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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 »

A-Rod's People Threatened to Kill Me: Tony Bosch

Biogenesis founder says he sought MLB's protection

(Newser) - Refusing to accept bribes from Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez is dangerous business, according to Tony Bosch. The man who allegedly supplied Rodriguez with PEDs and cooperated with a Major League Baseball investigation into the matter tells 60 Minutes that he received death threats after Rodriguez associates failed to bribe him,... More »

And Baseball's 2014 Hall of Fame Inductees Are...

Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine, and Frank Thomas

(Newser) - Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine, and Frank Thomas were all elected to the Hall of Fame today, all on their first ballots. It's the first time three first-balloters have been elected since 1999, USA Today reports, and comes just a year after the Baseball Writers of Association of America sent... More »

First MLB Player Diagnosed With Brain Disease

Ryan Freel had Stage 2 CTE, researchers say

(Newser) - So hockey and football players aren't the only ones endangering their brains. Professional baseball player Ryan Freel also had CTE and may have killed himself over it last year, CNN reports. "The real important issue is that he hit his head multiple times—small hits, big hits, in... More »

Baseball to Stamp Out Home Plate Collisions

MLB looks at new rules to mitigate concussion risk

(Newser) - Baseball is set to become a safer—though critics say duller—sport with moves to eliminate violent collisions at home plate. Major League Baseball's rules committee, concerned about concussions and other injuries, has voted to take steps to end pile-ups no later than 2015. Under the planned rule changes,... More »

Fan Sues After Injury by Flying Hot Dog

Worse, it was thrown by the Kansas City Royals mascot

(Newser) - Bad enough to get injured by an airborne hot dog. But a hot dog thrown by a goofy baseball mascot? That's grounds for a lawsuit. Or says a Kansas City man who is suing the hometown Royals over the 2009 incident, reports the AP . It seems that mascot Sluggerrr... More »

Emotional Red Sox Fans Kiss Marathon Finish Line

Meanwhile, riots break out in New Hampshire, at UMass

(Newser) - Celebrations—and, occasionally, riots—broke out all over Red Sox Nation following last night's World Series win, the team's first at Fenway since 1918. But one gathering had particular poignancy: Many of the fans pouring out of Fenway made their way to the Boston Marathon finish line, bringing... More »

St. Louis Man Busted Over World Series Tweets

His last job was as a social media manager

(Newser) - A few years back, Bobby Metzinger's "social media expertise" landed him a job in the field; now, it's landed him in court. Metzinger, a 30-year-old former social media manager for a marketing company, is reportedly a St. Louis Cardinals fan. As the World Series kicked off, Metzinger... More »

Red Sox Win World Series

Beat Cardinals 6-1; first championship at home since 1918

(Newser) - David Ortiz and the Boston Red Sox romped to their third World Series championship in 10 seasons, thumping October ace Michael Wacha and the St. Louis Cardinals 6-1 last night in Game 6. Shane Victorino drove in four runs and John Lackey pitched shutout ball into the seventh inning as... More »

Red Sox Ticket Prices Are 5-Figure Crazy

Fans shelling out for chance to see championship clinched

(Newser) - Boston hasn't clinched a World Series at home in nearly a century, and that's translating into a big payday for those willing to sell tickets to tonight's Game Six. Consider that someone paid $24,000 on StubHub for two front-row tickets near home plate, reports ESPN . But... More »

Red Sox Take 3-2 Lead

They beat Cardinals 3-1 in Game 5

(Newser) - Jon Lester pitched the Boston Red Sox within a whisker of yet another World Series championship. He bested Adam Wainwright once again, journeyman David Ross hit a tiebreaking double in the seventh inning, and the Red Sox downed the St. Louis Cardinals 3-1 last night to take a 3-2 Series... More »

Mets Pitcher Takes Down Unruly Flier

LaTroy Hawkins helped subdue South America-bound passenger

(Newser) - Flight attendants struggling with an unruly passenger on a flight to South America got some backup from New York Mets relief pitcher LaTroy Hawkins. The 6-foot-5, 220-pound pitcher and a couple of buddies helped bundle the man into a seat and hold him down as restraints were applied. "We... More »

Red Sox Win Evens World Series

Jonny Gomes' 3-run homer helped win it, 4-2

(Newser) - Jonny Gomes arrived at Busch Stadium expecting to watch Game 4 of the World Series from the Red Sox dugout. Halfway through batting practice, Boston's plans changed. Shane Victorino didn't recover in time from a bad back. With the Red Sox trailing St. Louis by two games to... More »

Crazy Call Gives St. Louis Game 3 Win

Red Sox get called for obstruction, allowing game-winning run

(Newser) - The Cardinals rushed to the plate to congratulate Allen Craig. The Red Sox stormed home to argue with the umpires. The fans seemed too startled to know what to do. In perhaps the wildest finish imaginable, the rare ruling against third baseman Will Middlebrooks allowed Craig to score with two... More »

Batboy With Down Syndrome Gets His Own Baseball Card

Topps grants the honor to Ted Kremer of Cincinnati

(Newser) - Ted Kremer served as a guest batboy for the Cincinnati Reds for only one day last year, but he still managed to earn himself a little piece of baseball history. Topps has featured the 30-year-old with Down Syndrome on an official MLB card, reports the Cincinnati Enquirer . It shows Kremer—... More »

World Series Ticket Accidentally Sold for $3

Looks like someone forgot a few zeros

(Newser) - A baseball fan got the steal of a lifetime. Someone selling a ticket to Game 1 of the World Series at Fenway Park accidentally forgot some zeroes and sold it on StubHub for $3. With the service fee, the lucky fan, named Eric, was able to wrap up the whole... More »

Cardinals Headed to World Series

After beating Dodgers last night

(Newser) - Clayton Kershaw was long gone. Michael Wacha kept Dodgers hitters down, ignoring the surprisingly big lead and pitching as if the opposing ace was still dealing. The rookie left no doubt in a 9-0 rout last night that put the St. Louis Cardinals in the World Series for the second... More »

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