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Tanaka throws from mound for first time since surgery

New York Yankees right-hander Masahiro Tanaka threw from the mound on Saturday for the first time since undergoing elbow surgery in October. Tanaka, who had arthroscopic surgery to remove bone spurs from his elbow, worked out behind closed doors after previously throwing from flat ground. He threw to a catcher ...

Yankees pitcher Tanaka feels healthy

Feb 13, 2016

Yankees pitcher Tanaka feels healthy

New York Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka, coming back after arthroscopic surgery to remove a bone spur from his right elbow last October, says he feels perfectly healthy but isn’t sure when he’ll make his first regular-season start. “Can’t really say,” Tanaka said through a ...

Feb 12, 2016

Hawks to give fans replica championship rings

The Fukuoka Softbank Hawks will hand out championship rings not only to their team at their home opener, but to their fans as well. The two-time defending Japan Series champions announced Friday that fans attending their March 29 game — and have seats outside ...

Padres hire former MLB star Nomo

Feb 12, 2016

Padres hire former MLB star Nomo

The San Diego Padres on Thursday announced the hire of former major league pitcher Hideo Nomo as an adviser for baseball operations. The 47-year-old Japanese baseball Hall-of-Famer, who in 1995 became Japan’s first big leaguer in 30 years and pioneered an era that has ...

Feb 11, 2016

Dodgers' Maeda heads to Arizona for training camp

Kenta Maeda departed for the United States on Thursday to join spring camp with his new team, the Los Angeles Dodgers, and the right-hander was in a buoyant mood ahead of the new challenge. The camp will start on Feb. 20 in Glendale, Arizona, ...

Rakuten's Matsui aims to build on success

Feb 10, 2016

Rakuten's Matsui aims to build on success

Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles closer Yuki Matsui recorded a club-record 33 saves last year, but hopes to reach greater heights this year with a more efficient form that will get him through the stretch run of the season. In his second season, the southpaw ...

Refreshed Darvish feeling strong in rehab

Feb 10, 2016

Refreshed Darvish feeling strong in rehab

Yu Darvish is feeling stronger than he did before elbow surgery, and has a renewed passion for the game after missing all of last season as the Texas Rangers were winning the AL West. While the right-hander feels good in rehabilitation, the Rangers and ...

Catching up on MLB moves as spring training looms

Feb 9, 2016

Catching up on MLB moves as spring training looms

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Are there any words more beautiful to the ears of MLB diehards than these: Pitchers and catchers report Feb. 23rd. MAS thinks not. They warm the cockles of the heart, if not the nose and toes, of the faithful shivering through another hot stove ...

Ex-BayStars player Gourriel defects from Cuba

Feb 9, 2016

Ex-BayStars player Gourriel defects from Cuba

Star Cuban infielder Yulieski Gourriel and his younger brother slipped away from their hotel in the Dominican Republic early Monday in an apparent effort to launch careers in Major League Baseball. The departure of Yulieski ,a former Yokohama BayStars player, and his brother Lourdes ...