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Takeda wins pitching duel as Hawks hold off Buffaloes

Aug 17, 2014

Takeda wins pitching duel as Hawks hold off Buffaloes

Shota Takeda won a scintillating pitcher’s duel on Sunday to help the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks beat the Orix Buffaloes 1-0 and avoid a three-game sweep at the hands of their nearest rivals for the Pacific League pennant. The 21-year-old Takeda (2-0) allowed five hits, ...

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 ...

Aug 17, 2014

Mets' Dice-K strong in rehab outing

New York Mets right-hander Daisuke Matsuzaka had a another strong rehab outing on Saturday, tossing six innings of one-run ball in a game for the Double-A Binghamton Mets. Matsuzaka, on the DL with right elbow inflammation, limited the Reading Phillies to one run and ...

Aug 17, 2014

White Sox great Minoso hospitalized

Former Chicago White Sox legend Minnie Minoso has been hospitalized in Chicago after falling from his boat. Team spokesman Scott Reifert tells WMAQ-TV the 88-year-old was pulled from the water Friday and taken to St. Joseph Hospital for tests. Team representatives spoke with Minoso ...

Dragons' Yamai silences Swallows

Aug 16, 2014

Dragons' Yamai silences Swallows

Daisuke Yamai held Japan’s best-hitting team to two hits over the distance as the Chunichi Dragons beat the Tokyo Yakult Swallows 6-0 on Saturday afternoon. Yamai, who once combined with reliever Hitoki Iwase for a perfect game in the Japan Series and threw a ...

Gomez earning his stripes with Tigers

Aug 16, 2014

Gomez earning his stripes with Tigers

by Jason Coskrey

Mauro Gomez probably couldn’t believe his luck when he saw the pitch Chris Seddon threw him. Gomez had been stuck in a brief slump. Naturally, the media contingent that follows the team had been busy overreacting to it for a few days, bombarding the ...

Overbay lifts Brewers with pinch-hit heroics

Aug 16, 2014

Overbay lifts Brewers with pinch-hit heroics

Lyle Overbay has found his niche with the Milwaukee Brewers, batting .444 as a pinch hitter. He drove in three runs with a two-out double in the eighth inning of the Brewers’ 6-3 comeback victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday night in ...

Aug 16, 2014

Tanaka scheduled to throw off mound

New York Yankees ace Masahiro Tanaka is scheduled to throw 25 pitches Saturday in his first bullpen session since going on the disabled list with a partial tear in his right elbow. Yankees manager Joe Girardi announced the session on Friday. Tanaka is 12-4 ...

Female pitcher tosses two-hitter

Aug 16, 2014

Female pitcher tosses two-hitter

Mo’Ne Davis, one of two girls at the Little League World Series, threw a two-hitter to help Philadelphia beat Nashville 4-0 on Friday in the opener for both teams. The first girl to appear for a U.S. team in South Williamsport since 2004, Davis ...

Manfred elected new MLB commissioner

Aug 15, 2014

Manfred elected new MLB commissioner

Rob Manfred was elected baseball’s 10th commissioner on Thursday, winning a three-man race to succeed Bud Selig and given a mandate by the tradition-bound sport to recapture young fans and speed play in an era that has seen competition increase and attention spans shrink. ...