Las Vegas odds say NL Central race is over

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According to one Las Vegas sportsbook, the NL Central race is over.

Although 84 games remain in the 162-game season, Bovada has pulled the "Odds to win the 2016 NL Central" off the board completely. You can get odds on every other division in baseball, but there are no longer any odds available in the NL Central.

"Odds for this division are ...Read more

Rodney accepts set-up role with Marlins; Ramos remains closer

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ATLANTA -- Fernando Rodney will keep the arrow sheathed for the most part, at least initially with the Miami Marlins.

The veteran reliever, with 253 saves in a 14-year career, said upon joining the club Friday that he has no problem with accepting a set-up role in the bullpen after being informed that A.J. Ramos will continue as closer.

"I'll ...Read more

Giants avert sweep by routing A's

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- For the second time in a week, the A's struggled to close out what could have been a sweep of a four-game series, the San Francisco Giants beating up on Dillon Overton early and beating Oakland 12-6.

The A's had hoped their past success against Madison Bumgarner would carry them through, but Bumgarner was better than his ...Read more

Mariners hold on to snap Orioles' winning streak

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SEATTLE -- It should have been a little easier on manager Scott Servais' heart rate and blood pressure. But he's the one who said his team would play a lot of close games this season, and he hasn't been wrong.

The Seattle Mariners made what should have been an easy victory into a mildly trying 5-3 triumph, allowing the tying run to step to the ...Read more

Angels starter Andrew Heaney to have elbow surgery

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BOSTON -- The Los Angeles Angels announced left-hander Andrew Heaney will undergo Tommy John surgery Friday in Los Angeles. The decision was made after his second checkup, Monday, on the progress of a stem-cell injection he received eight weeks ago.

He will miss the remaining half of this season, and, likely, all of 2017.

After his first start...Read more

Marlins let early lead slip away, fall to Braves again

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ATLANTA -- There was a positive development before Thursday's game with the Miami Marlins making a trade to bolster an already effective back end of the bullpen.

They will benefit from the arrival of Fernando Rodney, acquired in a trade with San Diego. But all was not well with the 'pen later as a flurry of hits off struggling reliever Mike ...Read more

Tigers rally for 8 runs in 9th to beat Rays, 10-7

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The Detroit Tigers entered the ninth inning trailing, 7-2, in the first of a four-game series against the Tampa Bay Rays.

And then, slowly but surely, the Tigers pulled off an amazing comeback.

Cameron Maybin, who started the ninth inning with a single, came up with the go-ahead RBIs nine batters later with a three-run ...Read more

Angels count on home runs, RBIs from Albert Pujols, even as his batting average falls

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ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Albert Pujols is batting .247. That is a season high.

The Angels have long since made their peace with the Pujols of Anaheim not being the Pujols of St. Louis, the three-time National League most valuable player and most feared hitter in the game. They are gratified that his power remains, and with it they believe his ...Read more

Baseball player's sacrifice can't save his mother

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Paula Carney, whose son stepped away from his baseball career to undergo a liver transplant trying to save her, died Thursday having never fully recovered from the surgery. She was 50.

Carney required the transplant because non-alcoholic steatohepatitis had left her with end-stage liver cirrhosis. She received about 40 percent of her son's ...Read more

Twins rally twice before falling to White Sox, 6-5

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CHICAGO -- For the second straight day, the Twins put together an impressive rally against Chicago's bullpen. For the second straight day, the comeback amounted to a footnote in another loss.

J.B. Shuck singled home Avisail Garcia in the eighth inning Thursday, breaking the tie, and the Twins' hearts. Minnesota, which twice rallied from at ...Read more

Dodgers offense comes alive in 8-1 victory over Brewers

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MILWAUKEE -- As the Los Angeles Dodgers' front office completed a trade to plug the starting rotation, the actual players captured a series over the Milwaukee Brewers with an 8-1 victory on Thursday afternoon.

The offense provided three home runs, Kenta Maeda pitched six innings of one-run baseball and the Dodgers (44-37) salvaged the last day ...Read more

Dodgers acquire Bud Norris to fill injured Clayton Kershaw's roster spot

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MILWAUKEE -- With Clayton Kershaw headed to the disabled list, the Dodgers have made a move to plug their starting rotation. The team has acquired Atlanta starter Bud Norris in a five-player deal. The Dodgers will also receive minor league outfielder Dian Toscano and a player to be named later.

Norris, a 31-year-old right-hander, has posted a 4...Read more

Padres trade Fernando Rodney to Marlins

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The Padres have traded right-hander Fernando Rodney to the Marlins for right-hander Chris Paddack, a 20-year-old right-hander who was holding opposing hitters to a .098 batting average at low Single-A Greensboro. ESPN Insider Keith Law first reported the negotiations for a "good A-ball prospect."

Paddack is 2-0 with a 0.95 ERA, 48 strikeouts ...Read more

A's blast Giants, 7-1

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- Team Streak put another one in the books Wednesday, the Oakland A's putting away San Francisco 7-1 with rookie left-hander Sean Manaea turning in the best start of his career with 52/3 scoreless innings.

The win gives the A's six in their past seven games as Oakland's ability to run very hot and very cold continues unabated. ...Read more

Pirates drub M's, 8-1

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SEATTLE -- The Seattle Mariners lost another game and it wasn't close -- an 8-1 drubbing to the Pittsburgh Pirates where Wade Miley looked like a pitcher fresh of the disabled list, Donn Roach didn't look much better in immediate relief and the infield committed three errors.

And in the process of falling back to .500 at 39-39 on Wednesday ...Read more

Royals nip Cards, 3-2, in 12 innings

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ST. LOUIS--The St. Louis Cardinals got off the deck twice on Wednesday night, scoring in the bottom of the ninth to tie the game and then tying it again in the bottom of the 10th before the Kansas City Royals scored in the 12th to win 3-2.

The Royals got the winning run on a one-out double by Whit Merrifield, who came in as a pinch hitter in ...Read more

Brewers pitcher Junior Guerra shines, shuts out Dodgers, 7-0

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MILWAUKEE -- Junior Guerra went out and proved his manager right.

Shortly after Craig Counsell said in his pregame briefing the media needed to shine more light on the season the 31-year-old is having, Guerra turned in the game of his career.

Guerra pitched eight shutout innings Wednesday night, allowing two hits and two walks while striking ...Read more

Brewers blank Dodgers, 7-0

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MILWAUKEE -- Dave Roberts stood on the bottom step of his dugout and offered his hand to his rookie pitcher. Roberts could not have daydreamed about moments like this when he became the manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers. But in a season scarred by injuries, this is his reality.

So after five innings, Roberts shook hands with Brock Stewart, the...Read more

Twins, Nolasco crushed by White Sox to end three-game win streak

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CHICAGO -- The Twins have been living by the long ball on this road trip. So it figured they would die by it at some point, too.

The White Sox connected for three home runs off Ricky Nolasco, the most he has ever given up as a Twin, and Chicago ended the Twins' brief two-game winning streak, 9-6 on Wednesday night at U.S. Cellular Field.

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Braves blanked by surging Indians to complete series sweep

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ATLANTA -- Joel De La Cruz waited more than a decade to make his major league debut, and when it came the assignment was a start against the hottest team in baseball. All things considered, the unheralded Braves rookie did pretty good work Wednesday, on a night when pretty good wasn't enough.

Cleveland broke open a scoreless game on Jason ...Read more