Royals' magical run to World Series wowed Matthews

By winning Wild Card, club played without pressure, says longtime broadcaster

Royals' magical run to World Series wowed Matthews

KANSAS CITY -- Denny Matthews, in broadcasting Royals games since their first season in 1969, has seen just about everything. So his take on the 2014 World Series edition has a background of 46 seasons of watching the club.

Matthews recently reflected on the late September and October developments as the Royals made their dash into the playoffs for the first time since 1985.

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Billy Bean

Courageous coming out by Royals employee

Inspired by Kansas City's magical October bond, Schulte came out to the world

Courageous coming out by Royals employee

After I was introduced as MLB's Ambassador of Inclusion by Commissioner Bud Selig at the All-Star Game in Minneapolis in July, messages of encouragement came pouring in. The majority of them were from within the LGBT community, and they were both supportive and hopeful that this was the beginning of a new era in professional sports.

It was at that time that a friend of mine made an e-mail introduction between me and a young man named Matt Schulte, who works for the Kansas City Royals.

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Billy Bean is Major League Baseball's ambassador for inclusion. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Nix elects to become free agent instead of Minors assignment

Nix elects to become free agent instead of Minors assignment

KANSAS CITY -- Infielder Jayson Nix has elected free agency rather than accept an assignment to the Royals' Triple-A club at Omaha.

The move leaves the Royals with 37 players on their 40-man roster.

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Dye, Gordon among first-timers on Hall of Fame ballot

Dye, Gordon among first-timers on Hall of Fame ballot

The newest list of candidates for the Hall of Fame's Class of 2015 is headlined by dominant pitchers like Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez and John Smoltz, as well as power hitter Gary Sheffield.

But beyond the stars, others who had stellar Major League careers also are eligible for the first time. Although they didn't throw with Johnson's velocity or swing with Sheffield's ferocity, at one time or another, many of them carried their clubs and will forever be remembered by baseball fans.

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Adam Berry and Cash Kruth are reporters for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Players' cut of postseason pool announced

World Series champion Giants earn record for full shares

Players' cut of postseason pool announced

After winning their third World Series in five seasons, the Giants' full postseason shares were worth a record-high $388,605.94, Major League Baseball announced Monday.

That figure breaks the previous high mark of $370,872.53 set by the Giants following their 2012 World Series championship. The American League champion Royals received postseason shares worth $230,699.73.

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Adam Berry is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @adamdberry. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Willingham opts to retire after 11-year career

Outfielder, 35, who played for five teams, finishes with .253 average, 195 homers

Willingham opts to retire after 11-year career

Outfielder Josh Willingham is reportedly retiring after 11 Major League seasons split among five clubs.

ESPN.com first reported the news on Monday. Willingham, 35, split time last year between the Twins and Royals, batting .215 with 14 homers and 40 RBIs in 92 games.

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Joey Nowak is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @joeynowak. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Royals make trade, add prospects to 40-man roster

KC acquires Padres' Fuentes; protects Bonifacio, Calixte from Rule 5 Draft

Royals make trade, add prospects to 40-man roster

KANSAS CITY -- The Royals spiced up their 40-man roster moves on Thursday by making a trade, acquiring outfielder Reymond Fuentes from the San Diego Padres for Minor League pitcher Kyle Bartsch.

The Royals also promoted two players to the Major League roster, outfielder Jorge Bonifacio and shortstop Orlando Calixte. That brought the Royals' roster to 38, leaving two spots for potential future acquisitions.

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Ibanez, Wakamatsu finalists for Rays job

Cash, Ibanez, Wakamatsu are finalists to replace Maddon

Ibanez, Wakamatsu finalists for Rays job

ST. PETERSBURG -- The Rays went from 10 managerial candidates to three on Friday. Kevin Cash, Raul Ibanez and Don Wakamatsu compose the final group from which the organization plans to make its choice for Joe Maddon's successor.

