Braves edge Phillies, 7-6

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ATLANTA -- Sometime Friday, before the Philadelphia Phillies start their final home series of the season, the team's coaches will meet with Andy MacPhail, Matt Klentak, and others from the revamped front office tasked with the challenge of rebuilding a franchise. This kind of meeting is not unusual; it is a time for all sides to express their ...Read more

Cardinals' 12-5 win over Reds powered by five home runs

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ST. LOUIS -- The Cardinals hit five home runs, including a grand slam by Aledmys Diaz, to back struggling starting pitcher Adam Wainwright and post a 12-5 win over Cincinnati on Tuesday night at Busch Stadium.

The Cardinals scored their first 11 runs via homers, all of which came in a four-inning span after the Reds jumped to a 2-0 lead.

The ...Read more

Jason Heyward thinks Cubs can reach bigger goals than 100 victories; defeat Pirates, 6-4

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PITTSBURGH -- As a member of consecutive 100-win teams, right fielder Jason Heyward understands the significance of that milestone as it relates to bigger goals.

"Any time you get above 95 (wins), it's pretty special," Heyward said. "It's awesome, but what's cool about it is we're not looking up at it as if, 'OK, that's the high point of the ...Read more

Mariners fall to Astros, 8-4, in crucial game

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HOUSTON -- A simple flip of the ball a few feet -- a play they've made at a least a 2,000 times since the start of spring training -- might have been the difference from a win to a loss.

And not making that play Tuesday night severely damaged the Mariners' wild-card hopes.

Shortstop Ketel Marte's errant throw on what would have been an inning-...Read more

Rangers rely on former Brewers to beat Milwaukee, 6-4

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ARLINGTON, Texas -- Former Brewers Carlos Gomez and Jonathan Lucroy combined for five RBIs to help the Rangers beat Milwaukee, 6-4, Tuesday night at Globe Life Park. The Rangers (93-65) moved a half game ahead of the Red Sox (92-65), who lost Tuesday, for the best record in the American League. The Indians (91-66) also lost to drop 1 1/2 games ...Read more

White Sox starter Chris Sale beats Rays to tie career high in victories with No. 17

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CHICAGO -- Chris Sale maneuvered through the White Sox clubhouse Tuesday afternoon with a brown bag swinging from the handlebars of his scooter.

Before what likely will be his final start this season -- and what could be his last in a White Sox uniform if the team chooses to shop Sale during the offseason -- the All-Star left-hander arrived ...Read more

Billy Burns' sacrifice fly in the 11th lifts Royals to 4-3 win over the Twins

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas stood in front of his locker Tuesday afternoon, and before long, a conversation analyzing the work of his teammates shifted to a 2017 prognostication. He projected his comeback from a serious knee injury, the return of a veteran, playoff-tested core and the potential impact of young ...Read more

Jose Fernandez was facing fatherhood with joy

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In August, Jose Fernandez's girlfriend, Maria Arias, presented him with a special cake at a family dinner to celebrate that they were going to have a baby.

Her father, Orlando A. Sanfiel, posted a video of the event on Facebook as the Marlins' star pitcher, laughing with excitement, cut a wedge into the three layers, revealing pink cake inside....Read more

Tigers pound Indians, 12-0; now a game back for wild card

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DETROIT -- The Detroit Tigers' path to the postseason crossed with the major league version of the Triple-A Columbus Clippers on Tuesday night at Comerica Park, and it showed on the scoreboard.

Playing a traditionally light Indians lineup the night after they clinched the American League Central division title as manager Terry Francona rested ...Read more

Little goes right for Orioles in 5-1 loss to Blue Jays

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TORONTO -- The unpredictable Orioles came to Rogers Centre with the chance to reclaim the first American League wild-card spot with a strong showing against the division-rival Toronto Blue Jays.

