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MLB's Adam Jones Buys Cal Ripken's $12.5 Mil Estate

5/17/2018 1:41 PM PDT
Breaking News

From one Oriole to another ... MLB star Adam Jones just bought Cal Ripken Jr.'s insane $12.5 million Maryland estate!!

As we previously reported ... Ripken's been trying to part ways with the 24-acre estate since 2016 -- initially asking for $12.5 mil before knocking it down to $9.75 milli back in April 2017.

The Hall of Famer found a buyer in the current Baltimore slugger ... and according to Seth Rosenthal of The Athletic, Jones -- a real estate enthusiast -- couldn't pass up the sweet deal.

Jones' new crib comes with 6 bedrooms, 15 bathrooms, a home theater, 10-person spa, private hiking trails, pool, baseball field, indoor basketball court, full gym and a private fishing pond!!

While the final selling price has not been made available, the 32-year-old has made nearly $100 million during his long career ... so yeah, just a drop in the bucket for Jones.

Ex-MLB'er Matt Mantei Convicted In Dom. Violence Case ... Avoids Jail Time

5/15/2018 8:35 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Ex-MLB pitcher Matt Mantei was convicted of domestic violence after roughing up his wife, but he ain't gonna spend a minute behind bars ... TMZ Sports has learned.

We broke the story ... Mantei -- who was known for his 100 MPH heater during his 10-year career in the big leagues -- was arrested April 17 in Michigan after his wife told cops Mantei got physical with her while arguing over a cell phone.

She claimed the closer grabbed her, threw her to the floor, and held her down ... before letting her up and shoving her -- causing minor injuries.

Mantei appeared before a judge in Berrien County last Friday ... and pled no contest to 1 count of misdemeanor domestic violence. But, we're told the judge reviewed the evidence and found that Mantei committed the offense of domestic violence, according to prosecutor Michael Sepic.

With the conviction, comes punishment ... but no jail and no probation. 

Instead, we're told the former Marlin, D'Back and Red Sox flamethrower was merely ordered to pay $635 in court fees and fines ... which we're told he already paid -- so it's essentially, case closed.

MLB Star Francisco Lindor Shaves Head ... After Losing Bet!

5/11/2018 10:44 AM PDT
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To the victor go the shears!

Cleveland Indians star shortstop Francisco Lindor had made a bet with his old high school baseball team ... you guys go undefeated, I'll shave my entire head! 

Well, guess what ... the Montverde Academy squad in Florida went 25-0 -- and Lindor let the guys 86 his locks!!

The 24-year-old surprised the Eagles at a school assembly and let the players take turn shaving off his blonde curls. 

Hope it works out for the players in baseball, because they're TERRIBLE barbers. 

Props to Lindor for keeping his promise. And more props to Montverde for BEASTING OUT this season! 

Jennifer Lopez Ready, Aim, Selfie! ... At Yankees Game

5/11/2018 6:25 AM PDT
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You think Alex Rodriguez and Jennifer Lopez can go 9 innings without a selfie? Hell no! 

The power couple (along with J Lo's mom) hit up Yankees Stadium on Thursday night to watch NY take on the Boston Red Sox .... and you know they had to post the proof on social media. 

Of course, A-Rod used to play for the Yankees ... but last night, he was bad luck -- the Yankees lost to the Sox 5-4, snapping the 8-game winning streak. 

The good news ... Jenny's mom, Guadalupe, seemed to be having a blast at the game ... until the end.

Better luck next time ... 

J Lo & A-Rod Bailing on Balmain Met Gala Outfits But for a Good Cause

5/10/2018 9:22 AM PDT

J Lo and A-Rod's one-of-a-kind matching Met Gala outfits are going from the red (and white) carpet to an auction to raise money for (RED)'s fight to end AIDS.

The couple slayed Monday night in custom-designed Balmain looks from the creative director ,Olivier Rousteing. The theme was "Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination," hence the cross on J Lo's chest.

Her dress took over a month to make ... the jewels on the feathers were sewn on by hand, which explains the $5k starting bid. A-Rod's tux starts at $1,500. 

The auction is a cool concept ... if you can rationalize spending that much on clothes, and also considering there's zero chance they would re-wear this stuff. Rousteing's other designs from the night for 'Daily Show' host Trevor Noah, Juliette Binoche and more are also up for auction. 

Bidding ends May 21 on Ifonly.com.

Rafael Palmeiro Signs Pro Baseball Deal ... At 53 Years Old!

5/9/2018 7:12 AM PDT
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He's 3 years older than the AARP minimum age, but 53-year-old Rafael Palmeiro is still playing pro baseball -- signing a new deal with an independent league team in Texas! 

The 4-time MLB All-Star has agreed to play for the Cleburne Railroaders of the American Association of Independent Professional Baseball. 

What's really cool ... he'll be teammates with his 28-year-old son, Patrick

Palmeiro REALLY wanted to get a shot with an MLB team, but since that didn't happen ... he signed with the Railroaders. 

"Nobody gave me a chance to go to spring training," Palmiero said in a text message to the Dallas Morning News ... "so I will just take this path."

The season kicks off on May 18. Good luck! 

Yanks Manager Aaron Boone Red Sox Rivalry Is Back!

5/8/2018 1:34 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

How awesome is this?!

We just got Yankees manager Aaron Boone rushing to Yankees Stadium for Tuesday night's big game against the Boston Red Sox -- and he was cool enough to talk to our guy!!!

The big talk -- the rivalry ... which has gotten more intense this season for two reasons -- the Yanks and Sox have the best records in baseball PLUS the teams got into a brawl the last time they faced off in April. 

