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October 21, 2009 | By Marc Narducci INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Some potential controversy was introduced before last night's Game 4 of the American League Championship Series between the New York Yankees and the Los Angeles Angels. A video clip from Monday's 5-4, 11-inning Angels win made the rounds on the Internet, showing Yankees closer Mariano Rivera holding the ball and spitting downward. Was he spitting on the ball? Apparently that wasn't the case, at least as far as Major League Baseball is concerned. "After reviewing available video and still photography, we have found no evidence that Mariano Rivera was spitting on the ball," Michael Teevan, MLB's manager of media relations, wrote in an e-mail reply to The Inquirer.
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October 24, 2008 | By Jim Salisbury INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Scouting is an important part of baseball, but it is not limited to what happens on the field. Even before the Phillies and Tampa Bay Rays played Game 1 of the World Series on Wednesday night, Major League Baseball officials were monitoring the weather forecast for this weekend in Philadelphia. Rain is expected tomorrow when the teams are scheduled to play Game 3 at Citizens Bank Park. "We went over the forecast in our pre-series meeting with MLB," Phils assistant general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said.
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June 7, 2013 | Daily News Wire Reports
MAJOR LEAGUE Baseball's lawyers issued subpoenas to Federal Express, AT&T Mobility and T-Mobile USA in an attempt to gain records for its investigation of players suspected of using performance-enhancing drugs. The subpoenas were issued May 23, according to a civil case file in Florida's Circuit Court for Miami-Dade County, where MLB sued Biogenesis of America, anti-aging clinic head Anthony Bosch and five others in March. Meanwhile, Commissioner Bud Selig said MLB's "very comprehensive" probe proves that baseball has the toughest drug policy in professional sports.
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August 22, 2008 | Daily News Wire Services
Major League Baseball and ESPN signed a new digital-rights agreement that will allow the sports network to put baseball content on multiple platforms, including video-game consoles and portable players such as iPods. The deal announced yesterday extends and expands the agreement through 2013. The previous agreement could have expired as early as this year. ESPN said the deal will allow for live-game streaming and highlights packages on the Internet and mobile platforms. It also will allow ESPN to develop interactive television programming around baseball content.
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March 11, 2010 | By Andy Martino INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Former White House press secretary Ari Fleischer has garnered much attention in recent months for advising Mark McGwire, but he no longer works with Major League Baseball or the Phillies. Fleischer, who served President George W. Bush from 2001 to 2003, now runs Fleischer Sports Communications. The company's Web site says, "The way the press treats athletes and sports executives has become increasingly adversarial and conflict-driven," and offers to help athletes manage their relationship with the media.
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December 1, 2009 | Daily News Wire Services
Major League Baseball officials have asked Internet sites to remove racy photographs of Cleveland Indians centerfielder Grady Sizemore. Sizemore said the photos - one of them showing him nearly nude - were stolen from his girlfriend's e-mail account and posted online. He contacted baseball officials to stop the spread of the photos, which began appearing Sunday on various Web sites. It is not known how many sites are complying with MLB's request. At least one site, deadspin.
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August 20, 2012
Dodgers manager Don Mattingly has been slapped with a two-game suspension for what MLB called "excessive arguing" with an umpire. He was also fined an undisclosed amount for a minutes-long tirade which began soon after home plate umpire Angel Campos ejected Matt Kemp in Thursday's 10-6 loss in Pittsburgh. Amazingly, Kemp was in the dugout when he was tossed and the last pitch had been a ball. Mattingly was also amazed, of course, and immediately went to Campos for an explanation.
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September 30, 2004 | FROM INQUIRER WIRE SERVICES
Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Milton Bradley was suspended for the rest of the regular season by Major League Baseball yesterday, a day after he threw a bottle into the stands during a win over Colorado. A contrite Bradley said he would seek help to deal with his anger and would not appeal the suspension. Bradley also was fined an undisclosed amount by Bob Watson, baseball's vice president of on-field operations. Earlier this season, Bradley was suspended for four games after throwing a bag of balls onto the field after an ejection.
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October 5, 1995 | Daily News Wire Services
Major League Baseball has given preliminary approval to Kevin McClatchy's bid to buy the Pittsburgh Pirates, clearing the way for the California businessman to complete his purchase of the financially strapped team, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported. McClatchy, who has been pursuing the Pirates since July, has told the Pirates that once he received the go-ahead, he would give them a $1 million deposit to continue exclusive negotiating rights for 28 more days. Before McClatchy and the Pirates learned of MLB's decision, the Pirates had told McClatchy he would lose his exclusive rights and they would offer the team to other buyers if he didn't pay $1 million by 5 p.m. today.
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November 25, 2011
Observations, Insinuations, Ruminations and Unvarnished Opinions . . .     THE SUN IS ABOUT to rise in the west . . . The Mississippi is running south to north . . . Obama's Super Six Committee will announce bipartisan agreement on everything and the Republic will be saved from becoming a ward of China . . . St. Peter just posted a headline on the Pearly Gates bulletin board: "Adultery Doesn't Count!"...
