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Sources: Rangers nearing deal for Indians’ Kluber

The Texas Rangers are in the final stages of completing a trade to acquire two-time Cy Young winner Corey Kluber from the Cleveland Indians, sources familiar with the deal told ESPN’s Jeff Passan. Kluber would become the ace of a rotation that already includes veterans Mike Minor (14-10, 3.59 ERA last season) and Lance Lynn […]

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Fire breaks out at Texas Rangers’ new stadium

ARLINGTON, Texas — Fire broke out Saturday at the future home of the Texas Rangers, which is under construction in Arlington. Arlington Fire Department Lt. Mike Joiner said the blaze was brought under control and no injuries were reported. The cause of the fire has not been determined. Rangers spokesman John Blake told the Dallas […]

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Kershaw: Won’t ‘crawl into hole’ despite struggles

LOS ANGELES — Clayton Kershaw was uncommonly vulnerable on the night of Oct. 9, in the aftermath of a National League Division Series elimination by the Washington Nationals. Kershaw entered Game 5 with two outs and a two-run lead in the seventh inning. He struck out Adam Eaton, came back out for the eighth and […]

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MLB to test for opioids; pot comes off ‘abuse’ list

Major League Baseball will start testing for opioids and cocaine, but only players who do not cooperate with their treatment plans will be subject to discipline. Marijuana will be removed from the list of drugs of abuse and will be treated the same as alcohol as part of changes announced Thursday to the joint drug […]

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Study: Seams, batting tactics behind HR uptick

SAN DIEGO — Decreases in air resistance spurred by inconsistent seam height on the baseball and “changes in player behavior” that produced different launch angles and exit velocities led to the dramatic increase in home runs during the 2019 season, a committee of professors tasked by Major League Baseball with studying the record-setting home run […]