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  • Reports: Kuroda to return to Japan, pitch for Carp

    TOKYO (AP) — Japanese media report free-agent right-hander Hiroki Kuroda will return to Japan in 2015 to pitch for his first team, the Hiroshima Toyo Carp. The reports say Kuroda, who turns 40 in February,…

  • Reports: Kuroda to return to Japan, pitch for Carp

    TOKYO (AP) — Japanese media are reporting that Hiroki Kuroda, a free agent with the Yankees, will return to Japan in 2015 to pitch for the Hiroshima Carps. Japanese broadcaster NHK and other reports said…

  • What to know about the Nationals non-roster invitees

    WASHINGTON – This is a fun time of year for those of us baseball geeks who like to get into every little detail of the offseason. The Washington Nationals announced their preliminary list of non-roster…

  • Longtime Rangers clubhouse man Macko dies at 86

    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Joe Macko, who hit 306 home runs in nearly 2,000 minor league games before a long career as a clubhouse manager with the Texas Rangers, has died. He was 86. The…

  • Cleveland reaches 50 years of sports futility

    CLEVELAND (AP) — For this golden anniversary, there won’t be any gifts exchanged or champagne-sipping celebrations. There’s no reason to party or toast these 50 years, a half-century of sports suffering and failure best forgotten.…

  • Longest Title Drought Cities

    MLB-NFL-NBA-NHL Yrs — City: Last title team 51 — San Diego: Chargers (AFL 1963) 50 — Cleveland: Browns (NFL 1964) 49 — Buffalo: Bills (AFL 1965) 44 — Vancouver: Canucks (none-began play in 1970-71 season)…

  • Rangers’ Nash awarded hat trick day after game vs. Caps

    NEW YORK (AP) — It took 141 regular-season games and one extra day for Rick Nash to get his first hat trick with the New York Rangers. A little help from the NHL official scorer…

  • AP source: Braves, Grilli agree to 2-year deal

    ATLANTA (AP) — A person with direct knowledge of the deal tells The Associated Press the Atlanta Braves and veteran reliever Jason Grilli have agreed to a two-year contract. The person says the agreement includes…

  • Orioles claim catcher Lavarnway off waivers from Cubs

    BALTIMORE (AP) — The Baltimore Orioles have claimed catcher Ryan Lavarnway off waivers from the Chicago Cubs. Lavarnway played in 10 games with the Boston Red Sox in 2014, going hitless in 10 at-bats. He…

  • MLB average salary exceeds $3.8 million

    NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball’s average salary shot up to more than $3.8 million this year following the steepest rise in more than a decade, putting big leaguers on track to top the…

  • Peavy and Giants finalize $24 million, 2-year contract

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Jake Peavy had no problem being patient as the San Francisco Giants pursued re-signing Pablo Sandoval and went after Jon Lester. Peavy knew where he wanted to be. Anyway, he needed…

  • Tuesday’s Sports Transactions

    BASEBALL COMMISSIONER’S OFFICE — Suspended N.Y. Mets 2B L.J. Mazzilli (St. Lucie-FSL) 50 games for a second positive test for a drug of abuse in violation of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.…

  • Blue Jays claim lefty Barnes, righty Guilmet

    TORONTO (AP) — The Toronto Blue Jays have claimed left-hander Scott Barnes off waivers from the Texas Rangers and righty Preston Guilmet from the Pittsburgh Pirates. Barnes was 0-1 with a 5.20 ERA and a…

  • Cubs announce deal with C Ross

    CHICAGO (AP) — Catcher David Ross has agreed to a $5 million, two-year contract with the Chicago Cubs, reuniting him with batterymate Jon Lester. The deal was announced Tuesday after an agreement was reached last…

  • Marlins claim righty Claiborne off waivers

    MIAMI (AP) — The Miami Marlins have claimed reliever Preston Claiborne off waivers from the New York Yankees. Miami made the waiver claim Tuesday. The Yankees designated Claiborne for assignment last week when they acquired…