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Pedro Martinez, who this week became the second Dominican native elected into the Hall of Fame, returned to his native country Saturday. He celebrated with thousands of people at a public park in Santo Domingo
Robinson Cano has been granted permission by the Mariners to play a handful of games in the Dominican Winter League starting Tuesday as he returns from a broken toe sustained during the MLB All-Star Series in Japan in November.
Though John Farrell won't submit a lineup card in a regular-season game until April 6, the manager already has a pretty good idea of the way he plans on slotting his Red Sox players. In a radio interview with WEEI on Thursday night, Farrell revealed that he's leaning toward putting Hanley Ramirez in the cleanup spot.
Pedro Martinez reacts to Hall of Fame election
Pedro Martinez's utter dominance during his peak years helped guide him to the lofty status of first-ballot Hall of Famer when the results were announced on Tuesday. Martinez's prime is hard to top -- and ultimately was too powerful for voters to overlook.
In their first year on the Hall of Fame ballot, Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez and John Smoltz were elected to the Hall of Fame by the Baseball Writers' Association of America on Tuesday, while Craig Biggio was elected in his third year on the ballot.
Kansas City finished off a wildly active post-Winter Meetings week by agreeing to terms on a two-year, $20 million contract with free-agent right-hander Edinson Volquez. The club announced the deal, which includes a mutual option for 2017, on Monday.
Switch-hitting outfielder Melky Cabrera agreed with the White Sox on a three-year contract worth between $42 million and $43.5 million.
The much-talked-about trade to send Wade Miley to the Red Sox was finally completed Friday night, with the D-backs receiving right-handers Rubby De La Rosa and Allen Webster along with Minor League infielder Raymel Flores.
The Twins got their man on the last day of the Winter Meetings on Thursday, as they agreed to sign right-hander Ervin Santana to a four-year, $54 million deal, which the club officially announced on Friday.
Neal Huntington got his man. The Pirates reached agreement on Tuesday with free-agent left-hander Francisco Liriano on a three-year deal for a reported $39 million. The team announced the signing on Friday.
The Reds traded All-Star starter Alfredo Simon to the Tigers for right-handed pitcher Jonathon Crawford and infielder Eugenio Suarez. A short time later, the Reds announced they had also dealt power arm Mat Latos to the Marlins for 24-year-old right-hander Anthony DeSclafani and catcher Chad Wallach.
The Pirates checked another item off their Winter Meetings shopping list on Wednesday, acquiring left-hander Antonio Bastardo from Philadelphia in return for left-handed prospect Joely Rodriguez.
The Mariners unveiled their new right-handed power hitter Thursday at Safeco Field, introducing outfielder Nelson Cruz at a Safeco Field news conference.
General manager Jack Zduriencik made it clear from day one this offseason that the Mariners' top priority was to acquire a big right-handed hitter to put behind Robinson Cano in the lineup. The club has filled that need by reaching an agreement with free-agent slugger Nelson Cruz.
The Boston Red Sox agreed with left fielder Hanley Ramirez on a four-year contract through the 2018 season on Tuesday. To make room on the 40-man roster, infielder Juan Francisco was designated for assignment.
The Red Sox have made a pair of impact free-agent deals that should bolster their offense in 2015 and beyond. Both Hanley Ramirez and Pablo Sandoval have agreed to join the Red Sox.
For a second consecutive year, the National Baseball Hall of Fame player ballot, revealed today in conjunction with the Baseball Writers' Association of America, boasts an embarrassment of riches, this time for the prospective Class of 2015.
The Dodgers beefed up their needy bullpen on Thursday night, acquiring veteran right-hander Joel Peralta and Minor League lefty Adam Liberatore from the Rays in exchange for right-handers Jose Dominguez and Greg Harris.
The Red Sox claimed infielder Juan Francisco off waivers from the Blue Jays on Wednesday.
The Braves reacquired one of their former top pitching prospects -- right-handed reliever Arodys Vizcaino -- and an opportunity to provide themselves a greater opportunity to be more aggressive on the international free-agent market when they struck a deal to send second baseman Tommy La Stella to the Cubs on Sunday.
Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista has been honored with a Silver Slugger Award for the third time in his career. The Silver Slugger is handed out annually to the best offensive player at each position in the American and National Leagues.
Rangers All-Star Adrian Beltre is the fourth third baseman to win the Silver Slugger Award at least four times since its inception in 1980, joining Wade Boggs, Mike Schmidt and Matt Williams.
Alfonso Soriano is retiring from the Major Leagues after 16 seasons, according to a report from The Associated Press.
Juan Lagares has taken his place among the game's best, and Rawlings on Tuesday named him its National League Gold Glove center fielder, giving the Mets their 10th Gold Glove winner and their first since Carlos Beltran and David Wright in 2008.
Brewers third baseman Aramis Ramirez on Monday exercised his part of the mutual option in his contract for the 2015 season, solidifying his place with the club for next year.
The Orioles have made a qualifying offer to outfielder Nelson Cruz, and they also have reinstated Manny Machado and Matt Wieters from the 60-day disabled list.
The Rays exercised their 2015 club option on Joel Peralta on Monday. The veteran right-hander will make $2.5 million next season.
