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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 and Scherzer had another dominant outing ...

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.

Wada makes mark in first outing of season with Cubs

May 21, 2015

Wada makes mark in first outing of season with Cubs

Left-hander Tsuyoshi Wada left a lasting impression with the San Diego Padres even though he didn’t last long enough to get the decision. Wada struck out nine in 4⅔ innings in his season debut and scored the tying run, and Kris Bryant drove in ...

May 21, 2015

Dodgers' Ryu likely done for season

Los Angeles Dodgers left-handed pitcher Ryu Hyun-jin will undergo surgery on his troublesome throwing shoulder Thursday and is not expected to return this season. The team made the announcement Wednesday before a game against the San Francisco Giants. The arthroscopic surgery will be performed ...

Nats knock off Yanks in 10th

May 20, 2015

Nats knock off Yanks in 10th

Ryan Zimmerman’s career-long knack for game-ending homers trumped Andrew Miller’s season-long ability to avoid allowing opponents to score. Zimmerman’s two-run shot off the right-field foul pole with two outs in the 10th inning off Yankees closer Miller, who hadn’t allowed a run in 2015, ...

May 20, 2015

Tanaka to make Scranton rehab start

New York Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka is scheduled to throw about 45 pitches in a minor league rehab start at Triple-A Scranton-Wilkes-Barre on Thursday. The Japanese right-hander hasn’t pitched since April 23 because of a strained right forearm and tendinitis in that wrist. “It’s ...

May 19, 2015

Tanaka works out in bullpen

The New York Yankees’ Masahiro Tanaka threw 29 pitches Monday in his third bullpen session since being placed on the disabled list, and is scheduled to make his first rehab start on Thursday. The Yankees made the announcement Monday, when Tanaka worked out at ...

Mets conquer Cards in 14th

May 19, 2015

Mets conquer Cards in 14th

When Matt Harvey slapped his hand into his glove as he strode off the mound after finishing his eighth scoreless inning, the Mets and Cardinals had barely played for two hours. Six innings later, he was just happy to see John Mayberry Jr. come ...

May 19, 2015

17-year MLB veteran Chen retires

Well-traveled pitcher Bruce Chen announced his retirement Monday night after 17 seasons in the major leagues. Chen, who pitched for 11 teams, revealed his decision on Twitter and it was confirmed by the Cleveland Indians, who designated him for assignment Saturday. The 37-year-old broke ...

May 18, 2015

Fujikawa designated for assignment

Reliever Kyuji Fujikawa has been designated for assignment after only two appearances for the Texas Rangers, who also Sunday placed left-handed starter Ross Detwiler on the 15-day disabled list. Fujikawa allowed three runs in 1⅔ innings over two appearances after he was activated from ...