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Yankees' Tanaka on DL due to elbow inflammation

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

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 ...

Darvish struggles as Rangers lose

Jul 5, 2014

Darvish struggles as Rangers lose

Yu Darvish allowed four runs in five innings on Friday but did not factor in the decision in the Texas Rangers’ 6-5 interleague defeat to the New York Mets. Pitching in severe wind conditions at New York’s Citi Field, Darvish allowed five hits — ...

A's get Samardzija, Hammel from Cubs

Jul 5, 2014

A's get Samardzija, Hammel from Cubs

One of baseball’s best rotations is about to get even better. The Oakland Athletics have an agreement in place to acquire right-handers Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel from the Chicago Cubs for three top prospects in a surprising trade for the team with the ...

Jul 5, 2014

Damon looking for big-league chance

Teams looking for a proven hitter to help them down the stretch might want to call Johnny Damon. The three-time All-Star, two-time World Series champion and five-time .300 hitter is staying in shape, swinging the bat and eager to return to the majors. The ...

Yanks ace Tanaka collects MLB-leading 12th victory

Jul 4, 2014

Yanks ace Tanaka collects MLB-leading 12th victory

Masahiro Tanaka got some overdue run support on Thursday to break his personal two-game losing streak, going seven innings in the New York Yankees’ 7-4 victory over the Minnesota Twins. Tanaka (12-3) allowed four runs, all earned, on nine hits at Minneapolis’ Target Field. ...

Dodgers take NL West lead

Jul 4, 2014

Dodgers take NL West lead

Zack Greinke challenged baseball’s hottest hitter. The Los Angeles right-hander won the battle with Troy Tulowitzki and the Dodgers went on to win the game. Greinke pitched eight solid innings, Juan Uribe hit the go-ahead single in the ninth inning and Los Angeles beat ...