Kemp's bat, Foltynewicz's arm lead Braves in 3-1 win over Giants

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SAN FRANCISCO -- They always boo Matt Kemp at AT&T Park, because Giants fans grew to dislike him for nine seasons when he did damage against San Francisco for its most hated rival, the Dodgers.

They've not seen enough of Mike Foltynewicz to develop a dislike of him, but Saturday the Braves pitcher gave them a reason -- for the second time this ...Read more

Rangers slam way past Indians behind A.J. Griffin's gem

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ARLINGTON, Texas -- Mitch Moreland hit a grand slam as part of a five-run first inning as the Rangers beat the Indians 7-0 Saturday night at Globe Life Park. The teams conclude their four-game series on Sunday.

A.J. Griffin held the Indians scoreless on five hits and a walk over six innings. He struck out six and left after 95 pitches, leading ...Read more

Baseball, and a historic ballpark, will soon go dark in Bakersfield

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BAKERSFIELD, Calif. -- The modern ballpark is tucked into an entertainment district, with shops and restaurants surrounding the stadium, and blindingly bright digital display signs wherever you look. The ballpark here is across Chester Avenue from Big Valley Mower, Extra Space Storage and AAA Tire. The large sign welcoming you to Sam Lynn ...Read more

Four Tigers ejected in 3-2 loss to Angels

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DETROIT -- The Detroit Tigers had a devil of a time with home plate umpire Mike Everitt.

Victor Martinez and J.D. Martinez were ejected on Saturday at Comerica Park, as well as hitting coach Wally Joyner and manager Brad Ausmus.

The Tigers went on to lose, 3-2, to the Angels, snapping a five-game winning streak.

Victor Martinez got tossed in ...Read more

Polanco's bases-clearing, pinch-hit double leads Pirates to 9-6 comeback win

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MILWAUKEE -- Pirates manager Clint Hurdle intended to give Gregory Polanco the night off Saturday, since he'd slipped into an 0-for-11 funk at bat. But with the bases loaded in the sixth and the pitcher up next, Hurdle beckoned Polanco from the bench and deployed him as a pinch-hitter.

Milwaukee Brewers reliever Blaine Boyer tested Polanco with...Read more

Eyebrow-raising moves early in 3-2 loss to Dodgers show Cubs pulling out all stops

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LOS ANGELES -- Jason Hammel was furious.

Manager Joe Maddon was philosophical.

And rookie Rob Zastryzny was grateful.

At least the Cubs can say they're not content with a healthy lead in the National League Central after a series of curious moves Saturday in a 3-2 loss to the Dodgers. The setback snapped a four-game winning streak and ended ...Read more

Danny Duffy roughed up as Royals lose to Red Sox, 8-3

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BOSTON -- As the final homer landed in the seats above the iconic Green Monster, Danny Duffy turned his head toward catcher Salvador Perez and let out a torturous smile.

As Boston's Hanley Ramirez circled the bases and an old ballpark began to rock, Duffy raised his glove in the air and called for a new baseball, shaking his head from side to ...Read more

Reyes allows one run in first start, but Cardinals fall to A's, 3-2

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ST. LOUIS -- Alex Reyes' much-anticipated first big league start came up one out short of having a chance at a win, saw him finally allow a run and, with him long gone, the Cardinals lose, 3-2, to the Oakland Athletics on Saturday night at Busch Stadium.

Reyes threw 42/3 innings and gave up just two hits but walked four, leading him to need 89 ...Read more

White Sox bats back Quintana in 9-2 victory over Mariners

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CHICAGO -- So desperate were the Mariners to reach base Saturday night against Jose Quintana that Chris Ianetta tried to take first base on ball three.

Quintana wasn't falling for the tomfoolery during the White Sox's 9-3 victory, quickly reminding Ianetta, and every one of the 27,318 at U.S. Cellular Field, of the count by flashing three ...Read more

Richard throws seven scoreless innings as Padres blank Marlins, 1-0

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MIAMI -- The last time Clayton Richard went at least seven innings without allowing an earned run, the Padres got four hits from Cameron Maybin, three apiece from Chase Headley and Everth Cabrera and an easy victory over the San Francisco Giants at Petco Park. If that feels like forever ago, it's because it sort of is.

