Oakland’s Tony Phillips for the final out of the 1988 World Series, the Los Angeles...

Lakers, Dodgers fans helping drive uptick in LA virus cases

The success of the Los Angeles Lakers and Dodgers are bringing fans together in the LA area and that may be helping drive an...

Dodgers hope Gonsolin more than an opener in Game 6

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Tony Gonsolin found out after Game 2 that he would be starting Game 6 as well for the Los Angeles...

Kershaw stops steal of home, hands Dodgers 3-2 Series lead

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — As much as Clayton Kershaw has dominated hitters throughout a glittering career, he has not silenced those who cite his...

Column: Kershaw grinds and Roberts pushes the right buttons

If it wasn’t exactly redemption for Clayton Kershaw, it sure was for the Los Angeles Dodgers. ...

In Joctober, Pederson does it all for Dodgers

Joc Pederson is the guy the Los Angeles Dodgers didn’t need or want — until October. ...

Margot out at home, Rays unable to steal Game 5 from Dodgers

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Manuel Margot snuck a few steps down the line and took off toward home plate, trying to steal a run...

Despite big heat, small flaws doom Glasnow vs. Dodgers

The big man in Tampa Bay's rotation has struggled with the little things, and the Los Angeles Dodgers have pounced on seemingly every mistake...

The Latest: Kershaw beats Rays again, gives LA Series lead

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — The Latest on Game 5 of the World Series (all times local): ...

Celebration after game-winning hit made Rays’ Phillips sick

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Brett Phillips got so excited in the aftermath of his two-out single in the ninth inning of Game 4, the...

Dodgers charged with 2nd error on wild G4 play for Rays win

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — A second error has been charged to the Los Angeles Dodgers on the wild play that ended Game 4 of...

Power surge: Home runs more than half of scoring in playoffs

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — For all the talk about pride in advancing runners and manufacturing runs, teams in the postseason have really dug the...

Bellinger back in CF for LA with roof closed for Game 5

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Cody Bellinger was set to return to center field for the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 5 of the World...

Rays’ rally joins Buckner, Bevens among wild Series endings

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — It was improbable enough that little-known Brett Phillips would get the big hit for Tampa Bay against Dodgers All-Star closer...

Stumbling stunner! Rays shock Dodgers in 9th, tie Series 2-2

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Brett Phillips squatted on the field crying, Randy Arozarena sprawled in the dirt pounding his hands on home plate. ...

World Series Walk-Off Errors

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Five World Series games have ended on walk-off plays that involved an error. A look at the previous four: ...

Arozarena slugs into WS history, stumbles into October lore

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Hours after slugging his way into World Series history, Randy Arozarena stumbled into October lore. ...

Jansen blows save, Dodgers squander Game 4, Series tied at 2

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Kenley Jansen threw a cutter inside to Brett Phillips for a ball, then a cutter and a sinker for called...

World Series notes: Phillips delivers big hit for Rays

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Brett Phillips was acquired by Tampa Bay in a trade with Kansas City in August. It seemed like a minor...

The Latest: Rays beat LA 8-7, tie Series at two games each

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — The Latest on Game 4 of the World Series (all times local): ...

Rays stack lineup with righties against Urías in Game 4

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — The Tampa Bay Rays started four right-handed hitters at the top of their batting order and seven in all against...

Buehler leads Dodgers over Rays 6-2 for 2-1 Series lead

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Walker Buehler pitched in the World Series like the Los Angeles Dodgers' aces of old. ...

World Series Notebook: Urías, 4-0 in postseason, set for G4

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — In his only other start this postseason, Julio Urías had an 11-0 lead before taking the mound when the Los...

October Red: Dodgers’ Turner again delivers with bat, glove

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — The bushy beard, the pine tar stain on the back of his No. 10 Los Angeles Dodgers jersey and all...

Morton merely mortal for Rays, question becomes what’s next

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Charlie Morton made the slow stroll to the dugout after one of the worst starts of his stellar, and somewhat...

