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Refreshed Darvish feeling strong in rehab

Yu Darvish is feeling stronger than he did before elbow surgery, and has a renewed passion for the game after missing all of last season as the Texas Rangers were winning the AL West. While the right-hander feels good in rehabilitation, the Rangers and Darvish are taking their time with ...

Marlins president says team wants to open 2018 season in Japan

Feb 6, 2016

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 ...

Feb 4, 2016

Orioles give Okajima a minor league deal

Former major league reliever Hideki Okajima has signed a minor league contract with the Baltimore Orioles, the online edition of the Baltimore Sun reported Wednesday. The 40-year-old became a free agent after going 0-2 with an 8.59 ERA in 10 games for the Yokohama ...

Feb 4, 2016

Mariners acquire ex-Hawks star Lee

The Seattle Mariners signed former Fukuoka Softbank Hawks first baseman Lee Dae-ho to a one-year minor league deal on Wednesday. The South Korean batted .282 with 31 home runs and 98 RBIs in 141 games for the Hawks last year. He was the MVP ...

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 ...