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Athletics can't solve Iwakuma

Jul 13, 2014

Athletics can't solve Iwakuma

Hisashi Iwakuma was impressed with his likeness on the bobblehead the Seattle Mariners handed out on Saturday night. The fans who got them were likely more impressed with the real version on the mound. Iwakuma pitched a career-high 8⅔ innings, and Kyle Seager and ...

Matsuzaka fans 10, gets no-decision against Marlins

Jul 13, 2014

Matsuzaka fans 10, gets no-decision against Marlins

The New York Mets’ Daisuke Matsuzaka matched his big league-career high with 10 strikeouts on Saturday, but did not get a decision in a 5-4 victory over the Miami Marlins. Matsuzaka allowed four runs and four hits in six innings with four walks at ...

Jul 12, 2014

Messi, Neymar make shortlist

FIFA on Friday named Argentina’s Lionel Messi, Brazil’s Neymar and Colombian star James Rodriguez among the nominees for the World Cup Golden Ball. Four-time world player of the year Messi, Neymar, whose tournament was ended prematurely by a back injury, and Rodriguez feature among ...

Richards leads Angels to win

Jul 12, 2014

Richards leads Angels to win

MLB Angels 3 Rangers 0 Pitching with a chip on his shoulder, Garrett Richards succeeded Friday night in displaying what the American League All-Star team will be missing next Tuesday in Minneapolis. The right-hander allowed five hits over seven innings to extend his personal ...

Tigers beat up on rival Royals

Jul 11, 2014

Tigers beat up on rival Royals

Torii Hunter insisted the first-place Tigers weren’t trying to send a message to the second-place Royals as the AL Central rivals began a four-game series leading into the All-Star break. They did it anyway. Everybody who stepped to the plate for Detroit had at ...

Tanaka has partially torn elbow ligament, season in doubt

Jul 11, 2014

Tanaka has partially torn elbow ligament, season in doubt

Masahiro Tanaka has a partially torn ligament in his right elbow, and the New York Yankees hope their rookie sensation will be able to pitch again this season. General manager Brian Cashman said Thursday night that Tanaka could return in six weeks, but didn’t ...

Tanaka put on DL with sore elbow in latest blow for Yanks

Jul 10, 2014

Tanaka put on DL with sore elbow in latest blow for Yanks

The New York Yankees’ battered rotation may have suffered the most crucial loss of all. Rookie sensation Masahiro Tanaka, who has 12 wins this season, has been placed on the 15-day disabled list due to right elbow inflammation. He had an MRI in New ...

Astros rough up Darvish

Jul 10, 2014

Astros rough up Darvish

Yu Darvish and the slumping Texas Rangers have hit the bottom. In all of Major League Baseball, not only the AL West. Texas has the worst winning percentage in the big leagues after losing three straight games to the Houston Astros, who completed a ...

Yankees' Tanaka has rough outing in loss

Jul 9, 2014

Yankees' Tanaka has rough outing in loss

Masahiro Tanaka surrendered five runs in 6⅔ innings on Tuesday as the New York Yankees fell 5-3 to the Cleveland Indians. Pitching on four days’ rest for the second straight time, Tanaka (12-4) was leading 3-2 in the bottom of the sixth, when Nick ...

Wada debuts in MLB; Reds sweep twin bill

Jul 9, 2014

Wada debuts in MLB; Reds sweep twin bill

Chicago Cubs left-hander Tsuyoshi Wada got a chance to make his major league debut on Tuesday, throwing five innings against the Cincinnati Reds in the nightcap of a double header on Tuesday. Wada pitched for the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks for nine years in Japan ...

Iwakuma handcuffs Twins

Jul 8, 2014

Iwakuma handcuffs Twins

Hisashi Iwakuma is back on track, and that should create a serious concern for the rest of the American League. Iwakuma struck out a season-high 10 in seven strong innings, Mike Zunino and Michael Saunders hit solo home runs, and the Seattle Mariners beat ...

Davis shatters slump with 11th-inning homer

Jul 8, 2014

Davis shatters slump with 11th-inning homer

Every now and then, Chris Davis breaks free from his agonizing season to send out a reminder of just how dangerous he can be at the plate. Davis interrupted a lengthy slump with a tiebreaking homer in the 11th inning, part of a six-run ...