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Bob Elliott's Baseball: Phenom Shohei Ohtani continues to amaze

Away back during the courtship period — long before free-agent Shohei Ohtani signed with the Los Angeles Angels — we asked a scout about the player’s best attribute? “His speed,” said the scout who had been to Japan. His velocity? “No, he’s fast, I saw him break late to cover first and he still beat a quick runner to take the throw ...

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Reddick blames spider bite for DL stint

Houston Astros outfielder Josh Reddick might be the next Spider-Man, just without the costume and superpowers. The 31-year-old was placed on the 10-day disabled list Wednesday with a leg infection that he believes was the result of a spider bite. Reddick isn’t sure when the bite occurred, … MLB | theScore

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Rays to start 3 relievers in series vs. Orioles

The Rays will again roll out their unconventional and wildly intriguing starting-pitcher strategy, this time taking it to an accelerated level. Tampa Bay plans to start relievers in every game of its three-game series against the Orioles this weekend, with Sergio Romo starting the first and third games and Ryne Stanek taking the assignment in the middle game. The top ...

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Marco Estrada struggles as Angels crush Jays in rubber match

Mike Trout his team-leading 15th home run and starter Nick Tropeano was solid over 7 1/3 innings as the Los Angeles Angels dumped the Toronto Blue Jays 8-1 on Thursday afternoon. Blue Jays starter Marco Estrada lasted just 4 1/3 innings and never found his rhythm. The Angels struck early with two runs in the second inning. Albert Pujols also homered for ...

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MLB study confirms baseballs getting extra lift since 2015, but cause unknown

The surge in home runs since the start of the 2015 campaign is partially due to a change in the aerodynamic properties of baseballs, according to a newly released study commissioned by Major League Baseball. However, the study, which was conducted by a committee of 10 experts, found no compelling evidence that the new aerodynamic properties – specifically, the decrease ...

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White Sox's Castillo suspended 80 games

CHICAGO — White Sox catcher Welington Castillo received an 80-game suspension without pay after testing positive for Erythropoietin (EPO), a performance-enhancing substance, in violation of Major League Baseball’s Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. The Office of the Commissioner of Baseball made the announcement Thursday morning. Castillo, 31, issued the following statement through the Major League Baseball Pla… MLB News ...

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