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Maeda, Eldred lift Carp in shutout of Tigers

Aug 27, 2015

Maeda, Eldred lift Carp in shutout of Tigers

Kenta Maeda threw eight innings and Brad Eldred’s second home run in two nights gave the Hiroshima Carp the early lead in a 2-0 win over the Central League-leading Hanshin Tigers on Thursday. The Carp’s fourth straight win completed a sweep of their rain-abbreviated ...

Verlander takes no-hit bid into ninth against Angels

Aug 27, 2015

Verlander takes no-hit bid into ninth against Angels

Justin Verlander leaned forward a bit, hoping this line drive would land foul. Then he arched his back in disappointment when the ball hit the line, kicking up chalk on its way to the left-field corner. Verlander lost a bid for his third no-hitter ...

Japan advances in Little League WS

Aug 27, 2015

Japan advances in Little League WS

The fuzzy Little League World Series mascot “Dugout” headed to Japan’s dugout and found a few dance partners. The catcher did a knee-bend twist. Third baseman Koki Jo planted his right hand on the back of his head and flapped his elbow. They were ...

Ogawa lifts Swallows to win over Giants

Aug 26, 2015

Ogawa lifts Swallows to win over Giants

Right-hander Yasuhiro Ogawa withstood five scoring opportunities and drew an 11-pitch bases-loaded walk to spark a four-run fourth inning for the Tokyo Yakult Swallows in a 4-0 win over the Yomiuri Giants on Wednesday night. Ogawa (9-6) allowed seven hits, a walk and a ...

Marlins beat Pirates

Aug 26, 2015

Marlins beat Pirates

Ichiro Suzuki reached 10,000 plate appearances in the majors on Tuesday, when he went 0-for-2 with a sacrifice, a walk and a stolen base for the Miami Marlins in a 5-2 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates. Ichiro, who now has 10,003 plate appearances, is ...

Darvish feeling no pain after return to throwing

Aug 26, 2015

Darvish feeling no pain after return to throwing

Yu Darvish is throwing again after Tommy John ligament replacement surgery on his elbow during spring training. So far so good for the Texas Rangers ace who is a week into his throwing program. “I have no pain whatsoever,” Darvish said through an interpreter ...

Swallows' Ishikawa keeps rival Giants in check

Aug 25, 2015

Swallows' Ishikawa keeps rival Giants in check

Masanori Ishikawa held Yomiuri to two runs over 7-2/3 innings as the Tokyo Yakult Swallows won 5-2 on Tuesday, moving into second and within a game of the Giants in the Central League. The Swallows staked Ishikawa (8-9) to a five-run lead by the ...

Mets mash eight homers in Wright's dramatic return

Aug 25, 2015

Mets mash eight homers in Wright's dramatic return

David Wright’s return sparked a home run derby. Wright hit a long homer on his first major league swing in 133 days, Wilmer Flores went deep twice and the New York Mets set a franchise record with eight long balls in a 16-7 victory ...

Piscotty, Wacha guide Cardinals past Padres

Aug 24, 2015

Piscotty, Wacha guide Cardinals past Padres

Looking to avoid getting swept for the first time this season one night after getting shut out, Stephen Piscotty and the St. Louis Cardinals struck early and often. Piscotty homered twice and drove in five runs and Michael Wacha pitched six solid innings to ...

Tazawa implodes in ninth as Red Sox fall against Royals

Aug 24, 2015

Tazawa implodes in ninth as Red Sox fall against Royals

Boston’s Junichi Tazawa found out the hard way that life as a closer can have its lousy days. Tazawa gave up four runs and six hits in the ninth inning as the Kansas City Royals rallied for an 8-6 victory over the Red Sox ...

Messenger dominates as Tigers sweep BayStars

Aug 23, 2015

Messenger dominates as Tigers sweep BayStars

Randy Messenger held the Yokohama BayStars to a run over eight innings as the Hanshin Tigers maintained a foothold at the top of the Central League with a 3-1 win on Sunday. Messenger (8-10) allowed three hits and struck out 11 without a walk ...