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10:02 PM ET Associated Press Tommy John has been battling COVID-19 for at least three weeks, but the former pitching great disputes reports that he is a coronavirus denier. “I’m not a denier. I’ve had it, baby,” John said during a telephone interview with The Associated Press on Wednesday. The 77-year-old John remains hospitalized near
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10:52 PM ET Associated Press SAN DIEGO — South Korean slugger Ha-seong Kim left no doubt how he feels about his new team, the San Diego Padres. “The main reason I joined the Padres is that the Padres are not only a contender but will become the World Series champions this year. I want to
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9:46 PM ET Associated Press NEW YORK — Spring training could be delayed for Double-A and Class A players if major leaguers are not vaccinated for the novel coronavirus by the time big league practice is scheduled to start in mid-February. Major League Baseball, which has taken over operation of the minors, gave notice to
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6:02 PM ET Associated Press ATLANTA — Baseball Hall of Famer Hank Aaron, former U.N. Ambassador and civil rights leader Andrew Young and former U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Louis Sullivan got vaccinated against COVID-19 in Georgia on Tuesday, hoping to send a message to Black Americans that the shots are safe. Getting vaccinated
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7:42 PM ET Sandra Scully, the wife of Hall of Fame broadcaster Vin Scully, passed away on Sunday night due to complications from a long bout with ALS, the Los Angeles Dodgers announced. She was 76. Sandra Scully leaves behind a large family that includes six children, 21 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. She and Vin
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1:15 PM ET Associated Press CHICAGO — Jon “Boog” Sciambi is the new TV play-by-play announcer for the Chicago Cubs, replacing Len Kasper. Sciambi joins color analyst Jim Deshaies in the booth for Marquee Sports Network, which is jointly owned by the Cubs and Sinclair Broadcast Group. Sciambi has worked at ESPN in a variety
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2:39 PM ET The San Diego Padres have added another big name this offseason, agreeing to a deal with Korean star infielder Ha-seong Kim, according to ESPN and multiple reports. Kim, 25, became one of the top infielders on the open market when he was posted earlier this month by the Kiwoom Heroes, his team
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5:52 PM ET As he was introduced by his new team Thursday, Yu Darvish said he was shocked by his trade to the San Diego Padres and grew emotional talking about his time with the Chicago Cubs and the bonds he created there. “With what’s happening with the coronavirus, and the money the Cubs have,
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3:30 PM ET CHICAGO — Cubs president Jed Hoyer didn’t want to become one of those organizations with little talent left at the end of its current window of contention. So, with a clear eye toward the future, he traded star pitcher Yu Darvish to the San Diego Padres earlier this week for four young
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3:42 PM ET The Minnesota Twins signed former Los Angeles Angels closer Hansel Robles to a one-year contract on Tuesday. Financial terms were not disclosed. Robles saved 23 games in 27 chances in 2019 when he went 5-1 with a 2.48 ERA in a 71 appearances. Last season, however, he struggled with a 10.26 ERA
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4:16 PM ET Veteran first baseman Justin Smoak is finalizing a deal with the Yomiuri Giants in Japan, sources told ESPN’s Jeff Passan. The deal will guarantee him somewhere in the $6-7 million range, sources said. Smoak, 34, will join a Giants team that won the Central League but lost in the Japan Series this
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