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Indians extend ballpark lease 15 years

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CLEVELAND (AP) Soon to be known as Guardians, the Indians aren't leaving home anytime soon.

Ending rampant speculation they would be relocating, the Indians agreed Thursday to a 15-year lease extension at Progressive Field, keeping them at their downtown ballpark through 2036 and perhaps longer.

The agreement, which still needs legislative approval, includes two additional five-year options that could make it a 25-year deal through 2046.


C Sánchez latest Yankee with virus

NEW YORK (AP) Catcher Gary Sanchez became the latest New York Yankees player to test positive for the coronavirus on Thursday after starting pitchers Jordan Montgomery and Gerrit Cole were sidelined by COVID-19 earlier in the week.

Manager Aaron Boone said the positive result for Sanchez came from a rapid test and the Yankees were awaiting the results of a PCR test.


Yanks, Mariners open key series in Bronx

Six games in, Anthony Rizzo is off to a terrific start for the New York Yankees, and it appears the rest of the team's offense may be heating up.

Rizzo's hot start has helped the Yankees get rolling. New York can move a season-high 10 games over .500 when it hosts the Seattle Mariners on Thursday night in the opener of a four-game series.


Surging Phils go for sweep of Nationals

The surging Philadelphia Phillies aim to match a season-high winning streak on Thursday when they vie for a sweep of their four-game series against the host Washington Nationals.

The Phillies once again flexed their offensive muscle with a 9-5 victory over the Nationals on Wednesday, maintaining a 1 ½-game deficit behind the New York Mets in the NL East.


Reyes, Tigers beat slumping Red Sox

DETROIT (AP) Victor Reyes tripled twice and drove in three runs, Tarik Skubal pitched five scoreless innings, and the Detroit Tigers beat the Boston Red Sox 8-1 on Thursday.

Skubal (7-10) allowed five hits and struck out four. He had surrendered six home runs in 10 2/3 innings during his last two starts.


Bundy bounces back as Angels top Rangers

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Dylan Bundy wasn't thrilled about the idea of making significant changes to his delivery in the middle of a season.

Then again, the opening day starter for the Los Angeles Angels knew something had to change after he got demoted to the bullpen. He won't quibble with the latest results.


Scherzer Ks 10, beats Astros in debut

LOS ANGELES (AP) Max Scherzer has accomplished many things during his 14-year major league career, but it wasn't until his first start for the Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday night that he got to enjoy this particular experience:

A seventh-inning curtain call.


Dodgers sign Hamels for depleted staff

LOS ANGELES (AP) Four-time All-Star Cole Hamels signed a $3.05 million, one-year contract Wednesday with the Los Angeles Dodgers through the end of the season, adding more depth to a pitching staff that has been racked with injuries.

Halem will earn about $1 million from the deal, signed with less than two months less in the season.


MLB unveils 2022 slate, to open March 31

NEW YORK (AP) Major League Baseball will open the 2022 season on March 31 - as long as there isn't a work stoppage - and will try for the fourth time to have every team play its first game on the same day for the first time since 1968.

The league released the full schedule on Wednesday. NL openers have the Chicago Cubs at Cincinnati, Colorado at the Los Angeles Dodgers, Atlanta at Miami, Arizona at Milwaukee, Washington at the New York Mets, St. Louis at Pittsburgh and San Francisco at San Diego.

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