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Giants pick up eighth straight win

Jun 20, 2016

Giants pick up eighth straight win

The way the San Francisco Giants are playing lately, even a sloppy defensive performance couldn’t cool off the NL West leaders. Brandon Belt homered and Joe Panik snapped an eighth-inning tie with an RBI single, helping the Giants extend their winning streak to a ...

Lincecum wins in return to majors

Jun 19, 2016

Lincecum wins in return to majors

The uniform is different. The flowing locks of shaggy brown hair that once protruded from his cap are gone. He’s lost a little zip off his fastball, too. Even so, “The Freak” came back as a force. Tim Lincecum made a winning return to ...

Cubs bail out Lester in win over Pirates

Jun 19, 2016

Cubs bail out Lester in win over Pirates

The Chicago Cubs have done a lot for Jon Lester this season — including a lot of diving stops and long home runs. Once again on Saturday night, Lester’s teammates came through in a big way. Anthony Rizzo, Kris Bryant and David Ross each ...

Tanaka stymies Twins

Jun 18, 2016

Tanaka stymies Twins

Masahiro Tanaka just needed to hit the road to find his groove again. Of course, that four-run cushion before he stepped on the mound was helpful, too. Tanaka matched a season high with eight sparkling innings, Carlos Beltran hit a two-run homer and the ...

Jun 18, 2016

Darvish untroubled after playing catch

Texas Rangers right-hander Yu Darvish, placed on the 15-day disabled list since Monday due to tightness in his neck and shoulder, played catch on Friday for the first time in six days and came away untroubled. “It went totally fine,” said Darvish, who started ...

Rangers hurler Lewis takes no-hitter into ninth inning

Jun 17, 2016

Rangers hurler Lewis takes no-hitter into ninth inning

Texas Rangers veteran Colby Lewis, formerly a staff ace for the Hiroshima Carp, took a no-hit bid into the ninth inning against the Oakland Athletics before giving up a pair of doubles in his team’s 5-1 win on the road on Thursday. Lewis, who ...

A-Rod praises Ichiro after Japanese star's latest achievement

Jun 16, 2016

A-Rod praises Ichiro after Japanese star's latest achievement

On the day Ichiro amassed a career total of 4,527 hits in top-flight pro baseball, Alex Rodriguez called his one-time teammate a legend and “as unique a player” as he’d ever been around. Speaking in Denver, where the New York Yankees were preparing to ...

Rangers use homers to rally past A's

Jun 16, 2016

Rangers use homers to rally past A's

The Texas Rangers trailed by five runs against a resurgent All-Star pitcher, and found a way to rally for a win. That’s how things have been going for them lately. Robinson Chirinos and Rougned Odor both homered twice to lead Texas to a 7-5 ...

Kershaw dominates as Dodgers beat Diamondbacks

Jun 16, 2016

Kershaw dominates as Dodgers beat Diamondbacks

These days, it’s news when Clayton Kershaw walks a batter. He did that on Wednesday — walking one — while striking out 11 in the Los Angeles Dodgers’ 3-2 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks. Kershaw earned his 10th victory and acknowledged that a pitcher’s ...

Rose won't recognize Ichiro's record as legit

Jun 15, 2016

Rose won't recognize Ichiro's record as legit

Baseball legend Pete Rose is unimpressed by the looming prospect of seeing his all-time hits record surpassed by Miami Marlins outfielder Ichiro Suzuki. Ichiro stands just one hit behind Rose’s MLB record of 4,256 hits, a pursuit of history that is being followed avidly ...

Maeda hit by line drive in Dodgers' victory

Jun 15, 2016

Maeda hit by line drive in Dodgers' victory

Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts watched from the dugout as rookie right-hander Kenta Maeda writhed in pain after being hit by a line drive. The Dodgers’ pitching staff had already endured more than its share of injuries and it appeared as if they ...