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The Manny effect: How Ramirez is influencing the Cubs

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Manny Ramirez's official job title with the Cubs is hitting consultant, which puts him behind hitting coach John Mallee and his assistant, Eric Hinske, on the coaching food chain.

But Ramirez's actual duties are more difficult to define. It looks as though his main job is just being Manny, and Manny being Manny is something he obviously does ...Read more

Seager terrific, bullpen is not in Dodgers' loss to Padres

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SAN DIEGO -- While playing in the Pacific Coast League, Corey Seager watched several other highly regarded prospects become impact players at the highest level of baseball.

Kris Bryant with the Chicago Cubs. Carlos Correa with the Houston Astros. Miguel Sano with the Minnesota Twins.

Seager was granted a chance to do the same Thursday.

The ...Read more

Brewers extend home dominance over Pirates with 5-3 victory

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MILWAUKEE -- The Milwaukee Brewers remain light years behind the Pittsburgh Pirates in the grand scheme of things in the NL Central.

But you would never know if it you only watched the teams play at Miller Park.

The Brewers maintained their home-field dominance of the Pirates on Thursday evening with a 5-3 victory, giving them their second ...Read more

Latos encounters trouble early in Dodgers' 10-7 loss to Padres

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SAN DIEGO -- How much longer will Mat Latos be in the Dodgers' rotation?

Latos certainly didn't do anything Thursday to convince the organization he should pitch every five days, as he lasted only four innings in a 10-7 San Diego Padres victory at pitcher-friendly Petco Park.

The right-hander was charged with four runs and eight hits.

Latos ...Read more

Giants rocked by Colorado, fall to sixth straight loss

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DENVER--The beauty of baseball in the twilight is that there is always just a bit more time.

Enough to squeeze one more inning in the backyard before supper, enough to justify picking up a 6 1/2-game deficit with a month to play, and yes, enough for a 38-year-old pitcher in his 11th season to hit his first major league home run.

But the light ...Read more

Lorenzo Cain homers as Royals rout Tigers, 15-7

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The baseball towered in the ink-black sky for seven seconds, a relative eternity in a seemingly endless game, long enough to deceive an outfielder, confuse a runner at first base and pause the man who powered the ball's flight in the second inning of a 15-7 Royals victory.

The defender, Tigers left fielder Tyler Collins, ...Read more

Scioscia says Angels are focusing on the process

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Mike Scioscia says he doesn't look at the standings much during the regular season. Apparently he doesn't look at the schedule much either.

When the Angels manager was asked about the upcoming stretch in which his team will play 16 of 19 games against postseason contenders, Scioscia said there was only one game he was thinking about.

"We've ...Read more

Nationals romp over Braves, 15-1

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WASHINGTON -- The nadir in a season-turned-dismal for the Braves came Sunday with a 20-6 loss to the New York Yankees at Turner Field.

Or maybe not.

They seem capable of sinking further still. After being swept at home this week by the Miami Marlins, they then lost Thursday night to the Washington Nationals, 15-1, in the opener of a four-game ...Read more

Twins can't hold lead in 6-4 loss to White Sox

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MINNEAPOLIS -- It's time for the next biggest road trip of the season.

"Because we're saying it every time we go on the road, that means we're playing meaningful games and I think that's part of it," Twins right-hander Kyle Gibson said "Every homestand is going to be big. Every road trip is going to be big at this point."

It's what the Twins ...Read more

Kelvin Herrera, Alex Rios showing signs of recovery from chickenpox

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As Kelvin Herrera and Alex Rios recover from the chickenpox, the Royals reported progress for both players less than a week after the duo started to show symptoms.

Trainer Nick Kenney examined Herrera at Herrera's home on Wednesday and did the same for Rios at Rios' place on Thursday. Both players could visit Kauffman Stadium for brief, private...Read more

Indians expected to purchase contracts of left-hander Giovanni Soto, utility man Michael Martinez

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The Indians are expected to add two more players to the active roster on Friday, left-handed relief pitcher Giovanni Soto and utility man Michael Martinez.

