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The Oakland A’s Are Crashing the Playoff Race Again

“A lot of guys don’t want to come to Oakland,” said Melvin, a Bay Area native. “We give free-agent offers, and they don’t want to come to Oakland. Khris Davis wants to be in Oakland; Jed Lowrie wants to...

After All-Star Game, Josh Hader Apologizes for Racist and Homophobic Twitter Posts

WASHINGTON — Milwaukee Brewers reliever Josh Hader, who pitched in the All-Star Game on Tuesday, apologized later for racist and homophobic posts on his Twitter account in 2011 that had surfaced during the game.“I was 17 years old, and...

Alex Bregman’s Homer Caps an All-Star Slugfest

The rest of the regular season will be an effort to earn a division series berth instead.“Under the old system, the Yankees and the Red Sox wouldn’t care who won the American League East,” Commissioner Rob Manfred said on...

Even at the All-Star Game, the Off-Season Standoff Still Stings

WASHINGTON — The world’s greatest baseball players gathered at Nationals Park Tuesday for the All-Star Game, the annual midsummer celebration. But behind all the ceremony, Major League Baseball is struggling to process just how those players are doing their...

Aaron Judge — Huge Talent, Phenomenal Trade Bait

Brian Cashman likes to portray himself as fearless, as a willing servant to whatever it takes to win a 28th World Series for the Yankees. He has not been afraid to bid adieu to a successful manager, as he...

How Good Is Manny Machado?

The Orioles haven’t managed to play even .300 ball this season, so like most terrible teams of the past they are looking to unload talent. And their biggest name is Manny Machado. As many as 10 teams have been...

The Curious Case of Bryce Harper’s .214 Batting Average

WASHINGTON — There are several acceptable places to find the digits 214. They help you make a phone call to Dallas. They make a handy abbreviation for Valentine’s Day. They take you to a live play-by-play station on the...

The Nationals, Phillies, Red Sox and Others are Defying Expectations

When the baseball season began, there were those who expected it to be fairly predictable. Five of the six divisions seemed to have comfortable favorites: the Indians, Astros, Nationals, Cubs and Dodgers. The lone hope for something competitive was...

Ex-Met Helps Nationals Clobber His Old Team

Dave Martinez picked the right moment for Daniel Murphy.Martinez, the first-year manager of the Washington Nationals, is hoping for more big plays for his team in the final part of the season.Murphy drove in two runs against his former...

Aaron Boone Teaches the Yankees Accountability by Saying Sorry

CLEVELAND — As Aaron Boone sat in the visitors’ dugout Sunday morning, he did the things a manager does: He revealed his starting rotation for the coming games, allowed that he keeps an eye on the rival Red Sox...

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