Shaun Cunningham blocked a baseball bat that was helicoptering toward his son's head at a spring training game this weekend. Christopher Horner/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review hide caption

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A man's fast reaction helped keep a young fan from being struck in the face by a baseball bat at a spring training game this weekend. Christopher Horner/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review hide caption

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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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Former Cincinnati Reds player and manager Pete Rose has been banned from the game since 1989. But he could be reinstated. Gary Landers/AP hide caption

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MLB Commissioner To Decide Whether To Reinstate Pete Rose
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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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The Los Angeles Dodgers' Chase Utley slides into New York Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada during the seventh inning in Game 2 of baseball's National League Division Series on Saturday. Utley earned a two-game suspension for the play, which he has appealed. Gregory Bull/AP hide caption

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New York Yankees Hall of Fame catcher Yogi Berra has died at age 90. He's seen here being introduced before a Yankees spring training baseball game in 2010. Kathy Willens/AP hide caption

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Baseball Legend Yogi Berra Dies At 90
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Musashi Fuchu Little League baseball players spend eight to 10 hours a day on weekends practicing on this field on the outskirts of Tokyo. This traditional powerhouse team has won the Little League World Series twice before, in 2013 and 2003, but did not qualify this season. Anthony Kuhn/NPR hide caption

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The Secret To Japan's Little League Success: 10-Hour Practices
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Joshua Muwanguzi of Uganda's team throws to first base during the Little League World Series game against the Dominican Republic. Says Muwanguzi of his teammates: "They're like my brothers. They're like family members. Baseball has brought us together." Alex Trautwig/MLB Photos via Getty Images hide caption

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Root, Root, Root For Uganda In Tonight's Little League World Series
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Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Josh Beckett inserts smokeless tobacco as he sits on the bench after being relieved during the eighth inning of a 2012 interleague game against the Philadelphia Phillies. Alex Brandon/AP hide caption

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No Chew For You, Athletes In Boston (If The Mayor Gets His Way)
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WHIP The Competition: Stat-Heads Run Minor League Team, Lead It To First
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