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Chris Heston supplies the bling as Giants top Diamondbacks, 4-1

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SAN FRANCISCO -- Here's one thing you never expected to say on the night the San Francisco Giants received their World Series rings:

Where in the world would they be without Chris Heston?

Well, sure, at the bottom of the N.L. West in either case. But their rotation would be so much worse for wear. On the day Jake Peavy hit the disabled list, ...Read more

Giants' World Series ring ceremony like a trip back to October

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SAN FRANCISCO -- For a few minutes Saturday night it felt like October again. Hunter Pence bounded around like an animal let out of his cage, Madison Bumgarner waved his cap amid chants of "M-V-P!" and fans cheered Travis Ishikawa as if his homer had just sailed into the right-field seats.

Bruce Bochy had a feeling that a World Series rings ...Read more

Tempers flare as A's beat Royals, 5-0

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The A's drew even in their series with the Kansas City Royals with a 5-0 win Saturday night.

The question now is if Kansas City and Oakland are even in their levels of pain. The Royals, smarting after shortstop Alcides Escobar was slightly injured on a slide at second base by the A's Brett Lawrie on Friday, dished out some ...Read more

Royals starter Ventura ejected for hitting A's Lawrie with fastball

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Yordano Ventura's first pitch to Oakland's Brett Lawrie during his second plate appearance Saturday against the Royals bounced in the opposite batter's box. The next pitch was equally misguided but by the unspoken rules of baseball gamesmanship placed precisely where Ventura wanted it.

The 99-mph fastball drilled Lawrie's side, and Kauffman ...Read more

Donaldson's 10th-inning homer gives Blues Jays 6-5 victory vs. Braves

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TORONTO -- The Braves gave up five home runs and won Friday and turned five double plays and lost Saturday.

The Braves blew a 4-0 lead, didn't get a call they felt should've been reversed on replay, and lost 6-5 to the Blue Jays on Josh Donaldson's 10th-inning walk-off homer against Sugar Ray Marimon.

After Braves setup man Jim Johnson gave up...Read more

Salazar strikes out 10, hurls Indians past Twins, 4-2

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The Indians topped the Twins 4-2 on the road on Saturday at Target Field in Minneapolis behind a solid debut outing from Danny Salazar, who was called up from Triple-A Saturday morning.

Salazar struck out 10 batters over six innings and allowed two earned runs. Left-handed reliever Nick Hagadone pitched two scoreless innings and Cody Allen ...Read more

No setback, but Tigers to slow Verlander

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It's been a slow ride for Justin Verlander on his road to recovery from a right triceps strain.

And it's getting slower, Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said Saturday morning.

Verlander hasn't responded well from his 45-pitch simulated game on Wednesday in Pittsburgh and won't pick up a baseball again until the soreness in his right arm ...Read more

Sale, Abreu lead White Sox to 12-3 win over Tigers

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DETROIT -- Jose Abreu's fourth-inning grand slam propelled the White Sox to a 12-3 victory over the Tigers on Saturday at Comerica Park.

Abreu's third homer of the season, off Tigers right-hander Anibal Sanchez, was the highlight of a seven-run fourth inning. Adam LaRoche hit a three-run homer in the third inning to give the Sox an early lead. ...Read more

Castro's walk-off hit lifts Cubs over Padres in 11 innings, 7-6

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CHICAGO -- The Cubs blew a four-run lead in the ninth as the game went into extra innings Saturday at Wrigley Field before Starlin Castro delivered an RBI single in the 11th for a 7-6 victory.

At the plate

Kris Bryant recorded his first major-league hit and RBI. Miguel Montero had his fifth career multi-home run game with two. Anthony Rizzo, ...Read more

Cardinals' Martinez stifles Reds again in 5-2 victory

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ST. LOUIS -- Carlos Martinez turned in his second impressive game against the Cincinnati Reds within the week Saturday when he held the Reds to one run and three hits in six innings. And Jason Heyward, Yadier Molina and Matt Carpenter provided much of the offense as the Cardinals ensured their ninth straight series win in St. Louis over the Reds...Read more