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Marlins president says team wants to open 2018 season in Japan

If Miami Marlins president David Samson gets his wish, Ichiro Suzuki and the Marlins would open the 2018 season in Japan en route to a World Series championship. Speaking Saturday, Samson said the National League club has Ichiro on the roster not because of his name, but because of his ...

Feb 4, 2016

Blue Jays set to install dirt infield

The Blue Jays are installing a dirt infield at the Rogers Centre for the first time but say it is too early to determine whether they would replace artificial turf with grass in some future season. Toronto announced Wednesday that work will begin next ...

Jan 30, 2016

Road renamed in broadcaster Scully's honor

Driving to Dodger Stadium? From now on, take Vin Scully Avenue. A road leading to the ballpark is being renamed in honor of the famed announcer, who is set to begin his 67th season with the Dodgers. The 88-year-old Scully has said this is ...

Raines indifferent on Hall

Jan 30, 2016

Raines indifferent on Hall

Tim Raines says he doesn’t spend a lot of time thinking about baseball’s Hall of Fame. Raines fell 23 votes shy of the necessary 75 percent this month, and next year’s ballot will be the 10th and final time he is eligible for consideration ...

Jan 29, 2016

Nova, Yankees finalize one-year deal, avoid arbitration

Pitcher Ivan Nova and the New York Yankees have agreed to a $4.1 million, one-year contract and avoided salary arbitration. The agreement Thursday was $100,000 under the midpoint between the $4.6 million Nova had asked for in arbitration and the $3.8 million he had ...

Tomlin, Indians agree to new deal

Jan 27, 2016

Tomlin, Indians agree to new deal

Josh Tomlin has shown toughness and tenacity during his time with the Indians. On Tuesday, he was rewarded for it. Tomlin and Cleveland agreed to a $5.5 million, two-year contract, a deal that can earn the right-hander $11.75 million over three seasons. The 31-year-old ...

Jan 26, 2016

Mets set to retire Piazza's No. 31

Mike Piazza’s No. 31 will be retired by the New York Mets this summer. The Mets said Monday the number will be retired July 30 before a game against Colorado, part of the weekend celebrating the catcher, who will be inducted into baseball’s Hall ...

Gibson pleased to see Upton land in Detroit

Jan 24, 2016

Gibson pleased to see Upton land in Detroit

Kirk Gibson and Justin Upton are being reunited — sort of. Gibson, who managed Upton in Arizona, is now doing some broadcasting for Fox Sports Detroit. The Tigers recently agreed to a $132.75 million, six-year deal with Upton, to bring one of the offseason’s ...

Darvish cleared by MLB

Jan 24, 2016

Darvish cleared by MLB

Major League Baseball has found no links between Texas Rangers right-hander Yu Darvish and the alleged illegal gambling activities of his younger brother, Sho, U.S. media quoted a source as saying on Saturday. Sho Darvish was arrested in October and charged with gambling and ...

Jan 23, 2016

Mets retain star slugger Cespedes

Slugging outfielder Yoenis Cespedes is returning to the New York Mets. A person familiar with the deal said the star free agent and the National League champions agreed Friday night to a three-year contract for $75 million. The 30-year-old Cespedes can opt out of ...

Jan 22, 2016

Cubs, Kawasaki OK minor league pact

Free agent infielder Munenori Kawasaki has agreed to a minor league deal with the Chicago Cubs, according to U.S. media reports on Thursday. It will be the third major club for the 34-year-old Kawasaki after stints with the Seattle Mariners and the Toronto Blue ...

Davis stays with O's in huge deal

Jan 22, 2016

Davis stays with O's in huge deal

Chris Davis slipped on the Orioles jersey with No. 19 on it, smiled broadly and said, “Feels familiar.” After spending much of the offseason wondering if he would continue his baseball career in Baltimore, Davis formally signed a $161 million, seven-year contract Thursday, a ...