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Tanaka preparing for next step in recovery

Sep 3, 2014

Tanaka preparing for next step in recovery

Masahiro Tanaka plans to throw a bullpen this week, the next step for the injured New York Yankees ace as he tries to overcome a recent setback. New York manager Joe Girardi said Tanaka threw well Tuesday, and team physician Dr. Christopher Ahmad diagnosed ...

Kershaw picks up 17th win of season

Sep 3, 2014

Kershaw picks up 17th win of season

Even the red-hot Washington Nationals offense proved no match for Clayton Kershaw. Kershaw pitched eight strong innings for his major league-leading 17th win and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Washington Nationals 4-1 Tuesday night. Kershaw (17-3) gave up three hits and one run, ...

Sakamoto blast sparks Giants against Carp

Sep 2, 2014

Sakamoto blast sparks Giants against Carp

Toshiya Sugiuchi pitched five innings of two-run ball, Hayato Sakamoto hit a three-run homer and the Yomiuri Giants routed the Hiroshima Carp 9-4 to get off to a flying start in the series opener on Tuesday night. The Central League leaders, who are 8-9 ...

Fighters veteran Inaba announces plan to retire

Sep 2, 2014

Fighters veteran Inaba announces plan to retire

Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters infielder Atsunori Inaba said Tuesday he will retire at the end of the 2014 season, bringing an end to an illustrious 20-year career. “I decided to put everything on the line for one year, but the condition of my knee ...

Hamels, trio no-hit Braves

Sep 2, 2014

Hamels, trio no-hit Braves

Cole Hamels and three Philadelphia Phillies relievers combined to pitch a no-hitter Monday, beating the Atlanta Braves 7-0 and giving a last-place team a rare reason to celebrate. Hamels (8-6) was pulled after six innings and said he was fine with manager Ryne Sandberg’s ...

Sep 2, 2014

Astros fire Porter, name Lawless interim skipper

The Houston Astros fired manager Bo Porter on Monday, saying the dismissal had less to do with the team’s 59-79 record than the need for “new direction” and a “united message throughout the entire organization.” Porter was in his second season with the Astros ...

Sep 2, 2014

Murakami recalls MLB debut in '64

Masanori Murakami, a trailblazer who became the first Japanese to play in the major leagues, celebrated the 50th anniversary since his debut on Monday. Murakami, 70, a right-hander who left the Nankai Hawks to sign with the Class A Fresno Giants before his call-up ...

Mariners top Nats; Iwakuma notches 13th win

Sep 1, 2014

Mariners top Nats; Iwakuma notches 13th win

Hisashi Iwakuma picked up his 13th win of the season despite not having his best stuff in the Seattle Mariners’ 5-3 victory over the Washington Nationals on Sunday. Iwakuma helped the Mariners end a three-game skid by holding Washington to three earned runs in ...

Sep 1, 2014

High schools play 50-inning game

In a scenario more usually associated with its cousin, cricket, a high school baseball game dragged on for four days with two teams slogging it out over a record 50 innings. Chukyo and Sotoku began their slugfest on Thursday in the semifinal of the ...

Ishihara's clutch single lifts Carp past Dragons

Aug 31, 2014

Ishihara's clutch single lifts Carp past Dragons

Substitute catcher Yoshiyuki Ishihara delivered a tiebreaking RBI single in the sixth inning and added insurance in the eighth as the Hiroshima Carp downed the Chunichi Dragons 6-4 on Sunday afternoon in Nagoya. The Carp won their third in a row and returned to ...

Cardinals shell Wada to earn split

Aug 31, 2014

Cardinals shell Wada to earn split

Chicago Cubs pitcher Tsuyoshi Wada is a part of a six-man rotation that is auditioning for the future. He doesn’t think his latest outing helped his cause. Matt Holliday homered twice, including a three-run blast off Wada, and drove in five and the St. ...