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Jorge Lopez has another strong start, but the Royals fall 2-1 to Athletics

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- In the final month and a half of the season, Royals pitcher Jorge Lopez turned around what had been a frustrating season.

In one three-batter span on Tuesday night, the Oakland Athletics turned upside down what would've been Lopez's most encouraging outing.

Lopez gave up two runs, including a solo home run, in the bottom of ...Read more

Dodgers use big inning to top Rays

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LOS ANGELES -- They were three pitches in a game that featured 292 of them, delivered by one of 15 hurlers who took the mound on one of those drawn-out, expanded-roster-fueled September evenings in Dodger Stadium.

But that tiny snippet of the Los Angeles Dodgers' 7-5 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays before a crowd of 48,663 Tuesday night, a game...Read more

Giants top Red Sox in extra innings at Fenway as Yaz goes deep

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BOSTON -- Hall of Fame slugger Carl Yastrzemski stood on the grass at Fenway Park on Tuesday afternoon and explained that the San Francisco Giants were causing him to lose sleep.

Carl insisted he watches all of his grandson Mike's games with the San Francisco Giants until the final out and still wakes up at 6:30 every morning.

The grandfather ...Read more

Twins win wild game with a hit batter, edge White Sox in 12 innings, 9-8

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MINNEAPOLIS -- In Tuesday night's early innings for the Twins, their game against the White Sox appeared to be a history-making rout. Then it became an epic collapse. Then it turned into a seesawing, extra-inning affair.

And then it came down to the bizarre at-bat of Ronald Torreyes.

The Twins ground out three runs in the bottom of the 12th ...Read more

Cubs lose to Reds 4-2 despite 13 strikeouts by Yu Darvish, falling into a tie for the 2nd NL wild-card spot

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CHICAGO -- Yu Darvish discovered he had no margin for error Tuesday well before he embarked on one of his record-setting strikeout performances.

Darvish was tagged for three runs in the first inning, which offset his 13 strikeouts in a 4-2 loss to Sonny Gray and the Reds at Wrigley Field that dropped the Cubs into a tie with the Brewers for the...Read more

Phillies beat Braves, 5-4, get revenge against Dallas Keuchel

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ATLANTA -- Dallas Keuchel did not need to even turn around on Tuesday night to know where his grooved two-seam fastball was headed.

Six days earlier, Keuchel said the Phillies' front-office should be second-guessing themselves for not signing him after he dominated their lineup at Citizens Bank Park. But Tuesday night, it was Keuchel who was ...Read more

Kendrick stings Mikolas again as Nationals beat Cardinals, 6-2

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ST. LOUIS -- The Washington Nationals replaced regular first baseman Ryan Zimmerman with Howie Kendrick, their outstanding utility man Tuesday night at Busch Stadium. After all, Kendrick was 6 for 8 in his career against Cardinals starter Miles Mikolas.

Make that 8 for 11 now.

Kendrick tripled and scored in the second. He hit a solo homer, his...Read more

Marco Gonzales pitches (and hits!) Mariners to 6-0 victory in Pittsburgh

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PITTSBURGH -- As a junior at Gonzaga in 2013, Marco Gonzales went 7-3 with a 2.80 earned-run average on the mound and led the Zags at the plate with a .311 batting average, earning him the John Olerud Award as college baseball's best two-way player.

Which is a long way of saying this: The dude can hit a little.

Gonzales pitched one of his best...Read more

Orioles fall to Blue Jays despite Mancini's big night

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BALTIMORE -- The Orioles opened their final homestand of the season with one of those games that would tear a team's heart out if it really meant anything.

They entered the eighth inning with a lead and ended the evening with their 102nd loss, falling, 8-5, to the Toronto Blue Jays before an announced crowd of 9,280 at Camden Yards.

Jays ...Read more

Indians 7, Twins 2: Indians win 15th consecutive game over Detroit

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CLEVELAND -- The Indians have been dealt multiple gut punches recently, among them injuries to Jason Kipnis and Jose Ramirez and the doubleheader loss to the Minnesota Twins on Saturday that all but put an end to the race for the division.