After the Braves informed right-hander Ervin Santana he would receive a qualifying offer, they made it official on Monday. Santana is expected to reject the one-year, $15.3 million offer, which would give Atlanta a 2015 compensatory Draft pick if Santana signs with another team.
Maybe it was the passion in the home crowd. Maybe it was more magic from the Royals' bag. Maybe it was the spirit of 1985. Whatever it was, it worked magnificently for the Royals and Yordano Ventura as they forced a Game 7 in the 110th World Series with a 10-0 victory over the Giants on Tuesday night at Kauffman Stadium.
Yordano Ventura's friend, Oscar Taveras, was on his mind during his Game 6 start, but his focus was obviously on the job at hand -- pitch the Royals into a Game 7 against the Giants.
Grief wore a diamond-stud earring, a fitted gray shirt with a black collar, two metal bracelets and one thick yellow rubber band that read "VIP: Lifestyles Resort."
The pregame ceremony prior to Game 6 of the World Series at Kauffman Stadium on Tuesday night began on a solemn note, with a moment of silence being held for St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Oscar Taveras and his girlfriend, Edilia Arvelo.
Unable to process it, unable to believe the death of his friend Oscar Taveras, Juan Perez mourned and cried, understanding that steps away, the Royals and Giants were playing Game 5 of the World Series. What Perez could not have anticipated was that he would enter the game and play such a critical role in the Giants' victory.
The Giants had just won a World Series game, but there was very little celebrating going on in their clubhouse. The news of the death of Cardinals rookie Oscar Taveras wasn't even a few hours old, and Giants players, many of whom learned of it in the middle of the game, were affected.
Oscar Taveras, the Cardinals' vibrant top outfield prospect, and his girlfriend were killed in a Sunday afternoon car accident near his home on the Caribbean island. He was 22.
Maybe it was the magnitude of the situation he entered, with two on and one out in the sixth inning of a tied game. Whatever the reason, reliever Kelvin Herrera was in prime form in Game 2, getting out of a sixth-inning jam, recording five outs and becoming the pitcher of record in the Royals' first World Series victory in 29 years.
After giving up just the 10th leadoff homer in World Series history, rookie Yordano Ventura did not allow it to faze him. Instead, the right-hander delivered 5 1/3 innings while limiting the Giants to two runs on eight hits to help the Royals earn a 7-2 win in Game 2 on Wednesday night.
Long before the 100-mph fastball, the dynamic 2014 season and the opportunity to start Game 2 of the World Series was a tryout in Guerra, the Dominican city that houses the Royals' academy on that baseball-rich island. It was the summer of 2008. Yordano Ventura came in slightly taller than 5-foot-10, weighing 143 pounds and throwing no harder than 88 mph, sticking out for the wrong reasons.
Using the superhuman offense of postseason veteran Nelson Cruz, who hit a decisive two-run homer in the sixth off Tigers left-hander David Price, and a fantastic playoff debut from starter Bud Norris, the Orioles held off a ninth-inning rally to complete an American League Division Series sweep with a 2-1 win Sunday at Comerica Park, securing their first AL Championship Series berth since 1997.
Nelson Cruz almost single-handedly eliminated the Tigers during the 2011 postseason, and he can take credit for basically doing the same thing again this year.
The Royals' Yordano Ventura and the Angels' Matt Shoemaker were gone when Eric Hosmer unloaded his two-run blast in Kansas City's 4-1 win in Game 2 of the ALDS on Friday, but the rookie right-handers managed to deliver the gripping duel.
Fans decked out in orange and whipping rally towels around their heads watched an Orioles team that cruised to its American League East crown make a resounding statement with a 12-3 win over the Tigers in Game 1 of the AL Division Series.
Nelson Cruz made his Baltimore postseason debut in dramatic fashion by homering on the first pitch he saw from right-hander Max Scherzer in the first inning. That was just the start of a highlight-reel night that saw Cruz finish Game 1 of the American League Division Series with a pair of hits, two runs scored and three RBIs.
Along with honorary bench coach Hanley Ramirez and pitching coach Clayton Kershaw, manager Juan Uribe guided the Dodgers to a 10-5 win over the Rockies in their final game of the regular season.
Johnny Cueto went eight stellar innings and hit a go-ahead single in the eighth to become the Reds' first 20-game winner since 1988 as Cincinnati downed the Bucs, 4-1, on Sunday at Great American Ball Park.
Bartolo Colon's six innings of three-run ball made him a 15-game winner at age 41, and Lucas Duda's career-high 89th and 90th RBIs put the Mets ahead for good, before his 30th homer iced the Mets' 8-3 victory on Sunday afternoon at Citi Field.
For the final game of the regular season, the Tribe put many of its young players on display. Led by T.J. House on the mound and second baseman Zach Walters' two RBIs, the Indians cruised to a 7-2 win over the Rays Sunday afternoon at Progressive Field.
Victory No. 82 for the Brewers came at the Cubs' expense on Saturday in front of a sold-out crowd at Miller Park, where Carlos Gomez broke a three-way tie with his team-best 23rd home run and Wily Peralta set a career high with 13 strikeouts in a 2-1 win decided by Jonathan Lucroy's record-setting RBI double.
Alex Colome made a compelling case for the 2015 rotation in the Rays' 2-0 win over the Indians at Progressive Field. The win ensured that the Rays -- who went 36-45 at Tropicana Field this season -- will have a winning record on the road.