Twins take down M's, 8-5

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SEATTLE--Could it really have been less than 24 hours before that Felix Hernandez and the Seattle Mariners rolled to a crisp and clean 2-0 shutout win over the Minnesota Twins in just 2 hours and 3 minutes?

On Saturday night, with a nearly packed Safeco Field featuring 33,566 fans, many wearing stuff bears on their heads, the Mariners stumbled ...Read more

Angels rally past Rangers, 4-1

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ANAHEIM, Calif.--Collin Cowgill got to know Josh Hamilton as an Angels teammate and friend the last two seasons after watching the former American League most valuable player star for the Texas Rangers.

So Cowgill knows what he will do in the outfield if Hamilton steps into the batter's box again for the Rangers against the Angels.

"I'll be on...Read more

Dodgers' McCarthy exits early in 11-8 win over Padres

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SAN DIEGO -- Depending on how their season unfolds, the Los Angeles Dodgers could one day look back on Saturday as a day when their $270-million experiment started to unravel.

With Yasiel Puig already sidelined because of a strained left hamstring, starting pitcher Brandon McCarthy walked off the mound at Petco Park with the team's physical ...Read more

Giants outlast Rockies in 11 innings, 5-4

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DENVER -- There are 30 major league franchises and Tim Hudson has won a regular-season game in 35 different major league ballparks past and present, which speaks to his longevity as well as the ready availability of public funds over the past two decades.

But Hudson has a white whale, and it is beached at the doorstep of the Rocky Mountains. In...Read more

Marte's ninth-inning hit helps Pirates edge Diamondbacks, 2-1

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PHOENIX -- Starling Marte snuck a seeing-eye single past a diving shortstop to score Neil Walker with two outs in the ninth inning, and the Pirates slipped past the Arizona Diamondbacks late for a 2-1 win Saturday night at Chase Field.

"We just had to claw on offense to finish it off," manager Clint Hurdle said, "and we did."

The save went to ...Read more

Wainwright injured in Cardinals' 5-3 win over Brewers

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MILWAUKEE -- Adam Wainwright left the field, not under his own power. But Matt Holliday, finally supplying some power, left the ball park Saturday night as the Cardinals survived an ankle injury to their pitching ace to roll to their ninth victory in 10 games, dispatching the sagging Milwaukee Brewers 5-3 at Miller Park.

After working four ...Read more

As protests continue in Baltimore, Orioles end skid with walk-off homer against Red Sox

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BALTIMORE -- In what proved to be one of the strangest nights in Camden Yards' 23-year history -- a business-as-usual ballgame inside the stadium and a tumultuous environment outside it -- the Orioles ultimately broke their five-game losing streak by beating the Boston Red Sox, 5-4, on a walk-off homer by David Lough in the bottom of the 10th ...Read more

Braves rally past Phillies for 5-2 victory

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PHILADELPHIA -- David Buchanan cruised through the first six innings of Saturday night's game against his hometown Atlanta Braves. The Phillies' second-year right-hander expended only 25 pitches to get through three innings. He didn't allow a hit until the fifth.

But a shaky seventh doomed Buchanan and the Phillies in their 5-2 loss. A pair of ...Read more

Protesters force closure of gate at Camden Yards, but not delay in game

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BALTIMORE -- A crowd of demonstrators protesting the death of Freddie Gray gathered in front of Camden Yards about an hour before the Orioles' game Saturday night against the Boston Red Sox, temporarily forcing the closure of an entrance to the ballpark.

At Gate H, the entrance behind center field, a line of metal barriers blocked access to one...Read more

Jake Arrieta expresses displeasure during Cubs-Reds rainout

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CINCINNATI -- Jake Arrieta might have extra motivation Sunday when he faces the Reds.

Arrieta's start was pushed back after Saturday's game was rained out following a 4-hour, 13-minute delay during which Arrieta was relegated to taking selfies with teammates in the clubhouse and responding to fans' questions on Twitter.

