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In this March 11, 2020, photo, Hanshin Tigers pitcher Shintaro Fujinami throws a ball against Yakult Swallows in a pre-season match in Tokyo. Fujinami became the first professional baseball player in Japan to test positive for the new coronavirus. Fujinami was examined at a hospital on Tuesday, March 24, and Wednesday, March 25, and a doctor recommended he have a PCR test for the new coronavirus. Kyodo News agency reported on Friday, March 27,  that the result was positive.(Kyodo News via AP)

Japanese baseball players test positive for coronavirus

Mar. 27, 2020 1:27 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Three Hanshin Tigers players testing positive for the coronavirus this week isn't making Japanese baseball organizers think twice about starting the professional league season next month. National broadcaster NHK reported Friday that Tigers pitcher Shintaro Fujinami and two teammates have...

BC-BBO--This Date in Baseball

Mar. 24, 2020 3:17 PM EDT

March 27 1973 — Minnesota pitcher Jim Perry became the first player to use the "10 and 5 rule" when he OK'd his own trade to the Detroit Tigers for minor league pitcher Dan Fife and cash. 1986 — Major League Baseball's Rules Committee voted to change the designated hitter rule for the World Series...

Detroit prospect Wentz has elbow reconstruction surgery

Mar. 18, 2020 12:59 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — Left-hander Joey Wentz, a prospect in the Detroit Tigers' organization, had surgery to reconstruct the ulnar collateral ligament in his pitching elbow. New York Mets medical director Dr. David Altchek operated on Wentz on Tuesday in West Palm Beach, Florida. Detroit said Wednesday that Wentz...

New York Yankees' Rosell Herrera, right, safely beats the throw to Detroit Tigers catcher Jake Rogers to score during a spring training baseball game, Thursday, March 5, 2020, in Lakeland, Fla. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Tigers option catcher Jake Rogers to Triple-A Toledo

Mar. 17, 2020 5:28 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — Catcher Jake Rogers was optioned to Triple-A Toledo on Tuesday by the The Detroit Tigers. Rogers faced a tough competition for playing time after Detroit acquired catchers Austin Romine and Eric Haase in the offseason. Rogers made his big league debut last season, hitting .125 in 35 games....

FILE - In this Aug. 27, 2017, file photo, Cleveland Indians' Craig Breslow delivers against the Kansas City Royals during the eighth inning in a baseball game in Cleveland. Breslow was named the director of pitching for the Cubs in October 2019. Directors of pitching and hitting are becoming more across the majors as teams try to make the most of their significant investment in analytics.(AP Photo/Ron Schwane, File)

Directors of hitting, pitching becoming more common

Mar. 12, 2020 2:26 AM EDT

MESA, Ariz. (AP) — The Chicago Cubs had data. Lots of data. On velocity, pitch shaping and mechanics. Swing path, bat speed and launch trajectory. Numbers on numbers on numbers. They also had a problem. The pipeline from research and development to their players and coaches wasn't working as well as they...

New York Yankees' Aaron Judge runs during a spring training baseball workout Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Yanks star Judge getting more tests of ailing right shoulder

Feb. 29, 2020 7:58 PM EST

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — New York Yankees star Aaron Judge has undergone an MRI and further tests as the team tries to determine the cause of his ailing right shoulder. Manager Aaron Boone said Judge “was not right” while taking batting practice in an indoor cage Friday. “We're in a holding...

FILE - In this Feb. 17, 2020, file photo, Pittsburgh Pirates' Derek Holland is shown during a spring training baseball workout in Bradenton, Fla. Holland is one of several older players trying to hang on with teams that don't figure to be contenders in 2020. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II, File)

Working the count; 30-somethings grinding to extend careers

Feb. 28, 2020 2:27 AM EST

BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) — Jarrod Dyson kept waiting for the phone to ring. As December faded and the hot stove cooled, one thought kept running through the free agent outfielder's mind. “You mean to tell me I can't help nobody win?" said Dyson, who stole 30 bases for Arizona in 2019 before hitting the...

Houston Astros pitcher Justin Verlander (35) watches before throwing during spring training baseball practice, Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020 in West Palm Beach, Fla. (Karen Warren/Houston Chronicle via AP)

Astros' Verlander to debut Thursday vs. Scherzer, Nationals

Feb. 25, 2020 2:31 PM EST

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Houston ace Justin Verlander is slated to make his 2020 spring training debut on Thursday, when former teammate Max Schezer is scheduled to be on the mound for World Series champion Washington. The pair were teammates on the Detroit Tigers from 2010-14 and have combined for...

Altuve booed, nicked by pitch in spring debut for Astros

Feb. 25, 2020 3:06 AM EST

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — José Altuve insisted he tuned out the hecklers. He couldn't avoid a pitch that grazed him. “He was hit in the foot. That ain’t nothing, you know what I mean?” Houston Astros manager Dusty Baker said Monday after an 11-1 win over Detroit at half-empty Joker...

Houston Astros' Jose Altuve runs to first base after getting hit with a pitch during the fifth inning of a spring training baseball game against the Detroit Tigers, Monday, Feb. 24, 2020, in Lakeland, Fla. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Altuve nicked by pitch, Astros stars booed on road vs Tigers

Feb. 24, 2020 8:38 PM EST

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — José Altuve insisted he tuned out the hecklers. He couldn't avoid a pitch that grazed him. “He was hit in the foot. That ain’t nothing, you know what I mean?” Houston Astros manager Dusty Baker said Monday after an 11-1 win over Detroit at half-empty Joker...