Interviews with the trio are scheduled to take place in person the week of Dec. 1.

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Bill Chastain is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Royals bid farewell to Butler, return attention to needs

Moore praises veteran DH for work on, off field; club looking to replace Shields, Aoki

Royals bid farewell to Butler, return attention to needs

KANSAS CITY -- It was time for the Royals to say goodbye to Billy Butler after eight years in a Kansas City uniform. The Oakland A's confirmed on Wednesday the signing of the designated hitter to a three-year contract, believed to be worth $30 million.

"Billy's been a terrific player for us, he's been outstanding in the community, he's obviously a homegrown player and huge in our success. And Billy's a fun player to watch in the batter's box, there's no doubt," K.C. general manager Dayton Moore said.

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Jim Callis

Three Royals rank among top prospects from AFL

Three Royals rank among top prospects from AFL

The 23rd edition of the Arizona Fall League wrapped up with Salt River's win in the championship game over Peoria on Saturday. Once again, the AFL was jam packed with elite-level prospects.

That made putting together a top prospects list fairly easy. There were so many good players, it was decided to expand the list to a top 25, up from the typical 20. The list was compiled by Jim Callis, Jonathan Mayo and Teddy Cahill, along with feedback from a number of scouts who covered the league this fall. This list is more about long-term potential, but AFL performances were certainly taken into account.

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Jim Callis is a reporter for MLB.com and writes a blog, Callis' Corner. Follow @jimcallisMLB on Twitter. Jonathan Mayo is a reporter for MLBPipeline.com and writes a blog, B3. Follow @JonathanMayoB3 on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Former infielder Getz joins Royals' front office

Former infielder Getz joins Royals' front office

KANSAS CITY -- Former second baseman Chris Getz is taking a new position with the Royals -- he's becoming an assistant in player development in the team's front office.

Getz, 31, was in the Major Leagues for seven years with the White Sox, Royals and, briefly, the Blue Jays. Noted as an outstanding fielder and basestealer, he posted a career average of .250 in 459 games.

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Royals' DH plan revolves around loss of Butler

Club could use spot to rest regulars

Royals' DH plan revolves around loss of Butler

KANSAS CITY -- So what do the Royals do to replace Billy Butler?

Butler signed a three-year, $30 million with the A's. So as Butler leaves the designated-hitter slot open, the obvious solution would be to sign another right-handed slugger to take his place. However, if the Royals won't top a $10 million per year deal for Butler, they're not likely to do better for less money.

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Former 20-game winner Sadecki dies at 73

Lefty pitched for Cardinals, Mets, Giants, Royals, Braves, Brewers

ST. LOUIS -- Ray Sadecki, a left-handed pitcher who won 20 games for the Cardinals in their 1964 championship season, died Monday due to complications of blood cancer. He was 73.

Born in Kansas City, Kan., Sadecki debuted for the Cardinals in 1960 and went on to enjoy an 18-year Major League playing career. Eight of those seasons came in St. Louis, followed by stints with the Mets, Giants, Royals, Braves and Brewers. He finished with a career record of 135-131 and 3.78 ERA over 563 appearances (328 starts).

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Jenifer Langosch is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, By Gosh, It's Langosch, and follow her on Twitter @LangoschMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Guthrie visits Japanese Hall of Fame exhibit

Royals righty takes in presentation of MLB's history in Japan at Tokyo Dome

Guthrie visits Japanese Hall of Fame exhibit

TOKYO -- Throughout his time at the Japan All-Star Series, Royals right-hander Jeremy Guthrie has learned much about his Japanese heritage. Guthrie has met relatives for the first time, eaten new foods and soaked up as much of the culture as possible.

Sunday, that extended to his line of work, when Guthrie toured an exhibit detailing the history of Major League Baseball in Japan at the Tokyo Dome's Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. The exhibit linked back to the 1934 tour that brought Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig and other Hall of Famers to Japan.

