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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 ...

Feb 3, 2017

Atlanta museum honors baseball legend Hank Aaron

Former Atlanta Braves slugger Henry Aaron is being honored Friday at the Delta Flight Museum in Atlanta, two days before his 83rd birthday. The fundraiser for the Hank Aaron Chasing the Dream Foundation will feature many artifacts from his career, most from the Baseball ...

Manfred hits Cards hard over hacking scandal

Jan 31, 2017

Manfred hits Cards hard over hacking scandal

The St. Louis Cardinals were stripped of their top two picks in this year’s amateur draft Monday and ordered to give them to Houston along with $2 million as compensation for hacking the Astros’ email system and scouting database, the final step in an ...

Jan 27, 2017

Former Padres pitching star Randy Jones battling throat cancer

Former MLB star Randy Jones, the 1976 National League Cy Young Award winner, revealed Thursday on the San Diego Padres’ website that he is fighting throat cancer. The 67-year-old left-hander said he was diagnosed with the disease in November and began chemotherapy and radiation ...

Jan 27, 2017

Matsui's wife gives birth to second son

Hideki Matsui’s wife gave birth to the couple’s second son earlier this month, the former New York Yankee confirmed Thursday. “He’s doing really well,” Matsui said of his newborn at his New York residence. Matsui’s first son was born in 2013, a year after ...

Mariners to retire Martinez's number

Jan 25, 2017

Mariners to retire Martinez's number

As Edgar Martinez’s candidacy for the baseball Hall of Fame began gaining more traction, the Seattle Mariners ownership started discussions of whether it was time to consider giving Martinez the ultimate honor from the franchise. When he made a significant jump in the Hall ...

Royals' Ventura killed in car crash

Jan 23, 2017

Royals' Ventura killed in car crash

Yordano Ventura quit school as a teenager so he could begin working a construction job to help his family make ends meet, laboring day after day in the hot sun of the Dominican Republic. It was a chance tryout with the Kansas City Royals ...

Darvish rules out playing in World Baseball Classic

Jan 21, 2017

Darvish rules out playing in World Baseball Classic

Texas Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish said Friday he is healthy and looking forward to the new season, but confirmed he will play no part in the World Baseball Classic in March with the Japan national team. After undergoing Tommy John surgery on his throwing ...

Jan 19, 2017

Kawasaki vows to play for Cubs this season

Infielder Munenori Kawasaki posted on his official blog Thursday that he will play with the Chicago Cubs again this season. “I will play with all my heart and really want to enjoy baseball again,” said Kawasaki, who is expected to be on a minor ...

Raines, Bagwell, Rodriguez elected to Hall of Fame

Jan 19, 2017

Raines, Bagwell, Rodriguez elected to Hall of Fame

Bags and Rock and Pudge are heading to Cooperstown. After a vote that could prove to be a turning point how Steroids Era stars are viewed, Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens could be joining them in the next few years. Jeff Bagwell, Tim Raines ...