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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 ...

Mar 31, 2016

Darvish pleased with road to recovery during spring training

Texas Rangers hurler Yu Darvish wrapped up his spring training Wednesday, satisfied that he has had no setbacks in recovering from Tommy John surgery on his right elbow. The 29-year-old right-hander, who had the procedure in March last year, has been throwing three bullpen ...

Yankees lose closer Miller to broken wrist from line drive

Mar 31, 2016

Yankees lose closer Miller to broken wrist from line drive

The Yankees’ heralded bullpen depth could be tested early. Andrew Miller broke his non-pitching wrist when struck on the right arm by a line drive in the seventh inning of New York’s 2-0 win over the Atlanta Braves on Wednesday. The left-hander threw his ...

Cubs release, re-sign Kawasaki

Mar 30, 2016

Cubs release, re-sign Kawasaki

Munenori Kawasaki will begin the season in the minors, the Chicago Cubs said Tuesday. The Japanese utility infielder was not part of the 25-man opening-day roster named by manager Joe Maddon and, barring injuries to the team, will head to Triple-A Iowa. The Cubs ...

Improving Tanaka encourages Yankees

Mar 30, 2016

Improving Tanaka encourages Yankees

Masahiro Tanaka pitched four innings, allowing seven hits but just one run, and a split squad of New York Yankees led the Philadelphia Phillies 7-1 Tuesday when the game was rained out. The start of the game was delayed 40 minutes by rain and ...

Tanaka may not start opener for Yankees

Mar 29, 2016

Tanaka may not start opener for Yankees

Masahiro Tanaka’s final spring training start Tuesday against Philadelphia will likely determine whether he will be the the starter for the New York Yankees on Opening Day. Tanaka has a 7.36 ERA in four starts and gave up seven runs in four innings against ...