Hirokazu Sawamura ready for second season with Red Sox

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Now that Red Sox righty Hirokazu Sawamura has adapted to life in the Major Leagues and in the United States, he decided to let his hair down — literally. “I’m planning on cutting it at some point if there’s any Japanese hair stylists [around],” Sawamura joked through his interpreter. The hair … Read more

Noah Syndergaard makes spring debut with Angels

TEMPE, Ariz. — Right-hander Noah Syndergaard made his Angels spring debut on Tuesday, allowing one run on two hits and a walk with five strikeouts over three innings in a Minor League game against the D-backs’ High-A affiliate. Syndergaard, who signed a one-year deal worth $21 million in November, threw 50 pitches with 34 going … Read more

Freddie Freeman makes Dodgers debut in Spring Training

GLENDALE, Ariz. — During the recruitment of Freddie Freeman, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts went through the exercise many times. He played with different lineup combinations. They all looked good to him. They all included Freeman near the top of the order. For the first time since the first baseman signed a six-year, $162 million deal, … Read more