But his tone grew more ...Read more

Marlins roll to 8-0 win against Strasburg, Nationals

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Marlins manager Mike Redmond likely didn't go into this series anticipating sitting at his desk before Saturday's game contemplating whether to give Justin Bour a start at first base.

Christian Yelich (back) going on the 15-day disabled list Friday put Bour in play for Redmond. Having deemed Michael Morse ready for his first day off, Redmond ...Read more

Indians fall to Tigers after Bauer scratched from start

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DETROIT -- The Indians' offense reverted back to its struggling form and TJ House was thrown into a tough situation in a 4-1 loss to the Detroit Tigers on Saturday afternoon at Comerica Park.

Trevor Bauer was the Indians' scheduled starting pitcher but was scratched about 40 minutes prior to the game with an illness. Indians (6-10) manager ...Read more

Paul Sullivan's quick trip around Major League Baseball

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American League Central

--White Sox: Top prospect Carlos Rodon arrives, follows the Buehrle-Sale game plan of starting out in pen.

--Indians: SI cover jinx update: Only 11 home runs entering weekend -- all on road, and all solo.

--Royals: Commissioner Rob Manfred puts baseball's Delta House on double-secret probation after brouhaha in Chicago...Read more

A's Zobrist placed on DL with meniscus tear, headed for surgery

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- A's second baseman Ben Zobrist said he needed to get into a game Friday night to test whether he could continue to play on an injured left knee. The discomfort, he said, was enough to convince him he could not.

The A's placed Zobrist on the 15-day disabled list Saturday with a medial meniscus tear in his left knee. Zobrist ...Read more

Four Royals, two White Sox receive suspensions in wake bench-clearing scuffle

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CHICAGO -- In the wake of their scuffle with the White Sox, four Royals received suspensions on Saturday morning. The Royals will appeal all four, but the discipline from Major League Baseball fell harshest on pitcher Yordano Ventura, who received a seven-game ban after shouting at Chicago outfielder Adam Eaton at the brawl's outset during the ...Read more

Lou Piniella writes apology for missing Reds' celebration

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CINCINNATI -- One of the biggest no-shows Saturday of the Cincinnati Reds' celebration of the 25th anniversary of their World Series title team was manager Lou Piniella.

Piniella, who also managed the Chicago Cubs from 2007 to 2010 and won two National League Central titles, sent a handwritten letter that Hall of Fame announcer Marty Brennaman ...Read more

Dodgers' fans find ways around local blackout

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LOS ANGELES -- John Franks doesn't subscribe to Time Warner Cable, but that didn't stop him from putting his feet up on the bed to watch Clayton Kershaw lead the Los Angeles Dodgers to a win on TV.

The die-hard fan hasn't missed any games lately despite the ongoing partial blackout. It's all thanks to a legally dicey solution being whispered ...Read more

Astros edge A's in 11 innings, 5-4

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OAKLAND, Calif.--The Houston Astros hung on for a 5-4 win over the A's in a wild game Friday night that saw a pair of dormant offenses come alive in extra innings.

After nine scoreless innings, the Astros broke through in the 10th inning on a two-out, two-run double by Marwin Gonzalez.

But the A's had their answer, as Josh Reddick hit his own ...Read more

Dodgers blank Padres, 3-0, behind Greinke

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SAN DIEGO -- As Yasiel Puig extended his right leg in a futile attempt to beat a throw to first base in the sixth inning of a 3-0 victory over the San Diego Padres on Friday night, he felt something in his left hamstring.

Puig limped as he retreated to the visiting dugout at Petco Park and was replaced by Andre Ethier in right field in the ...Read more

Angels agree to trade Hamilton

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In the end, there was no fight. Josh Hamilton could get to go home, and Angels owner Arte Moreno could get to rid his team of the troubled outfielder and save himself a few bucks in the process.

The Angels agreed Friday to trade Hamilton to the Texas Rangers, without getting a player in return, according to a person briefed on the deal but not ...Read more