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/ Mar 23, 2017

Giants seek banned pitcher Takagi's reinstatement

The Yomiuri Giants on Thursday filed an application for the reinstatement of their former reliever Kyosuke Takagi with Nippon Professional Baseball following his one-year suspension for gambling. Takagi, 27, was found to have bet on a handful of baseball games at the urging of ...

U.S. trounces Puerto Rico to capture first WBC crown

Mar 23, 2017

U.S. trounces Puerto Rico to capture first WBC crown

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It will take time to determine whether the United States’ first World Baseball Classic title was the spark needed to ignite greater interest in the tournament in the nation from which baseball originated, and, most importantly, from its biggest stars. Those answers will have ...

/ Mar 22, 2017

Giants pitcher Takagi seeking comeback after gambling ban

Relief pitcher Kyosuke Takagi has told the Yomiuri Giants that he wants to return to baseball following his one-year suspension for gambling, the Central League club announced Wednesday. The Giants could file an application for his reinstatement with Nippon Professional Baseball’s commissioner as early ...

Puerto Rico's blond ambition at WBC unites nation

Mar 22, 2017

Puerto Rico's blond ambition at WBC unites nation

Pharmacies and beauty stores across Puerto Rico are running out of hair dye as a growing number of men go blond in support of the island’s baseball players who bleached their hair as a bonding ritual ahead of the World Baseball Classic. What began ...

Mar 21, 2017

Nomo to throw out first pitch at Japan-U.S. semifinal

Former Los Angeles Dodgers hurler Hideo Nomo will throw out the ceremonial first pitch before Tuesday’s World Baseball Classic semifinal between Japan and the United States at Dodger Stadium. His first big league manager, Tommy Lasorda, will catch the ceremonial pitch before Samurai Japan ...

Players encouraged by growing interest in WBC

Mar 21, 2017

Players encouraged by growing interest in WBC

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Adam Jones on Saturday night in San Diego made the catch heard ’round the World Baseball Classic when he leapt against the wall to rob Manny Machado of a home run. It also was heard around America, where, gradually, the Classic is gaining steam ...

Dodgers beat Japan in WBC tune-up

Mar 20, 2017

Dodgers beat Japan in WBC tune-up

O’Koyea Dickson hit a two-run, walk-off double with two out in the bottom of the ninth inning as the Los Angeles Dodgers came from behind to beat Japan 3-2 in an exhibition game on Sunday. After a Ginjiro Sumitani groundout in the fifth and ...