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Wada finally gets first win

Jul 29, 2014

Wada finally gets first win

After nine seasons in Japan and three years in the minor leagues, Cubs starter Tsuyoshi Wada finally picked up that elusive first major league victory. Wada (1-1) left little doubt to Monday night’s outcome, pitching seven strong innings as the Chicago Cubs defeated the ...

Jul 29, 2014

Matsuzaka almost ready to throw

The New York Mets’ Daisuke Matsuzaka, who has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with inflammation in his right elbow, should be able to throw within the week, Mets manager Terry Collins said on Monday. “We’re hoping in three of four more days ...

Red Sox snap Rays' streak

Jul 28, 2014

Red Sox snap Rays' streak

Japanese right-handers Junichi Tazawa and Koji Uehara barred the door on Sunday afternoon with a pair of scoreless innings to lock down the Boston Red Sox’s 4-3 win over the Tampa Bay Rays that ended the Rays’ nine-game winning streak. Tazawa, who blew a ...

'Big Hurt' leads six into Hall

Jul 28, 2014

'Big Hurt' leads six into Hall

Frank Thomas choked back tears, Joe Torre apologized for leaving people out of his speech and Tony La Russa said he felt uneasy. Being enshrined in the Hall of Fame can have those effects, even on the greats. Famed slugger Thomas, pitchers Tom Glavine ...

Jul 28, 2014

Yankees fan returns Red Sox ring

A lost Red Sox World Series ring is back on the finger of its owner, thanks to a nifty pickup by an ardent New York Yankees fan. Manhattan restaurant owner Luigi Militello could hardly believe it when he found the shiny 2013 championship ring ...

Otonari triumphs in first start since May 2013

Jul 27, 2014

Otonari triumphs in first start since May 2013

Kenji Otonari returned to the mound at Yafuoku Dome for the first time in over a year on Sunday, and pitched better than ever as the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks beat the Orix Buffaloes 3-2 to complete a three-game sweep in a battle between Pacific ...

Ace Kershaw twirls 2-hitter

Jul 27, 2014

Ace Kershaw twirls 2-hitter

Clayton Kershaw continued to spoil his manager with another brilliant performance. Kershaw pitched a two-hitter to win his ninth straight decision, leading the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 5-0 victory over the San Francisco Giants on Saturday night. “You end up counting on him ...

Sale maintains form in victory over Twins

Jul 27, 2014

Sale maintains form in victory over Twins

Chris Sale credits his offensive support for helping him settle into a good rhythm on the mound. It might actually be the other way around, with Sale’s dominating starts taking pressure off the Chicago White Sox hitters. Either way, it’s working. Sale tied a ...

Jul 27, 2014

Garagiola honored by Baseball Hall

Joe Garagiola couldn’t make the festivities in person. He wasn’t about to miss being part of a special moment. The Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum held its annual awards presentation Saturday on the outfield grass of nearby Doubleday Field, honoring the 88-year-old Garagiola ...

Jul 27, 2014

Elbow pain sends Matsuzaka to DL

New York Mets right-hander Daisuke Matsuzaka was placed on the 15-day disabled list with inflammation in his right elbow on Saturday. According to Mets manager Terry Collins, Matsuzaka, who underwent Tommy John surgery on the same elbow back in June 2011, will need about ...

Hawks beat Buffaloes to seize first place

Jul 26, 2014

Hawks beat Buffaloes to seize first place

Toru Hosokawa belted a tie-breaking two-run homer and Kenichi Nakata allowed a run in six innings to propel the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks into first place in the Pacific League with a 3-1 win on Saturday over the Orix Buffaloes. In front of 38,561 at ...