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Rookie Yabuta helps Carp move closer to pennant

Rookie Kazuki Yabuta made the most of his emergency start, pitching six scoreless innings for the Hiroshima Carp in a 3-0 win over the Yokohama BayStars on Wednesday. The Carp, who are chasing their first Central League pennant since 1991, moved 12 games clear of the second-place Yomiuri Giants and ...

Tebow shows skills in MLB workout

Aug 31, 2016

Tebow shows skills in MLB workout

Tim Tebow crushed a batting-practice fastball with a confident left-handed swing, sending it into the trees next to the scoreboard beyond right field. The Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback only paused an instant to appreciate his shot, and then he went right back to work on ...

Carp clobber BayStars to clinch postseason berth

Aug 30, 2016

Carp clobber BayStars to clinch postseason berth

Kris Johnson took over the Central League lead in wins, allowing two runs in six innings before the Hiroshima Carp battered the Yokohama BayStars bullpen in an 8-2 win on Tuesday night. The Carp, who are chasing their first CL pennant since 1991, remain ...

Darvish outduels Iwakuma

Aug 30, 2016

Darvish outduels Iwakuma

Yu Darvish worked into the seventh inning, allowing three runs for the Texas Rangers in a 6-3 win over the division rival Seattle Mariners on Monday. Darvish (5-3) struck out nine, while allowing six hits in 6⅔ innings to get the better of compatriot ...

Blue Jays' Donaldson hits three home runs

Aug 29, 2016

Blue Jays' Donaldson hits three home runs

Midway through his first at-bat Sunday, Blue Jays slugger Josh Donaldson was hopping around in pain after fouling a ball off his right knee. From there, he was all smiles. Donaldson had his first career three-homer game, Troy Tulowitzki also went deep and the ...

Padres send Marlins into tailspin

Aug 29, 2016

Padres send Marlins into tailspin

Manager Don Mattingly says the Miami Marlins will find out a lot about their team down the stretch by being in a playoff race for the first time in more than a decade. What they’re learning lately has been discouraging. Sputtering Miami hit into ...

Marines beat Hawks to end five-game skid

Aug 28, 2016

Marines beat Hawks to end five-game skid

The Chiba Lotte Marines belted out five runs off three Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks relievers in the eighth inning and snapped their five-game losing streak on Sunday with a 7-5 win over the Pacific League leaders. SoftBank’s Robert Suarez (1-5) took the loss after facing ...

Aug 28, 2016

Matsuzaka makes rehab start for Hawks' farm team

Former big leaguer Daisuke Matsuzaka threw three scoreless innings in a rehab start for the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks’ third team on Sunday. The 35-year-old, who returned to Japan last season after eight years in the big leagues with the Boston Red Sox and New ...

Urias puts growth on display against Cubs

Aug 28, 2016

Urias puts growth on display against Cubs

The maturation of Julio Urias is coming along quickly for the Los Angeles Dodgers. The 20-year-old rookie from Mexico allowed one run over six innings, Corey Seager set a Dodgers franchise record for a shortstop with his 23rd home run and Los Angeles defeated ...

Aug 28, 2016

Mariners send Aoki down, call Lee up

Outfielder Norichika Aoki was sent down to Triple-A Tacoma by the Seattle Mariners, the team announced Saturday. This is the second demotion this season for the 34-year-old Aoki, who will trade places on the Mariners’ active roster with former Orix Buffaloes and Fukuoka SoftBank ...

Yanagita pounces on Marines again

Aug 27, 2016

Yanagita pounces on Marines again

Yuki Yanagita erupted for five RBIs as the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks hammered the Chiba Lotte Marines for the second straight day on Saturday, winning 14-3 to stay at the top of the Pacific-League standings. Yanagita, who had four RBIs on Friday in the Hawks’ ...

Mariners to send Aoki back to minors: source

Aug 27, 2016

Mariners to send Aoki back to minors: source

Seattle Mariners outfielder Norichika Aoki is set for a demotion to the minors for the second time this season, a team source revealed Friday after the Mariners’ 3-1 win over the Chicago White Sox. In his fifth season in the majors, Aoki in late ...