Minor league baseball

Toronto Blue Jays rookie Vladimir Guerrero Jr. takes batting practice before his major league debut against the Oakland Athletics in a baseball game in Toronto, Friday April 26, 2019. (Mark Blinch/The Canadian Press via AP)
April 26, 2019 - 7:53 pm
TORONTO (AP) — Vladimir Guerrero Jr. grounded out to first base in his first major league plate appeared for the Toronto Blue Jays on Friday night. Fans rose for a standing ovation as Toronto's top prospect led off the second against Oakland's Mike Fiers, Guerrero worked the count to 2-2 as fans...
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Jake Sheehan, 9, wears an Akron RubberDucks cap as he watches a minor league baseball game between Akron and the Bowie Baysox, Thursday, April 18, 2019, in Akron, Ohio. Up in New England, there are yard goats. In the Deep South, there are spacebound raccoons. A wider scan of the American map reveals a menagerie of unlikely characters, from quarrelsome jumbo shrimp to aggrieved prairie dogs. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
April 22, 2019 - 2:05 am
ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) — On a spring evening in eastern Pennsylvania, upon a bluff overlooking the Lehigh Valley, a carnival of baseball and pork products is at hand. From loudspeakers, swine-like sounds reverberate. Vendors roam the stands in clothing festooned with outsized strips of bacon. And yes...
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New York Yankees' Aaron Judge, left, reacts while talking to a trainer and bench coach Josh Bard, center, after hitting a single to right field during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Kansas City Royals, Saturday, April 20, 2019, in New York. Judge left the game with an apparent injury. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
April 20, 2019 - 4:39 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — All-Star slugger Aaron Judge hurt his left oblique while taking a swing and likely was headed to the injured list as the already banged-up New York Yankees beat the Kansas City Royals 9-2 Saturday. Judge homered early, but hurt himself in the sixth inning while hitting a single. He...
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FILE - In this July 31, 2018, file photo, Buffalo Bisons third baseman Vladimir Guerrero Jr. looks on before a minor league baseball against the Lehigh Valley IronPigs in Buffalo, N.Y. The Toronto Blue Jays top prospect says he feels ready to finally make the jump to the majors, while adding the decision is out of his control. Blue Jays assistant general manager Joe Sheehan said this week the team is still evaluating when to make the move. (AP Photo/Jeffrey T. Barnes, File)
April 19, 2019 - 7:01 pm
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — While saying he's ready to make his major league debut, Toronto Blue Jays prospect Vladimir Guerrero didn't need a translator to insist he's not frustrated over still playing in the minors. "No. No," Guerrero said before continuing in Spanish on Friday. Interpreter Jesse...
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In this, March 28, 2019, photo, Don Logan, president of the Las Vegas Aviators, stands in front of a new baseball park in Las Vegas. Logan spent years trying to get a new minor league ballpark in this gambling city. (AP Photo/John Locher)
April 08, 2019 - 8:12 am
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Don Logan spent years trying to get a new minor league ballpark in this gambling city, so the president of the Las Vegas Aviators understands what the Oakland Athletics are going through in their quest for new digs in the Bay Area. After all, he's had sewage in his dugout, too. The...
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Los Angeles Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw throws to first base to pick off San Antonio Missions' Corey Ray in the first inning, as Kershaw pitches for the Oklahoma City Dodgers on a rehab assignment, in the first inning of the teams' Triple-A baseball game Thursday, April 4, 2019, in Oklahoma City. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
April 04, 2019 - 10:57 pm
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw gave up two runs and struck out six in 4 1/3 innings during his rehab assignment for Triple-A Oklahoma City on Thursday night. The three-time Cy Young Award winner threw 61 pitches against the San Antonio Missions, a Milwaukee Brewers...
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New York Yankees' Troy Tulowitzki is congratulated by teammates after hitting a solo home run against the Baltimore Orioles during the ninth inning of a baseball game, Saturday, March 30, 2019, in New York. The Orioles won 5-3. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)
April 04, 2019 - 2:56 am
A look at what's a happening around the majors today: FANFARE Coming off winning road trips, the surprising Orioles, Tigers and Mets play their home openers. Sellouts are expected at Camden Yards, Comerica Park and Citi Field to greet teams trying to bounce back from losing seasons. Alex Cobb will...
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April 02, 2019 - 7:23 pm
HAVANA (AP) — The Cuban Baseball Federation released its first group of players able to sign contracts directly with Major League Baseball organizations, and some could be playing in the United States this year. The 34 players are 17 to 25, classified as international amateurs under MLB rules and...
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New York Yankees' Giancarlo Stanton reacts after striking out to Baltimore Orioles relief pitcher Paul Fry during the eighth inning of an opening day baseball game at Yankee Stadium, Thursday, March 28, 2019, in New York. The Yankees won 7-2. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
April 01, 2019 - 10:27 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Giancarlo Stanton and Miguel Andujar joined the Yankees' lengthy injured list, putting nearly half of New York's starting lineup on the sidelines just three games into the season. Stanton strained his left biceps fouling off a 3-1 fastball from Baltimore's Dylan Bundy in the third...
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Cincinnati Reds second baseman Scooter Gennett (3) leaves the baseball game with the help of manager David Bell, right, and head athletic trainer Steve Baumann, left, after he was injured in the second inning of a spring training baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers, Friday, March 22, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
March 23, 2019 - 7:00 pm
GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — All-Star second baseman Scooter Gennett will miss the opening months of the season with a severe groin strain, costing the Cincinnati Reds one of their top hitters less than a week before opening day. Gennett injured the right side of his groin Friday while making a play on a...
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