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Photos: Highlights from the 2017 MLB All-Star Game

The American League topped the National League 2-1 in the MLB All-Star Game on July 11, 2017.

Wife creates special baseball card to tell husband she is kidney donor match

The anticipation of opening a pack of baseball cards remains exciting for collectors of all ages, but a Tennessee man pulled an extraordinary card last week, and it was an emotional, life-changing moment.  

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Steve Winfree of Knoxville began dialysis for kidney disease in November and needs a transplant. On Thursday, Winfree, an avid collector, opened a pack of Topps cards. A special insert revealed that his wife, Heather Winfree, would be donating a kidney to him.

As Heather filmed the event Winfree, 32, pulled cards of Angels outfielder Mike Trout, Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard and Yankees outfielder Clint Frazier.  Then he found a special Topps card with his own likeness on the front. As he read the back of the card he began to choke up, because he learned his wife was a match and would be donating her kidney.

“Heather will be pitching a new kidney to him,” the card read. “They are sure to hit it out of the ballpark together!”

“She kept saying, ‘You have a special insert there,’” Winfree told MLB.com. “I knew something was up because she never films me.”

Winfree is an Atlanta Braves fan who collected cards as a youth. He said he stopped during high school but resumed his hobby “once I could afford it.”

Opening packs of cards has been therapeutic for Winfree, his wife said. “There were a lot of times where we would be in the hospital and I would grab a pack and we would open them,” Heather Winfree told MLB.com. “The low-key fun gets our minds off the everyday stresses.”

When he saw the special card, which resembles the 2016 Topps design, Winfree noticed the word “recipient” in place of where a player’s position was on the card.

“I saw it coming,” he said. “But I lost it and I asked her, ‘You want to save my life?’”

The emotional video of Steve Winfree reacting to the card has gone viral. He will receive the transplant at the Vanderbilt Transplant Center in Nashville.

Steve Winfree said the response to the video has been gratifying.

“Heather and I have been so overwhelmed with the kindness of people,” he said in a Twitter message Sunday night.

Twitter user criticizes ‘KKK’ sign at baseball game, learns baseball tradition

A woman at a baseball game didn’t have all the facts when she complained about the “KKK” sign in the outfield. 

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The Atlanta woman was at a Braves baseball game when she noticed the sign in the outfield and tweeted her distaste, writing “definitely NOT ok.”

“Really disappointed with this sign at the new #BravesStadium,” she wrote Tuesday in a now-deleted Twitter post. But what the woman saw was the “K-Corner.” Almost every stadium has one of them -- the so-called “living scorecard” where fans in the outfield keep track of the home pitcher’s strikeouts. 

She was ridiculed online for not knowing about the tradition.

But she wasn’t backing down.

“They should figure out a different way to record it (because) that’s offensive,” she argued. “Just because it happens everywhere doesn't make it right. You can say and feel how you want. But I’m entitled to my opinion too. And I don’t want to look up and see that. Period.”

Her tweets garnered more than 1,400 responses.

Two days later, the woman apologized for potentially upsetting baseball fans. 

“I never meant for my comments to offend anyone. I was bored and noticed something that I felt like should be changed to be more sensitive,” she wrote on Twitter. 

The woman later deleted her Twitter account

New York Mets fan Dennis Scalzitti came up with the idea of the K-corner, according to the New York Daily News. It started as a way to celebrate rookie pitching sensation Dwight Gooden. The rest is history.

Former pro baseball player's son hospitalized after being hit in face with baseball

The son of former Atlanta Braves second baseman Keith Lockhart has been placed on life support after he was hit in the face by a baseball, according to media reports.

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Jason Lockhart, 15, was hit Saturday, June 17, during a baseball tournament in South Carolina as he touched home plate. The catcher was throwing the ball back to the pitcher when it hit Jason in the face and broke his nose.

