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NPB officials welcome return of series against MLB

Jul 16, 2014

NPB officials welcome return of series against MLB

Eight years after turning their backs on visiting major league all-star tours, Japan’s players are welcoming the big leaguers back with open arms for games in November. For the first time since 2006, a team of major league all stars will visit Japan in ...

Jun 22, 2014

Royals' Aoki placed on DL

Kansas City Royals leadoff man Norichika Aoki has been placed on the 15-day disabled List, the team announced Saturday. Aoki hurt his left leg on Tuesday in a game against the Detroit Tigers and has appeared in just two games since. He is batting ...

Jun 11, 2014

MLB All-Star squad to face Samurai Japan in November

Major League Baseball will organize an All-Star team and visit Japan this fall to play Samurai Japan, Nippon Professional Baseball announced on Tuesday. According to a press release, the MLB All-Stars are scheduled to play six games — five contests and an exhibition game ...

May 15, 2014

MLB changes ruling in Darvish's no-hit bid

Major League Baseball has altered a ruling and given another hit to Yu Darvish’s opponents in last week’s game between the Texas Rangers and Boston Red Sox that saw him flirt with a no-hitter. David Ortiz’s popup that dropped in right field in the ...

MLB hopes to spur interest in Australia during series

Mar 14, 2014

MLB hopes to spur interest in Australia during series

Former Boston Red Sox coach Jon Deeble, who’s been around Australian baseball for more than 30 years, figures next weekend’s season-opening, two-game series between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Arizona Diamondbacks in Sydney will have a “massive impact” on the sport Down Under. Certainly ...

Feb 1, 2014

Yanks ask for help with Tanaka's visa

The New York Yankees have called on New York Sen. Chuck Schumer to speed up Masahiro Tanaka’s visa application, so he will be on time for spring training, the New York Daily News reported in its online edition Friday. Pitchers and catchers are to ...

Jan 29, 2014

Buffaloes acquire MLB veteran Betancourt

The Orix Buffaloes have acquired infielder Yuniesky Betancourt on a one-year deal worth ¥100 million, the Pacific League club announced Wednesday. The right-handed hitting 31-year-old is a native of Cuba who began playing in the big leagues in 2005 with the Seattle Mariners and ...

MLB gives approval to protective cap for pitchers

Jan 29, 2014

MLB gives approval to protective cap for pitchers

Big league pitchers might feel safer on the mound this season. Major League Baseball has approved a protective cap for pitchers, hoping to reduce the damage from line drives to the head that have brought some terrifying and bloody scenes in the last few ...

Jan 21, 2014

Tanaka keeps quiet about contract negotiations

With the deadline for him to sign a deal with a major league club looming, Masahiro Tanaka worked out in the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles’ indoor practice facility on Tuesday and said nothing about his potential destination. The pitcher, who has been practicing with ...

Tanaka given chance to pursue dream in majors

Dec 25, 2013

Tanaka given chance to pursue dream in majors


Major League Baseball fans and executives finally found what they were looking for under the Christmas tree. The news that Masahiro Tanaka is headed west. Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles president Yozo Tachibana met with the ace pitcher Wednesday morning and the team agreed to ...