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Mariners re-sign pitcher Iwakuma

Dec 18, 2015

Mariners re-sign pitcher Iwakuma

The Seattle Mariners didn’t wait long to go after Japanese pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma after his agreement with the Los Angeles Dodgers was never finalized. The Mariners re-signed Iwakuma late Thursday night, locking up the right-hander for 2016 with options for the 2017 and 2018 ...

Dec 17, 2015

Cardinals' Molina undergoes thumb surgery

St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina has undergone a second operation on his injured left thumb and will be in a cast for 4-5 weeks. The second surgery took place because Molina was still experiencing discomfort in the thumb. The first operation came in ...

Frazier goes from Reds to White Sox in three-team trade

Dec 17, 2015

Frazier goes from Reds to White Sox in three-team trade

The White Sox were looking to add some pop while solidifying third base, and they are counting on Todd Frazier to provide it. The All-Star third baseman was acquired from the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday as part of a three-team, seven-player trade that also ...

Cuban baseball defectors visit home

Dec 16, 2015

Cuban baseball defectors visit home

A lineup of Cuban baseball stars, including some of the most famous defectors in recent memory, made a triumphant return Tuesday as part of the first Major League Baseball trip to the island since 1999. Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig, White Sox first ...

Barnette agrees to deal with Rangers

Dec 16, 2015

Barnette agrees to deal with Rangers

Right-handed closer Tony Barnette has agreed to a $3.5 million, two-year contract with the Texas Rangers after six seasons in Japan. Barnette gets $1.5 million next year and $1.75 million in 2017 under Tuesday’s agreement. Texas has a 2018 option with a $250,000 buyout. ...

Dec 15, 2015

Kawasaki dresses up as Santa Claus, visits hospital

Santa Claus came to Kurume University Hospital on Tuesday in the form of popular big league infielder Munenori Kawasaki. Dressed in a Santa suit, Kawasaki, who played for the Toronto Blue Jays in 2015, made a surprise visit to the hospital to the delight ...

Dec 15, 2015

Famed baseball scribe Pepe dies

Phil Pepe, a revered baseball writer and radio voice who spent more than five decades covering sports in New York, died Sunday. He was 80. Pepe died of an apparent heart attack at his home in Englewood, New Jersey, his son, David, told The ...

Dec 15, 2015

Maeda lands in Los Angeles

Hiroshima Carp ace Kenta Maeda arrived in Los Angeles on Monday as he attempts to move to the major leagues through the posting system. The 27-year-old right-hander, who was posted by the Carp on Dec. 10 after winning his second Sawamura Award as Japan’s ...

Rose gets turned down in bid for reinstatement

Dec 15, 2015

Rose gets turned down in bid for reinstatement

Pete Rose’s application for reinstatement to baseball was rejected Monday by commissioner Rob Manfred, who concluded the career hits leader continued to gamble even while trying to end his lifetime ban and would be a risk to the sport’s integrity if allowed back in ...

Dec 12, 2015

Hanson died from drug use

A coroner says autopsy results show the death of former Atlanta Braves and Los Angeles pitcher Tommy Hanson was caused by cocaine and alcohol use. Coweta County coroner Richard Hawk said Friday the combined effects of cocaine and alcohol ultimately caused the death of ...