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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Baseball Closes Shop

NEW YORK () -- Around the major leagues, life went on even though baseball did not.


On the heels of Wednesday's cancellation of the rest of the season, the Kansas City Royals on Thursday fired manager Hal McRae and began tearing up the artificial turf in Kauffman Stadium, which will have a grass field whenever play resumes.


The New York Mets said suspended pitcher Dwight Gooden had again failed drug tests, leaving his future in limbo. The Pittsburgh Pirates fired four front-office workers and laid off about a dozen more.


Fans showed up at Yankee Stadium and other ballparks for ticket refunds. Players began other pursuits, and umpires, whose contract was to run out at the end of the season, wondered about their future.


Acting commissioner Bud Selig said he did not know when talks with the players' union might resume.