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Trade deadline day: Tim Beckham headed to Orioles in last-minute deal

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The Baltimore Orioles bolstered their injury-depleted infield by acquiring Tim Beckham from the Tampa Bay Rays for a minor league pitcher just before the trading deadline expired. Beckham is batting .259 in 87 games with the Rays. He’s played second base, third and shortstop.

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Infield mix-up, walk-off homer leads Yanks to win over Rays

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Shortstop Adeiney Hechavarria and second baseman Tim Beckham watched Gary Sanchez‘s playable grounder bounce between them on the left side of the infield for a tying single with two outs in the ninth inning, Brett Gardner homered leading off the 11th, and the New York Yankees beat the Tampa Bay Rays 6-5 Thursday night for their fourth straight win. Gardner tripled to the left-center wall off Alex Colome leading off the ninth, but the closer appeared to pitch out of…

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Robinson Cano’s 10th-inning homer sends AL to 5th straight All-Star Game victory

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Seattle’s Robinson Cano hit a leadoff home run in the 10th inning off Wade Davis of the Chicago Cubs, and the American League topped the National League 2-1 in the All-Star Game on Tuesday night. It was the first extra-inning home run in an All-Star Game since Tony Perez hit one exactly 50 years ago – July 11, 1967. Perez threw out one of the ceremonial first pitches before Tuesday’s game.

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Rays win reunion with Joe Maddon, beat Cubs 6-5

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Tim Beckham homered, and the Tampa Bay Rays won their reunion with Joe Maddon, beating the Chicago Cubs 6-5 on Tuesday. Beckham’s two-run drive highlighted a five-run fourth against Jon Lester (5-5). Alex Colome gave up two runs in the ninth, but the Rays won their first meeting against Maddon since he left to manage Chicago following the 2014 season. Colome threw 38 pitches in the ninth but came away with his 22nd save in 26 chances. He gave up a leadoff single to pinch-hitter Albert Almora Jr. and walked Jon…

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Rays part of American League’s parade of “parity”

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The late Pete Rozelle was known to strive for “parity” during his days as NFL Commissioner. Perhaps the first 26 games of the Buccaneers’ franchise, when they went 0-26, influenced his mindset. Rozelle and the NFL tweaked schedules to help more teams reach 8-8 and make it harder for teams to regularly go 14-2. While the elite teams mostly remained elite for a reason, the end result saw most teams in the playoff hunt as the seasons reached their final…

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Super Bowl game was simply the latest great finish in sports

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Don’t look now, but all of the sudden, sports are pretty good. Yeah, we all like to reminisce about the old days, about Michael Jordan and Joe Montana and Wayne Gretzky. Lately, however, we’re seeing sports as if they were scripted by movie writers. If nothing else, Sunday night’s Super Bowl should tell you that. There had never been an overtime game. There had never been such a comeback. There had never been a quarterback like Tom Brady, who guided…

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On Election Day, let’s talk baseball …

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Grumpy and possibly jealous old men — some with newspaper columns — disapproved of Saturday’s comedy debut of Anthony Rizzo, Dexter Fowler, and Tallahassee homeboy David Ross. Fresh off their World Series win, the trio swung by Saturday Night Live to sing “Go Cubs Go” with superfan and trained professional comedian Bill Murray, and to bump and grind with Benedict Cumberbatch in a tasteless-by-design sketch starring cast member Aidy Bryant, a gifted practitioner of physical comedy who makes anyone who shares her stage look terrific. The Chicago Tribune’s Phil Rosenthal dissed the…

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