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Marlins top Dodgers, Maeda, 5-3

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LOS ANGELES--A single fell in right field, and another landed in left. In the Los Angeles Dodgers' bullpen, a pair of relievers warmed. Inside the dugout, Manager Dave Roberts made a decision. He would not take the baseball away from Kenta Maeda.

Maeda earned that right, despite making only his fifth career start in Thursday's game. He earned ...Read more

Marlins' Gordon suspended 80 games after testing positive for PEDs

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MIAMI--Miami Marlins second baseman Dee Gordon, the National League's reigning batting champion, has been suspended 80 games after testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs.

The suspension is effective immediately.

An email with the news was sent out at 1:17 a.m. by the commissioner's office -- not long after the Marlins completed a ...Read more

Dbacks' De La Rosa blanks Cards, 3-0

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PHOENIX -- Looking at what essentially was a red-eye flight home from this seven-game venture west, the St. Louis Cardinals expressed irritation at the late start to the series finale.

Arizona starter Rubby De La Rosa did his best to speed them home.

De La Rosa breezed through the Cardinals for seven shutout innings and led the Diamondbacks to...Read more

Machado grand slam highlights offensive breakout for Orioles in win over White Sox

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BALTIMORE -- There apparently is no place like home for the Orioles, who ended their recent offensive funk Thursday at Camden Yards with a 10-2 victory over the Chicago White Sox before 14,568 that featured a career-high five RBIs from third baseman Manny Machado.

The Orioles (13-8) ended the White Sox's winning streak at six in the process.

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Cubs take MRI on Kris Bryant's right ankle, call injury a mild sprain

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Cubs slugger Kris Bryant had a precautionary MRI on his right ankle in the third inning of Thursday's 7-2 victory over the Brewers. Manager Joe Maddon wouldn't speculate on the potential severity of the injury, although the Cubs described Bryant's injury as a mild sprain and emphasized the test was precautionary.

"I don't want to create ...Read more

Braves end 8-game losing streak with win over Red Sox

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BOSTON -- There were moments when it appeared the Braves might fade to yet another loss. Instead, they kept competing until they finally won another game.

The Braves beat the Red Sox, 5-3, on Thursday at Fenway Park to end their losing streak at eight games. Veteran Nick Markakis had three RBIs and rookie Mallex Smith had two as the Braves (5-...Read more

Third baseman Adrian Beltre, 37, continues to deliver for the Texas Rangers

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ANAHEIM, Calif.--It's not only Adrian Beltre's agility, range and cannon arm, or his ability to hit for average, power and in the clutch and play through pain that impresses Angels closer Huston Street.

It's the way Beltre does a little dance while pointing to the first-base umpire on a check swing; the way the Texas Rangers third baseman ...Read more

Patience leads to production for Cubs in win over Brewers

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CHICAGO -- Manager Joe Maddon said earlier this week that if you want to get more walks, you most likely will buy them in the form of acquiring players through free agency or through trades.

The Cubs acquired free agents Ben Zobrist and Jason Heyward last winter to help with their on-base percentage and run production, but there's improvement ...Read more

Phillies beat Nationals, 3-0, to complete sweep

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WASHINGTON -- Cameron Rupp roared into second base and pounded his fists Thursday night. The Phillies finally had a run. Rupp's ninth-inning fly ball had fallen into deep right field, over the reach of Bryce Harper, and scored the winning run in a 3-0 victory over the Washington Nationals.

The Phillies -- the team picked to finish as one of ...Read more

Longevity leads to 2,000 hits for Braves catcher Pierzynski

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BOSTON -- If Braves catcher A.J. Pierzynski had stuck to his many vows to leave baseball over the years he wouldn't have made it to 2,000 hits.

At Pierzynski's position, sticking around for 19 years is an accomplishment in itself. That's why Pierzynski said he never put much thought into reaching 2,000 hits.

"You never think you are going to ...Read more

Twins minor leaguer Reynaldo Rodriguez suspended for steroid use

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At 29 and with a decade of minor league experience already behind him, Reynaldo Rodriguez chances of having a major league career seemed slim. They all but disappeared on Thursday, when he was suspended for 80 games after testing positive for traces of the steroid stanozolol.

Rodriguez, in his fourth season in the Twins system after playing for...Read more

Marlins' Phelps says he was questioning pitch location before quick ejection

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It happened in a flash.

Not only the three consecutive walks that put the Marlins' two-run lead in jeopardy in the eighth inning Wednesday at Dodger Stadium, but the exits of the three relief pitchers that issued them.

Most stunning was the quick ejection of David Phelps, who was tossed immediately by plate umpire Todd Tichenor after reacting ...Read more

White Sox place closer David Robertson on bereavement list, recall Carlos Sanchez

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The White Sox placed closer David Robertson on the bereavement list Thursday before the opener of a four-game series against the Orioles in Baltimore.

Robertson will miss between three to seven days, according to major league rules.

The Sox called up infielder Carlos Sanchez from Triple-A Charlotte to fill Robertson's roster spot. They still ...Read more

Cubs place Miguel Montero on DL; Willson Contreras remains in Iowa

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The Willson Contreras era will have to wait until likely the second half of the 2016 season.

The Chicago Cubs elected to promote veteran catcher Tim Federowicz from Triple-A Iowa instead of Contreras to take the place of Miguel Montero on the 25-man roster.

Montero was placed on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to Monday, after Federowicz...Read more

Pirates' series finale vs. Rockies postponed; no makeup date set

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DENVER -- Only snow flurries and scattered showers could cool off the Pirates in chilly Colorado, as their eight-game winning streak at Coors Field was paused Thursday by the postponement of their series finale and a potential four-game series sweep of the Rockies.

The rained-out game will be rescheduled for a yet-to-be-determined later date.

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Sanchez overcomes wildness, Tigers' offense keeps rolling in 7-3 win against A's

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DETROIT -- It was an odd performance by Anibal Sanchez Thursday at Comerica Park, but he still got the win.

The Detroit Tigers right-hander struck out a season-high nine batters and allowed a season-low three hits. But he also surrendered a season-high seven walks after not allowing more than three walks in any of his previous four starts.

But...Read more

Angels sweep Royals

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ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Amid a shaky start in which their offense has looked far from formidable, the Los Angeles Angels produced a three-game snapshot suitable for framing this week.

A team that ranked last in the major leagues in runs and second-to-last in home runs and slugging percentage clubbed seven homers and scored 19 runs in a three-game ...Read more

Mariners' three-game win streak halted as Iwakuma struggles

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SEATTLE -- Here are three thoughts from the Seattle Mariners' 7-4 loss Wednesday to the Houston Astros:

-- For one night, the Mariners returned to Earth.

It's been a good two weeks for the Mariners.

They shook off a rough homestand to win three straight road series and nine of their last 12 games. They'd even played well enough to take sole ...Read more

Nicolino masterful in return as Marlins blank Dodgers

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LOS ANGELES -- Justin Nicolino had the distinction of being the sixth man in the construction of a five-man pitching rotation this spring.

Like in musical chairs, he was the man without a seat. That meant another trip back to the minor leagues during spring training, where the left-hander has compiled a 47-23 record.

Even Miami Marlins manager...Read more

Wainwright helps himself at plate to gain first victory of season, defeats Diamondbacks

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PHOENIX -- The breakthrough Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright has been searching for on the mound found him Wednesday at the plate.

Left in to hit for himself in the sixth inning of a game that the Cardinals didn't lead, Wainwright delivered a bases-loaded triple to take the lead for good and give himself his first win in more than a calendar year....Read more