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Darvish rules out playing in World Baseball Classic

Texas Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish said Friday he is healthy and looking forward to the new season, but confirmed he will play no part in the World Baseball Classic in March with the Japan national team. After undergoing Tommy John surgery on his throwing elbow in March 2015, Darvish returned ...

Raines, Bagwell, Rodriguez elected to Hall of Fame

Jan 19, 2017

Raines, Bagwell, Rodriguez elected to Hall of Fame

Bags and Rock and Pudge are heading to Cooperstown. After a vote that could prove to be a turning point how Steroids Era stars are viewed, Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens could be joining them in the next few years. Jeff Bagwell, Tim Raines ...

Jan 18, 2017

Hall of Famer Willie McCovey pardoned by Obama

San Francisco Giants Hall of Famer Willie McCovey has been pardoned by President Barack Obama on tax evasion charges from 1995. It was one of the president’s 64 pardons granted Tuesday. Through the Giants, McCovey said: “I want to express my sincere gratitude to ...

Obama honors Cubs at White House

Jan 17, 2017

Obama honors Cubs at White House

President Barack Obama welcomed the Chicago Cubs to the White House on Monday to celebrate their World Series win and speak to the power of sports to unite a divided nation. “Throughout our history, sports has had this power to bring us together even ...

Obama fetes World Series champs Chicago Cubs at White House

Jan 17, 2017

Obama fetes World Series champs Chicago Cubs at White House

President Barack Obama is celebrating the World Series champion Chicago Cubs before he leaves office. On what usually is a sleepy federal holiday at the White House, Cubs players filed into the White House East Room on Martin Luther King Day for Obama’s final ...

Arrieta, Harper land big deals

Jan 14, 2017

Arrieta, Harper land big deals

Chicago Cubs ace Jake Arrieta, Washington star Bryce Harper and Baltimore standouts Manny Machado and Zach Britton got big-money deals Friday as more than 100 major leaguers reached agreements for 2017 and left just 27 players on track for salary arbitration. After helping lead ...

Jan 12, 2017

Chicago Cubs to visit White House on Monday

The World Series champion Chicago Cubs have accepted President Barack Obama’s invitation and will visit the White House on Monday. White House press secretary Josh Earnest said Wednesday that Obama is “really looking forward to it” and that any sports fan could appreciate “the ...

Jan 10, 2017

Diamondbacks invite ex-Marines pitcher Nakaushiro to camp

Former Chiba Lotte Marines hurler Yuhei Nakaushiro has been invited to attend major league spring training, the Arizona Diamondbacks announced Monday. The 27-year-old lefty joined the National League club on a minor league contract and finished last season with the Triple-A Reno Aces, where ...

Nationals' Scherzer to skip WBC

Jan 10, 2017

Nationals' Scherzer to skip WBC

NL Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer revealed Monday that he pitched at the end of last season with an injured finger on his throwing hand and now will skip the World Baseball Classic. The Washington Nationals initially announced Monday on Twitter that their ...

Jan 6, 2017

Alfonzo named Brooklyn Cyclones manager

Former New York Mets infielder Edgardo Alfonzo on Thursday was promoted to manager of the Class A Brooklyn Cyclones. The 43-year-old spent the last three seasons as a coach with the New York-Penn League team. He played for the Mets in eight of his ...

Davis returning to A's from Indians

Jan 4, 2017

Davis returning to A's from Indians

After a World Series trip with Cleveland, runnin’ Rajai Davis is returning to the Bay Area with the Oakland Athletics on a $6 million, one-year contract to fill a void in center field. The A’s announced on Tuesday night that the outfielder and 2016 ...

Video coordinator Masamoto seizing chance with Cubs

Dec 31, 2016

Video coordinator Masamoto seizing chance with Cubs

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Getting a job in American pro baseball is an uphill battle, even more so for foreigners. But Naoto Masamoto is proof that the American dream is not an impossible one. Masamoto, the video coordinator for the World Series champion Chicago Cubs, spoke little English ...

Ex-pitcher Saito lands job as adviser for Padres

Dec 27, 2016

Ex-pitcher Saito lands job as adviser for Padres

Former major leaguer Takashi Saito has been appointed club adviser for the San Diego Padres and will take on the new role starting Jan. 1, baseball sources said Tuesday. The 46-year-old had been working as an intern at the National League club’s front office ...