Rich Hill, Justin Turner lead Dodgers to 1-0 win over Giants

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LOS ANGELES -- For 22 days, Rich Hill existed as a Los Angeles Dodger in name only. He wore the uniform of the franchise but never graced the field. On two occasions, the team scheduled him to start a game only to scratch him due to a blister on his left hand. The only competitive outing he threw for the team was a simulated outing at dusk in ...Read more

Braun, Davies lead Brewers in sweeping Rockies

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MILWAUKEE -- Most teams play better at home than on the road but the Milwaukee Brewers have taken that trend to an extreme during their 2016 rebuilding season.

The Brewers capped a three-game sweep of the Colorado Rockies with a 7-1 victory Wednesday afternoon at Miller Park, boosting their winning streak to four on the heels of a six-game ...Read more

Francoeur traded to Marlins in three-team deal

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PHOENIX -- The Braves traded veteran outfielder Jeff Francoeur to the Marlins in a three-team deal Wednesday night that will send versatile Rangers minor leaguer Dylan Moore and Marlins minor-league catcher Matt Foley to Atlanta.

Moore, 24, hit .263 with 14 homers and a .377 OBP this season in 118 games at two Single-A levels. Listed as a ...Read more

Phillies' Eickhoff is sharp in win over White Sox

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CHICAGO -- For six innings of a 5-3 Phillies win, Jerad Eickhoff restored serenity. He did not possess pinpoint control. He did not generate a large amount of swings and misses from a strikeout-prone White Sox lineup.

But he faced the minimum through five innings. He bent in the sixth inning, a problem all season, but did not break.

And, then,...Read more

Trout keeps producing with the count 0 and 2 as Angels rout Blue Jays

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TORONTO -- The first two pitches Mike Trout saw from Marco Estrada on Wednesday at Rogers Centre were strikes. So Trout settled in. He fouled a pitch off, watched three balls go by, then tracked a changeup down below the strike zone and golfed it for a home run.

It raised Trout's statistics after 0-and-2 counts this season to .302/.356/.583 in ...Read more

Tigers offense stays hot in 9-4 win over Twins

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Miguel Cabrera didn't hit for the cycle, but he finished with the 44th four-hit game of his career.

Cabrera hit a solo home run in the first inning and helped spark a five-run third inning with a two-out RBI double.

The Detroit Tigers went on to beat the Minnesota Twins, 9-4, Wednesday at Target Field. The Tigers improved to 9-2...Read more

Cardinals hit three homers, Martinez in control in 8-1 win vs. Mets

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ST. LOUIS -- The Cardinals unleashed the power that's become their calling card this season, hitting three home runs off Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom on their way to an 8-1 win on Wednesday night.

Matt Carpenter, back in the leadoff spot after eight games batting third (and struggling), homered in the first, Randal Grichuk homered in the fourth, ...Read more

Fernandez sparks Marlins for win over Royals but leaves with concern about possible leg injury

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MIAMI -- Jose Fernandez did what is expected of a pitcher counted on as a stopper.

The ace right-hander also had to act as the starter of a stalled offense to enable the Miami Marlins to put a stop to the Royals' nine-game winning streak with a 3-0 win at Marlins Park.

Fernandez's line-single to center in the sixth began a run of four ...Read more

Britton ends scoreless streak, but Orioles hold off Nationals, 10-8

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WASHINGTON -- There's really no explaining it. The Orioles played some of their worst baseball of the season last week, but they have had no trouble turning the page against one of the best teams in National League.

They jumped on Washington Nationals starter Tanner Roark for five runs in the first two innings and went on to score a 10-8 ...Read more

Darvish hits first homer as Rangers edge Reds, 6-5

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CINCINNATI -- Yu Darvish hit one of the Texas Rangers' three home runs Tuesday night, but they needed the 2,900th hit of Adrian Beltre's career to beat the Cincinnati Reds, 6-5, and salvage a split of the two-game series.

