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MLB, Union Commit $10M to Increase Black Participation

NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball and the players’ association say they have committed $10 million to fund programs of the new Players Alliance to improve representation of Black Americans in baseball.

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Hall of Fame Outfielder, Speedster Brock Dies at Age 81

NEW YORK (AP) — Hall of Famer Lou Brock, one of baseball’s signature leadoff hitters and base stealers who helped the St. Louis Cardinals win three pennants and two World Series titles in the 1960s, has died. He was 81.

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Reds Broadcaster Thom Brennaman Suspended for Anti-Gay Slur

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Reds broadcaster Thom Brennaman has been suspended from working Cincinnati’s games after using an anti-gay slur on air Wednesday night, prompting the team to apologize for the “horrific, homophobic remark.”

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Reds-Royals Postponed Due to COVID-19; Doubleheader on Deck

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The game between Cincinnati and Kansas City scheduled for Tuesday will be played as part of a doubleheader Wednesday so that the Reds can do additional testing after a player tested positive for COVID-19 over the weekend.

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Ratings Woes Continue for Woke NBA, MLB

The NBA and MLB, two of the nation’s biggest pro sports, have returned to TV after the COVID-19 hiatus. However, their ratings show that fans just aren’t all that interested in the new, woke version of the leagues.

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Ex-Angels Employee Charged in Overdose Death of Tyler Skaggs

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — A former Los Angeles Angels employee has been charged with conspiracy to distribute fentanyl in connection with last year’s overdose death of pitcher Tyler Skaggs, prosecutors in Texas announced Friday.

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MLB Tightening Virus Protocols, Including Masks in Dugouts

NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball is cracking down on coronavirus safety protocols, mandating that players and staff wear face coverings at all times, including in the dugouts and bullpens, except for players on the field of play.

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Six Major League Teams Sidelined by Coronavirus on Friday

MIAMI (AP) — With six teams idled Friday by the COVID-19 pandemic, Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred spoke to union leader Tony Clark about the importance of players following the sport’s coronavirus protocols.

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Blue Jays Manager: Series at Phillies off Because of Virus

NEW YORK (AP) — Toronto Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo said Thursday his team’s weekend series at Philadelphia was called off because of concerns about the coronavirus after two Phillies staffers tested positive.

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