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Maeda regains form for Dodgers

After floundering for the first month of the season, Kenta Maeda found his form Friday night. Maeda threw seven solid innings to lead the Los Angeles Dodgers over the Philadelphia Phillies 5-3. Maeda (2-2) entered with an 8.05 ERA and had failed to reach the sixth inning in any of ...

Tanaka tosses three-hit shutout, retires final 14 batters

/ Apr 28, 2017

Tanaka tosses three-hit shutout, retires final 14 batters

New York Yankees starters failed to record a complete game in all of 2016 — the first time in franchise history that’s happened. Masahiro Tanaka ended that slump this season before April was up. Tanaka pitched a three-hitter to outduel Chris Sale and earn ...

/ Apr 27, 2017

Mariners' Hernandez put on 10-day disabled list

The struggling Seattle Mariners will be without ace Felix Hernandez for at least a little while. The Mariners placed Hernandez on the 10-day disabled list Wednesday with right shoulder inflammation after he lasted just two innings in his start at Detroit the previous night. ...

Ngoepe becomes first African to play in majors

/ Apr 27, 2017

Ngoepe becomes first African to play in majors

Gift Ngoepe might not have had the weight of the world on his shoulders but he felt like a continent was counting on him. Ngoepe, the first African to reach the major leagues, singled in his first plate appearance and Josh Harrison led off ...

Thames bashes way into Brewers' record book

/ Apr 26, 2017

Thames bashes way into Brewers' record book

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Eric Thames is bashing his way into the Milwaukee Brewers’ record book. No adjustment period necessary for the bushy-bearded first baseman in his first season back in the majors after three years playing ball in South Korea. With a two-run shot on Tuesday night ...

NASCAR star Earnhardt Jr. to retire after 2017 season

/ Apr 26, 2017

NASCAR star Earnhardt Jr. to retire after 2017 season

Dale Earnhardt Jr. abruptly announced his retirement at the end of the season Tuesday, a decision that will cost NASCAR its most popular driver as the series scrambles to rebuild its fan base. Colorful, candid and talented, Earnhardt has been plagued by concussions the ...

Aoki's first three-hit game of year lifts Astros

/ Apr 26, 2017

Aoki's first three-hit game of year lifts Astros

Norichika Aoki had his first three-hit game of the season and drove in the game-tying run as the Houston Astros beat the Cleveland Indians 4-2 on Tuesday. Aoki tied the game at one with an RBI double in the fifth inning with no outs ...

Heyward, Russell power Cubs past Pirates

/ Apr 25, 2017

Heyward, Russell power Cubs past Pirates

Jason Heyward is getting tired of talking about his rebuilt swing. Considering what the Chicago Cubs center fielder is doing at the plate these days, the conversation will soon flip from his new-look swing to the results. Heyward hit his third home run in ...

Darvish bounces back to help Rangers complete sweep

/ Apr 24, 2017

Darvish bounces back to help Rangers complete sweep

Texas Rangers right-hander Yu Darvish said Sunday he was able to put on his strongest showing since elbow reconstruction surgery in 2015 as he helped his team beat the Kansas City Royals 5-2. Darvish, who threw a season-high eight innings in his fifth start ...

Maeda allows six in latest outing

/ Apr 23, 2017

Maeda allows six in latest outing

Kenta Maeda gave up six runs over five innings and suffered his second loss of the season as the Los Angeles Dodgers fell 11-5 to the Arizona Diamondbacks on Saturday. At Chase Field in Phoenix, Maeda (1-2) yielded nine hits including four home runs, ...

A's get best of Mariners, Iwakuma

/ Apr 22, 2017

A's get best of Mariners, Iwakuma

Hisashi Iwakuma is still looking for his first win of the season after another unsuccessful attempt Friday in the Seattle Mariners’ 3-1 defeat to the Oakland Athletics. In his fourth start of the season, Iwakuma gave up three runs and five hits, including two ...

Bumgarner put on DL after dirt bike accident

/ Apr 22, 2017

Bumgarner put on DL after dirt bike accident

Giants ace left-hander Madison Bumgarner was placed on the disabled list for the first time in his big league career Friday after a dirt bike accident that sent him to a hospital with bruised ribs and a sprained joint in his pitching shoulder. San ...

Boston's Sale fans 13 in win over Toronto

/ Apr 21, 2017

Boston's Sale fans 13 in win over Toronto

When his first pitch of the day was driven to the edge of the warning track, Chris Sale was concerned he might be in for a long afternoon. Turns out he had nothing to worry about. Sale struck out 13 over eight shutout innings, ...