Sixth inning dooms Braves again in 8-4 loss to Rockies

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DENVER -- The sixth inning has doomed the Braves in each of the first three games of their four-game series against the Rockies, and Saturday it also ruined what had been a strong performance by Matt Wisler.

Wisler was pitching a two-hitter and had a 3-2 lead until the sixth inning, when the Rockies scored five runs to send them to an 8-4 win, ...Read more

A's rally past Rays in ninth with two home runs

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- The A's received another strong performance from Kendall Graveman on Saturday night, and the offense finally came to the rescue in the bottom of the ninth inning to reward him with his fourth straight victorious start.

Graveman tossed a complete game, his first of the season, and was saved from a possible agonizing feat until...Read more

White Sox-Tigers game suspended in ninth inning tied at 3

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CHICAGO -- Matt Albers started for the first time since 2008 on a soggy Saturday night at U.S. Cellular Field.

But both teams will have to wait until Sunday to determine a winner thanks to three rain delays, the last of which caused the 3-3 game to be suspended before the start of the ninth inning.

The game is scheduled to resume at 1:10 p.m. ...Read more

Nieuwenhuis stays hot at home as Brewers top Cubs, 6-1

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MILWAUKEE -- Can the Milwaukee Brewers petition to play all their games at Miller Park?

Kirk Nieuwenhuis has to be asking himself that question. The center fielder continues to tear it up at home, with his two-homer, four-RBI game lifting the Brewers over the Chicago Cubs, 6-1, on a steamy Saturday night.

Jonathan Lucroy also homered, and Zach...Read more

Five-run seventh propels Twins to 11-9 victory against Red Sox

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BOSTON -- Ricky Nolasco's inability to pitch in Fenway Park and Miguel Sano's inability to play third base on Saturday were destined to send the Twins crashing to their latest defeat.

Then the seventh inning happened.

It was an inning in which 10 Twins batted, the Red Sox made two questionable defensive plays, Kennys Vargas become a ...Read more

Stanton's 4 hits back Fernandez in Marlins' 7-2 win vs. Mets

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MIAMI -- The sound Giancarlo Stanton's bat made was enough to know it was gone. Dontrelle Willis knew it, too.

"I almost swore on TV when I heard the sound off his bat," said Willis, the former Marlins pitcher who was making a guest appearance on the local Fox Sports telecast.

Willis and the rest of the estimated crowd of 26,841 at Marlins ...Read more

Royals fall to Rangers after Soria stumbles again

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The pitch count piled up, one by one, and still, the Royals bullpen remained motionless. Reliever Joakim Soria hit 27 pitches and then 28. As he crossed the 30-pitch threshold, the bullpen mound beyond the left-field wall remained empty. The dugout phone was still on the hook.

It was the top of the seventh inning on Saturday...Read more

Pirates overcome Glasnow's rocky start to defeat Phillies, 7-4

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PITTSBURGH -- The distance from Indianapolis to Pittsburgh is 350 miles. Some days the distance from the minor leagues to the majors feels far greater. Haunted by the same problems he pitched around in the minors, right-hander Tyler Glasnow was robbed blind Saturday. The Philadelphia Phillies stole at once and at will off Glasnow before the ...Read more

Gausman pitches seven scoreless innings in Orioles' 5-2 win over Indians

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BALTIMORE -- The Orioles have been known for their resilience during the Buck Showalter era and they are displaying that quality again this weekend.

They came home from a disappointing four-game series at Yankee Stadium to face a Cleveland Indians team that arrived in Baltimore with best record in the American League. The Indians also owned the...Read more

Padres suffer 3-2, walk-off loss to Nationals

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WASHINGTON -- The Padres hung in against the Washington Nationals on Saturday because of two major leaguers that weren't in the majors only weeks ago. Ryan Schimpf, a 28-year-old rookie, crushed a baseball. Edwin Jackson, a well-traveled veteran, threw his second quality start in as many outings for the Padres.

