Bauer leads Indians in sweep of Reds

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CLEVELAND -- Trevor Bauer continued the strong run of starting pitching and the Indians completed a sweep of the Cincinnati Reds with a 5-2 win at Progressive Field on Sunday.

Bauer (4-1) threw 7 2/3 innings, allowed one run on five hits, struck out four and walked none. Indians starters have now thrown six-plus innings in eight consecutive ...Read more

Marlins take momentum on road after winning Orioles series

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MIAMI -- Last place was the last place the Marlins wanted to be at the end of this 10-game homestand -- but at least they're taking a little momentum with them back out on the road.

After an ugly stretch that included eight losses in a row and the firing of manager Mike Redmond, Miami salvaged two games in less than a 24-hour span, beating the ...Read more

Angels again are stung by Mike Napoli in loss to Red Sox

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BOSTON -- The Los Angeles Angels boarded their charter for a cross-country flight home Sunday night, relieved to have Mike Napoli in the rearview mirror but uneasy about the road ahead.

Napoli tormented his old team again Sunday, blasting a two-run home run in the second inning and a two-run double in the eighth to lead the Boston Red Sox to a ...Read more

Dodgers' Carlos Frias has a really bad day in 11-3 loss to Padres

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LOS ANGELES -- Carlos Frias hung his head and walked slowly off the mound toward the Los Angeles Dodgers' dugout. After each outing -- and before Sunday he'd had four very useful starts -- Frias pounds his chest and points to the sky. But this day, even that ritual seemed half-hearted.

About 19 hours earlier, Mike Bolsinger had made the same ...Read more

White Sox go quietly against Twins

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CHICAGO -- The White Sox are ready to hit the road, and their fans may be glad to see them go after watching them drop their second straight series at U.S. Cellular Field.

The Minnesota Twins took two out of three over the weekend with Sunday's 8-1 trouncing that saw second baseman Brian Dozier belt two home runs and winning pitcher Kyle Gibson...Read more

Ventura struggles early as Cardinals beat Royals 6-1

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Despite overcast skies and some light rain, the only delay in the Royals' game against the St. Louis Cardinals game on Sunday was Yordano Ventura's effectiveness.

The first four Cardinals reached and two scored, setting the stage for their 6-1 victory before 36,342 at Kauffman Stadium.

After those four hitters, Ventura ...Read more

Harper seals Nationals' victory over Phillies

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WASHINGTON -- Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg walked to the mound on Sunday afternoon and the door to the team's bullpen swung open. The manager had decided to attack Washington's Bryce Harper, instead of intentionally walking him in the seventh inning with two outs and a runner on third. Two batters later, a 4-1 loss at Nationals Park was sealed...Read more

A's beat Rays 7-2 behind Sonny Gray and 3 homeruns

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The A's are bringing something home they haven't brought to the Coliseum all season -- a winning streak.

The A's took the final two games of their road trip, including Sunday's 7-2 win over Tampa Bay behind starter Sonny Gray, then flew home for a quick turnaround, a 1:05 p.m. Memorial Day game against the Detroit Tigers...Read more

Mariners fall to Blue Jays

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TORONTO -- It's baseball math. Two bad pitches added up to four runs and equaled another loss for Taijuan Walker.

The 22-year-old right-hander's first full season in the big leagues has been an up-and-down ride of glimpses of his pitching potential and painful reminders of his inexperience and age.

The latest outing -- an 8-2 loss to the Blue ...Read more

Tigers can't hold lead in 10-8 loss to Astros

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DETROIT -- What started ugly ended ugly for Anibal Sanchez.

Even though the Detroit Tigers right-hander shined in between giving up three runs in the first inning and four runs in the sixth, he left the mound after 5 2/3 innings when Preston Tucker pulled a screaming rocket shot over the right field fence at Comerica Park.

And then it got ...Read more

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