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Schuyler's Dairy Queen Grill & Chill saw 641 transactions completed alone just on its opening day on June 1, according to Operations Manag…

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SEATTLE - As former Mariners star Alex Rodriguez flew into Seattle on Wednesday, he gave his two daughters, who have accompanied him on the trip, a quick tutorial on the city's entrepreneurial giants such as Starbucks, Amazon and Boeing. He excitedly told them of his plans to take them to the fish market, the Space Needle, and show them the place he used to live with their mother. As Rodriguez ...

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TAMPA, Fla. - Luis Severino stomped around the mound, his frustration obvious. After finally getting out a disastrous first inning that September 2018 night in Oakland, he didn't even look at Gary Sanchez as they walked off the field. Two passed balls, two wild pitches. The signals were crossed between the Yankees' ace and Sanchez. Severino's velocity was sharp, but his command was not. Still, ...

SAN DIEGO - It will look different, with a $300 million game-changing gamble parked at third base. It will smell different, a whiff of genuine spring possibility hanging in the Petco Park air. More than anything, though, Opening Day will feel different. Seismically such. Freshly. Wholly. The start of baseball in San Diego is a time to dream again, a moment to hope boundlessly and without ...

MIAMI - The old-school mustard-slathered hot dog survived the makeover, but you might love the array of new concession options in the food court. You will feel a party vibe from a new section in right field dubbed Comunidad 305, where musical instruments, banners, and noisemakers are not only allowed, but encouraged. Where the giant, home-run sculpture used to be, there is now ...

A media outlet touring spring training camps recently tried to get to the bottom of the Cubs' controversy. Why was Cubs camp not "as loose" as it was in the past? Joe Maddon listened intently from behind his reflective sunglasses, knowing the reporter hadn't been in camp all spring, much less in the past. "That's your perception," Maddon replied, halting the interrogation before it began. It ...

LOS ANGELES - Kenley Jansen remains confident. He might have given up more home runs last season than the previous two combined. He might have stumbled in the World Series two years in a row. His velocity might have dropped off for good. But he learned that unyielding confidence was mandatory from his time as a light-hitting catcher in the minors, back when slumps were standard and he let them ...

LAS VEGAS - Bryce Harper's high school baseball field has a hill beyond the right-field fence that also serves as a place of punishment. "It is called Reminder Hill," said Sam Thomas, who was Harper's coach at Las Vegas High School and remains in that role a decade later. "My players have to run a reminder if they miss a sign or if they're late for practice or they do something they should not ...

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If it hasn't already sunk in for Royals fans, it may be more than a little jarring that the club goes into the season knowing Salvador Perez won't be its everyday catcher for the first time since 2012. Word of Perez's elbow injury came out at the start of the month, and his surgery took place more than 20 days ago, but even Royals general manager Dayton Moore admitted the notion really struck ...

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SEATTLE - Lawyers for former Mariners high performance director Lorena Martin have filed notice they intend to appeal a Superior Court decision from last month compelling her to address complaints against the team through arbitration in lieu of a lawsuit. At stake is whether Martin's widely publicized complaints against the team will be heard in open court or behind closed doors. Martin was ...

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This could be the year the White Sox turn the corner in their rebuild, setting the stage for the sustained success management promised when it announced its plan after the 2016 season. Or this is could be another year of false hope, leaving Sox fans wondering whether they'll ever see the light at the end of the tunnel. It could go either way, which is why 2019 may be a year to take a more ...

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OAKLAND, Calif. - Center fielder Mike Trout is signed long term, but the reality is the Los Angeles Angels will struggle to compete in 2019 unless the bets they placed during the offseason find value where other teams have not. Projections forecast the Angels to win 80 to 85 games. If they can finish at or above .500 for the first time since 2015, they could find themselves in the middle of a ...

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LAKELAND, Fla. - The kid from Maracay is older now, nearly 36 years old, much more round than thin, with curly dark hair and a goatee that is trying to grow into a beard, but when he walks into his domain on this March morning, what you notice most is the smile. It is the final week of his 16th spring training, and Miguel Cabrera is healthy. He is hitting - and even smashing home runs - and ...

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BALTIMORE - It was 20 years ago that the Orioles stepped off their charter plane at Havana's Jose Marti International Airport and became the first major league team to visit Cuba in 40 years. The world has changed a lot since then. Cuba, not so much. The political relationship between the United States and the tiny communist nation warmed some when formal diplomatic relations with Cuba were ...

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LOS ANGELES - You're still playing? Russell Martin looked up. "You're still here?" he playfully responded. "They haven't fired you yet?" Martin threw his head back and laughed. Same smile. Same light spirit. Same old Russell Martin. Martin is where he imagined he would be in his mid-30s, a veteran leader on the Los Angeles Dodgers opening-day roster. "It feels great," he said. "It's awesome." ...

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Changes in Major League Baseball are coming at us like a Noah Syndergaard fastball, leaving fans breathless as we attempt to process what is happening to the grand old game. Defensive shifting is commonplace. Relievers are starting games and leaving after one inning. The launch-angle revolution is increasing both fly balls and strikeouts, with strikeouts exceeding hits in 2018 for the first ...

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Someday in the not-too-distant future - and it can't come soon enough after this winter - I'll pull into the yard at the northern Minnesota getaway on a spring evening and be greeted by a sound that will be absolute music to my ears. Chorus frogs, hundreds of them, croaking away out there somewhere; heard but not seen. The sound - imagine running your fingers over the teeth of a comb and ...

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The press conference was a spectacle, a piece of stagecraft that married a marvelous era from the franchise's past, its thrilling present, and its hopeful future. The franchise had just acquired the biggest and, at that moment, highest-paid star in Major League Baseball, and so the event would be less an announcement than a celebration, a heralding of what had happened and what was ahead. But ...

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It's scary, yes. The Atlanta Braves' starting pitchers for their opening series in Philadelphia this week include Julio Teheran, who made the playoff roster only as a long reliever, and then two rookies. Max Fried is penciled in as the No. 5 starter. Mike Foltynewicz, Kevin Gausman and Mike Soroka aren't yet healthy. Touki Toussaint has been sent to the minors. The team that didn't sign a ...

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Who is the greatest of all time? It's a question that sparks furious debates at sports bars and barbershops around the country. Jordan or Lebron? Montana or Brady? Ali or Mayweather? Beyond those highest level arguments lie some of the most interesting. For instance, how about this one for the GOAT of defensive third baseman to walk the earth: Matt Chapman or Mike Schmidt? Has to seem crazy ...

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