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Ramirez happy to be back in NPB

Jun 28, 2015

Ramirez happy to be back in NPB

by Jason Coskrey

Alex Ramirez had an eventful first gameday on the job. The new roving advisor to the Orix Buffaloes spent most of batting practice on Saturday giving instruction to many of the Orix hitters, including Yoshio Itoi and Takahiro Okada. Later, he high-fived a few ...

Marlins slugger Stanton sidelined with broken hand

Jun 28, 2015

Marlins slugger Stanton sidelined with broken hand

For the second year in a row, Giancarlo Stanton’s chances of winning the major league home run title have been hurt by an injury. The Miami Marlins slugger has a broken left hand, which is expected to sideline him four to six weeks. He ...

Tanaka has another rough start as Yanks beat Astros

Jun 28, 2015

Tanaka has another rough start as Yanks beat Astros

Masahiro Tanaka gave up three home runs for the second straight game in blowing a six-run lead over five innings for the New York Yankees, who pulled out a 9-6 win over the Houston Astros on Saturday. Coming off his worst career start, Tanaka, ...

Jun 27, 2015

BayStars acquire veteran pitcher Below

The Yokohama BayStars on Saturday announced the signing of American southpaw Duane Below from the New York Mets organization. The 29-year-old was 4-3 this year for Triple-A Las Vegas with a 2.19 ERA in 49-1/3 innings. He started five of his 11 games. The ...

Jun 27, 2015

Cubs southpaw Wada scratched from start

Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon said Friday that lefty Tsuyoshi Wada will not make his start as scheduled against the St. Louis Cardinals on Saturday. Wada is still nursing a sore left shoulder that caused him to be pulled from his start against the ...

Jun 27, 2015

Blue Jays send Kawasaki back to Triple-A Buffalo

The Toronto Blue Jays announced on Friday that they have optioned infielder Munenori Kawasaki to Triple-A Buffalo. The move corresponds with the return to the Blue Jays’ lineup of on second baseman Devon Travis, who has been out the past five weeks because of ...

Sandberg resigns as Phillies manager

Jun 27, 2015

Sandberg resigns as Phillies manager

An emotional Ryne Sandberg resigned as Phillies manager on Friday in his third season as Philadelphia struggles with the worst record in the major leagues. “In a lot of ways I’m old school, and I’m very much dissatisfied with the record and not pleased ...

Scherzer scintillating again

Jun 27, 2015

Scherzer scintillating again

Max Scherzer has been so dominant that teammates are surprised when he actually gives up a hit. Scherzer took a perfect game into the sixth inning in his bid to become the second pitcher in major league history to throw two consecutive no-hitters and ...

Lions' Kishi collects first victory of season

Jun 26, 2015

Lions' Kishi collects first victory of season

Seibu Lions ace Takayuki Kishi allowed two run in six innings to earn his first win of the season as his teammates bombarded the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters in a 12-4 win on Friday. The Lions pounded out 19 hits, including four home runs, ...

Jun 26, 2015

Pitchers Kuroda, Otani picked in All-Star fan balloting

Hiroki Kuroda, who returned to Hiroshima this year after seven impressive big league seasons, was voted onto the Central League All-Star team though the fans ballot, Nippon Professional Baseball announced Friday. The 40-year-old Carp veteran is 6-2 this season with a 2.72 ERA. He ...