Even if San Diego's season ...Read more

With Joe Nathan coming Sunday, Cubs bullpen could be set for playoff push

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Joe Nathan will join the Cubs on Sunday, manager Joe Maddon said.

Now the Cubs have to determine quickly whether the arrival of the 41-year-old Nathan, the Wednesday acquisition of left-hander Mike Montgomery from the Mariners and the emergence of rookie Carl Edwards Jr. will provide adequate bullpen effectiveness and stability for the playoff ...Read more

Giants regain winning ways, beat Yankees in 12 innings

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NEW YORK -- There are must-win games to avoid elimination. There are must-win games to restore sanity.

And there are must-win games that might save a clubhouse from becoming a powder keg. Giants manager Bruce Bochy barked in anger after an inattentive Angel Pagan failed to score on a wild pitch in the 11th inning Saturday at Yankee Stadium. It ...Read more

Royals' Duffy dedicates Friday victory to boy who died of cancer

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It was a typical moment in the Royals clubhouse following a start by left-hander Danny Duffy.

While laughter echoed from the showers down the hall from Duffy's stall, he answered questions about another stellar outing. The Royals had just beaten the Texas Rangers 3-1 on Friday night, and Duffy was in demand from the media.

Duffy was talking ...Read more

Report: Padres, Orioles discussing possible Upton deal

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WASHINGTON -- The Padres and the Orioles reportedly are discussing a trade that would send outfielder Melvin Upton Jr. to Baltimore in exchange for right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez.

According to a report, no agreement is close, as the Padres also are seeking a prospect from the Orioles. Acquiring the diminished Jimenez would help ...Read more

Chris Sale sent home by White Sox for 'clubhouse incident'

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The White Sox sent Chris Sale home before Saturday's game against the Tigers for what general manager Rick Hahn called a "clubhouse incident."

"Chris Sale has been scratched from tonight's schedule start and sent home from the ballpark," Hahn said in a statement. "The incident, which was non-physical in nature, currently is under further ...Read more

A's call up catcher Bruce Maxwell

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- The A's placed catcher Stephen Vogt on family medical leave Saturday and selected hot-hitting Bruce Maxwell from their Triple-A Nashville farm club.

Maxwell, 25, was batting .321 with 10 homers and 41 RBIs in 60 games with the Sounds. The left-handed hitting catcher was also hitting .643 (19 for 28) with five home runs and 16...Read more

Orioles reliever O'Day pushing to return

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Orioles reliever Darren O'Day said he hopes Friday's rehabilitation outing at Double-A Bowie is the last one he'll have to make as his absence from a high hamstring strain suffered in May stretches into its eighth week.

"I think my delivery is in a good place," O'Day said Saturday, a day after he threw 16 pitches in a scoreless inning while ...Read more

Crisp's hit wins it for A's, 1-0 over Rays in 13 innings

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OAKLAND, Calif.--Two of the best pitching performances the Oakland A's have seen this year were in the rear view mirror by the time Coco Crisp delivered a 1-0 win for Oakland over Tampa Bay with an RBI single in the bottom of the 13th.

Rookie Ryon Healy opened the 13th with a double into the left-field corner off the Rays' Dylan Floro, the ...Read more

Adams' walk-off homer lifts Cards over Dodgers in 16 innings

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ST. LOUIS -- A blown save by Kenley Jansen forced the Los Angeles Dodgers' game against the St. Louis Cardinals to extend into extra innings Friday night, and the Cardinals' Matt Adams hit a walk-off home run to right field in the bottom of the 16th for a 4-3 victory.

Justin Turner lifted the Dodgers up with a go-ahead solo shot in the top of ...Read more

Trout, Angels thrown a curve by McCullers, Astros

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HOUSTON -- It came in at the same angle like so many had before, and dropped down to the same level so many had before. Finally, in Friday's ninth inning at Minute Maid Park, Mike Trout resisted Lance McCullers' crooked curveball and worked a walk.

But by then it was too late. Trout had already swung and missed on five curves from McCullers on ...Read more