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Fowler fitting right in with Cardinals

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Dexter Fowler breezes through the center of St. Louis’ clubhouse leaving a trail of handshakes and hellos in his wake before landing at his locker and chatting with a handful of players about the merits of a new album. Fowler is the new guy with the Cardinals, but he’s already ...

Tanaka 'honored' to be Yankees' Opening Day starter

Feb 16, 2017

Tanaka 'honored' to be Yankees' Opening Day starter

New York Yankees right-hander Masahiro Tanaka said Wednesday he was honored to have been selected to start for the team on Opening Day for the third year in a row. The Yankees announced the previous day that the 28-year-old Tanaka would start for the ...

Iwakuma ready to shoulder load again for Mariners

Feb 16, 2017

Iwakuma ready to shoulder load again for Mariners

Pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma was a major reason the Seattle Mariners stayed in the race for an American League wild-card playoff spot until the second-to-last day of the 2016 season. The big right-hander led the Mariners with 16 wins, and he got the start on ...

Darvish faces up to do-or-die season with Rangers

Feb 15, 2017

Darvish faces up to do-or-die season with Rangers

Texas Rangers right-hander Yu Darvish said Tuesday he finds himself at a crossroads in his career, in a do-or-die situation as the countdown begins to the 2017 major league season. A day before pitchers and catchers were due to report to spring training, the ...

Tanaka named as Yankees' starter for Opening Day

Feb 15, 2017

Tanaka named as Yankees' starter for Opening Day

New York Yankees right-hander Masahiro Tanaka will start for the team on Opening Day for the third year in a row, manager Joe Girardi announced Tuesday. Should Tanaka take the mound as scheduled when the 2017 Major League Baseball season begins April 2, he ...

Feb 11, 2017

Fernandez estate faces lawsuits

The families of the two men who were with Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez when his boat crashed into a Miami Beach jetty — killing all three — are suing the All-Star’s estate. Attorney Christopher Royer, who is representing the families of 25-year-old Eduardo ...

Feb 10, 2017

Trump in-laws in talks to purchase Marlins: sources

The Kushner family, relatives by marriage to President Donald Trump, is in talks to buy the Miami Marlins from art dealer Jeffrey Loria, according to people familiar with the discussions. The people asked for anonymity because the talks are private. Marlins spokesman P.J. Loyello ...

Tanaka not focusing on ability to be free agent after season

Feb 9, 2017

Tanaka not focusing on ability to be free agent after season

New York Yankees ace Masahiro Tanaka says he is not thinking about his opt-out provision. Tanaka’s $155 million, seven-year contract allows him to terminate the deal after this season, give up a $23 million annual salary from 2018-20 and become a free agent. “It’s ...

Feb 7, 2017

Royals, pitcher Hammel hammer out two-year deal: source

The Royals knew at some point they would have to move on from grieving over the sudden and tragic death of Yordano Ventura and address the difficult task of replacing him. That apparently came when the Royals agreed with right-hander Jason Hammel on a ...

Feb 7, 2017

Yankees hurler Tanaka begins prep work for spring training

Masahiro Tanaka arrived at the New York Yankees’ minor league complex for pre-spring training workouts in Florida. Tanaka arrived Monday and is scheduled to throw off a mound Wednesday. The right-hander was a concern at the start of spring training last year after arthroscopic ...

Cuban player smuggling trial resumes in Miami

Feb 6, 2017

Cuban player smuggling trial resumes in Miami

The trial is resuming in Miami for a sports agent and a trainer accused of smuggling Cuban baseball players into the United States so they could sign lucrative professional contracts. Testimony is scheduled to continue Monday in the federal case against agent Bartolo Hernandez ...

Feb 4, 2017

Mets lock up free-agent relievers Blevins, Salas: source

Aiming to fill out their bullpen, the New York Mets are set to bring back a pair of important pieces from last year’s playoff team. Free-agent relievers Jerry Blevins and Fernando Salas have agreed to contract terms with the Mets, according to a person ...

Cards extend ace Martinez

Feb 4, 2017

Cards extend ace Martinez

In the final days of negotiations, the biggest thing standing in the way of the St. Louis Cardinals signing pitcher Carlos Martinez to a long-term deal was a few hundred kilometers of ocean. “It’s not easy to get in touch at sea,” general manager ...