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Brewers' bullpen gives up lead in series-finale loss to Angels

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MILWAUKEE -- The first time Tyler Thornburg gave up a lead this season, some timely ninth-inning offense got him off the hook.

He wasn't so lucky this time.

Thornburg surrendered the game-tying home run to Mike Trout and then a go-ahead RBI double to C.J. Cron in the eighth, and the Brewers went on to lose to the Los Angeles Angels, 7-3, on ...Read more

Dodgers beaten by Rays, fall back to .500

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The Tampa Bay Rays left the ballpark fat and happy Wednesday night, or at least their fans did. The Los Angeles Dodgers left defeated, confused and by definition mediocre.

The fans could stuff their faces at the expense of the Dodgers. Rays pitchers struck out at least 10, so fans got a free hoagie at a local sandwich ...Read more

David Ortiz leads Red Sox to win over White Sox, 5-2

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CHICAGO -- David Ortiz hit a two-run homer off White Sox left-hander Carlos Rodon in the fifth inning and added a seventh-inning RBI single to help lift the Red Sox to a 5-2 victory against the White Sox on Wednesday night at U.S. Cellular Field. Rodon dropped to 1-4 this season as the White Sox snapped a three-game winning streak.

At the plate...Read more

Cardinals rally for two in ninth to beat Phillies, 5-4

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ST. LOUIS -- Matt Holliday singled home the second run of the ninth inning Wednesday night to complete a Cardinals' rally for a 5-4 win over Philadelphia at Busch Stadium.

The Cardinals used two walks, a double and two singles to defeat Philadelphia closer Jeanmar Gomez. Kevin Siegrist (4-0) picked up the win in relief.

Kolten Wong led off the...Read more

Twins get run off on the road against Astros, lose 16-4

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HOUSTON -- The Twins and Astros seemed to be traveling down the same path this season, two teams with similar poor starts hoping to find that spark to get going in the right direction.

That was before Houston knocked them into a ditch and sped off.

The Astros found their home run stroke Wednesday night and powered their way to a 16-4 victory ...Read more

Stanton's mighty homer, rifle throw help Marlins top Diamondbacks

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MIAMI -- Giancarlo Stanton is back to performing mythical feats.

The Marlins' slugger showed that in more ways than one Wednesday in a 4-3 victory against the Diamondbacks at Marlins Park.

Stanton not only launched a towering two-run home run, but more impressive may have been the throw he uncorked from the wall in right field in the sixth ...Read more

Blue Jays tag Rangers with another walk-off loss

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TORONTO -- The Blue Jays walked off with another late win Wednesday night, this time it was a 4-3 win in the ninth inning on Russell Martin's bases-loaded single to deep right field. Toronto beat the Rangers in the 10th inning Tuesday on Justin Smoaks' two-run homer.

Colby Lewis held the Blue Jays to three runs on five hits and one walk over ...Read more

It's another strong showing for Dodgers minor league pitcher Julio Urias

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- If the Los Angeles Dodgers' starting rotation does not include Julio Urias, are they really using the best five starters available to them?

Urias pitched six innings of no-hit ball Wednesday for triple-A Oklahoma City, then left the game after 77 pitches. He declined to say it was the best start of his career.

"I feel ...Read more

Corey Kluber's magic act, complete game shuts down Tigers in 4-0 win

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CLEVELAND -- Corey Kluber pulled off a couple of magic tricks to escape some dire situations, but Anibal Sanchez's attempt went horribly wrong and the Indians topped the Tigers 4-0 Wednesday night.

Kluber tossed a complete-game shutout, the second of his career, mirroring his normal ace-level outing. But early on, he had to work out of two jams...Read more

Mike Trout's home run rescues Angels in 7-3 win over Brewers

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MILWAUKEE -- The Los Angeles Angels were six outs away from being swept by a team they were supposed to sweep. And then Mike Trout approached the Miller Park batter's box Wednesday afternoon to face Milwaukee reliever Tyler Thornburg.