The Latest: LA leads Series 2-1 after dominant Buehler start

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — The Latest on Game 3 of the World Series (all times local): ...

Barnes back behind plate for Dodgers in World Series Game 3

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Austin Barnes was back behind the plate to catch Los Angeles Dodgers ace Walker Buehler in Game 3 of the...

MLB players extend streak of no COVID positives to 54 days

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Major League Baseball’s postseason bubble succeeded as a defense against the novel coronavirus. ...

Charlie Morton quietly becomes dominant postseason pitcher

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Charlie Morton has slowly and quietly become one of the most dominant postseason pitchers ever. ...

World Series draws record-low audience for 2nd night

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — The World Series drew a record-low audience of television viewers for the second straight night. ...

Perdomo has TJ surgery, Strahm set to have knee surgery

SAN DIEGO (AP) — San Diego Padres right-hander Luis Perdomo has had reconstructive elbow surgery and left-hander Matt Strahm is scheduled to undergo patellar...

World Series notes: Wood’s role in LA, Adames hugging Mookie

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Alex Wood has experience starting in the World Series for the Dodgers. While in a different role now, the left-hander...

Twins’ Nelson Cruz wins Marvin Miller Award for leadership

NEW YOIRK (AP) — Minnesota Twins designated hitter Nelson Cruz was voted Marvin Miller Man of the Year and Atlanta Braves first baseman Freddie...

US jobless claims drop to 787,000, but layoffs remain high

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of laid-off Americans seeking unemployment benefits fell last week to 787,000, a sign that job losses may have eased...

Lowe homers twice, Rays hold off Dodgers 6-4 to even Series

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Brandon Lowe kept finding his name near the top of Tampa Bay’s lineup even as his offensive struggles continued to...

Parade of pitchers not a merry-go-round for Dodgers

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — More was not merrier for Los Angeles Dodgers pitchers. ...

World Series Notebook: Rays enjoying games with fans

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — After winning the Division Series and AL Championship Series in San Diego, the Tampa Bay Rays played before fans in...

Column: Rays hungry for more after evening up World Series

Game 1 of the World Series was all about Mookie Betts and his quest to give the Los Angeles Dodgers a title and fans...

Vaunted bullpen wobbles, hangs on as Rays get even with LA

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Tampa Bay's stable was a little shaky — and still managed to close out Game 2 of the World Series. ...

The Latest: Lowe hits 2 homers, Rays even World Series

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — The Latest on Game 2 of the World Series (all times local): ...

Dodgers, Rays draw record-low TV World Series audience

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — The Los Angeles Dodgers' victory over the Tampa Bay Rays in Game 1 drew a record-low audience of television viewers...

Wright leads Villanova through COVID-19, early injuries

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — An avid sports fan, Villanova coach Jay Wright watched with interest how Major League Baseball muddled through its season to get...

Pandemic World Series draws smallest crowd in over century

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Julie and Lance Smith walked through the mostly empty concourse of Globe Life Field. ...

Bullpen saved: Dodgers keep Jansen and Co. fresh for Game 2

Winning Game 1 was a sweet way to start the World Series for the Los Angeles Dodgers. ...

Kershaw, LA stars shine, Dodgers top Rays 8-3 in WS opener

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Clayton Kershaw, Cody Bellinger, Mookie Betts — the Los Angeles Dodgers stars all shined. ...

LEADING OFF: Dodgers turn to Jansen, bullpen for Game 2

A look at what's happening around the majors Wednesday: ...

Total package: Betts paying off big for Dodgers in every way

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Mookie Betts slid headfirst across home plate, then popped up and did a double pump with his right fist. An...

No knocking Bellinger’s homer celebration in World Series

Cody Bellinger bashed a home run in the World Series opener, and celebrated with his Los Angeles Dodgers teammates. ...

World Series Notebook: LA rookie vs Cy Young winner in G2

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — The Los Angeles Dodgers are going with rookie right-hander Tony Gonsolin to start Game 2 of the World Series against...

