Bill Walton does commentary on NBC Sports Chicago for the Chicago White Sox’s baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels on Friday in Anaheim, Calif. Walton, a Hall of Fame basketball player, was calling the game on an invitation from the White Sox and announcer Jason Benetti (right).
The Chicago Cubs’ Ian Happ tumbles away after scoring from first on a triple by Tony Kemp as Pittsburgh Pirates catcher Jacob Stallings tries to control the ball in the eighth inning of their game on Friday in Pittsburgh.
FILE — In this Wednesday, May 29, 2019, file photo, a young child is carried from the stands after being injured by a foul ball off the bat of Chicago Cubs’ Albert Almora Jr. during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Houston Astros, in Houston. There’s always a surge of excitement as a foul ball comes your way, but also a sense of dread. Too many fans have been left bloody and maimed by these projectiles hurtling into the stands. Yet Major League Baseball keeps playing a dangerous game, dragging its feet on requiring all teams to put up protective netting from foul pole to foul pole. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)
Philadelphia Phillies’ Bryce Harper celebrates his grand slam with teammates during the ninth inning of their game against the Chicago Cubs on Thursday in Philadelphia. The Phillies won, 7-5.
The Milwaukee Brewers’ Trent Grisham reacts to his three-run home run against the Minnesota Twins during the eighth inning of their game on Wednesday in Milwaukee. The Brewers won, 6-5.
Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Chris Sale delivers in the first inning of the team's baseball game against the Cleveland Indians, Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019, in Cleveland.
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The Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout (27) celebrates his two-run home run with Shohei Ohtani during the Angels’ 12-4 win over the Boston Red Sox on Saturday in Boston.
Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Yu Darvish reacts after giving up a two-run home run to Cincinnati Reds' Aristides Aquino in the second inning of a baseball game, Friday, Aug. 9, 2019, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
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Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Chris Sale delivers to the Los Angeles Angels during the first inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park on Thursday in Boston. The Red Sox won, 3-0.
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Chicago White Sox's Ivan Nova pitches against the Detroit Tigers during the second inning of a baseball game, Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2019, in Detroit.
The Chicago Cubs’ Kyle Schwarber (right) is greeted by Javier Baez after hitting a three-run home run against the Oakland Athletics during the fifth inning of a baseball game on Wednesday in Chicago.
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Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Chase Anderson delivers during the first inning of a baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates in Pittsburgh on Tuesday night. The Brewers won, 4-3.
The Milwaukee Brewers’ Christian Yelich rounds third base after hitting a solo home run off Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Dario Agrazal during a baseball game in Pittsburgh on Monday. The Brewers won, 9-7.
The Philadelphia Phillies have sued the New York company that created the Phillies Phanatic mascot to prevent the green fuzzy fan favorite from becoming a free agent. In a complaint filed Friday in U.S. District Court in Manhattan, the team alleged Harrison/Erickson threatened to terminate the Phillies’ rights to the Phanatic next year and “make the Phanatic a free agent” unless the team renegotiated its 1984 agreement to acquire the mascot’s rights.
Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Cole Hamels delivers during the first inning of Saturday’s game against the Milwaukee Brewers in Chicago. Hamels threw five shutout innings in his return from the injured list, but did not factor into the decision as the Cubs won, 4-1.
The Chicago Cubs’ Javier Baez (right) is greeted by Kris Bryant after hitting a two-run home run against the Milwaukee Brewers during the third inning of a baseball game on Friday in Chicago. The Cubs won, 6-2.
The New York Yankees’ Gleyber Torres celebrates after hitting a grand slam, next to Boston Red Sox catcher Christian Vazquez, during the first inning of a baseball game on Friday in New York.
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The St. Louis Cardinals’ Matt Wieters hits a three-run home run during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Chicago Cubs on Thursday night in St. Louis. The Cardinals won, 8-0.
Cincinnati Reds relief pitcher Amir Garrett (50) looks to throw a punch as he is held back by a number of Pittsburgh Pirates players during a brawl in the ninth inning of a baseball game in Cincinnati on Tuesday.
The Minnesota Twins’ Max Kepler (26) celebrates in the dugout after hitting a solo home run during the team’s 7-4 win against the Miami Marlins on Wednesday in Miami.