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FILE - In this Dec. 8, 2011, file photo, then-St. Louis Cardinals scouting director Christopher Correa, left, assistant general manager Mike Girsch, center, and general manager John Mozeliak, right, arrive at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport in St. Louis, Mo. Major League Baseball ordered the Cardinals to forfeit their top two picks in this year's amateur draft and pay Houston $2 million as compensation for hacking the Astros email system and scouting database. Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred banned former St. Louis scouting executive Correa for life on Monday, Jan. 30, 2017, and stripped the Cardinals of the 56th and 75th draft choices in June. (Chris Lee/St. Louis Post-Dispatch via AP, File)
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  • FILE - In this Dec. 8, 2011, file photo, then-St. Louis Cardinals scouting director Christopher Correa, left, assistant general manager Mike Girsch, center, and general manager John Mozeliak, right, arrive at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport in St. Louis, Mo. Major League Baseball ordered the Cardinals to forfeit their top two picks in this year's amateur draft and pay Houston $2 million as compensation for hacking the Astros email system and scouting database. Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred banned former St. Louis scouting executive Correa for life on Monday, Jan. 30, 2017, and stripped the Cardinals of the 56th and 75th draft choices in June. (Chris Lee/St. Louis Post-Dispatch via AP, File)

    Cardinals must give Astros top 2 picks, $2M for hacking

    NEW YORK (AP) — The St. Louis Cardinals were stripped of their top two picks in this year’s amateur draft Monday and ordered to give them to Houston along with $2 million as compensation for hacking the Astros’ email system and scouting database, the final and unprecedented step in an unusual case of cybercrime involving […]
  • Thousands turn out for A’s FanFest that sparks positive vibe

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Seven free food trucks. Green and gold balloons strung over the waterfront walkway and a bouncy houses for kids. Complimentary zoo passes, dog toys and plenty of coffee. A picturesque, sunny winter day after weeks of heavy rain. The Oakland Athletics and new President Dave Kaval need to do little selling […]
  • FILE - In this Feb. 1, 2009, file photo, Pittsburgh Steelers guard Chris Kemoeatu celebrates following Pittsburgh's 27-23 win over the Arizona Cardinals in the NFL Super Bowl 43 football game in Tampa, Fla. No team has won more Super Bowls than the Steelers with six titles in the 50-year history of the event. Few franchises have been around for so long with so little accolade as the Arizona Cardinals, who date back to St. Louis and Chicago. The Cardinals nearly pulled off a championship stunner following a 2008 season during which their 9-7 record was good enough to win a weak division. (AP Photo/John Bazemore, File)

    Patriots-Falcons, the latest case of trophy inequity

    The New England Patriots are in the Super Bowl for the ninth time in the last 31 years, chasing their fifth championship next weekend in Houston. No coach or player in the current NFL could have a more palpable been-here-before feeling than Bill Belichick and Tom Brady. All four of their Super Bowl victories have […]
  • FILE - In this March 1976, file photo, San Diego Padres pitcher Randy Jones poses. Jones, the Padres' first Cy Young Award winner, is fighting throat cancer linked to tobacco use during his baseball career. (AP Photo/WF, File)

    Former NL Cy Young winner Randy Jones has throat cancer

    SAN DIEGO (AP) — Randy Jones, the San Diego Padres’ first Cy Young Award winner, is fighting throat cancer linked to tobacco use during his baseball career. Jones told the San Diego Union-Tribune on Thursday that he has been undergoing radiation and chemotherapy treatments since being diagnosed in November. The 67-year-old former pitcher says the […]
  • A billboard memorializing Kansas City Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura is shown along I-29 in Kansas City, Mo., Friday, Jan. 27, 2017. The Kansas City Royals organization gathered together Friday to remember Yordano Ventura in a private Celebration of Life for the pitcher who died Sunday in a car accident in the Dominican Republic. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

