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Pitch breaks Pence's arm

Hunter Pence broke his left forearm and will be sidelined six to eight weeks after being hit by a pitch in the sixth inning of the San Francisco Giants’ 8-6 win over a Chicago Cubs split-squad on Thursday. One of the clubhouse leaders for the World Series champions, the quirky ...

Matsuzaka makes return to mound

Mar 4, 2015

Matsuzaka makes return to mound

Pitching in his first real game in Japan since the 2009 World Baseball Classic, Fukuoka Softbank Hawks right-hander Daisuke Matsuzaka returned to the mound where he made his name on Wednesday. At 34, Matsuzaka is a far cry from the schoolboy who rose to ...

Mar 4, 2015

Yamamoto says knee injury isn't serious

Chunichi Dragons veteran lefty Masahiro Yamamoto on Wednesday downplayed an injury he suffered a day earlier to his right knee. “Once the inflammation goes away I’ve been told it’s alright to move,” the 49-year-old Yamamoto said after arriving at Nagoya Dome. “I can walk, ...

Bumgarner hit hard in spring debut

Mar 4, 2015

Bumgarner hit hard in spring debut

World Series MVP Madison Bumgarner was roughed up in his exhibition debut, and Marcus Semien hit a pair of home runs as the Oakland Athletics opened their new spring training home by beating the champion San Francisco Giants 9-4 Tuesday. Bumgarner gave up four ...

Dragons lefty Yamamoto departs game after one pitch

Mar 3, 2015

Dragons lefty Yamamoto departs game after one pitch

Chunichi Dragons veteran left-hander Masahiro Yamamoto had to leave the mound after throwing just one pitch in a farm league game at Nagoya Dome on Tuesday. The 49-year-old Yamamoto, who last September became the oldest pitcher to win a game in Japanese baseball history, ...

Mar 3, 2015

Tanaka faces hitters for first time this spring

New York Yankees right-hander Masahiro Tanaka faced hitters for the first time in spring training Monday, testing out a full arsenal of pitches as he tries to regain his feeling for playing in the big leagues. The $155 million starting pitcher, in his second ...

Mar 2, 2015

Baseball pioneer Minoso dies

When Minnie Minoso broke into major league baseball, the “Cuban Comet” was part of a wave of black players who changed the game forever. By the time he played in his final game 35 years ago, he was a beloved figure with the Chicago ...

Darvish strongly denies quitting on Rangers

Mar 2, 2015

Darvish strongly denies quitting on Rangers

Yu Darvish saved his best stuff for after his inning on the mound. The Texas Rangers ace, who was shut down last August with elbow inflammation, threw 14 pitches without any discomfort on Sunday during an intrasquad game — his most extensive work since ...

New Giants lefty Poreda settling in well

Mar 1, 2015

New Giants lefty Poreda settling in well

Despite an initial phase of uncertainty about moving to Japan, new Yomiuri Giants lefty Aaron Poreda appears to be taking well to pitching in unfamiliar territory. On Sunday, Poreda got his first taste of his home park’s mound with two scoreless innings in a ...

White Sox ace Sale breaks foot in accident

Mar 1, 2015

White Sox ace Sale breaks foot in accident

Chicago White Sox ace Chris Sale is out for at least three weeks after breaking a bone in his right foot in what the team described as an accident at home. Unloading the back of his truck, general manager Rick Hahn explained Saturday. Sale, ...

Mar 1, 2015

Cuba may host MLB games again

Cuba could be a spring training destination once more. Major League Baseball is considering playing future spring exhibition games on the island nation and baseball hotbed, which used to routinely host American teams in the days before Fidel Castro came to power. Baseball players’ ...

McGehee at ease after trade to San Francisco

Feb 28, 2015

McGehee at ease after trade to San Francisco

MLB Casey McGehee has been everywhere on the baseball map. He played high school ball near Santa Cruz, California, played collegiately at Fresno State and then began a tour that took him to Chicago (Cubs), Milwaukee (Brewers), Pittsburgh (Pirates), New York (Yankees), Japan (Tohoku ...