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Hall of Fame trio reflect on journey

Jul 26, 2014

Hall of Fame trio reflect on journey

Frank Thomas was always driven to excel, and that sure served him well. “I was never that blue-chip prospect,” he said. “I had to outwork my opponents.” Hard to imagine now that Thomas was ever anything except a huge star. For Thomas, the hulking ...

Saltalamacchia lifts Marlins to win over Braves

Jul 25, 2014

Saltalamacchia lifts Marlins to win over Braves

Jarrod Saltalamacchia knows most teams don’t get many chances to beat Atlanta Braves closer Craig Kimbrel. Saltalamacchia drove in the go-ahead run in the ninth inning, Henderson Alvarez won for the first time in three starts and the Miami Marlins beat the Braves 3-2 ...

Jul 25, 2014

Tigers add Soria to bolster bullpen

The Detroit Tigers had seen enough from their shaky bullpen to know something had to be done. The AL Central-leading Tigers acquired right-hander Joakim Soria, giving them an option to pitch in the seventh, eighth or ninth inning as soon as Thursday night on ...

Aoki's walk-off single ends 14-inning game

Jul 25, 2014

Aoki's walk-off single ends 14-inning game

After four hours, 23 minutes and a dozen pitchers combining to throw 397 pitches, Norichika Aoki gave the Kansas City Royals a win. Aoki singled home Lorenzo Cain in the 14th inning to lift the Royals to a 2-1 victory over Cleveland after Indians ...

Wada handed first MLB loss

Jul 24, 2014

Wada handed first MLB loss

When asked through a translator if he was nervous in his second big-league start, Tsuyoshi Wada said simply, “Yes.” It showed as Wada (0-1) allowed five runs on five hits and four walks in four-plus innings in an 8-3 loss to San Diego on ...

Rain helps Yanks beat Texas

Jul 24, 2014

Rain helps Yanks beat Texas

A wet field gave the New York Yankees one weird win. Brett Gardner hit a tiebreaking homer off All-Star ace Yu Darvish, and New York beat the Texas Rangers 2-1 Wednesday night in a rain-shortened game called in the fifth inning under bizarre circumstances. ...

Crawford, Giants roll past Phillies in 14th

Jul 23, 2014

Crawford, Giants roll past Phillies in 14th

If something didn’t happen soon, Giants manager Bruce Bochy was trotting a position player out to the pitching rubber. As it worked out, something happened. Brandon Crawford hit a bases-clearing double to break a 14th-inning stalemate and Tim Lincecum earned his first career save ...

Headley caps Yankees debut with walk-off hit

Jul 23, 2014

Headley caps Yankees debut with walk-off hit

Chase Headley hustled to New York, eager to help his new team right away. That’s exactly what he did — about 4½ hours after pulling on his pinstripes. Headley came through with a storybook swing at the stroke of midnight in his Yankees debut, ...

Jul 23, 2014

A's agree to 10-year Oakland lease

The Athletics have agreed to a 10-year lease extension to stay in Oakland, the team and city officials announced Tuesday. After reviewing several modifications made by the Oakland City Council last week, team owner Lew Wolff said he agreed to the terms of the ...

Ortiz blasts two HRs, moves past Yastrzemski on career list

Jul 22, 2014

Ortiz blasts two HRs, moves past Yastrzemski on career list

One day after promising he was “about to get hotter than Jamaica in the middle of August,” David Ortiz hit two towering home runs. They were the 452nd and 453rd of his career, moving Ortiz past Boston great Carl Yastrzemski into 36th place on ...

Giants spoil Lee's return

Jul 22, 2014

Giants spoil Lee's return

Cliff Lee isn’t going anywhere if he pitches like this. Adam Duvall hit a two-run homer in Lee’s return from the disabled list and the San Francisco Giants beat the Philadelphia Phillies 7-4 on Monday night. Making his first start since May 18 because ...

Blue Jays heap more misery on Rangers

Jul 21, 2014

Blue Jays heap more misery on Rangers

Blue Jays outfielder Melky Cabrera was already hitting well before the All-Star break. He has been even better since his return. Cabrera hit a tiebreaking homer in the seventh inning and finished with three RBIs in Toronto’s 9-6 win over the Texas Rangers 9-6 ...