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Iwakuma shines in short-notice outing

Apr 23, 2016

Iwakuma shines in short-notice outing

Hisashi Iwakuma got the assignment a day earlier than he expected because Felix Hernandez was scratched with a case of the flu. The right-hander responded with a clutch performance, pitching eight strong innings Friday night, and the Seattle Mariners beat the Los Angeles Angels ...

Apr 23, 2016

Darvish postpones first rehab start

Texas Rangers ace Yu Darvish has decided to throw one more live batting practice session, pushing back his first minor league rehabilitation start to May 1 in his comeback from Tommy John surgery. But Rangers pitching coach Doug Brocail said Friday the three-time All-Star ...

Otosaka spoils Giants' shutout ambitions

Apr 22, 2016

Otosaka spoils Giants' shutout ambitions

Giants closer Hirokazu Sawamura gave up ninth-inning game-tying solo home run as Yomiuri played to a 1-1, 12-inning tie against the Yokohama BayStars in the Central League on Friday. Yokohama pinch hitter Tomo Otosaka led off the ninth with a homer to prevent Yomiuri ...

Ichiro stars for Marlins in victory over Nationals

Apr 22, 2016

Ichiro stars for Marlins in victory over Nationals

Ichiro Suzuki quietly cleaned his cleats in a noisy postgame clubhouse Thursday before packing the shoes for his next game, which will be No. 2,368. No. 2,367 went pretty well. Ichiro had two hits, scored twice and made two sliding catches in right field ...

Arrieta tosses no-hitter against Reds

Apr 22, 2016

Arrieta tosses no-hitter against Reds

Jake Arrieta of the Chicago Cubs pitched his second no-hitter in a span of 11 regular-season starts, shutting down the Cincinnati Reds in a 16-0 rout Thursday night. The reigning NL Cy Young winner threw the first no-hitter of the Major League Baseball season. ...

Yoh home run helps Fighters tame Lions

Apr 21, 2016

Yoh home run helps Fighters tame Lions

Daikan Yoh hit a tiebreaking two-run homer in the sixth inning as the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters edged the Seibu Lions 4-3 in the Pacific League on Thursday. Yoh, who made his first start since April 9 following a left-ankle injury, as a designated ...

Aoki strikes decisive blow

Apr 21, 2016

Aoki strikes decisive blow

Norichika Aoki delivered a two-run triple that proved to be the difference as the Seattle Mariners beat the Cleveland Indians 2-1 on Wednesday. The veteran leadoff man’s big two-out triple came in the second inning, when he pulled a 2-1 fastball from Indians starter ...

Surging Hawks extend winning streak to eight

Apr 20, 2016

Surging Hawks extend winning streak to eight

Tsuyoshi Wada threw his first shutout since his return from the major leagues as the defending Pacific League champion Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks beat the Chiba Lotte Marines 5-0 on Wednesday to extend their winning run to eight. Former Chicago Cubs southpaw Wada (2-1), who ...

Apr 20, 2016

Tateyama sidelined after elbow surgery

Tokyo Yakult Swallows right-hander Shohei Tateyama is likely to miss the first half of the season after undergoing right elbow surgery on Wednesday, the Central League club said. Tateyama, who returned from his third Tommy John surgery last June, is out for six weeks ...

Apr 20, 2016

Matsuzaka struggles in outing on farm

Daisuke Matsuzaka struggled with his control and allowed two runs in two innings on Wednesday for the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks’ Western League farm team against the Chunichi Dragons. Matsuzaka, on his way back from the right shoulder surgery he had in August, came away ...

Five steals in second propel Reds to win

Apr 20, 2016

Five steals in second propel Reds to win

Sensing that Jorge De La Rosa wasn’t paying attention, the Reds were off and running. Jay Bruce had two of the Reds’ five steals in the second inning off De La Rosa — their biggest inning on the bases in roughly a century — ...