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Gene Collier: Matt Harvey's ban just the latest development in baseball's saddest story

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PITTSBURGH — Sentencing for former Los Angeles Angels communications director Eric Kay is set for June 28, right about the moment the 60-day suspension Major League Baseball imposed on pitcher Matt Harvey this week is set to expire, and that's just one of a thousand or more perverse coincidences in one of the saddest baseball stories in recent...Read more

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Julio Urias makes adjustments, finds 'redemption' in smooth Dodgers win

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PHILADELPHIA — Unlike the Los Angeles Dodgers’ pregame bus ride, Julio Urias’ start Friday night was smooth, seamless and stress-free.

Hours before the game, a charter bus carrying manager Dave Roberts and six players blew a tire on its way to Citizens Bank Park.

“It was my first tire bust to a ballpark,” Roberts said with a laugh ...Read more

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Angels' strikeout issues continue in 4th straight loss

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ANAHEIM, Calif. — Despite all of the encouraging numbers produced by the Angels, there is at least one troubling number that was highlighted during their 4-2 loss to the Oakland A’s on Friday night.

The Angels have been called out on strikes 116 times, the most in the majors. They looked at seven third strikes among their 13 strikeouts on ...Read more

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Darin Ruf's 2 homers aren't enough for SF Giants in loss vs. Padres

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SAN FRANCISCO — A pair of home runs from Darin Ruf and a ninth-inning rally that forced extra innings wasn’t enough for the Giants to start their home stand on a positive note.

The Giants got two Ruffian blasts off Padres starter Sean Manaea and a season-high six innings from their own hurler, Jakob Junis, but lost the battle of late-inning...Read more

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Julio Urías shuts down Phillies bats as Dodgers win, 4-1

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PHILADELPHIA — Just under a week ago, the Phillies faced Dodgers starter Julio Urías and put up eight hits and five earned runs against him. On Friday, they only managed to get two hits off the lefty, and only seven hits and one earned run against the Dodgers overall, in a 4-1 loss.

The Phillies attempted a rally late in the game that proved...Read more

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Twins jump out to early lead, take series opener, 6-4, over Royals

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — This Buxton-and-Correa Reunion Tour is off to a great start. Two great starts, in fact.

Carlos Correa's second game back from the injured list and atop the Twins' lineup with Byron Buxton began just like the first one, with the shortstop triggering a first-inning eruption that spotted the Twins' starter a three-run lead ...Read more

Rougned Odor's walk-off homer lifts Orioles over Rays, 8-6, in 13 innings, ending 15-game losing streak to Tampa Bay

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BALTIMORE — Before the call was even made, Austin Hays and his Orioles teammates were already leaving the field. He, as well as just about everyone inside Oriole Park at Camden Yards, knew the ruling would be overturned.

Hays had thrown a seed from left field to home plate, and catcher Anthony Bemboom applied the tag to Wander Franco. The ...Read more

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Another Tigers' starter down, another loss; Skubal drilled in leg by liner in 5th

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CLEVELAND — Then there were none.

Tarik Skubal, the last uninjured member of the Tigers’ original starting rotation, limped off the field after pitching five scoreless innings in Detroit's 6-1 loss to the Guardians of Cleveland Friday night at Progressive Field.

He was drilled in the lower part of his left leg with a line drive struck with...Read more

Cardinals, not successful with home runs, play small ball to beat Pirates, 5-3

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PITTSBURGH — The Cardinals recently had homered in 12 consecutive games and 14 of 15, yet netting them only a middling record of 7-8. So they switched gears, hitting 10 singles to account for all their runs Friday night en route to a 5-3 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Of course, more efficient starting pitching had something to do with it, ...Read more

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Story's grand slam sparks Red Sox's second straight win over Mariners

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BOSTON — The Red Sox have emerged from their early-season slide and are starting to pile up series wins.

The move started with two from Texas, taking two of three from the Rangers in Arlington. The Sox then returned home to start a seven-game homestand by taking two of three from the Houston Astros.

