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Iwakuma ready to shoulder load again for Mariners

Feb 16, 2017

Iwakuma ready to shoulder load again for Mariners

Pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma was a major reason the Seattle Mariners stayed in the race for an American League wild-card playoff spot until the second-to-last day of the 2016 season. The big right-hander led the Mariners with 16 wins, and he got the start on ...

Darvish faces up to do-or-die season with Rangers

Feb 15, 2017

Darvish faces up to do-or-die season with Rangers

Texas Rangers right-hander Yu Darvish said Tuesday he finds himself at a crossroads in his career, in a do-or-die situation as the countdown begins to the 2017 major league season. A day before pitchers and catchers were due to report to spring training, the ...

Tanaka named as Yankees' starter for Opening Day

Feb 15, 2017

Tanaka named as Yankees' starter for Opening Day

New York Yankees right-hander Masahiro Tanaka will start for the team on Opening Day for the third year in a row, manager Joe Girardi announced Tuesday. Should Tanaka take the mound as scheduled when the 2017 Major League Baseball season begins April 2, he ...

Feb 11, 2017

Fernandez estate faces lawsuits

The families of the two men who were with Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez when his boat crashed into a Miami Beach jetty — killing all three — are suing the All-Star’s estate. Attorney Christopher Royer, who is representing the families of 25-year-old Eduardo ...

Feb 11, 2017

Hawks acquire slugger Despaigne

The Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks added three years worth of offensive firepower on Saturday, when they completed the long-anticipated deal with star Cuban slugger Alfredo Despaigne. The 30-year-old outfielder and designated hitter spent the past two-and-a-half seasons with the Chiba Lotte Marines. He has batted ...

Feb 10, 2017

Trump in-laws in talks to purchase Marlins: sources

The Kushner family, relatives by marriage to President Donald Trump, is in talks to buy the Miami Marlins from art dealer Jeffrey Loria, according to people familiar with the discussions. The people asked for anonymity because the talks are private. Marlins spokesman P.J. Loyello ...

Tanaka not focusing on ability to be free agent after season

Feb 9, 2017

Tanaka not focusing on ability to be free agent after season

New York Yankees ace Masahiro Tanaka says he is not thinking about his opt-out provision. Tanaka’s $155 million, seven-year contract allows him to terminate the deal after this season, give up a $23 million annual salary from 2018-20 and become a free agent. “It’s ...

Otani sees real pitches for first time this spring

Feb 8, 2017

Otani sees real pitches for first time this spring

Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters two-way star Shohei Otani, who is nursing an ankle injury, on Tuesday faced a batting practice pitcher for the first time since spring training in Arizona opened a week ago, showing further signs of recovery. Otani spent 20 minutes swinging ...