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O'Neil, Hodges, Minoso among 6 into Hall

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Buck O'Neil never uttered a single word of bitterness or regret about not being elected to the baseball Hall of Fame. Till the end, he urged those who loved and rooted for him to do the same.

Now, long after a near miss that left many wondering if he'd ever make it, they can rejoice.

O'Neil, a champion of Black ballplayers during a monumental, eight-decade career on and off the field, joined Minnie Minoso, Gil Hodges and three others in getting chosen for the Hall of Fame on Sunday.

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Divergent views point to lengthy lockout

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Hours into Major League Baseball's first work stoppage in 26 years, Commissioner Rob Manfred and union head Tony Clark presented diametrically opposed views of each side's negotiating positions that point to a lengthy lockout.

In separate news conferences less than a day into baseball's ninth work stoppage, Manfred said the union's proposal for greater free agency and wider salary arbitration would damage small-market teams.

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Player images scrubbed from MLB site

Those looking for a photo of Mike Trout or highlights of Atlanta's Game 6 win over Houston in the World Series won't find them on Major League Baseball's official website.

Shortly after the sport's first work stoppage in 26 years began Thursday at 12:01 a.m., MLB removed all current player photos and highlights off MLB.com. Major League Baseball said in an email to The Associated Press that "every action we are taking is at the advice of legal counsel per the National Labor Relations Act."

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Lockout threatens to alienate young fans

NEW YORK (AP) Max Scherzer stars in the last video posted to Major League Baseball's TikTok account before the league locked out the players Thursday morning.

The clip, viewed over 400,000 times, shows the final out from Scherzer's first no-hitter in 2015 with Washington, followed by teammates dousing the three-time Cy Young Award winner with chocolate syrup. Hip-hop duo Rae Sremmurd's "Swang" plays in the background.

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Cubs, RHP Stroman agree to $71M, 3 years

CHICAGO (AP) Marcus Stroman rushed to the airport and caught a flight from Los Angeles to Chicago as soon as he got the word from his agent.

The right-hander arrived just in time with a lockout looming to complete a $71 million, three-year contract. And the Cubs landed one of the top remaining starting pitchers on the free agent market on Wednesday.

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Dodgers keep Taylor for $60M, 4 years

LOS ANGELES (AP) The Los Angeles Dodgers are bringing back free agent Chris Taylor, agreeing with the versatile All-Star on a $60 million, four-year deal Wednesday night that includes a club option.

The 31-year-old Taylor was an All-Star for the first time in 2021, when he hit .254 with 20 homers and set career highs with 92 runs and 73 RBIs. He hit a game-ending homer in the NL wild-card game against St. Louis, then batted .476 in the NL Championship Series against Atlanta, with three homers in Game 5.

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BoSox sign Hill, Paxton, trade Renfroe

BOSTON (AP) The Boston Red Sox signed free agent left-handers Rich Hill and James Paxton on Wednesday night and reacquired outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. from Milwaukee in a trade that sent outfielder Hunter Renfroe to the Brewers.

The flurry of moves came just a few hours before the 11:59 p.m. expiration of baseball's collective bargaining agreement, which ushered in a lockout and halted all transactions. Hill received a one-year deal worth $5 million, and Paxton was signed for one year and $10 million guaranteed, including a player option for 2023.

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Baseball fans hope lockout fleeting

PHOENIX (AP) The only hint of activity outside of Chase Field on Thursday afternoon was the low humming noise from a construction crew, which was busy hanging some signs for an upcoming college football bowl game.

Otherwise, the home of Major League Baseball's Arizona Diamondbacks was quiet, almost serene.

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D-backs add RHP Melancon on 2-year deal

PHOENIX (AP) The Arizona Diamondbacks made a move to solidify the back end of their bullpen on Wednesday, adding four-time All-Star Mark Melancon on a $14 million, two-year deal.

Now the D-backs have to get good enough to provide Melancon some games to actually save.

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