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Dragons' Morino set to retire after season

/ Sep 21, 2017

Dragons' Morino set to retire after season

Chunichi Dragons infielder Masahiko Morino, who played for Japan at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, will retire at the end of this season, the team announced on Thursday. This season, the 21st year of his pro career, the 39-year-old Morino played in only 21 games, ...

MLB chief believes teams will follow rules over Otani

/ Sep 21, 2017

MLB chief believes teams will follow rules over Otani

With Shohei Otani considering a jump to a Major League Baseball team, commissioner Rob Manfred said he believes it will be hard for teams to circumvent existing contract rules in pursuit of the coveted two-way player. Otani's situation was among several issues, including pace of ...

/ Sep 20, 2017

Life-sized Otani figure sold on first day

The Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters sold a one-of-a-kind, life-sized figure of Shohei Otani on Wednesday, the same day it was put on sale, the team said. The unique offering was priced at ¥1,111,111 (roughly $9,986) — a figure derived from Otani's uniform No. 11, and ...

Fukura to remain as Orix manager

/ Sep 20, 2017

Fukura to remain as Orix manager

Junichi Fukura has accepted the Orix Buffaloes' request that he stay on as manager for 2018, the 57-year-old said Wednesday. It will be the third full season in charge for Fukura, who was promoted from head coach to the Pacific League club's interim manager during ...

Mariners' Iwakuma admits he is done for season

/ Sep 20, 2017

Mariners' Iwakuma admits he is done for season

Seattle Mariners right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma, who has been on the disabled list with a shoulder inflammation since May, admitted Tuesday he will be sidelined for the remainder of the regular season. Speaking to reporters in Seattle, the 36-year-old said he has been forced to make ...

Dragons hammer playoff-chasing Giants

/ Sep 19, 2017

Dragons hammer playoff-chasing Giants

Shinnosuke Ogasawara allowed two runs over the distance, while his Dragons teammates had a field day as Chunichi knocked the Yomiuri Giants out of third place on Tuesday, winning 10-2. Ogasawara (5-6) scattered seven hits and four walks in a 151-pitch effort. The lefty struck ...

Marlins light up Mets in rout

/ Sep 19, 2017

Marlins light up Mets in rout

Maybe it was the breather Giancarlo Stanton requested and received, or the move one spot down in the batting order that rejuvenated his home run swing. Perhaps it was Mets pitching. Stanton hit his 55th homer — and his first in nine days — while driving ...