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Rockies top Giants in Game 2, 5-3

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DENVER--It's a minor annoyance to tolerate a weather-delayed first pitch of two hours, 15 minutes. It's harder to endure when you're idled at the start of a split-admission doubleheader.

But the San Francisco Giants stayed patient, and potent. Brandon Crawford hit a two-run triple, Brandon Belt added a two-run double and the rest of the lineup ...Read more

Cubs overtake Dbacks behind Rizzo's big game

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The summary

Anthony Rizzo drove in six runs for the second time in his career, capped by a three-run homer off Enrique Burgos in the ninth inning to vault the Chicago Cubs to a 9-6 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Saturday night at Chase Field. Rizzo barely missed a grand slam in the fifth when he hit a three-run double off the left-...Read more

Napoli just goes on pounding the Angels as Red Sox prevail

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BOSTON -- C.J. Wilson has pitched Mike Napoli tough over the years, the Angels left-hander limiting the slugger to six hits, including one home run, in 31 at-bats for a .194 average.

But Napoli had Wilson's number in more ways than one Saturday night, hitting two home runs that propelled the Boston Red Sox to an 8-3 victory over the Angels in ...Read more

Orioles fall to Marlins in 13 innings after Matusz ejected for foreign substance

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MIAMI -- Orioles right-hander Mike Wright delivered his second straight scoreless start to begin his major league career Saturday. But it ended up an afterthought in a 13-inning, 1-0 loss to the Miami Marlins that featured another sparkling big league debut by an Orioles pitcher and the startling ejection of lefty Brian Matusz for allegedly ...Read more

Giants defeat Rockies, 10-8, notch eighth consecutive victory

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DENVER -- A weather-delayed first pitch of two hours, 15 minutes, is not so difficult to endure. It's less tolerable when you're idled at the start of a split-admission doubleheader.

But the Giants stayed patient, and potent. Brandon Crawford hit a two-run triple, Brandon Belt added a two-run double and the rest of the lineup proffered many ...Read more

Royals edge Cardinals in rain-shortened game, 3-2

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The skies were polite on Saturday. They waited until Edinson Volquez finished the top of the sixth inning before drenching Kauffman Stadium. Volquez jogged off the diamond when torrents of rain began to fall, providing meteorological aid to a club that doesn't need the help, allowing them to defeat the Cardinals 3-2 in 51/2 ...Read more

Kipnis gives Kluber support he needs in 2-1 victory against Reds

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CLEVELAND -- The Indians have given Corey Kluber the least amount of run support of any qualifying pitcher in the major leagues this season. On Sunday, that trend continued, but they gave him just enough and it came at the right time and the Indians beat the Cincinnati Reds, 2-1, at Progressive Field to earn their fifth consecutive win.

Tied 1-...Read more

Tigers hit into triple play, fall to Astros, 3-2

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DETROIT -- The last time the Tigers grounded into a triple play, Ian Kinsler was in the field.

He was on the Rangers then, in 2009, and he snagged a Gerald Laird line drive with baserunners Brandon Inge and Ryan Raburn on the move.

But this time, Kinsler was at the plate.

There were runners on first and second, no outs, and in a hitter's ...Read more

Burnett strikes out 10 as Pirates rough up Harvey in 8-2 win over Mets

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PITTSBURGH -- A.J. Burnett is sticking to his story. This, he says, will be his last season in the majors. If so, Burnett is scripting a phenomenal farewell with the Pirates.

Burnett, 38, struck out 10 hitters and allowed five hits and a run over seven innings in an 8-2 win Saturday afternoon against the New York Mets, the latest team wishing ...Read more

Graveman-led A's blank Rays, 5-0

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Saturday was a flashback to the good old days of spring training, when the A's had baseball's best record and Kendall Graveman was the most successful starting pitcher in the game.