Following the activation of pitcher Gavin Floyd and infielder Chris Johnson from the disabled list and the promotion of relief pitcher Shawn Armstrong on Tuesday, the active roster will ...Read more

Jennings' future with Marlins up in the air

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It comes as no surprise that Dan Jennings won't return as manager of the Miami Marlins in 2016.

With the team idle Thursday, a meeting of top executives including owner Jeffrey Loria was expected to determine what role, if any, Jennings will have in the leadership of the franchise moving forward.

The options range from returning to his former ...Read more

Tigers' Cabrera just wants umpires to do their jobs

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Miguel Cabrera was just trying to do his job.

Get a hit. Get on base. Get something -- anything -- going for a Detroit Tigers offense that had nothing going for it early Wednesday night against Royals right-hander Yordano Ventura.

"I tried to do my job," Cabrera said. "I tried to do my work there. I tried to get on base. We...Read more

Giants' Tim Lincecum done for 2015

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DENVER -- Tim Lincecum has thrown his last pitch of the season and the expectation is that he will undergo hip surgery, Giants GM Bobby Evans acknowledged in an interview with KNBR Thursday morning.

Lincecum saw hip specialist Dr. Marc Philippon at the Steadman Clinic in Vail, Colorado, on Wednesday. The Giants medical staff planned to meet ...Read more

Brewers' balanced offensive attack helps Zach Davies defeat Pirates

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MILWAUKEE -- Zach Davies' major-league debut was short on Wednesday night, but there was still plenty to like.

The 22-year-old displayed moxie in a 4 1/3-inning start and also chipped in with the bat, helping lead the Milwaukee Brewers to a 9-4 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates at Miller Park.

Acquired from the Baltimore Orioles in the July ...Read more

Rangers edge Padres, 4-3

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SAN DIEGO --Mitch Moreland's one-out double in the 10th inning scored Elvis Andrus from first base as the Rangers beat the Padres 4-3 to take two of three in the series at Petco Park. With the win, Texas pulls to within two games of the Houston Astros in the American League West.

Pitching: The Padres scored twice in the fourth to take a 2-1 ...Read more

Kershaw strikes out 15 as Dodgers complete a sweep of Giants

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LOS ANGELES--There were no crazy dogpiles atop the pitcher's mound, no champagne bottles in the home clubhouse, no "We Won The West" T-shirts waiting for the players at their lockers.

The Los Angeles Dodgers wouldn't dare say it, but a raucous crowd at Dodger Stadium sure thought it. The Dodgers just might have clinched the National League West...Read more

Mariners top Astros, 8-3

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HOUSTON -- For Shawn O'Malley, the privilege to put on a Mariners uniform is a little different from his teammates.

As a kid growing up in Kennewick, Wash., he idolized Ken Griffey Jr., Jay Buhner and Edgar Martinez. They were his team.

On Tuesday after being called up from Class AAA Tacoma, he admitted it was a surreal experience seeing ...Read more

Davis' walk-off homer lifts Orioles to 7-6 win over Rays, snaps 6-game skid

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BALTIMORE -- One swing won't cure all of the Orioles' problems, but as first baseman Chris Davis sent his second homer of the game Wednesday night deep into the center-field stands of Camden Yards, it gave the Orioles what they needed most right now.

A win.

Davis' solo homer in the bottom of the 11th inning off Rays reliever Matt Andriese gave...Read more

Yordano Ventura overwhelms Tigers, Royals bats come alive in 12-1 drubbing

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Yordano Ventura trotted toward the mound with clipped strides, like a kid conserving energy for a fitness test. Ventura has always trafficked in deception, with his slight frame obscuring the fire stored in his right arm and his stony expression concealing the pride bubbling beneath the surface.

In the third inning of ...Read more