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Wada debuts in MLB; Reds sweep twin bill

Jul 9, 2014

Wada debuts in MLB; Reds sweep twin bill

Chicago Cubs left-hander Tsuyoshi Wada got a chance to make his major league debut on Tuesday, throwing five innings against the Cincinnati Reds in the nightcap of a double header on Tuesday. Wada pitched for the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks for nine years in Japan ...

Jul 9, 2014

Darvish hit in head during practice

All-Star pitcher Yu Darvish was cleared of any bad injury after being struck on the top of the head by a batted ball while throwing in the outfield during batting practice on Tuesday. The Texas Rangers said Darvish was examined by team physician Dr. ...

Tigers stretch winning streak to six

Jul 8, 2014

Tigers stretch winning streak to six

Minoru Iwata allowed one unearned run over seven solid innings, leading the surging Hanshin Tigers to their sixth straight win in a 3-1 victory over the Hiroshima Carp on Tuesday night. The third-place Tigers moved within one game of second-place Hiroshima. Iwata (6-3) yielded ...

Jul 8, 2014

June MVP winners announced

Yokohama BayStars right-hander Shun Yamaguchi and Hiroshima Carp second baseman Ryosuke Kikuchi won the monthly MVP awards for pitchers and position players, respectively, in the Central League for the month of June, it was announced on Tuesday. The Pacific League monthly MVPs went to ...

Iwakuma handcuffs Twins

Jul 8, 2014

Iwakuma handcuffs Twins

Hisashi Iwakuma is back on track, and that should create a serious concern for the rest of the American League. Iwakuma struck out a season-high 10 in seven strong innings, Mike Zunino and Michael Saunders hit solo home runs, and the Seattle Mariners beat ...

Davis shatters slump with 11th-inning homer

Jul 8, 2014

Davis shatters slump with 11th-inning homer

Every now and then, Chris Davis breaks free from his agonizing season to send out a reminder of just how dangerous he can be at the plate. Davis interrupted a lengthy slump with a tiebreaking homer in the 11th inning, part of a six-run ...

Jul 8, 2014

Arroyo needs Tommy John surgery

Bronson Arroyo had been one of baseball’s most gutsy pitchers, finding a way to take the mound no matter what was ailing him. Even after suffering a severe elbow injury in May, the Arizona Diamondbacks right-hander kept taking the ball, making six starts while ...

Samardzija has victorious debut with Athletics

Jul 7, 2014

Samardzija has victorious debut with Athletics

Jeff Samardzija arrived at the ballpark nearly five hours before making his first start with his new ballclub. The right-hander left having secured a four-game sweep for Oakland with a performance that showed exactly why the Athletics were so eager to get him in ...

Tanaka chosen for MLB All-Star Game

Jul 7, 2014

Tanaka chosen for MLB All-Star Game

by Jason Coskrey

The $175 million the New Yankees spent to acquire Masahiro Tanaka is looking more and more like a bargain with each passing day. The Japanese ace had already established himself as one of the best pitchers in the majors this year. Now he can ...

Takahashi lifts Giants to win over Dragons

Jul 6, 2014

Takahashi lifts Giants to win over Dragons

Yoshinobu Takahashi hit a tiebreaking two-run single with two outs in the eighth inning Sunday to lift the Central League-leading Yomiuri Giants to a 3-1 win that completed a three-game sweep of the Chunichi Dragons. A day after Takahashi hit a three-run homer in ...

Uehara credited with win after Herrera's walk-off hit

Jul 6, 2014

Uehara credited with win after Herrera's walk-off hit

Koji Uehara was nearly perfect on Saturday, easily retiring all three batters he faced in the ninth inning and earning the win as the Boston Red Sox beat the Baltimore Orioles 3-2 in the first game of their double header. With the score tied ...