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Power Rankings — New challengers vie for No. 1

[ad_1] Every week deeper into the season adds extra meaning to where teams are. Get a month in and you can start to wonder if a hot start is an opportunity and if a slow start is a season-derailing stumble. But so far, the Astros can take some satisfaction in having lived up to expectations, nailing down another No. 1 ranking by appearing first on three of five ballots from
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Unlucky No. 13 — Judge latest Yankee to go on IL

[ad_1] The New York Yankees have placed Aaron Judge on the 10-day injured list with a left oblique strain.Aaron Boone said Sunday there is no timetable yet for Judge to return from what the manager said is a "pretty significant" strain.Judge left Saturday's 9-2 win over the Kansas City Royals in the sixth inning after appearing to injure himself swinging.The right fielder had homered in the first inning on Saturday
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Yanks await verdict on Judge after oblique injury

[ad_1] New York Yankees star Aaron Judge is likely headed to the injured list after injuring his left oblique while taking a swing during Saturday's game against the Kansas City Royals, manager Aaron Boone said.Judge gingerly made his way to first base after hitting a single in the sixth inning of a 9-2 victory against the Royals. He appeared to feel something on his side and labored to run it
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An oral history of a near-death in the dugout

[ad_1] It was "just another day in White Sox baseball." Until it wasn't.When Danny Farquhar arrived at Chicago's Guaranteed Rate Field on April 20, 2018, he was a journeyman middle reliever who'd pitched for four teams in seven years. By the end of the day, he'd be thrust into the national spotlight. In the sixth inning of a game against the Astros, Farquhar suffered a near-fatal rupture of an aneurysm
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Yanks, Flyers drop ‘God Bless America’ rendition

[ad_1] NEW YORK -- The Yankees have suspended the use of Kate Smith's recording of "God Bless America" during the seventh-inning stretch while they investigate an allegation of racism against the late singer.The New York Daily News reported Thursday there are conflicting claims about Smith's 1939 song "That's Why Darkies Were Born." The song originated in the 1931 Broadway revue "George White's Scandals" and was considered satire, but includes racist
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MLB Weekend watch — Predictions, questions for all the top games

[ad_1] The defending champion Red Sox head to Tampa still mired in a season-long slump. Fresh off an onslaught of the Cardinals, Christian Yelich leads the Brewers against the Dodgers in a rematch of last week's series. And the young guns of the Braves' rotation take aim at the Indians. Here's what we're excited about this weekend and how we think things will play out.Yes, it's mid-April. It's early. But
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Fake jobs MLB players use to fool fans

[ad_1] To protect their privacy, pro athletes have long been known to use bogus names when checking into hotels. But bogus jobs? Yep, that's a thing, too. As much as Americans love talking about work, the guys who play the American pastime for a living would rather not talk about it. Like, ever.In the spirit of true journalism (and nosiness), we canvassed MLB clubhouses to find some of the game's
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Yanks drop Smith’s ‘God Bless America’ recording

[ad_1] NEW YORK -- The Yankees have suspended the use of Kate Smith's recording of "God Bless America" during the seventh-inning stretch while they investigate an allegation of racism against the late singer.The New York Daily News reported Thursday there are conflicting claims about Smith's 1939 song "That's Why Darkies Were Born." The song originated in the 1931 Broadway revue "George White's Scandals" and was considered satire, but includes racist
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Ranking the biggest stars in the next three free-agent classes

[ad_1] Free agency might or might not be alive and well, and that might have spurred the recent run of long-term contract extensions. Travis Sawchik examined the spike of signings at FiveThirtyEight and reported that March saw not only the highest dollar amount in extensions ever for one month (over $1 billion), but the most total years as well (58). That doesn't even include Ronald Acuna Jr. and Ozzie Albies,
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Yanks break out fog machine, strobe after big win

[ad_1] NEW YORK -- Remember "Club Dub" in Chicago? Well meet the bouncing, bass-bumping version in the Bronx.At times in what has been a difficult, challenge-filled season mostly marred by an ever-growing injured list, the New York Yankees have still found occasions to celebrate.And when they have, boy, have they partied."You guys didn't know we had a nightclub in here?" outfielder and designated hitter Clint Frazier rhetorically asked reporters, smiling.It