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Royals reliever Luke Hochevar heads to DL because of shoulder condition

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ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Royals placed right-handed relief pitcher Luke Hochevar on the 15-day disabled list Thursday before a game at Texas.

Hochevar is showing signs of thoracic outlet syndrome, a shoulder condition that Royals pitching prospect Kyle Zimmer recently had surgery for.

Brooks Pounders was recalled from Class AAA Omaha and was ...Read more

Phillies activate Aaron Altherr, put Peter Bourjos on DL

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ATLANTA -- Less than five months removed from major wrist surgery, outfielder Aaron Altherr returned to the Phillies on Thursday with an abbreviated chance to prove he belongs in the team's future plans.

The Phillies activated Altherr from the disabled list. He should be in the lineup Thursday night at Turner Field against the Braves. They ...Read more

Josh Hamilton wants to earn spot with Rangers in 2017

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ARLINGTON, Texas -- Josh Hamilton expects his surgically repaired left knee to be 100 percent healthy for spring training, but he doesn't expect the Texas Rangers to hand him a roster spot.

Hamilton said on Wednesday that he understands the offseason roster shuffle could result in him being removed from the roster and that he might have to sign...Read more

Brewers commit five errors in sloppy loss to Diamondbacks

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MILWAUKEE -- It's not often that a baseball game is over after the first six batters.

But that wound up being the case Wednesday night for the Milwaukee Brewers. Three errors in Arizona's first three at-bats set the tone, and Yasmany Tomas' three-run home run later in the inning sealed the deal as the Brewers went on to lose to the Diamondbacks...Read more

Braves hang on for 9-7 win to sweep Twins

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Freddie Freeman and Jeff Francoeur each had a home run and a stolen base before the end of the Braves' fourth inning Wednesday night against Minnesota.

Freeman had three hits and four RBIs before the Twins recorded a second out in the fourth, including a towering two-run homer that pushed the Braves' lead to 7-0.

But the Braves ...Read more

Mondesi keys offense as Royals salvage a 7-5 victory against Angels

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The meeting began just after 3:30 p.m. Wednesday afternoon, the message lasting just two or three minutes. Ned Yost wanted to keep it brief.

In the days before, as the losses mounted and the stress balled up inside the Royals clubhouse, Yost could sense something was off inside this room. There was an anxiety present, an ...Read more

Davis homers twice as A's top Rangers, 6-4

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ARLINGTON, Texas -- The A's suddenly relentless home run muscle asserted itself once again Wednesday night, Coco Crisp and Khris Davis putting on a show in the A's 6-4 win over American League West Division-leading Texas.

Crisp homered for the second night in a row, this one a two-run blast in the eighth inning that carried Oakland from behind ...Read more

Chapman closes out Cubs' 8-1 romp over White Sox

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CHICAGO -- What began with 51/3 innings of no-hit ball from White Sox starter Anthony Ranaudo ended with a 103-mph fastball from Cubs closer Aroldis Chapman.

Chapman struck out Avisail Garcia looking Wednesday to finish the Cubs' 8-1 victory against the White Sox at Wrigley Field.

Kris Bryant's solo home run in the sixth broke up Ranaudo's no-...Read more

Unexpected swipe is in the bag for Dodgers' Ellis

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LOS ANGELES -- Catcher A.J. Ellis returned to the clubhouse after the Los Angeles Dodgers' 3-1 loss to Tampa Bay on Wednesday to find the bag from the first stolen base of his nine-year career at his locker and a beaming Clayton Kershaw, the pitcher responsible for procuring the historic base.

"I called Marvin Hudson, the second base umpire, ...Read more

Cole throws first complete game in 10-1 Pirates victory over Mariners

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PITTSBURGH -- All night Wednesday, Gerrit Cole controlled the game. From the bare-handed completion of a behind-the-back putout to his pitch efficiency to his hard-hit single that led to a run, Cole gave the Pirates the start their rotation needed.

