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Cubs' Bryant on a record-setting pace

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LOS ANGELES -- The National League MVP award won't be announced until mid-November, but Cubs slugger Kris Bryant is producing staggering numbers with more than five weeks left in the regular season.

By slugging two home runs Friday night -- including a two-run, game-winning blast in the 10th inning of a 6-4 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers ...Read more

Giants place Jake Peavy on disabled list with back injury

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SAN FRANCISCO -- Jake Peavy, who was scheduled to make his first start since July 30 Saturday night against the Atlanta Braves, was placed on the 15-day disabled list by the Giants with a lower back strain.

Peavy, who was placed on the DL retroactive to Aug. 21, will be replaced as the starter by Albert Suarez, who was recalled from Triple-A ...Read more

Dodgers fall to Cubs after Kenley Jansen blows a save

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LOS ANGELES -- Rarely do plans combust in such irritating fashion, as if the outcomes were scripted by a malevolent figure hoping to punish a front office for fiddling with a team's chemistry.

On Thursday, hours after the Dodgers traded away beloved backup catcher A.J. Ellis, the club nearly limped into a no-hitter. A day later, Ellis' ...Read more

Jeff Samardzija sizzles as Giants beat Braves, 7-0

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SAN FRANCISCO -- Maybe Matt Moore really did ignite something with his near no-hitter against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

The Giants came home to AT&T Park Friday night and looked like a real contender, punishing the lowly Atlanta Braves, 7-0, behind Jeff Samardzija to forge just their third two-game winning streak since the second half started ...Read more

Angels struggle with Tigers ace Verlander in 4-2 loss

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DETROIT -- Late Friday night, after resurgent Detroit Tigers ace Justin Verlander dominated the Angels at Comerica Park, Mike Trout said he recalled watching Verlander blow 100-mph fastballs by him his first year in the major leagues. So, this latest effort, Trout said, was not quite as tough as that.

Yet, the performance Verlander delivered in...Read more

Kluber, Indians roll to 12-1 romp over Rangers

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ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Indians scored six runs on 10 hits against Rangers' starter Martin Perez to even the series with a 12-1 win Friday night at Globe Life Park.

Jason Kipnis drove in a run with an opposite-field shift-beating double to the left-field corner to give the Indians a 1-0 lead in the third. The night went down hill from there for...Read more

Chris Johnson, Marlins walk off on Padres, 7-6

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MIAMI -- Welcome to the Marlins, Jeff Francoeur.

Miami's newest big leaguer scored the walk-off run in a 7-6 win against the Padres on Friday, capping a scratch-and-claw night with a scratch-and-claw rally in the teams' series opener at Marlins Park. He finished 3-for-4 with a walk in his first start with the Marlins.

Francoeur's one-out ...Read more

Mercer's first grand slam carries Pirates to second consecutive win at Miller Park

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MILWAUKEE -- Milwaukee Brewers right-hander Matt Garza punched his mitt and howled at the night sky above Miller Park. Jordy Mercer had parked a sixth-inning grand slam in the Brewers bullpen, a two-strike slider swatted just beyond left fielder Ryan Braun's reach at the wall.

Mercer's first career grand slam cracked open a close game, the ...Read more

Luke Weaver gets first win in Cardinals' 3-1 victory vs. A's

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ST. LOUIS -- Luke Weaver allowed one run over six innings to pick up his first major league win Friday night as the Cardinals defeated Oakland 3-1 at Busch Stadium.

Weaver, who surrendered four hits and struck out seven, received strong support from the bullpen as three relievers combined to allow one hit over the last three innings.

Seung ...Read more

Verlander, Tigers beat Angels, 4-2, for fifth straight win

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DETROIT -- The Detroit Tigers served trout in the press box before Friday's game against the Los Angeles Angels and centerfielder Mike Trout.

Maybe it was a coincidence. Maybe the Tigers hoped for an omen.

