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Masahiro Tanaka is making waves in Major League Baseball with his special pitch – the split-fingered fastball.

Tanaka struck out 10 batters as the New York Yankees blanked the Chicago Cubs 3-0 on April 16 in the first game of a day-night doubleheader. The 25-year-old pitcher from Japan allowed a pair of bunt singles in eight innings to win his second game. “That split is not something you want to sit on,” […]


This time around Manny Pacquiao removed any doubt about who the winner was when he faced Timothy Bradley Jr. recently as he earned a unanimous decision at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. The first time these two met in June 2012, two of the three judges awarded the World Boxing Organization welterweight belt to Bradley. […]

Blue Breaks Even

This is Yasiel Puig’s second season and he’s already a star. The Cuban defector’s three-run homer was part of a four-run sixth inning last Sunday as the Dodgers (12-7) tripped Arizona, 4-1, at the Stadium. Dee Gordon singled with one out and Carl Crawford’s triple made it 1-0. Adrian Gonzalez, who has a 15-game hitting […]

True Blue

Before three innings were played last Sunday, the Dodgers (9-4) had five runs in the bank, eventually fended off Arizona, 8-6, at Chase Field and claimed a three-game sweep. Dan Haren (2-0) scattered nine hits, allowed three runs (earned), striking out five and walking one over five and two-third innings, while hard-throwing reliever Kenley Jansen […]

Emilio Bonifacio is playing for his sixth team in eight years, and he’s performing like an All-Star.

The Chicago Cubs’ infielder/outfielder was hitting .392 with a .436 on-base percentage going into this week. Bonafacio’s sizzling start included 17 hits in his first seven games. “A lot of friends send me texts,” Bonifacio said. “They’re happy for me.” Bonifacio had four hits in the season-opener against PIttsburgh, and followed that with a five-hit […]

Ron Gardenhire, one of baseball’s best managers, has reached a milestone that only nine other managers in major league history have achieved

The Minnesota Twins manager won his 1,000th game on Saturday in a 7-3 decision over Cleveland. Gardenhire has managed the Twins since 2002, and joined Tom Kelly as the only Minnesota skippers to win 1,000 games. He also joined Connie Mack, John McGraw, Walter Alston, Tommy Lasorda and Earl Weaver as the only managers to […]


Connecticut’s backcourt isn’t the tallest nor the most decorated, but may have the fastest hands which allowed Shabazz Napier and Ryan Boatright to wreak havoc against Kentucky in last Monday’s NCAA men’s basketball championship game at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, in front of a record 79,238 fans, as the No. 7 Huskies, who forced […]

Blue Right Ship

Dodger Stadium is known as a pitchers’ ballpark, but not last Sunday night as the Boys in Blue (5-3) crashed four homers while pasting San Francisco, 6-2. Matt Kemp mashed a solo homer in the second inning, Hanley Ramirez added a solo rocket in the fourth, and Kemp’s two-run, opposite field shot in the same […]

Monday was Opening Day for the majority of major league teams, and, as always, there were several interesting statistics and notes that caught the eye.

Detroit’s Victor Martinez became the first Tiger to hit a home run on Opening Day since Brandon Inge and Curtis Granderson did it in 2009. Martinez’s homer came in his first at-bat. Last season, his first round-tripper came in his 113th at-bat. Salvador Perez had four hits for Kansas City, just the fourth player in […]

It’s Set

College basketball’s biggest weekend is set and will determine the national champion as overall top-seeded Florida takes on Connecticut in one national semifinal, while Kentucky will meet Wisconsin in the other. The Gators have been ranked No. 1 for much of the season and have now won 30 straight games. Florida’s last loss was a […]