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. It's an annual celebration of the game's best players at the season's halfway point. It's a celebration of a sport during the dog days of summer. It's the excitement of the Home Run Derby. It's moments like Alex Rodriguez ceding shortstop to Cal Ripken Jr. during the latter's final Midsummer Classic. It's seeing Manny Machado bid a final farewell to Orioles fans down the highway from Camden Yards.But this year Deion Sanders Jersey , for many of the game's best players, it's something different. The chance to swap usernames and challenge each other for supremacy in the vast, wide world of the Fortnite video game.Before the media session with the All-Stars on Tuesday, Houston Astros third baseman Alex Bregman challenged Yankees slugger Aaron Judge to a game of Fortnite at some point in the future. The challenge, of course, was accepted."It's crazy because we used to go out and chase after girls, but now we'd rather play Fortnite," Bregman said. "We finally have our priorities straight."Alex Bregman and Aaron Judge during the 2017 ALCS.Jim McIsaac/Getty ImagesFortnite, an open-world, co-op survival game, akin to a cartoon version of the The Hunger Games, has become the dominant small-talk topic among baseball players, both in the majors and minors, this season.In a profession conducive to downtime the airplane, in the hotel room, before and after games, pregame before batting practice around the country are sitting down in front of their TVs and plugging in. Whereas in previous seasons, games like FIFA, Madden, Call of Duty and The Show often permeated clubhouses, the focus has shifted completely to one video game in 2018.The Milwaukee Brewers, at the beginning of the season, hooked up a console to the Miller Park Jumbotron to truly get a large-screen experience."It's taken over. I used to dabble in a bunch of different games, but now it's the hot commodity," Judge said. "People are playing Fortnite in the clubhouse, playing it at home, texting and calling each other if we're going to get online tonight. It's pretty crazy how it's transformed the gaming world."The scene after games on the road looks similar across many teams. Players pack the console of their choice, pile into one hotel room and compete with each other and online in solo, duo or team mode. Some minor league players estimate that 90 percent of their teammates play the video game, while the other 10 percent get in on the fun by watching."I've gotten into it by watching my teammates play," said Reds top pitching prospect Hunter Greene. "I'm not a big video game guy Alen Hanson Jersey , but I love watching it. I love seeing people get into it and then rage when they lose."The numbers appear to be a little different at the major league level."I don't play video games," said Astros second baseman Jose Altuve.But the impact is seen across the sport. Many players have adopted the game's signature dances as celebrations for accomplishments on the field. Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts broke out the "Take the L" dance on second base after hitting a double, while the Astros outfield has awesomely come together to pull out the "Jubilation" emote at the end of a win. Red Sox pitcher David Price came under fire when the Boston media questioned if the lefty's carpal tunnel syndrome arose from excessive Fortnite gaming.Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts doing Fortnites quot;Take the Lquot; dance on second base.Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty ImagesFor many of the younger players on the road in the minors, the game has served a different purpose: connector of friends on different teams and an activity to do on the road in small minor league towns across America. In the morning, Colorado Rockies top prospect Brendan Rodgers tends to gravitate toward solo mode, while he chooses to join more group games with teammates after games in the evening."It calms me down when I play a little bit," Rodgers said. "I always played Call of Duty, but when I tried Fortnite, I was really bad at first. You really don't know what you're doing."While Blue Jays prospect Bo Bichette certainly uses the game to connect with teammates, he also bought a PlayStation for his dad, former major leaguer Dante Bichette, in order to chat with him about non-baseball stuff during the season. Since Christmas, the elder Bichette has become addicted to the video game, requiring his wife to set boundaries and rules for when he can actually turn on the PlayStation."During the season, most of our conversations are about baseball and sometimes it's nice to get away from that," Bo said. "It was funny, because for about a month, he told us he was going to play by himself to get good and then said he'd call us when he was ready. About a month later, he did and then he saved us three times in Squad mode. I had no idea what was going on."Top Blue Jays prospect, and Fortnite lover, Bo Bichette.Jason Behnken/Associated Press/Associated PressThe wins in the video game often come less frequently than those on the field. When Rodgers is asked about the last time he won a match, his face lights up and he smiles wide, recalling a game when he was the last member standing of a four-man squad and single-handedly won, finishing the game with 15 kills."So, do you cherish the Fortnite wins more than the baseball wins?" I ask jokingly."Sometimes," Rodgers says with a laugh. It depends on the situation. We win way more baseball games than we win Fortnite games. Winning never gets old." New Phillies star Bryce Harper bruised his right foot when he was hit by a pitch during a spring training game Friday, but manager Gabe Kapler said the team wasn’t overly worried.Initial X-rays were negative, the club said, and Harper left the ballpark for more detailed X-rays.“Bryce has a right foot contusion,” Kapler said after a 3-2 win over Toronto. “Right now we don’t have reason for major concern, but obviously we want to go inside and take a look first.”