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Hernandez fires 4-hitter

Seattle manager Lloyd McClendon need just one word to describe another great start by Felix Hernandez. Phenomenal. Hernandez pitched a four-hitter to become the major’s first eight-game winner, Nelson Cruz hit his AL-best 18th homer to snap a scoreless tie in the ninth inning and the Seattle Mariners completed a ...

Young Cubs come up big

The moment Kris Bryant made contact, just about everyone in the Cubs’ dugout rose to take a look. It was ...

May 27, 2015

Phillies GM apologizes to fans

Embattled general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. apologized Tuesday to Philadelphia Phillies fans for saying they “don’t understand the game” and the “process” that goes into constructing a team. Speaking before the Phillies played the New York Mets at Citi Field, Amaro acknowledged his comments ...

Aoki's 4 hits spark Giants

May 26, 2015

Aoki's 4 hits spark Giants

Norichika Aoki had his first four-hit game of the season, including his second home run, and two RBIs to spark the San Francisco Giants’ 8-4 comeback win over the Milwaukee Brewers on Monday. Aoki slapped Kyle Lohse’s sinker to center for a single in ...

May 26, 2015

Arizona's Lopez stepping down

Andy Lopez is retiring after a 14-year stint as University of Arizona’s baseball coach that included a pair of College World Series appearances and the 2012 national title. The 61-year-old Lopez had quadruple bypass surgery in 2013, but didn’t miss a game while winning ...

May 26, 2015

Mets' Wright visits back specialist

Hoping David Wright can find “magic fingers somewhere in California” to cure the Mets captain’s ailing back, New York general manager Sandy Alderson has sent the third baseman across the country to work with the staff of specialist Dr. Robert Watkins. Wright hasn’t played ...

May 24, 2015

Hamilton ready to rejoin Rangers

Josh Hamilton is done with his personal spring training and ready to rejoin the Texas Rangers. The slugger is set to fly to Cleveland Sunday to meet the team for the start of a three-game series against the Indians. The opener Monday is four ...

Jennings gets first victory as Marlins snap skid

May 24, 2015

Jennings gets first victory as Marlins snap skid

New Miami Marlins manager Dan Jennings splashed around in the nightclub swimming pool adjacent to the team’s clubhouse, surrounded by a dozen of his players whooping it up shortly before midnight. The Marlins played six games and went 13 innings Saturday before managing a ...

Harper, Scherzer help carry Nationals

May 23, 2015

Harper, Scherzer help carry Nationals

Scoring two runs with Max Scherzer on the mound is all the offense the Washington Nationals need for wins these days. Having the pitcher race around the bases for the go-ahead score isn’t usually part of the plan. Bryce Harper hit another home run ...

May 23, 2015

Rangers' Fujikawa placed on waivers

Japanese reliever Kyuji Fujikawa was placed on waivers Friday by the Texas Rangers to give him his unconditional release. The Rangers had designated Fujikawa for assignment Sunday after the right-hander made only two appearances for them, allowing three runs in 1⅔ innings. General manager ...

Giants complete shutout sweep

May 22, 2015

Giants complete shutout sweep

Madison Bumgarner acknowledged that hitting a home run off Clayton Kershaw was a little out of the ordinary. Outpitching the reigning NL MVP and Cy Young winner, though, has become almost commonplace. Bumgarner homered, pitched 6⅓ solid innings and helped San Francisco shut out ...

May 22, 2015

Washington becomes A's coach

Former Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington has been hired as a major league coach for the Oakland Athletics, returning to the club where he was a coach for 11 years. The A’s announced the hiring Thursday and said Washington would be with the team ...

May 22, 2015

Ryu undergoes shoulder surgery

Los Angeles Dodgers left-hander Ryu Hyun-jin has undergone season-ending surgery for a tear in his left shoulder. The team said Thursday that the procedure done in Los Angeles went as well as could be expected, and Ryu should return by spring training next year.