Lloyd McClendon, the hitting coach for the Detroit Tigers, was named the 16th manager of Major League Baseball’s Seattle Mariners.
The Oakland Athletics and Seattle Mariners will open the 2012 Major League Baseball season on March 28-29 in Tokyo, the first season-opener in Japan since 2008.
Hisashi Iwakuma, a Japanese All-Star pitcher, signed a one-year contract with the Seattle Mariners 12 months after failing to reach an agreement to join the Oakland Athletics.
The Seattle Mariners signed starting pitcher Kevin Millwood to a minor-league contract and invited him to spring training, the Major League Baseball team said.
The Washington Nationals defeated the Seattle Mariners 2-1 in an interleague Major League Baseball game to reach .500 for the season.
Hiroshi Yamauchi, who ran Nintendo Co. for 53 years and became Japan’s richest man with help from a mustachioed plumber named Mario, has died. He was 85.