Whatever the reason, it worked. Justin Verlander carved up the Angels and Trout, serving them up them whole with a side of Rally Monkey in ...Read more

Homers from Hosmer and Gordon, overruled call key Royals' 6-3 win over Red Sox

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BOSTON -- On most nights, Bill Duplissea sits at a desk in a back room of a baseball clubhouse, his eyes on a collection of screens and monitors. Upon first glance, the setup looks sort of like a mall security guard, keeping a watchful eye on the premises.

But for the Royals, who suddenly find themselves thrust into another pennant race, ...Read more

Mariners scrape out 3-1 win against Sale, White Sox

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CHICAGO -- It's a play that snaps losing streaks. It's a play that helps you beat one of the best pitchers in baseball. It's a play that Shawn O'Malley has shown a knack for making this season. And it may have saved the Mariners from more late-inning disaster against the White Sox.

So much had to go right for the Mariners in their 3-1 win over ...Read more

Twins lose eighth straight, 15-8 to Blue Jays

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Alex Wimmers retired all three hitters he faced Friday night in his Twins debut. That covers the highlights of Minnesota pitching in rowdy Rogers Centre.

The Twins, who believed a mere couple of weeks ago that their disastrous play of April and May was behind them, have fallen off that exact same cliff. Friday's 15-8 loss to the Blue Jays was ...Read more

White Sox trade catcher Dioner Navarro to Blue Jays

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Dioner Navarro is going right back where he came from.

The catcher was checking text messages at his locker stall Friday a few of hours before the White Sox announced he had been traded to the Blue Jays for left-handed pitcher Colton Turner.

As general manager Rick Hahn approached him in the clubhouse while the team took batting practice for ...Read more

Rangers pitcher Jeffress arrested in Dallas on suspicion of DWI

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DALLAS -- Texas Rangers relief pitcher Jeremy Jeffress was arrested overnight in Dallas County on accusations of driving drunk, according to jail records.

He was booked into the Dallas County Jail at 5:13 a.m. Friday, according to jail records. His bail amount was set at $500.

Jeffress, a 28-year-old reliever from Virginia, was traded to the ...Read more

Giants' Matt Moore just misses no-hitting Dodgers

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LOS ANGELES -- The San Francisco Giants did not pay a small fortune for Matt Moore solely so he could beat the Los Angeles Dodgers. They saw a left-handed pitcher with the kind of emerging stuff that wouldn't be available on the free-agent market, no matter the cost. A club-friendly contract through 2019 only added to his allure.

But the Giants...Read more

Giants' Matt Moore nearly no-hits the Dodgers in 4-0 victory

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LOS ANGELES -- The baseball splashed at the feet of San Francisco Giants outfielder Gorkys Hernandez, and the Los Angeles Dodgers dugout erupted. They would not win this baseball game, a 4-0 defeat to the Giants, but at least they would not be embarrassed. A two-out single in the ninth inning by Corey Seager scotched a no-hit bit by San ...Read more

Khris Davis a rare bright spot for A's

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- In a season of injury, implosion and infighting, the A's don't have much to embrace.

They do, however, have Khris Davis, so that's something. Davis has hit some homers in the Coliseum that would be on the way to becoming the stuff of legends on a team more people were watching.

He has shown himself to be a one-man wrecking ...Read more

McCutchen powers Pirates past Brewers in 10 innings, 3-2

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MILWAUKEE -- The biggest puzzle for the Pittsburgh Pirates this year has been the way-below-average performance of former MVP and perennial All-Star Andrew McCutchen.

McCutchen still has the ability to decide the outcome of games, however, as the Milwaukee Brewers discovered Thursday night.

McCutchen, who entered the game batting .246 with 17 ...Read more

Wisler takes no-hit bid to 7th inning, Braves beat D-Backs to split

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PHOENIX -- The Atlanta Braves were reasonably sure that Matt Wisler was ready to return from Triple-A, and they were certain they needed him in their depleted rotation. So they recalled him. And, man, did he make that decision look wise Thursday night.

Wisler took a no-hitter to the seventh inning in a superb performance that led the Braves to ...Read more