Leonys Martin catches on with M's, preserves 1-0 win over Royals

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SEATTLE--In one brilliant display of athleticism, speed and fearlessness Friday night, Leonys Martin showed why general manager Jerry Dipoto traded for him this offseason.

The speedy center fielder saved Steve Cishek's save and the Seattle Mariners' 1-0 victory over the Kansas City Royals with a brilliant, running, over-the-shoulder catch as he...Read more

Alonso's blast propels A's over Astros, 7-4

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- As far as major league debuts go, Sean Manaea gave the Oakland A's a chance Friday night as the big left-hander with bushy black hair pitched into the sixth inning before departing with the score tied.

But the prized arm in the trade that sent Ben Zobrist to Kansas City last July had to wait awhile to celebrate.

Houston ...Read more

Padres top Dodgers, 5-1

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LOS ANGELES--At 3:30 p.m. on Friday afternoon, the Los Angeles Dodgers ushered the media out of their clubhouse and closed the doors. After four losses in a row, all defeats marred by sloppiness, Manager Dave Roberts sought to reinforce the importance of the game's fundamentals. He made the players laugh. He made the players cheer.

The doors ...Read more

Brewers dodge no-hitter with ninth-inning burst

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MILWAUKEE -- What figured to be a mundane matchup between the Milwaukee Brewers and Miami Marlins on Friday night instead turned out to be a highly entertaining affair.

Miami took a no-hitter into the ninth inning, only to watch the Brewers bring the potential winning run to the plate before they fell, 6-3, in front of a crowd of 23,215 at ...Read more

Strasburg, Nationals hold on to beat Cardinals, 5-4

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ST. LOUIS -- Washington pitcher Stephen Strasburg settled down after a rocky first inning to hold the Cardinals scoreless over his final six innings of work Friday night as the Nationals won at Busch Stadium, 5-4.

Strasburg had nine strikeouts in seven innings and improved to 4-0 for the first time in his career after allowing two runs and four...Read more

Tigers give Fulmer plenty of run support in debut

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Brad Ausmus was asked before Friday night's game what exactly would constitute a successful major league debut from right-hander Michael Fulmer.

"Win," he said.

And when the rookie walked off the mound after the fifth inning against the Twins at Target Field, he had done his job. He won.

Fulmer was fantastic in his debut, ...Read more

Dodgers surprised by ex-teammate Dee Gordon's drug suspension, upset with timing of announcement

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LOS ANGELES--Dee Gordon's last game without a tarnished reputation ended at 10:02 p.m. Thursday night. He had played a vital role for the Miami Marlins in a 5-2 defeat of his former Los Angeles Dodgers teammates. He delivered the game-tying hit and induced a balk to score another run.

Fifteen minutes after the game, Major League Baseball sent ...Read more

Pirates win fifth in a row, 4-1 over the Reds

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PITTSBURGH -- Even in the cool Pittsburgh weather, Juan Nicasio made it feel like a warm night.

Nicasio recaptured some of the spring training sharpness that made him a late addition to the rotation, pitching seven innings and striking out eight in the Pirates' 4-1 win against the Reds Friday night.

Josh Harrison and Matt Joyce provided all ...Read more

Reimold hits three-run homer to lift Orioles over White Sox, 6-3

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BALTIMORE -- Orioles manager Buck Showalter said at the start of his team's four-game series against the Chicago White Sox that the upside of the heavily left-handed Sox starting rotation was the opportunity, among other things, to get reserve outfielder Nolan Reimold some at-bats.

Reimold apparently liked that idea, because he has opened the O...Read more

Howard's walk-off, 11th-inning homer lifts surging Phillies over Indians, 4-3

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PHILADELPHIA -- The Phillies emptied the dugout, hopped over the guardrail, and spilled onto the field. Another victory -- this time a 4-3 win over Cleveland -- needed to be celebrated.

Ryan Howard's walk-off homer in the 11th inning handed the Phillies their seventh win in eight games Friday night at Citizens Bank Park. Winning has somehow ...Read more

Szczur's grand slam highlights Cubs' 6-1 victory over Braves

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CHICAGO -- Jon Lester knew how to hold the Braves. Matt Szczur and Anthony Rizzo knew how to fold 'em.

And so the Cubs authored the 22nd of 162 regular-season chapters Friday, with the help of those three mostly during a 6-1 victory over the Braves at Wrigley Field.

Lester threw 106 pitches during his seven-inning, 10-strikeout, one-run stint ...Read more

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

Remembering 'weird aura' at Camden Yards one year after game without fans

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BALTIMORE -- Adam Eaton won't ever think of the game fondly, but he also never will forget the "weird aura" at Camden Yards one year ago as players' voices rang out across an empty stadium.

A year ago Friday, the White Sox and Orioles played what is believed to be the only major league game closed to fans, a result of security concerns because ...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