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Golden oldie Yamamoto knocking at first-team door

The oldest winning pitcher in Nippon Professional Baseball history, Masahiro Yamamoto, continued to impress in the minors on Thursday as he builds a case for a chance to pitch on the first team. Yamamoto, who will turn 50 on Aug. 11, allowed a run on seven hits in six innings ...

Rangers punish wild Tanaka

Masahiro Tanaka kept missing his spots for the New York Yankees. Once the Japanese right-hander allowed the first three Texas ...

Jul 30, 2015

Marines sign former Buffalo Baek

The Chiba Lotte Marines announced Thursday that they have signed South Korean right-hander Baek Cha-seung from the Musashino Heat Bears of the independent BC League on a one-year deal. The 35-year-old Baek played in Nippon Professional Baseball with Orix in 2012, but was limited ...

Nationals acquire All-Star closer Papelbon from Phillies

Jul 29, 2015

Nationals acquire All-Star closer Papelbon from Phillies

The Washington Nationals have a new closer, landing All-Star Jonathan Papelbon from the Philadelphia Phillies. Papelbon is Philadelphia’s career saves leader with 123 and is 17-for-17 in save chances this season. Papelbon also is Boston’s saves leader with 219. The 34-year-old right-hander had said ...

D-Backs pound Iwakuma

Jul 29, 2015

D-Backs pound Iwakuma

Hisashi Iwakuma was roughed up for six runs in 5⅔ innings on 10 hits, his worst in the major leagues, and took his second loss of the season in the Seattle Mariners’ 8-4 defeat to the Arizona Diamondbacks on Tuesday. Iwakuma (2-2) gave up ...

Mets reliever Mejia hit with second doping suspension

Jul 29, 2015

Mets reliever Mejia hit with second doping suspension

Just back from an 80-game drug suspension, New York Mets reliever Jenrry Mejia was banned for an additional 162 games Tuesday by Major League Baseball following a second positive test for performance-enhancing substances. The right-hander was suspended April 11 after testing positive for Stanozolol ...

Dragons' Tanishige plays in NPB record 3,018th game

Jul 28, 2015

Dragons' Tanishige plays in NPB record 3,018th game

Chunichi Dragons player-manager Motonobu Tanishige appeared in his 3,018th career game on Tuesday, setting a Nippon Professional Baseball record. The 44-year-old catcher started Chunichi’s Central League game against the Hanshin Tigers at Nagoya Dome. He entered the day tied with Hall of Fame catcher ...

Kuroda cools down red-hot Swallows

Jul 28, 2015

Kuroda cools down red-hot Swallows

Hiroki Kuroda held high-flying Tokyo Yakult to a run on seven hits over seven innings as the Hiroshima Carp snapped the Swallows’ seven game winning run with an 11-2 win on Tuesday. A former Dodger and Yankee, Kuroda (7-4), pitching for the first time ...

Jul 28, 2015

Wada has solid outing in Triple A-rehab start

Chicago Cubs’ left-hander Tsuyoshi Wada, who is working his way back from shoulder injury, allowed two runs in a six-inning rehab start on Monday. Wada, who has been on the disabled list since June due to left-shoulder inflammation, allowed a pair of unearned runs ...

Bryant blasts Cubs to win

Jul 28, 2015

Bryant blasts Cubs to win

After coming close to hitting a home run the previous few games, Kris Bryant believed he was due to get one to go out. He got one in a big situation. Bryant’s two-run homer with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning ...

Greinke shutout streak ends at 45 2/3 innings

Jul 27, 2015

Greinke shutout streak ends at 45 2/3 innings

Thanks to another exquisite performance from Jacob deGrom and a big hit by newcomer Juan Uribe, the New York Mets did more than just stop Zack Greinke’s streak. Greinke’s shutout string ended at 45⅔ innings when the Mets scored the first of two scratch ...

Four inducted into Baseball Hall of Fame

Jul 27, 2015

Four inducted into Baseball Hall of Fame

Three pitchers who became dominant after trades and a rock-solid catcher-turned-second baseman have a new moniker — Hall of Famer. Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez, John Smoltz and Craig Biggio were inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame on Sunday and basked in the spotlight ...

Royals get Cueto in trade with Reds

Jul 27, 2015

Royals get Cueto in trade with Reds

The Kansas City Royals acquired Johnny Cueto in a trade with Cincinnati on Sunday, sending three prospects to the Reds for a legitimate ace for the front of their beleaguered rotation. Kansas City has the best record in the American League after it lost ...