“Certainly extra scary given where we are in camp Edgar Martinez Jersey ,” he said. “We’re confident and we understand we have a good club on the field and we’re confident that Bryce is going to be all right.”Many in the crowd at Spectrum Field gasped when Harper was struck by a 96 mph fastball from Toronto rookie Trent Thornton in the sixth inning. The slugging outfielder went down to the dirt, clutched his ankle and stayed on the ground for a few moments.Harper was checked by a trainer, limped toward the dugout with assistance and soon hobbled toward the clubhouse.Recently signed to a record $330 million, 13-year contract, Harper was playing his fourth exhibition. He is 0 for 5 in 10 plate appearances.Philadelphia begins the season March 28 at home against Atlanta.SEVERINONew York Yankees ace Luis Severino will miss all of April because of right shoulder inflammation.Severino had been scheduled to start on opening day on March 28 but was scratched from his first planned spring training appearance on March 5. He felt discomfort after throwing his first slider in a pregame bullpen session.“He’s going to have to start from scratch and have his spring training,” general manager Brian Cashman said Friday. “If it needs to be more, we’ve got to make sure we don’t have a problem with it.”Severino is set to resume playing catch next week.“I feel nothing right now,” Severino said. “I want to deal with this issue and be 100 percent.”Cashman also said center fielder Aaron Hicks, sidelined since hurting his back during batting practice on March 1, might not be ready for the opener against Baltimore.PHILLIES 3, BLUE JAYS 2Starter Nick Pivetta, who plans to rely more on his changeup, gave up one run and three hits in five innings.Freddy Galvis and Kevin Pillar homered. Left-hander Ryan Borucki struck out five in 4 2/3 innings, allowing one run and just three hits. John Axford got one out in the ninth, allowing two runs, two hits and two walks.YANKEES 14, RED SOX 1Aaron Judge hit his fifth home run, and Domingo German allowed two hits over four shutout innings with six strikeouts.Hector Velazquez gave up four runs — one earned — and three hits in 1 2/3 innings.ANGELS (SS) 5, GIANTS 5, 9 INNINGSPlayers and fans at Scottsdale Stadium were surprised when San Francisco and the Angels began the ninth inning with a runner on second — it’s an experiment Major League Baseball is trying in spring training, following a rule that all levels of the minors used last year. The confusion came because MLB announced Thursday that the new wrinkle would start in extra innings, but told teams they could try it in the ninth.Despite the advantage, neither team scored. Pablo Sandoval flied out with runners on second and first to end it.San Francisco starter Jeff Samardzija allowed three runs and five hits in five innings. Ambidextrous pitcher Pat Venditte was sent to the minors by the Giants.ASTROS 5, CARDINALS 0Houston manager A.J. Hinch was ejected by plate umpire Angel Hernandez one pitch into the bottom of the first inning. Hernandez called a strike on George Springer, and soon Hernandez and Hinch were arguing.ASTROS (SS) 11, CARDINALS 2Houston starter Wade Miley struck out five in four innings. Jake Marisnick homered off St. Louis starter Adam Wainwright.PIRATES 6, RAYS (SS) 6, 9 INNINGSFrancisco Cervelli, Josh Bell, Starling Marte and Jung Ho Kang homered for Pittsburgh.Austin Meadows had two hits for Tampa Bay and is batting .343 this spring.RAYS (SS) 7, TIGERS 3Yandy Diaz Ryon Healy Jersey , the muscular corner infielder acquired from Cleveland in the Jake Bauers trade, hit a three-run homer and drove in four runs. Ryne Stanek gave up a hit and struck out three in a two-inning start. Spencer Turnbull allowed one run and five hits in four innings.MARLINS 7, BRAVES 6Wei-Yin Chen gave up three runs and seven hits in four innings, and 23-year-old Pablo Lopez gave up one run and five hits in five innings.Atlanta’s Sean Newcomb allowed four runs, seven hits and four walks in 4 1/3 innings. Jonny Venters struck out two in an inning but allowed a run and two hits.TWINS 12, ORIOLES 9Michael Pineda, returning from Tommy John surgery, allowed three runs and four hits in 3 1/3 innings. Ehire Adrianza hit a pair of two-run homers for the Twins, who went deep six times.Baltimore starter David Hess gave up nine runs and nine hits — four of them homers — in 2 2/3 innings.NATIONALS 11, METS 3Yan Gomes and Anthony Rendon each hit a pair of home runs, and Adam Eaton, Ryan Zimmerman and Matt Adams each had one.Washington outfielder Michael A. Taylor will be sidelined with a sprained left knee and sprained left hip. “I think he’s going to miss a significant amount of time,” manager Dave Martinez said.Jeremy Hellickson gave up one run and five hits in five innings. Steven Matz allowed eight runs on seven hits — four of them homers — in two innings.ANGELS (SS) 2, DIAMONDBACKS 1Albert Pujols hit his second spring home run for Los Angeles. New closer Cody Allen started and worked two innings.Arizona starter Merrill Kelly allowed two runs in 4 2/3 innings.RANGERS 5, INDIANS 2Texas starter Jason Hammel gave up two hits and struck out five in four scoreless innings.Carlos Carrasco struck out six over 4 2/3 innings, giving up three runs and five hits. Trayce Thompson hit a solo home run for the Indians.CUBS 11, WHITE SOX 9Chicago starter Cole Hamels walked three and gave up five earned runs on five hits while striking out four in 3 2/3 innings. Albert Amora Jr. hit a solo home run in the first inning. Kyle Schwarber had two hits and stole his second base of the spring.Lucas Giolito struck out seven over five innings. Yoan Moncada hit a three-run homer.BREWERS 6, PADRES 2Milwaukee starter Brandon Woodruff gave up two hits over five scoreless innings, striking out seven. Ryan Braun had two hits. Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield, who is a friend of star outfielder Christian Yelich, worked out with the Brewers.Eric Lauer, San Diego’s first-round draft pick in 2016, threw four innings of hitless relief, striking out six.ROCKIES 2, ROYALS 1Ryan McMahon hit a winning single in the ninth inning for Colorado.Kansas City reliever Drew Storen didn’t record an out, walking one and giving up McMahon’s hit.DODGERS 8, REDS 1Paulo Orlando’s pinch-hit grand slam off Cincinnati reliever Brandon Finnegan capped Los Angeles’ eight-run eighth inning.The Dodgers entered the inning trailing 1-0 before scoring four runs off Anthony Bass, including Alex Verdugo’s two-run double.
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