Glasnow wilts, can’t stay with Kershaw as Rays drop Game 1

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Tyler Glasnow had already given up a two-run homer and four of his six walks when he went back out...

The Latest: Kershaw, Dodgers take Game 1 over Rays

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — The Latest on Game 1 of the World Series (all times local): ...

The Latest: Imported workers test positive in New Zealand

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — Eighteen fishing crewmen who last week flew to New Zealand from Moscow have tested positive for the coronavirus, underscoring the...

AP Interview: Manfred likes larger playoff, runner in extras

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Ahead of a World Series capping the pandemic-shortened season, baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred said he hopes to keep two of...

Longtime MLB umpire Derryl Cousins dies at 74

PALM SPRINGS, Calif. (AP) — Former major league umpire Derryl Cousins, who worked three World Series during a career that lasted over three decades,...

Friedman’s Series: Built Rays, then left to build Dodgers

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Andrew Friedman isn’t quite torn. ...

Football rules nationally, Dodgers in Los Angeles

NEW YORK (AP) — The Los Angeles Dodgers played for their season Sunday night on Fox, the seventh game of the National League Championship...

Rays, Dodgers set lineups for Game 1 of the World Series

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Cody Bellinger was in his normal spot in the starting lineup for the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 1 of...

Few fans, masked umps, muted celebrations for World Series

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — A World Series like no other opens Tuesday night with Clayton Kershaw’s Los Angeles Dodgers pursuing redemption, Kevin Kiermaier’s Tampa...

World Series notebook: Ailing CFs ready for Game 1 in Texas

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Cody Bellinger knocked his right shoulder out of whack with a celebration after his home run that sent the Los...

Kershaw’s latest World Series chance with Dodgers near home

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Clayton Kershaw has pitched in the final game of the season for the Los Angeles Dodgers six of the last...

A capsule look at the Rays and Dodgers in the World Series

A capsule look at the best-of-seven World Series between the Tampa Bay Rays and Los Angeles Dodgers in Arlington, Texas, beginning Tuesday night: ...

Dodgers-Rays rare wild-card era matchup of baseball’s best

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — The World Series matchup between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Tampa Bay Rays is a rare meeting of baseball’s best...

Bill Miller, umpiring 4th World Series, named crew chief

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Bill Miller will be the umpire crew chief for the World Series and will work home plate for Game 3...

Catch this! Betts saves Dodgers with 3rd web gem in 3 nights

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Mookie Betts is leaping into the World Series, carrying to the Los Angeles Dodgers with his glove rather than with...

LEADING OFF: Rays, Dodgers all set to meet in World Series

A look at what's happening around the majors today: ...

Dodgers’ Seager NLCS MVP after 5 HRS, 11 RBIs against Braves

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Corey Seager bashed his way to NLCS MVP. ...

Baserunning gets Braves again, NLCS slips away in Game 7

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — The Atlanta Braves made another baserunning mistake with a lead in the NL Championship Series. ...

Bellinger HR sends Dodgers to 3rd World Series in 4 years

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — The Los Angeles Dodgers celebrated as Cody Bellinger’s drive soared deep into the Texas night. Bellinger flung his bat off...

Astros overcome adversity to come 1 win shy of World Series

HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Astros overcame injuries to several top stars and dealt with the fallout from their sign-stealing scandal to come a...

NLCS Game 7 1st rookie starters matchup in a winner-take-all

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Game 7 of the National League Championship became MLB's first winner-take-all postseason game matching rookie starters when the Los Angeles...

Betts, with another great grab, shows what Dodgers wanted

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Mookie Betts jumped high against the 8-foot wall in right field, landing on an advertisement with the word “Extreme. ...

Marlins, Jeter part with exec Michael Hill after 19 seasons

MIAMI (AP) — Miami Marlins executive Michael Hill's 19-season tenure with the franchise has ended. ...

Arozarena, Rays top Astros 4-2 in Game 7, reach World Series

SAN DIEGO (AP) — By now, every baseball fan has heard of remarkable rookie Randy Arozarena. They're fast becoming familiar with his World Series-bound...

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