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IRVING, Texas — Major League Baseball plunged into its first work stoppage in a quarter-century when the sport's collective bargaining agreement expired Wednesday night and owners immediately locked out players in a move that threatens spring training and opening day.

Nephew, MCC women open season with blowout win

MLB presents Ohtani with special award

I have often risen before dawn to sit outside under the stars listening as the birds announce the coming day. It starts with a tweet or a chir…

A year ago the stadiums were empty. At the U.S. Open, Arthur Ashe Stadium echoed like an empty cavern, its silence disturbed by the smash of a…

Aggies beat Bears, 2-0, in exhibition soccer match

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Balls are not the major league Rawlings variety, but a WBSC version with slightly different seams. Then again, the WBSC ran out of baseballs at the Americas qualifying tournament in Florida and organizers switched mid-tournament to minor league balls.

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The only metric is truly metric: Pitch speeds are listed on the Yokohama Stadium scoreboard in both miles per hour and kilometers per hour. For those wondering, Jacob deGrom's major league-leading 99.2 mph average velocity sounds even more unhittable at 159.6 kph.

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DeGrom, of course, isn't at the Olympics, which is limited to players not on 40-man major league rosters. And even then, players who technically are eligible often are blocked by their clubs. St. Louis Triple-A left-hander Matthew Liberatore pitched for the U.S. in qualifying but the Cardinals refused to let him go to Japan, fearing a few more injuries to their major league pitching staff would put him in line for a possible promotion.

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The radical rule placing a runner on second base at the start of each extra inning is even more extreme: Runners are placed on first AND second. MLB and the Major League Baseball Players Association adopted the runner on second in extra innings last year as a pandemic method of getting people out of ballparks faster, but Commissioner Rob Manfred said it likely will be dropped after this season.

Nothing annoys some people like the mingling of sports, activism and politics. Yet they are linked in myriad ways. Lest we forget, the 2021 ML…

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