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Hawks get back on track with win over Lions

Jason Standridge allowed a run in 6⅔ innings on Sunday, helping the Pacific League-leading Fukuoka Softbank Hawks snap a four-game losing skid with a 3-1 win over the Seibu Lions. Before 29,431 at Seibu Dome in Saitama Prefecture, Standridge (11-7) equaled his career best in wins after the bullpen bailed ...

Sep 21, 2014

Dodgers' Ryu works toward return

Los Angeles Dodgers left-hander Ryu Hyun-jin resumed playing catch on Saturday, throwing for the first time since an injection on Monday for shoulder inflammation. Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said he still doesn’t know when Ryu will be ready to pitch, although he could take ...

Sep 20, 2014

Tanaka ready to return for Yankees

Yankees ace Masahiro Tanaka is set to start Sunday, his first game since going on the disabled list in early July because of a partial tear in his right elbow. New York manager Joe Girardi said Friday that Tanaka is ready to face Toronto. ...

Kershaw nabs 20th victory

Sep 20, 2014

Kershaw nabs 20th victory

Clayton Kershaw had his usual velocity, and that was about it. The rest of his considerable repertoire appeared in brief flashes during one of the shortest outings of his brilliant year. A.J. Ellis and company took care of the rest. Kershaw became the majors’ ...

Yanks prevail against Jays

Sep 20, 2014

Yanks prevail against Jays

Hiroki Kuroda allowed three runs in 6⅔ innings on Friday for the New York Yankees, who won their third straight, beating the Toronto Blue Jays 5-3. Kuroda (11-9) gave up seven hits without a walk, while striking out seven. One of the runs was ...

Giants punch ticket to CL playoffs

Sep 20, 2014

Giants punch ticket to CL playoffs

Right-hander Yuki Koyama allowed a run in eight innings on Saturday as the Central League-leading Yomiuri Giants defeated the last-place Tokyo Yakult Swallows 4-2. Koyama (6-1) allowed five hits and a walk, while striking out five as the Giants clinched a spot in the ...

Eagles' Norimoto throws three-hit shutout

Sep 19, 2014

Eagles' Norimoto throws three-hit shutout

Right-hander Takahiro Norimoto kept the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles’ slim Pacific League playoff hopes going on Friday with a 1-0 shutout victory over the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters. A day after manager Senichi Hoshino announced he would leave the team due to poor results, ...

Cubs stumble down stretch in loss to Dodgers

Sep 19, 2014

Cubs stumble down stretch in loss to Dodgers

The also-ran Chicago Cubs learned a valuable lesson from the playoff-hopeful Los Angeles Dodgers: Don’t take anything for granted in a pennant race. The Cubs held a three-run lead on Thursday night before they came apart in an 8-4 loss that snapped their three-game ...

Sep 19, 2014

Judges skeptical about Bonds ruling

Barry Bonds may yet overturn his obstruction of justice conviction. Several members of an 11-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals expressed skepticism Thursday over the sole count that baseball’s career home run leader was found guilty of following a trial ...

Morrison HR lifts M's in 9th

Sep 19, 2014

Morrison HR lifts M's in 9th

Logan Morrison felt no weight on his shoulders from the Seattle Mariners’ two-game offensive drought and teetering playoff hopes when he stepped to the plate with two outs in the ninth inning of a scoreless game. “Nerve-wracking? Are you kidding me?” he asked. “This ...

Goto sparks Buffaloes with glove, bat

Sep 18, 2014

Goto sparks Buffaloes with glove, bat

Shunta Goto saved a run with his defense and had two big hits on Thursday as the Orix Buffaloes beat the Pacific League-leading Fukuoka Softbank Hawks 3-2 to move within 2-1/2 games of the PL lead. Goto made the play of the game in ...

Sep 18, 2014

Narahara, Inaba join Kokubo's Samurai Japan staff

Japan national team manager Hiroki Kokubo had hoped to get active coaches to help him select national team players and got his wish on Thursday, when a pair of active first-team coaches were named to the Samurai Japan staff. Hiroshi Narahara, currently the Seibu ...