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Tulowitzki clouts two HRs in win

Cody Asche altered his approach against a shift and broke up a no-hit bid in the eighth inning. The rest of the Philadelphia Phillies couldn’t do anything against Chad Bettis. The right-hander retired the first 18 batters and took a no-hitter into the eighth, Troy Tulowitzki hit two solo homers ...

Belt, Heston carry Giants

May 29, 2015

Belt, Heston carry Giants

Brandon Belt worked on going the other way and that hitting approach has been playing big dividends. Belt’s opposite-field, solo home run in the seventh inning broke up a scoreless pitching duel and the San Francisco Giants won their fourth straight, beating the Atlanta ...

May 28, 2015

Tanaka yields three runs in three innings in rehab start

New York Yankees right-hander Masahiro Tanaka had a shaky second rehab assignment Wednesday but said he had no physical issues after tossing three innings for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders against the Pawtucket Red Sox. Tanaka was scheduled to throw 65 pitches, but ended up throwing ...

Hernandez fires 4-hitter

May 28, 2015

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 ...

Young Cubs come up big

May 27, 2015

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 hard to tell if the ball struck the top of the new videoboard in left or went over it. Either way, Bryant had the ...

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 ...