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MLB names four stars for series against Samurai Japan

Aug 20, 2014

MLB names four stars for series against Samurai Japan

by Kaz Nagatsuka

As the Nichibei Yakyu extravaganza returns for the first time in eight years, Major League Baseball looks set to bring a serious squad to Japan come November. Three-time National League MVP Albert Pujols, currently of the Los Angeles Angels, and six-time All-Star Robinson Cano ...

Iwakuma masterful in win over Phillies

Aug 20, 2014

Iwakuma masterful in win over Phillies

The Seattle Mariners gave Hisashi Iwakuma an early lead and the pitcher took it from there. Iwakuma struck out a season-high 11 batters in eight scoreless innings and Kyle Seager homered to lead the Seattle Mariners to a 5-2 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies ...

Tigers take advantage of Rays error

Aug 20, 2014

Tigers take advantage of Rays error

Kevin Keirmaier blamed himself for Tuesday night’s 11-inning loss to the Detroit Tigers, but Joe Maddon wouldn’t let him. The Tampa Bay Rays’ rookie right fielder took a chance in the 11th, diving for Ian Kinsler’s leadoff hit, which got by him for a ...

Aug 20, 2014

Tanaka's second bullpen scheduled

Masahiro Tanaka will throw his second bullpen session Wednesday on the road to rejoining the New York Yankees’ rotation. The Yankees made the decision on Tuesday, when Tanaka, who has been on the disabled list with an elbow ligament injury, played catch for five ...

Aug 20, 2014

Scoring change alters Jeter mark

Turns out, the hit that tied Derek Jeter with Honus Wagner came a day later than everyone thought. Major League Baseball made an official scoring change Tuesday that took away an infield single from Jeter on Aug. 8 and instead charged Cleveland first baseman ...

Timely hits carry Angels

Aug 19, 2014

Timely hits carry Angels

Kevin Jepsen hadn’t earned a save in nearly two years. He certainly deserved this one, after a clutch strikeout of Boston bopper David Ortiz. Mike Trout and Albert Pujols hit consecutive RBI doubles, and the Los Angeles Angels extended their AL West lead with ...

Nationals reel off 7th straight

Aug 19, 2014

Nationals reel off 7th straight

Adam LaRoche hit a game-winning solo home run with two outs in the 11th inning to help the Washington Nationals beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 5-4 Monday night for their seventh straight win. It was the third walk-off win in as many days for NL-East ...

Aug 19, 2014

Actor Hamm gets own bobble head

Jon Hamm joked that the bobble head the St. Louis Cardinals honored him with was “probably repurposed” from a Matt Carpenter model. “It’s great, it’s fantastic. It’s amazing how many people I’ve had ask me to get them one,” Hamm said before throwing the ...

Kuroda fuels Yankees win

Aug 18, 2014

Kuroda fuels Yankees win

Hiroki Kuroda got a couple extra days between starts and it looked as if it paid off. Kuroda pitched neatly into the seventh inning, Brett Gardner drove in two runs and the New York Yankees beat the Tampa Bay Rays 4-2 on Sunday. Kuroda ...

Aug 18, 2014

Japan wins, advances at LLWS

Shozo Kamata had a pinch-hit, go-ahead two-run single in the fifth inning to help Tokyo beat Guadalupe, Mexico, 9-5 in the Little League World Series on Sunday. With the game tied at 5, Kamata hit a slow ground ball up the middle that escaped ...

Tanaka has pain-free workout

Aug 17, 2014

Tanaka has pain-free workout

New York Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka, rehabbing a torn elbow ligament, threw 25 fastballs off a bullpen mound on Saturday and said he felt no pain. “I think we’re heading in the right direction, so I feel good about that,” Tanaka said after the ...

Brewers beat ace Kershaw

Aug 17, 2014

Brewers beat ace Kershaw

On a night when Clayton Kershaw couldn’t keep the ball in the ballpark, Milwaukee’s Yovani Gallardo held the Los Angeles Dodgers in check and sent the major leagues’ ERA leader to his first loss in over 2½ months. Gallardo pitched eight strong innings, Ryan ...