NEW YORK (AP) - Baseballs really have been getting extra lift since 2015, and it's not from the exaggerated uppercuts batters are taking, according to a 10-person committee of researchers hired by the commissioner's office. "The aerodynamic properties of the ball have changed, allowing it to carry farther," said committee chairman Alan Nathan, professor emeritus of physics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
WASHINGTON (AP) - David Ortiz can now laugh, sort of, at the shifting culture of baseball. For Mike Trout, Nolan Arenado, Bryce Harper and most every other All-Star hitter, dealing with different defensive alignments is just part of the game. Tune in Tuesday night and there's no telling where fans will see fielders at Nationals Park. Especially in what's become merely an exhibition - why not try a five-man outfield?
DETROIT (AP) - Thirty years ago, the Baltimore Orioles started the season 0-21, assuring themselves a place among baseball's biggest laughingstocks. This season's Orioles could turn out to be even worse.