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Sep 28, 2014

Uehara, Tazawa set to miss MLB trip

Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell, who will manage a team of major leaguers against Japan’s national team in November, indicated Saturday he will not take any of his own players to Japan, meaning both closer Koji Uehara and set-up man Junichi Tazawa might ...

Sep 27, 2014

Diamondbacks fire manager Gibson

Just days from the end of an awful season, the Arizona Diamondbacks fired manager Kirk Gibson. The firing was announced Friday, 15 minutes before a news conference to introduce new Diamondbacks general manager Dave Stewart. “It was my trigger to pull,” chief baseball officer ...

Nationals secure top seed

Sep 27, 2014

Nationals secure top seed

For the second time in three seasons, the Washington Nationals will head to the postseason with the top seeding in the National League. The NL East champion Nationals locked up home-field advantage until the World Series by beating the Miami Marlins 4-0 on Doug ...

Royals nab playoff spot

Sep 27, 2014

Royals nab playoff spot

Norichika Aoki tripled in the first run of the game on Friday for the Kansas City Royals, who clinched their first postseason berth in 29 years with a 3-1 win over the Chicago White Sox. The win clinched at least a spot in the ...

Scherzer keeps focus on team, winning

Sep 26, 2014

Scherzer keeps focus on team, winning

Max Scherzer was finally willing to do a bit of scoreboard watching. For the Detroit Tigers, a fourth straight AL Central title is within reach. “I’ve said the whole time I’m not worried about what Kansas City does, and I’m focused only on what ...

Jeter gets game-winning hit for Yankees in final home game

Sep 26, 2014

Jeter gets game-winning hit for Yankees in final home game

The perfect script. Derek Jeter capped his Yankee Stadium farewell with a game-winning single in the bottom of the ninth inning, the latest — and perhaps last — storybook moment of his charmed and illustrious career, to give New York a 6-5 victory Thursday ...

Dodgers capture NL West

Sep 25, 2014

Dodgers capture NL West

Clayton Kershaw strode into the Los Angeles Dodgers clubhouse with a rare demand. “Give me some,” he yelled, making a beeline for an icy tub of champagne and beer. The probable NL Cy Young Award winner and MVP candidate grabbed a bottle of bubbly ...

Tigers clinch playoff berth

Sep 25, 2014

Tigers clinch playoff berth

The Detroit Tigers looked dormant with the bats until a pitch from Chicago’s Chris Sale hit Victor Martinez around the back of his left shoulder. Then tempers flared, the benches and bullpens emptied — and Sale’s shutout didn’t last much longer. Martinez came around ...

Pirates clinch playoff berth

Sep 24, 2014

Pirates clinch playoff berth

Gerrit Cole was so focused on recording 17 consecutive outs, he didn’t glance at the out-of-town scoreboard. Cole insisted he didn’t know his win over Atlanta had clinched a playoff spot for Pittsburgh until he walked into the clubhouse and saw the lockers covered ...

Sep 24, 2014

Wada to get another chance for Cubs

Chicago Cubs lefty Tsuyoshi Wada, whose season appeared to be done, said Tuesday he has been slated to make one more start this season. “Since I think I’ll get another chance, I want to pitch well,” said Wada, who has been penciled in to ...