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Dec 15, 2015

Famed baseball scribe Pepe dies

Phil Pepe, a revered baseball writer and radio voice who spent more than five decades covering sports in New York, died Sunday. He was 80. Pepe died of an apparent heart attack at his home in Englewood, New Jersey, his son, David, told The ...

Dec 15, 2015

Maeda lands in Los Angeles

Hiroshima Carp ace Kenta Maeda arrived in Los Angeles on Monday as he attempts to move to the major leagues through the posting system. The 27-year-old right-hander, who was posted by the Carp on Dec. 10 after winning his second Sawamura Award as Japan’s ...

Rose gets turned down in bid for reinstatement

Dec 15, 2015

Rose gets turned down in bid for reinstatement

Pete Rose’s application for reinstatement to baseball was rejected Monday by commissioner Rob Manfred, who concluded the career hits leader continued to gamble even while trying to end his lifetime ban and would be a risk to the sport’s integrity if allowed back in ...

Dec 12, 2015

Hanson died from drug use

A coroner says autopsy results show the death of former Atlanta Braves and Los Angeles pitcher Tommy Hanson was caused by cocaine and alcohol use. Coweta County coroner Richard Hawk said Friday the combined effects of cocaine and alcohol ultimately caused the death of ...

Cubs land Heyward on 8-year contract

Dec 12, 2015

Cubs land Heyward on 8-year contract

The Chicago Cubs already boasted one of the best young cores in baseball — and that was before they added one of the top outfielders. Free agent Jason Heyward agreed to a $184 million, eight-year contract with the Cubs, according to a person familiar ...

Dec 11, 2015

Mantle rookie card fetches big bucks

A rare Topps 1952 Mickey Mantle rookie card has sold at auction for more than $500,000. Dallas-based Heritage Auctions said the pristine card sold Thursday night to a collector who wanted to remain anonymous for $525,800. A Heritage statement said the price set a ...

Mattingly excited about managing Ichiro

Dec 10, 2015

Mattingly excited about managing Ichiro

Ichiro Suzuki has increased his fan base in Miami by one, new Marlins skipper Don Mattingly said Wednesday at the baseball winter meetings. Mattingly said he was thrilled to manage Ichiro, who is 65 hits shy of reaching 3,000 hits in his big league ...

MLB recommends nets between dugouts at all 30 stadiums

Dec 10, 2015

MLB recommends nets between dugouts at all 30 stadiums

Major League Baseball recommended teams have protective netting between the dugouts for any field-level seats within 21 meters of home plate. The guidelines were announced Wednesday at the winter meetings following a season in which several fans were injured by foul balls, prompting MLB ...

Defense seen as Matsuda's strong suit in MLB circles

Dec 10, 2015

Defense seen as Matsuda's strong suit in MLB circles

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Nobuhiro Matsuda’s pursuit of a big league career could hinge on whether his fielding prowess outweighs his offensive question mark. Matsuda, a four-time Golden Glove winner for the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks is hoping to move to the majors this winter as a third baseman, ...

Dec 9, 2015

Murata to remain with Indians

Right-hander Toru Murata has agreed to re-sign a minor league contract with the Cleveland Indians, an informed source said Tuesday. The 30-year-old, who joined Indians’ Single-A affiliate Kinston in 2011, made his major league debut for the Indians this season against the Baltimore Orioles ...

D-Backs add Miller behind Greinke

Dec 9, 2015

D-Backs add Miller behind Greinke

In another dramatic move to return to the playoffs for the first time since 2011, the Arizona Diamondbacks reached an agreement Tuesday to acquire All-Star right-hander Shelby Miller from the Atlanta Braves for overall No. 1 draft pick Dansby Swanson and two other prospects. ...

Maeda in spotlight as MLB teams mull options

Dec 9, 2015

Maeda in spotlight as MLB teams mull options

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With the haggling for posted Hiroshima Carp ace Kenta Maeda set to start, San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Tuesday at the baseball winter meetings that the two-time Sawamura Award winner was an intriguing option for big league clubs. “We looked at the ...