Tyler Skaggs bounces back to lead Angels to 5-0 win over Tigers

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DETROIT -- Tyler Skaggs' strong start to his recovery from elbow surgery has thudded in recent weeks, with the 25-year-old left-hander's season starting to resemble the uneven territory he traversed before his ulnar collateral ligament injury in 2014.

His Sunday start at Comerica Park, then, marked a turn back onto the old path, and an ...Read more

Dodgers manufacture one run, with some help, and it's enough to beat Cubs

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LOS ANGELES -- The "hitless wonders" nickname was bestowed upon the Los Angeles Dodgers half a century ago, when Maury Wills would spin baserunning magic into a run and Sandy Koufax or Don Drysdale would take it from there.

The Dodgers borrowed a page from their history book on Sunday, manufacturing an eighth-inning run for a 1-0 victory over ...Read more

Royals rout Red Sox 10-4 with eight-run sixth inning

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BOSTON -- In the parlance of baseball scouts, they say that Royals rookie second baseman Raul Mondesi has "80" speed. On the traditional 20-to-80 scouting scale, this means that, by definition, Mondesi should profile as one of the fastest players in the game.

But in some ways, the "80" tag can be elusive and somewhat nebulous. In the age of ...Read more

Giants muscle up for rout of Braves, 13-4

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SAN FRANCISCO -- Joe Panik makes no claim at being a home run hitter. Neither did Matt Duffy, his pal and former teammate. Last season, when the two contact-oriented infielders put a few in the seats, Panik joked that the competition was on, and came up with a clever name for it.

Duffy might be with the Tampa Bay Rays now, but the Tortoise Race...Read more

Holland's encore helps Rangers edge Indians

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ARLINGTON, Texas -- No one player currently with the Texas Rangers has seen Derek Holland pitch as much as shortstop Elvis Andrus.

They crossed paths in 2008 for four Holland starts at Double-A Frisco, and each debuted in the major leagues in 2009. They were together for the Rangers' two runs to the World Series.

So, Andrus knows how good ...Read more

Rodon, White Sox defeat Mariners, 4-1

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CHICAGO -- Scott Servais sat perched in the visitor's dugout of U.S. Cellular Field before Sunday afternoon's game against the White Sox. He gazed out at the field wistfully hoped that his team could muster the surge of offense it's proven to be capable of producing.

"I would love to see us get on a hot streak," he said. "I was thinking about ...Read more

Cardinals offense, Garcia struggle in 7-4 loss to Athletics

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ST. LOUIS -- With an offense that, other than Matt Carpenter, produced nothing in the first seven innings and Jaime Garcia not finding his stuff until he had allowed five runs, the Cardinals closed out another minimalist home stand with a 7-4 loss to the Athletics on Sunday.

The loss meant the Cardinals took just one game out of three in each ...Read more

Angels shut out Tigers, 5-0

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DETROIT -- The Tigers' offensive woes on Sunday couldn't be blamed on the home plate umpire.

The Tigers lost, 5-0, on Sunday afternoon at Comerica Park and dropped two of three games in the series to the Angels. The Tigers were shut out for the ninth time this season.

Angels lefty Tyler Skaggs struck out six Tigers over six scoreless innings. ...Read more

Perdomo records first complete game in win over Marlins

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MIAMI -- Early this season, it was almost expected that Luis Perdomo would get hit, and hit hard. The right-hander began the year with no previous major league experience, after all, and his latest advancement was particularly steep.

Fifteen starts in, the current picture is a study in before-and-after, like storm clouds lifting over Biscayne ...Read more

Yu Darvish feels better than expected deep into first season since surgery

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ARLINGTON, Texas -- Rangers right-hander Yu Darvish makes his 12th start Monday in the series opener against the Mariners, who are tied with the Astros in second place behind the Rangers. He'll face Hisashi Iwakuma (14-9, 3.81 ERA) for the third time.

"I know this is an important game for all of us on the team. I just try and focus on what I ...Read more

Pirates slam three homers, exorcise demons with four-game sweep at Miller Park

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MILWAUKEE -- The Pirates rode solo homers from John Jaso, Gregory Polanco and Starling Marte to a 3-1 win over the Milwaukee Brewers on Sunday and their first four-game sweep at Miller Park.

