CHICAGO -- Major League Baseball is having conversations with the players' association over possible rule changes designed to speed the pace of play, and Commissioner Rob Manfred said Thursday he hopes to reach an agreement instead of implementing any measures unilaterally. Manfred also said the Bruce Sherman-led ownership group trying to purchase the Miami Marlins has presented the league with a financial structure that would work for finalizing the deal, and he expressed confidence that a major league franchise can be successful in the market. The average time of a nine-inning game is a record 3 hours, 5 minutes this season, up from 3 hours last year and 2:56 in 2015, Manfred's first season as commissioner.
Baseball season is quite lengthy and involves plenty of trips for the players. Two guys on the Rangers, Joey Gallo and A.J. Griffin, made the move from passenger seat to flight attendant recently. This involved everything from safety procedures at the beginning of the flight...
Yu Darvish’s home debut as a Los Angeles Dodger was set up to deliver the kind of story Hollywood eats up. The Japanese right-hander was pitching on his 31st birthday, facing the light-hitting Chicago White Sox in front of a sellout crowd with much of his native country following his exploits. Yasiel Puig’s two-RBI double in the bottom of the ninth capped a three-run rally Wednesday as the Dodgers notched their 38th comeback victory of the season, beating the White Sox 5-4 to spare Darvish his first loss in Dodger blue. Darvish served up three home runs – including one to Leury Garcia on the game’s first pitch – and left the game with his team trailing after giving up eight hits and three runs over six innings.