Graveman, back from a minor league sojourn, pitched the A's to a 5-0 win over Tampa Saturday in much the way he did in spring training. He ...Read more

Twins jump on Sale early en route to 4-3 victory vs. White Sox

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CHICAGO -- Besides Mark Buehrle, there might not be another White Sox player who has socked it to the Twins in recent years more than Paul Konerko.

And it just so happened that, on Saturday, Chicago retired Konerko's No. 14 before the game against the Twins. So there was Konerko speaking at home plate, staring at the entire Twins team that ...Read more

Peterson lifts Braves to 3-2 win over Brewers with walk-off hit in 11th

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ATLANTA -- This time Shelby Miller was merely good rather than great, and that was enough for the Braves to win, thanks to first-year second baseman Jace Peterson.

Peterson's walk-off, two-out single in the 11th inning lifted the Braves to a 3-2 victory Saturday at Turner Field. Peterson's hit against Brewers reliever Brandon Kintzler brought ...Read more

Hamels shines, Strasburg struggles as Phillies beat Nationals, 8-1

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WASHINGTON -- Cole Hamels walked down the steps of the far entrance to the Phillies dugout and removed his glove. He had finished the eighth inning of Saturday's 8-1 win over the Washington Nationals. The pitcher's afternoon at Nationals Park was complete.

Hamels pitched eight strong innings, fueled by his offense's highest scoring output of ...Read more

Konerko thrilled to join elite club of White Sox retired numbers

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CHICAGO -- The statue in left field was nice, and the going-away party at U.S. Cellular Field last September was special as well.

But the retirement of Paul Konerko's No. 14 on Saturday puts him in an exclusive club that gives him the chills.

Konerko became the 10th White Sox player to have his number retired, along with Nellie Fox (2), Harold...Read more

Paxton settles down, pitches Mariners past Blue Jays, 3-2

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TORONTO -- The game appeared to be spiraling out of control in the first inning. James Paxton had given up a leadoff double to Josh Donaldson and then issued a walk to Jose Bautista, which included a wild pitch on ball four that moved Donaldson to third base.

After throwing a first-pitch ball to Edwin Encarnacion, manager Lloyd McClendon hopped...Read more

Despite inconsistency, Cubs still believe in Starlin Castro

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PHOENIX -- A dazzling defensive stop is offset by a sinking throw that skips past first base.

Conversely, a strikeout on a pitch outside the strike zone is balanced by a clutch single to force extra innings.

This is the Cubs' life with Starlin Castro.

While many outsiders try to match the three-time All-Star shortstop with another team, the ...Read more

Indians catcher Gomes set to return after six-week absence

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Indians catcher Yan Gomes will return to the lineup for Sunday's game against the Cincinnati Reds after a six-week absence as he rehabbed a sprained right knee.

Gomes' initial timetable was 6-to-8 weeks. Sunday will mark six weeks plus one day since he hurt his knee April 11 against Detroit.

Gomes is excited to return, and while it was nice to...Read more

Zobrist, Doolittle should rejoin A's next week

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- In the last week Oakland's presence on the disabled list has swollen from seven to 11 players with Ike Davis, Drew Pomeranz, Edward Mujica and Coco Crisp jumping on the bandwagon on Sunday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, respectively.

Now, however, the A's are thinking they might start mining the disabled list for a ...Read more

Paul Sullivan: Jenkins vs. Gibson was always a treat to watch

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It's not even June, but the Giants' Madison Bumgarner and the Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw faced off for the third time already on Thursday at AT&T Park.

The Giants won for the third time, as Bumgarner outpitched Kershaw and homered off the Dodgers' ace as well.

"He's the best pitcher in baseball," Bumgarner said. "To be able to do that is pretty ...Read more

Brewers pitcher Smith suspended eight games, files appeal

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ATLANTA -- Major League Baseball announced Friday that Milwaukee Brewers reliever Will Smith has been suspended eight games for having a foreign substance on his arm during the seventh inning of the team's game Thursday night against Atlanta.

Smith decided to appeal the suspension, however, so the suspension will be held in abeyance until a ...Read more