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A-Rod back with Yankees

Feb 24, 2015

A-Rod back with Yankees

Alex Rodriguez reported to the New York Yankees three days ahead of schedule. He spoke for 8½ minutes about his season-long drug suspension. But on his first day back with the team since September 2013, he never said why he resumed the use of ...

Tanaka 'good' after bullpen

Feb 23, 2015

Tanaka 'good' after bullpen

New York Yankees right-hander Masahiro Tanaka said he felt fine after throwing 34 pitches Sunday during his second bullpen session. Tanaka missed 2½ months last season while rehabilitating a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow. He returned for two starts in ...

Feb 23, 2015

Baseball commissioner seeks to shorten games

Baseball commissioner Katsuhiko Kumazaki indicated Monday he is considering a plan to punish teams that fail to play games faster. In the annual battle to reduce the time of games, the commissioner, who visited the 12 teams, said punishments were discussed. The results of ...

Feb 23, 2015

Darvish, partner expecting child

Texas Rangers ace Yu Darvish announced Sunday on his official blog that his partner, four-time world champion wrestler Seiko Yamamoto, was pregnant. Darvish, 28, revealed last November that he was in a relationship with the 34-year-old Yamamoto. The pitcher declined to comment to reporters ...

Feb 21, 2015

Wada brings new cutter into camp

One of the first things Chicago Cubs lefty Tsuyoshi Wada did after arriving at spring camp was try out the cut fastball he’s been working on. “It felt good,” Wada reported of the pitch that he hopes will help him land a spot in ...

Tanaka declares he's in 'good shape'

Feb 21, 2015

Tanaka declares he's in 'good shape'

Masahiro Tanaka said Friday that his right arm is in good condition ahead of his second big league season with the New York Yankees. Tanaka led the team in wins last season with 13, despite suffering a partial tear in the ulnar collateral ligament ...

Feb 20, 2015

Bochy undergoes heart procedure

San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy has undergone a heart procedure to insert two stents and will be hospitalized overnight. The Giants released a statement late Thursday saying that the medical staff had been monitoring the manager’s heart after he experienced some discomfort following ...

Feb 20, 2015

Tazawa preparing for seventh MLB season

A day after arriving at the Boston Red Sox spring training facility for the start of his seventh pro season, Junichi Tazawa happily played catch with fellow Japanese right-hander Koji Uehara on Thursday. “I’m on track right now,” Tazawa said. “What’s important is that ...

Feb 20, 2015

Otani named Fighters' Opening Day starter

Third-year pitcher-outfielder Shohei Otani has been handed his first Opening Day pitching assignment, Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters manager Hideki Kuriyama said Friday. A 20-year-old right-hander, Otani was one of the most impressive pitchers in the Pacific League last season, when he went 11-4 with ...