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FILE - Top row from left are file photos showing St. Louis Cardinals' Chris Carpenter in 2012; Tampa Bay Rays' Johnny Damon in 2011; Atlanta Braves' Andruw Jones in 2007; Atlanta Braves' Chipper Jones in 2012, Houston Astros' Carlos Lee in 2012 and Colorado Rockies' Jamie Moyer in 2012. Bottom row from left are file photos showing Seattle Mariners' Kevin Millwood in 2012; New York Mets' Johan Santana in 2013; Cleveland Indians' Jim Thome in 2002; Cleveland Indians' Omar Vizquel in 2000 and Chicago Cubs' Carlos Zambrano in 2011. Chipper Jones, Jim Thome and Omar Vizquel are among 19 first-time candidates on the Baseball Writers' Association of America ballot for baseball's Hall of Fame, joined by Johan Santana and Chris Carpenter. Jamie Moyer, Andruw Jones, Carlos Lee, Kevin Millwood, Carlos Zambrano and Johnny Damon also are among the newcomers to the 33-man ballot announced Monday, Nov. 20, 2017. (AP Photo/File)
November 20, 2017 - 12:24 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Chipper Jones, Jim Thome and Omar Vizquel are among 19 first-time candidates on the Baseball Writers' Association of America ballot for baseball's Hall of Fame. They are joined by Johan Santana and Chris Carpenter. Also among the newcomers to the 33-man ballot announced Monday are...
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November 20, 2017 - 12:15 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Chipper Jones, Jim Thome and Omar Vizquel are among 19 first-time candidates on the Baseball Writers' Association of America ballot for the Hall of Fame. They are joined by Johan Santana and Chris Carpenter. Also among the newcomers to the 33-man ballot announced Monday are Jamie...
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November 17, 2017 - 5:13 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Aaron Boone became the first person with no experience as a manager of coach to interview to become Joe Girardi's successor with the New York Yankees. The 44-year-old interviewed Friday, becoming the fourth to go through the process after Yankees bench coach Rob Thomson, former...
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FILE - In this July 2, 2017, file photo, New York Yankees' Aaron Judge, right, and Houston Astros second baseman Jose Altuve have a conversation during the first inning of a baseball game in Houston. Altuve and Judge are the favorites for the AL MVP award, to be announced Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017. (Yi-Chin Lee/Houston Chronicle via AP, File)
November 17, 2017 - 2:30 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Jose Altuve and the Houston Astros have grown together, enduring an arduous rebuild and coming out the other side among baseball's best. These days, nobody is standing taller. Altuve won the American League MVP award Thursday, towering over New York Yankees slugger Aaron Judge by a...
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FILE - In this July 2, 2017, file photo, New York Yankees' Aaron Judge, right, and Houston Astros second baseman Jose Altuve have a conversation during the first inning of a baseball game in Houston. Altuve and Judge are the favorites for the AL MVP award, to be announced Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017. (Yi-Chin Lee/Houston Chronicle via AP, File)
November 17, 2017 - 2:29 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Houston Astros dynamo Jose Altuve has won the American League MVP award, towering over New York Yankees slugger Aaron Judge by a wide margin. The 5-foot-6 Altuve drew 27 of the 30 first-place votes in balloting by members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America. Altuve...
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FILE - In this July 2, 2017, file photo, New York Yankees' Aaron Judge, right, and Houston Astros second baseman Jose Altuve have a conversation during the first inning of a baseball game in Houston. Altuve and Judge are the favorites for the AL MVP award, to be announced Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017. (Yi-Chin Lee/Houston Chronicle via AP, File)
November 16, 2017 - 7:17 pm
Houston Astros dynamo Jose Altuve won the American League MVP award on Thursday, towering over New York Yankees slugger Aaron Judge by a wide margin. The 5-foot-6 Altuve drew 27 of the 30 first-place votes in balloting by members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America. Altuve batted a...
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FILE - In this Aug. 10, 2017, file photo, Miami Marlins' Giancarlo Stanton (27) watches his two-run home run during the third inning of the team's baseball game against the Washington Nationals in Washington. Houston dynamo Jose Altuve and Yankees slugger Aaron Judge are the favorites for the AL MVP award while Miami masher is the top candidate for the NL prize. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)
November 16, 2017 - 7:03 pm
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred thinks Miami Marlins fans should be understanding if the team's new owners trade All-Star slugger Giancarlo Stanton. Former New York Yankees captain Derek Jeter became the team's chief executive officer when a group headed by venture capitalist...
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FILE - In this July 2, 2017, file photo, New York Yankees' Aaron Judge, right, and Houston Astros second baseman Jose Altuve have a conversation during the first inning of a baseball game in Houston. Altuve and Judge are the favorites for the AL MVP award, to be announced Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017. (Yi-Chin Lee/Houston Chronicle via AP, File)
November 16, 2017 - 7:03 pm
Houston Astros dynamo Jose Altuve has won the American League MVP award, towering over New York Yankees slugger Aaron Judge by a wide margin. The 5-foot-6 Altuve drew 27 of the 30 first-place votes in balloting by members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America. Altuve batted a major league...
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FILE - In this Aug. 30, 2017, file photo, Washington Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer stands in the dugout during the team's baseball game against the Miami Marlins at Nationals Park in Washington. Scherzer of the Washington Nationals coasted to his third Cy Young Award, winning Wednesday, Nov. 15, for the second straight year in the National League. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)
November 15, 2017 - 11:45 pm
Max Scherzer heard his name and thrust his arms in the air, shouting and smiling big before turning to kiss his wife. Corey Kluber, on the other hand, gulped once and blinked. Two aces, two different styles — and now another Cy Young Award for each. The animated Scherzer of the Washington Nationals...
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FILE - At left is a Sept. 19, 2017, file photo showing Washington Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer working against the Atlanta Braves in the first inning of a baseball game in Atlanta. At right is Scherzer in a 2017 file photo. Max Scherzer and Clayton Kershaw duel for the NL Cy Young Award while Corey Kluber and Chris Sale top the candidates for the AL prize. The Cy Young Awards are announced Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017. (AP Photo/File)
November 15, 2017 - 9:18 pm
Max Scherzer heard his name and thrust his arms in the air, shouting and smiling big before turning to kiss his wife. Corey Kluber, on the other hand, gulped once and blinked. Two aces, two different styles — and now another Cy Young Award for each. The animated Scherzer of the Washington Nationals...
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