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Kansas City Royals' Omar Infante hits an RBI single in the second inning during a game last month against the Cincinnati Reds. Ed Zurga/AP hide caption

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Kansas City Royals Are Running The Bases In All-Star Game Balloting

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Texas Rangers relief pitcher Lisalverto Bonilla throws during the fifth inning of a spring training baseball game against the Kansas City Royals on March 4, in Surprise, Ariz. He is scheduled to undergo Tommy John surgery this week. Charlie Riedel/AP hide caption

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As American Sports Skew More Armcentric, Throwing Injuries Rise

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Yoan Francisco, a rookie for the Havana Industriales, warms up before a game at Havana's Latin American Stadium. Cuban baseball has been facing hard times, but improved diplomatic relations with the U.S. have raised the possibility of increased cooperation and new opportunities. Eyder Peralta/NPR hide caption

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With Improved Relations, Are The U.S. And Cuba Ready To Play Ball?

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New York Yankee Alex Rodriguez watches from the dugout during an intrasquad game at a spring training baseball workout Monday in Tampa, Fla. Lynne Sladky/AP hide caption

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Alex Rodriguez Is Back, For Better Or Worse

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Game clocks will be a common, and mandatory, sight at MLB stadiums in the 2015 season. But they'll only be used between innings, unlike pitch clocks like this one at an Arizona Fall League game. Mike Janes/Four Seam Images via AP hide caption

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Chicago Cub Ernie Banks, right, told NPR's Scott Simon, left, in 2014 that he had a lot of fun winning games, but the main thing in his life was "making friends." Peter Breslow/NPR hide caption

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Let's Play Two! Remembering Chicago Cub Ernie Banks

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Remembering Ernie Banks, A Fan Favorite Whose Favorite Was The Fans

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San Francisco Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner throws during the fifth inning of Game 7 of the World Series in Kansas City, Mo., on Wednesday. He was also the winning starting pitcher in Game 1 and Game 5. Jeff Roberson/AP hide caption

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The San Francisco Giants' Brandon Belt can't reach the Kansas City Royals' Alcides Escobar as he slides safely to first base on an infield single Tuesday night during the second inning of Game 6 of baseball's World Series in Kansas City, Mo. Escobar eventually would score the Royals' fourth run. Matt Slocum/AP hide caption

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