Minor league baseball

Milwaukee Brewers catcher Erik Kratz, center, is swarms by teammates after the Colorado Rockies committed the final out in the ninth inning of Game 3 of a baseball National League Division Series Sunday, Oct. 7, 2018, in Denver. The Brewers won 6-0 to sweep the series in three games and move on to the National League Championship Series. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
October 08, 2018 - 4:32 am
Of course Erik Kratz kept hoping for a moment like this. That's why he stuck around, through a dozen big league organizations, a couple of cruel demotions in the minors, a bunch of near-misses in October. And the time he accidentally shot himself in the hand with a nail gun. "I really feel like I'...
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FILE - In this Friday, Sept. 28, 2018, file photo, Baltimore Orioles manager Buck Showalter watches from dugout railing in the second inning of a baseball game against the Houston Astros in Baltimore. Showalter has been fired as manager of the Orioles, he confirmed in a text message to The Associated Press on Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2018. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)
October 03, 2018 - 3:43 pm
BALTIMORE (AP) — Buck Showalter has been fired as manager of the Orioles, who made three playoff appearances under his guidance but this year staggered through the worst season since the team moved to Baltimore in 1954. Showalter confirmed the dismissal Wednesday in a text message to The Associated...
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Toronto Blue Jays Manager John Gibbons gets a pat on the back from pitcher Joe Biagini during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Houston Astros, Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2018 in Toronto. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)
September 26, 2018 - 8:21 pm
TORONTO (AP) — John Gibbons said he wasn't going to cry, but the veteran manager struggled to contain his emotions in his final home game with the Toronto Blue Jays. The Blue Jays gave Gibbons a winning home send-off Wednesday with a 3-1 win over the Houston Astros, who broke out the bubbly anyway...
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FILE - In this July 7, 2017, file photo, New York Yankees Aaron Judge watches his fifth-inning solo home run in the team's baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers, in New York. Judge lofted an opposite-field homer during a series of simulated plate appearances against a Yankees minor leaguer Tuesday morning, Sept. 18, 2018, another box checked as the All-Star slugger works his way back from a broken right wrist. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File)
September 18, 2018 - 11:55 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Afternoon showers in the Bronx were just what Aaron Judge needed to get back into the New York Yankees' lineup. For Boston Red Sox star Mookie Betts, it was just the opposite. Judge was hitless in his return and Betts sat out when the Yankees beat the Red Sox 3-2 in the opener of a...
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Kansas City Royals watch as pitcher Jorge Lopez, center, leaves after he was pulled in the ninth inning against the Minnesota Twins in a baseball game Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018, in Minneapolis. Lopez had a perfect game through eight innings but gave up a walk and a hit in the ninth. The Royals won 4-1. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)
September 08, 2018 - 10:29 pm
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Kansas City rookie Jorge Lopez came within three outs of a perfect game before Max Kepler walked leading off the ninth inning and Robbie Grossman followed with a single in the Royals' 4-1 win over the Minnesota Twins on Saturday night. The 25-year-old right-hander made just his...
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Boston Red Sox Brandon Phillips follows through on a game-winning two-run home run in the ninth inning of baseball game against the Atlanta Braves Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018, in Atlanta. Boston won 9-8. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
September 05, 2018 - 5:33 pm
ATLANTA (AP) — Already a three-time All-Star and four-time Gold Glove Award winner, Brandon Phillips learned this summer as a 37-year-old minor leaguer to relish playing baseball "until I wake up." Added Phillips: "I'm still dreaming." Phillips' two-out, two-run homer in the ninth inning off A.J...
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Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Jakob Junis delivers in the first inning of a baseball game against the Cleveland Indians, Monday, Sept. 3, 2018, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
September 03, 2018 - 8:26 pm
CLEVELAND (AP) — Francisco Lindor believes the Cleveland Indians need a spark. Lindor homered in the ninth inning of Cleveland's 5-1 loss Monday to the Kansas City Royals, who extended their winning streak to a season-high six games. The Indians have lost three straight but still lead the AL...
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FILE - In this May 22, 2018, file photo, Toronto Blue Jays' Josh Donaldson hits a double against Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Garrett Richards during the fifth inning of a baseball game in Toronto. The Cleveland Indians have acquired former AL MVP Donaldson in a trade with the Blue Jays. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP, File)
September 01, 2018 - 12:53 am
Andrew McCutchen is shaving his beard for a possible World Series run. Ryan Madson is switching bullpens, trying to help another team win a title. And Josh Donaldson is hoping he's healthy enough to contribute. The Milwaukee Brewers? They were a busy bunch, swinging trades to get starter Gio...
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August 31, 2018 - 11:04 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Milwaukee Brewers got a proven left-handed starter for their stretch run, acquiring Gio Gonzalez from the Washington Nationals on Friday night for two minor leaguers and international slot money. The deal was announced after the Brewers beat Washington 4-1. In Gonzalez,...
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August 31, 2018 - 8:47 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Los Angeles Dodgers bolstered their bullpen on Friday, acquiring right-hander Ryan Madson from the Washington Nationals for a minor league pitcher. The five-time defending NL West champions have Kenley Jansen as their closer, but he's been shaky since coming off the disabled...
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