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Showalter, Williams named top managers

Nov 12, 2014

Showalter, Williams named top managers

Baltimore’s Buck Showalter was voted American League Manager of the Year for the third time on Tuesday, and Washington’s Matt Williams won the National League honor following his first season as a big league skipper. Showalter received 25 of 30 first-place votes and 132 ...

Buffaloes' Kaneko enters free agency

Nov 11, 2014

Buffaloes' Kaneko enters free agency

The Orix Buffaloes’ Sawamura Award-winning right-hander Chihiro Kaneko said he had exercised his domestic free-agency rights on Tuesday. “I made my decision after giving it a lot of thought,” Kaneko said. “I want to explore all my options and I thought this would be ...

Abreu, deGrom named top rookies

Nov 11, 2014

Abreu, deGrom named top rookies

Chicago White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu was a unanimous winner of the AL Rookie of the Year award, and New York Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom won the NL honor. “I don’t have any words to describe this moment,” Abreu said through a translator ...

Nov 11, 2014

Samurai Japan loses in warmup

Samurai Japan’s warmup effort on Monday came out half baked, as manager Hiroki Kokubo’s squad lost 1-0 to a team selected from the rosters of the Pacific League’s Fukuoka Softbank Hawks and Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters. Samurai Japan will open its five-game series against ...

Nov 11, 2014

Yankees unlikely to re-sign Ichiro

The New York Yankees do not expect to bring back Ichiro Suzuki for next season after signing free-agent outfielder Chris Young, general manager Brian Cashman said Monday. “I think we’re currently pretty well set with our outfield,” Cashman said at the general managers’ meetings. ...

Samurai Japan loses warm-up game

Nov 10, 2014

Samurai Japan loses warm-up game

Samurai Japan’s warm-up effort on Monday came out half baked, as manager Hiroki Kokubo’s squad lost 1-0 to a team selected from the rosters of the Pacific League’s Fukuoka Softbank Hawks and Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters. Samurai Japan will open its five-game series against ...

Red Sox manager Farrell eager to see Otani during MLB trip to Japan

Nov 10, 2014

Red Sox manager Farrell eager to see Otani during MLB trip to Japan

Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell is looking forward to seeing pitching sensation Shohei Otani during Major League Baseball’s all-star postseason tour of Japan. Farrell and 29 major league players arrived in Osaka on Sunday night ahead of their five-game series against Japan starting ...

Samurai Japan limbers up for big league challenge

Nov 9, 2014

Samurai Japan limbers up for big league challenge

Manager Hiroki Kokubo’s Samurai Japan squad went through its first practice on Sunday ahead of the upcoming series against a team of visiting major leaguers. “I wanted to see how well the guys moved today, and everybody looked good,” said Kokubo, who announced that ...

Nov 7, 2014

Pacific League releases 2015 schedule

The Japan Series champion Fukuoka Softbank Hawks will open their 2015 season at home on March 27, according to the Pacific League, which announced the dates and venues for next season on Friday. With both leagues opening on the same day, the Hawks will ...

Nov 7, 2014

Rays reveal managerial candidates

Bench coach Dave Martinez and long-time major league player Raul Ibanez are among eight candidates the Tampa Bay Rays are considering for their next manager. President of baseball operations Matt Silverman released what he described Thursday as a preliminary list of possibilities. Others include ...