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FILE - In this Friday, Aug. 3, 2018 file photo, Atlanta Braves manager Brian Snitker looks on from the dugout before a baseball game against the New York Mets in New York. Atlanta's Brian Snitker has been voted National League Manager of the Year after leading the Braves to a surprising first-place finish. Snitker received 17 first-place votes, nine seconds and one third for 116 points from the Baseball Writers' Association of America in balloting announced Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018.(AP Photo/Bill Kostroun, File)
November 13, 2018 - 6:05 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — 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. Atlanta's Brian Snitker won the National League award for leading the...
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In this Sept. 21, 2018 photo Los Angeles Angels' Shohei Ohtani, of Japan, waits to stretch during batting practice before a baseball game against the Houston Astros in Houston. Ohtani has been voted American League Rookie of the Year after becoming the first player since Babe Ruth with 10 homers and four pitching wins in the same season. Ohtani, a 24-year-old right-hander who joined the Angels last winter after five seasons with Japan's Nippon Ham Fighters, received 25 first-place votes and four seconds for 137 points from the Baseball Writers' Association of America in balloting announced Monday, Nov. 12, 2018. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
November 12, 2018 - 7:56 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Shohei Ohtani was rewarded for a Ruthian season at the plate — and on the mound. Baseball's best two-way player since the Babe at the dawn of the live-ball era a century ago, Ohtani was an overwhelming pick for American League Rookie of the Year on Monday despite an elbow injury...
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Minnesota Twins' Joe Mauer takes a question during his baseball retirement news conference Monday, Nov. 12, 2018, in Minneapolis, after playing 15 major league seasons, all with the Twins. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)
November 12, 2018 - 7:07 pm
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Yes, the narrative of Joe Mauer's career was missing a championship chapter. That plotline stalled for a few years while the star was set back by injuries. Still, this story of the Minnesota native with the smooth left-handed swing who played for the Twins the entire time sure...
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MLB All-Star pitcher Kenta Maeda, third from left, of the Los Angeles Dodgers welcomes teammates after the Major League team beat All Japan 7-3 in Game 3 at their All-Stars Series baseball at Tokyo Dome in Tokyo, Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018. (AP Photo/Toru Takahashi)
November 11, 2018 - 7:10 pm
TOKYO (AP) — Yadier Molina had three hits, including a three-run homer, and J.T. Realmuto also went deep to lead the MLB All-Stars over Japan 7-3 on Sunday for their first win of the six-game exhibition series after a pair of defeats. Realmuto hit an opposite-field solo homer to right in the fourth...
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All Japan's designated hitter Yuki Yanagita, right, celebrates with teammate Sosuke Genda after hitting a two-run home-run off MLB All-Star starter Erasmo Ramirez of the Seattle Marinersin the third inning of Game 2 of their All-Stars Series baseball at Tokyo Dome in Tokyo, Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018. (AP Photo/Toru Takahashi)
November 10, 2018 - 4:49 pm
TOKYO (AP) — Yuki Yanagita had a home run and four RBIs as Japan scored the first nine runs and beat the MLB All-Stars 12-6 Saturday to open a 2-0 lead in the six-game exhibition series. Yanagita, who hit a game-ending two-run homer in the opening 7-6 win, had an RBI single in the first off Erasmo...
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FILE - In this Sunday, Sept. 30, 2018, file photo, Minnesota Twins' Joe Mauer acknowledges a standing ovation as he donned catcher's gear and caught for one pitch against a Chicago White Sox batter in the ninth inning of a baseball game in Minneapolis. Mauer began his career as a catcher before switching to first base. The Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that Mauer has taken out an ad in its Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018, paper to announce his retirement. (AP Photo/Jim Mone, File)
November 09, 2018 - 6:40 pm
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Joe Mauer is retiring after 15 major league seasons, six All-Star games, three Gold Glove awards, three batting titles and 2,123 career hits, all with his hometown Minnesota Twins. "Thank you, Minnesota Twins, and thank you, fans, for making my career as special and memorable as...
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All Japan's Yuki Yanagita, right, is celebrated by head coach Makoto Kaneko after hitting a walk-off two-run home-run off MLB All-Star closer Kirby Yates of the San Diego Padres to win Game 1 of their All-Stars Series baseball at Tokyo Dome in Tokyo, Friday, Nov. 9, 2018. Japan's national team beat Major League's team 7-6. (AP Photo/Toru Takahashi)
November 09, 2018 - 8:44 am
TOKYO (AP) — Yuki Yanagita hit a two-run walkoff home run in the bottom of the ninth inning Friday to lift Japan to a 7-6 win over the MLB All-Stars in the opening game of a six-game exhibition series. Juan Soto, Carlos Santana and Amed Rosario had all homered to give the MLB squad a 6-4 lead but...
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Los Angeles Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman speaks to reporters during the Major League Baseball General Manager Meetings Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018, in Carlsbad, Calif. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)
November 08, 2018 - 6:38 pm
CARLSBAD, Calif. (AP) — Major League Baseball and its players' union likely will not decide until the eve of spring training whether to change rules in an effort to increase action on the field next year. Deputy Commissioner Dan Halem said Thursday as the annual general managers' meetings ended...
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Theo Epstein, president of baseball operations for the Chicago Cubs, speaks to reporters during the Major League Baseball General Manager Meetings Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018, in Carlsbad, Calif. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)
November 08, 2018 - 1:21 am
CARLSBAD, Calif. (AP) — The agent for free agent Bryce Harper and many of baseball's top players claims rebuilding teams have become a "competitive cancer" that caused this season's 4 percent attendance drop. As the sport's officials start to consider possible rules changes to spark offense and...
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