Feb 9, 2015

Cuban team wins Caribbean Series

Yokohama BayStars infielder Yulieski Gurriel iced a 3-2 win by Cuba’s Pinar del Rio over Mexico’s Tomateros de Culiacan in Sunday’s Caribbean Series final with an eighth-inning home run. Yomiuri Giants outfielder Frederich Cepeda was named MVP of the Series, which also includes teams ...

Rodriguez hoping for spring meeting

Feb 7, 2015

Rodriguez hoping for spring meeting

Alex Rodriguez plans to meet with New York Yankees’ officials before spring training. Having served a one-season suspension for violations of baseball’s drug agreement and labor contract, Rodriguez is due to start workouts at the team’s spring training complex on Feb. 26. His relationship ...

Dice-K could face rocky transition

| Feb 7, 2015

Dice-K could face rocky transition

by Jason Coskrey

Video of Daisuke Matsuzaka pitching in the bullpen on Thursday, posted online by the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks, revealed nothing spectacular or particularly revelatory. If anything, Matsuzaka resembled the pitcher he’s always been. His mechanics weren’t drastically different from the form he utilized last year ...

Feb 6, 2015

Lions closer Takahashi making adjustments to sinker

Seibu Lions closer Tomomi Takahashi said Friday that a sinker he’s playing around with might keep left-handed hitters more off balance this season. The 26-year-old lefty, who saved 29 games last season for the Pacific League club, threw his first bullpen of spring training ...

Hamilton sidelined after shoulder surgery

Feb 5, 2015

Hamilton sidelined after shoulder surgery

Los Angeles Angels slugger Josh Hamilton could be out for two months after surgery on his right shoulder, putting in doubt his availability for opening day. The Angels said Hamilton had the operation Wednesday to repair his AC joint. Hamilton’s shoulder has been bothering ...

Cuban players draw huge interest

Feb 4, 2015

Cuban players draw huge interest

Major league scouts leaned forward as they steadied their radar guns and trained their video cameras on Cuban players who prepared to bat and pitch during Tuesday’s Caribbean Series in Puerto Rico. It is the first time that top Cuban players are competing in ...

Feb 2, 2015

Gurriel officially signs with BayStars

Nearly two months after the Yokohama BayStars revealed they had come to terms with slugging Cuban infielder Yulieski Gurriel, the Central League club finally announced his signing Monday. Gurriel, 30, joined Yokohama midway through the 2014 season and batted .305 with 11 home runs ...

Jan 31, 2015

Spring training set to start

Spring training officially kicks off on Sunday for all 12 of Nippon Professional Baseball’s teams in Miyazaki and Okinawa prefectures. Miyazaki will get much of the early focus with both the Japan Series and Pacific League champion Fukuoka Softbank Hawks sharing the city with ...