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Petit makes MLB history

Aug 29, 2014

Petit makes MLB history

One strike shy from a perfect game last September, Yusmeiro Petit refused to let another chance at baseball history slip away. Petit set a major league record when he retired his 46th batter in a row, and the San Francisco Giants beat the Colorado ...

Kershaw rolls to 16th victory

Aug 28, 2014

Kershaw rolls to 16th victory

It’s almost September and Clayton Kershaw loaded the bases for the first time all season. Of course, nobody scored. Kershaw allowed only an unearned run in eight innings to become the first 16-game winner in the majors, and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the ...

Aoki sparks Royals again

Aug 28, 2014

Aoki sparks Royals again

The Kansas City Royals conjured up a little more late-game magic Wednesday night. This time, they didn’t wait until the ninth inning. Shut down most of the night by the Twins’ Phil Hughes, the Royals finally broke through with six runs in the eighth. ...

Bumgarner pitches gem

Aug 27, 2014

Bumgarner pitches gem

Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner wanted to waste a two-strike curveball in front of Rockies cleanup hitter Justin Morneau. He left the ball up just enough for Morneau to get a piece of it — the only mistake on an otherwise memorable night for the ...

Samardzija, A's whip Astros

Aug 26, 2014

Samardzija, A's whip Astros

The Houston Astros entered the ninth inning down by one run before their bullpen fell apart on Monday night and they ended up with another lopsided loss to the Oakland Athletics. Jeff Samardzija pitched eight solid innings and Josh Donaldson drove in three runs ...

Burnett ends winless skid

Aug 26, 2014

Burnett ends winless skid

A mechanical adjustment in between starts helped A.J. Burnett out of a funk. Burnett struck out 12 in seven innings and Cody Asche and Carlos Ruiz homered to lead the Philadelphia Phillies to a 3-2 victory over the Washington Nationals on Monday. “I just ...

Wada earns victory against former team

Aug 25, 2014

Wada earns victory against former team

Surgery derailed Tsuyoshi Wada’s hopes of pitching for Baltimore, but on Sunday the lefty showed the Orioles what he can do over 6⅓ innings in a 2-1 win for the Chicago Cubs. The 33-year-old Wada (4-1) did not allow a hit through six innings. ...

M's complete BoSox sweep

Aug 25, 2014

M's complete BoSox sweep

Dustin Ackley sure loved facing the Red Sox pitching. Ackley had three hits and scored three runs, Seattle’s bullpen was sharp for the second straight day and the Mariners beat Boston 8-6 on Sunday for the Red Sox’s eighth straight loss. Ackley had a ...

Aug 23, 2014

Selig unmoved by support for Rose

As his term winds down, MLB commissioner Bud Selig hasn’t changed his outlook on Pete Rose’s lifetime ban for gambling. Selig visited Cincinnati on Friday for the opening of an urban youth academy, and then drove down Pete Rose Way to visit Great American ...

Uehara blows three-run lead

Aug 23, 2014

Uehara blows three-run lead

Down to their final strike, the Seattle Mariners put a dramatic end to more than three years of futility at Fenway Park. Austin Jackson hit a bases-loaded double with two outs in the ninth inning and Dustin Ackley followed with a two-run, bloop single ...

Aug 22, 2014

Matsuzaka effective in third rehab start

New York Mets right-hander Daisuke Matsuzaka allowed two hits in five innings on Thursday in his third rehab appearance while on the disabled list due to inflammation in his pitching elbow. Pitching in a Single-A game for the Brooklyn Cyclones against the Staten Island ...

Aug 22, 2014

Tanaka to throw batting practice

Right-hander Masahiro Tanaka is slated to throw batting practice for the first time since injuring his elbow in July, Yankees manager Joe Girardi revealed on Thursday. Girardi said his first-year right-hander would pitch BP at Yankee Stadium on Saturday. “Each step he increases intensity,” ...