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Former Red Sox reliever Okajima retires

Jul 18, 2016

Former Red Sox reliever Okajima retires

Former Boston reliever Hideki Okajima called it a career on Monday and will throw out the ceremonial opening pitch for the Red Sox against the New York Yankees on Aug. 11. Okajima, 40, had an invitation to spring training on a minor league contract ...

Ichiro moves closer to milestone with three hits in victory

Jul 18, 2016

Ichiro moves closer to milestone with three hits in victory

Ichiro Suzuki was floored by the consistent, appreciative reception from a packed road crowd, which cheered him every chance it got. He was touched, too, by actions of St. Louis Cardinals players who gave him plenty of time to gather it in all weekend. ...

Gurriel signs with Astros

Jul 17, 2016

Gurriel signs with Astros

Houston general manager Jeff Luhnow first saw Yulieski Gurriel play a decade ago in a tournament in Amsterdam. He imagined him playing in the major leagues and made that dream a reality Saturday when he signed the Cuban free agent to a five-year deal ...

Darvish Ks nine, takes loss in return to mound

Jul 17, 2016

Darvish Ks nine, takes loss in return to mound

Yu Darvish was pleased with his first start since June 8 after recovering from shoulder discomfort, even though his pitch count quickly rose and he fell short of pitching five innings. Darvish returned from the disabled list to strike out nine but was inefficient ...

Iwakuma, Cano lift Mariners over Astros

Jul 17, 2016

Iwakuma, Cano lift Mariners over Astros

After losing his first two starts against Houston this season, Seattle’s Hisashi Iwakuma got the better of the Astros on Saturday with one of his best performances of the season. Iwakuma limited Houston to two hits in seven innings, Robinson Cano provided the only ...

Jul 16, 2016

Broncos, Miller finalize lofty deal

Super Bowl MVP Von Miller practiced both pirouettes and patience this offseason. While his dance moves didn’t earn him the title on “Dancing With The Stars,” Miller’s stare-down in contract negotiations paid off Friday when he signed a six-year, $114.5 million deadline deal with ...

Jul 14, 2016

MLB All-Star Game gets record-low TV rating

The MLB All-Star Game has drawn a record-low television rating for the second straight year. The American League’s 4-2 victory over the NL in San Diego on Tuesday night got a 5.4 rating on Fox. The previous low was 6.6 last year for the ...

Jul 12, 2016

Kawasaki sent back to Triple-A Iowa

Utility infielder Munenori Kawasaki has been sent down to Triple-A Iowa, the Chicago Cubs announced Tuesday. Kawasaki had been promoted two games before the All-Star break for the second time this season. He has played three games in the majors this season and has ...

Jul 12, 2016

MLB scraps London plans for 2017

London is not calling for Major League Baseball next year. The players’ association said MLB has given up plans to play regular-season games in the British capital in 2017. MLB commissioner Rob Manfred said in January that his staff was working hard at playing ...

Stanton puts on show to win Home Run Derby

Jul 12, 2016

Stanton puts on show to win Home Run Derby

Giancarlo Stanton wore out Petco Park with a record display of power in the All-Star Home Run Derby on Monday night, peppering every landmark from the left field corner to center field. Stanton hit 20 homers in the final round to best defending champion ...

Jul 12, 2016

Red Sox closer Kimbrel undergoes knee surgery

Boston Red Sox closer Craig Kimbrel had successful surgery on his left knee Monday to repair a medial meniscus tear. Kimbrel is expected to be out three to six weeks. The surgery was performed by Dr. Peter Asnis at Massachusetts General Hospital, according to ...