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Apr 7, 2016

New York mayor signs bill banning smokeless tobacco in ballparks

New York Mayor Bill De Blasio has signed a bill that bans the use of smokeless tobacco products at all ticketed baseball stadiums, sports arenas and recreation areas. De Blasio signed the bill Wednesday. He said the legislation was important to the health of ...

Maeda enjoys eventful debut

Apr 7, 2016

Maeda enjoys eventful debut

So much joy and so much agony in one game. Pitcher Kenta Maeda homered in the second at-bat of his major league debut with the Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday night and beat the Padres 7-0, making San Diego the first team in major ...

Mercer lifts Pirates with game-winning hit

Apr 6, 2016

Mercer lifts Pirates with game-winning hit

Jordy Mercer arrived at spring training without having to look over his shoulder or worry about his spot in the lineup for the first time in his career. That freedom allowed the shortstop to fine-tune his approach in search of a better start than ...

Apr 6, 2016

Darvish tosses 50 pitches in bullpen

Texas Rangers right-hander Yu Darvish on Tuesday threw 50 pitches in the bullpen, the most since his elbow surgery in March last year as he gears up towards his scheduled mid-May comeback. “There’s no problem at all. The power was there on the whole ...

Mariners win big as tempers flare

Apr 6, 2016

Mariners win big as tempers flare

Scott Servais got a beer shower in the Seattle clubhouse and had a champagne bottle sitting on his desk after his first win as a big league skipper. The victory came with a little bonus — the manager’s first chance to show his players ...

Murphy victorious in Nats debut

Apr 5, 2016

Murphy victorious in Nats debut

Extra innings on the road left Dusty Baker exhausted but happy in his debut as Nationals manager. “It’s kind of like the game telling me, welcome back,” Baker said. Daniel Murphy, also making his Washington debut, was a huge hit with a home run ...

Kershaw leads Dodgers to Opening Day victory

Apr 5, 2016

Kershaw leads Dodgers to Opening Day victory

Dave Roberts took a moment to soak up the atmosphere before his first game as manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers. Then it was time to play ball. The Dodgers did that quite well Monday, getting a brilliant seven innings from Clayton Kershaw in ...

Royals beat Mets in opening rematch of World Series

Apr 4, 2016

Royals beat Mets in opening rematch of World Series

Edinson Volquez would rather sit on the bench than stand on the mound on Opening Day, especially when it happens to be the first game following a World Series triumph. “I like to enjoy the show,” Volquez explained with a grin. “Enjoy the time.” ...

Apr 3, 2016

Darvish to start season on 15-day DL

Texas Rangers’ right-hander Yu Darvish will start the season on the 15-day disabled list, the team’s general manager Jon Daniels revealed Saturday. Darvish was placed on the 60-day disabled list and not on the 40-man roster last year after he underwent elbow surgery in ...

Dodgers' Maeda sharp in final start of spring

Apr 2, 2016

Dodgers' Maeda sharp in final start of spring

Kenta Maeda was sharp in his final preseason tuneup on Friday, throwing four innings for the Los Angeles Dodgers in a 5-1 loss to the Los Angeles Angels. Pitching for the first time at Dodger Stadium, his new home park, Maeda allowed two runs ...

Yankees tap Matsui to throw first pitch

Apr 2, 2016

Yankees tap Matsui to throw first pitch

The New York Yankees said Friday former outfielder Hideki Matsui, the 2009 World Series MVP, will throw out the first pitch on opening day. New York hosts the Houston Astros at Yankee Stadium on Monday, when Masahiro Tanaka will start for the Yankees in ...

Tanaka named starter for opener

Apr 1, 2016

Tanaka named starter for opener

Right-hander Masahiro Tanaka will start for the New York Yankees on Opening Day for the second year in a row, manager Joe Girardi announced Thursday. The 27-year-old Tanaka will be just the second Japanese pitcher to start on Opening Day for two straight years ...