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Fighters pound Marines starter Furuya

Apr 15, 2016

Fighters pound Marines starter Furuya

Luis Mendoza allowed two runs over seven-plus innings to pick up his first win of the year as the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters mauled the Pacific League-leading Chiba Lotte Marines 13-3 on Friday. Mendoza (1-2) allowed eight hits and four walks while striking out ...

Harper's 100th career homer lifts Nationals

Apr 15, 2016

Harper's 100th career homer lifts Nationals

After connecting on his first grand slam and 100th career home run, Bryce Harper is already thinking ahead to bigger milestones. His manager is invoking names like Michael Jordan and Wayne Gretzky. Harper smashed a panel on an electronic signboard with his slam in ...

Marines ace Wakui improves to 4-0

Apr 14, 2016

Marines ace Wakui improves to 4-0

Hideaki Wakui won his fourth straight start as the Chiba Lotte Marines prevailed 9-2 on Thursday to complete a three-game sweep of the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles. Wakui (4-0), the Pacific League leader in victories, allowed two runs on seven hits and three walks ...

Apr 14, 2016

Darvish throws live batting practice

Texas Rangers right-hander Yu Darvish threw a live batting practice session on Wednesday, his first since undergoing Tommy John elbow reconstruction surgery in March last year. Darvish had a full warm-up in the bullpen, and then threw 30 pitches to Double-A Frisco RoughRiders players ...

Apr 14, 2016

Lee connects on walk-off homer to lift Mariners

Norichika Aoki extended his hitting streak to eight games and former Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks slugger Lee Dae-ho hit a two-run walk-off home run in the 10th inning, as the Seattle Mariners beat the Texas Rangers 4-2 for their first home win of the season ...

Apr 13, 2016

Tanaka, Iwakuma set to face off

Former Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles teammates Masahiro Tanaka and Hisashi Iwakuma are scheduled to start against each other for the first time Sunday, when the New York Yankees host the Seattle Mariners. The two right-handers played together at Rakuten from 2007 to 2011. They ...

Dodgers bullpen blows Maeda's lead in defeat to D-Backs

Apr 13, 2016

Dodgers bullpen blows Maeda's lead in defeat to D-Backs

Kenta Maeda threw six scoreless innings but the bullpen could not preserve the rookie’s lead as the Los Angeles Dodgers lost 4-2 to the Arizona Diamondbacks on Tuesday. Maeda, the first Japanese pitcher to start a Dodgers home opener since Hideo Nomo in 2004, ...

Apr 12, 2016

MLB announces plan to fund 30 Jackie Robinson scholarships

Major League Baseball will fund 30 four-year Jackie Robinson Foundation scholarships, one for each of the sport’s teams, and will contribute $1 million to the project to build a Robinson museum in New York. As part of Tuesday’s announcement, MLB said Robinson scholars will ...

Streaking Cubs spoil Finnegan's no-hit bid

Apr 12, 2016

Streaking Cubs spoil Finnegan's no-hit bid

Addison Russell circled the bases while the crowd roared, happy to have Brandon Finnegan’s flirtation with a no-hitter made irrelevant. Russell tried to soak it all in. With his heart pounding, it wasn’t easy. “Once I stepped on the plate, it was an awesome ...

Seattle hurler Iwakuma takes loss

Apr 12, 2016

Seattle hurler Iwakuma takes loss

Seattle Mariners right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma failed to earn his first win of the season as his team lost its fourth consecutive game on Monday. In his second start of the season, Iwakuma gave up three runs on eight hits, including a game-tying single to ...