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/ Jan 19, 2017

Kawasaki vows to play for Cubs this season

Infielder Munenori Kawasaki posted on his official blog Thursday that he will play with the Chicago Cubs again this season. “I will play with all my heart and really want to enjoy baseball again,” said Kawasaki, who is expected to be on a minor ...

Raines, Bagwell, Rodriguez elected to Hall of Fame

/ Jan 19, 2017

Raines, Bagwell, Rodriguez elected to Hall of Fame

Bags and Rock and Pudge are heading to Cooperstown. After a vote that could prove to be a turning point how Steroids Era stars are viewed, Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens could be joining them in the next few years. Jeff Bagwell, Tim Raines ...

/ Jan 10, 2017

Diamondbacks invite ex-Marines pitcher Nakaushiro to camp

Former Chiba Lotte Marines hurler Yuhei Nakaushiro has been invited to attend major league spring training, the Arizona Diamondbacks announced Monday. The 27-year-old lefty joined the National League club on a minor league contract and finished last season with the Triple-A Reno Aces, where ...

Video coordinator Masamoto seizing chance with Cubs

/ Dec 31, 2016

Video coordinator Masamoto seizing chance with Cubs

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Getting a job in American pro baseball is an uphill battle, even more so for foreigners. But Naoto Masamoto is proof that the American dream is not an impossible one. Masamoto, the video coordinator for the World Series champion Chicago Cubs, spoke little English ...

Ex-pitcher Saito lands job as adviser for Padres

/ Dec 27, 2016

Ex-pitcher Saito lands job as adviser for Padres

Former major leaguer Takashi Saito has been appointed club adviser for the San Diego Padres and will take on the new role starting Jan. 1, baseball sources said Tuesday. The 46-year-old had been working as an intern at the National League club’s front office ...

/ Dec 24, 2016

Yankees, Red Sox eye London series

Fans in London could get a taste of one of MLB’s fiercest rivalries if suggestions of a Boston Red Sox-New York Yankees series in London pan out, U.S. media reported Friday. The Boston Herald first reported the possibility, and Yankees president Randy Levine confirmed ...

/ Dec 17, 2016

Carew receives heart transplant

Baseball Hall of Famer Rod Carew has undergone successful heart and kidney transplant surgery and is expected to make a full recovery. The Minnesota Twins said Friday that the procedure at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles lasted 13 hours and that the 71-year-old ...

/ Dec 16, 2016

Tazawa reaches deal with Marlins

Free agent right-hander Junichi Tazawa has agreed to a two-year deal with the Miami Marlins, the National League club said Thursday. The deal worth $12 million is pending a physical exam, according to MLB.com, and, once official, will make the 30-year-old Tazawa the second ...

Rangers may try to prevent Darvish from playing in WBC

/ Dec 15, 2016

Rangers may try to prevent Darvish from playing in WBC

The Texas Rangers will try to prevent right-hander Yu Darvish from playing for Japan at the World Baseball Classic next March, as he only made his return from an elbow injury in May, the club’s general manger Jon Daniels indicated Wednesday. Darvish returned to ...

/ Dec 13, 2016

Dodgers re-sign closer Jansen

The Los Angeles Dodgers are bringing back their reliable closer, agreeing Monday to an $80 million, five-year contract to keep All-Star Kenley Jansen, a person with knowledge of the deal said. The person spoke on condition of anonymity to AP because the deal has ...

/ Dec 9, 2016

Cubs hammer out deal with free-agent pitcher Uehara: reports

Boston Red Sox free agent Koji Uehara is close to signing with the Chicago Cubs, according to U.S. media reports on Thursday. According to reports by media including the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun Times, CBS Sports and Boston Herald, Uehara and the National League ...

/ Dec 7, 2016

Astros skipper looks to Aoki for balance

Houston Astros manager A.J. Hinch expressed hope Tuesday that Norichika Aoki’s contact hitting will be a plus to his boom-or-bust offense. The Japanese outfielder signed with the Astros this offseason after the American League club claimed him on waivers. Speaking to reporters at baseball’s ...