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Royals' Ventura killed in car crash

Yordano Ventura quit school as a teenager so he could begin working a construction job to help his family make ends meet, laboring day after day in the hot sun of the Dominican Republic. It was a chance tryout with the Kansas City Royals that changed the trajectory of his ...

Jan 20, 2017

Hawks extend manager Kudo's contract through 2019

The Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks have handed manager Kimiyasu Kudo a renewed contract through 2019, the Pacific League club announced on Friday. Kudo, who is in the final year of his three-year deal this season, steered SoftBank to the 2015 Japan Series title in his ...

Jan 20, 2017

Hall of Famer Rod Carew 'doing great' a month after heart transplant

Baseball Hall of Famer Rod Carew has passed the one-month mark since a heart and kidney transplant with no signs of rejection. Carew told the American Heart Association News he’s “doing great” since the 13-hour operation on Dec. 16. He’s spent the last week ...

Jan 19, 2017

Kawasaki vows to play for Cubs this season

Infielder Munenori Kawasaki posted on his official blog Thursday that he will play with the Chicago Cubs again this season. “I will play with all my heart and really want to enjoy baseball again,” said Kawasaki, who is expected to be on a minor ...

Raines, Bagwell, Rodriguez elected to Hall of Fame

Jan 19, 2017

Raines, Bagwell, Rodriguez elected to Hall of Fame

Bags and Rock and Pudge are heading to Cooperstown. After a vote that could prove to be a turning point how Steroids Era stars are viewed, Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens could be joining them in the next few years. Jeff Bagwell, Tim Raines ...

Jan 18, 2017

Hall of Famer Willie McCovey pardoned by Obama

San Francisco Giants Hall of Famer Willie McCovey has been pardoned by President Barack Obama on tax evasion charges from 1995. It was one of the president’s 64 pardons granted Tuesday. Through the Giants, McCovey said: “I want to express my sincere gratitude to ...

Obama honors Cubs at White House

Jan 17, 2017

Obama honors Cubs at White House

President Barack Obama welcomed the Chicago Cubs to the White House on Monday to celebrate their World Series win and speak to the power of sports to unite a divided nation. “Throughout our history, sports has had this power to bring us together even ...

Obama fetes World Series champs Chicago Cubs at White House

Jan 17, 2017

Obama fetes World Series champs Chicago Cubs at White House

President Barack Obama is celebrating the World Series champion Chicago Cubs before he leaves office. On what usually is a sleepy federal holiday at the White House, Cubs players filed into the White House East Room on Martin Luther King Day for Obama’s final ...

Jan 16, 2017

Lions rename stadium

The Seibu Lions announced Monday that their stadium will be known as MetLife Dome for the next five years. The venue, originally known as Seibu Stadium, opened when the club relocated from Fukuoka in 1979. A roof was erected over the hilltop ballpark in ...

Ito, Hoshino, Hiramatsu inducted into Hall of Fame

Jan 16, 2017

Ito, Hoshino, Hiramatsu inducted into Hall of Fame

Catcher Tsutomu Ito and pitchers Senichi Hoshino and Masaji Hiramatsu were inducted into Japan’s Baseball Hall of Fame on Monday. Ito, the catcher for the Seibu Lions’ Pacific League dynasty of the 1980s and 1990s, was elected in the players division. The Chiba Lotte ...

Arrieta, Harper land big deals

Jan 14, 2017

Arrieta, Harper land big deals

Chicago Cubs ace Jake Arrieta, Washington star Bryce Harper and Baltimore standouts Manny Machado and Zach Britton got big-money deals Friday as more than 100 major leaguers reached agreements for 2017 and left just 27 players on track for salary arbitration. After helping lead ...