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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 ...

Kamata outduels Otani to help Eagles edge Fighters

Apr 10, 2016

Kamata outduels Otani to help Eagles edge Fighters

Yoshinao Kamata located his pitches precisely over seven innings to win a pitcher’s duel with Shohei Otani as the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles beat the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters 1-0 in the Pacific League on Sunday. Kamata (1-0) allowed four hits and a walk, ...

Kennedy shines in Royals debut

Apr 10, 2016

Kennedy shines in Royals debut

Ian Kennedy followed up an unimpressive spring with a strong regular season debut with the Kansas City Royals. Kennedy pitched 6⅔ scoreless innings and the Royals hit their first three home runs of the season to beat the winless Minnesota Twins 7-0 Saturday night. ...