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Fighters' Otani may be activated Friday

Pitcher Shohei Otani, whose season has been derailed by injuries, could be activated prior to Friday’s game against the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles, the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters said Wednesday. Otani, who practiced with the Fighters’ first team for the second straight day at Sapporo Dome, started the season restricted ...

Yankees star Judge invited to MLB's All-Star Home Run Derby

/ Jun 21, 2017

Yankees star Judge invited to MLB's All-Star Home Run Derby

Yankees rookie sensation Aaron Judge has been invited to participate in next month’s Home Run Derby. Judge said Tuesday that he received the invitation last week through his agent but had not yet decided whether to accept. The 25-year-old outfielder, a towering presence at ...

Seager homers three times to lead blowout

/ Jun 21, 2017

Seager homers three times to lead blowout

Corey Seager suddenly joined the Los Angeles Dodgers’ home run parade Tuesday night, and right-hander Brandon McCarthy thinks he knows what prompted him. The Dodgers’ other young star, rookie Cody Bellinger, has been making history en route to the National League home run lead. ...

/ Jun 21, 2017

Umpire West works 5,000th career game

Umpire Joe West worked his 5,000th regular season game Tuesday night at Coors Field, and he vividly remembers his first more than 40 years ago. “It was in Atlanta’s Fulton County Stadium and Bob Watson hit this long fly ball down the left field ...

Iwakuma lasts two innings in rehab start

/ Jun 20, 2017

Iwakuma lasts two innings in rehab start

Seattle Mariners right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma was removed from a Triple A Tacoma Rainiers game after pitching just two innings in his second rehab start on Monday. Iwakuma, who was scheduled to throw about 70 pitches, gave up four runs and four hits while striking ...

Cleveland's Kluber tosses three-hitter in rout of Baltimore

/ Jun 20, 2017

Cleveland's Kluber tosses three-hitter in rout of Baltimore

While Corey Kluber mowed down the Baltimore Orioles and the Indians ran around the bases at Camden Yards, Cleveland’s bullpen did absolutely nothing. That, as much as anything else, really made it a perfect night for manager Terry Francona. Kluber pitched a three-hitter for ...

Koyano, Romero lift Buffaloes over BayStars

/ Jun 19, 2017

Koyano, Romero lift Buffaloes over BayStars

Eiichi Koyano and Stefen Romero provided the firepower on Monday as the Orix Buffaloes closed out interleague play with a 7-4 win over the Yokohama BayStars. Trailing 4-0 at Yokohama Stadium after the Central League’s BayStars roughed up ace Chihiro Kaneko over 5⅔ innings, ...

Hawks beat Carp to claim interleague title

/ Jun 18, 2017

Hawks beat Carp to claim interleague title

The Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks remained the all-time kings of Nippon Professional Baseball’s interleague play on Sunday with a 7-4 win over the Central League-leading Hiroshima Carp. Although it was just a win in the overall scheme of things, both starting pitchers were on short ...

Tanaka crashes to seventh defeat

/ Jun 18, 2017

Tanaka crashes to seventh defeat

Masahiro Tanaka fell to his seventh loss of the season as the New York Yankees lost 5-2 to the Oakland Athletics on Saturday. Tanaka (5-7) lasted only four innings, surrendering five runs on eight hits and a walk while striking out 10. He now ...