    In wake of Ventura’s tragic death, Royals face harsh reality

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — There is no timetable on grief. Unfortunately for the Kansas City Royals, there is one in baseball. Following the tragic death of 25-year-old pitcher Yordano Ventura last weekend, the difficult and unavoidable reality is this: The team must soon get back to business. Killed in a car crash early Sunday […]
  • FILE - In this Aug. 18, 2016, file photo, Baltimore Orioles' Mark Trumbo follows through on a three-run home run against the Houston Astros during a baseball game in Baltimore. Reigning home run king Mark Trumbo has a new three-year contract worth $37.5 million, perhaps less than he wanted but one that should benefit him and the Orioles.  (AP Photo/Gail Burton, File)

    Trumbo ‘quite happy’ with 3-year deal, and so are Orioles

    BALTIMORE (AP) — Mark Trumbo figured his first foray into free agency would be a blast. “You kind of go into it thinking that you might have a ton of suitors. You lead the league in home runs, who’s not interested in that?” he said. “And then you realize that there aren’t that many vacancies […]
  • Eva Torres stands next to her son Former Major League Baseball player Ivan 'Pudge' Rodriguez, as he is welcomed in his hometown school, José Gualberto Padilla Elementary, in Vega Baja, Puerto Rico, Friday, Jan. 27, 2017.  The Puerto Rican catcher is visiting his native island to celebrate his election to the Baseball Hall of Fame last week. Rodriguez is the fourth native Puerto Rican in the hall and became the youngest inductee at 45 years old. (AP Photo/Carlos Giusti)

    Puerto Rico celebrates new Hall of Famer Ivan Rodriguez

    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Students shouted “Ivan! Ivan! Ivan!” as Ivan Rodriguez visited his former elementary school on Friday, part of a three-day celebration Puerto Rico planned for the newly elected Hall of Fame catcher. The 14-time All-Star waved as he posed for pictures in his hometown of Vega Baja. “What a joy […]
  • A billboard memorializing Kansas City Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura is shown along I-29 in Kansas City, Mo., Friday, Jan. 27, 2017. The Kansas City Royals organization gathered together Friday to remember Yordano Ventura in a private Celebration of Life for the pitcher who died Sunday in a car accident in the Dominican Republic. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

    Royals gather in private to remember, celebrate Ventura

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Kansas City Royals pitcher Danny Duffy remembered Yordano Ventura as a man who did everything with passion and lived for baseball. First baseman Eric Hosmer said Ventura was the fun-loving little brother that everyone watched out for as he slowly grew into a young man. Ventura’s fiery passion, million-watt smile […]
  • FILE - In this Oct. 25, 2016, file photo, fans arrive for Game 1 of the Major League Baseball World Series between the Cleveland Indians and the Chicago Cubs, at Progressive Field in Cleveland. A person familiar with the decision says the Cleveland Indians will host the 2019 All-Star Game at Progressive Field. The team will hold a news conference on Friday, Jan. 27, 2017,  to formally announce the event last held in Cleveland in 1997, the person told The Associated Press on Thursday, speaking on condition of anonymity because the announcement had not been made.(AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)

    Indians to host 2019 All-Star Game, sixth time for club

    CLEVELAND (AP) — Sandy Alomar looked out the window as snow fell inside Progressive Field and vividly recalled a warm July night 20 years ago. “The best moment of my life,” he said. A six-time All-Star catcher, Alomar was feeling nostalgic on Friday as baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred announced the 2019 All-Star Game will be […]
  • FILE - In this Sept. 24, 2016, file photo, St. Louis Cardinals' Yadier Molina hits a two-run double against the Chicago Cubs during the first inning of a baseball game in Chicago. Molina has been the face of the Cardinals for more than a decade. However, as the catcher prepares to turn 35 this season, there appears to be a difference of opinion in the St. Louis organization about how much to play the eight-time Gold Glove winner, who could potentially leave St. Louis following this season.  (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, File)

    Cardinals debating resting Molina more behind the plate

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — The offseason discussion surrounding Yadier Molina has long centered on whether the St. Louis catcher should rest more during the season. After Molina played in a career-high 147 games last year, that consideration is in the forefront more than ever for the 34-year-old winner of eight Gold Gloves. So is the […]