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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 winning streak. Chicago allowed seven runs ...

Kershaw nabs 20th victory

Clayton Kershaw had his usual velocity, and that was about it. The rest of his considerable repertoire appeared in brief ...

Yanks prevail against Jays

Sep 20, 2014

Yanks prevail against Jays

Hiroki Kuroda allowed three runs in 6⅔ innings on Friday for the New York Yankees, who won their third straight, beating the Toronto Blue Jays 5-3. Kuroda (11-9) gave up seven hits without a walk, while striking out seven. One of the runs was ...

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 ...

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.” ...

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 ...

Orioles clinch AL East title

Sep 17, 2014

Orioles clinch AL East title

Champagne was spraying all around him, and Dan Duquette couldn’t help but laugh at the mayhem he helped create. The Orioles clinched their first AL East title since 1997 by beating Toronto 8-2 Tuesday night, and Duquette was right in the middle of a ...

Nationals beat Braves, win division

Sep 17, 2014

Nationals beat Braves, win division

The Washington Nationals bounced up and down in unison near second base, not bothered at all by a smattering of boos from the crowd at Turner Field. They were saving the real celebration for the clubhouse. The Nationals wrapped up their second NL East ...

Tanaka could make return against Blue Jays

Sep 17, 2014

Tanaka could make return against Blue Jays

Masahiro Tanaka is likely to rejoin the New York Yankees’ rotation on Sunday after an absence of more than two months. Yankees manager Joe Girardi says the right-hander is tentatively set to get the start against Toronto at Yankee Stadium. Tanaka will throw another ...

Aoki's four hits spark Royals

Sep 16, 2014

Aoki's four hits spark Royals

Norichika Aoki went 4-for-4 and set up the winning run with a two-out, ninth-inning double for the Kansas City Royals in a 4-3 come-from-behind win over the Chicago White Sox on Monday. The Royals could easily have had a bigger hole to dig themselves ...

DeGrom fans first eight batters to tie rare MLB mark

Sep 16, 2014

DeGrom fans first eight batters to tie rare MLB mark

Jacob deGrom overpowered the first eight Miami hitters, and all that stood between him and sole possession of a major league record was the opposing pitcher. Line drive, base hit. “I had no idea,” Marlins starter Jarred Cosart said. “Any time you can keep ...