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  1. Masahiro Tanaka had a heck of a game against the Marlins on Friday

    Mar 28, 2014, 10:10 PM EST

    Masahiro Tanaka

    Yankees GM Brian Cashman signed Japanese starter Masahiro Tanaka to a seven-year, $155 million contract in January, then spent some time deflating expectations for the right-hander. His spring performance, including his final outing Friday afternoon against the Marlins, may have reinflated those expectations. Hiroki Kuroda started and tossed three scoreless innings before Tanaka entered the…

  2. Rangers sign Scott Baker

    Mar 28, 2014, 3:51 PM EST

    Scott Baker AP

    Released by the Mariners earlier this week, right-hander Scott Baker has agreed to a new minor-league contract with the Rangers. Texas was in the market for rotation depth with Yu Darvish, Matt Harrison, and Derek Holland all hurting, but Baker was a mess in Mariners camp and missed nearly all of the past two seasons…

  3. Rangers release Tommy Hanson

    Mar 26, 2014, 3:15 PM EST

    Tommy Hanson

    Texas is desperate for rotation help right now with Yu Darvish, Matt Harrison, and Derek Holland all hurt, to the point that the Rangers have turned to Tanner Scheppers as their Opening Day starter despite his never starting an MLB game before. And yet they just released Tommy Hanson, who not so long ago was…

  4. Tanner Scheppers’ first big league start will be Opening Day

    Mar 26, 2014, 2:48 PM EST

    Tanner Scheppers Rangers

    Here’s something you don’t see very often: Because of injuries knocking Yu Darvish, Matt Harrison, and Derek Holland out of the mix the Rangers have turned to Tanner Scheppers as their Opening Day starter and it will also be the 27-year-old right-hander’s first career start in the majors. Scheppers was an occasional starter in the…

  5. Yu Darvish scratched from Opening Day start with neck injury

    Mar 25, 2014, 12:16 PM EST

    Yu Darvish

    Yu Darvish will not start on Opening Day for the Rangers, as the right-hander has been scratched from his Game 1 assignment due to a neck injury. Darvish woke up one morning with a stiff neck last week and had to miss his spring training start Friday. Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star Telegram…

  6. Yu Darvish unlikely to make Opening Day start due to neck injury

    Mar 24, 2014, 3:45 PM EST

    Yu Darvish

    Texas hasn’t officially changed its Opening Day plans yet, but T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports that Yu Darvish is unlikely to make his Game 1 start because of a stiff neck. For now general manager Jon Daniels is saying the Rangers could simply push back Darvish’s start, basically moving him to the end of the…

  7. Smart money on Hanley Ramirez, Jay Bruce in prop bets

    Mar 12, 2014, 5:55 PM EST

    Hanley Ramirez Getty

    Bovada released its player prop bets for the 2014 season on Wednesday, providing odds on the AL and NL MVP and Cy Young races, as well as MLB’s home run leader. Here’s a look at what I consider to be the best bets in each category. Please do note, though, all information here is for…

  8. Inside Masahiro Tanaka’s debut

    Mar 1, 2014, 4:04 PM EST

    Masahiro Tanaka

    TAMPA — The original plan was to go sit in the crowd and drink beer at the Astros-Tigers game, but when it was announced that Masahiro Tanaka was making his spring training debut in Tampa today, plans changed. I got in the car at 6:30 this morning and headed to Steinbrenner Field early to take…

  9. 2014 Preview: Texas Rangers

    Feb 26, 2014, 4:11 PM EST

    Choo Fielder

    Between now and Opening Day, HardballTalk will take a look at each of baseball’s 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2014 season. First up: The Texas Rangers. The Big Question: Were the bold moves bold enough? The past two offseasons seasons saw the division…

  10. Masahiro Tanaka to make his spring debut on Saturday and HBT will be there

    Feb 26, 2014, 11:33 AM EST

    Masahiro Tanaka

    I leave for spring training in Florida tomorrow. Masahiro Tanaka makes his spring training debut on Saturday. Oh, providence! Tanaka will throw 35 pitches for the Yankees that day. He won’t start — that’ll be CC Sabathia — but he will start an inning, either after Sabathia or third after Hiroki Kuroda goes. I was…

  11. Matt Harrison to undergo MRI on stiff back

    Feb 20, 2014, 6:31 PM EST

    Matt Harrison AP

    After missing most of last season with a pair of procedures to repair a herniated disk in his back, Rangers left-hander Matt Harrison continues to have some bad luck on the health front. T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports that Harrison is dealing with stiffness in his lower back and will return to Texas to be…

  12. Yu Darvish was just kidding about the Yankees paying Masahiro Tanaka too much

    Feb 18, 2014, 3:15 PM EST

    Texas Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish delivers a pitch against the Houston Astros in the second inning of their MLB American League baseball game in Houston

    UPDATE: Darvish says he was just joking around about the Tanaka comments and apparently both Darvish and his interpreter were laughing as he said the quotes, although as you can see below that bit of context was oddly left out by several reporters on hand. ========== Yu Darvish was asked today what he thought of…

  13. Yu Darvish suffered from hip discomfort during the off-season

    Feb 16, 2014, 11:15 PM EST

    Texas Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish delivers a pitch against the Houston Astros in the second inning of their MLB American League baseball game in Houston

    Anthony Andro of FOX Sports Southwest reports that Rangers ace Yu Darvish dealt with hip discomfort during the off-season and, as a result, had to change his workout routine. More, from Andro: Darvish told members of the Japanese media that his hip discomfort came to an end in the middle of January when he was…

