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Ex-BayStars player Gourriel defects from Cuba

Feb 9, 2016

Ex-BayStars player Gourriel defects from Cuba

Star Cuban infielder Yulieski Gourriel and his younger brother slipped away from their hotel in the Dominican Republic early Monday in an apparent effort to launch careers in Major League Baseball. The departure of Yulieski ,a former Yokohama BayStars player, and his brother Lourdes ...

Marlins president says team wants to open 2018 season in Japan

Feb 6, 2016

Marlins president says team wants to open 2018 season in Japan

If Miami Marlins president David Samson gets his wish, Ichiro Suzuki and the Marlins would open the 2018 season in Japan en route to a World Series championship. Speaking Saturday, Samson said the National League club has Ichiro on the roster not because of ...

Feb 6, 2016

Gomes finalizes deal to play for Rakuten

Jonny Gomes, a 13-season Major League Baseball outfielder who played on two of the past three World Series champions, has agreed to terms on a one-year deal with the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles, according to published reports this week. The 35-year-old American was a ...

Feb 4, 2016

Orioles give Okajima a minor league deal

Former major league reliever Hideki Okajima has signed a minor league contract with the Baltimore Orioles, the online edition of the Baltimore Sun reported Wednesday. The 40-year-old became a free agent after going 0-2 with an 8.59 ERA in 10 games for the Yokohama ...

Feb 4, 2016

Mariners acquire ex-Hawks star Lee

The Seattle Mariners signed former Fukuoka Softbank Hawks first baseman Lee Dae-ho to a one-year minor league deal on Wednesday. The South Korean batted .282 with 31 home runs and 98 RBIs in 141 games for the Hawks last year. He was the MVP ...

Feb 4, 2016

Blue Jays set to install dirt infield

The Blue Jays are installing a dirt infield at the Rogers Centre for the first time but say it is too early to determine whether they would replace artificial turf with grass in some future season. Toronto announced Wednesday that work will begin next ...

Easton making foray into Japan

Feb 3, 2016

Easton making foray into Japan

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U.S.-based baseball equipment manufacturer Easton, one of the largest baseball brands in America, is making a foray into the Japanese market, the company announced earlier this week. Along with its products, Easton is bringing along some technology it hopes can help shape the future ...

Jan 30, 2016

Road renamed in broadcaster Scully's honor

Driving to Dodger Stadium? From now on, take Vin Scully Avenue. A road leading to the ballpark is being renamed in honor of the famed announcer, who is set to begin his 67th season with the Dodgers. The 88-year-old Scully has said this is ...

Raines indifferent on Hall

Jan 30, 2016

Raines indifferent on Hall

Tim Raines says he doesn’t spend a lot of time thinking about baseball’s Hall of Fame. Raines fell 23 votes shy of the necessary 75 percent this month, and next year’s ballot will be the 10th and final time he is eligible for consideration ...