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LaRoche lifts Nats in 14th

Sep 4, 2014

LaRoche lifts Nats in 14th

The Los Angeles Dodgers fought back time and time again on Wednesday. In the end, they couldn’t overcome Adam LaRoche and the Nationals. LaRoche came off the bench in the ninth inning and drove in five runs, including a tying homer and a go-ahead ...

Giants down Maeda, Carp

Sep 3, 2014

Giants down Maeda, Carp

Hisayoshi Chono hit a two-run home run to highlight a four-run uprising during a sudden lapse for Kenta Maeda in the fifth inning and the Yomiuri Giants beat the Hiroshima Carp 4-2 on Wednesday night. Central League-leading Yomiuri came from behind to beat second-place ...

Fan-favorite Inaba jumping into sunset

| Sep 3, 2014

Fan-favorite Inaba jumping into sunset

by Jason Coskrey

Atsunori Inaba may have been Japan’s most popular player among foreign fans during the 2013 World Baseball Classic. The quadrennial competition doesn’t just bring 16 nations together, it allows the baseball cultures of various nations to come together. Prominent among these is Japan’s ouendan. ...

Tanaka preparing for next step in recovery

Sep 3, 2014

Tanaka preparing for next step in recovery

Masahiro Tanaka plans to throw a bullpen this week, the next step for the injured New York Yankees ace as he tries to overcome a recent setback. New York manager Joe Girardi said Tanaka threw well Tuesday, and team physician Dr. Christopher Ahmad diagnosed ...

Kershaw picks up 17th win of season

Sep 3, 2014

Kershaw picks up 17th win of season

Even the red-hot Washington Nationals offense proved no match for Clayton Kershaw. Kershaw pitched eight strong innings for his major league-leading 17th win and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Washington Nationals 4-1 Tuesday night. Kershaw (17-3) gave up three hits and one run, ...

Sakamoto blast sparks Giants against Carp

Sep 2, 2014

Sakamoto blast sparks Giants against Carp

Toshiya Sugiuchi pitched five innings of two-run ball, Hayato Sakamoto hit a three-run homer and the Yomiuri Giants routed the Hiroshima Carp 9-4 to get off to a flying start in the series opener on Tuesday night. The Central League leaders, who are 8-9 ...

Fighters veteran Inaba announces plan to retire

Sep 2, 2014

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 ...

Hamels, trio no-hit Braves

Sep 2, 2014

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 a last-place team a rare reason to celebrate. Hamels (8-6) was pulled after six innings and said he was fine with manager Ryne Sandberg’s ...

Sep 2, 2014

Astros fire Porter, name Lawless interim skipper

The Houston Astros fired manager Bo Porter on Monday, saying the dismissal had less to do with the team’s 59-79 record than the need for “new direction” and a “united message throughout the entire organization.” Porter was in his second season with the Astros ...

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 ...