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The Venezuelan Professional Baseball League is condemning violence and unsportsmanlike conduct on the field after two incidents, including one in which former two-time MLB all-star Asdrúbal Cabrera attacked a rival player as he celebrated a home run. Carlos Castro was leading off the 8th inning for the Tiburones of La Guaira in a Venezuelan Winter League game against the Caribes de Anzoategui when he hit his third home run of the night. He flipped his bat and stared at the opposing bench as he rounded the bases. Cabrera charged Castro and hit him in the face, knocking him to the ground and igniting a brawl. The Venezuelan baseball league said it was weighing punishments.

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A statement from Yasiel Puig's agent says the former major league outfielder did not have a criminal attorney with him and felt compromised partly because of his mental health issues at an interview with federal agents investigating an illegal gambling operation. The U.S. Department of Justice announced Monday that Puig, 31, will plead guilty to lying at that interview. Court documents say he has agreed to plead guilty to one count of making false statements and after doing so could face up to five years in federal prison. He also agreed to pay a fine of at least $55,000. Puig’s agent, Lisette Carnet, says the former Dodgers star was not a member of a gambling ring, did not bet on baseball and has not been charged with illegal gambling.

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Kansas City Royals owner John Sherman says the team is considering several sites to build a replacement for the aging Kauffman Stadium. In a letter to fans posted on social media Tuesday, Sherman estimated the new stadium district could cost $2 billion. He says that would make it the most costly project in Kansas City history. Sherman bought the team in 2019. He announced last year the organization was considering options to replace Kauffman Stadium, which will be 60 years old when the team's lease ends at the end of the decade. Sherman said the sites under consideration are in downtown Kansas City or close to it.

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FILE - Former baseball outfielder Yasiel Puig of Kiwoom Heroes hits a ball during the opening game of the 2022 regular season for the Korea Baseball Organization in Seoul, April 2, 2022. Authorities Puig will plead guilty to lying to federal agents investigating an illegal sports gambling operation. The U.S. Department of Justice announced Monday, Nov. 14, 2022, that Puig acknowledged in unsealed court documents that he denied betting on the operation when in fact he made hundreds of bets in 2019. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man, File)

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The Astros and Phillies travel Friday to Texas, where Game 6 of the World Series will be played a night later. Houston is on the brink of its second title after winning 3-2 in Philadelphia on Thursday night to take a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven Fall Classic. The Astros' 2017 championship was later tainted by a cheating scandal. Trey Mancini and Chas McCormick buoyed the Astros with clutch defensive plays in Game 5. Mancini preserved a slim lead in the eighth inning with what seemed like the play of the game, smothering Kyle Schwarber’s sharp grounder at first base to strand two runners. Then McCormick made the play of a lifetime, leaping into a chain-link fence in right-center to snag J.T. Realmuto’s smash in the ninth.

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Houston Astros left fielder Chas McCormick celebrates his catch of a fly ball hit by Philadelphia Phillies' J.T. Realmuto during the ninth inning in Game 5 of baseball's World Series between the Houston Astros and the Philadelphia Phillies on Thursday, Nov. 3, 2022, in Philadelphia. The Houston Astros won 3-2. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

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A Philadelphia Phillies fans watches play during the eighth inning in Game 5 of baseball's World Series between the Houston Astros and the Philadelphia Phillies on Thursday, Nov. 3, 2022, in Philadelphia.(AP Photo/David J. Phillip)