LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Mookie Betts has agreed to the second-largest contract in terms of money in major league history, taking a $12-year package worth $365 million. The four-time Gold Glove winner captured the 2018 AL MVP award en route to Boston’s World Series title. He hit .295 with 29 homers and 80 RBIs last year, down from a major league-leading .346 average with 32 homers and 80 RBIs in his MVP season.
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania health officials won’t allow the Toronto Blue Jays to play at PNC Park in Pittsburgh amid the coronavirus pandemic. The state is the latest jurisdiction to say no to the team as the baseball season begins this week. The state’s secretary of health cited a significant increase in the number of COVID-19 cases in southwestern Pennsylvania as the reason to bar the Blue Jays from playing their home games in the Steel City.
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Kansas City Royals outfielder Hunter Dozier has tested positive for COVID-19 and been placed on the injured list. The 28-year-old is coming off a breakthrough season in which he hit 26 homers, drove in 84 runs and tied for the American League lead in triples. He is expected to play a big role for the Royals during their abbreviated 60-game season, which begins against the Indians on Friday night in Cleveland.
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Former Pittsburgh Steelers Pro Bowl right guard and six-time national championship wrestler Carlton Haselrig has died at 54. Haselrig didn’t play a down of college football due to an injury suffered in his freshman year, but he was taken by the Steelers in the 12th round of the 1990 draft. His former college wrestling coach says Haselrig had been in declining health in recent years.
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Phoenix Suns guard Ricky Rubio and forward Aron Baynes say they have tested positive for COVID-19. Rubio has been cleared and joined the team in Florida following a positive result in Phoenix. Baynes is still in Phoenix and said in a video interview with Stadium that he’s “trying to pass some steps to get re-united with the team out there in Orlando.”