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MLB ready to open office in China (AP)

Thu, 02 Nov 2006 22:11:54 PST

Major League Baseball is heading to China. In Japan for an All-Star tour, baseball officials said Friday the sport will open an office there within a month to help promote the game in a nation that has a population of more than 1.3 billion. "Obviously, there is tremendous potential there," said Jim Small, vice president of market development for MLB.

Edmonds becomes provisional free agent (AP)

Thu, 02 Nov 2006 16:02:23 PST

St. Louis Cardinals center fielder Jim Edmonds filed provisionally for free agency Thursday, awaiting a decision by the team on his $10 million option for 2007. St. Louis has until Nov. 11 to decide on the option. If the Cardinals decline, Edmonds would receive a $3 million buyout, payable as part of the deferred money in his contract, which he will receive each December from 2010-19.

Matsuzaka bidding begins Wednesday (AP)

Thu, 02 Nov 2006 13:43:43 PST

Major league teams wishing to sign Japanese pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka must submit their offers by 5 p.m. EST next Wednesday -- and the Seattle Mariners won't be bidding. Matsuzaka was officially put up for auction Thursday by the Seibu Lions of Japan's Pacific League. After the bidding has closed, the Lions will be told of the highest offer, without being informed of which team made it.

Dye's homer lifts MLB team over Japan (AP)

Fri, 03 Nov 2006 05:05:32 PST

Jermaine Dye hit a two-run homer and John Lackey pitched five strong innings Friday as the MLB All-Stars defeated the stars of Japan 3-2 in the opener of the five-game tour. Dye, who hit 44 homers for the Chicago White Sox this season, connected off Japanese starter Tetsuya Utsumi in the bottom of the third inning at Tokyo Dome after Rafael Furcal singled.

No error: Tigers' Rogers wins Gold Glove (AP)

Thu, 02 Nov 2006 16:04:33 PST

After all those errors in the World Series, a Detroit Tigers pitcher won a Gold Glove. Kenny Rogers, whose smudged left hand created a lot of suspicion during the World Series, won his fourth straight Gold Glove on Thursday and fifth overall. Detroit pitchers made five errors during the Tigers' five-game loss to the St.

Road to redemption

Sat, 28 Oct 2006 04:10:00 PDT

ST. LOUIS – Jeff Weaver's improbable title-clinching victory was the tearful end of the Cardinals' long journey of vindication.

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