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Report: Cubs, White Sox among five teams to bid on Tanaka

The Cubs and White Sox are among five teams who have made formal offers to Japanese free-agent pitcher Masahiro Tanaka, according to a report out of Japan. Nikkan Sports reported the Yankees, Dodgers and Diamondbacks are the other three, with all the teams offering more …

 

Baseball by the numbers

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This week’s names and numbers in baseball:

CUBS NINE TO KNOW

1. Mark Grace holds the Cubs record with 42 hits in the first month of the season (1996). Emilio Bonifacio’s career high is 25 hits in 21 games in April 2009.

2. Early and …

CHAD: Yankees back to being the Yankees

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In 2013, the New York Yankees put themselves on a budget and missed the playoffs for only the second time in 19 seasons. So, in 2014, the familiar World Series-or-bust Yankees are back, willing to bury the budget and break the bank. Goodbye, Walmart; hello, …

Baseball by the numbers

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This week’s names & numbers in baseball:

WHITE SOX NINE TO KNOW

1. When the White Sox open at home Monday against the Twins, they come in 59-54 on Opening Day, 27-23 at home.

2. Paul Konerko has started every Opening Day for the Sox …

The Sitdown: Slugger Paul Konerko on his World Series ring, teammates, kids

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Team captain Paul Konerko, who is embarking on his last season, was in a reflective mood before a morning workout with the White Sox as opening day — Monday — approached. Konerko took a few moments last week to discuss the 2005 World Series championship, former teammates and everything non-baseball related from his guitar to his favorite movies to being a father of three.

Tigers to pay Miguel Cabrera a MLB-record $292 M over 10 years

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DETROIT — The Detroit Tigers are doubling down on Triple Crown winner Miguel Cabrera.

The team has agreed to pay Cabrera a baseball-record $292 million over the next 10 years, according to a person with knowledge of the deal.

The person, who said the contract …

Barry Bonds back in Giants camp coaching

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Barry Bonds is wearing a San Francisco Giants uniform once again, now as a hitting coach at spring training.

Hair stylist had Cuban pride

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Maria Xiques-Lepko was known to stand on North Michigan Avenue in Chicago wearing a red silk boxer’s robe to attract business to her hair salon, Upper Cuts. Ms. Xiques died Feb. 16 at Northwestern Memorial Hospital of complications from cancer. She was 56 and provided a welcoming committee to Chicago for the first recent wave of Cubans to play for the White Sox.

Orioles’ prospect Josh Hart didn’t know who Frank Robinson was

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Josh Hart needed a history lesson at spring training. The outfielder, selected 37th overall in last June’s amateur draft, was visiting Baltimore’s major league spring training camp on Monday when manager Buck Showalter introduced him to Hall of Famer Frank Robinson. Showalter asked Hart if he knew who Robinson was. The 19-year-old did not.

A-Rod withdraws lawsuit against MLB to overturn suspension

Alex Rodriguez has withdrawn his lawsuits against Major League Baseball, Commissioner Bud Selig and the players’ association to overturn his season-long suspension, a sign the New York Yankees third baseman may be prepared to accept the penalty.

Yankees’ Alex Rodriguez suspended for 2014 season

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Alex Rodriguez’s drug suspension was cut to 162 games from 211 by arbitrator Fredric Horowitz, a decision that sidelines the New York Yankees third baseman the entire 2014 season. Rodriguez also would be sidelined for any postseason games under the decision announced Saturday.

MLB to unveil expanded replay in 2014

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Major League Baseball ramped up its instant replay system Thursday, with owners, players and umpires approving sweeping changes in how close calls will be reviewed. A look at the new way of putting extra eyes on the umps: WHAT CAN BE REVIEWED? Most every call …

Clayton Kershaw, Dodgers agree to 7-year, $215M deal

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LOS ANGELES — Pitcher Clayton Kershaw agreed Wednesday to a $215 million, seven-year contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press, a deal that makes the two-time Cy Young Award winner baseball’s first player with a $30 …

Jack Clark wants Albert Pujols’ ‘juicer’ suit tossed

Former Cardinals first baseman Jack Clark is asking a court to dismiss a defamation lawsuit filed against him by fellow former St. Louis slugger Albert Pujols.

Jackie Robinson’s rookie of the year trophy sells for $402,000

Jackie Robinson’s 1947 Rookie of the Year award for the season he broke baseball’s color barrier has sold for $401,968.

Alex Rodriguez suing MLB over drug suspension

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Alex Rodriguez sued Major League Baseball and its players’ union Monday, seeking to overturn a season-long suspension.