Pirates blow game on bases

Jul 31, 2014

Pirates blow game on bases

Clint Hurdle says he and a pal often marvel over how there’s always something new to see at a baseball game. Too bad for Hurdle, what we watched Wednesday wrecked the Pittsburgh Pirates in a 7-5 loss. A timely, heads-up glance by reliever Jean ...

Lewis guides Texas to win

Jul 31, 2014

Lewis guides Texas to win

Texas Rangers starter Colby Lewis did a bit of reminiscing when he noticed the stands filling up while he warmed up in the bullpen before the game. The veteran right-hander went out and provided a promising flashback performance against the New York Yankees, even ...

Jul 31, 2014

Job longevity a blessing, says Scully

Vin Scully poked fun at himself after word came out that he plans to return for his record 66th season in the Los Angeles Dodgers’ broadcast booth next year. “I agree with everybody else: It’s a long time to be working at one job ...

Jul 31, 2014

Indians trade Masterson to Cards

Justin Masterson began the season as the Indians’ ace. He’ll end it with a different team in a different league. The Indians traded the disappointing Masterson on Wednesday to the St. Louis Cardinals, a deal that will allow Cleveland to get something in return ...

Jul 31, 2014

D-Backs infielder Chavez retires

Arizona Diamondbacks infielder Eric Chavez announced his retirement Wednesday, ending his 17-year major league career at the age of 36. The left-handed hitting infielder, on the disabled list since June 9 because of a sprained left knee, spent 13 seasons with the Oakland Athletics, ...

Iwakuma continues to dominate on road

Jul 30, 2014

Iwakuma continues to dominate on road

Hisashi Iwakuma kept his road record spotless with one minor blemish. Iwakuma pitched seven strong innings to stay unbeaten in road games since last July, leading the Seattle Mariners to a 5-2 win over the Cleveland Indians on Tuesday night. Iwakuma (9-5) improved to ...

Alvarez, Marlins top Nats for sixth straight win

Jul 30, 2014

Alvarez, Marlins top Nats for sixth straight win

The Miami Marlins have gotten contributions from a number of players during their recent surge. On Tuesday night, their two All-Stars led them. Henderson Alvarez pitched seven scoreless innings, Giancarlo Stanton drove in two runs and the surging Marlins beat Stephen Strasburg and the ...

Jul 30, 2014

Fujikawa nears return from injury

Chicago Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer indicated on Tuesday that Kyuji Fujikawa, who is rehabbing with the team’s minor league affiliate after undergoing Tommy John surgery on his right elbow, is close to making a comeback to the top team. Fujikawa, 34, had the ...

Darvish fans 8 in 10th win

Jul 29, 2014

Darvish fans 8 in 10th win

Texas Rangers ace Yu Darvish could only smile after Brett Gardner homered off of him for the third time in a week. Darvish got really emotional after his last pitch, with Gardner and Derek Jeter both on base again for the New York Yankees. ...

Wada finally gets first win

Jul 29, 2014

Wada finally gets first win

After nine seasons in Japan and three years in the minor leagues, Cubs starter Tsuyoshi Wada finally picked up that elusive first major league victory. Wada (1-1) left little doubt to Monday night’s outcome, pitching seven strong innings as the Chicago Cubs defeated the ...

Jul 29, 2014

Matsuzaka almost ready to throw

The New York Mets’ Daisuke Matsuzaka, who has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with inflammation in his right elbow, should be able to throw within the week, Mets manager Terry Collins said on Monday. “We’re hoping in three of four more days ...

Red Sox snap Rays' streak

Jul 28, 2014

Red Sox snap Rays' streak

Japanese right-handers Junichi Tazawa and Koji Uehara barred the door on Sunday afternoon with a pair of scoreless innings to lock down the Boston Red Sox’s 4-3 win over the Tampa Bay Rays that ended the Rays’ nine-game winning streak. Tazawa, who blew a ...