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MLB's Big Weekend: A-Rod’s 3000th Hit, Scherzer’s No-Hitter

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Summer officially arrived this weekend, so of course the baseball gods gave fans a lot to remember.

Let’s start in the Bronx, where New York Yankees DH Alex Rodriguez made history. After serving a year-long suspension in 2014 for using performance-enhancing drugs, A-Rod has been making for lost time. Through Sunday, he’s hitting .282 with 14 home runs, and earlier in the season one of those blasts pushed him passed Wille Mays to fourth all-time in homers.

His home run in the bottom of the first in Friday night’s game against the Detroit Tiger brought Rodriguez into more elite company. The solo shot was his 3.000th career hit, making him the 29th player in MLB history to join the 3,000 Hits Club. He’s also only the third player to ever reach the milestone on a home run (the others were Wade Boggs in 1999 and Derek Jeter in 2011).
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SABR 45 Rolls Into Chicago Next Week

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As the school year winds down and the weather gets warmer, kids around the world are able to enjoy themselves by playing and watching sports. Another way to enjoy sports is by learning more about the ones we love.

That’s exactly the opportunity available in Chicago from June 24-28. That’s when the 45th Annual Society for American Baseball Research, or SABR, convention hits town. SABR has more than 6,000 members who love the game of baseball from different angles: as players, writers, historians, fans, or statisticians. SABR has 69 local chapters, but this is the biggest convention of the year, with people attending from across the US and the world. 
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MLB Kicks Off Play Ball Youth Baseball Initiative

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When Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred took office earlier this year, he said one of his biggest priorities was to get kids interested in baseball again.

A new program launched yesterday by MLB and USA Baseball is big step toward, hopefully, make that a reality.

On Thursday, Manfred was joined by current and former MLB players and 50 young ball players from New York and New Jersey to kick off the Play Ball youth baseball initiative. The event was held at Macombs Dam Park, a public ball field across the street from Yankee Stadium

Play Ball is geared toward getting more kids involved with baseball in all forms — no matter who they are, where they live, or if they’re playing with an actual baseball.
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Frozen-Inspired Softball Team Means Business!

This is pretty cool. Last week, a reader shared a photo with us on our Facebook page. It’s of a softball team in Edmond, Oklahoma. But instead of wearing your traditional uniforms, the girls (who are all 4 and 5 years old) are all dressed like Elsa from the Disney movie Frozen:

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The team is called the Freeze, naturally. They were going to go with the “Sparkling Elsas,” but they decided on “Freeze” because it sounded tough. It’s also a better name for the team because these kids look ready to throw down. Seriously, I don’t know about you, but I’m pretty sure they would dominate any team I could put together.
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Chris Heston Throws First No-No of the Season!

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It took a couple months, but the 2015 MLB season has its first no-hitter. 

Last night, San Francisco Giants rookie pitcher Chris Heston tossed the no-no in a 5-0 victory against the New York Mets at Citi Field. He threw 110 pitches, struck out 11 batters, and allowed no walks. But it wasn’t quite a perfect game.
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SABR 45: Honoring Mr. Cub and the Cuban Missile

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SABR 45 continued Friday with another outstanding day of panels, research meetings and tributes.

One highlight was a luncheon that featured a tribute to Chicago baseball legends Ernie Banks (second Baseman for the Cubs) and Minnie Minoso (centerfielder for the White Sox), both of whom died within the past few months. national columnist Phil G. Rogers highlighted what these two figures meant to the baseball world and spoke about how each player faced diversity challenges on and off the field. 
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Florida Gators Win Back-to-Back Women’s College World Series!

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Florida got everything right — except its championship celebration. As the Gators reveled in their second straight national softball title following their 4-1 win over Michigan on Wednesday night, Lauren Haeger and coach Tim Walton participated in postgame interviews.

Two players tried to douse them with Gatorade, but the bucket was too heavy. They ended up just getting Walton's ankles.

The resilient Gators even recovered from that. Well after the game ended, Florida huddled in the circle, swayed back and forth in unison and sang "We Are The Champions."
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