'Shoe' shows some polish in Angels' win over Astros

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ANAHEIM, Calif.--Seven starts into the 2016 campaign, Matt Shoemaker was the American League's worst starting pitcher. The Angels sent him down to the minors, recalling him only when injuries soon made it absolutely necessary.

But, for his second consecutive start Friday night at Angel Stadium, Shoemaker dominated his opponent like one of ...Read more

Padres use long ball to trounce Dbacks, 10-3

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PHOENIX -- When Andy Green arrived at Chase Field on Friday, he discovered a new route through a building he had frequented hundreds of times. He walked into an unfamiliar clubhouse, sat in an unfamiliar office, surveyed the field from an unfamiliar dugout.

He did not get lost. He had help.

"Mac was with me," Green said, referring to San Diego...Read more

Rookie Fullmer pitches Tigers over A's, 4-1

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- Two rookies making their sixth big league starts, the Detroit Tigers' Michael Fulmer and the Oakland A's Sean Manaea, matched up Friday, each man perhaps offering a glimpse of the future for his team.

Manaea pitched well enough, but Fulmer was simply terrific, throwing a one-hitter for seven innings before tiring in the ...Read more

Twins top M's, 7-2

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SEATTLE--A packed Safeco Field, Felix Hernandez on the mound facing the worst team in baseball and a far-from-overpowering opposing pitcher with three starts in his big-league career.

The set up for success could not have much better for the Seattle Mariners, who had just scored 13 runs in its last game and was poised to establish itself as the...Read more

Giants lose Cain to injury, lose game to Rockies, 5-2

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DENVER -- First, the good news: no San Francisco Giants player has missed a game because of an oblique injury this season. They haven't required use of the concussion list, either.

Last year's injuries are last year's injuries. It's the hamstring that is on trend for 2016. And it's becoming all the rage.

Matt Cain became the latest casualty in...Read more

Aaron Hill powers Brewers past Reds, 9-5

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MILWAUKEE -- Enough with the low-scoring, tight games.

That seemed to be the attitude Friday night of the Milwaukee Brewers, who spotted the Cincinnati Reds a three-run lead in the first inning yet pulled away to a 9-5 victory at Miller Park.

It was the fourth win in a row for the Brewers while the sinking-like-a-rock Reds dropped their 11th ...Read more

Pirates overpower Rangers, 9-1, for fifth win in a row

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ARLINGTON, Texas -- Over the past few weeks, the Pirates' offense has sent more than a few starting pitchers into the locker room early.

Friday night, they added one of the American League's best to that list.

The Pirates handed Rangers starter Cole Hamels his first loss of the season in their 9-1 win Friday night. It was the Pirates' fifth ...Read more

Royals rally past White Sox in series opener, 7-5

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Danny Duffy received two ovations from the crowd of 28,508 at Kauffman Stadium in the sixth inning on Friday.

The first was to salute a magnificent beginning to his third starting assignment of the season. Duffy retired the first 16 Chicago White Sox.

The second was bathed in sympathy as he left the mound without retiring ...Read more

Markakis knocks in two runs in eighth, leads Braves to 4-2 win vs. Marlins

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ATLANTA -- The opponent changed for the Braves on Friday. The rest pretty much stayed the same until the Marlins helped the Braves out with a fielding miscue and Nick Markakis took advantage.

The Braves got pretty good pitching and plenty of hits against the Marlins but few of those hits came with runners on base. They finally got a key knock ...Read more

Orioles top Indians, 6-4, to snap four-game skid

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CLEVELAND -- The Orioles came into their weekend series against the Cleveland Indians hoping a change of scenery could help erase their most frustrating series of this young season.

Having just been swept by the Houston Astros -- striking out 52 times, a major league record for a three game series -- the Orioles arrived in Cleveland, the final ...Read more

Greg Garcia, Stephen Piscotty help Cardinals claim 6-2 win over Max Scherzer, Nationals

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WASHINGTON -- When last the Cardinals sent Greg Garcia back to Class AAA Memphis, all the utility infielder had was a .600 average.

Back for a cameo this week, he's now hitting .615.

That's only part of the contributions he's made in 28 hours to the team and it's more than enough for the Cardinals to reconsider how quickly they make a move ...Read more

Rangers reliever Tolleson to miss up to a week tending to ailing father

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ARLINGTON, Texas -- Shawn Tolleson was placed on the Major League family medical list so that he can spend some time with his ailing father in Allen.

Dr. Mark Tolleson, a Dallas veterinarian, has been diagnosed with colon cancer and Lymphoma in the past nine months.

"For the last two weeks, he's not been feeling very good," Shawn Tolleson said...Read more

Lester, trio of homers lead Cubs past Phillies, 6-2

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CHICAGO -- David Ross walked to the top of the dugout steps on Friday afternoon and doffed his helmet, much to the pleasure of the raucous Wrigley Field crowd. Adam Morgan, who allowed three homers in a 6-2 loss to the Cubs, was left alone on the mound as he weathered another frustrating start.

Morgan allowed six runs on eight hits. He was ...Read more

For Dodgers, Urias start could be big

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When Julio Urias makes his major league debut Friday, the left-hander will be auditioning for more than a permanent place on the Los Angeles Dodgers' roster.

Urias might not know it, but he will be on trial for a far more significant role.

He has a chance to be Los Angeles' next superstar.

The elements are in certainly place.

He is a Mexican...Read more

Darvish, Hamels to give Rangers rotation 1-2 punch

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ARLINGTON, Texas -- Anticipation for the return of Yu Darvish has been building the past month but now is approaching its peak with the right-hander scheduled to start Saturday for the Texas Rangers for the first time since the summer of 2014.

Tickets for the game have been going fast since he completed his rehab assignment Sunday and a day ...Read more

Peralta shines as Brewers sweep Braves

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ATLANTA -- The Milwaukee Brewers made their final visit to Turner Field a memorable one.

Shrugging off a 1-hour, 17-minute rain delay in the seventh inning, they got a decent start by Wily Peralta, more yeoman's work from the bullpen and just enough offense to complete their first-ever road sweep of the Atlanta Braves, 6-2, on Wednesday night. ...Read more

Orioles lose 4-2 to Astros, strike out record 52 times in three-game sweep

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HOUSTON -- With a 4-2 loss Thursday to the Houston Astros, the Orioles were more than swept. They went down in this three-game series in historic fashion.

Under the bright lights of Houston's Minute Maid Park, the Orioles accumulated more strikeouts than any team in a three-game series in major league history, 52, and stoked all of the worst ...Read more

Harper, Espinosa home runs help Nationals edge Cardinals, 2-1

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WASHINGTON -- Cardinals starter Mike Leake sped through the Washington Nationals lineup with such efficiency, such an expediency of pitches and outs that it's somewhat fitting that the Nationals ruined it all in the same fashion.

Two swings. It took two swings to undo Leake's work.

Bryce Harper sent one of Leake's pitches into right field's ...Read more

Cubs look to save energy for challenging summer ahead

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The Cubs just completed the first of three consecutive three-city trips, and they've gradually tweaked their routine to preserve their strength for more challenging stretches.

"We're only at the end of May, and some of these days feel like it's August when you travel," David Ross said Monday before optional batting practice in St. Louis after a...Read more

Braves' Freeman: 'I've had a pretty horrible season so far'

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Freddie Freeman, the guy who led the major leagues with a .376 average with runners in scoring position in 2015, entered Thursday lugging a .135 average in those situations, the second-lowest on the team.

The Braves first baseman was mired in a 1-for-18 skid with runners in scoring position, part of an overall slump that saw him bat .185 (10-...Read more