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Sep 2, 2014

Astros fire Porter, name Lawless interim skipper

The Houston Astros fired manager Bo Porter on Monday, saying the dismissal had less to do with the team’s 59-79 record than the need for “new direction” and a “united message throughout the entire organization.” Porter was in his second season with the Astros ...

Sep 2, 2014

Murakami recalls MLB debut in '64

Masanori Murakami, a trailblazer who became the first Japanese to play in the major leagues, celebrated the 50th anniversary since his debut on Monday. Murakami, 70, a right-hander who left the Nankai Hawks to sign with the Class A Fresno Giants before his call-up ...

Mariners top Nats; Iwakuma notches 13th win

Sep 1, 2014

Mariners top Nats; Iwakuma notches 13th win

Hisashi Iwakuma picked up his 13th win of the season despite not having his best stuff in the Seattle Mariners’ 5-3 victory over the Washington Nationals on Sunday. Iwakuma helped the Mariners end a three-game skid by holding Washington to three earned runs in ...

Cardinals shell Wada to earn split

Aug 31, 2014

Cardinals shell Wada to earn split

Chicago Cubs pitcher Tsuyoshi Wada is a part of a six-man rotation that is auditioning for the future. He doesn’t think his latest outing helped his cause. Matt Holliday homered twice, including a three-run blast off Wada, and drove in five and the St. ...

Verlander gets win for Tigers

Aug 30, 2014

Verlander gets win for Tigers

It was just one pitch, but Justin Verlander and the Detroit Tigers can only hope it turns out to be a turning point in their season. Verlander turned in one of his most effective outings this year and once again beat the White Sox, ...

Aug 30, 2014

Montero done for season after fight

Jesus Montero will not play baseball again this season for the Seattle Mariners’ organization after a heated confrontation in the stands with a team scout during a minor league game in Boise, Idaho. Seattle general manager Jack Zduriencik said on Friday that the actions ...

Tanaka heading to N.Y.

Aug 30, 2014

Tanaka heading to N.Y.

Injured Yankees ace Masahiro Tanaka is being sent back to New York because of general soreness in his right arm, a setback in his bid to rejoin the rotation this season. “There’s obviously concern, but I think we play it out this week to ...

Petit makes MLB history

Aug 29, 2014

Petit makes MLB history

One strike shy from a perfect game last September, Yusmeiro Petit refused to let another chance at baseball history slip away. Petit set a major league record when he retired his 46th batter in a row, and the San Francisco Giants beat the Colorado ...

Kershaw rolls to 16th victory

Aug 28, 2014

Kershaw rolls to 16th victory

It’s almost September and Clayton Kershaw loaded the bases for the first time all season. Of course, nobody scored. Kershaw allowed only an unearned run in eight innings to become the first 16-game winner in the majors, and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the ...

Aoki sparks Royals again

Aug 28, 2014

Aoki sparks Royals again

The Kansas City Royals conjured up a little more late-game magic Wednesday night. This time, they didn’t wait until the ninth inning. Shut down most of the night by the Twins’ Phil Hughes, the Royals finally broke through with six runs in the eighth. ...

Bumgarner pitches gem

Aug 27, 2014

Bumgarner pitches gem

Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner wanted to waste a two-strike curveball in front of Rockies cleanup hitter Justin Morneau. He left the ball up just enough for Morneau to get a piece of it — the only mistake on an otherwise memorable night for the ...

Samardzija, A's whip Astros

Aug 26, 2014

Samardzija, A's whip Astros

The Houston Astros entered the ninth inning down by one run before their bullpen fell apart on Monday night and they ended up with another lopsided loss to the Oakland Athletics. Jeff Samardzija pitched eight solid innings and Josh Donaldson drove in three runs ...