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Apr 13, 2016

Tanaka, Iwakuma set to face off

Former Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles teammates Masahiro Tanaka and Hisashi Iwakuma are scheduled to start against each other for the first time Sunday, when the New York Yankees host the Seattle Mariners. The two right-handers played together at Rakuten from 2007 to 2011. They ...

Dodgers bullpen blows Maeda's lead in defeat to D-Backs

Apr 13, 2016

Dodgers bullpen blows Maeda's lead in defeat to D-Backs

Kenta Maeda threw six scoreless innings but the bullpen could not preserve the rookie’s lead as the Los Angeles Dodgers lost 4-2 to the Arizona Diamondbacks on Tuesday. Maeda, the first Japanese pitcher to start a Dodgers home opener since Hideo Nomo in 2004, ...

Apr 12, 2016

MLB announces plan to fund 30 Jackie Robinson scholarships

Major League Baseball will fund 30 four-year Jackie Robinson Foundation scholarships, one for each of the sport’s teams, and will contribute $1 million to the project to build a Robinson museum in New York. As part of Tuesday’s announcement, MLB said Robinson scholars will ...

Streaking Cubs spoil Finnegan's no-hit bid

Apr 12, 2016

Streaking Cubs spoil Finnegan's no-hit bid

Addison Russell circled the bases while the crowd roared, happy to have Brandon Finnegan’s flirtation with a no-hitter made irrelevant. Russell tried to soak it all in. With his heart pounding, it wasn’t easy. “Once I stepped on the plate, it was an awesome ...

Seattle hurler Iwakuma takes loss

Apr 12, 2016

Seattle hurler Iwakuma takes loss

Seattle Mariners right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma failed to earn his first win of the season as his team lost its fourth consecutive game on Monday. In his second start of the season, Iwakuma gave up three runs on eight hits, including a game-tying single to ...

Kennedy shines in Royals debut

Apr 10, 2016

Kennedy shines in Royals debut

Ian Kennedy followed up an unimpressive spring with a strong regular season debut with the Kansas City Royals. Kennedy pitched 6⅔ scoreless innings and the Royals hit their first three home runs of the season to beat the winless Minnesota Twins 7-0 Saturday night. ...

Kawasaki called up from Triple-A

Apr 9, 2016

Kawasaki called up from Triple-A

The Chicago Cubs called up infielder Munenori Kawasaki from Triple-A Iowa as an injury replacement, the club said Friday. Kawasaki, who signed a minor-league deal with the National League club this season, replaced injured left fielder Kyle Schwarber on the 25-man roster. He joined ...

Dodgers give up on no-hitter, lose in 10th

Apr 9, 2016

Dodgers give up on no-hitter, lose in 10th

Ross Stripling was pulled with a no-hitter in progress during the eighth inning of his major league debut, and new Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts was willing to take all the criticism for yanking him. “No-brainer,” Roberts insisted. Stripling went 7⅓ innings, then ...

Pujols' walk-off single lifts Angels

Apr 8, 2016

Pujols' walk-off single lifts Angels

Albert Pujols’ first RBI of the season came at a very opportune time for the Los Angeles Angels. Pujols delivered a bases-loaded single with two outs in the ninth inning to give the Angels their first victory, a 4-3 win over the Texas Rangers ...

Apr 7, 2016

New York mayor signs bill banning smokeless tobacco in ballparks

New York Mayor Bill De Blasio has signed a bill that bans the use of smokeless tobacco products at all ticketed baseball stadiums, sports arenas and recreation areas. De Blasio signed the bill Wednesday. He said the legislation was important to the health of ...

Maeda enjoys eventful debut

Apr 7, 2016

Maeda enjoys eventful debut

So much joy and so much agony in one game. Pitcher Kenta Maeda homered in the second at-bat of his major league debut with the Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday night and beat the Padres 7-0, making San Diego the first team in major ...

Mercer lifts Pirates with game-winning hit

Apr 6, 2016

Mercer lifts Pirates with game-winning hit

Jordy Mercer arrived at spring training without having to look over his shoulder or worry about his spot in the lineup for the first time in his career. That freedom allowed the shortstop to fine-tune his approach in search of a better start than ...