A's lose to Astros; Jason Hammel roughed up again

HOUSTON -- After four consecutive starts in which newly acquired starter Jason Hammel has been repeatedly knocked around, the A's have only one thing they feel they can do.

Start him a fifth time. And in all likelihood, a sixth and seventh and ...

Giants find way to halt skid, beat Pirates, 7-5

SAN FRANCISCO -- The Giants flirted with unchartered territory Wednesday before they rediscovered their winning ways in a 7-5 decision over the Pittsburgh Pirates.

A two-run rally in the seventh inning erased a one-run deficit and propelled the ...

Cubs pursuing Red Sox's Doubront

The Chicago Cubs are close to acquiring left-hander Felix Doubront from the Boston Red Sox, according to a scouting source.

Doubront, 26, is 2-4 with a 6.07 ERA in 17 games (10 starts) and has allowed 10 home runs in 59 1/3 innings. But the Cubs ...