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‘Family’ reunion; Close ties still bind 1979 Pirates

It’s still a family affair for the 1979 Pittsburgh Pirates. Forty years removed from the franchise’s last World Series title, the group that used the Sister Sledge song ‘We Are Family’ as its rallying cry remains close. Pitcher John Candelaria says the team did an excellent job of communicating with each other to make sure potential problems were nipped in the bud. Outfielder Dave Parker added the team was so loose it was hard to tell if it was getting ready for a barbeque or a game.
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Big league ballparks broil as heat wave grips much of majors

A heat wave that has gripped much of the country has affected many major league ballparks, where players and fans are trying to keep cool. Temperatures are soaring to near triple digits this weekend, making it tough to play baseball and to watch it, too. The sweltering conditions are expected to continue through the weekend in some spots.
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Angels give up on Matt Harvey, drop pitcher from roster

The Los Angeles Angels gave up on their $11 million investment in Matt Harvey, designating the 30-year-old right-hander for assignment. Harvey was 3-5 with a 7.09 ERA in 12 starts. He gave up six runs, seven hits and five walks over six innings in a 6-2 loss to the Houston Astros on Thursday night. Once dubbed The Dark Knight, Harvey was among baseball’s most dominant starters for a time with the New York Mets. He started the 2013 All-Star Game at Citi Field but hurt his elbow later that summer.
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Drew Smyly agrees with Phillies, pending physical

Left-hander Drew Smyly has agreed to a contract with the Philadelphia Phillies and is on track to start Sunday against Pittsburgh. Manager Gabe Kapler says the agreement is pending a successful physical. Right-hander Nick Pivetta is being moved to the bullpen. The 30-year-old Smyly was 1-5 with an 8.42 ERA in nine starts and four relief appearances this year for Texas, which released him in late June.
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Max Scherzer won’t start for Nats against Atlanta this weekend

Three-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer won’t come off the 10-day injured list to start for Washington against Atlanta this weekend. Scherzer was given a cortisone shot this week to address inflammation in his bursa sac under his right shoulder blade.
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Yanks’ Aaron Boone suspended, ‘not real proud’ of profane rant

UPDATED: Fri., July 19, 2019, 2:53 p.m.

Yankees manager Aaron Boone has been suspended for one game for his rant that followed his ejection in a doubleheader opener against Tampa Bay. MLB executive Joe Torre also says Boone has been fined. Boone was ejected in the second inning for arguing from the dugout with rookie umpire Brennan Miller, who had called a third strike on Brett Gardner. Boone was to serve the suspension in New York’s opener against Colorado. Boone says he’s “not real proud” of the language caught by microphones.
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Aaron Boone ejected, directs profane rant at rookie umpire

Yankees manager Aaron Boone went on a profane rant after rookie umpire Brennan Miller called Brett Gardner out on strikes in the second inning of a doubleheader opener against Tampa Bay. Miller, umpiring behind the plate for the fifth time in a major league game, called Aaron Judge out on strikes following DJ LeMahieu’s leadoff double in the first. Gardner batted in the second after Gio Urshela’s tying, two-run homer and was called out on a 1-2 pitch.
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Mike DiMuro retires, Chad Whitson becomes fulltime MLB ump

UPDATED: Thu., July 18, 2019, 3:18 p.m.

Mike DiMuro, among two father-son duos to work home plate in a major league no-hitter, is retiring after two decades as an umpire and is being replaced on the big league staff by Chad Whitson. The 51-year-old DiMuro made his major league debut in 1997 and became a fulltime member of the big league staff in 1999. Bothered by back problems in recent years, he has not worked since July 8 last year. His father, Lou, was an American League umpire from 1963-82.
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Reds place 2 more catchers on the injured list

The Cincinnati Reds are down to their fourth and fifth catchers after placing two more on the injured list. Curt Casali went on the 10-day injured list with a right knee sprain that manager David Bell said could keep him out for as long as a month. Casali is expected to spend two weeks wearing a brace. Kyle Farmer was placed on the seven-day concussion list after taking two foul balls off his mask in the ninth inning of Tuesday’s game against the Cubs in Chicago.
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Rays’ Mike Brosseau goes from undrafted to middle of MLB lineup

The thrifty Tampa Bay Rays think they have found another hidden gem in Mike Brosseau, an undrafted infielder from Oakland University in Michigan who signed for $1,000 and bolted to the big leagues. Three weeks after his major league debut, the 25-year-old infielder has become a middle-of-the-order option for manager Kevin Cash as Tampa Bay chases the star-studded Yankees in the AL East.
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Enter Rivera: Yankee closer Mariano Rivera awaits his place in Hall of Fame

UPDATED: Thu., July 18, 2019, 11:05 a.m.

Former New York Yankees reliever Mariano Rivera is awaiting his induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame. Rivera set a record with 652 saves. He says he always wanted to do “whatever it took to win, and it worked many times.” He is the first player unanimously voted into the Hall by the writers. He is part of a Cooperstown class that also includes Edgar Martinez, Mike Mussina the late Roy Halladay, Harold Baines and Lee Smith.