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Japan’s Shun Yamaguchi, Ryosuke Kikuchi made available to MLB teams

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NEW YORK — Two players from Japan, Shun Yamaguchi and Ryosuke Kikuchi, have been made available to major league teams through the posting process.

Clubs have until Jan. 2 (5 p.m. EST) to negotiate with them, Major League Baseball said Tuesday.

Yamaguchi, a 32-year-old right-hander with the Yomiuri Giants, was 15-4 with a 2.91 ERA and 188 strikeouts in 170 innings. He led the Central League in wins and strikeouts, helping Yomiuri to its first Central League pennant in five years.

Kikuchi, a second baseman who turns 30 in March, hit .261 with 13 homers, 48 RBI and 14 stolen bases for the Hiroshima Toyo Carp.

Yokohama outfielder Yoshitomo Tsutsugo was posted last month and is available until Dec. 19.

MLB and Nippon Professional Baseball reached a posting agreement after the 2017 season. An MLB team would pay a Japanese club fee of 20% of guaranteed money in a major league contract through $25 million, plus 17.5% above that through $50 million, plus 15% over that.

A supplemental fee would equal 15% of any earned bonuses, escalators and compensation from option years that are exercised or become guaranteed.

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Ex-MLB pitcher Tyson Brummett, 3 others die in plane crash

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AMERICAN FORK, Utah — A former Philadelphia Phillies pitcher and three others died in a plane crash in rural Utah.

Ex-pitcher Tyson Brummett, 35, of Salt Lake City, was flying the small plane, which left from the South Valley Regional Airport in West Jordan and crashed near Box Elder Peak in American Fork Canyon just before 8 a.m. Friday, according to the Utah County Sheriff’s Office.

A witness said the plane went into a downward corkscrew motion as it crashed.

TV station WPVI reports all four people on board did not survive.

The passengers were identified as Elaine W. Blackhurst, 60, her husband Douglas Robinson Blackhurst, 62; and their nephew Alex Blackhurst Ruegner, 35. The three were from Riverton, Utah.

“The Phillies organization sends heartfelt condolences to the family of and friends of former pitcher Tyson Brummett, along with three members of the Ruegner and Blackhurst families, who tragically passed away in a plane crash yesterday morning,” the team said in a statement released Saturday.

Brummett was drafted by the Phillies in 2007 out of UCLA. A right-hander, Brummett’s lone appearance in the majors came in 2012, when he faced four batters, striking out two of them.

The National Transportation Safety Board said it is investigating the crash.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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Dodgers pitcher David Price says he won’t play this season

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Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher David Price is opting out of the 2020 season.

In a statement Saturday directed at Dodger fans, Price said he decided it was in the best interest of his and his family’s health to not play this season.

“I will miss my teammates and will be cheering for them throughout the season and on to a World Series victory,” Price said in a Twitter post. “I’m sorry I won’t be playing for you this year, but I look forward to representing you next year.”

The 60-game season is scheduled to begin July 23.

The Boston Red Sox traded Price and Mookie Betts in a blockbuster deal with the Dodgers earlier this year. The 34-year-old won the 2012 AL Cy Young Award with Tampa Bay and helped the Red Sox win the 2018 World Series.

While Price has yet to take the mound for the Dodgers in a regular season game, he has already made an impact on the team. Back in May, Price pledged to give $1,000 to every minor league player not on the Dodgers’ 40-man roster for the month of June, sources confirmed to ESPN.

Price is under contract through the 2022 season.



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Yankees’ Masahiro Tanaka struck in head by line drive during training camp

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New York Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka was struck in the head by a line drive during the team’s training camp Saturday at Yankee Stadium.

The ball hit by Yankees outfielder Giancarlo Stanton put the Japanese right-hander on the ground for several minutes.

He eventually was able to walk to the club house with some assistance.

There was no official update on Tanaka’s condition.

In six seasons with the Yankees, Tanaka is 75-43 with a 3.75 ERA, 947 strikeouts and 200 walks.

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