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Justin Turner Pulled From Game 6 After Positive COVID-19 Test

Oct 28, 2020 8:26 AM

Justin Turner tested positive for COVID-19 and was pulled from the Los Angeles Dodgers' World Series-clinching win over the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday night.

Turner was 0-for-3 with two strikeouts before coming out of the game to start the eighth inning. The team did not give a reason for his exit when he left.

"Thanks to everyone reaching out!" Turner tweeted after the game. "I feel great, no symptoms at all. Just experienced every emotion you can possibly imagine. Can't believe I couldn't be out there to celebrate with my guys! So proud of this team & unbelievably happy for the City of LA #WorldSeriesChamps."

He was not immediately with his teammates as they celebrated the franchise's first World Series title since 1988. But the 35-year-old did return to the field with his wife about an hour after the game and took photos with the World Series trophy. He got a hug from longtime teammate Clayton Kershaw and sat front and center next to manager Dave Roberts for a team photo, occasionally lowering a mask he otherwise wore throughout the celebration.

Turner had been asked to isolate after the positive test but that no one stopped him from going on the field to celebrate, according to sources.

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Dodgers Favored To Repeat As World Series Champions

Oct 28, 2020 8:39 AM

The Los Angeles Dodgers are early favorites to repeat as World Series champions in 2021.

One day after winning their first title since 1988, the Dodgers head into the offseason at +400 to win the 2021 World Series at Caesars Sportsbook by William Hill. The New York Yankees are next at +650, followed by the San Diego Padres at +850.

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MLB Owners Set For Final Vote On Mets Sale

Oct 28, 2020 8:34 AM

Major League Baseball owners will vote Friday on the sale of the New York Mets to billionaire Steve Cohen.

The proposed purchase of 95% of the Mets by an entity of Cohen was already approved by MLB's ownership committee. Cohen needs 23 of the 30 clubs to sign off for the deal to be completed.

The Mets are valued at $2.4 billion to $2.5 billion.

The current Mets ownership group is headed by Fred Wilpon, brother-in-law Saul Katz and Wilpon's son Jeff, the team's chief operating officer. The Wilpon and Katz families would retain 5% of the team.

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Clayton Kershaw: World Series Win Makes Past Woes 'Pointless'

Oct 28, 2020 8:32 AM

The Los Angeles Dodgers have won their first World Series title since 1988.

It took him 13 years in the Major Leagues, but Clayton Kershaw is finally a champion.

"I was trying to take it all in, as best I could," Kershaw said. "You never really script what you're going to do or how you're going to feel. It was just a content feeling -- just like, the job is done. We won. We did it. We won our race, and it's over. And we completed our mission. Just a feeling of contentment, joy. And then to get to see the guys and how happy everybody was."

Kershaw went 2-0 with a 2.31 ERA over 11 2/3 innings in two World Series starts this year, striking out 14 and walking three. He entered this year just 9-11 in postseason play, with poor outings in a pair of World Series Game 5s that resulted in a 2017 no-decision and a 2018 defeat.

"I don't care about legacy. I don't care about what happened last year. I don't care about what people think. I don't care at all, man,'' Kershaw said. "We won the World Series. The 2020 Dodgers won the World Series. It's like, who cares about all that other stuff? To be a part of that team, all that other stuff is just pointless."

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Cardinals To Retain Coaching Staff For 2021 Season

Oct 27, 2020 8:49 AM

The St. Louis Cardinals will bring back their entire coaching staff for the 2021 season.

Willie McGee, an assistant that opted out of the 2020 season in the middle of August, plans to return to the club.

The Cardinals finished the shortened season 30-28 and lost in the Wild Card round to the San Diego Padres.

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Tigers Interview Sal Fasano, Mark Kotsay

Oct 27, 2020 8:45 AM

The Detroit Tigers have discussed their managerial vacancy with a pair of candidates.

Detroit met with Atlanta Braves catching instructor Sal Fasano and Oakland Athletics quality control coach Mark Kotsay.

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Marlins Hope To Keep Brandon Kintzler

Oct 27, 2020 8:42 AM

The Miami Marlins would like to retain Brandon Kintzler for the 2021 season.

Miami has a $4 million option on Kintzler for next season, or they could buy the reliever for $250,000.

The 36-year-old signed a $3.25 million deal with the Marlins last offseason. He had a 2.22 ERA, converted 12 of 14 save opportunities and posted 5.18 K/9 against 4.07 BB/9 over 24 1/3 innings.

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Doug Mathis, Brendan Sagara To Share Pitching Coach Role With Rangers

Oct 27, 2020 8:38 AM

The Texas Rangers plan to use Doug Mathis and Brendan Sagara as co-pitching coaches in 2021, with Mathis directing from the dugout and Sagara working out of the bullpen.

The pair replaces Julio Rangel, whose contract wasn't renewed after two seasons.

Rangers pitchers combined for a 5.07 ERA the past two seasons, ranking 26th in the Major Leagues.

Mathis, 37, was Texas' bullpen coach last season, his first on the staff of third-year manager Chris Woodward.

Sagara, 47, was set to be the pitching coach with Texas' Triple-A team in Nashville but instead coached at the club's alternate training site after the minor league season was canceled.

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Justin Turner Sets Dodgers Record With 12th Playoff Home Run

Oct 26, 2020 8:50 AM

Justin Turner made Los Angeles Dodgers franchise history on Saturday night.

Turner hit a first-inning home run off Ryan Yarbrough to become the Dodgers' franchise leader in postseason home runs.

He has hit 12 home runs in the playoffs since joining the club. Turner had been tied with Duke Snider at 11.

Turner will be a free agent after the season.

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Randy Arozarena Breaks Record For Postseason Hits

Oct 26, 2020 8:45 AM

Tampa Bay Rays rookie Randy Arozarena set the record for most hits in a single postseason in Game 5 of the World Series on Sunday night.

Arozarena set the mark with a third-inning base hit off Clayton Kershaw.

The 25-year-old has 27 hits this postseason. He had been tied with Pablo Sandoval (2014) for the all-time lead with 26.

"Pretty special. Pretty special," Kevin Cash said. "He wanted the ball, too. I noticed that. He asked for the ball. Congrats to Randy."

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Clayton Kershaw Passes Justin Verlander For Playoff Strikeout Mark

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Brett Phillips Needed IV After Rays' Game 4 Victory

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Attempted Steal Of Home '100%' Manuel Margot's Decision

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Brewers Tried To Trade For Mookie Betts In 2013

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Nelson Cruz, Freddie Freeman Winners At Players Choice Awards

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Nationals Re-Sign Josh Harrison To One-Year Deal

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Randy Arozarena Joins Derek Jeter In Postseason History Books

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Mark Shapiro Expects To Remain With Blue Jays

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Dodgers Keep Julio Urias Fresh For Game 4 Start

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Steve Cohen Takes Step In Finalizing Deal To Buy Mets

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David Price 'At Peace' With Decision To Opt-Out

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Rob Manfred Hopes MLB's Changes Stick Long Term

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Kevin Cash Defends Career-High Pitch Count For Tyler Glasnow

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Dodgers To Start Tony Gonsolin In Game 2

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MLBPA Creates Curt Flood Award For Player Advocacy

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Jeff Luhnow Again Denies Role In Astros' Sign-Stealing Scandal

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Dodgers Planning To Start Walker Buehler In Game 3

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Tyler Glasnow, Blake Snell To Start First Two Games For Rays

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Dodgers Favored To Win World Series

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Braves Looking Forward To 'Something Special'

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