Now the Sox have taken the first two of a ...Read more

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Marlins fall behind early, rally falls short in 5-3 loss to Braves

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MIAMI — It took all of six pitches before the Atlanta Braves made their move against Miami Marlins starting pitcher Trevor Rogers on Friday.

Ronald Acuna Jr.’s line drive scorched off his bat into left field for a leadoff double that was just a sign of things to come.

The Braves teed off against Rogers, hitting three home runs and drilling...Read more

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Postponement gives White Sox some needed rest for their weekend series against Yankees

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NEW YORK — The Chicago White Sox pitchers took a lot away from their first series against the New York Yankees last week at Guaranteed Rate Field.

The Yankees won three of the four games, but the pitching made strides as the series went along. The Sox allowed 25 runs in the first two games and seven the last two.

“(We learned) the ...Read more

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Paul Sullivan: Fergie Jenkins soaks up the adoration as Cubs unveil his statue outside Wrigley Field

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CHICAGO — When Fergie Jenkins attended the statue dedication ceremonies for his former Chicago Cubs teammates at Wrigley Field, the thought had to cross his mind.

Will the Cubs one day honor me?

It took longer than necessary, but that day finally arrived Friday at Gallagher Way.

The sculpture of Jenkins in his windup brought back memories ...Read more

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'Bryce Harper wants your hat': Phillies star swaps caps with fan during game

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PHILADELPHIA — The final stanza of a nondescript Phillies loss was playing out Thursday afternoon when Bryce Harper popped his head out of the dugout.

“We were like, ‘You know, should we say what’s up to Bryce,' ” said Gavin McHugh, who was sitting in the Diamond Club at Citizens Bank Park with his buddies. “Yo, Bryce, what’s up?�...Read more

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Mets' series opener against Rockies in Denver postponed due to snow

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DENVER — In a flashback to last year’s trip to the Mile High City, the Mets were again hit with snowy and frosty weather that shelved their series opener against the Rockies.

The Mets’ game against the Rockies, scheduled for 8:40 p.m. ET at Coors Field, was postponed due to heavy snow in the forecast, the home team announced on Friday ...Read more

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Chicago Cubs President Jed Hoyer is confident his long-term game plan is working: 'We're on the right track'

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CHICAGO — The outcry over the trade of several star players has subsided over the last year, giving Chicago Cubs President Jed Hoyer a chance to breathe.

It has been almost 10 months since Hoyer dealt Anthony Rizzo, Kris Bryant, Javier Báez and other name players for a boatload of prospects at the trade deadline, starting a new era of Cubs ...Read more

Trevor Story hits three home runs, drives in seven to lead Red Sox to come-from-behind win over Mariners

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BOSTON — In his 33rd game in a Red Sox uniform, Trevor Story finally provided some gratification to a team that signed him to a $140-million contract but hasn’t had much to show for it.

Story had the night of all nights on Thursday, when he reached base all five times and finished 4-for-4 with three home runs, five runs, seven RBIs, a walk ...Read more

Michael Cunningham: Braves can't get going because they're still not hitting

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The Braves scored 15 runs over three games against the Padres over the most recent weekend. They still lost the series because they kicked the ball around the field and the bullpen, usually reliable, faltered. The Braves tightened their defense at Milwaukee but lost the series opener because they couldn’t hit. They got good pitching to win the...Read more

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Kansas City Royals can't hold onto early lead as Hernández's struggles continue

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Kansas City Royals’ offense burst out of the gate with four of the game’s first five runs, but they didn’t score in the final six innings of a 7-4 loss to the Chicago White Sox in the finale of their five-game series in front of an announced 11,784 at Kauffman Stadium on Thursday afternoon.

The White Sox clinched ...Read more

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Padres win series against Phillies behind Yu Darvish, just enough offense

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PHILADELPHIA — The Padres continue to thrive with a good pitching staff and a just-enough offense.

Through 38 games, that combination has them 10 games above .500 and has kept them from losing consecutive games for more than a month.

A 2-0 victory over the Phillies on Thursday afternoon at Citizens Bank Park was the latest exercise in ...Read more