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Jul 13, 2014

Sugiuchi fastest to strike out 2,000

Yomiuri Giants lefty Toshiya Sugiuchi became the 22nd pitcher in Japanese baseball history to reach 2,000 career strikeouts in a game against the Hanshin Tigers on Saturday, achieving the feat at the fastest pace ever. Sugiuchi registered his third strikeout of the game to ...

Jul 12, 2014

Messi, Neymar make shortlist

FIFA on Friday named Argentina’s Lionel Messi, Brazil’s Neymar and Colombian star James Rodriguez among the nominees for the World Cup Golden Ball. Four-time world player of the year Messi, Neymar, whose tournament was ended prematurely by a back injury, and Rodriguez feature among ...

Richards leads Angels to win

Jul 12, 2014

Richards leads Angels to win

MLB Angels 3 Rangers 0 Pitching with a chip on his shoulder, Garrett Richards succeeded Friday night in displaying what the American League All-Star team will be missing next Tuesday in Minneapolis. The right-hander allowed five hits over seven innings to extend his personal ...

Maeda leads way as Carp snap four-game skid

Jul 12, 2014

Maeda leads way as Carp snap four-game skid

Kenta Maeda kept the damage to a minimum by yielding one run over eight strong innings as the Hiroshima Carp staved off the Chunichi Dragons 3-1 to snap a four-game losing streak on Saturday. The Carp, who dropped into third place a day earlier ...

Tigers beat up on rival Royals

Jul 11, 2014

Tigers beat up on rival Royals

Torii Hunter insisted the first-place Tigers weren’t trying to send a message to the second-place Royals as the AL Central rivals began a four-game series leading into the All-Star break. They did it anyway. Everybody who stepped to the plate for Detroit had at ...

Tanaka has partially torn elbow ligament, season in doubt

Jul 11, 2014

Tanaka has partially torn elbow ligament, season in doubt

Masahiro Tanaka has a partially torn ligament in his right elbow, and the New York Yankees hope their rookie sensation will be able to pitch again this season. General manager Brian Cashman said Thursday night that Tanaka could return in six weeks, but didn’t ...

Tanaka put on DL with sore elbow in latest blow for Yanks

Jul 10, 2014

Tanaka put on DL with sore elbow in latest blow for Yanks

The New York Yankees’ battered rotation may have suffered the most crucial loss of all. Rookie sensation Masahiro Tanaka, who has 12 wins this season, has been placed on the 15-day disabled list due to right elbow inflammation. He had an MRI in New ...

Astros rough up Darvish

Jul 10, 2014

Astros rough up Darvish

Yu Darvish and the slumping Texas Rangers have hit the bottom. In all of Major League Baseball, not only the AL West. Texas has the worst winning percentage in the big leagues after losing three straight games to the Houston Astros, who completed a ...

Goto goes deep as BayStars blank Giants

Jul 9, 2014

Goto goes deep as BayStars blank Giants

Taketoshi Goto hit a three-run home run in the early going as the Yokohama BayStars downed the Central League-leading Yomiuri Giants 3-0 on Wednesday night. Yasutomo Kubo (7-4) yielded five hits over six innings for the win and three relievers polished off the shutout ...