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Baseball-Kushners to back away from Marlins bid

The Kushner family, relatives of U.S. President Donald Trump through son-in-law Jared Kushner, said on Wednesday they will not pursue the purchase of the Miami Marlins if current owner Jeffrey Loria is nominated as U.S. ambassador to France. There were reports last week that the Kushner family were in talks to purchase the Marlins for $1.6 billion. "Although the Kushners have made substantial progress in discussions for us to purchase the Marlins, recent reports suggest that Mr. Loria will soon be nominated by the President to be Ambassador to France," the statement said.

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(corrects dateline) Feb 14 (The Sports Xchange) - Arizona Diamondbacks bench coach Ron Gardenhire revealed Tuesday that he has been diagnosed with prostate cancer and will undergo surgery this spring. The former Minnesota Twins manager said he was diagnosed earlier this month. A blood test taken during his physical exam cited the possibility and an MRI exam confirmed he had prostate cancer. Surgery will be performed after Gardenhire completes the preparation process. The 59-year-old Gardenhire told Arizona team officials that doctors told him the cancer was detected early. ...

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New York Yankees legend Derek Jeter and his wife Hannah announced Monday they are expecting their first child, a baby girl. The 26-year-old model made the pregnancy announcement in a personal essay published on her husband's The Players' Tribune website. The announcement included a photo of the 42-year-old Jeter holding a bouquet of pink balloons.

Kushner family in talks to buy Miami Marlins baseball team - reports

The Kushner family, relatives of President Donald Trump through son-in-law Jared Kushner, is in talks to buy the Miami Marlins baseball team, media said on Thursday. Forbes magazine initially reported that the Marlins, owned by art dealer Jeffrey Loria, had a "handshake agreement" to sell the team to a New York real estate developer, in a deal valued at $1.6 billion. A representative of Kushner Companies, the family's real estate firm, declined to comment, while a spokesman for the Marlins could not be reached for comment.

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The Miami Marlins have a handshake agreement to sell the franchise for $1.6 billion, Forbes reported on Thursday. According to the report, which is based on two sources, Marlins president David Samson has told some people that the team has an agreement to sell the club. When contacted by the Miami Herald, Samson said he had "no comment at all." Forbes reported that the agreement is with a New York-based real estate developer.

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The Baltimore Orioles and right-hander Kevin Gausman settled on a $3.45 million contract for 2017 to avoid salary arbitration, according to multiple reports Sunday. The 26-year-old Gausman was set for a hearing this week after filing for a $3.55 million salary, with the team countering at $3.15 million. The deal reportedly includes a $50,000 incentive if Gausman makes at least 30 starts and an additional $50,000 if he reaches 33 starts.

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The Kansas City avoided salary arbitration with new closer Kelvin Herrera when the two sides settled on a one-year, $5.325 million deal on Friday. Herrera requested $5.6 million and the Royals offered $5.05 million. Herrera, 27, is the new closer after standout Wade Davis was traded to the Chicago Cubs in the offseason.

Baseball-Cardinals ink Martinez to 5-year deal

All-Star pitcher Carlos Martinez has signed a five-year contract with the St. Louis Cardinals worth a reported $51 million, according to multiple media outlets on Thursday. While the Cardinals did not disclose financial details of the deal, it would be the most lucrative contract for a first-time arbitration-eligible pitcher. "Thinking ahead to the future, my age, I really thought it was an opportunity that I couldn't let go," the 25-year-old was quoted as saying on the Cardinals' website.

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The St. Louis Cardinals were ordered to pay $2 million in damages by Major League Baseball on Monday and will forfeit their first two picks in the 2017 draft as a result of illegal computer hacking of the Houston Astros' database. MLB completed its investigation regarding the breach of the Astros' baseball operations database by a former Cardinals' employee, scouting director Chris Correa. Commissioner Rob Manfred announced the ruling, ordering the overall Nos.

Baseball-Hacking costs Cardinals $2 mln, top two draft picks

The St. Louis Cardinals were ordered to pay $2 million in damages by Major League Baseball on Monday and will forfeit their first two picks in the 2017 draft as a result of illegal computer hacking of the Houston Astros' database. MLB completed its investigation regarding the breach of the Astros' baseball operations database by a former Cardinals' employee, scouting director Chris Correa. Commissioner Rob Manfred announced the ruling, ordering the overall Nos.

Baseball-Cleveland to host 2019 All-Star game

The 90th Major League Baseball All-Star Game in 2019 will be held at Progressive Field, home of the Cleveland Indians, commissioner Rob Manfred officially announced on Friday. The Indians returned to the World Series last fall for the first time since 1997, which also was the last time the team hosted the All-Star Game. The Indians took the Chicago Cubs to seven games last year before losing a dramatic World Series.

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Progressive Field, home of the Cleveland Indians, will be the site of the 2019 Major League Baseball All-Star Game. Major League Baseball and the Indians have not confirmed the news, although the club did announce Thursday that it has a press conference scheduled for Friday morning. - - Former San Diego Padres pitcher Randy Jones, the 1976 National League Cy Young Award winner, is battling throat cancer, he divulged on the team's website.

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Jan 24 (The Sports Xchange) - The family of Yordano Ventura is requesting that Dominican Republic authorities investigate whether the Kansas City Royals pitcher was robbed of cash and his World Series ring as he lay dying at the scene of Sunday's fatal car accident. Ventura, 25, crashed his vehicle while driving on a foggy mountain road. - - - The San Francisco Giants and catcher Nick Hundley agreed to a one-year, $2 million contract, the team announced. Hundley will serve as the backup to standout Buster Posey. The 33-year-old batted . ...

Baseball-South Korea's Giants shell out for slugger Lee

By Yun Hwan Chae SEOUL, Jan 24 (Reuters) - Lotte Giants have splashed out a record 15 billion won ($12.9 million) as part of a four-year deal to bring free agent first baseman Lee Dae-ho back to the team, the Korean Baseball Organization (KBO) club said on Tuesday. The 34-year-old Busan native, who played for Major League Baseball's Seattle Mariners last season, said he had accomplished all of his career goals and was looking forward to returning to his hometown team. "I worked hard for my dreams in America and achieved them," he said on the Giants official website.

Kansas City Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura killed in car crash

Jan 22 (Reuters) - Yordano Ventura, a starting pitcher for the Kansas City Royals, died in a car crash in the Dominican Republic, Major League Baseball said on Sunday. He was 25. The Royals said in a statement posted on Twitter that the accident occurred on Saturday night, and no further details were immediately available. (Reporting by Letitia Stein; Editing by Paul Simao)

Baseball-Royals pitcher Ventura killed in car crash

Kansas City Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura has been killed in a car crash in the Dominican Republic, the Major League Baseball team said on Sunday. "It is with a heavy and broken heart that we confirm the passing of Yordano Ventura," said Royals vice president of communications and broadcasting Mike Swanson on the team website (www.kansascity.royals.mlb.com). Ventura had spent his entire Major League career in Kansas City, helping the Royals to a World Series title in 2015 and posting a 13-8 record.

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