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US calls deepening NK-Russia ties trend of ‘great concern’ ahead of Putin’s Pyongyang visit

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A U.S. State Department spokesperson on Monday described deepening military cooperation between North Korea and Russia as a trend of “great concern,” after the North said Russian President Vladimir Putin will visit Pyongyang this week. The North’s Korean Central News Agency announced Putin’s plan to pay a state visit to […]

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98 pitches, 9 innings, 3 hits, 99 pitches, 9 innings, 4 hits, no runs, 2 hours, 34 minutes, 1 minute intervals, Maddox shutout, the first record in 58 years

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Nippon Ham Fighters right-hander Hiromi Ito (27) and Seibu Lions left-hander Jihiro Sumida (25) both pitched nine shutout innings on Tuesday. Good pitching was not just a good one. It was Maddox shutout with fewer than 100 pitches. “Maddox shutout” is named after Greg Maddox of the Atlanta Braves, who […]