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Otonari triumphs in first start since May 2013

Jul 27, 2014

Otonari triumphs in first start since May 2013

Kenji Otonari returned to the mound at Yafuoku Dome for the first time in over a year on Sunday, and pitched better than ever as the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks beat the Orix Buffaloes 3-2 to complete a three-game sweep in a battle between Pacific ...

Ace Kershaw twirls 2-hitter

Jul 27, 2014

Ace Kershaw twirls 2-hitter

Clayton Kershaw continued to spoil his manager with another brilliant performance. Kershaw pitched a two-hitter to win his ninth straight decision, leading the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 5-0 victory over the San Francisco Giants on Saturday night. “You end up counting on him ...

Sale maintains form in victory over Twins

Jul 27, 2014

Sale maintains form in victory over Twins

Chris Sale credits his offensive support for helping him settle into a good rhythm on the mound. It might actually be the other way around, with Sale’s dominating starts taking pressure off the Chicago White Sox hitters. Either way, it’s working. Sale tied a ...

Jul 27, 2014

Garagiola honored by Baseball Hall

Joe Garagiola couldn’t make the festivities in person. He wasn’t about to miss being part of a special moment. The Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum held its annual awards presentation Saturday on the outfield grass of nearby Doubleday Field, honoring the 88-year-old Garagiola ...

Jul 27, 2014

Elbow pain sends Matsuzaka to DL

New York Mets right-hander Daisuke Matsuzaka was placed on the 15-day disabled list with inflammation in his right elbow on Saturday. According to Mets manager Terry Collins, Matsuzaka, who underwent Tommy John surgery on the same elbow back in June 2011, will need about ...

Hawks beat Buffaloes to seize first place

Jul 26, 2014

Hawks beat Buffaloes to seize first place

Toru Hosokawa belted a tie-breaking two-run homer and Kenichi Nakata allowed a run in six innings to propel the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks into first place in the Pacific League with a 3-1 win on Saturday over the Orix Buffaloes. In front of 38,561 at ...

Puig runs wild in Dodgers' victory

Jul 26, 2014

Puig runs wild in Dodgers' victory

Yasiel Puig was excited for his first start of the season in center field because it gave him more room to run and show off his unbelievable athleticism. Instead, Puig’s performance will be remembered for what he did with his bat and on the ...

Rare Ichiro homer lifts Yanks

Jul 26, 2014

Rare Ichiro homer lifts Yanks

Derek Jeter stood on the dugout steps, stone-faced as a statue, when Ichiro Suzuki approached after rounding with the bases with his first home run since last August. Only when the Japanese star was inches away did the New York Yankees captain crack a ...

Hall of Fame trio reflect on journey

Jul 26, 2014

Hall of Fame trio reflect on journey

Frank Thomas was always driven to excel, and that sure served him well. “I was never that blue-chip prospect,” he said. “I had to outwork my opponents.” Hard to imagine now that Thomas was ever anything except a huge star. For Thomas, the hulking ...

Saltalamacchia lifts Marlins to win over Braves

Jul 25, 2014

Saltalamacchia lifts Marlins to win over Braves

Jarrod Saltalamacchia knows most teams don’t get many chances to beat Atlanta Braves closer Craig Kimbrel. Saltalamacchia drove in the go-ahead run in the ninth inning, Henderson Alvarez won for the first time in three starts and the Miami Marlins beat the Braves 3-2 ...

Jul 25, 2014

Tigers add Soria to bolster bullpen

The Detroit Tigers had seen enough from their shaky bullpen to know something had to be done. The AL Central-leading Tigers acquired right-hander Joakim Soria, giving them an option to pitch in the seventh, eighth or ninth inning as soon as Thursday night on ...