Cole pitched his first complete game and the Pirates' lineup assembled three big innings against ...Read more

Orioles' Bundy perfect early, falters in sixth in 3-1 loss to Rockies

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BALTIMORE -- Orioles rookie Dylan Bundy had it all going his way for five innings Wednesday night. Then a couple of pitches got away and took some of the luster off his third major league start.

Bundy retired the first 16 batters he faced, but the Colorado Rockies figured him out in the sixth inning and took the deciding game of the three-game ...Read more

Marlins expect Dee Gordon's return from suspension to spark offense

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It would be difficult for a team in the week leading up to baseball's non-waiver trade deadline to make a more notable addition than a reigning batting and stolen-base champion.

The Marlins will do that, without having to make a trade, when Dee Gordon returns Thursday from an 80-game suspension for testing positive for performance-enhancing ...Read more

Miguel Cabrera homer secures Tigers sweep of Red Sox, 4-3

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BOSTON -- Rookie right-hander Michael Fulmer didn't get his 10th win, but the Detroit Tigers earned an important sweep over the Boston Red Sox.

Fulmer gave up a game-tying, two-out RBI triple to Mookie Betts in the eighth inning. But Miguel Cabrera came to the rescue with a two-out home run to right in the ninth.

The Tigers went on to beat the...Read more

Offense comes alive as Marlins clinch series against Phillies

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MIAMI -- After Giancarlo Stanton rounded the bases following his first-inning home run against the Phillies on Wednesday, the Marlins could have went on cruise control.

With Adam Conley firing one of his best pitching performances of the season, a three-run lead already had the game out of reach. The Marlins' offense kept going.

The Marlins ...Read more

Padres homer in 25th straight game, tie NL record, in win over Blue Jays

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TORONTO -- It has become rote to mention the Padres' recent, uncanny consistency in hitting baseballs a long way, but history beckoned Wednesday at Rogers Centre.

Adam Rosales lined a shot to left in the third, and with that, San Diego had matched a feat first accomplished 75 years ago. Later, Brett Wallace sent another drive over a wall. Alex ...Read more

Indians stifled by Strasburg, Nationals in 4-1 loss

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CLEVELAND -- Indians manager Terry Francona often says momentum in baseball is only up to the next day's opposing starting pitcher. And on Wednesday, the Indians faced a brick wall in the form of Stephen Strasburg and fell to the Washington Nationals, 4-1.

The Indians won in walk-off fashion Tuesday night in their return to Progressive Field, a...Read more

As frustration mounts, Royals players brace for possible changes

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Late Tuesday night, in the moments after another loss, in a clubhouse that had turned introspective and quiet, Jarrod Dyson stopped near a table in the middle of the room. He slipped a brown Louis Vuitton backpack over his shoulders and wore frustrated look on his face. He pondered a season that suddenly appeared in free fall.

The Royals had ...Read more

Marlins unveil colorful 2017 All-Star Game logo

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The 2017 All-Star Game in Miami now has an official logo.

The brightly colored logo for the first All-Star Game ever played in Florida -- much less Miami -- was unveiled Wednesday at Marlins Park.

"I think Miami is a town that has a reputation for enjoying a good celebration, and we're going to have a great celebration with the game of ...Read more

Cain's homer helps Giants top Reds

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SAN FRANCISCO -- Don't bury Matt Cain just yet.

The beleaguered veteran right-hander, perhaps in jeopardy of losing his job in the rotation with another rocky outing, showed the San Francisco Giants enough in a 9-7 victory over the Cincinnati Reds at AT&T Park Tuesday night that he'll surely survive to see another start or two.

Cain, 1-6 with ...Read more

Dodgers' Norris outpitches Archer, then bullpen makes it interesting against Rays

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LOS ANGELES--Tampa Bay ace Chris Archer arrived at Dodger Stadium a few hours before Tuesday night's game not completely sure if he would pitch for the Rays or get blown by trade winds to the home clubhouse.

Such are the zany scenarios that can play out in the week before the non-waiver trade deadline, as his Dodgers counterpart Tuesday, Bud ...Read more