Jason originally received stitches. While at a doctor’s office for a follow-up two days later to remove the tubes and packing in his nose, his nose began to bleed uncontrollably. A CT scan showed the fracture was worse than realized and there was a tear inside his nose, The Associated Press reported. Since then, doctors were working on controlling the bleeding.

Keith Lockhart, who played with the Braves from 1997 to 2002 and is now a scout with the Chicago Cubs, has provided updates on social media and asked for prayers for his son.

Jason underwent surgery to repair the fracture in his nose, but the bleeding persisted. 

According to a Facebook post by Lockhart’s daughter, Sydney, who also has been providing updates on her brother’s condition, Jason was placed on life support Friday. 

In part, she wrote on Facebook:

“Last night they were able to put Jason into a paralytic state through meds and machines. This has helped stop any movement that could encourage or cause a bleed to begin.”

The bleeding, however, continued.

On Sunday night, Keith Lockhart wrote on Twitter that doctors at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite hospital were closing in on a possible cause for the bleeding:

Late on Sunday, Sydney Lockhart wrote on her Facebook page:

The doctors decided to take Jason into surgery to do an endovascular embolization today. They went in to his arteries and blood vessels and found the two most practical areas that could be feeding the areas where Jason has been bleeding. They went into both arteries on each side of his nose and cut off the blood supply. They are hopeful that this is the source of the bleeding. The surgery was a couple of hours long and Jason is now resting still on the ventilator to keep his vitals monitored and keep him comfortable. They will watch him for 24 hours and then he will go into surgery tomorrow to have his nose repacked and this will give them an opportunity to look back behind the packing to make sure there are no other areas bleeding. We are tired here but hopeful. The prayers and support that everyone has given to us is overwhelming and we are truly touched. Thank you so much. WE FEEL SO SURROUNDED

This article contains information from The Associated Press.

Son of Charleston church massacre victim drafted by Cubs

Nearly two years after his mother was killed by white supremacist in a South Carolina church, Chris Singleton realized his dream of playing professional baseball when the outfielder was drafted by the Chicago Cubs.

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Singleton, a right-handed center fielder at Charleston Southern University, was chosen by the defending World Series champions with the final pick of the 19th round Wednesday (No. 585 overall). 

Singleton’s mother, Sharonda Coleman-Singleton, was one of nine people killed by Dylann Roof on June 17, 2015, during a Bible study class at Emanuel AME Church in downtown Charleston, WLTX reported. Coleman-Singleton, 45, had taught her son at Goose Creek High School and also was a pastor.

Roof was convicted of 33 federal hate crime charges and acknowledged he was hoping to incite a race war.

Despite the tragedy, Singleton continued his college baseball career. He batted .276 with four home runs for Charleston Southern this season.

“It’s a lot of God and a little bit of me right now,” Singleton told the Post and Courier of Charleston. “It’s timing itself up perfectly in my eyes, so it’s really a blessing.”

WATCH: Pujols hits 600th career home run – a grand slam

Los Angeles Angels slugger Albert Pujols has joined the 600 club. 

The 37-year-old hit his 600th home run – a grand slam – Saturday off Minnesota Twins pitcher Ervin Santana.

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Only eight other players have crossed the 600 mark, including Barry Bonds, Hank Aaron, Babe Ruth, Alex Rodriguez, Willie Mays, Ken Griffey Jr., Jim Thome and Sammy Sosa, CBS Sports reports.

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Rodriguez congratulated Pujols in a tweet.

"Congrats @PujolsFive on No. 600," Rodriguez wrote. "You are a great ambassador to our game and all Dominicans #PlatanoPower." 

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Tony Clark, executive director of the Major League Baseball Players Association, also lauded Pujols.

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WATCH: Bat boy interferes with Mets infielder 

A bizarre play involving a bat boy and New York infielder Wilmer Flores on Thursday led to the ejection of Mets manager Terry Collins, ESPN reported. 

