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Changes In Safety And Diplomacy Are On Deck For Baseball's Opening Day

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Los Angeles Dodgers star Yasiel Puig shakes hands with fans Dec. 16 at the Latin American Stadium in Havana during a Major League Baseball goodwill tour. Puig and fellow Cuban national Jose Abreu of the Chicago White Sox returned home Tuesday for the first time since defecting — Puig in 2012, Abreu in 2013 — to join the American big leagues. Yamil Lage/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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MLB Hopes New Openness Will Ease Players' Path From Cuba To The Majors

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Jose Altuve, an All-Star second baseman with the Houston Astros, is one of many prominent major league players from Venezuela. Stephen Brashear/AP hide caption

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As Venezuelan Crisis Deepens, U.S. Baseball Teams Close Academies

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Pete Rose appears at an autograph signing event last month in Las Vegas. Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred rejected Rose's plea for reinstatement, citing Rose's continued gambling and evidence that he bet on games when he was playing for the Cincinnati Reds. Without reinstatement, Rose can't be elected to the Hall of Fame. John Locher/AP hide caption

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Rose Is Banned From Baseball, But What About Accused Steroid Users?

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Washington Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper during a September game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Nationals Park. Harper is the youngest player ever to win the MVP by unanimous vote. Nick Wass/AP hide caption

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Noah Syndergaard of the New York Mets pitched Friday night against the Kansas City Royals during Game Three of the World Series in the Queens borough of New York City. Mike Stobe/Getty Images hide caption

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Johnny Cueto of the Kansas City Royals throws a pitch in the third inning Wednesday night against the New York Mets in Game Two of the 2015 World Series in Kansas City. Jamie Squire/Getty Images hide caption

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Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Brandon Beachy throws against the Milwaukee Brewers on July 11 at Dodger Stadium. It marked his comeback from a second Tommy John surgery to his right elbow. Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images hide caption

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Baseball's Arms Race: The Price Of All Those Fast Pitches

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Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo hoists starting pitcher Jake Arrieta aloft after he finished a complete-game shutout of the Pittsburgh Pirates in the National League wild card game Wednesday in Pittsburgh. Arrieta struck out 11 while giving up four hits and no walks. Gene J. Puskar/AP hide caption

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Houston Astros outfielder Carlos Gomez circles the bases after hitting a solo home run in the fourth inning against New York Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka, giving Houston a 2-0 lead. The Astros won the wild card game 3-0 and face the Kansas City Royals next. Elsa/Getty Images hide caption

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Tyler Saladino throws out Chicago Cubs catcher Taylor Teagarden during a game between the crosstown rivals at Chicago's Wrigley Field on July 10. Tannen Maury/EPA/Landov hide caption

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A Diamond Dream Realized: Minor Leaguer Makes It To The Majors

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Spieth Looks To Win Year's Third Major, Where Golf Legends Have Fallen

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A giant All-Star Game sign at Great American Ballpark during a baseball game between the Cincinnati Reds and Washington Nationals, on May 30 in Cincinnati. John Minchillo/AP hide caption

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All-Star Games Are Worthless If The Players Are Not All-Stars

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