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Baseball's 'Rising Meteor' Dead in Crash at 22

Oscar Taveras, girlfriend suffer accident in Dominican Republic

(Newser) - High hopes for St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Oscar Taveras, 22, came to a tragic end yesterday when the rising slugger and his girlfriend were both killed in a car crash. The accident occurred on a Dominican Republic highway near Taveras' home, just weeks after he nailed a home run to... More »

Giants Blow By Royals 11-4, Tie Series

San Francisco wobbles, stages epic rally

(Newser) - The World Series was slipping away from the San Francisco Giants. A botched grounder led to a three-run deficit, and they were in danger of falling behind the Kansas City Royals three games to one. Instead of panic, it was time for some Panda-monium, complete with four fans in the... More »

Royals Stay Perfect, Advance to World Series

Kansas City sweeps Baltimore, is 8-0 this postseason

(Newser) - Crown these Royals the American League champions. After nearly three decades spent trying to return to the playoffs, Kansas City is taking its perfect postseason ride all the way to the World Series. With more dominant defense, an opportunistic offense that plated two runs in the first inning, and a... More »

Jeter's Last At-Bat at Yankee Stadium Is One for the Ages

He has game-winning hit in bottom of 9th

(Newser) - Sports writers are waxing poetic today in describing Derek Jeter's final game in Yankee Stadium last night. Why? He drove in the winning run in the bottom of the ninth with a base hit, to the delirium of Yankees fans; the team beat the Baltimore Orioles 6-5. Jeter's... More »

Freak Line Drive in Little League Kills Dad

Coach was hit in the head after pitching the ball to a 12-year-old

(Newser) - A Long Island community is mourning the loss of a Little League coach after a freak accident during batting warm-ups over the weekend. Richard Becher, 50, was pitching at the Baseball Heaven facility in Suffolk County when a 12-year-old connected and sent a line drive straight to Becher's head.... More »

Mo'ne Davis: Ahead of the Boys, for Now

Sports Illustrated cover aside, she's got long odds ahead of her

(Newser) - Even though Mo'ne Davis's incredible 70mph pitch is on this week's Sports Illustrated cover , it doesn't seem likely that the teen phenom has a baseball career ahead of her. "The most likely scenario is that Davis has no future in professional baseball," writes Amanda... More »

It's the 'Mo Show': Girl Dominates in Little League Tourney

Mo'Ne Davis becomes first winning female pitcher

(Newser) - She did it again. Mo'Ne Davis pitched a shutout to get her team into the Little League World Series, and yesterday she pitched another to help her team advance, reports USA Today . In doing so, the Philadelphia 13-year-old becomes the first girl to record a win in the tournament.... More »

Korea Baseball Team So Bad Its 'Fans' Are Actual Robots

South Korea's Hanwha Eagles let humans watch from home

(Newser) - If you're a fan of the Hanwha Eagles, you can be a part of the crowd without even going to the game. That's thanks to the team's army of robots, who sit in the stadium and broadcast the game to viewers at home—all while cheering for... More »

Rockies Make an Epic Typo— on 15K Jerseys

Troy Tulowitzki's name is light one 't'

(Newser) - The Colorado Rockies love their All-Star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki so much that at last night's game the team gave out 15,000 replica jerseys—emblazoned with his name spelled as Tulowizki. The rather large-scale typo was in fact noticed, the Rockies say, but they decided to go ahead with... More »

Was Jeter's Big All-Star Moment Tainted?

Adam Wainwright says he gave him 'a couple of pipe shots'

(Newser) - Last night was Derek Jeter's last All Star Game, and it went beautifully, as the Yankee captain went 2-for-2 with a double. There was just one problem: That double might have been a gimme. After he left the game, Adam Wainwright said that he wasn't exactly gunning for... More »

Baseball Fan Busted Napping Sues ESPN

Andrew Rector also suing Yankees, MLB, 2 announcers for defamation

(Newser) - There's no napping in baseball. When 26-year-old Yankees fan Andrew Rector fell asleep during a game against the Red Sox on April 13, an ESPN cameraman lingered on his snoozing face and two announcers launched into a diatribe that included the words "stupor, stupid, fatty, and unintelligent"—... More »

Hey, Baseball, It's Time to Ban Chewing Tobacco

Let Tony Gwynn's death be the last reminder we need: Ernie Palladino

(Newser) - Baseball great Tony Gwynn is dead at age 54 from cancer that he blamed on his years-long habit of chewing tobacco. While the number of big-leaguers that use the stuff is dropping, about 1 in 3 are still in the habit, reports USA Today , citing stats from the Pro Baseball... More »

Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn Dead at 54

Former Padres great succumbs to cancer

(Newser) - Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn has died of cancer at 54 in the San Diego suburb of Poway, his agent tells the AP. The outfielder's sweet left-handed swing and undying loyalty to the San Diego Padres made him one of San Diego's best-loved athletes—he was nicknamed... More »

Teammate Bites Off Part of MLB Prospect's Ear

Alex Guerrero to have reattachment surgery

(Newser) - It's like Mike Tyson all over again. After a pair of Los Angeles Dodgers prospects got in a fight, one ended up with part of his ear bitten off. There's still hope, however, for infielder Alex Guerrero and his ear: He's set to have plastic surgery to... More »

Rare Footage of Scandal-Hit World Series Found —in Permafrost

Yukon find shows 1919 'Black Sox' series

(Newser) - Footage of one of the most shameful episodes in baseball history has been found in one of the last places you'd look for anything—under a disused ice rink in the Yukon. The newsreel film of the infamously fixed 1919 World Series between the Chicago White Sox and the... More »

Yankee Pitcher Ejected for Pine Tar... on His Neck

Michael Pineda: 'I didn't want to hit anybody'

(Newser) - Earlier this month, Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda threw against the Red Sox with pine tar on his hand. The stuff is illegal, but when it's subtly used, players don't usually make a fuss about it, Deadspin notes. Last night, however, things weren't so subtle: Pineda had pine... More »

Oops: Cubs Player Wears Wrong Uniform

Junior Lake played first inning in old road jersey

(Newser) - The Chicago Cubs' 16-inning game against the Pittsburgh Pirates Wednesday night lasted until 1am and commentators suspect drowsiness could have caused the Cubs' Junior Lake to don the wrong uniform for an early afternoon game at PNC Park the next day. The outfielder took to the field in the Cubs'... More »

Derek Jeter: I'm Done After This Season

Yankees star says he's retiring after 2014

(Newser) - Derek Jeter announced on Facebook today that he's going to play one more season and call it quits. "And the thing is, I could not be more sure," he writes. "I know it in my heart. The 2014 season will be my last year playing professional... More »

Curt Schilling: I Have Cancer

ESPN hasn't said if he'll remain on TV

(Newser) - Curt Schilling has been diagnosed with cancer, the World Series hero and ESPN personality revealed yesterday. "I've always believed life is about embracing the gifts and rising up to meet the challenges," he said in a statement released by ESPN . "We've been presented with another... More »

Cubs Fans: New Mascot Way Too Cuddly

'Clark the Cub' not getting a very warm welcome

(Newser) - Chicago Cubs fans, meet your new mascot, "Clark the Cub." The team describes him as "unbearably cute," but so far, fans seem mostly unhappy. Some have voiced their frustration on Twitter, with one fan writing, "Oh God, he's real." Comments lit up the... More »

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