Now, following a 5-1 loss to Toronto that exposed all of the Orioles' flaws -- including their first-inning pitching struggles and their recent ...Read more

Indians awaiting results on Corey Kluber's right groin

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DETROIT -- The Indians celebrated Monday night but were also delivered some worrying news when ace Corey Kluber had to leave the game after four innings and only 60 pitches with right groin tightness.

Kluber received an MRI in Cleveland on Tuesday, though the team is still awaiting the results. He was in the clubhouse Monday night but declined ...Read more

Marlins take steps toward normalcy in second game after Jose Fernandez's death

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MIAMI -- Wearing jerseys with their own names and their own numbers, the Miami Marlins on Tuesday took to the field for their pregame stretch to up-beat pop music playing loudly over the Marlins Park PA system. The frequency of their smiles and laughs increased. Their eyes held a normal amount of moisture.

Normalcy has not set in for the ...Read more

Aledmys Diaz dedicated to play for Jose Fernandez, his family

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ST. LOUIS -- Cardinals' Aledmys Diaz returned from Miami on Tuesday with a jersey like the one all of the Marlins wore Monday night as they honored Jose Fernandez, who died in a boating accident early Sunday morning.

That jersey will be in the Cardinals' dugout Tuesday evening when they face Cincinnati at Busch Stadium as Diaz honors the legacy...Read more

Cubs catcher David Ross on impending retirement: 'It's time to go home'

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Joe Maddon was cruising down Henderson Boulevard in Tampa, Fla., in his 1967 Ford Galaxie when he got word from President Theo Epstein that the Cubs had signed veteran catcher David Ross to a two-year free-agent deal.

Maddon pulled into a parking lot and called Ross, and it was during that Dec. 23, 2014, phone conversation that Maddon got a ...Read more

Marlins, Prado agree to contract extension

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Young children sitting near the Marlins dugout will be receiving free baseballs for a few more years to come. Third baseman Martin Prado, who tossed baseballs to kids at the completion of every half inning, has agreed to terms on a three-year, $40 million contract extension to remain with the Marlins.

It's the first bit of good news for the ...Read more

Marlins' Ozuna turned down invitation for ride on Jose Fernandez's boat

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Marcell Ozuna remained stoic during the Marlins' first public appearance following the death of Jose Fernandez on Sunday.

Following Monday's game, Ozuna said he turned down an invitation from Fernandez after Saturday night's game to go out with him and join him for a spin on his boat.

A few hours later, Fernandez was killed as were two other ...Read more

Public viewing, ballpark farewell for Jose Fernandez scheduled for Wednesday

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Fans will have two opportunities to pay their respects to Miami Marlins star Jose Fernandez on Wednesday.

A public viewing for the pitcher, killed early Sunday morning in a boat crash, will take place at Brendan's Catholic Church in Miami from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.

People are also invited to gather on the West Plaza of Marlins Park at 2 p.m., ...Read more

Rubio on Fernandez: 'Jose's story was our story'

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WASHINGTON -- A humble and heartbroken Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio paid tribute on Tuesday to Jose Fernandez, the Miami Marlins pitcher who was found dead on Sunday.

"Jose's story was our story because he reminds so many in my community of someone they know," Rubio said.

Rubio recalled Floridians watching the 24-year-old pitch during ...Read more

Jered Weaver leaves strong outing with back injury, but Angels beat A's

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ANAHEIM, Calif. – Throughout this cursed season for Los Angeles Angels pitching, the one starter who had made it without a hitch from opening day was, ironically, 33-year-old veteran Jered Weaver.

Then, in the final week of the season, while Weaver was pitching one of his best games of the season, the injury bug bit its last holdout.

Weaver ...Read more

Amid grief, Marlins begin process of healing after death of Jose Fernandez

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MIAMI -- On the day after, reality began to set in about the loss of Jose Fernandez.

After 36 hours of tears, prayers and grief, the Miami Marlins and their fans got on with the process of healing by playing baseball again at Marlins Park. Emotions filled the ballpark in Little Havana that the charismatic right-hander made his own.

No one was ...Read more