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Ishikawa relinquishes lead, falls three shots off pace

Ryo Ishikawa could only manage an even-par 71 on Saturday and surrendered his overnight lead after the third round of the Quicken Loans National. Ishikawa made three birdies and as many bogeys at Robert Trent Jones Golf Club and dropped into a share of eighth place at 11-under 202, three ...

Aug 2, 2015

Wada struggles in rehab start

The Chicago Cubs’ Tsuyoshi Wada surrendered five runs in six innings in his sixth rehab start on Saturday as he works his way back from shoulder injury. On the disabled list due to left-shoulder inflammation since June, Wada allowed nine hits, struck out four ...

Kennedy has day to remember

Aug 1, 2015

Kennedy has day to remember

Ian Kennedy expected to miss Friday’s start against the Miami Marlins to be with his wife Allison, who was in labor with their fourth child. Bad weather delayed Kennedy’s flight to Southern California, and he wound up pitching seven innings as the San Diego ...

Mets acquire Cespedes from Tigers

Aug 1, 2015

Mets acquire Cespedes from Tigers

The Mets finally landed the bat they were looking for in Yoenis Cespedes just ahead of Friday’s trade deadline, and Cole Hamels confirmed he blocked a trade to Houston before Philadelphia dealt its ace to Texas. Sixteen trades were made Friday ahead of the ...

Astros sweep rival Angels

Jul 31, 2015

Astros sweep rival Angels

Few expected the Houston Astros to be contenders entering this season. Perhaps fewer still can doubt that they have become exactly that. Jason Castro hit a three-run homer with two outs in the ninth inning to give the Astros a 3-0 victory and a ...

Rangers punish wild Tanaka

Jul 30, 2015

Rangers punish wild Tanaka

Masahiro Tanaka kept missing his spots for the New York Yankees. Once the Japanese right-hander allowed the first three Texas batters in the second inning to reach base and score, the Yankees never caught up. Colby Lewis worked six innings for his 11th victory ...

Nationals acquire All-Star closer Papelbon from Phillies

Jul 29, 2015

Nationals acquire All-Star closer Papelbon from Phillies

The Washington Nationals have a new closer, landing All-Star Jonathan Papelbon from the Philadelphia Phillies. Papelbon is Philadelphia’s career saves leader with 123 and is 17-for-17 in save chances this season. Papelbon also is Boston’s saves leader with 219. The 34-year-old right-hander had said ...

D-Backs pound Iwakuma

Jul 29, 2015

D-Backs pound Iwakuma

Hisashi Iwakuma was roughed up for six runs in 5⅔ innings on 10 hits, his worst in the major leagues, and took his second loss of the season in the Seattle Mariners’ 8-4 defeat to the Arizona Diamondbacks on Tuesday. Iwakuma (2-2) gave up ...

Mets reliever Mejia hit with second doping suspension

Jul 29, 2015

Mets reliever Mejia hit with second doping suspension

Just back from an 80-game drug suspension, New York Mets reliever Jenrry Mejia was banned for an additional 162 games Tuesday by Major League Baseball following a second positive test for performance-enhancing substances. The right-hander was suspended April 11 after testing positive for Stanozolol ...

Jul 28, 2015

Wada has solid outing in Triple A-rehab start

Chicago Cubs’ left-hander Tsuyoshi Wada, who is working his way back from shoulder injury, allowed two runs in a six-inning rehab start on Monday. Wada, who has been on the disabled list since June due to left-shoulder inflammation, allowed a pair of unearned runs ...

Bryant blasts Cubs to win

Jul 28, 2015

Bryant blasts Cubs to win

After coming close to hitting a home run the previous few games, Kris Bryant believed he was due to get one to go out. He got one in a big situation. Bryant’s two-run homer with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning ...

Greinke shutout streak ends at 45 2/3 innings

Jul 27, 2015

Greinke shutout streak ends at 45 2/3 innings

Thanks to another exquisite performance from Jacob deGrom and a big hit by newcomer Juan Uribe, the New York Mets did more than just stop Zack Greinke’s streak. Greinke’s shutout string ended at 45⅔ innings when the Mets scored the first of two scratch ...

Four inducted into Baseball Hall of Fame

Jul 27, 2015

Four inducted into Baseball Hall of Fame

Three pitchers who became dominant after trades and a rock-solid catcher-turned-second baseman have a new moniker — Hall of Famer. Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez, John Smoltz and Craig Biggio were inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame on Sunday and basked in the spotlight ...