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JAPANESE BASEBALL

2015 Japanese Baseball Preview
By JASON COSKREY

Nats split DH against Jays

Jordan Zimmermann shut down the highest-scoring team in the majors. Max Scherzer couldn’t do the same. Kevin Pillar hit two home runs off Scherzer, including a go-ahead three-run drive, as ...

Jun 2, 2015

Last-place Buffaloes part ways with skipper Moriwaki

The Orix Buffaloes effectively fired manager Hiroshi Moriwaki on Tuesday, promoting head coach Junichi Fukura to see out the rest of the season. Moriwaki was placed on “leave” with Orix in last place in the Pacific League, 12 games out of first, ahead of ...

Kershaw shines at plate, on mound

Jun 2, 2015

Kershaw shines at plate, on mound

Clayton Kershaw’s hitting actually overshadowed his pitching. Now that doesn’t happen every day. Kershaw had a career-high three hits to back his strong pitching performance and Joc Pederson lined one of Los Angeles’ four homers, helping the Dodgers beat the Colorado Rockies 11-4 on ...

Jun 1, 2015

Verlander shaky in first rehab start

Detroit Tigers star Justin Verlander struggled in his first rehabilitation start, giving up three runs in 2⅔ innings for Triple-A Toledo on Sunday. The former American League MVP and Cy Young winner is trying to work his way back into the Tigers’ rotation from ...

Hamilton hit lifts Rangers

Jun 1, 2015

Hamilton hit lifts Rangers

Josh Hamilton was watching from the bench for the first time since rejoining the Texas Rangers. Then with one swing, he won the game that gave the Rangers their first series victory at home this season — in the 2010 AL MVP’s first home ...

Maldonado ends marathon game with homer in 17th

Jun 1, 2015

Maldonado ends marathon game with homer in 17th

Martin Maldonado slid into home plate just for fun. After 17 innings, it was a well-earned celebration for the weary Milwaukee catcher. Maldonado homered to center field with one out in the bottom of the 17th, helping the Brewers outlast the Arizona Diamondbacks 7-6 ...

Keuchel pitches four-hitter as Astros blank White Sox

May 31, 2015

Keuchel pitches four-hitter as Astros blank White Sox

With techno music blaring, Dallas Keuchel emerged from a thick fog in the darkened clubhouse as multicolored beams of light danced around him, illuminating his bushy beard, and he smiled. Keuchel had just wrapped up a four-hitter where he struck out a career-high 11 ...

Giants pitcher Mikolas learning to live out of zone

May 31, 2015

Giants pitcher Mikolas learning to live out of zone

While so much of pitching is about being able to execute your pitches in the strike zone, first-year Yomiuri Giants right-hander Mile Mikolas has been immersing himself in Japan’s art of working outside the zone. Mikolas, who pitched in the majors with the San ...