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Oct 9, 2014

Butler, Gordon relish newfound success

They endured it together, Billy Butler and Alex Gordon. All those years with 90 losses, the managerial changes and youth movements and empty seats come late September. Empty seats in July and August, too. They were supposed to be the two players who led ...

Oct 8, 2014

Lions to sign Mejia for next season

The Seibu Lions on Wednesday announced that outfielder Ernesto Mejia will remain with the Pacific League club next season, with a contract to be finalized at a later date. “It is an honor that I can be cheered on again by the fans as ...

Giants finish off Nationals, advance to NLCS

Oct 8, 2014

Giants finish off Nationals, advance to NLCS

The San Francisco Giants are on another October roll in their every-other-year pattern of postseason success. Joe Panik scored the go-ahead run in the seventh inning on Aaron Barrett’s bases-loaded wild pitch, and the Giants edged the Washington Nationals 3-2 Tuesday night to return ...

Adams blasts HR off Kershaw as Cardinals eliminate Dodgers

Oct 8, 2014

Adams blasts HR off Kershaw as Cardinals eliminate Dodgers

Matt Adams could barely contain his enthusiasm — and he didn’t really try, either. He thrust both arms in the air while still in the batter’s box and added a couple of big hops to his home run trot as he approached first base. ...

Oct 8, 2014

Swallows name Manaka manager

The Central League’s Tokyo Yakult Swallows on Wednesday named chief batting coach Mitsuru Manaka as the club’s new manager. Manaka, who managed the Swallows’ farm club to an Eastern League pennant last season, takes over on a three-year deal after Junji Ogawa resigned at ...

Fister's strong outing keeps Nationals' hopes alive

Oct 7, 2014

Fister's strong outing keeps Nationals' hopes alive

Bryce Harper screamed out in delight as he crossed the plate with Washington ahead at last. After all those extra innings and a subdued cross-country flight, the Nationals had broken through — with a little help from Madison Bumgarner. Doug Fister pitched seven shutout ...

Cardinals up 2-1 in NLDS

Oct 7, 2014

Cardinals up 2-1 in NLDS

John Lackey was as advertised for the St. Louis Cardinals. Their postseason power surge, on the other hand, has been a big surprise. Kolten Wong hit a two-run homer to snap a seventh-inning tie, Matt Carpenter went deep for the third straight game and ...

Oct 7, 2014

Asia Series canceled for 2014 season

The Asia Series will not be held in November as scheduled, Nippon Professional Baseball announced Tuesday. The tournament, which primarily pits the best teams from the top leagues in Asia and Australia, was scheduled to take place in Taiwan in November. However, NPB has ...

Oct 7, 2014

Carp's Rosario earns monthly MVP

The Hiroshima Carp’s command of this year’s Central League’s Player of the Month Awards continued on Tuesday, when Rainel Rosario was named the winner for September. Right-handed starter Shun Yamaguchi of the Yokohama BayStars was the CL’s pitcher of the month, while the Pacific ...

Carp fail to secure second place

Oct 6, 2014

Carp fail to secure second place

Right-hander Kenta Maeda allowed three runs in eight innings in what could turn out to be his final home game for the Hiroshima Carp, who were consigned to third place on Monday in a 4-1 loss to the Central League-champion Yomiuri Giants. The game ...