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Tanaka throws from mound for first time since surgery

New York Yankees right-hander Masahiro Tanaka threw from the mound on Saturday for the first time since undergoing elbow surgery in October. Tanaka, who had arthroscopic surgery to remove bone spurs from his elbow, worked out behind closed doors after previously throwing from flat ground. He threw to a catcher ...

Padres hire former MLB star Nomo

Feb 12, 2016

Padres hire former MLB star Nomo

The San Diego Padres on Thursday announced the hire of former major league pitcher Hideo Nomo as an adviser for baseball operations. The 47-year-old Japanese baseball Hall-of-Famer, who in 1995 became Japan’s first big leaguer in 30 years and pioneered an era that has ...

Feb 11, 2016

Dodgers' Maeda heads to Arizona for training camp

Kenta Maeda departed for the United States on Thursday to join spring camp with his new team, the Los Angeles Dodgers, and the right-hander was in a buoyant mood ahead of the new challenge. The camp will start on Feb. 20 in Glendale, Arizona, ...

Refreshed Darvish feeling strong in rehab

Feb 10, 2016

Refreshed Darvish feeling strong in rehab

Yu Darvish is feeling stronger than he did before elbow surgery, and has a renewed passion for the game after missing all of last season as the Texas Rangers were winning the AL West. While the right-hander feels good in rehabilitation, the Rangers and ...

Catching up on MLB moves as spring training looms

Feb 9, 2016

Catching up on MLB moves as spring training looms

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Are there any words more beautiful to the ears of MLB diehards than these: Pitchers and catchers report Feb. 23rd. MAS thinks not. They warm the cockles of the heart, if not the nose and toes, of the faithful shivering through another hot stove ...

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 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 ...

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 ...