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Apr 2, 2015

Matsuzaka sidelined with shoulder ailment

Daisuke Matsuzaka’s comeback season in Japan is in jeopardy due to shoulder issues, an informed source said Thursday. After Matsuzaka discussed the issue with first-year Fukuoka Softbank Hawks manager Kimiyasu Kudo and others, the team decided to shut the 34-year-old right-hander down indefinitely citing ...

Apr 2, 2015

Martinez questions Tanaka's fitness

Hall of Famer Pedro Martinez said Wednesday he believes Masahiro Tanaka is not healthy and predicted the New York Yankees star will not make it through the season intact. “I don’t see him healthy all year and I don’t see him healthy right now,” ...

Apr 2, 2015

Wada to miss Cubs' season opener

Chicago Cubs lefty Tsuyoshi Wada, who is recovering from a sore left thigh, will miss the team’s opening game of the regular season on Sunday against the St. Louis Cardinals at Wrigley Field, Cubs manager Joe Maddon said Wednesday. Maddon said Wada will either ...

Apr 1, 2015

Kawasaki to start season in minors

Infielder Munenori Kawasaki was told by the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday that he will start the season in the minors. The 33-year-old utility man will stay with the top team for Toronto’s three remaining exhibition games before joining Triple-A Buffalo. The Blue Jays ...

Apr 1, 2015

Tsuruga captures high school crown

Tsuruga Kehi of Fukui Prefecture won its first high school national invitational championship, defeating Hokkaido’s Tokai Daiyon 3-1 in the final Wednesday. In a game that started late on account of rain, Tsuruga Kehi’s Teppei Matsumoto broke a 1-1 tie in the bottom of ...

Apr 1, 2015

Swallows' Milledge to miss time due to shoulder issue

Tokyo Yakult Swallows outfielder Lastings Milledge was deactivated on Wednesday due to a strain in his right rotator cuff, the Central League has announced. Milledge, who had shoulder surgery last May, has suffered a strain in the right subscalpulis. Prior to practice on Tuesday, ...

Tanaka raring to go ahead of new season

Apr 1, 2015

Tanaka raring to go ahead of new season

Masahiro Tanaka gave up three runs in 4⅓ innings Tuesday and declared himself healthy and ready for the season following the New York Yankees’ 3-1 loss to the Minnesota Twins. Tanaka struck out one and gave up a solo home run to Eduardo Escobar. ...

Buoyed by home runs, Hawks hammer Buffaloes

Mar 31, 2015

Buoyed by home runs, Hawks hammer Buffaloes

Yuki Yanagita, Lee Dae-ho and Seiichi Uchikawa each homered to power the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks in a 7-0 blowout of the Orix Buffaloes on Tuesday night. Kenji Otonari (1-0) threw a four-hit shutout for the win. The left-hander didn’t allow a runner to reach ...

Union may sue Cubs after Bryant sent down

Mar 31, 2015

Union may sue Cubs after Bryant sent down

Third baseman Kris Bryant was reassigned by the Chicago Cubs to their minor league camp on Monday despite an outstanding spring training at the plate, triggering a threat of litigation from the players’ association. Bryant hit .425 in the exhibition season with nine homers ...

Kuroda wins first game back with Carp

Mar 29, 2015

Kuroda wins first game back with Carp

Former New York Yankees pitcher Hiroki Kuroda, who has returned to Japan after seven years in the major leagues, pitched seven scoreless innings to lead the Hiroshima Carp to a 2-1 win over the Tokyo Yakult Swallows on Sunday. Kuroda, 40, scattered five hits, ...