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May 10, 2015

Willis named Boston's new pitching coach

The Boston Red Sox have hired Carl Willis as their new pitching coach, reuniting him with manager John Farrell. The Red Sox made the announcement Saturday after their 14th loss in 20 games, 7-1 loss to Toronto. They began the day with an AL-worst ...

Harper hits sixth home run in three games in Nats' win

May 10, 2015

Harper hits sixth home run in three games in Nats' win

Bryce Harper stood at the plate with one more unexpected chance to keep his home-run streak going. Atlanta had rallied from five runs down, so here was Washington’s cleanup hitter, looking to put an end to a game that had somehow reached the bottom ...

Furuya, Tamura help Marines cage Lions

May 9, 2015

Furuya, Tamura help Marines cage Lions

by Dave Hueston

Takuya Furuya just got the job done with five innings of two-run ball and catcher Tatsuhiro Tamura hit a tiebreaking sacrifice fly before providing an encore with a two-run single as the Chiba Lotte Marines defeated the Seibu Lions 10-2 on Saturday afternoon. Backed ...

Focused Lions defying predictions of doom

May 9, 2015

Focused Lions defying predictions of doom

Without ace pitcher Takayuki Kishi, few gave the Seibu Lions much of a chance this year, their first full campaign under skipper Norio Tanabe. Yet, Seibu has so far defied predictions of failure and enter Sunday’s game at QVC Marine Field atop the Pacific ...

Giants rookie Takagi winning by keeping things simple

May 9, 2015

Giants rookie Takagi winning by keeping things simple

Rookie right-hander Hayato Takagi, who is 5-0 and won the Central League season’s first pitcher of the month award Friday, is making the transition from corporate league standout to pro starter look easier than it’s supposed to be. The 25-year-old Takagi, the Giants’ third-round ...

Harper belts two more homers

May 9, 2015

Harper belts two more homers

After watching Bryce Harper hit two more home runs, Nationals pitcher Gio Gonzalez playfully issued a warning. “Don’t touch him,” Gonzalez said Friday night. “You might get third-degree burns. That guy’s on fire.” Harper made it five homers in two games and Danny Espinosa ...

May 9, 2015

Tanaka working toward recovery

New York Yankees right-hander Masahiro Tanaka played catch for a second straight day on Friday and said he was moving in the right direction after being placed on the disabled list with right arm issues. Tanaka completed 25 throws from 60 feet and 25 ...

May 9, 2015

San Francisco bans smokeless tobacco

San Francisco has become the first city in the nation to outlaw chewing tobacco from its playing fields, including AT&T Park, home to the San Francisco Giants. Players and the manager of the team expressed support for the ordinance signed into law by Mayor ...

A-Rod hits 661st, passes Mays

May 8, 2015

A-Rod hits 661st, passes Mays

Tainted or not, Alex Rodriguez had plenty of reasons to celebrate homer No. 661. A-Rod passed Willie Mays for fourth on the career home run list Thursday night, helping the New York Yankees beat the Baltimore Orioles 4-3. “All of this is pretty crazy,” ...

May 8, 2015

Tanaka throws for first time since being placed on 15-day DL

New York Yankees right-hander Masahiro Tanaka on Thursday practiced throwing for the first time since going on the 15-day disabled list with right wrist tendinitis and a mildly strained forearm on April 28. Tanaka made 50 throws from 18.2 meters (60 feet) before the ...

May 8, 2015

Ottavino has Tommy John surgery

The Colorado Rockies say closer Adam Ottavino has undergone Tommy John surgery on his right elbow. Ottavino had his ulnar collateral ligament reconstructed by Dr. James Andrews on Thursday in Gulf Breeze, Florida. The 29-year-old Ottavino visited with surgeon the day before but already ...