Minor league baseball

In this May 7, 2019 photo, Round Rock designated hitter Yordan Alvarez, who leads the Triple A league with 13 home runs, swings at a pitch in Papillion Neb. Triple-A baseball is seeing a dramatic increase in home runs with the major league ball being used for the first time at the highest level of the minor leagues. Alvarez now shares the Triple-A lead with 14 homers. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)
May 12, 2019 - 12:59 pm
Balls are flying out of Triple-A ballparks like never before, coinciding with a switch in baseballs to the major league model. The El Paso Chihuahuas have hit 89 home runs in their first 37 games — the most in professional baseball and more than half the 142 they slugged in 139 games last season...
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New York Yankees' DJ LeMahieu (26) and Cameron Maybin, right, celebrate the team's 4-3 win over the Tampa Bay Rays during the ninth inning of a baseball game Friday, May 10, 2019, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Steve Nesius)
May 11, 2019 - 9:06 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Michael Tauchman reported to the New York Yankees for the first time before an exhibition game at Washington, three days before opening day and two days after he was acquired from Colorado in a trade. "Aaron Judge came over during batting practice, said, 'Hey man, you're here to...
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Chicago Cubs shortstop Addison Russell speaks to the media in the dugout before a baseball game against the Miami Marlins, Wednesday, May 8, 2019, in Chicago. Russell rejoins the team after completing a 40-game suspension for violating Major League Baseball's domestic violence policy and spending extra time in the minors to get ready. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty)
May 08, 2019 - 8:26 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — Addison Russell and the Chicago Cubs don't believe the 2016 All-Star has become a completely changed man since his ex-wife accused him of physical and emotional abuse. They do believe he's made positive strides, and with the Cubs needing an infielder for a depleted roster, Russell...
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FILE - In this April 24, 2019, file photo, Iowa Cubs shortstop Addison Russell walks in the dugout before a Triple-A baseball game against the Nashville Sounds, in Des Moines, Iowa. While Russell waits for another chance, Joyce Coffee is working on a line that never ends. Coffee is the executive director of Family Rescue, an organization that fights domestic violence by supporting victims and advocating for change. She helped provide training for the Cubs in the wake of Russell’s 40-game suspension for violating Major League Baseball's domestic violence policy. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, Fle)
May 08, 2019 - 4:41 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — Shortstop Addison Russell is rejoining the Chicago Cubs after completing a 40-game suspension for violating Major League Baseball's domestic violence policy and spending extra time in the minors to get ready. The Cubs recalled Russell from Triple-A Iowa and he was set to start at...
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Miami Marlins' Starlin Castro walks to the dugout after grounding out during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves, Sunday, May 5, 2019, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
May 06, 2019 - 1:32 pm
MIAMI (AP) — Derek Jeter says the Miami Marlins are better than this. If he's wrong, the woebegone franchise is headed for its worst season yet. The Marlins began the week with the worst record in the majors at 9-24 (.274), which put them on pace to finish 44-118. That's bad, even for a franchise...
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Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Corey Kluber, right, leaves during the fifth inning of the team's baseball game against the Miami Marlins, Wednesday, May 1, 2019, in Miami. Kluber was hit by a single hit by Marlins' Brian Anderson. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
May 02, 2019 - 2:20 am
A look at what's happening around the majors today: KLUBER HURT Indians ace Corey Kluber will be re-evaluated in Cleveland, a day after a line drive in Miami broke his right forearm. There was no early word on how long the two-time AL Cy Young Award winner would be out. The right-hander was put in...
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April 30, 2019 - 9:29 pm
SEATTLE (AP) — The Chicago Cubs will option shortstop Addison Russell to Triple-A Iowa when he's eligible to return from his 40-game suspension for violating Major League Baseball's domestic violence policy later this week. Cubs manager Joe Maddon said Tuesday before the Cubs opened a two-game...
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In this photo provided by Minor League Baseball, Erie SeaWolves pitcher Casey Mize delivers against the Altoona Curve during a minor league baseball game, Monday, April 29, 2019, in Altoona, Pa. Mize, the Detroit Tigers' No. 1 draft pick, pitched a no-hitter for the SeaWolves in his Double-A debut Monday night. (Mark Olson/Minor League Baseball via AP)
April 30, 2019 - 2:34 am
ALTOONA, Pa. (AP) — Detroit Tigers No. 1 draft pick Casey Mize pitched a no-hitter for the Erie SeaWolves in his Double-A debut Monday night. Mize threw 98 pitches while overpowering the Altoona Curve. He hit the first batter of the game but got a groundball double play. He struck out seven and...
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In this Monday, April 15, 2019, photo triple A Iowa Cubs pitcher Trevor Clifton poses for a photo in the tiny house he built to live in during the baseball season in Des Moines, Iowa. Trevor Clifton was 12th round draft pick by the Chicago Cubs in 2013. He made his Triple-A debut with Iowa last season after being the Cubs’ top minor league pitcher in 2016. (Zach Boyden-Holmes/The Des Moines Register via AP)
April 23, 2019 - 4:35 pm
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Most players for the Triple-A Iowa Cubs live in hotels or apartments during the season, but one of the team's minor league pitchers has chosen to live in a self-built tiny house this summer. Trevor Clifton was a 12th round draft pick by the Chicago Cubs in 2013. He made his...
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Jake Sheehan, 9, wears an Akron RubberDucks cap as he watches a minor league baseball game between Akron and the Bowie Baysox, Thursday, April 18, 2019, in Akron, Ohio. For Akron, whose history is intertwined with the rubber industry’s, “a tough, gritty duck that’s really got that blue-collar ethos to it” was an ideal choice to rebrand, for both adults and kids. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
April 22, 2019 - 10:37 am
ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) — On a spring evening in eastern Pennsylvania, upon a bluff overlooking the Lehigh Valley, a carnival of baseball and pork products is at hand. From loudspeakers, swine-like sounds reverberate. Vendors roam the stands in clothing festooned with outsized strips of bacon. And yes...
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