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The Milwaukee Brewers were leading 2-0 in the fourth inning and had loaded the bases with one out. Eric Sogard hit a pop fly near the Brewers’ dugout and Flores chased it near the railing at Citi Field. A bat boy carrying a metal stool tried to avoid the infielder but nicked his arm, and Flores was unable to make the catch. 

"Well I'm not really sure what the rules are on that play. All I can tell you is I had the ball. I don't know what happened after that, but I had the ball. I guess that wasn't [his] intention," Flores told ESPN.

Umpires originally called Sogard out for interference but quickly huddled and reversed their ruling. Collins bolted from the bench, argued with crew chief Fieldin Culbreth and was ejected.

"My issue was, it was a routine catch. It would be one thing if it was a difficult play; that was my argument," Collins told ESPN.

WATCH: Twins’ Miguel Sano pranks coach with rubber snake

When you’re winning, being loose and having fun in the dugout is natural. The Minnesota Twins are leading the American League Central division with a 27-20 record, even after Sunday’s 8-6, 15-inning loss to the Tampa Bay Rays.

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The players are in a good mood, and so was pitching coach Neil Allen until Miguel Sano pranked him with a rubber snake in the dugout, MLB.com reported.

Allen was giving out high-fives in the dugout before Sunday’s game when Sano made his move. As Allen high-fived him, Sano handed his coach a rubber cobra. Allen’s reaction is priceless as he suddenly bolts backward in terror.

After catching his breath, Allen had a good laugh with the players.

Homer Simpson to be ‘inducted’ into Baseball Hall of Fame 

Homer Simpson will get his day at Cooperstown on Saturday as he will be inducted into “inducted” into the National Baseball Hall of Fame, 25 years after the “Homer at the Bat” episode of “The Simpsons”aired on Fox.

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“Homer at the Bat” aired on Feb. 20, 1992, and featured the voices of Ken Griffey Jr., Wade Boggs, Ozzie Smith, Don Mattingly, Roger Clemens, Darryl Strawberry, Jose Canseco and Steve Sax, ESPN reported.

In a prepared “statement,” Simpson said it is “truly an honor for me to enter the Baseball Hall of Fame.” 

“My record for eating hot dogs will never be broken. I've been a fan for 40 years, which is how long some games take. And I can't wait for the ceremony in Canton, Ohio.”

D’oh! The Hall of Fame is in Cooperstown, not Canton (the home of the Pro Football Hall of Fame).

The episode will be shown Saturday in its entirety on an outside screen at baseball’s shrine. Simpson’s induction will include his onscreen acceptance speech, Hall of Fame officials said.

Sax, who won two World Series rings and was a five-time All-Star, said he gets asked more about his role in “The Simpsons” than about his career.

"I get asked as much about being on `The Simpsons' as I do about baseball," Sax told ESPN. "They don't want to know how it was to hit against Nolan Ryan. They want to know about being on that show."

In the episode, Simpson pinch hits for Strawberry with the bases loaded and two outs in the ninth inning. He gets hit in the head with a pitch, giving his Springfield team a 44-43 victory.

Video: Security guard criticized after ejecting Braves fan, taking ball from child

A security guard is being criticized on social media after ejecting a fan and taking a baseball from a child during an Atlanta Braves game in SunTrust Park on Wednesday night.

After Braves player Rio Ruiz hit a ball down the right field line at the bottom of the eight inning, a fan reached over the outfield wall with his glove, snagged the ball and handed the ball to a child.

Video appears to show a security guard jump over the wall and eject the fan from the stadium for interfering with live play. The security guard also told the boy that he couldn’t keep the ball he was holding, then took it from him.

After Wednesday night’s game, Braves officials contacted the boy’s family and gave him a Freddie Freeman-signed ball, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported. The boy was also invited back to a game to celebrate his birthday in July.

The Pittsburgh Pirates defeated the Braves, 12-5 in extra innings.

There was plenty of reaction on Twitter to the incident, from media and fans who watched it unfold on their televisions.

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