SAPPORO, Japan (AP) — 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.

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ATLANTA (AP) — Former New York Yankees outfielder Zoilo Almonte has agreed to a one-year contract with the Atlanta Braves.

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With Giancarlo Stanton set to ink a record-breaking 13-year, $325 million contract extension with the Miami Marlins, it’s only logical to wonder two things. 1. Can Stanton ultimately live up to the deal? 2. Who’s in line for baseball’s next mega, perhaps even recording-breaking, contract? The first question will take many years to answer. Stanton also has an opportunity to opt-out following the 2019 season if he feels his value has increased, or just as likely if he doesn’t like the direction of the franchise. Until then, we’re really just talking about a six-year deal, but the record money attached is eye-opening. The second question might take awhile to sort out as well, though with Stanton now crossing the $300 million mark, agents everywhere are no doubt taking notes as they wildly punch numbers into their calculators. Looking around the baseball landscape though, you’ll find that many of the players in or around Stanton’s age and skill level are already locked in to long term deals at an amount notably less than Stanton’s guaranteed total. In January, National League Cy Young and MVP Clayton Kershaw got paid, inking a monster seven-year, $215 million with the Los Angeles Dodgers . That’s a lot of money, obviously. In fact, he became baseball’s first player to earn $30 million annually, but it didn’t exceed $300 million mark like many were expecting.  The other MVP, Mike Trout, signed a six-year, $144.5 million extension with the Los Angeles Angels in March . A relative bargain given his advanced skills, though still nearly equal to Stanton’s $25 million annual salary. At 24, the good news for Trout is that he’ll likely cash in again when he’s 30, and perhaps by then we’ll be talking $400 million.  It won’t be them, and it won’t be someone from this year’s free-agent class. Though filled with big names, this class doesn’t compare to 2013′s and it certainly doesn’t boast a $300 million player. Yahoo Sports’ Jeff Passan has right-hander Max Scherzer rated No. 1 in his Ultimate Free-Agent Tracker . At age 30, Scherzer is seeking a $200 million deal that in its own right may be difficult to find.  That leaves us looking toward the future to seek out our next potential record-breaker. The list of realistic options is a short one, but some interesting names do appear. Especially out east. Here’s a quick look at some of the possibilities. * * *

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(Reuters) – Chicago White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu, who proved himself as a bona fide slugger after signing as a free agent from Cuba last year, was named the American League Rookie of the Year on Monday. Abreu, 27, was a unanimous selection, capturing all 30 first-place votes for 150 points from members of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. The first baseman batted .317 with 36 home runs, 107 RBIs, 35 doubles, a .383 on-base percentage and a Major League Baseball-leading .581 slugging percentage. …

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By Larry Fine (Reuters) – Chicago White Sox slugging first baseman Jose Abreu and New York Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom won Rookie of the Year honors in their respective leagues in voting results announced on Monday. Abreu, 27, was a unanimous choice for the American League award capturing all 30 first-place votes for 150 points from members of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. DeGrom, 26, won with 26 first-place votes of 31 cast in a decisive victory over Cincinnati Reds speedster Billy Hamilton, who received the other five top votes. …

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(Reuters) – American League Rookie of the Year finalist Matt Shoemaker will start for the Major League Baseball All Stars against Japan on Wednesday and the LA Angels pitcher expects a playoff-like atmosphere throughout their five-games series. A contingent of 29 players from MLB arrived in Japan on Sunday along with Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell for the series, which starts at the Kyocera Dome in Osaka on Wednesday. …

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EASLEY, S.C. (AP) — Alvin Dark, a player and manager on World Series champions who sparked perhaps the most famous rally in baseball history, died Thursday. He was 92.

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OSAKA, Japan (AP) — Kenta Maeda allowed two hits over five innings, combining on a three-hitter that led Japan over the Major League Baseball All-Stars 2-0 Wednesday in the opener of a five-game postseason tour.

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NEW YORK (AP) — Everyone expected Clayton Kershaw to pitch a shutout, and he did – a unanimous choice for the NL Cy Young Award.

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NEW YORK (AP) — Houston designated hitter Chris Carter, Kansas City reliever Kelvin Herrera and New York Mets closer Jennry Mejia are among 26 players with less than three years of major league service who have qualified for salary arbitration.

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