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9-Year-Old Bat Boy Killed in Freak Accident

Kaiser Carlile had been with his team for most of the season

(Newser) - A 9-year-old boy in Kansas died last night after being hit in the head with a baseball bat on Saturday afternoon while "doing something he loved." Kaiser Carlile was a bat boy for the amateur team the Liberal Bee Jays. He was retrieving a bat after an out... More »

2 Cuban Baseball Players Defect to US

Pair stays in North Carolina during exhibition match

(Newser) - Relations between the US and Cuba are warming , but apparently not fast enough for two Cuban baseball players. The pair defected while in the United States for a series of games against US collegians. Official sports website Jit says third baseman Luis Yander La O left the team in North... More »

Pitcher Made Baseball History Last Night

Sean Conroy is first openly gay active player

(Newser) - Baseball history was made in Northern California last night when the sport's first active professional player to come out as gay pitched a shutout before an enthusiastic crowd that seemed more impressed with his performance than his role as a pioneer. Sean Conroy, 23, led the Sonoma Stompers to... More »

Meet the Girl, 16, Who Just Made MLB History

Melissa Mayeux is first female on MLB's international registration list

(Newser) - Melissa Mayeux is a member of France's national U-18 baseball team, the French senior national softball team, and will attend Major League Baseball's European Elite Camp in August. It's an impressive resume for a 16-year-old shortstop, but Melissa's biggest accomplishment came Sunday, when her name was... More »

ESPN: We've Got Proof Pete Rose Bet as Player

'Outside the Lines' says pages from notebook show 'extensive' betting in '86

(Newser) - For more than 25 years, a notebook seized from the home of one of Pete Rose's ex-associates in a mail-fraud investigation has been locked down by court order, most recently in the National Archives' New York office. But ESPN's Outside the Lines has reportedly obtained pages from that... More »

Fan Who Caught A-Rod Baseball Won't Give It to Him

At least not right away, and definitely not for free

(Newser) - Alex Rodriguez can't even avoid drama with souvenir baseballs. A-Rod smacked his 3,000th hit last night, but the fan who caught the home run ball is resisting the Yankees' efforts to have him return it. At least temporarily: "At first, I was 100% adamant about not giving... More »

A-Rod Gets Hit No. 3K in Dramatic Fashion

He nails a home run off the first pitch

(Newser) - Alex Rodriguez has homered for his 3,000th career hit, becoming just the 29th major league player to reach the milestone. The Yankees star connected tonight at Yankee Stadium in the first inning on his first pitch from Detroit ace Justin Verlander. The crowd erupted as the ball sailed into... More »

Report: Houston Astros Got Hacked—by Cardinals

FBI is investigating a very strange MLB scandal

(Newser) - The FBI and the Justice Department are delving into what's beginning to look like something of a Watergate for Major League Baseball: The New York Times reports today on an investigation into whether the Houston Astros got hacked—by none other than front-office officials from the St. Louis Cardinals.... More »

Wrigley Field's Bathrooms Were Closed, So This Happened

Fans on opening day reportedly resorted to peeing in cups after 45-minute waits

(Newser) - Baseball fans endured a long, cold winter for opening day, but for Cubs fans at Wrigley Field last night, there was more waiting to come to answer nature's call. According to a statement sent out by the Cubs after their game against the St. Louis Cardinals, two of the... More »

Will Ferrell Crashes Spring Training

Plays all 9 baseball positions, among other things

(Newser) - "Ruth, Musial, Mantle, Will Ferrell." The star of Anchorman, Elf, and several sports-related flicks played all nine positions and coached for 10 teams in five Arizona ballparks yesterday in a spring-training blitz chronicled for an HBO special. In addressing the crowd at his final stop in Peoria, the... More »

Chicago Team Stripped of Little League Title

Jackie Robinson West used players from outside its geographical limits: league

(Newser) - A Chicago Little League team crowned US champions must give up their title after officials found that they'd broken the rules. The league found that the Jackie Robinson West team included players who weren't from within established geographical boundaries, the Chicago Tribune reports. The team "used a... More »

'Let's Play Two': Hall of Famer Ernie Banks Dead at 83

'Mr. Cub' hit more than 500 home runs

(Newser) - Even as the Chicago Cubs lost one game after another, Ernie Banks never lost hope. That was the charm of "Mr. Cub." Banks, the Hall of Fame slugger and two-time MVP who always maintained his boundless enthusiasm for baseball despite decades of playing on miserable teams, died last... More »

In Rare Move, 4 Elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

Randy Johnson leads the way, along with Pedro Martinez, John Smoltz, Craig Biggio

(Newser) - Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez, John Smoltz, and Craig Biggio were elected to baseball's Hall of Fame today, the first time since 1955 writers selected four players in one year. Johnson, Martinez, and Smoltz earned induction on their first tries, and Biggio made it on the third attempt after falling... More »

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 »

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