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Tigers beat up on rival Royals

Torii Hunter insisted the first-place Tigers weren’t trying to send a message to the second-place Royals as the AL Central rivals began a four-game series leading into the All-Star break. They did it anyway. Everybody who stepped to the plate for Detroit had at least one hit and scored one ...

Jul 10, 2014

Ruth mementos to be auctioned off

The first ball Babe Ruth hit over the fence in Yankee Stadium and his 1918 contract with the Boston Red Sox are among about three dozen Ruth-related items scheduled for auction in Baltimore. The auction at the Sports Legends Museum will be held Saturday ...

Tanaka put on DL with sore elbow in latest blow for Yanks

Jul 10, 2014

Tanaka put on DL with sore elbow in latest blow for Yanks

The New York Yankees’ battered rotation may have suffered the most crucial loss of all. Rookie sensation Masahiro Tanaka, who has 12 wins this season, has been placed on the 15-day disabled list due to right elbow inflammation. He had an MRI in New ...

Astros rough up Darvish

Jul 10, 2014

Astros rough up Darvish

Yu Darvish and the slumping Texas Rangers have hit the bottom. In all of Major League Baseball, not only the AL West. Texas has the worst winning percentage in the big leagues after losing three straight games to the Houston Astros, who completed a ...

Yankees' Tanaka has rough outing in loss

Jul 9, 2014

Yankees' Tanaka has rough outing in loss

Masahiro Tanaka surrendered five runs in 6⅔ innings on Tuesday as the New York Yankees fell 5-3 to the Cleveland Indians. Pitching on four days’ rest for the second straight time, Tanaka (12-4) was leading 3-2 in the bottom of the sixth, when Nick ...

Wada debuts in MLB; Reds sweep twin bill

Jul 9, 2014

Wada debuts in MLB; Reds sweep twin bill

Chicago Cubs left-hander Tsuyoshi Wada got a chance to make his major league debut on Tuesday, throwing five innings against the Cincinnati Reds in the nightcap of a double header on Tuesday. Wada pitched for the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks for nine years in Japan ...

Jul 9, 2014

Darvish hit in head during practice

All-Star pitcher Yu Darvish was cleared of any bad injury after being struck on the top of the head by a batted ball while throwing in the outfield during batting practice on Tuesday. The Texas Rangers said Darvish was examined by team physician Dr. ...

Iwakuma handcuffs Twins

Jul 8, 2014

Iwakuma handcuffs Twins

Hisashi Iwakuma is back on track, and that should create a serious concern for the rest of the American League. Iwakuma struck out a season-high 10 in seven strong innings, Mike Zunino and Michael Saunders hit solo home runs, and the Seattle Mariners beat ...

Davis shatters slump with 11th-inning homer

Jul 8, 2014

Davis shatters slump with 11th-inning homer

Every now and then, Chris Davis breaks free from his agonizing season to send out a reminder of just how dangerous he can be at the plate. Davis interrupted a lengthy slump with a tiebreaking homer in the 11th inning, part of a six-run ...

Jul 8, 2014

Arroyo needs Tommy John surgery

Bronson Arroyo had been one of baseball’s most gutsy pitchers, finding a way to take the mound no matter what was ailing him. Even after suffering a severe elbow injury in May, the Arizona Diamondbacks right-hander kept taking the ball, making six starts while ...

Samardzija has victorious debut with Athletics

Jul 7, 2014

Samardzija has victorious debut with Athletics

Jeff Samardzija arrived at the ballpark nearly five hours before making his first start with his new ballclub. The right-hander left having secured a four-game sweep for Oakland with a performance that showed exactly why the Athletics were so eager to get him in ...

Tanaka chosen for MLB All-Star Game

Jul 7, 2014

Tanaka chosen for MLB All-Star Game

by Jason Coskrey

The $175 million the New Yankees spent to acquire Masahiro Tanaka is looking more and more like a bargain with each passing day. The Japanese ace had already established himself as one of the best pitchers in the majors this year. Now he can ...

Uehara credited with win after Herrera's walk-off hit

Jul 6, 2014

Uehara credited with win after Herrera's walk-off hit

Koji Uehara was nearly perfect on Saturday, easily retiring all three batters he faced in the ninth inning and earning the win as the Boston Red Sox beat the Baltimore Orioles 3-2 in the first game of their double header. With the score tied ...