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Anthony DiComo is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDicomo. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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A's sign free-agent DH Butler to three-year deal

Hungry for righty slugger, Oakland gives 'Country Breakfast' $30 million

A's sign free-agent DH Butler to three-year deal

OAKLAND -- The A's moved swiftly in their pursuit of a right-handed power bat, attracting free-agent slugger Billy Butler with a three-year, $30 million deal, which was made official on Wednesday.

It's no secret this club has been on the hunt for such a middle-of-the-order bat following Yoenis Cespedes' midseason trade to Boston. Butler gives Oakland just that, and his signing gives A's fans proof that the club plans to contend in 2015.

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Jane Lee is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Royals release Spring Training schedule

Kansas City set for two World Series rematches with San Francisco

Royals release Spring Training schedule

KANSAS CITY -- Bring on the Giants -- again. That's what will happen twice for the Royals during Spring Training, as the World Series rivals meet in the Cactus League.

The San Francisco-Kansas City matchups are scheduled for March 22 at the Royals' camp in Surprise, Ariz., and the next afternoon at the Giants' ballpark in Scottsdale. Both games are set for 3:05 p.m. CT.

The Royals announced their Spring Training schedule on Monday, and it includes 31 games, including 14 home games at Surprise Stadium. This will be their 13th season at Surprise after 15 years at Baseball City and 19 years at Fort Myers, both in Florida.

The traditional Cactus League opener will be against the Texas Rangers, the Royals' co-tenants since the complex opened in 2003, on Wednesday, March 4. The two teams also will meet the next day at Surprise and again on March 30. As the Rangers will be the home team in two of those games, the Royals will have a total of 16 games at Surprise.

The first four games on the schedule will start at 2:05 p.m. CT, prior to the Daylight Savings Time change in the Central time zone. The Phoenix area does not change times.

There are four night games scheduled in Arizona, two in Surprise against Milwaukee on March 18 and against the Chicago White Sox on March 25.

The Royals will wrap up their spring schedule at Houston with an April 3 night game and an April 4 afternoon game against the Astros. Then they'll head to Kansas City for the April 6 regular-season opener against the White Sox.

The official Spring Training reporting dates are Feb. 19 for pitchers and catchers and Feb. 24 for the rest of the squad, with workouts beginning the following day. Usually, however, a large number of players check in early to begin working out on their own.

The Surprise Recreation Campus will accept mail orders as well as online orders for tickets. To obtain a ticket brochure, fans can call (623) 222-2222 or visit royals.com/springtraining.

Single-game tickets go on sale online Monday, Dec. 15, through royals.com/springtraining or by calling (800) 745-3000. The Surprise box office will open at 7 a.m. MT on Saturday, Jan. 3, for walk-up purchases. A service charge will be applied to tickets purchased online or over the phone. Fans with questions about Spring Training tickets can call (623) 222-2222, beginning Monday.

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Jim Callis

Dozier, Starling show power in AFL championship

Dozier, Starling show power in AFL championship

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Just like they did on the final day of the World Series, Royals players featured prominently at the end of the Arizona Fall League. All seven Kansas City prospects on the Peoria Javelinas roster got into today's 14-7 championship win by the Salt River Rafters.

Third baseman Hunter Dozier got Peoria on the scoreboard by homering to left-center off an 89-mph fastball from Anthony DeSclafani (Marlins) to lead off the top of the fourth inning. The blast triggered a rally from a 3-0 deficit by the Javelinas, who also got homers in the fourth from Rays farmhands Justin O'Conner and Kes Carter.

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Jim Callis is a reporter for MLB.com and writes a blog, Callis' Corner. Follow @jimcallisMLB on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Guthrie reconnects with family, heritage

Royals pitcher grateful to meet cousins across the Pacific for the first time

Guthrie reconnects with family, heritage

TOKYO -- About 40 years ago, Akio Toshikiyo's grandmother asked him to write a letter to Hawaii. Toshikiyo's grandfather had passed away years earlier, snapping the strongest link his family had to its relatives in the United States. His grandmother wanted to reestablish that connection, but Toshikiyo never received a response.