Pittsburgh entered the series 17-64 in Milwaukee since 2007, and exited on a wave of momentum.

The Pirates (67-61) continue to gain ground in the wild-...Read more

Twins fall to Blue Jays, run losing streak to 10

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TORONTO -- The Twins probably got a hint about how Sunday would go on the first pitch of the game.

Jose Bautista hit Kyle Gibson's first pitch to the wall in left-center field, where Robbie Grossman and Danny Santana collided at near full speed as they tried to catch it. The ball was jarred out of Santana's glove for a double, and his shoulder ...Read more

Steve Pearce-led Orioles avoid sweep with 5-0 win vs. Yankees

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NEW YORK -- After a pair of brutal losses upon their arrival this weekend in New York, the Orioles made it look easy in getting back on track and avoiding a series sweep with Sunday's 5-0 win over the Yankees.

Steve Pearce, batting leadoff for the first time in his career, drove in three runs on three hits, including one to break a scoreless ...Read more

Velasquez and Phillies cool off Mets in 5-1 win

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NEW YORK -- For two nights here, the Mets battered the Phillies. They clobbered eight homers, smashed five doubles, and drew nine walks. They pounded fastballs.

That was foreboding for Vince Velasquez, who started Sunday afternoon and likes to throw fastballs. He is a 24-year-old pitcher learning the intricacies of life as a starter while ...Read more

Orioles sign Tommy Hunter, add Oliver Drake to bullpen in slew of roster moves

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NEW YORK -- The Orioles' ever-changing pitching staff now includes a few new but familiar faces.

Right-handed reliever Tommy Hunter was signed to a major league contract after his release from the Cleveland Indians made him a free agent, and reliever Oliver Drake was called up from Triple-A Norfolk to add another option to a floundering bullpen...Read more

Kemp's bat, Foltynewicz's arm lead Braves in 3-1 win over Giants

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SAN FRANCISCO -- They always boo Matt Kemp at AT&T Park, because Giants fans grew to dislike him for nine seasons when he did damage against San Francisco for its most hated rival, the Dodgers.

They've not seen enough of Mike Foltynewicz to develop a dislike of him, but Saturday the Braves pitcher gave them a reason -- for the second time this ...Read more

Rangers slam way past Indians behind A.J. Griffin's gem

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ARLINGTON, Texas -- Mitch Moreland hit a grand slam as part of a five-run first inning as the Rangers beat the Indians 7-0 Saturday night at Globe Life Park. The teams conclude their four-game series on Sunday.

A.J. Griffin held the Indians scoreless on five hits and a walk over six innings. He struck out six and left after 95 pitches, leading ...Read more

Baseball, and a historic ballpark, will soon go dark in Bakersfield

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BAKERSFIELD, Calif. -- The modern ballpark is tucked into an entertainment district, with shops and restaurants surrounding the stadium, and blindingly bright digital display signs wherever you look. The ballpark here is across Chester Avenue from Big Valley Mower, Extra Space Storage and AAA Tire. The large sign welcoming you to Sam Lynn ...Read more

Four Tigers ejected in 3-2 loss to Angels

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DETROIT -- The Detroit Tigers had a devil of a time with home plate umpire Mike Everitt.

Victor Martinez and J.D. Martinez were ejected on Saturday at Comerica Park, as well as hitting coach Wally Joyner and manager Brad Ausmus.

The Tigers went on to lose, 3-2, to the Angels, snapping a five-game winning streak.

Victor Martinez got tossed in ...Read more

Polanco's bases-clearing, pinch-hit double leads Pirates to 9-6 comeback win

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MILWAUKEE -- Pirates manager Clint Hurdle intended to give Gregory Polanco the night off Saturday, since he'd slipped into an 0-for-11 funk at bat. But with the bases loaded in the sixth and the pitcher up next, Hurdle beckoned Polanco from the bench and deployed him as a pinch-hitter.

Milwaukee Brewers reliever Blaine Boyer tested Polanco with...Read more