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Darvish satisfied with first pitching session since August

Texas Rangers right-hander Yu Darvish was pleased with his session Wednesday after throwing to hitters for the first time since August. Darvish, who missed the final seven weeks of last season because of elbow inflammation, threw 30 pitches and said he felt he was pitching with power. “My control was ...

Aoki starts work with Giants

Feb 25, 2015

Aoki starts work with Giants

Nori Aoki has reconsidered his original plan to wrestle big ace Madison Bumgarner. “Maybe after practice,” he cracked, chuckling while sitting at his locker before the San Francisco Giants hit the field for their first full-squad workout. A few hours later after seeing Bumgarner ...

Ichiro trains with Marlins

Feb 25, 2015

Ichiro trains with Marlins

Giancarlo Stanton arrived at spring training in the same old Maserati he drove last year. It didn’t even sport a vanity plate. “I haven’t changed at all,” Stanton said Tuesday. The Miami Marlins hope not. They signed their All-Star right fielder in November to ...

A-Rod back with Yankees

Feb 24, 2015

A-Rod back with Yankees

Alex Rodriguez reported to the New York Yankees three days ahead of schedule. He spoke for 8½ minutes about his season-long drug suspension. But on his first day back with the team since September 2013, he never said why he resumed the use of ...

Tanaka 'good' after bullpen

Feb 23, 2015

Tanaka 'good' after bullpen

New York Yankees right-hander Masahiro Tanaka said he felt fine after throwing 34 pitches Sunday during his second bullpen session. Tanaka missed 2½ months last season while rehabilitating a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow. He returned for two starts in ...

Feb 23, 2015

Baseball commissioner seeks to shorten games

Baseball commissioner Katsuhiko Kumazaki indicated Monday he is considering a plan to punish teams that fail to play games faster. In the annual battle to reduce the time of games, the commissioner, who visited the 12 teams, said punishments were discussed. The results of ...

Feb 23, 2015

Darvish, partner expecting child

Texas Rangers ace Yu Darvish announced Sunday on his official blog that his partner, four-time world champion wrestler Seiko Yamamoto, was pregnant. Darvish, 28, revealed last November that he was in a relationship with the 34-year-old Yamamoto. The pitcher declined to comment to reporters ...

Feb 21, 2015

Wada brings new cutter into camp

One of the first things Chicago Cubs lefty Tsuyoshi Wada did after arriving at spring camp was try out the cut fastball he’s been working on. “It felt good,” Wada reported of the pitch that he hopes will help him land a spot in ...

Tanaka declares he's in 'good shape'

Feb 21, 2015

Tanaka declares he's in 'good shape'

Masahiro Tanaka said Friday that his right arm is in good condition ahead of his second big league season with the New York Yankees. Tanaka led the team in wins last season with 13, despite suffering a partial tear in the ulnar collateral ligament ...