Angels blast Yankees, 11-5

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ANAHEIM, Calif. -- A team in dire need of a morale boost and a victory got both Thursday night when the Angels muscled their way out of a four-run hole for an 11-5 win over the New York Yankees, preventing a four-game sweep by the visitors in Angel Stadium.

The Angels had lost 10 of 12 games, seven by two runs or less, a rough patch that left ...Read more

Mariners break out bats big time in 14-2 smashing of Texas

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SEATTLE -- It was a welcome return to T-Mobile Park for the Seattle Mariners, and a very unwelcome introduction to the major leagues for Texas starter Taylor Hearn.

The Seattle Mariners, who scored four runs combined in their previous two games, scored five in the first and knocked Hearn out of the game after a third of an inning.

The runs ...Read more

Braves can't rally in rain-delayed finale vs. Reds

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CINCINNATI--While the sports world was fixated on Nashville, Tenn., for the NFL draft, the Atlanta Braves were battling through storms to complete their series in Cincinnati.

Unfortunately for them, the rain-stalled affair ended with a loss. The Braves were unable to score off emerging Reds starter Luis Castillo and couldn't mount a rally ...Read more

Caleb Smith dominates again as Marlins beat Phillies in extras, 3-1

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PHILADELPHIA -- It was more of the same from Caleb Smith on Thursday night.

And, eventually, the Miami Marlins' offense gave enough support for a 3-1, 10-inning win over the Philadelphia Phillies to begin a four-game series at Citizens Bank Park.

The final blow: A Starlin Castro go-ahead, two-out, two-run homer in the top of the 10th off ...Read more

Dodgers edge Cubs to finish trip with four wins in seven games

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CHICAGO -- Every day, the Los Angeles Dodgers construct a lineup with various variables figured into the equation. After player availability, none are given more weight than whether the opposing starting pitcher is left-handed or right-handed. And their three-game series against the Chicago Cubs this week presented a twist: left-handed starters ...Read more

Jordan Zimmermann missing early control in Tigers' 7-3 loss to Red Sox

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BOSTON -- Jordan Zimmermann's struggles continued on Thursday night against the Boston Red Sox.

Zimmermann was battered in a 7-3 loss, lasting only three innings and leaving scouts in attendance wondering what happened to the right-hander who was dealing earlier in the season.

Zimmermann nibbled around the strike zone and yet still left too ...Read more

Jon Lester pitches well but doesn't get run support as Cubs fall to Dodgers, 2-1

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CHICAGO -- Jon Lester pitched five innings of four-hit ball Thursday in his return from a left hamstring strain but suffered from a lack of run support as the Cubs fell to the Dodgers, 2-1, at Wrigley Field.

The Cubs saw their three-game winning streak snapped but avoided a shutout when Albert Almora Jr. hit a home run off closer Kenley Jansen ...Read more

Report: Longtime Braves manager Bobby Cox out of hospital

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ATLANTA -- Longtime Braves manager Bobby Cox has been released from the hospital, Channel 2 Action News reported late Thursday, citing unnamed sources.

Cox, 77, was hospitalized April 3, and the Braves organization later confirmed that Cox suffered a stroke. He will continue his recovery in a rehabilitation center, Channel 2 reported. He is ...Read more

Cubs' Pedro Strop cut short a clubhouse visit from cops about his stolen car: 'I gotta pitch'

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CHICAGO -- Cubs closer Pedro Strop's car was stolen from his Gold Coast garage Wednesday and was later involved in an accident as the thief fled a traffic stop, authorities said.

Strop said he was still dealing with police during the evening game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, talking with officers in the clubhouse. When the score became tied...Read more

Addison Russell not assured to start at shortstop over Javier Baez when he returns to Cubs

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CHICAGO -- During a nine-game stretch, shortstop Javier Baez has created a pleasant problem for a resurgent Cubs team with his glove as well as his bat.