About 30 years ago, Jeremy Guthrie's mother penned her own letter, this one bound for Japan. Her family had received Toshikiyo's information a decade earlier, she wrote, and wanted to stay in touch. Nothing much ever came of that letter, either.

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Anthony DiComo is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDicomo. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Jim Callis

Top performances, prospects from 2014 Fall League

A team-by-team breakdown of who impressed and how each club's top player fared

Top performances, prospects from 2014 Fall League

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- The Arizona Fall League is known as baseball's finishing school because it has graduated a ton of talent to the Major Leagues since it began play in 1992. The AFL has produced 212 All-Stars, including 35 in this year's Midsummer Classic, 25 Rookies of the Year, 13 MVPs and five Cy Young Award winners.

Based on the quality of the talent in the AFL this year, more big leaguers and stars are on the way. The league wrapped up its 23rd season on Saturday, with the Salt River Rafters outlasting the Peoria Javelinas, 14-7, for their fourth title and first since 2011.

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Jim Callis is a reporter for MLB.com and writes a blog, Callis' Corner. Follow @jimcallisMLB on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Royals' Crow joins Mission to feed hungry in KC

Reliever part of team contingent to serve Thanksgiving meals to those in need

Royals' Crow joins Mission to feed hungry in KC

KANSAS CITY -- Aaron Crow spent part of Thursday making life a bit better for others in a shelter. He'll spend much of this winter trying to make things better for himself on the mound.

Crow, a Kansas City reliever for the last four years, pitched in with a crew from the Royals' work force to serve a Thanksgiving meal to folks in need at the City Union Mission of Kansas City. Crow's group waited on 225 diners at the Men's Center, and another group of Royals associates served 85 at the Family Center.

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Japan trip hits home with Royals' Guthrie

Japan trip hits home with Royals' Guthrie

TOKYO -- Even before coming to Japan, Jeremy Guthrie was known for his multicultural horizons, particularly after serving as Yordano Ventura's interpreter during the young Dominican right-hander's first news conference at this year's World Series.

Guthrie, the Royals' starting pitcher who is slated to take the mound for the MLB All-Star team vs. the Japanese national team at 4 a.m. ET on Saturday at the Tokyo Dome for Game 3 of the Japan All-Star Series, speaks excellent Spanish thanks to a two-year Mormon mission in Spain from ages 19 to 21. Kansas City shortstop Alcides Escobar has called him "practically an ambassador on the team" between the Royals' Latin American and North American players.

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David Venn is executive editor of LasMayores.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Perez's love of baseball takes no breaks

Royals catcher participating in Japan All-Star Series following postseason

Perez's love of baseball takes no breaks

OSAKA, Japan -- As if 162 games behind the plate weren't enough in 2014 between the regular season, the All-Star Game and the postseason, Salvador Perez never had any doubts about representing Major League Baseball in the Japan All-Star Series against the host country's national team.

The Royals' backstop, who led the Major Leagues in games caught during the regular season with 146, gave a simple explanation as to why he insisted on playing in Japan less than two weeks after concluding a campaign that ended in a seven-game World Series loss to the San Francisco Giants.

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David Venn is an executive editor for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Gordon selected to flip switch on KC's Plaza lights

Gordon selected to flip switch on KC's Plaza lights

KANSAS CITY -- The World Series celebration continues and this time it'll light up Kansas City's famous Country Club Plaza with the traditional holiday lights.

Kansas City Power & Light has selected Royals left fielder Alex Gordon to flip the switch that will turn on the thousands of colorful lights in the 85th Plaza lighting ceremony. He'll be assisted by his family and general manager Dayton Moore and his family.