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June 14, 2016 | By Matt Breen, STAFF WRITER
Larry Eflin's cellphone chose an inopportune time to run out of battery power Friday afternoon. The father of Phillies pitcher Zach Eflin, who will make his major-league debut Tuesday in Toronto, was in a meeting at work when his son was trying to call him with the news. Larry Eflin returned to his car, plugged in his phone, and saw a text message from his son's former high school coach. "It just said, 'Hell yeah,' " Larry Eflin said by telephone Sunday afternoon from central Florida.
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June 11, 2016 | By Matt Gelb, STAFF WRITER
Mickey Moniak noticed whenever top Phillies executives surveyed a La Costa Canyon High School game this spring. His coach, Justin Machado, often watched Moniak sneak a peek. The Phillies sent every important decision maker to the school north of San Diego, with Hall of Fame former general manager Pat Gillick at the forefront. They saw Moniak spray the field with triples and homers. They saw elite speed in center field. They began to dream about the 18-year-old as he reached new feats with every chance to showcase for the Phillies.
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May 30, 2016 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
BARNEGAT, N.J. - Jason Groome remembers sitting at a desk in November wishing the baseball season would hurry up and get here. It was justifiable impatience given the potential of what lay ahead for the babyfaced lefthander with the burly 6-foot-6 frame and a repertoire of pitches that make middle-aged men holding radar guns salivate. "And then it finally came, and now it's almost gone," the 17-year-old pitcher from Barnegat High School said after his final appearance on his home field Monday afternoon.
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May 10, 2016 | By Matt Gelb, STAFF WRITER
MIAMI - When the season began and the Phillies did not have a closer, Pete Mackanin promised that he would discover one. Only through others' failures did Jeanmar Gomez ascend to the role. Now it is the second week in May, and Gomez is tied with Kenley Jansen for the major-league lead in saves. "I knew it all along," Mackanin deadpanned Sunday after a 6-5 win over the Marlins. Gomez, a nondescript 28-year-old middle reliever before this season, has converted 11 of his 12 save chances.
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March 17, 2016
Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig will not be punished for his involvement in an incident in a Miami club last fall. Puig sustained a swollen eye and facial bruises on Nov. 26. Miami police spokesman Delrish Moss said at the time the injuries were suffered as Puig was leaving the Blue Martini at bouncers' request following an argument with his sister. MLB said Wednesday that it interviewed Puig and his sister and reviewed video from inside the club and the "investigation did not uncover any witness who supported the assault allegation.
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March 8, 2016
After all that, Chase Utley is safe. The two-game suspension imposed on the Los Angeles Dodgers infielder after his hard takeout slide broke the leg of Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada in last year's playoffs has been dropped. A person briefed on the decision told the Associated Press on Sunday that Major League Baseball and the players union reached an agreement that rescinded the ban. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because there was no announcement. The Dodgers declined comment, pending an official release.
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February 27, 2016
Baseball made its call on the Chase Utley slide: out. Major League Baseball and the players union have banned rolling blocks to break up potential double plays, hoping to prevent a repeat of the takeout by Utley that broke the leg of New York Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada during last year's playoffs. "From my understanding, we've been trying to work on this for a few years now," Utley said at the Los Angeles Dodgers' camp, "so I don't think one instance determined everything. " Maybe, but fans may see it another way - the Chase Utley Rule.
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January 21, 2016 | By Bob Fernandez, Staff Writer
On the day the case was scheduled for trial in a federal courtroom in New York, Major League Baseball settled a class-action antitrust lawsuit claiming that baseball's longtime practice of carving the nation into media markets for TV broadcasts was anti-competitive and hurt fans. Tuesday's settlement left intact Major League Baseball's exclusive geographical territories for TV broadcasts and online streaming - Philadelphia remains a Phillies TV market - but the league agreed to concessions estimated to be worth tens of millions of dollars to consumers over time in lower prices for baseball packages.
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August 29, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
A day after FoxSports.com reported that the Phillies intended to install more protective netting at Citizens Bank Park, Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manred addressed the topic of fan safety during his stop Thursday in Philadelphia. Manfred said the topic is "of serious concern, not only to me but more importantly to all 30 owners. " "We have a process ongoing," he said, "where we are examining all of the relevant information: stadium designs, where balls and bats go into the stands.
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August 28, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Larry Bowa said Wednesday that he expects a letter from Joe Torre, Major League Baseball's discipline czar, after the Phillies bench coach's ejection from Tuesday's loss to the New York Mets. Bowa had not received word about a potential suspension or fine as of two hours before Wednesday night's first pitch at Citizens Bank Park. Major League Baseball, according to a spokesman, was "reviewing the circumstances" of the ejection. The action by home plate umpire Dan Bellino stemmed from Bowa and the Phillies taking issue with a quick pitch from Mets reliever Hansel Robles, who began to pitch while Darin Ruf's head was down.
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