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Dec 27, 2016

Former Rangers pitcher Barfield, 52, shot dead

John Barfield, a left-hander from Arkansas who pitched three seasons for the Texas Rangers beginning in 1989, died in a shooting in Little Rock, police and family members said. He was 52. Police said Barfield was fatally shot on Christmas Eve after an altercation ...

Cubs' World Series win named top sports story

Dec 26, 2016

Cubs' World Series win named top sports story

Everything changed for the Chicago Cubs on a rainy November night. A century-plus worth of heartache washed away by a wave of pure joy. There were hugs, cheers and tears — and bottles and bottles of booze, sprayed everywhere from Cleveland to the shadow ...

Turner, Dodgers finalize four-year deal

Dec 24, 2016

Turner, Dodgers finalize four-year deal

Third baseman Justin Turner and the Los Angeles Dodgers have finalized their $64 million, four-year contract. Turner gets a $4 million signing bonus, payable Dec. 31, under the agreement completed Friday, and salaries of $12 million next year, $11 million in 2018, $18 million ...

Dec 24, 2016

Yankees, Red Sox eye London series

Fans in London could get a taste of one of MLB’s fiercest rivalries if suggestions of a Boston Red Sox-New York Yankees series in London pan out, U.S. media reported Friday. The Boston Herald first reported the possibility, and Yankees president Randy Levine confirmed ...

Dec 23, 2016

Rockies promote Espy to hitting coach

The Colorado Rockies promoted Duane Espy to hitting coach, his second stint in the role for the team. Espy was one of several coaches manager Bud Black announced Thursday in filling out his staff for 2017. The 64-year-old Espy spent last season as the ...

Red Sox trade Buchholz to Phillies for minor leaguer

Dec 21, 2016

Red Sox trade Buchholz to Phillies for minor leaguer

The Red Sox kept adding starting pitchers, and Clay Buchholz kept getting bumped further down in the rotation. There was David Price last offseason and Drew Pomeranz mid-year. By the time Chris Sale was acquired from the Chicago White Sox at the winter meetings ...

Dec 20, 2016

Giants give veteran shortstop Rollins a minor league contract

Shortstop Jimmy Rollins could be headed back to his native Bay Area, agreeing to a minor league contract with the San Francisco Giants that includes an invitation to big league spring training camp. General manager Bobby Evans confirmed the deal Monday. While the Giants’ ...

Dec 17, 2016

Carew receives heart transplant

Baseball Hall of Famer Rod Carew has undergone successful heart and kidney transplant surgery and is expected to make a full recovery. The Minnesota Twins said Friday that the procedure at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles lasted 13 hours and that the 71-year-old ...

Dec 16, 2016

Tazawa reaches deal with Marlins

Free agent right-hander Junichi Tazawa has agreed to a two-year deal with the Miami Marlins, the National League club said Thursday. The deal worth $12 million is pending a physical exam, according to, and, once official, will make the 30-year-old Tazawa the second ...

Rangers may try to prevent Darvish from playing in WBC

Dec 15, 2016

Rangers may try to prevent Darvish from playing in WBC

The Texas Rangers will try to prevent right-hander Yu Darvish from playing for Japan at the World Baseball Classic next March, as he only made his return from an elbow injury in May, the club’s general manger Jon Daniels indicated Wednesday. Darvish returned to ...

Dec 13, 2016

Dodgers re-sign closer Jansen

The Los Angeles Dodgers are bringing back their reliable closer, agreeing Monday to an $80 million, five-year contract to keep All-Star Kenley Jansen, a person with knowledge of the deal said. The person spoke on condition of anonymity to AP because the deal has ...