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KC inks Roberts, Paterson to Minor League deals

Infielder, reliever invited to Major League Spring Training with club

KC inks Roberts, Paterson to Minor League deals

KANSAS CITY -- The Spring Training lockers at Surprise, Ariz., are already being filled by the Royals. They've signed two free agents, infielder Ryan Roberts and left-handed pitcher Joe Paterson, to Minor League contracts with an invitation to the Major League training camp.

Roberts, 34, plays primarily third base and second base. This season, he played just eight games for Boston, spending most of the summer with Triple-A Pawtucket, where he tallied a .277 average, seven homers and 32 RBIs in 72 games.

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Royals' Gordon named Hutch Award winner

Royals' Gordon named Hutch Award winner

KANSAS CITY -- Alex Gordon has another prestigious award to add to his four Gold Gloves, two All-Star selections and 2011 Royals Player of the Year.

Gordon was selected as the 50th winner of the Hutch Award by the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle. The award and the center are named for the former Major League pitcher and manager who died of cancer at age 45 in 1964.

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Dick Kaegel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Herrera headlines list of Super Two players

The 26 players named are eligible for salary arbitration

Herrera headlines list of Super Two players

Major League Baseball and the Players' Association have finalized a list of 26 players with less than three years of Major League service time who are eligible for salary arbitration, also known as Super Twos, a Major League Baseball source confirmed.

The group is headlined by Mets closer Jenrry Mejia, Royals reliever Kelvin Herrera, Angels pitcher Garrett Richards, Dodgers second baseman Dee Gordon, Astros slugger Chris Carter, A's third baseman Josh Donaldson and Yankees pitcher David Phelps.

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Austin Laymance is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Yost third in AL Manager of the Year balloting

Directed Royals' first postseason appearance in 29 years

Yost third in AL Manager of the Year balloting

KANSAS CITY -- Ned Yost was right on target -- the Royals' skipper did finish third in the American League Manager of the Year voting.

Buck Showalter of the Orioles won the award, receiving 25 of the 30 votes cast by the Baseball Writers' Association of America. He received 132 of a possible 150 points.

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Royals keeping close eye on Shields

GM Moore maintaining dialogue with top-of-the-rotation hurler

Royals keeping close eye on Shields

PHOENIX -- Nothing would be bigger for the Royals than finding a way to keep ace James Shields, who is one of the top three pitchers on the free-agent market.

General manager Dayton Moore said it will be tough for Kansas City to match offers from big-revenue franchises, but he refuses to concede that he'll lose Shields, who led the American League with 34 starts in both of his two seasons with the Royals.

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Escobar shuns rest to play in Japan Series

Escobar shuns rest to play in Japan Series

NISHINOMIYA, Japan -- After 162 regular-season games with the Royals and 15 more in the postseason, Alcides Escobar still wanted to play more baseball. So instead of resting in November, the Venezuelan native opted to take part in the Japan All-Star Series.

"I told my family and my wife, 'Whatever happens, I'm going, because I have the chance to see another country,'" Escobar said of his decision to keep his commitment to be on the team of Major Leaguers competing in the November series consisting of five games against the Samurai Japan national team, plus two exhibition games. "I'm really excited about this opportunity."

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David Venn is an exclusive editor for LasMayores.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Perez homers to help MLB win Japan Series preview

Longoria's slam backs Capuano in spirited exhibition with Hanshin-Yomiuri squad

Perez homers to help MLB win Japan Series preview

A star-studded squad of Major Leaguers got a taste of what lies ahead in the Japan All-Star Series on Tuesday, as a feisty team of players from the Hanshin Tigers and Yomiuri Giants nearly erased a seven-run deficit before MLB closed out an 8-7 exhibition victory in front of a raucous crowd at Koshien Stadium in Nishinomiya.

The MLB All-Stars got three long home runs -- including a grand slam from Rays third baseman Evan Longoria -- in the game, which previewed a five-game showcase that begins Wednesday at the Kyocera Dome in Osaka, live on MLB Network and MLB.TV at 4 a.m. ET.

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Joey Nowak is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @joeynowak. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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