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UPDATED: Fri., July 10, 2020

Buster Posey out for 2020 as MLB teams deal with churning rosters

San Francisco catcher Buster Posey became the latest well-known player to opt out of the abbreviated 2020 season.


UPDATED: Thu., July 9, 2020

Baseball players get a peek at playing without fans

Baseball players got a sense of what the game will be like without fans in the stands upon returning for workouts last week.


UPDATED: Thu., July 9, 2020

New extra-inning format stirs debate as teams plot strategy

Baseball has its answer to World Cup soccer’s penalty kicks, NFL overtimes or NHL shootouts.


UPDATED: Wed., July 8, 2020

Giants return, so do some players, but Padres’ Jorge Mateo out

As Major League Baseball cautiously tiptoes closer toward beginning its delayed 2020 season, several teams welcomed back players who might have been exposed to the coronavirus and the San Francisco …


UPDATED: Tue., July 7, 2020

Matt Calkins: Mariners’ Braden Bishop in ‘a really tough spot’ about whether to play as coronavirus hits family

SEATTLE – You don’t have to preach to Mariners center fielder Braden Bishop about the contagious nature of the novel coronavirus. His younger brother Hunter contracting it was all the …


UPDATED: Mon., July 6, 2020

Mariners to open coronavirus-delayed season with seven-game road trip, starting in Houston

The novel coronavirus wasn’t going to let T-Mobile Park open the 2020 season under any circumstance.



UPDATED: Mon., July 6, 2020

5 must-read baseball books as MLB returns to action

After weeks of acrimonious discussions over salary between billionaire owners and millionaire players, major league baseball will commence later in the month.


UPDATED: Sat., July 4, 2020

Mariners deal with rare Fourth of July with no ballgame

Perhaps the only thing normal about this Fourth of July in terms of tradition was the cooler temperatures and cloudy morning skies in the Puget Sound region, which gave way …


UPDATED: Sun., July 5, 2020

Commentary: Fans may not like what they see on return to stands

Don’t be too eager to sit in the stands if your favorite team is lucky enough to open play over the next few months.


UPDATED: Sun., July 5, 2020

Mariners pitcher Marco Gonzales begins preparations for opening-day start

SEATTLE – The most recent pitcher to start a game for the Mariners during the interrupted spring training was supposed to be the pitcher to start Opening Day at T-Mobile …


UPDATED: Sat., July 4, 2020

Tough day for MLB: David Price out, Freddie Freeman positive, Masahiro Tanaka hurt

On this Fourth of July, even the return of baseball didn’t offer much cause for celebration.


UPDATED: Sat., July 4, 2020

Spokane sports react to potential removal of Native American terms and imagery

For decades, certain sports teams – professional, college and high school – have resisted changing their nicknames and branding from Native American terms and imagery.But with the recent climate of …


UPDATED: Sat., July 4, 2020

Dodgers pitcher David Price won’t play this year because of virus

Dodgers pitcher David Price won’t play this season because of concerns over the coronavirus pandemic, delaying his Los Angeles debut until next year.


UPDATED: Sat., July 4, 2020

Yanks pitcher Masahiro Tanaka hit in head; DJ LeMahieu, Luis Cessa test positive

Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka was alert and sent to a hospital after he was hit in the head by a line drive off the bat of slugger Giancarlo Stanton during …


UPDATED: Sat., July 4, 2020

Braves star Freddie Freeman, 3 others test positive for virus

Atlanta Braves four-time All-Star Freddie Freeman, premier reliever Will Smith and two teammates have tested positive for the coronavirus.


UPDATED: Fri., July 3, 2020

Mariners hope 6-man rotation pays off now and going forward

SEATTLE – When the Seattle Mariners kicked off summer camp Friday, figuring out how to get pitchers ready in three weeks was a primary concern.


UPDATED: Fri., July 3, 2020

31 MLB players, 7 staff test positive for COVID-19, or 1.2%

Thirty-one Major League Baseball players and seven staff members tested positive for COVID-19 during intake for the resumption of training, a rate of 1.2%.


UPDATED: Wed., July 1, 2020

Making the cut: Four former Gonzaga players earn spots on MLB 60-man rosters

With COVID-19 laying waste to college athletics this spring, Gonzaga baseball had its season abruptly shut down in mid-March.


MLB players begin reporting for tests as first workouts near

Baseball players began reporting to their teams Wednesday in the most significant step yet as MLB presses ahead with its plan for a 60-game sprint of a season.


UPDATED: Tue., June 30, 2020

MLB teams not able to disclose who goes on IL due to virus

Trying to find out the status of a baseball player coming back from an ankle injury will definitely be easier than learning whether someone tested positive for the coronavirus.


UPDATED: Tue., June 30, 2020

Rockies OF Ian Desmond decides to sit out this season

Colorado Rockies outfielder Ian Desmond plans to sit out this season to be with his family and help grow youth baseball in his hometown in Florida.


UPDATED: Sat., June 27, 2020

Analysis: Who will make the Mariners’ 40-man roster and 20-man ‘taxi squad’ for shortened MLB season?

SEATTLE – At first, it seemed like it would be a quick and easy analysis. The plan, which most baseball writers will do in the next few days, was to …


UPDATED: Thu., June 25, 2020

AP interview: Rob Manfred: `We owe it to our fans to be better’

Rob Manfred knows many fans were angered by the financial fight between Major League Baseball and the players’ association during a pandemic.


UPDATED: Wed., June 24, 2020

Shortened MLB draft leaves Gonzaga baseball roster fortified by unusual returners

When the MLB made the decision to truncate its draft raft from 40 rounds to five due to COVID-19, it only further aggravated the uncertainty of thousands of college baseball …


UPDATED: Wed., June 24, 2020

Mac Lardner, Nick Trogrlic-Iverson continue pitching pipeline from Gonzaga to St. Louis Cardinals

Gonzaga lefty Mac Lardner really wanted to hear his name called during the MLB draft a couple of weeks ago. But the consolation prize, if you can call it that, …


UPDATED: Wed., June 24, 2020

For openers: MLB tries again with short season, skewed rules

By the time Major League Baseball returns in late July, it will have been more than four months since teams last played. A look at what’s on deck:


UPDATED: Tue., June 23, 2020

MLBPA says players will report; safety protocols the last hurdle for baseball

The Major League Baseball Players Association informed the league Tuesday that its members will report for spring training by July 1, a major component for baseball’s return.


UPDATED: Tue., June 23, 2020

Ontario health officer says MLB has not submitted a plan

Ontario’s chief medical officer says Major League Baseball hasn’t submitted a plan to local health authorities that is needed for the Blue Jays to play in Toronto amid the pandemic.


UPDATED: Sat., June 20, 2020

Larry Stone: MLB’s labor battle may be nearing an end, but it will take a while to overcome the self-inflicted damage

Even the good news comes with a slap in the face for baseball these days.