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Brewers beat Phillies in 11 innings, complete first sweep of season

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PHILADELPHIA -- For those who wondered at the start of the week which team was the worst in the major leagues, it would appear we have our answer.

The Milwaukee Brewers finished off a four-game sweep Thursday night over the Philadelphia Phillies with an 8-7 victory at Citizens Bank Park, courtesy of Adam Lind's run-scoring single with one down ...Read more

Brandon League designated for assignment by Dodgers

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LOS ANGELES -- Brandon League never made it back.

The sidelined reliever was designated for assignment by the Los Angeles Dodgers, who removed him from their 40-man roster Thursday.

The transaction will probably mark the end of League's tenure with the Dodgers.

League didn't pitch in a single game for the Dodgers this season, but they still ...Read more

Kazmir is dominant as A's blank Mariners

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- It's still unclear if the Oakland A's will be selling come the trade deadline at the end of the month, but if they are, most every contender will be interested in the asking price for Scott Kazmir.

The Oakland left-hander turned in his best showing of the season with a two-hit shutout for eight innings as the A's opened a ...Read more

Venable's homer in 11th gives Padres 5-3 win over Cardinals

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ST. LOUIS -- The San Diego Padres defeated the St. Louis Cardinals, 5-3, on Thursday night thanks to pinch hitter Will Venable's two-run home run in the top of the 11th.

With two outs in the inning, Clint Barmes notched a ground-rule double. It was originally ruled foul, but the Padres challenged the play. It was overturned and revealed to be ...Read more

Gibson pitches Twins past Royals in Sano's debut

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Miguel Sano is honest about his weakness. He knows what the scouts all say: Breaking pitches give him fits. And they're right.

"Yeah, they're trouble," Sano said before his first major league game. "But I try to compete with the pitcher. They throw me bad breaking ball, I let it go. They groove 1/8a pitch3/8, that's what I ...Read more

Cubs' spirits up as sweep lifts them into pivotal homestand

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NEW YORK -- After reaching a low point late Sunday night in St. Louis, the Cubs regrouped and left Citi Field with some timely momentum.

"Overall, we knew we had to pick it up, offensively and defensively," Jake Arrieta said Thursday after pitching eight innings of five-hit ball to pace the Cubs to a 6-1 victory over the Mets for a three-game ...Read more

Dodgers spend big on international players

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LOS ANGELES -- The rules of the new international signing period, which began Thursday, left the Los Angeles Dodgers with a choice: They could stay under their bonus-pool limit of about $2 million and keep their future options open, or they could blow past it with a flurry of signings this year.

What did the most expensive team in baseball do? ...Read more

Rangers rally past Orioles in ninth inning for 2-0 victory

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BALTIMORE -- In their first three games at Camden Yards, the Orioles and Texas Rangers combined for 15 homers and 29 runs.

Naturally, in the crazy game called baseball, those clubs would carry a scoreless tie into the ninth inning of the series finale before the Rangers finally broke through with two run-scoring singles to win, 2-0.

With the ...Read more

Bill Stoneman is in it for short haul with Angels

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ANAHEIM, Calif. -- It was a logical first question to a 71-year-old who is eight years removed from his stint as the Los Angeles Angels general manager and was enjoying a comfortable semi-retirement as a senior adviser before being pulled back into the 24-hour-a-day, seven-day-a-week demands of the GM job.

Are you nuts?

"We'll see," Bill ...Read more

Angels and Josh Hamilton to meet again as Rangers series arrives

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ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Presented with an inquiry that was not about Jerry Dipoto, Angels manager Mike Scioscia couldn't help but express his relief Wednesday before a series finale between the Los Angeles Angels and New York Yankees.

"God bless you for that baseball question," Scioscia said.

The Angels were off Thursday, giving players and staff ...Read more

Orioles sign Chris Perez to minor league deal

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Always looking to find a discarded gem, the Orioles have signed suspended reliever Chris Perez to a minor league deal and will assign him to Triple-A Norfolk.

Perez, 30, cannot pitch for the Tides until he serves a 50-game suspension that was handed down in June for testing positive for the second time for a drug of abuse -- believed to be ...Read more

Dodgers' Kenley Jansen has been strong — is this his All-Star year?

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PHOENIX -- Last year, and maybe even the two years before that, Los Angeles Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen allowed himself to entertain the thought of being selected as an All-Star.

His numbers were solid. His reputation was imposing.

He has since learned his lesson.

The Dodgers believe that they have, as manager Don Mattingly put it, "one of ...Read more

Liriano, Walker lead Pirates to 8-4 win, series sweep against Tigers

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DETROIT -- A tamed Detroit Tigers offense finally roared to life late Thursday, but the answer by the Pirates was even louder.

After J.D. Martinez's three-run, eighth-inning home run drew the Tigers within a run, all but nullifying Francisco Liriano's seven scoreless innings, the Pirates tacked on four insurance runs in the ninth against Tigers...Read more

Cardinals fire scouting director Correa

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ST. LOUIS -- The St. Louis Cardinals have terminated the contract of their scouting director, Chris Correa, after an "imposed leave of absence," a Cardinals lawyer said Thursday.

James G. Martin declined to comment on the reasons for his separation or any details of an investigation into the hacking of a Houston Astros database.

Martin said ...Read more

Fernandez launches homer, downs Giants in triumphant return

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It had been more than 400 days since Jose Fernandez stepped onto the mound in a major league game.

The long road to get back from Tommy John surgery was trying but ultimately inspiring. Appropriately, so was his triumphant return to the Marlins in a rollicking matinee revival Thursday at Marlins Park.

After a slow start, the charismatic Cuban ...Read more

Late show not much fun for Cards in 7-1 loss to White Sox

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ST. LOUIS -- The American League, per usual, already had a sizable lead over the National League in interleague play this season. But then came the ultimate AL accomplishment the last two nights (and one morning) at Busch Stadium.

The Chicago White Sox, who had the worst overall record, worst road record and the next to worst offense in the ...Read more

Brewers top Phillies, win 4 in a row for first time this season

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PHILADELPHIA -- The four-game showdown between the Milwaukee Brewers and Philadelphia Phillies was billed as the Worst Series, a clash of the teams with the worst records in the major leagues.

Three-fourths of the way through, one team has been much better than the other. Or much worse, depending on which side of the fence you are sitting.

The...Read more

Joc Pederson takes most of game off, but Dodgers beat Diamondbacks

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PHOENIX -- There was a time in Joc Pederson's life, at least once, when he went through a legitimate hitting slump. Or so he claims.

It was last year, in triple A, not long after the All-Star break. The way Pederson remembers it, he couldn't hit a thing for about two weeks.

"I struck out about every time," he said.

Pederson sat for the first ...Read more

Wisler gets 2nd win, Braves snap skid versus Nationals

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ATLANTA -- Regardless of pedigree, just about every rookie pitcher will careen between highs and lows at the outset of his career. In the case of Atlanta Braves right-hander Matt Wisler, he just experienced one of each against the same team in a span of one week.

After giving up nine hits and six runs (four earned) in four innings of a 7-0 loss...Read more

Astros sweep Royals with 6-5 victory

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HOUSTON -- Jose Altuve stretched his left hand toward the plate and Salvador Perez stretched his left arm toward his childhood friend. They grew up playing together on youth teams in Venezuela. Now, at the game's highest level, a matter of inches and milliseconds separated them from agony and ecstasy.

The deciding play in a 6-5 Royals loss to ...Read more

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