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Samurai Japan collegiate squad falls to U.S.

Jul 15, 2016

Samurai Japan collegiate squad falls to U.S.

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Kohei Miyadai has helped pull off some improbable wins for the University of Tokyo on the mound at Jingu Stadium this year. He traded in his Todai colors for the Hinomaru on Friday, but fell just short of being part of another magic moment. ...

Jul 15, 2016

JPBPA opposes potential mid-season change to collision rule

The Japan Professional Baseball Players Association on Friday decided to oppose Nippon Professional Baseball’s potential mid-year introduction of the revised guidelines on preventing home plate collisions. The controversial guideline introduced this season strictly prohibits fielders from remaining in the third-base line as runners approach ...

Jul 15, 2016

Lions cut pitcher Van Hekken

The Seibu Lions terminated left-hander Andy Van Hekken’s contract and placed him on waivers, the Pacific League club announced Friday. The 36-year-old joined Seibu ahead of this season and was in the starting rotation at the beginning of the season, but struggled with a ...

Jul 15, 2016

Training clinic owner sues MLB

The owner of a training and sports medicine clinic sued Major League Baseball and several of its employees Thursday, claiming they caused the company’s social media accounts to be illegally hacked during the sport’s Biogenesis investigation. Neiman Nix, a 29th-round draft pick of the ...

Jul 15, 2016

Red Sox reliever Tazawa put on 15-day DL

The Boston Red Sox have placed right-hander Junichi Tazawa on the 15-day disabled list with a right shoulder impingement. The move is retroactive to July 4. To fill Tazawa’s spot on the 25-man roster, the Red Sox recalled righty William Cuevas from Triple-A Pawtucket. ...

Dodgers optimistic Kershaw will be back soon

Jul 15, 2016

Dodgers optimistic Kershaw will be back soon

The Dodgers got some encouraging news on the eve of resuming play after the All-Star break, with word that injured ace Clayton Kershaw could soon return to the starting rotation. After Kershaw played catch Thursday at Dodger Stadium, manager Dave Roberts said the left-hander ...

Jul 14, 2016

BayStars finalize deal with reliever Broadway

The Yokohama BayStars have signed right-handed reliever Mike Broadway for the remainder of the season, the Central League team announced Thursday. Broadway made four appearances for the San Francisco Giants this season, posting an 11.81 ERA with four strikeouts. The 29-year-old started his career ...

Jul 14, 2016

MLB All-Star Game gets record-low TV rating

The MLB All-Star Game has drawn a record-low television rating for the second straight year. The American League’s 4-2 victory over the NL in San Diego on Tuesday night got a 5.4 rating on Fox. The previous low was 6.6 last year for the ...

Manfred says dates for Tokyo Olympics 'not ideal' for MLB

Jul 13, 2016

Manfred says dates for Tokyo Olympics 'not ideal' for MLB

As Major League Baseball prepares for talks about the 2020 Olympics, commissioner Rob Manfred said “from a calendar prospective, the dates of the Tokyo Games are not ideal.” The International Olympic Committee executive board voted last month to support a six-nation tournament that year ...