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Major League Player Fights Deadly Infection

Cleveland Indian Leonys Martin's organs damaged by 'life-threatening' illness, but he's on the mend

(Newser) - It's going to take "weeks, not days" for an MLB player to recuperate from what's now being revealed as a dangerous bacterial infection that went after his organs—but Cleveland Indians President Chris Antonetti said the worst appears to be over for Leonys Martin. ESPN and the... More »

This Astros Player Came to the 4th Inning Looking ... Different

Alex Bregman decided to shave his mustache right in the middle of the game

(Newser) - Hair today, gone … by the fourth inning? That's what happened with the Houston Astros' Alex Bregman Sunday during his team's game against the Kansas City Royals. MLB.com reports the third baseman got a walk in the second inning, then didn't come to the plate again... More »

Bald Eagle Lands on Canadian Pitcher Before MLB Game

'Figured I'm not going to outrun an eagle'

(Newser) - The patriotic pregame show ahead of the Minnesota Twins' home opener went awry when a bald eagle failed to cooperate. The bird, there for a ceremonial flight during the national anthem, landed on Seattle Mariners starting pitcher James Paxton instead of its handler, the AP reports. Paxton—a Canadian—was... 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 »

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 »

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 »

MLB Home Run Record Likely to Be Broken Today

It's not clear why there are so many homers these days

(Newser) - Giancarlo Stanton's smacks, Aaron Judge's jolts, and all those dizzying long balls helped Major League Baseball move another poke closer to the inevitable. Nearly two decades after the height of the Steroids Era, the sport is on track to break its season record for home runs on Tuesday—... More »

Cleveland Indians' Amazing Streak Ends at 22

Team lost Friday night to Kansas City Royals

(Newser) - The Cleveland Indians can return to clinching their division and playoff preparations. Their historic winning streak is, well, history. Cleveland had its AL record run stopped at 22 straight games on Friday night as the Indians were beaten 4-3 by the Kansas City Royals, who became the first team to... More »

Racism Banner Causes Scene at Fenway

'White people need to wake up,' say anti-racism protesters

(Newser) - A banner draped from the stands of Boston's Fenway Park was meant to spark a conversation, says one of the individuals involved in Wednesday night's stunt. In that sense, it was a success. During the fourth inning of the Red Sox game against the Oakland Athletics, three protesters... More »

After Cleveland Indians Do the Unthinkable, Company Out $2M

It offered a promo for customer rebates if team won 15 in a row

(Newser) - The co-owners of an Ohio company that installs windows, doors, and siding watched Thursday night's Cleveland Indians game very closely—and those owners may now wish they stuck with home improvement over sports wagers. Per ESPN , the Indians stomped the Chicago White Sox 11-2, which meant Universal Windows Direct... More »

Red Sox Caught Cheating With Apple Watch: Report

Team was reportedly using it to steal signals from Yankees

(Newser) - The Boston Red Sox have reportedly admitted to Major League Baseball that they improperly used electronic devices to steal signs from their longtime rival, the New York Yankees, the AP reports. According to the New York Times , the Red Sox used an Apple Watch to relay signs by the Yankees... More »

Things Looked Dire for MLB Team. Then a Cat Showed Up

'Rally Cat' getting credit for dramatic St. Louis Cardinals victory

(Newser) - The Cardinals needed help. They got "Rally Cat"—and now baseball has a new hero and meme. MLB.com explains: The St. Louis Cardinals trailed the Kansas City Royals 5-4 in the bottom of the sixth in a crucial playoff-race game Wednesday, but they had the bases loaded.... More »

MLB Pitcher's Tragic Struggle to Fit In, Succeed, Find Peace

The sad, conflicted life of Hideki Irabu, who killed himself in 2011

(Newser) - He was known as the "Japanese Nolan Ryan" for how fast he could hurl a ball. But more unflattering descriptions eventually found their way to MLB's Hideki Irabu, leading to a downward spiral that culminated in his 2011 suicide . In his look at Irabu for Sports Illustrated , Ben... More »

Jeb Bush Drops Bid to Buy Miami Marlins: Report

Derek Jeter has joined a different potential ownership group

(Newser) - Jeb Bush has dropped out of the race for the Miami Marlins, the AP reports. The ex-presidential candidate and former Florida governor is no longer interested in buying the Marlins and has ended his pursuit of the team, two people close to the negotiations said Tuesday. One of the people... More »

Behold the Rare Presidential Photobomb

Camera catches George W. Bush at Rangers game Wednesday

(Newser) - The 45th President of the United States of America is hogging a lot of the media attention these days, but the 43rd got his second in the spotlight Wednesday—and it was almost literally a second. The Houston Chronicle reports George W. Bush was caught on camera walking behind Fox... More »

Ballplayer Has Racial Slurs and Peanuts Hurled at Him

The Red Sox and Boston's mayor have apologized to Adam Jones

(Newser) - Adam Jones has received apologies from the Boston Red Sox and the mayor of Boston after the Baltimore Orioles outfielder was subjected to a barrage of racial slurs Monday night at Fenway Park, the Boston Globe reports. According to USA Today , Jones says he "was called the n-word a... More »

Jeb Bush, Derek Jeter Buying Baseball Team: Report

Their group has reportedly won auction for Miami Marlins with $1.3B bid

(Newser) - If multiple reports are to be believed, Jeb Bush will finally be following in his brother's footsteps—as the owner of a professional baseball team. The presidential also-ran is said to be part of a group—along with former New York Yankee Derek Jeter—that will be purchasing the... More »

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