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Jun 27, 2015

BayStars acquire veteran pitcher Below

The Yokohama BayStars on Saturday announced the signing of American southpaw Duane Below from the New York Mets organization. The 29-year-old was 4-3 this year for Triple-A Las Vegas with a 2.19 ERA in 49-1/3 innings. He started five of his 11 games. The ...

Jun 27, 2015

Cubs southpaw Wada scratched from start

Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon said Friday that lefty Tsuyoshi Wada will not make his start as scheduled against the St. Louis Cardinals on Saturday. Wada is still nursing a sore left shoulder that caused him to be pulled from his start against the ...

Jun 27, 2015

Blue Jays send Kawasaki back to Triple-A Buffalo

The Toronto Blue Jays announced on Friday that they have optioned infielder Munenori Kawasaki to Triple-A Buffalo. The move corresponds with the return to the Blue Jays’ lineup of on second baseman Devon Travis, who has been out the past five weeks because of ...

Sandberg resigns as Phillies manager

Jun 27, 2015

Sandberg resigns as Phillies manager

An emotional Ryne Sandberg resigned as Phillies manager on Friday in his third season as Philadelphia struggles with the worst record in the major leagues. “In a lot of ways I’m old school, and I’m very much dissatisfied with the record and not pleased ...

Scherzer scintillating again

Jun 27, 2015

Scherzer scintillating again

Max Scherzer has been so dominant that teammates are surprised when he actually gives up a hit. Scherzer took a perfect game into the sixth inning in his bid to become the second pitcher in major league history to throw two consecutive no-hitters and ...

Lions' Kishi collects first victory of season

Jun 26, 2015

Lions' Kishi collects first victory of season

Seibu Lions ace Takayuki Kishi allowed two run in six innings to earn his first win of the season as his teammates bombarded the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters in a 12-4 win on Friday. The Lions pounded out 19 hits, including four home runs, ...

Jun 26, 2015

Pitchers Kuroda, Otani picked in All-Star fan balloting

Hiroki Kuroda, who returned to Hiroshima this year after seven impressive big league seasons, was voted onto the Central League All-Star team though the fans ballot, Nippon Professional Baseball announced Friday. The 40-year-old Carp veteran is 6-2 this season with a 2.72 ERA. He ...

Jun 26, 2015

Iwakuma throws four scoreless innings in Triple-A rehab outing

Seattle Mariners right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma pitched four shutout innings for the Triple-A Tacoma Rainiers on Thursday as he continues his recovery from a strained back and side. Sidelined since April 23 and on the disabled list, he struck out four, allowed three hits and ...

Keuchel fans 12 in shutout win over Yanks

Jun 26, 2015

Keuchel fans 12 in shutout win over Yanks

Houston Astros manager A.J. Hinch showed confidence in his ace to let him finish what he started Thursday night. Dallas Keuchel pitched a six-hitter and struck out a career-high 12 in his second shutout in less than a month to lead the Houston Astros ...

Matsuda sparks Hawks in comeback win over Lions

Jun 25, 2015

Matsuda sparks Hawks in comeback win over Lions

Nobuhiro Matsuda drove in three runs, including the seventh-inning tiebreaker, as the Pacific League-leading Fukuoka Softbank Hawks pulled away to beat the Seibu Lions 9-6 on Thursday. The Hawks took the lead three times only to see Seibu tie it. With the game knotted ...

Aoki on disabled list with fractured leg

Jun 25, 2015

Aoki on disabled list with fractured leg

The San Francisco Giants have placed leadoff hitter Norichika Aoki on the 15-day disabled list with a small fracture in his right leg. Aoki was injured Saturday when he was hit on the second pitch from Carlos Frias of the Los Angeles Dodgers in ...