Jimmy Nelson bounces back as Brewers extend Pirates' Miller Park woes

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MILWAUKEE -- There would not be eight walks for Jimmy Nelson on this night.

In fact, there would be no walks at all.

Rebounding from a wild and rainy night in Cleveland in which he couldn't find home plate, Nelson was back on top of his game Tuesday night as the Milwaukee Brewers took a 7-4 victory over Pittsburgh before a season-low crowd of ...Read more

Rangers reclaim lead late to even series with Padres

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SAN DIEGO -- The Texas Rangers evened the series with the San Diego Padres after rallying for an 8-6 comeback victory Tuesday night at Petco Park. Elvis Andrus and Prince Fielder each had two RBI. Andrus's bases-loaded single in the seventh broke the game open for Texas. The Rangers picked up a game on the American League West-leading Houston ...Read more

Greinke outduels Bumgarner as Dodgers defeat Giants, 2-1

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LOS ANGELES -- This was only one game in a season of 162. Only this felt like something more.

The Los Angeles Dodgers' 2-1 victory over the San Francisco Giants on Tuesday night was more than a preview of what October baseball could look like at Dodger Stadium. The triumph showed the 48,060 fans why they could dream about what could happen here...Read more

Angels defeat Athletics, snap losing streak

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- The Los Angeles Angels' dismal second half has cost the team two spots in the standings and left them straining to maintain contact in a wild-card race that is now entering the home stretch.

But veteran closer Huston Street said frustration over the poor play hasn't spilled over into a clubhouse that remains confident.

"When...Read more

Morrison's late home run helps Mariners beat Astros, 7-5

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HOUSTON -- In the last month and a half, the playing time of Logan Morrison has grown sporadic. Once the every-day first baseman, he's surrendered innings and at-bats with the addition of Jesus Montero.

His future with the organization after this season is certainly not guaranteed despite being under club control.

On Tuesday, he was out of the...Read more

Verlander helps Tigers end skid in 6-5 win over Royals

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- It wasn't no-hit Justin Verlander.

But it was more of what the Tigers have seen from their right-handed ace over the past month.

Pitching in one of his favorite visiting ballparks, Verlander once again had the hot hand on Tuesday night, picking up where he left off in last week's no-hit bid against the Angels to stop his ...Read more

Miguel Sano helps the Twins top the White Sox, 8-6

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Miguel Sano's incredible rookie run continued Tuesday night when his home run in the seventh inning pulled the Twins into a 5-5 tie against the Chicago White Sox. They jumped on White Sox left-hander Chris Sale early but right-hander Tyler Duffey and the Twins bullpen couldn't hold the lead.

But a three-run rally in the eighth inning -- some ...Read more

Schwarber's 2-run home run helps Cubs escape Reds, 5-4

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CHICAGO -- The Cubs beat the Reds 5-4 Tuesday night at Wrigley Field to gain a game on the Pirates for the first National League wild-card spot. They're 41/2 games behind after the Pirates lost to the Brewers.

At the plate

Kyle Schwarber's two-out, two-run homer to left put the Cubs on top in seventh. Kris Bryant had three hits and two RBIs. ...Read more

Nicolino bolsters case for rotation spot next season as Marlins top Braves 7-1

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ATLANTA -- The Marlins are hoping to strengthen their rotation by acquiring one or two pitchers, either through trade or free agent signing, over the offseason.

Justin Nicolino is providing them with an in-house option.

The rookie left-hander, who could vie for a rotation spot in 2016, made a strong statement Tuesday as to why he belongs when ...Read more

Phillies snap 10-game losing streak in dominating win over Mets, 14-8

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NEW YORK -- Some five hours before the game Tuesday night at Citi Field, Pete Mackanin sat at his desk in the visiting managers' office and readied to draw up the Phillies' lineup. Searching for anything to change his team's fortunes against the division rival New York Mets, he eschewed grasping his customary black calligraphy pen and instead ...Read more

Orioles' skid reaches six with 11-2 loss to Rays

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BALTIMORE -- Orioles fans had little to cheer about at Camden Yards on Tuesday night -- not that the home team gave them much reason for excitement.

The loudest ovations on the night were for Hall of Famer Cal Ripken Jr., who threw out the ceremonial first pitch as the team celebrated the 20-year anniversary of his record-setting 2,131st ...Read more

Marlins plan sweeping changes, Dan Jennings likely will be among the affected

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ATLANTA -- Dan Jennings will almost certainly not be returning to the Marlins' dugout as their manager next season, several sources have said. Whether he remains with the team in any capacity is up in the air.

The Marlins, under orders from owner Jeffrey Loria, are making sweeping changes to the team's baseball operations, from player ...Read more

Orioles honor Cal Ripken Jr., mark 20th anniversary of 2,131

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As a video commemorating Cal Ripken Jr.'s 2,131st consecutive game played on the video board at Camden Yards before Tuesday's game, Ripken sat inside a VIP room under the seating bowl and watched quietly, reliving the historic moment of 20 years ago on a television set.

Ripken admitted to getting teary-eyed watching the video, seeing his late ...Read more

Marlins' Stanton to test hand during doubleheader Tuesday at Jupiter

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Giancarlo Stanton will certainly stand out like the proverbial sore thumb when he steps into the batter's box Tuesday for the Class-A Jupiter Hammerheads.

It will be the first time the Marlins' slugger has faced live pitching in a game in more than two months due to the lingering soreness in his left hand/wrist from a broken hamate bone and ...Read more

Chickenpox hits Royals clubhouse; Kelvin Herrera, Alex Rios infected

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As he pondered how to handle a health crisis facing his baseball team, Ned Yost reached out this past weekend to his mother. Several Royals also contacted their families, all asking some version of a question they had not pondered since childhood: Mom, did I ever have the chickenpox?

The answer became imperative, at the behest of the Royals ...Read more

A's top Angels as wall falls down

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- The grounds crew had less than 24 hours to put the Coliseum back in baseball shape between Sunday night's Oakland Raiders game and the A's homestand opener against the Los Angeles Angels on Monday, a game that saw the A's pin an 11-5 loss on Anaheim.

The grounds crew did as good a job as time would permit in making the ...Read more

Cardinals bounce back for win over Nats

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ST. LOUIS -- Kevin Siegrist, who got the save for the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday, got saved by the Cardinals on offense on Monday night as they scored five runs in the seventh inning to get him off the hook for the loss and sent the Redbirds to an 8-5 win over the Washington Nationals at Busch Stadium.

Siegrist, pitching in the seventh ...Read more

Mariners fall to Astros, 8-3

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HOUSTON -- On paper, victory seemed unlikely for the Seattle Mariners on Monday night.

On the field, it pretty much went that way in an 8-3 loss.

On one side of Minute Maid Park, the American League West-leading Houston Astros were starting their ace, Dallas Keuchel -- one of three favorites to win the American League Cy Young Award.

On the ...Read more

Indians outlast Blue Jays, win 4-2

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TORONTO -- One of the front runners for the American League MVP award was up to bat representing the winning run, but closer Cody Allen and the Cleveland Indians escaped with a 4-2 win against the Toronto Blue Jays.

In the bottom of the ninth, Kevin Pillar and Ryan Goins each singled with one out, putting the tying run on base. Allen (28 saves)...Read more

Rays extend Orioles' winless streak, 6-3

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BALTIMORE -- In trying to explain why he decided to shake up his starting lineup for Monday's series opener against the Tampa Bay Rays, Baltimore Orioles manager Buck Showalter likened it to trying to escape the repeated feeling of "Groundhog Day."

And as losses continue to pile up for the Orioles, they can't seem to wake up from this ...Read more