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Raines, Bagwell, Rodriguez elected to Hall of Fame

Bags and Rock and Pudge are heading to Cooperstown. After a vote that could prove to be a turning point how Steroids Era stars are viewed, Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens could be joining them in the next few years. Jeff Bagwell, Tim Raines and Ivan Rodriguez were elected to ...

Jan 18, 2017

Hall of Famer Willie McCovey pardoned by Obama

San Francisco Giants Hall of Famer Willie McCovey has been pardoned by President Barack Obama on tax evasion charges from 1995. It was one of the president’s 64 pardons granted Tuesday. Through the Giants, McCovey said: “I want to express my sincere gratitude to ...

Obama honors Cubs at White House

Jan 17, 2017

Obama honors Cubs at White House

President Barack Obama welcomed the Chicago Cubs to the White House on Monday to celebrate their World Series win and speak to the power of sports to unite a divided nation. “Throughout our history, sports has had this power to bring us together even ...

Obama fetes World Series champs Chicago Cubs at White House

Jan 17, 2017

Obama fetes World Series champs Chicago Cubs at White House

President Barack Obama is celebrating the World Series champion Chicago Cubs before he leaves office. On what usually is a sleepy federal holiday at the White House, Cubs players filed into the White House East Room on Martin Luther King Day for Obama’s final ...

Jan 16, 2017

Lions rename stadium

The Seibu Lions announced Monday that their stadium will be known as MetLife Dome for the next five years. The venue, originally known as Seibu Stadium, opened when the club relocated from Fukuoka in 1979. A roof was erected over the hilltop ballpark in ...

Ito, Hoshino, Hiramatsu inducted into Hall of Fame

Jan 16, 2017

Ito, Hoshino, Hiramatsu inducted into Hall of Fame

Catcher Tsutomu Ito and pitchers Senichi Hoshino and Masaji Hiramatsu were inducted into Japan’s Baseball Hall of Fame on Monday. Ito, the catcher for the Seibu Lions’ Pacific League dynasty of the 1980s and 1990s, was elected in the players division. The Chiba Lotte ...

Arrieta, Harper land big deals

Jan 14, 2017

Arrieta, Harper land big deals

Chicago Cubs ace Jake Arrieta, Washington star Bryce Harper and Baltimore standouts Manny Machado and Zach Britton got big-money deals Friday as more than 100 major leaguers reached agreements for 2017 and left just 27 players on track for salary arbitration. After helping lead ...

Jan 12, 2017

Chicago Cubs to visit White House on Monday

The World Series champion Chicago Cubs have accepted President Barack Obama’s invitation and will visit the White House on Monday. White House press secretary Josh Earnest said Wednesday that Obama is “really looking forward to it” and that any sports fan could appreciate “the ...

Dodgers want to keep Maeda out of WBC

Jan 12, 2017

Dodgers want to keep Maeda out of WBC

The Los Angeles Dodgers do not intend to let right-hander Kenta Maeda play for Japan in the World Baseball Classic in March, a team source said Wednesday. The source said Andrew Friedman, the Dodgers’ president of baseball operations, decided not to allow the 28-year-old ...

Jan 11, 2017

Fighters acquire lefty Escobar

The Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters have acquired lefty Edwin Escobar on a one-year deal, the Pacific League ballclub said Wednesday. The 24-year-old Venezuelan, who played for the Arizona Diamondbacks last season, pitching in 25 games including two starts, has signed for an estimated ¥90 ...

Jan 10, 2017

Diamondbacks invite ex-Marines pitcher Nakaushiro to camp

Former Chiba Lotte Marines hurler Yuhei Nakaushiro has been invited to attend major league spring training, the Arizona Diamondbacks announced Monday. The 27-year-old lefty joined the National League club on a minor league contract and finished last season with the Triple-A Reno Aces, where ...

Nationals' Scherzer to skip WBC

Jan 10, 2017

Nationals' Scherzer to skip WBC

NL Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer revealed Monday that he pitched at the end of last season with an injured finger on his throwing hand and now will skip the World Baseball Classic. The Washington Nationals initially announced Monday on Twitter that their ...