(AP) — Perhaps no other sports event puts so many fans in such close contact with athletes as the Tour de France, with swarms of people clogging city streets, winding roads and soaring mountain passes during cycling’s three-week showpiece and getting within touching distance of the riders.

(AP) — Stephen Strasburg chatted by his locker early in spring training with Wil Crowe — just a World Series MVP and a non-roster invitee for the Washington Nationals plopping themselves on a pair of folding chairs to talk shop during camp’s ample idle time.

(AP) — In the forgettable 2019 season, the Baltimore Orioles’ bullpen had a woeful 5.79 ERA, the worst in the major leagues. That was a far cry from the team’s successful run years ago, when its relief corps was a strength led by Zack Britton, who converted all 47 of his save chances in 2016…

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