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Japan Wins Little League World Series!


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SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) — With more than 42,000 fans cheering against them, the Tokyo players found themselves down eight runs in the first inning of the Little League championship game against Lewisberry, Pennsylvania.

That brought out manager Junji Hidaka's inner Yogi Berra and sparked a record rally that saw the Kitasua Little League pound out 22 hits in an 18-11 comeback victory in a battle of undefeated teams.

"I told the players it doesn't end until it ends," Hidaka said through a translator.
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A-Rod Hits 25th Career Grand Slam


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The New York Yankees and Toronto Blue Jays are in a battle for the American League East. The Yankees are currently one game up on the Jays, and that’s thanks in large part to Alex Rodriguez.

Last night, down 4-1 to the Minnesota Twins in the bottom of the seventh, the Yankees looked listless. And when A-Rod came to the plate with the bases loaded, fans in the Bronx hoped for something, anything, to get the team going. But they weren’t holding their breathes. After setting the league on fire, hitting 24 home runs through July as the Yanks’ DH, Rodriguez had been held homerless in his last 72 at bats.

But that all changed on a 1-0 pitch. Rodriguez pounced on it, driving it to center field for a grand slam.  It put New York up 5-4, which led to the team earning a crucial win, 8-4.
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Blind and Autistic 14-Year-Old Wows Fenway Park


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When it comes to what happens on the field, we tend to focus on things like no-hitters, epic home runs, and wacky plays. But sometimes the best moments happen before the first pitch — and that was certainly true in Boston last night.
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Biggio, Smoltz, Johnson, Martinez Inducted Into Baseball Hall of Fame


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COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (AP) — 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 one more time with at least 40,000 fans cheering from the sun-drenched field beyond.

For Martinez, the last to speak, the moment was magical as scores in the crowd waved Dominican flags for one of their own. Martinez, who also delivered part of his speech in Spanish, and former Giants great Juan Marichal, elected in 1983, are the only Hall of Famers from the Caribbean nation.

At the end of the ceremony, Martinez beckoned Marichal to the stage and they held their flag high, one last emotional gesture as the crowd roared.

"We waited 32 years for another Dominican," said Martinez, who wore a patch honoring his nation's flag on one shoulder and another honoring the United States on the other. "I hope all Dominicans remember this. I don't think the Dominican Republic will have a better image than me and Marichal on Father's Day (in the Dominican Republic) to be up there."
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Todd Frazier Wins Home Run Derby In Front of Hometown Crowd


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Last night’s Home Run Derby had a lot of people wondering: How is this going to go? There was a new format — timed rounds, not ones based on outs — plus a seeded bracket that pit some of baseball’s heaviest hitters in a March Madness-like elimination contest.

Turned out, it went great. And that was thanks in no small part to the winner, Cincinnati Reds slugger Todd Frazier, who dazzled the hometown crowd.
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2015 MLB All-Star Game Starters Announced




Baseball’s best players will descend on Cincinnati next week for the 2015 MLB All-Star Game. And last night, the league revealed who will be starting the Midsummer Classic.

Thanks to a record-breaking 620 million fan votes (cast entirely online), these are the players who will first to hit the field on Tuesday, July 14:
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Calvin Coolidge Joins Nationals' Racing Presidents Lineup


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Calvin Coolidge was the only American president (so far) born on the Fourth of July. So what better time to bring some attention to Silent Cal? 

Earlier this week, the Washington Nationals announced that the nation's 30th president has been added to the lineup as the sixth Racing President. His first race will be Friday night. He joins a roster that already includes George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, and William Howard Taft, who took the field for the first time in 2013.
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