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‘Prime Time’ Sanders: Murray should choose baseball

Speaking as one two-sport standout to another, Deion Sanders said he thinks Kyler Murray should choose baseball over the NFL. FILE PHOTO: Dec 29, 2018; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide quarterback Tua Tagovailoa (13) speaks to Oklahoma Sooners quarterback Kyler Murray (1) after the 2018 Orange Bowl college football playoff semifinal game at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports “If I’m in his shoes, I’m picking up that baseball bat and I’m not looking back,” Sanders told ESPN earlier this week. Known as “Prime Time”…

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Smith, Baines elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

Relief pitcher Lee Smith and outfielder/designated hitter Harold Baines and were elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame on Sunday by the entity’s Today’s Game Era Committee. FILE PHOTO: Baltimore Orioles designated hitter Harold Baines is congratulated at the dugout after hitting a solo home run off Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Gil Heredia in the top of the first inning at the Oakland Coliseum, September 8, 1998. The home run was Baines’ ninth of the season. CBM/ELD Smith, a seven-time All-Star, was named on all 16 ballots. Baines, a…

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Smith, Baines elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

Relief pitcher Lee Smith and outfielder/designated hitter Harold Baines and were elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame on Sunday by the entity’s Today’s Game Era Committee. FILE PHOTO: Baltimore Orioles’ designated hitter Harold Baines follows the flight of his three-run homer off Toronto Blue Jays relief pitcher Matthew Dewitt in the fifth inning at Camden Yards July 1, 2000. REUTERS Smith, a seven-time All-Star, was named on all 16 ballots. Baines, a six-time All-Star, was named on 12 of 16 ballots, meeting the 75 percent required for induction.…

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Two ex-Major League Baseball players die in car crash in Venezuela

FILE PHOTO: Chicago Cubs’ Luis Valbuena reacts after hitting a double against the Atlanta Braves during the third inning of their National League MLB baseball game in Chicago, Illinois, September 21, 2013 REUTERS/Jim Young CARACAS (Reuters) – Two former Major League Baseball players died on Friday in a car accident in Venezuela, where they had been playing for a local team in the Venezuelan winter league, MLB said in a statement. The players, Luis Valbuena and Jose Castillo, had been driving with two teammates back to the city of Barquisimeto…

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Baseball: Ohtani positive about future following elbow surgery

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japanese two-way standout Shohei Ohtani is positive he can make a full recovery from Tommy John elbow surgery following his remarkable rookie season in Major League Baseball. Japanese baseball player for the Los Angeles Angels, Shohei Ohtani, attends a news conference after winning the Rookie of the Year Award in the American League, at the Japan National Press Club in Tokyo, Japan November 22, 2018. REUTERS/Issei Kato Ohtani impressed during his first season with the Los Angeles Angels to such an extent that he was awarded the…

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Baseball: Tiebreak games launch postseason on Monday

(Reuters) – It’s playoff time in Major League Baseball with a pair of tiebreak games on Monday launching the month-long chase to World Series honors. Sep 30, 2018; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Milwaukee Brewers right fielder Christian Yelich (22) scores in the seventh inning against the Detroit Tigers at Miller Park. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports The Milwaukee Brewers will be at the Chicago Cubs after the two tied for the National League Central title and the Colorado Rockies will travel to the Los Angeles Dodgers to decide the National…

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Major League Baseball notebook: Cubs activate Bryant, start him vs. Giants

Chicago Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant returned to the lineup Wednesday against the San Francisco Giants. Jul 11, 2018; San Francisco, CA, USA; Chicago Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant (17) hits a RBI home run against the San Francisco Giants during the fifth inning at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports Bryant last played June 22 and was on the 10-day disabled list with shoulder discomfort. He was in the lineup batting third and playing third base for the matinee at AT&T Park. Bryant took batting practice and…

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Major League Baseball notebook: Cano apologizes for failed drug test

Addressing the media Saturday for the first time since he received an 80-game suspension from Major League Baseball on May 15, Seattle Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano apologized to his team and its fans for his failed drug test. Aug 23, 2016; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano (22) hits a single against the New York Yankees during the fourth inning at Safeco Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports / Reuters Picture Supplied by Action Images Cano, 35, stated that his positive test for Furosemide, a…

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Major League Baseball notebook: Mariners extend GM Dipoto

Seattle Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto and the team have agreed on a multi-year contract extension, the Mariners announced Friday. Jun 15, 2018; Seattle, WA, USA; Boston Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski, left, talks with Seattle Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto during batting practice at Safeco Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports The team did not release terms of the deal. The Mariners hired Dipoto on Sept. 28, 2015, to succeed Jack Zduriencik, who had been with the team since 2009. Since then, the Mariners are…

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Major League Baseball notebook: Giants’ Cueto returns from disabled list

The San Francisco Giants activated right-hander Johnny Cueto off the 60-day disabled list to start Thursday’s game against the St. Louis Cardinals. Aug 19, 2016; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Johnny Cueto (47) throws to the New York Mets in the second inning of their MLB baseball game at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: Lance Iversen-USA TODAY Sports / Reuters Picture Supplied by Action Images Cueto, who had been sidelined due to a right elbow sprain, will be making his first appearance for the Giants since April…

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