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Zimmerman blast lifts Nats in 16th

Jun 25, 2014

Zimmerman blast lifts Nats in 16th

The Washington Nationals were about out of pitchers, and first baseman Adam LaRoche was told he would take the mound next in an emergency situation. Ryan Zimmerman made sure LaRoche didn’t have to pitch by hitting a two-run home run in the 16th inning ...

Despaigne wins debut

Jun 24, 2014

Despaigne wins debut

Cuban defector Odrisamer Despaigne became the fourth Padres pitcher to throw seven scoreless innings in his first big league start, leading San Diego to a 6-0 victory over the San Francisco Giants on Monday. Tommy Medica hit a two-run double off Matt Cain (1-6) ...

O's prevail against Tanaka, Yanks

Jun 23, 2014

O's prevail against Tanaka, Yanks

Masahiro Tanaka tasted defeat for the second time as a big leaguer on Sunday, when he allowed three runs in seven innings in the New York Yankees’ 8-0 beating at the hands of the Baltimore Orioles. Tanaka, whose record fell to 11-2, surrendered six ...

Jun 22, 2014

Royals' Aoki placed on DL

Kansas City Royals leadoff man Norichika Aoki has been placed on the 15-day disabled List, the team announced Saturday. Aoki hurt his left leg on Tuesday in a game against the Detroit Tigers and has appeared in just two games since. He is batting ...

Fister, Rendon spark Nats against Braves

Jun 22, 2014

Fister, Rendon spark Nats against Braves

Doug Fister pitched eight shutout innings, and Anthony Rendon had three hits and two RBI for the Washington Nationals in a 3-0 victory over the Atlanta Braves on Saturday. The Nationals took a half-game lead over Atlanta in the NL East after dropping the ...

Jun 21, 2014

Cuban outfielder Tomas defects

Hard-hitting outfielder Yasmani Tomas of Havana’s powerhouse ballclub Industriales has defected, Cuban authorities said Friday. News of Tomas’ defection came in a single paragraph at the end of an article in Communist Party newspaper Granma, which interviewed national baseball director Higinil Velez Carrion about ...

Yankees rally for win over Orioles

Jun 21, 2014

Yankees rally for win over Orioles

Hiroki Kuroda allowed two runs in six innings on Friday to keep the New York Yankees in a game they came back to win 5-3 over the Baltimore Orioles courtesy of a four-run ninth-inning rally. After wasting a series of scoring opportunities, the Yankees ...

Aoki's bat can't lift Royals in Detroit

Jun 20, 2014

Aoki's bat can't lift Royals in Detroit

Norichika Aoki gave Kansas City an early lead, but the red-hot Royals couldn’t muster any offense after the first inning in a 2-1 loss to the Detroit Tigers that ended a 10-game win streak on Thursday. Aoki opened the game at Comerica Park with ...

Kershaw fans 15, no-hits Rockies

Jun 19, 2014

Kershaw fans 15, no-hits Rockies

Clayton Kershaw pitched his first no-hitter Wednesday night, striking out a career-high 15 and allowing his only baserunner on a throwing error by shortstop Hanley Ramirez in the Los Angeles Dodgers’ 8-0 victory over the Colorado Rockies. Kershaw’s gem gave the Dodgers the only ...

Tanaka tops majors in wins

Jun 18, 2014

Tanaka tops majors in wins

Once Masahiro Tanaka overcame that early jolt from Jose Reyes, the rookie did just fine. Tanaka gave up a home run to Reyes on the first pitch of the game, then earned his major league-high 11th victory as the New York Yankees beat Toronto ...

Hall of Famer, batting icon Gwynn dies at 54

Jun 17, 2014

Hall of Famer, batting icon Gwynn dies at 54

Tony Gwynn, the Hall of Famer with a sweet left-handed swing who spent his entire 20-year career with the Padres and was one of the game’s greatest hitters, died of cancer Monday. He was 54. Gwynn, a craftsman at the plate and winner of ...

Jun 17, 2014

Rangers pounce on A's

Daniel Murphy homered twice, Colby Lewis overcame an uneven start to win for the first time in more than three weeks and the Texas Rangers beat the Oakland Athletics 14-8 on Monday night. Michael Choice and Robinson Chirinos also homered, and Adrian Beltre drove ...