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Lincecum signs with Angels

May 21, 2016

Lincecum signs with Angels

Ravaged by injuries, the Los Angeles Angels are taking a chance on Tim Lincecum, the two-time NL Cy Young Award winner who is coming off major hip surgery and looking to regain his career. He signed a $2.5 million, one-year deal on Friday, eight ...

Wild pitch sends Giants past Dragons in 11th inning

May 20, 2016

Wild pitch sends Giants past Dragons in 11th inning

An 11th-inning wild pitch by Chunichi closer Koji Fukutani broke up a scoreless pitchers’ duel as the Central-League leading Yomiuri Giants defeated the Dragons 2-0 on Friday. Fukutani (1-1) surrendered back-to-back singles to Hayato Sakamoto and Luis Cruz on his first six pitches. After ...

Sale keeps winning, stymies Astros

May 20, 2016

Sale keeps winning, stymies Astros

White Sox ace Chris Sale is on a historic roll, but that’s not the scary news for opponents. Sale and manager Robin Ventura believe they haven’t seen the best of the lefty sidewinder just yet. Sale went the distance on a masterful four-hitter Thursday ...

Lions grab win against Marines ace Wakui

May 19, 2016

Lions grab win against Marines ace Wakui

Kona Takahashi worked six innings to earn his first win of the season as the Seibu Lions beat the Chiba Lotte Marines 2-1 in the Pacific League on Thursday and dealt former Lion Hideaki Wakui his first defeat of the season. Takahashi (1-1) allowed ...

May 19, 2016

Eagles catcher Shima sidelined with broken hand

The Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles deactivated catcher Motohiro Shima on Thursday due to a broken bone in his left hand. Shima was hit with a foul tip on Wednesday in the first inning of the Eagles’ 10-2 loss to the Orix Buffaloes and was ...

Verlander notches 2,000th career K during win over Twins

May 19, 2016

Verlander notches 2,000th career K during win over Twins

Justin Verlander, sporting a scruffy beard on his 33-year-old face, chuckled when the Detroit Tigers showed a video montage of some of his significant strikeouts during a career that started more than a decade ago. “Man, the first strikeout they showed against (Travis) Hafner ...

Ishida extends streak as BayStars beat Giants

May 18, 2016

Ishida extends streak as BayStars beat Giants

Second-year right-hander Kenta Ishida stretched his scoreless innings streak to 20 by going the first seven innings for the Yokohama BayStars in a 1-0 win over the Yomiuri Giants in the Central League on Wednesday. Before 13,633 at Fukushima’s Azuma Stadium, the visitors tested ...

Davis hits three HRs as A's outlast Texas

May 18, 2016

Davis hits three HRs as A's outlast Texas

Khris Davis surprised himself with his first career grand slam, putting the finishing touches on his sensational performance at the plate and a wild ninth inning against Texas. Davis hit a game-ending slam with two outs in the bottom of the ninth for his ...

Velasquez sparkles in Phillies victory

May 18, 2016

Velasquez sparkles in Phillies victory

Vince Velasquez excused himself in the clubhouse after a big burp. “Had a beer, a solid beer,” he said, smiling. Velasquez had a pretty solid outing, too. The right-hander struck out 10 in five innings and Phillies pitchers struck out 17 batters overall, leading ...

Darvish moves closer to Rangers comeback

May 18, 2016

Darvish moves closer to Rangers comeback

Yu Darvish struck out six while throwing 47 of 68 pitches for strikes in his fourth minor league injury rehabilitation start, and he could be back in the Texas Rangers rotation by the end of the month. Darvish pitched his scheduled five innings for ...

Fighters hand Hawks' van den Hurk first NPB loss

May 17, 2016

Fighters hand Hawks' van den Hurk first NPB loss

Rick van den Hurk was tagged with his first loss in Nippon Professional Baseball on Tuesday after the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters defeated the Pacific League-leading Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks 7-2 to end his record 14-straight winning decisions to start his NPB career. Dutch right-hander ...