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Jan 29, 2017

Otani might not throw in Arizona

In what could be a setback for major league scouts looking to gauge Shohei Otani’s arm, the chances are increasing that he may not pitch in Arizona next month. The slugging pitcher, who arrived in the Phoenix area on Saturday with his teammates for ...

Jan 28, 2017

Carp's Tanaka fills out Japan squad

Hiroshima Carp infielder Kosuke Tanaka was named as the 28th and final player in Japan’s World Baseball Classic squad, the team announced Saturday. Last season, the 27-year-old shortstop played every inning of all 143 regular-season games for Central League champion Hiroshima. He was the ...

Jan 27, 2017

Former Padres pitching star Randy Jones battling throat cancer

Former MLB star Randy Jones, the 1976 National League Cy Young Award winner, revealed Thursday on the San Diego Padres’ website that he is fighting throat cancer. The 67-year-old left-hander said he was diagnosed with the disease in November and began chemotherapy and radiation ...

Jan 27, 2017

Matsui's wife gives birth to second son

Hideki Matsui’s wife gave birth to the couple’s second son earlier this month, the former New York Yankee confirmed Thursday. “He’s doing really well,” Matsui said of his newborn at his New York residence. Matsui’s first son was born in 2013, a year after ...

Mariners to retire Martinez's number

Jan 25, 2017

Mariners to retire Martinez's number

As Edgar Martinez’s candidacy for the baseball Hall of Fame began gaining more traction, the Seattle Mariners ownership started discussions of whether it was time to consider giving Martinez the ultimate honor from the franchise. When he made a significant jump in the Hall ...

Yomiuri's Yoh will not play for Taiwan at WBC

Jan 25, 2017

Yomiuri's Yoh will not play for Taiwan at WBC

Yomiuri Giants outfielder Daikan Yoh of Taiwan has said he will not represent his national team at the World Baseball Classic in March, a source close to the matter said Wednesday. The 30-year-old, who joined Yomiuri in the offseason as a domestic free agent, ...

Jan 24, 2017

Slugger Lee returns to Lotte Giants

Former Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks and Seattle Mariners slugger Lee Dae-ho has rejoined his former South Korean club the Lotte Giants after one season in the major leagues, the Yonhap News Agency reported Tuesday. Lee, the 2015 Japan Series MVP with the Hawks before moving ...

Jan 23, 2017

Japan, Taiwan, South Korea to play in new tournament

Nippon Professional Baseball on Monday announced a new three-way tournament involving the Japan, Taiwan and South Korea national teams on Nov. 16-19 at Tokyo Dome. The three teams will play a round-robin before the top two face off in the final of what will ...

Royals' Ventura killed in car crash

Jan 23, 2017

Royals' Ventura killed in car crash

Yordano Ventura quit school as a teenager so he could begin working a construction job to help his family make ends meet, laboring day after day in the hot sun of the Dominican Republic. It was a chance tryout with the Kansas City Royals ...

Darvish rules out playing in World Baseball Classic

Jan 21, 2017

Darvish rules out playing in World Baseball Classic

Texas Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish said Friday he is healthy and looking forward to the new season, but confirmed he will play no part in the World Baseball Classic in March with the Japan national team. After undergoing Tommy John surgery on his throwing ...