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Eagles' Norimoto throws three-hit shutout

Sep 19, 2014

Eagles' Norimoto throws three-hit shutout

Right-hander Takahiro Norimoto kept the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles’ slim Pacific League playoff hopes going on Friday with a 1-0 shutout victory over the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters. A day after manager Senichi Hoshino announced he would leave the team due to poor results, ...

Cubs stumble down stretch in loss to Dodgers

Sep 19, 2014

Cubs stumble down stretch in loss to Dodgers

The also-ran Chicago Cubs learned a valuable lesson from the playoff-hopeful Los Angeles Dodgers: Don’t take anything for granted in a pennant race. The Cubs held a three-run lead on Thursday night before they came apart in an 8-4 loss that snapped their three-game ...

Sep 19, 2014

Judges skeptical about Bonds ruling

Barry Bonds may yet overturn his obstruction of justice conviction. Several members of an 11-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals expressed skepticism Thursday over the sole count that baseball’s career home run leader was found guilty of following a trial ...

Morrison HR lifts M's in 9th

Sep 19, 2014

Morrison HR lifts M's in 9th

Logan Morrison felt no weight on his shoulders from the Seattle Mariners’ two-game offensive drought and teetering playoff hopes when he stepped to the plate with two outs in the ninth inning of a scoreless game. “Nerve-wracking? Are you kidding me?” he asked. “This ...

Goto sparks Buffaloes with glove, bat

Sep 18, 2014

Goto sparks Buffaloes with glove, bat

Shunta Goto saved a run with his defense and had two big hits on Thursday as the Orix Buffaloes beat the Pacific League-leading Fukuoka Softbank Hawks 3-2 to move within 2-1/2 games of the PL lead. Goto made the play of the game in ...

Sep 18, 2014

Narahara, Inaba join Kokubo's Samurai Japan staff

Japan national team manager Hiroki Kokubo had hoped to get active coaches to help him select national team players and got his wish on Thursday, when a pair of active first-team coaches were named to the Samurai Japan staff. Hiroshi Narahara, currently the Seibu ...

Eagles manager Hoshino to step down at season's end

Sep 18, 2014

Eagles manager Hoshino to step down at season's end

Senichi Hoshino, who managed the Tohoku Rakuten Eagles to the franchise’s first Japan Series title last season, announced Thursday that he would resign at the end of the current season. Speaking before the club’s game against the Chiba Lotte Marines at Kobo Stadium, the ...

Aoki ignites Royals again

Sep 18, 2014

Aoki ignites Royals again

Perhaps the Royals are rousing from their offensive slumber at just the right time. Lorenzo Cain hit a three-run homer, Norichika Aoki kept up his tear at the plate and Kansas City roughed up Chicago White Sox ace Chris Sale in a 6-2 victory ...

Giants rally for win in ninth

Sep 18, 2014

Giants rally for win in ninth

Someone had been to the costume shop, and Matt Duffy was about to put on faux leather boots, chaps and a pink cowboy hat to complete his travel ensemble. The annual ritual of making rookies wear unflattering outfits on one of the last road ...

Sep 18, 2014

Ump West receives one-game ban

Umpire Joe West was suspended for one game without pay for grabbing the jersey of Philadelphia Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon. Major League Baseball executive Joe Torre said in a statement Wednesday that West “admitted that there was a better way to handle the situation.” ...

Kaneko overcomes hiccup as Buffaloes crush Hawks

Sep 18, 2014

Kaneko overcomes hiccup as Buffaloes crush Hawks

Orix ace Chihiro Kaneko overcame a two-run fourth inning in an otherwise masterful effort as the Buffaloes beat the Pacific League-leading Softbank Hawks 10-4 on Wednesday. Kaneko (14-5), who allowed no base runners through the first three innings, allowed the Hawks to tie it ...

Kuroda still grinding on pitcher's mound

Sep 17, 2014

Kuroda still grinding on pitcher's mound

Pitcher Hiroki Kuroda, who is now completing his sixth big league season following 11 years in Japan, told Kyodo News recently that his future after this season is up in the air — just as it has been since 2012. “For me, each and ...