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2 Former Major Leaguers Dead in Car Crash

Luis Valbuena and Jose Castillo were killed in Venezuela

(Newser) - Baseball fans will likely recognize the names of two men killed in a car crash Thursday night in Venezuela: Luis Valbuena and Jose Castillo. Valbuena, 33, played in the big leagues with multiple teams for 11 seasons, as recently as last season with the Los Angeles Angels, reports ESPN . Castillo,... More »

Red Sox Follow 18-Inning Loss With a 9-6 Win

They have a 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven matchup

(Newser) - An 18-inning loss in Game 3 of the World Series couldn't wear out the Boston Red Sox. A four-run deficit late in Game 4 definitely didn't faze them. This plucky powerhouse just kept getting big hits to move to the brink of another championship, reports the AP . The... More »

Record-Setting World Series Game: 'Pure Joy'

LA Dodgers beat Boston Red Sox 3-2 in longest game in World Series history: 7 hours, 20 minutes

(Newser) - Exhausted yet exhilarated, the Dodgers headed home for a catnap, while the Red Sox may toss and turn thinking about one that got away. Max Muncy's home run leading off the bottom of the 18th inning finally ended the longest World Series game in history early Saturday, giving Los... More »

Pitcher Gets Charged $1M at Beverly Hills Hotel

But Justin Verlander took it all in good fun

(Newser) - Houston Astros ace Justin Verlander is likely no stranger to big bills, but this? The 35-year-old was dining at the Cabana Cafe at the Beverly Hills Hotel on Friday with ex-tennis player Mardy Fish when the bill came—including a $42 salad, $30 pancakes ... and $1 million for "Open... More »

This Kind of Triple Play Not Seen in 106 Years

Texas Rangers pull it off

(Newser) - Bases loaded, nobody out. The Angels' David Fletcher then hits a hard ground ball to third that results in a triple play last seen in Major League Baseball in 1912, reports USA Today . The rarity? The batter wasn't one of the outs, according to STATS . Watch the play pulled... More »

Pitcher's Racist Tweets Catch Up With Him

'They have my back,' Brewers pitcher Josh Hader says of his teammates

(Newser) - One by one, the Milwaukee Brewers filed into an auditorium at Miller Park as reliever Josh Hader offered his latest apology for years-old tweets that surfaced during the All-Star Game, the AP reports. Those racist, homophobic, social-media messages were thoughtless mistakes he made as a teenager, Hader says. He sought... More »

Rockets Star on Big Award: 'It Means a Lot'

James Harden is the new NBA MVP

(Newser) - Third time was the charm for James Harden. The Houston Rockets star was voted the NBA's most valuable player after twice being runner-up, beating out four-time winner LeBron James and Anthony Davis of the New Orleans Pelicans at the NBA Awards on Monday night. Harden joined Michael Jordan as... More »

Awesome Moment From HS Baseball Game Goes Viral

Pitcher picks comforting friend over celebrating with team

(Newser) - We dare you to watch without tearing up: In an awwww-inspiring video making headlines since it happened last week, a high school pitcher strikes out the final batter to advance to the state championships—and then immediately runs over to hug the batter, who is his friend, rather than celebrating... More »

Update on White Sox Pitcher Who Collapsed

Danny Farquhar 'progressing well,' per his medical team

(Newser) - White Sox reliever Danny Farquhar is talking to his doctors and family after surgery over the weekend to address a ruptured aneurysm that occurred during Friday night's game against Houston, reports the AP . Farquhar, a married father of three children, remains in critical but stable condition in the intensive... More »

Pitcher's Brain Hemorrhages in the Dugout

Danny Farquhar remains in critical condition

(Newser) - A Chicago White Sox pitcher suffered a ruptured aneurysm that caused his brain to hemorrhage during a Friday game in Chicago, the Chicago Tribune reports. Danny Farquhar, 31, had just given up a double and a homer in an inning of relief against the Houston Astros when he vomited and... More »

Yankees' Home Opener Gets Snowed Out

Monday's game rescheduled for Tuesday afternoon

(Newser) - Aaron Boone woke up before heading to the ballpark for his first home opener as New York Yankees manager and peeked outside the window. "Huh," he recalled saying to himself. "It really is 100% chance of snow at 7am." Two hours later, the Yankees postponed Monday'... More »

Beloved Baseball Icon Dies on Opening Day

Rusty Staub starred on the field, raised money for families of 9/11 first responders

(Newser) - Rusty Staub, the orange-haired outfielder who became a huge hit with baseball fans in two countries during an All-Star career that spanned 23 major league seasons, died Thursday at age 73. He died after an illness in a hospital in West Palm Beach, Fla., hours before the start of the... More »

Autopsy Reveals Baseball Star Had Drugs, Alcohol in System

Roy Halladay crashed his plane off coast of Florida in November

(Newser) - Former baseball star Roy Halladay had evidence of morphine, an amphetamine, Ambien, alcohol, and Prozac in his system when he crashed his plane into the Gulf of Mexico last November, USA Today reports. The two-time Cy Young winner's autopsy report was released Friday. A cause of death was listed... More »

Hall of Fame Umpire Nicknamed 'God' Dies

'A generation of umpires learned as a result of Doug's example'

(Newser) - Doug Harvey was so sure of his calls on the diamond, he ended every game the same way. Following the last out, the umpire took his wad of chewing tobacco and flung it on home plate. "I never did have any doubt in my mind," he once said.... More »

Darryl Strawberry Says He Used to Have Sex Between Innings

'It was a pretty crazy lifestyle'

(Newser) - “Yeah, it was pretty crazy,” the New York Post quotes Darryl Strawberry as telling Dr. Oz on Thursday. “It was a pretty crazy lifestyle.” No kidding. While discussing his sex addiction, the former baseball player says he used to have sex with women in the... More »

Former Star Pitcher Killed in Florida Plane Crash

Roy Halladay was 40

(Newser) - Roy Halladay, a two-time Cy Young Award winner who pitched a perfect game and a playoff no-hitter, died Tuesday when his private plane crashed into the Gulf of Mexico, the AP reports. He was 40. Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco said during a news conference that Halladay's ICON A5... More »

In Final Game of World Series, an On-Field Apology

Houston's Yuli Gurriel tipped his hat to LA's Yu Darvish to say sorry for previous incident

(Newser) - Houston came home with a World Series win Wednesday night in Game 7, but not before one Astro tried to make things right with one of the Los Angeles Dodgers' pitchers. Houston's Yuli Gurriel has been suspended for five games next season for making a racist gesture during Game... More »

The Heat Is On for World Series Opener, Literally

It's expected to be 97 degrees when game begins in LA, the hottest World Series game ever

(Newser) - As the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Houston Astros open the World Series Tuesday night at 5:08pm local time in Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles is expected to be about 97 degrees. That would be a record high for a World Series game, the New York Times reports; the current... More »

Player Reassured by Family of Girl Hit by Foul Ball

'He said she’s doing well'

(Newser) - Todd Frazier says he's found some relief after speaking to the family of the girl hospitalized after being hit in the face by a 105mph foul ball during a baseball game Wednesday, the New York Times reports. The New York Yankees player says he spoke to the girl's... More »

Young Girl Hit by 105mph Ball at Yankees Game

Players were in tears as she was taken away

(Newser) - Players and fans were shaken Wednesday after a foul ball hit a young girl in the face during a game at Yankee Stadium. (This video captures their reactions.) The game between the New York Yankees and the Minnesota Twins was delayed for several minutes while the girl, who was... More »

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