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Ex-Dragons ace Kawakami retires

/ Mar 19, 2017

Ex-Dragons ace Kawakami retires

Former Chunichi Dragons ace Kenshin Kawakami announced his retirement in a television appearance Sunday. “I’ve decided to take my uniform off for good,” the 41-year-old Kawakami said during ‘Sunday Dragons,’ a local live broadcast. “I’m at peace. It’s a huge load off the shoulders, ...

/ Mar 18, 2017

Dave Roberts' father passes away

The father of Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts died on Friday at age 68. The team says Waymon Roberts passed away, but gave no further details. Born in Houston, the elder Roberts served in the Marine Corps and retired as a master gunnery ...

Mar 18, 2017

Puerto Rico books spot in semifinals

Puerto Rico edged the United States 6-5 on Friday to advance to the semifinals of the World Baseball Classic as the top finisher in second-round Pool F. Puerto Rico, runner-up in the last WBC in 2013, will play the Netherlands in the first semifinal ...

Tanaka, relievers no-hit Tigers at spring training

/ Mar 18, 2017

Tanaka, relievers no-hit Tigers at spring training

No runs once again off Masahiro Tanaka. No hits off him or the New York Yankees’ bullpen, either. Tanaka and two relievers combined on a spring training no-hitter against the Detroit Tigers in a 3-0 win Friday. New York manager Joe Girardi didn’t keep ...

Seasoned, confident Dutch team focused on winning

Mar 17, 2017

Seasoned, confident Dutch team focused on winning

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These Dutch are hot and dangerous right now. The Netherlands advanced to the World Baseball Classic final round for the second straight edition, and is perhaps better this time because of experienced amassed along the way. Slugger Wladimir Balentien, though, said he doesn’t feel ...

Defending champion Dominican Republic blanks Venuzeula

Mar 17, 2017

Defending champion Dominican Republic blanks Venuzeula

Nelson Cruz hit his third home run of the tournament and Gregory Polanco also went deep, leading the defending World Baseball Classic champion Dominican Republic to a 3-0 victory Thursday night that pushed Venezuela to the brink of elimination. The Dominican Republic (1-1) had ...

Mar 16, 2017

Yankees' Tanaka heaps praise on Samurai Japan

Masahiro Tanaka is impressed with Japan’s performance in the World Baseball Classic. “They’ve won a couple of the tournaments but I think it’s the first time that they’ve won every single game coming up to this point,” the New York Yankees ace said Wednesday ...

Jones, Hosmer spark U.S. rally against Venezuela

Mar 16, 2017

Jones, Hosmer spark U.S. rally against Venezuela

On a night when well-hit balls died on the warning track, Petco Park finally yielded to a hometown favorite and the All-Star Game MVP. Adam Jones hit a tying home run leading off the eighth inning and Eric Hosmer added a two-run shot three ...

Pitching coach Gondo contributing to Japan's success at WBC

Mar 16, 2017

Pitching coach Gondo contributing to Japan's success at WBC

When Japan travels to Los Angeles for the championship round of the World Baseball Classic, the team will be joined by 78-year-old pitching coach Hiroshi Gondo. Two-time champion Japan beat Israel 8-3 on Wednesday to improve to 6-0 in the tournament. Samurai Japan will ...