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ORLANDO, Fla. - As Jessica Mendoza was completing her master's degree at Stanford, her plan was to move to Washington, enter politics and focus on educational reform. Mendoza secured an internship, but she never got to D.C. after making the U.S. women's national softball team. It's just as well. In some ways, Mendoza admits she can be politically incorrect, a key reason why she was surprised ...

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On June 9, 2015, Bryce Harper was leading off the seventh inning of a 1-1 game, his first in the Bronx, when he took his Mickey Mantle obsession to such an extreme that he convinced a person working for the Nationals - then and now - that he would make good on all the pinstriped speculation. "It really hit me that night," the person said recently, "just how much it would mean to him to be a ...

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LOS ANGELES_Clayton Kershaw politely invited the media to his locker Tuesday afternoon for his first interview since being diagnosed with biceps tendinitis. But, his left shoulder hurting, he wasn't really in the mood. "How long have you been dealing with this issue?" asked the first questioner. "Ask a better question," said Kershaw. The problem is, there is no better question. There is no ...

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The clubhouse was painfully quiet. The Detroit Tigers were in a funk after losing three straight games. They had endured a brutal stretch of nasty weather and late-night travel and had gone 22 innings without scoring a run. Frustration was setting in. Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire walked through the visiting clubhouse in Oriole Park at Camden Yards after the Tigers lost, 6-0, to the Baltimore ...