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Fighters' Otani notches 10th victory of season

Jul 10, 2015

Fighters' Otani notches 10th victory of season

Shohei Otani became the first pitcher to 10 wins this season after pitching eight shutout innings as the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters defeated the Seibu Lions 1-0 on Friday. Lions ace Takayuki Kishi (1-2) pitched six perfect innings in a duel against pitcher-cum-slugger Otani ...

Tanaka ends winless run as Yankees defeat Athletics

Jul 10, 2015

Tanaka ends winless run as Yankees defeat Athletics

Masahiro Tanaka tossed a season-high 114 pitches over 7⅔ innings in a strong showing Thursday as the Yankees topped the Oakland A’s 6-2. Tanaka (5-3) recorded six strikeouts and allowed two runs — one earned — on just two hits to pick up his ...

Greinke extends scoreless streak

Jul 10, 2015

Greinke extends scoreless streak

Zack Greinke’s personality dictates that he doesn’t pound his chest over his current shutout streak — or his chances of starting in next week’s All-Star Game. All he concentrated on Thursday night were the things that helped him navigate another near-flawless outing against the ...

Hawks hurler van den Hurk keeps win streak intact

Jul 9, 2015

Hawks hurler van den Hurk keeps win streak intact

Rick van den Hurk pitched six shutout innings and claimed his third straight win as the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks beat the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles 4-1 on Thursday. The Dutch right-hander allowed two hits for the Pacific League leaders, effectively mixing his fastball with ...

Ichiro ends career-worst hitless streak after 29 at-bats

Jul 9, 2015

Ichiro ends career-worst hitless streak after 29 at-bats

The Miami Marlins’ Ichiro Suzuki finally snapped his career-worst hitless streak on Wednesday, hitting a single in his second plate appearance during his team’s 6-3 defeat to the Boston Red Sox. Ichiro hit a flare off Rick Porcello (5-9) to short center in the ...

Sugiuchi ends drought as Giants beat Swallows

Jul 8, 2015

Sugiuchi ends drought as Giants beat Swallows

Toshiya Sugiuchi allowed two runs in 7⅓ innings to help the Yomiuri Giants move a game clear at the top of the Central League standings as they beat the Tokyo Yakult Swallows 7-4 on Wednesday. Sugiuchi (6-4) gave up six hits, while walking two ...

Carp deactivate Kuroda due to inflammation

Jul 8, 2015

Carp deactivate Kuroda due to inflammation

Hiroki Kuroda, who was voted onto this year’s Central League All-Star roster, was deactivated on Wednesday due to mild inflammation in his right shoulder and right ankle. The 40-year-old Kuroda will miss his next start but is expected to be ready for the All ...

Cueto outduels All-Star Scherzer

Jul 8, 2015

Cueto outduels All-Star Scherzer

In a matchup against Max Scherzer and the first-place Washington Nationals, Johnny Cueto lifted his game to another level — perhaps that of an All-Star. Cueto pitched a two-hitter with 11 strikeouts, Joey Votto homered and drove in three runs and the Cincinnati Reds ...

Jul 7, 2015

Lions' Akiyama nabs monthly accolade

Seibu Lions leadoff hitter Shogo Akiyama, who is in pursuit of Japan’s single-season hits record, won his second Player of the Month Award on Tuesday, when the monthly honor roll was announced. Three first-time honorees joined Akiyama, who collected his first monthly award in ...

Seattle's Iwakuma shelled in return from disabled list

Jul 7, 2015

Seattle's Iwakuma shelled in return from disabled list

Hisashi Iwakuma, making his first start since April 20, gave up a big league career-high four home runs for the Seattle Mariners, who were pounded Monday 12-5 by the Detroit Tigers. Iwakuma, who walked off the mound with a runner on in the sixth ...

Royals prevail in final frame

Jul 6, 2015

Royals prevail in final frame

Royals manager Ned Yost treats just about every game the same, especially in July, because the reality is that they all count the same at the end of the season. So when he singles one out, it must have been important. Eric Hosmer drove ...