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Rangers starting Uber partnership for fans

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ARLINGTON, Texas -- Getting to a Rangers game just got a little easier. The Rangers announced a partnership with Uber, the internet transportation company, that will facilitate fans arriving and departing from Globe Life Park. The program begins Friday for the series opener against the Red Sox.

The Rangers have created a new close-in Uber Lot ...Read more

Rough night for Lincecum, Angels

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ANAHEIM, Calif.--Tim Lincecum put the Angels in a hole with a four-run, six-hit second inning Thursday night, but that's nothing compared to the massive crater the Angels have dug for themselves this season.

A 5-4 loss to the Oakland Athletics dropped the Angels 16 games behind Texas in the American League West, their largest June deficit since...Read more

It's a juggling act for Dodgers' boss

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LOS ANGELES--The office of Andrew Friedman is situated on the fifth floor of Dodger Stadium, tucked away in a corner above left field.

The decorations are minimal. On one wall hangs a lineup card from April 6, 2015, the first game of Friedman's tenure as the Los Angeles Dodgers' president of baseball operations.

On most days, Friedman escapes ...Read more

Norris keys Padres' 7-4 comeback win against Reds

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CINCINNATI -- First, Christian Friedrich worked quickly. Then he worked hard. After wilting following a 39-pitch second inning, the Padres' 28-year-old left-hander continued to work.

The National League's hottest offense rewarded the effort.

Or was it baseball's worst bullpen?

Under the threat of tornados on a muggy Thursday night, Friedrich ...Read more

Stanton, Ozuna power Marlins past Cubs, 4-2

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MIAMI -- The Chicago Cubs, the talk of baseball so far this season, were the attraction for one of the biggest crowds of the year at Marlins Park, 25,291. While they did their best to turn it into the Friendly Confines South, the result wasn't what the invading North Siders had in mind Thursday.

Instead they saw Giancarlo Stanton continue his ...Read more

Snitker ejected, then Garcia's homer lifts Braves past Mets

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ATLANTA -- The Braves got a win in their homestand opener Thursday night against the Mets, and the Turner Field crowd got a throwback-Thursday moment of sorts when interim manager Brian Snitker was ejected and left with a fiery display reminiscent of legendary Braves manager Bobby Cox.

Adonis Garcia's two-run homer in the eighth inning lifted ...Read more

Mariners prospect Boog Powell suspended 80 games for positive PED test

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DETROIT -- Boog Powell's season is over because of a positive test for a performance-enhancing drug.

Major League Baseball announced Thursday that the Mariners' outfield prospect, playing for Class AAA Tacoma, was suspended 80 games for testing positive for dehydrochlormethyltestosterone, a performance-enhancing substance. It is in violation of...Read more

White Sox miss late opportunities as Red Sox avoid sweep

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BOSTON -- The White Sox hadn't swept a four-game series at Fenway Park since 1927.

Xander Bogaerts made sure the streak will live another year.

Bogaerts' single to center field off rookie reliever Matt Purke in the 10th inning gave the Red Sox an 8-7 victory Thursday afternoon.

Right-hander James Shields turned in his first decent outing ...Read more

Anthony Rizzo's recurring back stiffness could require more monitoring

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MIAMI -- Cubs manager Joe Maddon said he might need to monitor first baseman Anthony Rizzo more closely to ensure his health for the rest of the season. The usually durable slugger missed his second start in 14 days Thursday because of back stiffness.

"I have no problem with giving him a day off," said Maddon, who acknowledged starting position...Read more

Giants beat Pirates, complete 6-1 trip

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PITTSBURGH -- Not to dampen a century of pent-up enthusiasm among Chicago Cubs fans, but facts are facts: another National League team caught them in the win column Thursday afternoon -- at least until the Cubs play Thursday night in Miami.

It was the Giants, in theory. When glancing at the lineup Bruce Bochy used in a 5-3 victory over the ...Read more

Tigers beat Mariners, 5-4, in 10 innings, complete four-game sweep

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DETROIT -- The Detroit Tigers have swept the Seattle Mariners out of town.

