MLB

Left-hander Zach Duke, Twins finalize 1-year contract

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Left-hander Zach Duke and the Minnesota Twins have finalized a one-year contract. The 34-year-old was 1-1 with a 3.93 ERA in 27 relief appearances this year for St. Louis, returning to the major leagues on July 21 after Tommy John surgery in October 2016. He struck out 12 and walked six in 18 1/3 innings over 27 games, ...

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Ohtani bids farewell to Japan fans ahead of Angels adventure

SAPPORO, Japan (AP) Los Angeles Angels-bound Shohei Ohtani bid farewell to fans of his former Japanese club on Monday as he sets off to join his new Major League Baseball team. The star pitcher and hitter wore an Angels jersey to his news conference. He opened with an introduction in English, saying: ”Long time, no see. I’m Shohei Ohtani. Welcome ...

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Ohtani bids farewell to Japan fans ahead of Angels adventure

SAPPORO, Japan (AP) Los Angeles Angels-bound Shohei Ohtani bid farewell to fans of his former Japanese club on Monday as he sets off to join his new team. The star pitcher and hitter wore an Angels jersey to his public news conference. He opened with an introduction in English, saying: ”Long time, no see. I’m Shohei Ohtani. Welcome to my ...

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Gophers Hall of Famer, ex-Twin Jerry Kindall dies at 82

TUCSON, Ariz. — Jerry Kindall, the first man to win College World Series titles as both a player and a head coach, died Sunday night. He was 82. The University of Arizona said Kindall died of complications from a stroke suffered Thursday. Kindall coached Arizona to national titles in 1976, 1980 and 1986 after starring at shortstop on the University ...

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Indians sign 1B Yonder Alonso to 2-year, $16 million deal

CLEVELAND (AP) Yonder Alonso changed his swing last season and his statistics soared. The Indians hope they can rise even more. Alonso, who reached a career high in home runs and made the All-Star team for the first time, signed a two-year, $16 million contract on Saturday with Cleveland, which found a less expensive replacement for first baseman Carlos Santana. ...

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Minnesota beats FAU despite injury Mason (Dec 23, 2017)

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) In the last game before Christmas break, most teams have two goals: win the game and stay healthy. Unfortunately for Minnesota, the Golden Gophers might’ve gone just 1-for-2 on Saturday. Senior guard Nate Mason scored 17 points but missed most of the second half with an ankle injury as Minnesota defeated Florida Atlantic 95-60. Mason, the Gophers’ second-leading ...

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Ichiro Suzuki hopes to remain in Major League Baseball

TOYOYAMA, Japan (AP) Ichiro Suzuki, who became a free agent in November when the Miami Marlins declined their option to sign him for the 2018 season, still hasn’t given up hope of remaining in Major League Baseball. Suzuki was quoted by Kyodo news agency on Saturday as saying: ”I feel like a big dog at a pet shop that hasn’t ...

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Nationals compete $10M, 2-year deal to keep Kintzler

WASHINGTON (AP) Brandon Kintzler and the Nationals have finalized a $10 million, two-year contract that keeps the relief pitcher n Washington. Kintzler will earn $5 million next year under the deal announced Thursday. The Nationals have a $10 million option for 2019, and if that is declined Kintzler has a $5 million player option. He can earn $250,000 annually in ...

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Florida, Texas may attract athletes after tax law change

NEW YORK (AP) Teams in Texas, Florida, Nevada and Washington state may have become more attractive destinations for free agents following the enactment of tax law changes. Deductions for state and local taxes are capped at $10,000 in the year starting Jan. 1 for married couples filing jointly. That has a huge impact for athletes with seven- and eight-figure salaries. ...

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