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Kidokoro picks up interleague MVP award

Jun 22, 2016

Kidokoro picks up interleague MVP award

The season of career minor leaguer Ryuma Kidokoro took another surprising turn on Wednesday, when the 30-year-old was named Nippon Professional Baseball’s interleague MVP. The Hawks’ journeyman, who since 2005 has spent the bulk of his time on the first team as a pinch ...

Ichiro bags two more hits in quest for 3,000

Jun 22, 2016

Ichiro bags two more hits in quest for 3,000

Ichiro Suzuki moved two hits closer to 3,000 in his big league career on Tuesday, when he went 2-for-4 with a walk in the leadoff spot for the Miami Marlins in a 3-2 loss to the Atlanta Braves. The 42-year-old moved to within 18 ...

Jun 21, 2016

Hawks sign Van Den Hurk to three-year extension

Right-hander Rick Van Den Hurk has agreed to a three-year contract extension with the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks, the Pacific League champs announced Tuesday. The deal for the 31-year-old Dutch international is believed to be worth ¥1.2 billion with additional incentives. Van Den Hurk set ...

Kershaw shines, Jansen sets mark as Dodgers top Nats

Jun 21, 2016

Kershaw shines, Jansen sets mark as Dodgers top Nats

After Kenley Jansen became the Los Angeles Dodgers’ franchise leader with the 162nd save of his career, he made sure to compliment the pitcher whose dominance constantly puts him in position to slam the door. Jansen thinks he wouldn’t be the pitcher he is ...

Tigers beat Buffaloes to finish interleague with win

Jun 20, 2016

Tigers beat Buffaloes to finish interleague with win

Lefty Suguru Iwazaki threw seven scoreless innings and Fumihito Haraguchi broke up a scoreless pitchers’ duel with an eighth-inning home run as the Hanshin Tigers wrapped up this year’s interleague action with a 2-0 win over the Orix Buffaloes on Monday. In a makeup ...

Giants pick up eighth straight win

Jun 20, 2016

Giants pick up eighth straight win

The way the San Francisco Giants are playing lately, even a sloppy defensive performance couldn’t cool off the NL West leaders. Brandon Belt homered and Joe Panik snapped an eighth-inning tie with an RBI single, helping the Giants extend their winning streak to a ...

Carp rally past Buffaloes

Jun 19, 2016

Carp rally past Buffaloes

Rookie Ko Shimozuru hit a game-tying, two-run, pinch-hit homer, and Seiya Suzuki drove in the winning run with a home run for the third straight day as the Hiroshima Carp beat the Orix Buffaloes 5-4 on Sunday in interleague. The win was the sixth ...

Lincecum wins in return to majors

Jun 19, 2016

Lincecum wins in return to majors

The uniform is different. The flowing locks of shaggy brown hair that once protruded from his cap are gone. He’s lost a little zip off his fastball, too. Even so, “The Freak” came back as a force. Tim Lincecum made a winning return to ...

Cubs bail out Lester in win over Pirates

Jun 19, 2016

Cubs bail out Lester in win over Pirates

The Chicago Cubs have done a lot for Jon Lester this season — including a lot of diving stops and long home runs. Once again on Saturday night, Lester’s teammates came through in a big way. Anthony Rizzo, Kris Bryant and David Ross each ...

Tanaka stymies Twins

Jun 18, 2016

Tanaka stymies Twins

Masahiro Tanaka just needed to hit the road to find his groove again. Of course, that four-run cushion before he stepped on the mound was helpful, too. Tanaka matched a season high with eight sparkling innings, Carlos Beltran hit a two-run homer and the ...