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With multiple MVP awards, Trout just wants to play postseason baseball

TORONTO – Mike Trout already has two American League MVP awards and another three top-two finishes. There are five Silver Sluggers and an AL Rookie of the Year award sitting on his mantle. He’s 26 years old. Trout is the best player in the majors. He’s well on his way to Cooperstown. But there’s one thing that’s eluded the Los ...

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White Sox's Castillo suspended 80 games for failed drug test

Chicago White Sox catcher Welington Castillo was suspended for 80 games by Major League Baseball on Thursday following a positive test for a performance-enhancing substance. The commissioner’s office cited use of EPO. Erythropoietin is a hormone that stimulates the red-blood cell production and often turns up in test results for cyclists. Castillo apologized in a statement through the players’ union, ...

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Red Sox to activate Pedroia from DL

The heart and soul of the Boston Red Sox will return to the team’s lineup this weekend. The Red Sox plan to activate second baseman Dustin Pedroia from the disabled list on Friday, manager Alex Cora said, according to <a href="http://www.espn.com/mlb/story/_/id/23596479/boston-red-sox-activate-dust… MLB | theScore

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Bauer praises Cole, looks forward to matchup

CLEVELAND — It is no secret that Indians starter Trevor Bauer and Astros starter Gerrit Cole did not get along during their days as a prolific collegiate pitching duo for the UCLA Bruins. Much has been made over the years of that history, but Bauer took a step toward trying to move on prior to Thursday’s game against Houston. In ...

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MLB panel says baseballs getting extra lift but cause unknown

Baseballs really have been getting extra lift since 2015, and it’s not from the exaggerated uppercuts batters are taking, according to a 10-person committee of researchers hired by the commissioner’s office. “The aerodynamic properties of the ball have changed, allowing it to carry farther,” said committee chairman Alan Nathan, professor emeritus of physics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. ...

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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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