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Aoki ignites Royals again

Perhaps the Royals are rousing from their offensive slumber at just the right time. Lorenzo Cain hit a three-run homer, Norichika Aoki kept up his tear at the plate and Kansas City roughed up Chicago White Sox ace Chris Sale in a 6-2 victory Wednesday night that allowed the Royals ...

Ump West receives one-game ban

Umpire Joe West was suspended for one game without pay for grabbing the jersey of Philadelphia Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon. ...

Kuroda still grinding on pitcher's mound

Sep 17, 2014

Kuroda still grinding on pitcher's mound

Pitcher Hiroki Kuroda, who is now completing his sixth big league season following 11 years in Japan, told Kyodo News recently that his future after this season is up in the air — just as it has been since 2012. “For me, each and ...

Orioles clinch AL East title

Sep 17, 2014

Orioles clinch AL East title

Champagne was spraying all around him, and Dan Duquette couldn’t help but laugh at the mayhem he helped create. The Orioles clinched their first AL East title since 1997 by beating Toronto 8-2 Tuesday night, and Duquette was right in the middle of a ...

Nationals beat Braves, win division

Sep 17, 2014

Nationals beat Braves, win division

The Washington Nationals bounced up and down in unison near second base, not bothered at all by a smattering of boos from the crowd at Turner Field. They were saving the real celebration for the clubhouse. The Nationals wrapped up their second NL East ...

Tanaka could make return against Blue Jays

Sep 17, 2014

Tanaka could make return against Blue Jays

Masahiro Tanaka is likely to rejoin the New York Yankees’ rotation on Sunday after an absence of more than two months. Yankees manager Joe Girardi says the right-hander is tentatively set to get the start against Toronto at Yankee Stadium. Tanaka will throw another ...

Aoki's four hits spark Royals

Sep 16, 2014

Aoki's four hits spark Royals

Norichika Aoki went 4-for-4 and set up the winning run with a two-out, ninth-inning double for the Kansas City Royals in a 4-3 come-from-behind win over the Chicago White Sox on Monday. The Royals could easily have had a bigger hole to dig themselves ...

DeGrom fans first eight batters to tie rare MLB mark

Sep 16, 2014

DeGrom fans first eight batters to tie rare MLB mark

Jacob deGrom overpowered the first eight Miami hitters, and all that stood between him and sole possession of a major league record was the opposing pitcher. Line drive, base hit. “I had no idea,” Marlins starter Jarred Cosart said. “Any time you can keep ...

Sep 16, 2014

Tanaka tosses five scoreless innings in instructional league simulated game

Masahiro Tanaka pitched five scoreless innings against minor leaguers in an instructional league simulated game Monday, perhaps the final step before the injured Japanese pitcher rejoins the New York Yankees. Tanaka threw 65 pitches at Steinbrenner Field, allowing six hits and striking out four. ...

Sep 16, 2014

Dodgers' Ryu gets cortisone shot

Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Ryu Hyun-jin has had a cortisone injection in his left shoulder and he won’t throw for at least four days. The team said Monday that Ryu had an MRI with dye, which showed no changes from his previous MRI that ...

Sep 16, 2014

Papelbon receives seven-game ban

Philadelphia Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon was suspended seven games and fined Monday night by Major League Baseball for making a lewd gesture and then bumping umpire Joe West. Papelbon said in a statement distributed by his agent that he would immediately begin serving the ...

Yankees fall to Orioles despite solid start by Kuroda

Sep 15, 2014

Yankees fall to Orioles despite solid start by Kuroda

Hiroki Kuroda was razor sharp over seven innings on Sunday for the New York Yankees, but did not figure in the decision as the Yankees lost 3-2 in the Baltimore Orioles’ final at-bat. Kuroda allowed a run on six hits without a walk, while ...

Weaver, Trout steer Angels to 10th straight triumph

Sep 14, 2014

Weaver, Trout steer Angels to 10th straight triumph

The Los Angeles Angels can almost taste it now. Jered Weaver earned his AL-leading 17th win, Mike Trout homered twice, and the AL West leaders reduced their magic number for clinching the division title to four with a 5-2 victory over the Houston Astros ...

Bumgarner, Giants pummel Dodgers

Sep 13, 2014

Bumgarner, Giants pummel Dodgers

Madison Bumgarner pitched himself into the San Francisco record book, took a share of the major league lead for wins and, most important to the soft-spoken southpaw, moved his team one step closer in an NL West race that could go down to the ...