  14. Brian Cashman says it’s “asking too much” to expect Masahiro Tanaka to be an ace

    Feb 7, 2014, 6:05 PM EST

    masahiro tanaka getty

    Yankees GM Brian Cashman is doing his best to temper expectations for his $175 million pitcher. Per ESPN’s Andrew Marchand, Cashman says it would be “asking too much” to expect Tanaka to perform like an ace. Instead, he sees Tanaka as “a really solid, consistent No. 3 starter.” Cashman expects Tanaka to experience “some growing…

  15. Of course the Rangers aren’t thinking about extending Yu Darvish

    Jan 27, 2014, 3:15 PM EST

    Getty Yu Darvish

    Richard Durrett of the ESPN Dallas asked the Rangers about Yu Darvish‘s contract, Jon Daniels said this: “At some point, we’ll sit down and talk with him just like we would on everybody,” Daniels said this weekend at the team’s Fan Fest at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. “He still has four years on his deal.…

  16. Ranking the best 1-2 rotation punches in baseball

    Jan 22, 2014, 9:25 PM EST

    kershaw getty

    The Yankees made headlines when it was announced that they had signed Japanese pitcher Masahiro Tanaka to a seven-year deal worth $155 million. They were in need of rotation help and satisfied that need in a big way by signing the best free agent pitcher on the market. That the Yankees signed him came as…

  17. Nationals and Stephen Strasburg agree to a one-year deal, avoiding arbitration

    Jan 10, 2014, 8:46 PM EST

    Colorado Rockies v Washington Nationals

    The Nationals and right-handed starter Stephen Strasburg have agreed to a one-year, $3.975 million deal with performance bonuses, avoiding arbitration. The report comes to us from Jon Heyman of CBS Sports. Strasburg, 25, was eligible for arbitration for the first time and is entering 2014 with the momentum of back-to-back solid seasons. He posted a…

  18. Masahiro Tanaka expected to command at least $17 million a year

    Dec 27, 2013, 7:43 AM EST

    tanaka getty

    He’s being posted and the team that signs a deal with him will have to cut a check to the Rakuten Golden Eagles for $20 million. Now Bob Nightengale is hearing about what Masahiro Tanaka‘s salary might be expected to be: Team officials involved in Tanaka sweepstakes say the Japanese star will cost a minimum…

  19. Rakuten Golden Eagles will allow Masahiro Tanaka to make the jump to MLB

    Dec 24, 2013, 6:25 PM EST

    masahiro tanaka getty japan

    Some breaking baseball news this Christmas Eve. Via the translating skills of the Los Angeles Times’ Dylan Hernandez, Sponichi in Japan is reporting that the Rakuten Golden Eagles have decided to go through with posting right-hander Masahiro Tanaka, allowing him to depart for Major League Baseball. Rakuten had second thoughts about allowing Tanaka to leave…

  20. Rakuten Golden Eagles appear likely to allow Masahiro Tanaka’s departure to MLB

    Dec 8, 2013, 1:31 PM EST

    tanaka getty

    Rakuten Golden Eagles president Yozo Tachibana spoke to the Japanese media this weekend about MLB and NPB’s new posting system, which puts a $20 million cap on posting fees. The Golden Eagles own the rights to the hottest international free agent on the market this winter, Masahiro Tanaka, and were hoping to cash in like…

  21. Report: Cubs offering Jeff Samardzija around five years and $55 million

    Dec 6, 2013, 7:57 AM EST

    Jeff Samardzija

    It was reported Wednesday that the Cubs intend to listen to offers on right-hander Jeff Samardzija during next week’s Winter Meetings in Orlando, but they haven’t given up all hope in retaining him for the long-term. Bruce Levine of 670 The Score in Chicago was told by a source that the Cubs have offered Samardzija…

  22. Japanese baseball officials will try to resolve posting issue in New York

    Nov 24, 2013, 9:05 PM EST

    Masahiro Tanaka AP

    Jon Heyman of CBS Sports is reporting that top Japanese baseball officials will attempt to finalize a new posting system in New York this week, which will impact free agent pitcher Masahiro Tanaka, the most sought-after prize from the Nippon Professional Baseball league. More, from Heyman: There is renewed hope for a posting agreement after…

  23. Max Scherzer wins AL Cy Young Award

    Nov 13, 2013, 6:32 PM EST

    Max Scherzer

    Max Scherzer became the second Tiger in three years to claim the AL Cy Young Award on Wednesday, picking up 28 of the 30 first-place votes to easily outdistance the Rangers’ Yu Darvish and Seattle’s Hisashi Iwakuma. Darvish was second on 19 ballots to finish as the runner up to Scherzer. Iwakuma was third, getting…

  24. More details on proposed changes to the Japanese player posting system

    Nov 11, 2013, 7:29 PM EST

    Masahiro Tanaka

    We heard back in September that some big changes could be coming to the Japanese player posting system. Some details on those changes are beginning to emerge. While early word indicated that the player would get more control in the process, potentially deciding among the top three bids, that apparently won’t be the case here.…

  25. Wil Myers outpoints Jose Iglesias for AL Rookie of the Year

    Nov 11, 2013, 6:24 PM EST

    Wil Myers

    Wil Myers became Tampa Bay’s third AL Rookie of the Year in the past six seasons Monday after receiving 23 of 30 first-place votes from the BBWAA. Myers, who was acquired from Kansas City last winter in the James Shields deal, joins Evan Longoria (2008) and Jeremy Hellickson (2010) as Rays to win the award…

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