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NPB officials welcome return of series against MLB

Jul 16, 2014

NPB officials welcome return of series against MLB

Eight years after turning their backs on visiting major league all-star tours, Japan’s players are welcoming the big leaguers back with open arms for games in November. For the first time since 2006, a team of major league all stars will visit Japan in ...

Jeter takes bow in final All-Star Game

Jul 16, 2014

Jeter takes bow in final All-Star Game

Derek Jeter was a huge hit from the very start in his final All-Star game. Batting leadoff for the American League, the 40-year-old shortstop for the New York Yankees soaked in an ovation that lasted more than a minute at Target Field, then seized ...

A's slugger Cespedes retains crown in Home Run Derby

Jul 15, 2014

A's slugger Cespedes retains crown in Home Run Derby

Yoenis Cespedes knew how to pace himself in this rain-delayed Home Run Derby, drawn out further by a new format. The Oakland Athletics outfielder simply trusted his own strength. Cespedes became the first repeat winner of the All-Star skills contest in 15 years, powering ...

Jul 15, 2014

Lawyers sue A-Rod for unpaid fees

Alex Rodriguez faces a new challenge: He is being sued by his own lawyer. Attorney David Cornwell’s law firm filed papers Monday in Manhattan federal court saying the New York Yankees star owes more than $380,000 related to their work fighting his steroid suspension. ...

Swallows rout Giants at Tokyo Dome

Jul 14, 2014

Swallows rout Giants at Tokyo Dome

Masanori Ishikawa got more than enough run support against fellow lefty Tetsuya Utsumi, Tetsuto Yamada homered and drove in three runs, and the Tokyo Yakult Swallows ran roughshod over the Central League-leading Yomiuri Giants in a 12-1 rout on Monday night. With the victory, ...

Giants pair make history

Jul 14, 2014

Giants pair make history

Madison Bumgarner was so enthused by seeing Buster Posey hit a grand slam, he did the same thing the next inning. Bumgarner became the first pitcher in 48 years to hit two grand slams in a season, and Posey also hit a slam Sunday ...

Athletics can't solve Iwakuma

Jul 13, 2014

Athletics can't solve Iwakuma

Hisashi Iwakuma was impressed with his likeness on the bobblehead the Seattle Mariners handed out on Saturday night. The fans who got them were likely more impressed with the real version on the mound. Iwakuma pitched a career-high 8⅔ innings, and Kyle Seager and ...

Matsuzaka fans 10, gets no-decision against Marlins

Jul 13, 2014

Matsuzaka fans 10, gets no-decision against Marlins

The New York Mets’ Daisuke Matsuzaka matched his big league-career high with 10 strikeouts on Saturday, but did not get a decision in a 5-4 victory over the Miami Marlins. Matsuzaka allowed four runs and four hits in six innings with four walks at ...

Jul 13, 2014

Sugiuchi fastest to strike out 2,000

Yomiuri Giants lefty Toshiya Sugiuchi became the 22nd pitcher in Japanese baseball history to reach 2,000 career strikeouts in a game against the Hanshin Tigers on Saturday, achieving the feat at the fastest pace ever. Sugiuchi registered his third strikeout of the game to ...