Beyond center field at ...Read more

Kepler's late gaffe costs Twins in 8-7 loss to Blue Jays

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Max Kepler tried to save the Twins' lead. Instead, he extended the Twins' misery.

Kepler's over-exuberant dive, an effort to catch Melvin Upton's sinking line drive in the eighth inning, allowed the ball to bounce past him toward the right-field wall. And when the rookie outfielder caught up to the baseball and slid to avoid Eddie Rosario ...Read more

Cubs' Bryant on a record-setting pace

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LOS ANGELES -- The National League MVP award won't be announced until mid-November, but Cubs slugger Kris Bryant is producing staggering numbers with more than five weeks left in the regular season.

By slugging two home runs Friday night -- including a two-run, game-winning blast in the 10th inning of a 6-4 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers ...Read more

Giants place Jake Peavy on disabled list with back injury

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SAN FRANCISCO -- Jake Peavy, who was scheduled to make his first start since July 30 Saturday night against the Atlanta Braves, was placed on the 15-day disabled list by the Giants with a lower back strain.

Peavy, who was placed on the DL retroactive to Aug. 21, will be replaced as the starter by Albert Suarez, who was recalled from Triple-A ...Read more

Dodgers fall to Cubs after Kenley Jansen blows a save

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LOS ANGELES -- Rarely do plans combust in such irritating fashion, as if the outcomes were scripted by a malevolent figure hoping to punish a front office for fiddling with a team's chemistry.

On Thursday, hours after the Dodgers traded away beloved backup catcher A.J. Ellis, the club nearly limped into a no-hitter. A day later, Ellis' ...Read more

Jeff Samardzija sizzles as Giants beat Braves, 7-0

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SAN FRANCISCO -- Maybe Matt Moore really did ignite something with his near no-hitter against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

The Giants came home to AT&T Park Friday night and looked like a real contender, punishing the lowly Atlanta Braves, 7-0, behind Jeff Samardzija to forge just their third two-game winning streak since the second half started ...Read more

Angels struggle with Tigers ace Verlander in 4-2 loss

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DETROIT -- Late Friday night, after resurgent Detroit Tigers ace Justin Verlander dominated the Angels at Comerica Park, Mike Trout said he recalled watching Verlander blow 100-mph fastballs by him his first year in the major leagues. So, this latest effort, Trout said, was not quite as tough as that.

Yet, the performance Verlander delivered in...Read more

Kluber, Indians roll to 12-1 romp over Rangers

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ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Indians scored six runs on 10 hits against Rangers' starter Martin Perez to even the series with a 12-1 win Friday night at Globe Life Park.

Jason Kipnis drove in a run with an opposite-field shift-beating double to the left-field corner to give the Indians a 1-0 lead in the third. The night went down hill from there for...Read more

Chris Johnson, Marlins walk off on Padres, 7-6

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MIAMI -- Welcome to the Marlins, Jeff Francoeur.

Miami's newest big leaguer scored the walk-off run in a 7-6 win against the Padres on Friday, capping a scratch-and-claw night with a scratch-and-claw rally in the teams' series opener at Marlins Park. He finished 3-for-4 with a walk in his first start with the Marlins.

Francoeur's one-out ...Read more

Mercer's first grand slam carries Pirates to second consecutive win at Miller Park

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MILWAUKEE -- Milwaukee Brewers right-hander Matt Garza punched his mitt and howled at the night sky above Miller Park. Jordy Mercer had parked a sixth-inning grand slam in the Brewers bullpen, a two-strike slider swatted just beyond left fielder Ryan Braun's reach at the wall.

Mercer's first career grand slam cracked open a close game, the ...Read more

Luke Weaver gets first win in Cardinals' 3-1 victory vs. A's

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ST. LOUIS -- Luke Weaver allowed one run over six innings to pick up his first major league win Friday night as the Cardinals defeated Oakland 3-1 at Busch Stadium.

Weaver, who surrendered four hits and struck out seven, received strong support from the bullpen as three relievers combined to allow one hit over the last three innings.

Seung ...Read more