Baez's all-around performance, which included another strong throw to retire Joc Pederson and a three-run game-tying home run, has provided pause to thoughts of moving him off shortstop when ...Read more

Opportunistic Yankees walk away with the win over Angels

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ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Cody Allen may have put it best Wednesday afternoon, when the struggling reliever was discussing his demotion from the closer role with a group of reporters outside the Los Angeles Angels clubhouse.

"This game is humbling," the veteran right-hander said. "It's either hard or really hard."

Wednesday night's 6-5 loss to the ...Read more

Phillies avoid sweep, Rhys Hoskins gets revenge in victory over Mets

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NEW YORK -- On his second pitch of the fourth inning Wednesday night, Vince Velasquez reared back and fired a 92-mph fastball that hit Todd Frazier on the fleshy part of his upper left arm. Frazier dropped his bat and ran to first base, as home-plate umpire Brian Gorman issued warnings to both dugouts.

And that, as they say, was the end of that...Read more

Javier Baez, Jason Heyward smack 3-run HRs in 6th to vault Cubs to 7-6 win over Dodgers

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CHICAGO -- Javier Baez and Jason Heyward aroused a once-dormant Cubs offense with a pair of three-run home runs in the sixth inning as the Cubs held on for a 7-6 victory over the Dodgers on Wednesday and earned their seventh win in their past eight games.

The Cubs (12-10) added a run in the seventh on a double by Anthony Rizzo that scored Kris ...Read more

Tigers' Ross roughed up in 11-4 loss to Red Sox

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BOSTON -- The defending World Series champions woke up.

After getting swept by the Detroit Tigers in a doubleheader on Tuesday, the Boston Red Sox responded with an 11-4 win Wednesday night at Fenway Park.

The Red Sox did damage against right-hander Tyson Ross, putting 10 runners on base in five innings, scoring four times. Ross was unable to ...Read more

Orioles rookie John Means' breakout April continues in 4-3 victory over White Sox

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BALTIMORE -- Once the Orioles finally shifted their attention to the future last season, the list of major league debuts was long. So many familiar names from the top prospect lists. So much future star power. Seemingly a debut a day.

And yet it's the last of them, and in the eyes of many the least talented of them, who is making the biggest ...Read more

Justin Verlander shuts down Twins as Astros win, 7-1

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HOUSTON -- Justin Verlander's first victory over the Twins came 13 years ago this week, a dominating seven-inning, one-run performance that probably looked eerily similar to the one he delivered on Wednesday: First-pitch strikes, plenty of soft contact, and a strikeout or two in nearly every inning.

Verlander became the 10th pitcher ever to ...Read more

Mazara breaks out of slump with two home runs but Rangers fall to A's, 6-5

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- This is a reason why Nomar Mazara is called The Big Chill.

The right fielder entered Tuesday riding an 0 for 15 skid and stranding runners left and right, and that led to three reporters surrounding him at his locker at Oakland Coliseum.

Mazara wasn't oblivious to the lack of hits and abundance of missed RBI chances. While ...Read more

Drew Pomeranz, Pablo Sandoval team up to lead Giants to sweep of Blue Jays

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TORONTO -- A stereotype exists that suggests Canadians are among the nicest people on the planet.

After a trip to Toronto, the Giants just might believe it because the Blue Jays were overly gracious hosts this week.

The Giants walked into Rogers Centre and played some of their best baseball of the year, earning a two-game sweep while making ...Read more

Cardinals sweep Brewers as Wainwright posts milestone victory

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ST. LOUIS -- After allowing three hits, including a home run, to the first four Milwaukee batters he faced, Cardinals right-hander Adam Wainwright then allowed only one more hit and a walk as he worked six strong innings Wednesday.

Meanwhile, Milwaukee starter Jhoulys Chacin held the Cardinals hitless for the first three innings but then was ...Read more

Ramirez powers Indians past Marlins, 6-2

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CLEVELAND -- At about 11:05 a.m. on Wednesday, Indians manager Terry Francona was being asked about Jose Ramirez's slow start to the season.

Francona spoke about how Ramirez had yet to show the type consistency he normally has in the past, and how the team needed to be patient even when it was difficult to do so. But, he then offered ...Read more


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