Seventeen hours prior, Thornburg had spotted a two-strike curveball on the outside corner to strike out Trout ...Read more

Dae-Ho Lee's two home runs power Mariners to series sweep of A's

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- The Mariners' first sweep of the season didn't come easy. They overcame a lackluster outing from starter Felix Hernandez and a four-run deficit after five innings by rallying with five runs -- powered by a pair of homers from Dae-Ho Lee -- to cap an improbable 9-8 victory over the A's.

Seattle improves to 16-11 for the season...Read more

Royals' defense, pitching implode in 13-2 loss to the Nationals

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The good vibes and the injection of energy lasted less than a day, dissipating into the air on Wednesday afternoon in a stadium that was overtaken by the shrieking of schoolchildren.

Just 15 hours after the Royals walked off against the Washington Nationals on Tuesday night, they crumbled in a 21-minute top of the first ...Read more

Fatigue might force Garrett Richards to bypass Friday start for Angels

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MILWAUKEE -- The dehydration and cramping that forced Garrett Richards out of his Sunday start in Texas has evolved into "general fatigue," as the Los Angeles Angels have called it, and his scheduled Friday start against Tampa Bay at Angel Stadium is in question.

"We're going to be cautious," manager Mike Scioscia said.

Richards did not throw ...Read more

Cubs savor sweep of Pirates, await challenge against Nationals

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PITTSBURGH -- After completing a three-game sweep at PNC Park, the Cubs collectively enjoyed their latest conquest while putting on their goofy suits and briefly putting off some deep thoughts about their next challenge.

Behind a 12-hit attack and 5 2/3 shutout innings from Jon Lester, the Cubs soundly beat the Pirates 6-2 before heading home ...Read more

Peavy struggles in loss to Reds; Lincecum could be viable option for Giants

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CINCINNATI -- A majority of major league clubs will send representatives to Scottsdale Stadium on Friday to evaluate Tim Lincecum. The Giants will be among them.

And their interest has advanced far beyond casual courtesy.

Giants manager Bruce Bochy made a major acknowledgment before a 7-4 loss to the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday, saying it was...Read more

Rangers trade Chris Gimenez to Indians, option Brett Nicholas to minors to make room for Wilson

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TORONTO -- The Rangers catcher carousel was spinning fast Wednesday. Texas traded catcher Chris Gimenez to the Cleveland Indians and optioned Brett Nicholas to Triple A Round Rock.

The moves make room for catcher Bobby Wilson, who is in Wednesday's starting lineup against the Blue Jays.

Gimenez was designated for assignment on Tuesday when the...Read more

Giants' Bochy's key to a Lincecum return: Being 'forthright and honest'

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CINCINNATI -- Giants manager Bruce Bochy said he sees an opportunity on the major league staff for Tim Lincecum in a long-relief role. The key to converting a former franchise icon into a bullpen cog.

"It's all about being honest with the player and knowing where both sides stand," Bochy said. "I'm not just talking about Timmy but any player ...Read more

John Danks: 'Can't fault anybody' for White Sox decision to cut ties

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John Danks had an idea the White Sox might be moving toward a change after he allowed six runs over five innings against the Orioles last week.

The veteran left-hander thought a move to the bullpen might be in the works, but he said he ultimately understood the Sox's decision to cut ties with him after 10 seasons in the organization.

The Sox ...Read more

Padres top Rockies, 6-3

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SAN DIEGO--For Andrew Cashner and the Padres, Tuesday's 6-3, come-from-behind victory over the Colorado Rockies was a tale of two halves.

For Matt Kemp, this could end up being a first half to remember.

As San Diego (11-16) clinched its second consecutive series, winning for the fourth time in five games, the right fielder ignited a dormant ...Read more

M's trip A's, 8-2

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OAKLAND, Calif.-- The Oakland A's are the only team in the American League that hasn't been shut out, but the Oakland offense doesn't have all that much else to be proud of in the wake of an 8-2 loss to Seattle Tuesday.

The A's string of consecutive losses stretched to three, games in which Oakland scored a grand total of just six runs. In 28 ...Read more