As the Indians rebound for the wild card race, there's some good news: they get to play the rebuilding ...Read more

In what appears to be likely season finale, Paddack strong in Padres' loss to Brewers

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MILWAUKEE -- It is only the legitimately excellent things in life that are cherished, the most enjoyable that make us wonder when we will experience them again.

It is also those things that are handled most carefully.

So it is that the Padres have treated Chris Paddack as a precious commodity all season and that recently people in his camp ...Read more

Whitey Herzog suffers minor stroke at his golf tourney

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Cardinals Hall of Fame manager Whitey Herzog, who will be 88 in November, suffered what was termed a "minor stroke" Monday during his charity golf tournament at Forest Hills Golf Club. A Cardinals statement said that the family "wanted to let everyone know that he has received treatment and is currently resting and doing well."

The statement ...Read more

Phillies outfielder Corey Dickerson out for season with a broken foot

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ATLANTA -- The Phillies' path to a wild-card spot is difficult enough, but it became even more challenging Tuesday when they announced that Corey Dickerson's season is over because of a fractured left foot.

Dickerson has been dealing with the foot since fouling a ball off it on Sept. 4 and has not played since he was forced to leave a game on ...Read more

Cubs rally without Anthony Rizzo to pick up an 8-2 win over the Reds

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CHICAGO -- The Cubs picked up the slack Monday night for the loss of Anthony Rizzo and for the ineffectiveness of left-hander Cole Hamels.

Kyle Schwarber hit a three-run home run in the first inning and made a diving catch in left field to take away a potential RBI away from Josh VanMeter in the fourth.

Relievers Steve Cishek, Alec Mills, ...Read more

Ozuna's big night carries Cardinals to 4-2 win over Nationals

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ST. LOUIS -- Marcell Ozuna drove in four runs with a home run and double and threw a Washington runner out at the plate Monday night as the Cardinals defeated the Nationals 4-2 at Busch Stadium.

Ozuna hit a two-run homer in the first inning and a two-run double in the seventh to break a tie and make a winner of Dakota Hudson (16-7), who worked ...Read more

Jose Berrios, Twins mow down White Sox 5-3

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MINNEAPOLIS -- As much as Jose Berrios' alarming outings in August raised concerns about his effectiveness, he's setting himself up to enter the postseason with momentum.

Berrios gave up a run in each of the first two innings on Monday but settled in and chewed through Chicago's batting order for the next five innings. He pitched at least seven...Read more

Garrett Richards loses to Brewers in Padres debut that could be considered larger victory

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MILWAUKEE -- Before he walked from the mound at Miller Park, the four infielders who had played behind him for the better part of four innings reached in with their gloves one at a time to tap Garrett Richards on the seat of his pants.

Richards' long road back was complete. It was all he had said he wanted.

But then it wasn't all he wanted, ...Read more

Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen's two clean outings in a row trigger optimism

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NEW YORK -- Kenley Jansen, tucked in a corner inside the visitors' clubhouse at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on Thursday night, expressed a blend of excitement and relief. Things were clicking. For real this time. He was positive of it.

Minutes earlier, the Los Angeles Dodgers closer, for the first time in too long of a time for his liking, ...Read more

Cubs will need a team effort to replace Anthony Rizzo, who could miss the rest of the season

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CHICAGO -- Compensating for the loss of slugger Anthony Rizzo will be as challenging for the Cubs as earning a playoff berth in the next 13 days

An MRI on Monday showed that Rizzo suffered a Grade 2 lateral sprain of his right ankle. He will wear a boot for the next five to seven days before he's re-evaluated to determine when he might return. ...Read more

Tyler Alexander stars as Detroit Tigers top Orioles, 5-2, in series finale

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DETROIT -- Just when it looked like the Detroit Tigers were about to cruise to the No. 1 overall pick in the 2020 MLB Draft, they won.

In the series finale of a four-game series at Comerica Park, rookie left-hander Tyler Alexander pitched the best game of his young career and outfielder Victor Reyes continued his hot hitting.

In the 5-2 win, ...Read more