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When the Boston Red Sox acquired Alex Verdugo from the Los Angeles Dodgers in the Mookie Betts and David Price trade, it was understood that the outfielder wouldn’t be ready for Opening Day. Verdugo was recovering from a stress fracture in his lower back and didn’t even start swinging a bat until March. But that …

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It was a scary scene on Saturday at Yankee Stadium. During a simulated game, New York Yankees’ pitcher Masahiro Tanaka took a brutal line drive to the right side of his head off the bat of teammate Giancarlo Stanton. Masahiro Tanaka was hit in the head with a line drive from the bat of Giancarlo …

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Los Angeles Dodgers fans who were looking forward to watching their newest starting pitcher take the mound for the shortened Major League Baseball season will have to wait until next year. The 2018 World Series champion and 2012 Cy Young winner announced his decision on Saturday via Instagram. “After considerable thought and discussion with my …

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Major League Baseball is covering all its bases with its return-to-play health and safety protocols. In addition to temperature checks twice a day and extensive social distancing methods, the league is testing its players, coaches and other staffers every other day to try and nip any potential coronavirus outbreaks in the bud. Newly acquired Boston …

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NBA players haven’t seen live-game action since March, before the season was paused due to the coronavirus pandemic. And after all that time off, it would be hard to get right back into the swing of playing meaningful and competitive basketball for the first time in months. So before games return on July 30, the …

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Major League Baseball on Friday announced that 31 players and seven staff members across the league tested positive for COVID-19. And two of those confirmed cases were out of the Boston Red Sox’s bullpen. Manager Ron Roenicke, in a Saturday video conference with reporters, reveled that relief pitchers Josh Taylor and Darwinzon Hernandez both have …

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Caleb Simpson is coming to camp. Boston Red Sox announced Saturday in a press release they’ve added the right-handed pitcher to their MLB Summer Camp player pool. Simpson joins Boston’s pool as non-roster invitee. Simpson, 28, was in the San Francisco Giants’ organization between 2013 and 2019. He was 9-13 with a 3.41 ERA and …

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Joey Chestnut continues to raise the bar. The professional-eating star at 75 hot dogs and buns in 10 minutes Saturday in the Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog-Eating Contest, setting a new record in competition. Chestnut previously had set the record in 2018 by eating 74 hot dogs, but he went one better this year and also …

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Justin Rohrwasser has kept his word. The New England Patriots kicker has removed the Three Percenters tattoo from his left arm, according to TMZ. Rohrwasser said in April he intended to cover the tattoo, and he apparently has followed through ahead of his rookie NFL season. The Three Percenters are a far-right militia movement and …

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National Football League players prefer to skip the pleasantries and go straight to serious business. The NFL Players Association wants to cancel the 2020 NFL preseason, The Associated Press reported Friday night, citing a person familiar with the situation. The NFLPA’s board of player representatives reportedly voted Thursday night to recommend the NFL to cancel …

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