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Kershaw shines at plate, on mound

Clayton Kershaw’s hitting actually overshadowed his pitching. Now that doesn’t happen every day. Kershaw had a career-high three hits to back his strong pitching performance and Joc Pederson lined one of Los Angeles’ four homers, helping the Dodgers beat the Colorado Rockies 11-4 on Monday night. “In a way (hitting) ...

Hamilton hit lifts Rangers

Jun 1, 2015

Hamilton hit lifts Rangers

Josh Hamilton was watching from the bench for the first time since rejoining the Texas Rangers. Then with one swing, he won the game that gave the Rangers their first series victory at home this season — in the 2010 AL MVP’s first home ...

Maldonado ends marathon game with homer in 17th

Jun 1, 2015

Maldonado ends marathon game with homer in 17th

Martin Maldonado slid into home plate just for fun. After 17 innings, it was a well-earned celebration for the weary Milwaukee catcher. Maldonado homered to center field with one out in the bottom of the 17th, helping the Brewers outlast the Arizona Diamondbacks 7-6 ...

Keuchel pitches four-hitter as Astros blank White Sox

May 31, 2015

Keuchel pitches four-hitter as Astros blank White Sox

With techno music blaring, Dallas Keuchel emerged from a thick fog in the darkened clubhouse as multicolored beams of light danced around him, illuminating his bushy beard, and he smiled. Keuchel had just wrapped up a four-hitter where he struck out a career-high 11 ...

Tulowitzki clouts two HRs in win

May 30, 2015

Tulowitzki clouts two HRs in win

Cody Asche altered his approach against a shift and broke up a no-hit bid in the eighth inning. The rest of the Philadelphia Phillies couldn’t do anything against Chad Bettis. The right-hander retired the first 18 batters and took a no-hitter into the eighth, ...

May 30, 2015

Nationals' Werth breaks left wrist

Washington’s Jayson Werth is out indefinitely after another test found that he broke his left wrist two weeks ago. The outfielder was hit on the wrist by a pitch from the Padres’ Odrisamer Despaigne on May 16 and has been unable to swing a ...

May 29, 2015

Montreal mayor seeks some MLB regular-season games in 2016

The mayor of Montreal has asked MLB commissioner Rob Manfred to consider playing three or four regular-season games in the city next year. Mayor Denis Coderre met with commissioner Manfred in New York on Thursday. Coderre says six or seven teams have expressed an ...

Belt, Heston carry Giants

May 29, 2015

Belt, Heston carry Giants

Brandon Belt worked on going the other way and that hitting approach has been playing big dividends. Belt’s opposite-field, solo home run in the seventh inning broke up a scoreless pitching duel and the San Francisco Giants won their fourth straight, beating the Atlanta ...

May 28, 2015

Tanaka yields three runs in three innings in rehab start

New York Yankees right-hander Masahiro Tanaka had a shaky second rehab assignment Wednesday but said he had no physical issues after tossing three innings for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders against the Pawtucket Red Sox. Tanaka was scheduled to throw 65 pitches, but ended up throwing ...

Hernandez fires 4-hitter

May 28, 2015

Hernandez fires 4-hitter

Seattle manager Lloyd McClendon need just one word to describe another great start by Felix Hernandez. Phenomenal. Hernandez pitched a four-hitter to become the major’s first eight-game winner, Nelson Cruz hit his AL-best 18th homer to snap a scoreless tie in the ninth inning ...

Young Cubs come up big

May 27, 2015

Young Cubs come up big

The moment Kris Bryant made contact, just about everyone in the Cubs’ dugout rose to take a look. It was hard to tell if the ball struck the top of the new videoboard in left or went over it. Either way, Bryant had the ...

May 27, 2015

Phillies GM apologizes to fans

Embattled general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. apologized Tuesday to Philadelphia Phillies fans for saying they “don’t understand the game” and the “process” that goes into constructing a team. Speaking before the Phillies played the New York Mets at Citi Field, Amaro acknowledged his comments ...

Aoki's 4 hits spark Giants

May 26, 2015

Aoki's 4 hits spark Giants

Norichika Aoki had his first four-hit game of the season, including his second home run, and two RBIs to spark the San Francisco Giants’ 8-4 comeback win over the Milwaukee Brewers on Monday. Aoki slapped Kyle Lohse’s sinker to center for a single in ...