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Iwakuma continues to dominate on road

Jul 30, 2014

Iwakuma continues to dominate on road

Hisashi Iwakuma kept his road record spotless with one minor blemish. Iwakuma pitched seven strong innings to stay unbeaten in road games since last July, leading the Seattle Mariners to a 5-2 win over the Cleveland Indians on Tuesday night. Iwakuma (9-5) improved to ...

Alvarez, Marlins top Nats for sixth straight win

Jul 30, 2014

Alvarez, Marlins top Nats for sixth straight win

The Miami Marlins have gotten contributions from a number of players during their recent surge. On Tuesday night, their two All-Stars led them. Henderson Alvarez pitched seven scoreless innings, Giancarlo Stanton drove in two runs and the surging Marlins beat Stephen Strasburg and the ...

Jul 30, 2014

Fujikawa nears return from injury

Chicago Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer indicated on Tuesday that Kyuji Fujikawa, who is rehabbing with the team’s minor league affiliate after undergoing Tommy John surgery on his right elbow, is close to making a comeback to the top team. Fujikawa, 34, had the ...

Matsui leads Dragons past Carp in 10th

Jul 29, 2014

Matsui leads Dragons past Carp in 10th

Yusuke Matsui started strong but saved the best for last on Tuesday, belting a two-run, 10th-inning home run to lift the Chunichi Dragons to a 3-1 victory over the Hiroshima Carp. Matsui broke the ice with an RBI single and homered with one on ...

Darvish fans 8 in 10th win

Jul 29, 2014

Darvish fans 8 in 10th win

Texas Rangers ace Yu Darvish could only smile after Brett Gardner homered off of him for the third time in a week. Darvish got really emotional after his last pitch, with Gardner and Derek Jeter both on base again for the New York Yankees. ...

Wada finally gets first win

Jul 29, 2014

Wada finally gets first win

After nine seasons in Japan and three years in the minor leagues, Cubs starter Tsuyoshi Wada finally picked up that elusive first major league victory. Wada (1-1) left little doubt to Monday night’s outcome, pitching seven strong innings as the Chicago Cubs defeated the ...

Jul 29, 2014

Matsuzaka almost ready to throw

The New York Mets’ Daisuke Matsuzaka, who has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with inflammation in his right elbow, should be able to throw within the week, Mets manager Terry Collins said on Monday. “We’re hoping in three of four more days ...

Red Sox snap Rays' streak

Jul 28, 2014

Red Sox snap Rays' streak

Japanese right-handers Junichi Tazawa and Koji Uehara barred the door on Sunday afternoon with a pair of scoreless innings to lock down the Boston Red Sox’s 4-3 win over the Tampa Bay Rays that ended the Rays’ nine-game winning streak. Tazawa, who blew a ...

'Big Hurt' leads six into Hall

Jul 28, 2014

'Big Hurt' leads six into Hall

Frank Thomas choked back tears, Joe Torre apologized for leaving people out of his speech and Tony La Russa said he felt uneasy. Being enshrined in the Hall of Fame can have those effects, even on the greats. Famed slugger Thomas, pitchers Tom Glavine ...

Otonari triumphs in first start since May 2013

Jul 27, 2014

Otonari triumphs in first start since May 2013

Kenji Otonari returned to the mound at Yafuoku Dome for the first time in over a year on Sunday, and pitched better than ever as the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks beat the Orix Buffaloes 3-2 to complete a three-game sweep in a battle between Pacific ...

Ace Kershaw twirls 2-hitter

Jul 27, 2014

Ace Kershaw twirls 2-hitter

Clayton Kershaw continued to spoil his manager with another brilliant performance. Kershaw pitched a two-hitter to win his ninth straight decision, leading the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 5-0 victory over the San Francisco Giants on Saturday night. “You end up counting on him ...