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Bumgarner pitches gem

Aug 27, 2014

Bumgarner pitches gem

Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner wanted to waste a two-strike curveball in front of Rockies cleanup hitter Justin Morneau. He left the ball up just enough for Morneau to get a piece of it — the only mistake on an otherwise memorable night for the ...

Giants stage ninth-inning rally against Tigers

Aug 26, 2014

Giants stage ninth-inning rally against Tigers

Hanshin closer Oh Seung-hwan blew the save and the game as the Tigers let the Central League-leading Yomiuri Giants walk off with a 4-3 victory Tuesday. With the Tigers up 3-2 in the bottom of the ninth inning, CL saves leader Oh (1-3) allowed ...

Samardzija, A's whip Astros

Aug 26, 2014

Samardzija, A's whip Astros

The Houston Astros entered the ninth inning down by one run before their bullpen fell apart on Monday night and they ended up with another lopsided loss to the Oakland Athletics. Jeff Samardzija pitched eight solid innings and Josh Donaldson drove in three runs ...

Burnett ends winless skid

Aug 26, 2014

Burnett ends winless skid

A mechanical adjustment in between starts helped A.J. Burnett out of a funk. Burnett struck out 12 in seven innings and Cody Asche and Carlos Ruiz homered to lead the Philadelphia Phillies to a 3-2 victory over the Washington Nationals on Monday. “I just ...

Japan beats U.S. team to retain softball title

Aug 25, 2014

Japan beats U.S. team to retain softball title

Japan defeated the United States 4-1 to retain its softball world championship title on Sunday. The Japanese, who won all 10 games en route to their third overall title, beat the Americans in the final for the second tournament in row, having won the ...

Wada earns victory against former team

Aug 25, 2014

Wada earns victory against former team

Surgery derailed Tsuyoshi Wada’s hopes of pitching for Baltimore, but on Sunday the lefty showed the Orioles what he can do over 6⅓ innings in a 2-1 win for the Chicago Cubs. The 33-year-old Wada (4-1) did not allow a hit through six innings. ...

M's complete BoSox sweep

Aug 25, 2014

M's complete BoSox sweep

Dustin Ackley sure loved facing the Red Sox pitching. Ackley had three hits and scored three runs, Seattle’s bullpen was sharp for the second straight day and the Mariners beat Boston 8-6 on Sunday for the Red Sox’s eighth straight loss. Ackley had a ...

Aug 25, 2014

Osaka Toin captures Koshien title

Osaka Toin defeated Mie 4-3 in the final to win the prestigious national high school championship on Monday. Osaka Toin trailed 3-2 in the seventh inning, but with two outs and the bases loaded, Makoto Nakamura singled in two runs to help his team ...

Oh feels competition against MLB 'vital' for Japan

Aug 24, 2014

Oh feels competition against MLB 'vital' for Japan

For home run-hitting legend Sadaharu Oh, this November’s competition between Japan’s best players and major league all-stars is vital if Japanese baseball really aspires to become the best in the world. In an exclusive interview with Kyodo News last week, Oh, who managed Japan ...

Norimoto displays dominant form against Buffaloes

Aug 24, 2014

Norimoto displays dominant form against Buffaloes

Takahiro Norimoto threw eight shutout innings on Saturday as the cellar-dwelling Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles beat the pennant-contending Orix Buffaloes 2-0. Before 24,593 at Kyocera Dome, Norimoto (11-8), the Pacific League’s 2013 Rookie of the Year, allowed three hits, walked three batters and hit ...