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Feb 21, 2015

Wada brings new cutter into camp

One of the first things Chicago Cubs lefty Tsuyoshi Wada did after arriving at spring camp was try out the cut fastball he’s been working on. “It felt good,” Wada reported of the pitch that he hopes will help him land a spot in ...

Tanaka declares he's in 'good shape'

Feb 21, 2015

Tanaka declares he's in 'good shape'

Masahiro Tanaka said Friday that his right arm is in good condition ahead of his second big league season with the New York Yankees. Tanaka led the team in wins last season with 13, despite suffering a partial tear in the ulnar collateral ligament ...

Feb 20, 2015

Bochy undergoes heart procedure

San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy has undergone a heart procedure to insert two stents and will be hospitalized overnight. The Giants released a statement late Thursday saying that the medical staff had been monitoring the manager’s heart after he experienced some discomfort following ...

Feb 20, 2015

Tazawa preparing for seventh MLB season

A day after arriving at the Boston Red Sox spring training facility for the start of his seventh pro season, Junichi Tazawa happily played catch with fellow Japanese right-hander Koji Uehara on Thursday. “I’m on track right now,” Tazawa said. “What’s important is that ...

Giants enter spring hoping to defend crown

Feb 19, 2015

Giants enter spring hoping to defend crown

The San Francisco Giants roll in even years, winning the World Series in 2010, 2012 and 2014. Enough of that pattern, Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. “We want to have a lot of fun in an odd year,” he said as San Francisco pitchers ...

Yankees eager to watch Tanaka's next bullpen

Feb 19, 2015

Yankees eager to watch Tanaka's next bullpen

Masahiro Tanaka probably will throw his first bullpen session of the year on Thursday at the New York Yankees’ minor league complex. Tanaka missed 2½ months last year while rehabilitating a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow, managed to avoid surgery ...

Feb 19, 2015

Doctors clear Cabrera for workouts

The Detroit Tigers say Miguel Cabrera has been cleared for hitting and throwing by doctors and could be ready for opening day as he recovers from surgery on his right foot. The Detroit first baseman had surgery in late October to remove bone spurs ...

Tanaka gets down to work

Feb 18, 2015

Tanaka gets down to work

Masahiro Tanaka was back in the fold as his second season with the New York Yankees officially got under way after reporting to camp in Tampa, Florida, on Tuesday. Tanaka, who arrived the previous day, was in high spirits and showing no signs of ...

A-Rod offers handwritten apology

Feb 18, 2015

A-Rod offers handwritten apology

It appears the only place Alex Rodriguez might detail his drug use is on a witness stand. The ever controversial New York Yankees star decided against holding a news conference ahead of his return to the team following a one-year absence. He issued a ...

Feb 17, 2015

Uehara plagued by back pain: report

Boston Red Sox closer Koji Uehara was experiencing lower back pain last August, the Boston Herald reported Monday on its website. Uehara, who turns 40 on April 3, would not go into detail but said his problems at the end of last season, when ...

Giambi announces retirement with gratitude to many

Feb 17, 2015

Giambi announces retirement with gratitude to many

Jason Giambi is retiring after 20 seasons in the majors. The 2000 AL MVP announced his decision Monday in a statement that was first sent to the New York Daily News. He ends his career as one of 20 players in history with at ...

Feb 17, 2015

Tanaka ready to start workouts

New York Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka is set to start workouts ahead of spring training. Yankees pitching coach Larry Rothschild said Tanaka was scheduled to arrive in Florida on Monday night from Japan. Tanaka missed 2½ months last year while rehabilitating a partially torn ...