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Oct 25, 2014

Carp finalize deal with first baseman Guzman

The Hiroshima Carp have reached an agreement with 30-year-old first baseman Jesus Guzman on a contract for next season, the Central League club announced Saturday. The 185-cm, 91-kg Guzman has played 403 big league games over five seasons, mostly with the San Diego Padres. ...

Royals edge Giants for 2-1 lead

Oct 25, 2014

Royals edge Giants for 2-1 lead

All season long and deep into October, the Kansas City Royals have relied on their winning formula of fundamental baseball: sparkling defense, a stingy bullpen and just enough timely hitting. It won them a wild card and the American League pennant. And now, it ...

Maddon to opt out, leave Tampa Bay

Oct 25, 2014

Maddon to opt out, leave Tampa Bay

Joe Maddon’s highly successful run as manager of the Tampa Bay Rays is over. After discussions on a new deal bogged down with the Rays, Maddon is now free to listen to offers from any club — a prospect the manager apparently found too ...

Fighters, Eagles grab coveted pitchers in NPB draft

Oct 23, 2014

Fighters, Eagles grab coveted pitchers in NPB draft

The Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters grabbed the negotiating rights to Waseda University ace Kohei Arihara, the most sought-after player in Nippon Professional Baseball’s amateur draft on Thursday. Meanwhile, the Tohoku Rakuten Eagles walked off with the nation’s most coveted high school pitcher, Tomohiro Anraku. ...

Royals hit back to even Series

Oct 23, 2014

Royals hit back to even Series

Salvador Perez and the pesky Kansas City Royals fought back from a Game 1 flop to beat the San Francisco Giants’ brilliant bullpen and even the World Series 1-1. Perez broke open Game 2 with a two-run double in a five-run sixth inning, and ...

Giants cruise to Game 1 win

Oct 22, 2014

Giants cruise to Game 1 win

By the time Madison Bumgarner took the mound to throw his first pitch, the San Francisco Giants already held a three-run lead. It might as well have been 100 with the way “MadBum” and this orange-and-black bunch play in the World Series. Bumgarner carried ...

Oct 22, 2014

Lions sign Taiwanese right-hander

The Seibu Lions announced the signing of Taiwanese right-hander Kuo Chun-lin to a one-year contract Tuesday. The 22-year-old Kuo helped Taiwan to a silver medal at last month’s Asian Games and pitched well against Japan in an exhibition in November. His deal is worth ...

Lincecum remains ready to contribute

Oct 20, 2014

Lincecum remains ready to contribute

Tim Lincecum walked silently through the bustling clubhouse before Saturday’s workout and stuck his left arm straight out as he passed Jean Machi’s locker, offering a friendly fist bump to the reliever. No words necessary. Lincecum, so far an unused reliever this postseason, is ...