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Feb 27, 2015

Inaba asks Darvish to play for Japan

Samurai Japan batting coach Atsunori Inaba on Thursday visited Texas Rangers ace Yu Darvish and asked his former teammate to consider playing again for Japan’s national team. After winning the first two World Baseball Classics in 2006 and 2009, Japan was unable to get ...

Feb 27, 2015

Koufax keeps faith in Kershaw

Sandy Koufax is confident that Clayton Kershaw won’t be remembered for his playoff struggles. The 79-year-old Koufax was at the first full-squad workout for the Los Angeles Dodgers on Thursday, and the Hall of Famer said he was certain Kershaw would have success in ...

Ortiz blasts new MLB rules to speed up game

Feb 26, 2015

Ortiz blasts new MLB rules to speed up game

David Ortiz has a deliberate routine at the plate. He sounded prepared to pay for it. “I might run out of money,” Ortiz said during a colorful rant Wednesday about the new pace-of-play rule requiring hitters to keep at least one foot in the ...

Aoki starts work with Giants

Feb 25, 2015

Aoki starts work with Giants

Nori Aoki has reconsidered his original plan to wrestle big ace Madison Bumgarner. “Maybe after practice,” he cracked, chuckling while sitting at his locker before the San Francisco Giants hit the field for their first full-squad workout. A few hours later after seeing Bumgarner ...

Ichiro trains with Marlins

Feb 25, 2015

Ichiro trains with Marlins

Giancarlo Stanton arrived at spring training in the same old Maserati he drove last year. It didn’t even sport a vanity plate. “I haven’t changed at all,” Stanton said Tuesday. The Miami Marlins hope not. They signed their All-Star right fielder in November to ...

A-Rod back with Yankees

Feb 24, 2015

A-Rod back with Yankees

Alex Rodriguez reported to the New York Yankees three days ahead of schedule. He spoke for 8½ minutes about his season-long drug suspension. But on his first day back with the team since September 2013, he never said why he resumed the use of ...

Tanaka 'good' after bullpen

Feb 23, 2015

Tanaka 'good' after bullpen

New York Yankees right-hander Masahiro Tanaka said he felt fine after throwing 34 pitches Sunday during his second bullpen session. Tanaka missed 2½ months last season while rehabilitating a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow. He returned for two starts in ...

Feb 23, 2015

Baseball commissioner seeks to shorten games

Baseball commissioner Katsuhiko Kumazaki indicated Monday he is considering a plan to punish teams that fail to play games faster. In the annual battle to reduce the time of games, the commissioner, who visited the 12 teams, said punishments were discussed. The results of ...