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Fighters veteran Inaba announces plan to retire

Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters infielder Atsunori Inaba said Tuesday he will retire at the end of the 2014 season, bringing an end to an illustrious 20-year career. “I decided to put everything on the line for one year, but the condition of my knee just won’t get any better. I ...

Hamels, trio no-hit Braves

Cole Hamels and three Philadelphia Phillies relievers combined to pitch a no-hitter Monday, beating the Atlanta Braves 7-0 and giving ...

Sep 2, 2014

Classic card collection hits auction

A baseball fan took up smoking a century ago and with it acquired another habit: holding onto little cards that bore the faces of baseball’s earliest greats. Now, the trove of more than 1,400 tobacco cards featuring a slew of Hall of Famers like ...

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 ...

Sep 1, 2014

High schools play 50-inning game

In a scenario more usually associated with its cousin, cricket, a high school baseball game dragged on for four days with two teams slogging it out over a record 50 innings. Chukyo and Sotoku began their slugfest on Thursday in the semifinal of the ...

Ishihara's clutch single lifts Carp past Dragons

Aug 31, 2014

Ishihara's clutch single lifts Carp past Dragons

Substitute catcher Yoshiyuki Ishihara delivered a tiebreaking RBI single in the sixth inning and added insurance in the eighth as the Hiroshima Carp downed the Chunichi Dragons 6-4 on Sunday afternoon in Nagoya. The Carp won their third in a row and returned to ...

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. ...

Carp hurler Heath collects first victory in Japan

Aug 31, 2014

Carp hurler Heath collects first victory in Japan

Deunte Heath threw 6-1/3 scoreless innings and Eishin Soyogi drove in two runs with a fourth-inning single as the Hiroshima Carp beat the Chunichi Dragons 2-0 on Saturday afternoon. Heath (1-0), making his second start since joining the Carp from the Chicago White Sox ...

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 ...