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Hawks silence Japan's bats

Right-hander Nao Higashihama combined with five pitchers for a four-hit shutout as the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks blanked the Japan national ...

Feb 23, 2017

Ichiro held out of workouts following collision

The Marlins held Ichiro Suzuki out of workouts following an outfield collision during what officials termed a “communications drill.” Ichiro was kneed in the quadriceps on Tuesday by fellow outfielder Brandon Barnes, sending the 43-year-old Ichiro tumbling to the ground. Marlins manager Don Mattingly ...

Samurai Japan opens training camp ahead of World Baseball Classic

Feb 23, 2017

Samurai Japan opens training camp ahead of World Baseball Classic

Japan manager Hiroki Kokubo and all of his players, except Houston Astros outfielder Norichika Aoki, opened training camp in Miyazaki on Thursday in preparation for next month’s World Baseball Classic. Aoki, the only major leaguer on the Japan roster for the March 6-22 tournament, ...

Feb 22, 2017

Wieters, Nationals agree to deal

Wieters has played his entire career in the AL with the Baltimore Orioles after being taken with the No. 5 overall pick in the 2007 amateur draft. The defending NL East champion Nationals had opened spring training — the first official full-squad workout was ...

Ichiro suffers knee bruise after collision

Feb 22, 2017

Ichiro suffers knee bruise after collision

Miami Marlins outfielder Ichiro Suzuki suffered a bruised right knee after a minor outfield collision with a teammate during spring training on Tuesday. Ichiro, who last August became the 30th player in history to reach 3,000 career hits in the majors, collided with non-roster ...

Fowler fitting right in with Cardinals

Feb 20, 2017

Fowler fitting right in with Cardinals

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Dexter Fowler breezes through the center of St. Louis’ clubhouse leaving a trail of handshakes and hellos in his wake before landing at his locker and chatting with a handful of players about the merits of a new album. Fowler is the new guy ...

Weaver signs with Padres after 11 years with Angels

Feb 19, 2017

Weaver signs with Padres after 11 years with Angels

Right-hander Jered Weaver has agreed to a $3 million, one-year deal with the San Diego Padres after 11 seasons with the Los Angeles Angels. Weaver and the Padres confirmed the long-anticipated deal Saturday, pending a physical. The 34-year-old Weaver had spent his entire career ...

Feb 17, 2017

Nationals' Scherzer bothered by knuckle pain

NL Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer is dealing with pain from a broken knuckle on his pitching hand that arose late last year, and Washington Nationals manager Dusty Baker said the team is making plans in case his ace isn’t ready for Opening ...

Tanaka 'honored' to be Yankees' Opening Day starter

Feb 16, 2017

Tanaka 'honored' to be Yankees' Opening Day starter

New York Yankees right-hander Masahiro Tanaka said Wednesday he was honored to have been selected to start for the team on Opening Day for the third year in a row. The Yankees announced the previous day that the 28-year-old Tanaka would start for the ...

Iwakuma ready to shoulder load again for Mariners

Feb 16, 2017

Iwakuma ready to shoulder load again for Mariners

Pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma was a major reason the Seattle Mariners stayed in the race for an American League wild-card playoff spot until the second-to-last day of the 2016 season. The big right-hander led the Mariners with 16 wins, and he got the start on ...