MLB season slated to start with Yankees-Jays, Tigers-Indians
(AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)NEW YORK – The major league season is scheduled to start April 1 with the New York Yankees hosting Toronto and Detroit hosting Cleveland, part of an opening-day schedule of 15 games. The schedule envisions every team playing its first game on the same day for the first time since 1968. AdThe regular season is scheduled to end Oct. 3, with all games scheduled to start close to simultaneously shortly after 3 p.m. EDT. The Yankees host Boston in the only game scheduled for July 15, the final day of the All-Star break for most teams. Players rejected a proposal by teams to delay opening day to April 28 and cut each team's schedule from 162 games to 154.
MLB returns ball kids to lines after feedback from clubs
Major League Baseball has adjusted its policy for bat-and-ball kids this summer, clearing the way for ball boys and girls to return to the foul lines during games. Baseball had planned to play without bat-and-ball kids this summer because of the coronavirus pandemic. Depending on how teams decided to handle the situation, that might have led to a little more physical activity for corner outfielders running over to get a foul ball off the field. While ball boys and girls are returning to the foul lines, baseball is staying with its plans to keep them out of the dugout area covered in Section 5.2 in baseballs operations manual for the 2020 season. The ball boys and girls are expected to place anything they touch into a club-supplied bucket or bag, which will be disinfected by a clubhouse worker after the game.
The Latest: Eagles won't have fans in stadium this season
(AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The Philadelphia Eagles wont be allowed to have fans in the stadium if the NFL plays games this season. ___The University of Michigan says fewer fans, if any, will attend games at The Big House if the Wolverines play college football games this year. Michigans policies include the elimination of season tickets for the 2020 season. Paperless tickets will be available for individual games to only season ticket holders, not the general public, if there is a season and spectators are given access to the 107,601-seat Michigan Stadium. A spokesman confirmed Wednesday that the positive tests spanned multiple sports.Tennessee previously had two basketball players test positive, with both clearing quarantine.
Tigers plate 7 runs in third, go on to beat Royals 12-8
Gordon Beckham #29 of the Detroit Tigers celebrates his two-run home run with Niko Goodrum #28 in the third inning against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium on July 14, 2019 in Kansas City, Missouri. - Jeimer Candelario hit a bases-clearing double and Gordon Beckham added a two-run homer during a seven-run third inning, and the Detroit Tigers took advantage of Kansas City's late pitching switch to beat the Royals 12-8 on Sunday. Harold Castro had a pair of hits during the marathon fame, when the Tigers trotted 11 batters to the plate against fill-in starter Brian Flynn. He allowed seven runs on eight hits before he was pulled after facing four batters in the fifth inning. The teams swapped runs in the fourth, and Kansas City plated three in the fifth and another in the sixth to claw within 10-8.
Starling, Keller send Royals to 4-1 win over Tigers
Hunter Dozier #17 of the Kansas City Royals celebrates a double next to Harold Castro #30 of the Detroit Tigers in the fifth inning at Kauffman Stadium on July 13, 2019 in Kansas City, Missouri. - Hometown boy Bubba Starling delivered his first career hit and RBI for Kansas City, Brad Keller outdueled Matthew Boyd, and the Royals held on to beat the Detroit Tigers 4-1 on Saturday night. Keller (5-9) allowed an RBI single to Harold Castro in the second but otherwise shut down Detroit, allowing four hits over eight innings. Boyd then slapped down the Royals in order the next three innings, striking out six along the way. UP NEXTThe Royals send right-hander Homer Bailey (7-6, 4.80 ERA), who has won both his starts against the Tigers this season, to the mound in the series finale Sunday.