NEW YORK, N.Y. - Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez and John Smoltz are among 17 newcomers on baseball's 2015 Hall of Fame ballot.
Craig Biggio, who fell two votes short of the 75 per cent needed in the 2014 balloting, tops 17 holdovers on the Baseball Writers' Association of America ballot announced Monday. That group includes Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Sammy Sosa, Mark McGwire, Mike Piazza, Jeff Bagwell and Tim Raines.
HAMILTON - Mark Mackie and Wayne Moore stepped up when the McMaster Marauders needed them most.
Mackie was named most valuable player of the Mitchell Bowl after a three-sack performance as McMaster downed the Mount Allison Mounties 24-12 on Saturday in the semifinal for the Canadian university football championship.
BOSTON - The Boston Red Sox have claimed infielder Juan Francisco off waivers from the Toronto Blue Jays.
Francisco played 106 games for the Blue Jays last season, batting .220 with 16 home runs and 43 RBIs.
He has played both first and third base in a major league career that also includes stops in Cincinnati, Atlanta and Milwaukee. In 404 games, he has batted .236 with 48 homers and 152 RBIs.
SAPPORO, Japan - Matt Shoemaker combined with four relievers on a four-hitter to upstage Shohei Otani, and the Major League Baseball All-Stars beat Japan 3-1 on Tuesday in the finale of their five-game series.
NEW YORK, N.Y. - A memoir when you're still a teenager may seem premature, but not for Mo'ne Davis, the first female pitcher to win a Little League World Series game.
"Mo'ne Davis: Remember My Name" will be released next March by HarperCollins Children's Books, the publisher told The Associated Press on Monday.
The honour roll student from Philadelphia became a sensation last summer after leading the Taney Dragons to a 4-0 victory over Nashville, when she was just 13.
PARADISE VALLEY, Ariz. - Baseball commissioner Bud Selig received a two-year contract extension Thursday through the 2014 season.
Selig has held the position since 1992, first as acting commissioner and then as commissioner since 1998. He will turn 80 in July 2014.
If he stays until September 2016, he would surpass Kenesaw Mountain Landis (1920-44) as the longest-serving baseball commissioner.
Selig's contract had been due to expire this Dec. 31.