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Steroids Era greats denied Hall pass

Jan 7, 2015

Steroids Era greats denied Hall pass

Roger Clemens, Barry Bonds, Sammy Sosa and Mark McGwire’s chances to enter the Hall of Fame are dwindling. Baseball writers so far overwhelmingly have decided the outsized statistics of the Steroids Era stars are tarnished by their connection to performance-enhancing drugs use. Once again ...

Jan 6, 2015

Former hurler Miller passes away

Stu Miller, the former San Francisco Giants pitcher who committed perhaps the most famous balk in All-Star Game history, has died. He was 87. The Giants said Monday that Miller died at his home in Cameron Park on Sunday after a brief illness. Miller ...

Jan 5, 2015

Royals sign veteran reliever Madson

The Royals have signed veteran right-hander Ryan Madson to a minor league contract that includes an invitation to spring training. The 34-year-old Madson hasn’t pitched in the big leagues since 2011, when he was 4-2 with a 2.37 ERA and 29 saves for the ...

Pedro awaits call from Hall

Jan 3, 2015

Pedro awaits call from Hall

As a Los Angeles Dodgers broadcaster, Nomar Garciaparra watched Clayton Kershaw become the dominant pitcher in the National League, winning three of the last four NL Cy Young Awards — the last one unanimously. But when fans ask if he’s ever witnessed anyone as ...

Dec 31, 2014

Padres trade Smith for Maurer

The San Diego Padres traded outfielder Seth Smith to the Seattle Mariners on Tuesday in exchange for hard-throwing reliever Brandon Maurer. Smith was left without a spot in the Padres outfield after San Diego’s makeover that included the acquisitions of Matt Kemp, Justin Upton ...

Dec 27, 2014

Nationals invite Uggla to camp

The Washington Nationals have agreed to terms with second baseman Dan Uggla for a minor league deal with an invitation to major league spring training. The Nationals also announced similar deals Friday with reliever Heath Bell, third baseman Ian Stewart, first baseman Clint Robinson ...

Dec 26, 2014

Uehara says Red Sox have made good moves in offseason

Right-hander Koji Uehara praised the Boston Red Sox’s busy offseason on Friday, when he met reporters in Tokyo. “I think it’s going to be a really good team,” Uehara said of the Red Sox, who finished last in the American League East this year ...

Dec 23, 2014

Scutaro undergoes back surgery

San Francisco Giants second baseman Marco Scutaro underwent back surgery that could end his career. Giants general manager Brian Sabean announced during a conference call Monday that Scutaro had the fusion procedure performed by Dr. Michael Wang in Miami on Friday to alleviate the ...

Floridians aiming to make impact with Marlins

Dec 21, 2014

Floridians aiming to make impact with Marlins

Mat Latos sat in the left-field plaza at Marlins Park as he reminisced about attending the first game in franchise history when he was 5 years old. A few feet away, Michael Morse shared his memories of going to the same game. The two ...

Padres retool with blockbusters

Dec 20, 2014

Padres retool with blockbusters

The San Diego Padres took a break from a dizzying series of trades Friday afternoon to introduce one of their new sluggers, Matt Kemp. Kemp, in turn, put the blockbusters by general manager A.J. Preller into perspective as only a guy fresh from Hollywood ...

Dec 20, 2014

Giants sign former Eagle McGehee

The San Francisco Giants acquired third baseman Casey McGehee on Friday night from the Miami Marlins for a pair of right-handed minor league pitchers, finding their replacement for departed slugger Pablo Sandoval. San Francisco announced the trade late Friday. The World Series champions are ...

Dec 19, 2014

O's show interest in Ichiro: report

The Baltimore Orioles are interested in signing 41-year-old free agent outfielder Ichiro Suzuki, reported on Thursday. The Orioles are looking for an outfielder after losing Nelson Cruz and Nick Markakis in free agency, the reports said. Ichiro is 156 hits shy of 3,000 ...