The home run by Darvish with two outs in the fifth inning was the first of his professional career. The 410-foot blast to ...Read more

Rangers hope Carlos Gomez cashes in on second chance

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CINCINNATI -- As expected, Carlos Gomez will join the Texas Rangers on Thursday to open a 10-game homestand, and manager Jeff Banister said that the outfielder could have some extra motivation with a second chance.

Gomez, a former All-Star, was released by the Houston Astros and all 30 MLB teams chose to not claim him on waivers. That's about ...Read more

Orioles pitching staff in 'day-to-day mode' without Chris Tillman

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WASHINGTON -- In announcing Ubaldo Jimenez as Thursday's starter against the Washington Nationals and adding Mike Wright to the bullpen as a long reliever, the Orioles signaled they'll be replacing their most reliable starter -- Chris Tillman -- with an extension of their most reliable pitching philosophy.

Tillman went on the disabled list ...Read more

A's, Graveman too much for first-place Indians

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- Kendall Graveman rode the wave of a five-run Oakland second inning Wednesday in pitching the A's to a 5-1 win over the Indians, giving the club a series win over the American League Central's first-place team.

The team's de facto ace with Rich Hill traded and Sonny Gray on the disabled list, Graveman (10-8) became the A's ...Read more

Byung Ho Park to undergo season-ending hand surgery Thursday

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Byung Ho Park's first season in the U.S. is ending early.

Park will undergo surgery in Minneapolis on Thursday morning to repair a tendon on the back of his right hand, an injury that has been bothering him occasionally for the past few months. The tendon might be torn, Park said he was told by surgeon Dr. Tom Varecka, but he won't know until ...Read more

With 5-4 defeat, Pirates lose series to Astros

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PITTSBURGH -- With the ball en route to, but not yet in, the bushes beyond the center-field fence, Gerrit Cole raised his glove to ask for another. He knew Evan Gattis' second-inning homer would leave the yard without having to look.

That's how his month is going.

"I'm just getting killed," he said, "when I miss."

Wednesday's 5-4 loss to the ...Read more

US Cellular Field, home of the Chicago White Sox, to become Guaranteed Rate Field

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Get ready to say goodbye to U.S. Cellular Field and hello to Guaranteed Rate Field.

The Chicago White Sox announced Wednesday that beginning Nov. 1, the team's ballpark will be named Guaranteed Rate Field after inking a 13-year naming rights agreement with the national mortgage lender.

The owner and operator of the ballpark, the Illinois ...Read more

Billy Butler apologizes for his role in fight with A's teammate Danny Valencia

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- A's designated hitter Billy Butler, who is on the seven-day concussion disabled list, apologized Wednesday for his role in the fight with teammate Danny Valencia on Friday in Chicago that led to the concussion.

Butler, who said he'd never been on the disabled list in his decade in the big leagues, said he talked individually ...Read more

Tigers plan to send a scout to Tim Tebow's workout

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Will Tebow Time continue with the Detroit Tigers?

Tim Tebow, the former NFL quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner, will hold a workout for MLB teams Tuesday in Los Angeles. Scott Pleis, the Tigers' director of amateur scouting, told the Free Press Wednesday that someone from the organization will be in attendance.

The Tigers appear to be doing...Read more

Cubs' Joe Maddon, Warriors' Steve Kerr share notes

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SAN DIEGO -- It was Steve Kerr who made a point of seeing Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon prior to Tuesday night's game against the San Diego Padres, but Maddon came away impressed with Kerr's low-key demeanor.

"He's just a genuine human being," Maddon said of his first meeting with the Golden State Warriors coach and former Bulls guard.

...Read more

Dodgers rake Bumgarner, batter Giants in opener of crucial series

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LOS ANGELES -- Adrian Gonzalez tracked the baseball as it exited the hand of San Francisco ace Madison Bumgarner. He maintained his focus as his bat ripped through the strike zone, connecting with the slider and lining it up the middle. He did not turn away until it cleared the glove of shortstop Brandon Crawford, inches away from an out, and ...Read more