So, with pride and 1st place on the line ... how does Boone feel about the situation? 

"It's always big when these two teams get together," Boone said. 

"They're a great team. We think we have a good team ... so it's fun to be a part of."

As for concerns that tonight could get violent? 

"Nah, all good ... hopefully we'll just see a lot of good baseball."

By the way, Boone knows a thing or two about this rivalry -- he hit a walk-off homerun against the Sox in 2003 to send the Yanks to the World Series. 

MLB's Roberto Osuna Arrested for Assaulting a Woman

5/8/2018 10:50 AM PDT
Breaking News

Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Roberto Osuna was arrested for assaulting a woman Tuesday morning ... law enforcement sources tell TMZ Sports

Our sources say cops got an emergency call during the alleged attack and raced to the scene. 

Once they got there, Osuna was arrested for assault -- we're told the alleged victim is in a relationship with the MLB star. 

Osuna has since been released from custody -- he's due back in court on June 18. 

The 23-year-old was an All-Star in 2017 and was a prodigy as a child. 

He signed with the Blue Jays when he was only 16 years old and became the youngest pitcher in team history to appear in an MLB game. 

He recorded his 100th save on April 10. 

Yadier Molina Avoid Sex for 6 Weeks ... Say 'Botched' Docs

5/8/2018 6:40 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

After undergoing surgery to save his testicles, St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina should avoid stimulation to that area for at least 6 weeks ... so says the doctors from "Botched."

Dr. Terry Dubrow and Dr. Paul Nassif were both shocked to learn about the injury Molina suffered when he took a 102 mph fastball to the groin during a game on Saturday.

The team officially described the injury as a "pelvic injury with traumatic hematoma" -- but his brother noted that doctors were able to save both of his testicles during a 45-minute emergency surgery. 

So, when we saw the "Botched" docs in NYC ... we asked if they had any advice for Molina's recovery.

"The 'in general' for an injury is R.I.C.E. -- rest, ice, compression, elevation," Dubrow said.

"In this situation, I would recommend ice, not so much compression and stay away from any elevation down there ... if you know what I mean."

Don't worry, the guys say Molina should be cleared for boning in about 6 weeks.

Sandy Koufax Dodgers Jersey Sells For $429k ... From '63 MVP Season

5/7/2018 8:49 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

A game-used Sandy Koufax Dodgers jersey -- worn during his insane 1963 season -- just sold at auction for nearly $430k ... TMZ Sports has learned.

Koufax was pretty much unstoppable in '63 ... racking up 25 wins on his way to becoming the National League MVP and becoming the first person to win the Cy Young Award by a unanimous vote.

Koufax also won the World Series MVP that year when the Dodgers beat the Yankees.

As for the jersey, it's unclear which specific game it was used in ... but authenticators were able to confirm Koufax used it at one point during the season.

The jersey -- a road jersey -- was also signed by Koufax who wrote, "1963 W.S. Champs."

Bidding started at $150,000 on the Goldin Auctions website -- and eventually sold for $429,625. The identity of the winning bidder has not been revealed.

Deshaun Watson Bros Out with Aaron Judge ... at Astros Game

5/1/2018 5:01 PM PDT
Breaking News

Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson had a great day at Minute Maid Park ... rubbing elbows with some huge stars -- from Aaron Judge to CC Sabathia ... even Reggie Jackson

Deshaun was a special VIP guest of the Houston Astros before they took on the New York Yankees -- and FOX 26's Mark Berman (@MarkBermanFox26) was right there on the field as Watson came face-to-face with the MLB greats.

By the way, Watson is no small dude -- he's 6'2", 215 pounds and looks TINY next to 6'7", 285-pound Judge!

Watson got his own custom jersey and even got to hang with the team during batting practice. 

The good news for Texans fans ... Watson was walking around without a hitch in his step following that ACL tear in his left knee back in November.

Ex-Dodger Jerry Hairston Jr. We Can Win World Series Without Corey Seager

5/1/2018 11:24 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

The Dodgers can still win the World Series -- even without star player Corey Seager ... so says W.S. champ and Dodgers analyst Jerry Hairston Jr.

On Monday the team announced that Seager -- the 2016 Rookie of the Year and 2x All-Star -- needed Tommy John surgery ... ending his season.

We called a guy who knows a thing about winning a ring ... Hairston Jr. won a World Series with the Yankees in 2009.

Rest easy L.A., the season ain't over ... 'cause Hairston Jr. says with Cody Bellinger and Clayton Kershaw the team still has enough talent to go all the way.

FYI -- the team is 12-16 ... and in 4th place in the N.L. West.

So, before they win a World Series ... they just gotta make the playoffs.

Pete Rose Drives Rolls-Royce Despite $1 mil IRS Debt!

5/1/2018 12:20 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Pete Rose owes more than $1 MILLION to the IRS ... but you wouldn't know it by looking at his car -- 'cause the ex-MLB star is still pushing a very expensive Rolls-Royce!

TMZ Sports has obtained pics of Rose's Rolls-Royce Wraith -- a car that usually costs about $300,000!  

And to make sure people know it's HIS car, Pete got a custom license plate bearing his nickname, "Hit King."

Remember, Rose has admitted in court docs he fell WAY behind in federal taxes and is working to repay Uncle Sam the 7-figure debt he's racked up over the years.   

But even debtors gotta BALL OUT IN VEGAS, right?! 

Rose's estranged wife claims Pete makes $100k per month -- but Pete has refuted that claim and says he only makes $54k per month. 

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