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FILE - In this Sept. 23, 2017, file photo, Minnesota Twins manager Paul Molitor watches from the dugout during the first inning of the team's baseball game against the Minnesota Twins in Detroit. Molitor has won the American League Manager of the Year award after the Twins became the first team to make the playoffs following a 100-loss season. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)
November 14, 2017 - 9:11 pm
Paul Molitor and Torey Lovullo both presided over turnaround seasons, guided their teams into the playoffs and won Manager of the Year awards by wide margins. The paths they took, those were totally different. Molitor needed a clubhouse talk to calm down the Minnesota Twins, his players angered by...
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FILE - In this Sept. 23, 2017, file photo, Minnesota Twins manager Paul Molitor watches from the dugout during the first inning of the team's baseball game against the Minnesota Twins in Detroit. Molitor has won the American League Manager of the Year award after the Twins became the first team to make the playoffs following a 100-loss season. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)
November 14, 2017 - 9:07 pm
Paul Molitor and Torey Lovullo both presided over turnaround seasons, guided their teams into the playoffs and won Manager of the Year awards by wide margins. The paths they took, those were totally different. Molitor needed a clubhouse talk to calm down the Minnesota Twins, his players angered by...
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Jerry Reinsdorf, owner of the Chicago White Sox, relaxes at the annual MLB baseball general managers' meetings, Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
November 14, 2017 - 9:07 pm
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Puffing on a cigar, Chicago White Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf said what many fans believe. "It doesn't matter if the game is 3 1/2 hours if it was an exciting game. But if it's a 2-1 game, it takes 4 hours, nobody's too happy with it," he said Tuesday. "I believe we should speed...
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Jerry Reinsdorf, owner of the Chicago White Sox, relaxes at the annual MLB baseball general managers' meetings, Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
November 14, 2017 - 8:05 pm
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Major League Baseball is intent on shortening games next season. The average time of a nine-inning game was a record 3 hours, 5 minutes this season, up from 2:56 in 2015. The postseason average was 3:29. Many owners and general managers want to cut down trips to the mound by...
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FILE - In this May 14, 1942, file photo, Boston Red Sox left fielder Ted Williams, left, tests the arm of Red Sox second baseman Bobby Doerr before their game against the White Sox, in Chicago. Doerr, a Hall of Fame second baseman who was dubbed the "silent captain" by longtime Red Sox teammate and life-long friend Ted Williams, has died. He was 99. (AP Photo/File)
November 14, 2017 - 8:05 pm
GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — Bobby Doerr, the Hall of Fame second baseman dubbed the "Silent Captain" of the Boston Red Sox by longtime teammate and friend Ted Williams, has died. He was 99. Doerr died on Monday in Junction City, Oregon, the Red Sox said Tuesday in a statement. The Red Sox said Doerr...
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Former New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi talks with reporters at the annual MLB general managers' meetings, Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
November 14, 2017 - 7:27 pm
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Joe Girardi expected to be back for an 11th season as New York Yankees manager. "I was a little shocked," he said of his dismissal Tuesday after attending a meeting of Major League Baseball's competition committee. Yankees general manager Brian Cashman announced his decision...
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FILE - These are 2017 file photos showing Paul Molitor, left, Terry Francona, center, and A.J. Hinch. The American and National League baseball Managers of the Year will be announced Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017. The AL favorites are Minnesota's Paul Molitor, Cleveland's Terry Francona, and Houston's A.J. Hinch. (AP Photo/File)
November 14, 2017 - 7:00 pm
Paul Molitor has won the American League Manager of the Year award after his Minnesota Twins became the first team to make the playoffs following a 100-loss season. Molitor won the honor Tuesday in voting by members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America. Torey Lovullo of the Arizona...
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FILE - These are 2017 file photos showing Torey Lovullo, left, Bud Black, center and Dave Roberts. The American and National League baseball Managers of the Year will be announced Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017. The NL favorites are Arizona's Tory Lovullo, Colorado's Bud Black and Dodgers' Dave Roberts. (AP Photo/File)
November 14, 2017 - 6:26 pm
Torey Lovullo of the Arizona Diamondbacks has won the NL Manager of the Year award after his first full season as a big league skipper. Lovullo won the honor in voting by members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America. The prize was announced Tuesday on MLB Network. The 52-year-old Lovullo...
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FILE - In this Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017, file photo, Carrie Underwood performs "Softly and Tenderly" during an In Memoriam tribute at the 51st annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn. In a statement Sunday, Nov. 12, on Twitter, Underwood thanked her fans for messages of support following a fall on steps outside her home on Friday. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)
November 14, 2017 - 3:59 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — After two years of record low ratings, the Country Music Association Awards rebounded last week and was the most-watched entertainment program on television last week. Hoist a glass to the appeal of country music? Not so fast. The size of last year's audience was depressed since it...
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November 14, 2017 - 9:52 am
NEW YORK (AP) — The bat Lou Gehrig used to hit his last two home runs, in an exhibition game in 1939, is being auctioned off again. Once owned by actor Kurt Russell's family, the bat is part of a Yankees Legends offering by Heritage Auctions. The entire collection is from one owner and has mostly...
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