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TOKYO (AP) — Japanese media are reporting that Hiroki Kuroda, a free agent with the Yankees, will return to Japan in 2015 to pitch for the Hiroshima Carps.Japanese broadcaster NHK and other reports said Saturday that the right-hander will wear the same number 15 that he wore for the Yankees. The Hiroshima team kept the number open for him for the eight years he was away, awaiting his return.
12.23.20147:40 PM ET
NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball's average salary shot up to more than $3.8 million this year following the steepest rise in more than a decade, putting big leaguers on track to top the $4 million barrier for the first time in 2015.The Major League Baseball Players Association said Tuesday the average salary was $3,818,923, up from $3,386,212 last year. The 12.78 percent hike was the biggest since a 12.83 percent rise from 2000 to 2001.
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NEW YORK (AP) — The Mets' L.J. Mazzilli, a son of former major league All-Star and manager Lee Mazzilli, was suspended for 50 games Tuesday under baseball's minor league drug program following a second positive drug test.L.J. Mazzilli, on the roster of the Mets' Class A team at St. Lucie of the Florida State League, will serve the penalty at the start of next season, the commissioner's office said Tuesday. The substance was described as a drug of abuse but not specified.
12.22.20146:23 PM ET
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Phil Hughes finished his first season in Minnesota one out shy of a $500,000 bonus. His new deal with the Twins more than takes care of that.The Twins and the 28-year-old right-hander agreed Monday to a $58 million, five-year contract that adds $42 million in guaranteed money from 2017-19.
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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Sergio Romo tested free agency, had some offers and ultimately decided he wanted to stay put in San Francisco pitching for the only team he has known.The animated reliever finalized a $15 million, two-year contract with the Giants on Monday, keeping a key member of the bullpen who has been part of three championship runs.
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