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MLB.com Search Tips

Our search engine incorporates Boolean logic, which uses keywords and characters to sift through the information in our database. When incorporated into your search, these terms and characters can help you further customize the results provided by our database. Try these techniques to improve the accuracy of your search results:

Your basic search term; what you enter into the search field to begin your search.

Example: To search for information about the Orioles, type Orioles

Quotation Marks: " "
Quotation marks - " " - provide a match of several keywords in order, in exact or close relationship to each other. This can be helpful in excluding similar topics you don't want.

Example: A search just using the keyword Cubs could return information both on the Chicago Cubs and the Iowa Cubs, their AAA affiliate. Using quotes, such as "Chicago Cubs" may eliminate that problem.

Use AND to locate all information that contains more than one term.

Example: To locate all information containing both the terms Cardinals AND Managers (such as searching for all Cardinal Managers), type Cardinals AND Managers. This will return all information containing both terms, but not information that only contains one or the other:

More than one keyword may be combined with AND, but the more terms you combine, the smaller the number of results returned.

Example: A search like Cardinals AND Managers AND Players returns only their intersection:

Use OR to get as wide a search as possible involving your keywords.

Example: To find all information containing either the term Yankees or Indians, you would search Yankees OR Indians. This will return all results containing both terms.

The term NOT would help you exclude unwanted items.

Example: To find all information about Cardinals, but exclude managers, you could search Cardinals NOT Managers. This would return all results containing the first keyword, but not the second.

Parentheses: ( )
Parentheses - ( ) - should be used when searching with more than one Boolean term.

Example: To search for Managers for either the Yankees or the Indians, you could search (Yankees OR Indians) AND Managers.

Asterisk: *
Use the asterisk - * - to help broaden a keyword term and search for related items.

Example: Searching for home* would return items pertaining to home run, home plate, home team, etc.

Tilde: ~
The tilde mark - ˜ - can be used when you are unsure of the correct spelling of the item you are searching for. The search will return matches with similar spelling.

Example: Searching for Makoviak~ would return results for Rob Mackowiak.

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