It took 10 innings Thursday afternoon, but Cameron Maybin entered the game as a pinch-runner and scored on a wild pitch to sweep Seattle, 5-4, at Comerica Park.

In the 10th inning, Steven Moya walked and was subbed by Maybin. Then pinch-hitter Victor Martinez singled to...Read more

Puig brings it home to cap late rally in Dodgers' 4-3 win over Nats

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LOS ANGELES--Yasiel Puig rounded first base and slowed up, taking a peak toward the outfield. His last season and a half had been forgettable, scarred by injury, stifled at the plate.

Here at least, he'd been useful. With the Los Angeles Dodgers down a run in the ninth inning, with Howie Kendrick on first, Puig had singled. He tapped his helmet...Read more

Twins edge reeling Phils, 6-5

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Adam Morgan stepped onto the Target Field mound Wednesday night after a 70-minute rain delay, and more than anything else, the Philadelphia Phillies needed innings. Their starters have not pitched deep during this abysmal monthlong descent. The relievers have shouldered a larger burden.

In a 6-5 loss to the Minnesota Twins, ...Read more

Brewers finally hang on in close game, defeat A's, 4-2

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- The Milwaukee Brewers had lost this kind of game too many times on a frustrating three-city swing through California.

They just couldn't let it happen again.

Finally holding on to a late lead in a close contest, the Brewers ended their longest trip of the season to date Wednesday afternoon with a 4-2 victory over the Oakland...Read more

Angels let another one get away

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HOUSTON -- After another loss in spite of his own splendid start, Matt Shoemaker was left to lament how he handled the last few batters of his ballgame, a battle that did not have to be his.

"I just gotta find a way to get through that eighth," Shoemaker said. "I just gotta find a way to get Gonzalez out with a better pitch."

Shoemaker had ...Read more

Rangers hold off Reds, finish 20-game stretch 16-4

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ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Texas Rangers finished a grueling stretch of 20 games in 20 days Wednesday night with a 6-4 win over the Cincinnati Reds at Globe Life Park. The Rangers went 16-4 in the stretch, including 8-2 on the road. After a day off Thursday, they host a three-game series with the Red Sox beginning Friday.

Cole Hamels held the Reds...Read more

Trevor Bauer goes the distance, streaking Indians complete home sweep of Rays

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CLEVELAND -- An estimated more than 1 million people made it into Cleveland on Wednesday. It's possible none want to leave the city as much as the Tampa Bay Rays' hitters.

Trevor Bauer kept them guessing all night and tossed a complete game in the Indians' 6-1 win over the Rays on Wednesday. It followed Corey Kluber's complete-game shutout in ...Read more

Jimenez settles down as Orioles surge to 7-2 win over Padres

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BALTIMORE -- Right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez probably knew he wasn't the Orioles' first choice to start Wednesday night's game against the San Diego Padres, and the announced 23,785 at Camden Yards let him know he wasn't their first choice, either, when he allowed a run in the first inning.

He was booed as he struggled early on, but he settled down...Read more

Moya hits two homers, powers Tigers to 5-1 victory vs. Mariners

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DETROIT -- Steven Moya knew the home runs were going to come.

"They know I can hit home runs," he said after hitting his first career major league home run on Sunday. "I wasn't worried about it."

And the home runs kept coming Wednesday, his first at Comerica Park, and his first multi-home run game. Moya went deep twice, rookie right-hander ...Read more

Home runs in eighth lead White Sox past Red Sox, 8-6

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BOSTON -- Melky Cabrera and Brett Lawrie hit eighth-inning home runs off Red Sox reliever Koji Uehara to help the White Sox surge back from a two-run deficit for an 8-6 victory Wednesday night at Fenway Park.

Cabrera's two-run shot to right field tied the game at 6, and Lawrie's solo shot to left field gave the White Sox the lead. Cabrera had ...Read more