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Bill Shaikin: Charley Steiner, Rick Monday still on (radio) call after all these years

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I wish I had not been startled by the words. Alas, the modern announcer has been trained to be inoffensive above all.

Seldom is heard a discouraging word, at least about the home team. Tell it like it is, unless it might upset team executives or players.

Not that Charley Steiner or Rick Monday, the Dodgers' radio broadcasters, much care. The ...Read more

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Tigers avoid sweep, hold off Dodgers for 4-2 win

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LOS ANGELES — The Tigers didn’t leave L.A. quietly.

They managed to avoid getting swept by the N.L. West champion Dodgers Wednesday night with a plucky 4-2 win.

Carson Kelly, Tyler Nevin and Kerry Carpenter each had two hits. Kelly and Andy Ibanez delivered clutch two-out RBI hits and a very taxed Tigers’ bullpen managed to lock down the...Read more

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Yankees' Jasson Domínguez undergoes Tommy John surgery; Michael King strikes out 13 in loss to Blue Jays

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NEW YORK — Jasson Domínguez underwent Tommy John reconstruction surgery as expected on Wednesday, the Yankees announced. The procedure also included the addition of internal bracing, a newer method for repairing torn ulnar collateral ligaments.

“Officially bionic,” Domínguez, already known as The Martian, wrote in an Instagram post ...Read more

Cardinals fall behind early and can't recover in 8-2 loss to the Brewers

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ST. LOUIS — The Cardinals played their first game this season after having been officially eliminated from the postseason. The combination of injuries and being out of contention gave their lineup some strong spring training split squad vibes.

Ultimately, a slow start by starting pitcher Zack Thompson proved too much for the Cardinals to ...Read more

Pirates enjoy bounce-back performance against Cubs on milestone night for Mitch Keller

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CHICAGO — Mitch Keller achieved an important milestone. The other only felt like one.

A day after the Cubs throttled the Pirates, which has been a fairly routine occurrence this season, manager Derek Shelton's team exacted some revenge on Wednesday with a 13-7 victory at Wrigley Field, knotting this series at a win apiece.

Although the big ...Read more

Brandon Drury homers twice as Angels snap 6-game losing streak

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Brandon Drury has done exactly what the Angels hoped when they signed him last winter.

If he were batting sixth or seventh, as they’d planned, then they might really have something.

Instead, Drury has been elevated to the No. 3 spot in the injury-ravaged batting order.

He hit a pair of home runs and drove in five ...Read more

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Takeaways as rough Eury Perez start sets stage for Marlins' 8-3 loss to Mets

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MIAMI — Miami Marlins rookie right-handed pitcher Eury Perez struggled through an abbreviated start and the group of five relievers that followed him collectively didn’t fare much better in a 8-3 loss to the New York Mets on Wednesday at loanDepot park.

The Marlins (79-74) dropped the three-game series to the Mets (71-81). Miami dropped the...Read more

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Yankees rookie Jasson Domínguez undergoes Tommy John surgery with internal bracing

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NEW YORK — Jasson Domínguez underwent Tommy John reconstruction surgery as expected on Wednesday, the Yankees announced. The procedure also included the addition of internal bracing, a newer method for repairing torn ulnar collateral ligaments.

“Officially bionic,” Domínguez, already known as The Martian, wrote in an Instagram post ...Read more

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Twins win with 9th-inning rally; Castro stars again as magic number drops to 1

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CINCINNATI — If Wednesday was the Twins' last game before clinching an American League Central Division title, it was a fitting way to earn a trip to the postseason.

Thrilling, too.

The Twins built their roster with a focus on depth. After injuries to Carlos Correa and Royce Lewis in the past two days, Willi Castro turned into a one-man ...Read more

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3 takeaways from the White Sox-Nationals series, including Michael Kopech as an opener

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WASHINGTON — The Chicago White Sox were aiming for their first series win since early August.

Instead, they made two errors and gave up a grand slam in the first three innings Wednesday against the Washington Nationals.

The Sox dropped the series finale, 13-3, in front of 23,275 at Nationals Park. Lane Thomas hit the grand slam in the third ...Read more

SF Giants' playoff hopes wilt away in sweep against D-backs

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PHOENIX — With each passing game, the San Francisco Giants’ path to the postseason gets narrower.

They have 10 to play, and with a 7-1 loss to the D-backs Wednesday afternoon, fell further out of the playoff picture than they have been since it was worth paying attention. They were swept in the two-game series, outscored 15-5 and outhit 27-...Read more

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Padres come back to beat Rockies for seventh consecutive victory

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SAN DIEGO — It's fun while it lasts.

And they'll take some fun.

The Padres on Wednesday afternoon won their seventh consecutive game, coming from behind to beat the Rockies 3-2 at Petco Park.

That completed a sweep and extended the season-high win streak that began Sept. 13 at Dodger Stadium and continued through three-game sweeps of the ...Read more

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Orioles spoil another Kyle Bradish gem vs. Astros in 2-1 walk-off loss, ending 4-game winning streak

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HOUSTON — Brandon Hyde has shown his sarcastic side this week.

The Orioles manager’s bullpen entered Wednesday’s game having covered 14 1/3 innings over the previous three nights. He joked after Monday’s hectic win that his bullpen was in “excellent shape, fresh as all could be.” On Wednesday morning, he once again quipped his taxed...Read more

Mariners keep pace in AL West with sweep of A's

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OAKLAND, Calif. — For the Mariners, their final off day of the regular season will be a welcomed respite to rest, recover and ready themselves for the final push for the postseason — an emotionally charged sprint of 10 games in 10 days against the two teams they are directly competing with for the American League West

For Mariners fans, ...Read more

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Brayan Bello allows career-worst eight runs as Red Sox blown out by Rangers, 15-5

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It started off as well as the Red Sox could have hoped. The offense crushed two home runs in the first two innings to take an early 4-0 lead, and with Brayan Bello on the mound it seemed like the club was sitting pretty.

Then the Rangers got rolling, and Bello couldn’t do anything to stop them.

The second-year right-hander endured the worst ...Read more

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Mets GM Billy Eppler says there's no truth in report stating Pete Alonso seeks 10-year deal

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MIAMI — Pete Alonso has been at the center of the rumor mill all season long. The Mets can’t quite figure out why it suddenly seems to spin out of control when it comes to the Polar Bear, but the club’s first baseman has taken it in stride, tuning out the noise.

The Mets emphatically denied a Wednesday report by an team blog saying...Read more

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Nelson Velázquez continues historic power surge as Kansas City Royals down Guardians

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Two hours before first pitch of Wednesday’s game against Cleveland, hitting coach Alec Zumwalt sat on the Royals bench and shared an assessment of several players.

One was outfielder Nelson Velázquez, who hit a long home run in the Royals’ 6-2 win at Kauffman Stadium as they swept the three-game series.

It was Velá...Read more

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Bryson Stott, Nick Castellanos power Phillies to 6-5 win over Braves in 10 innings

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ATLANTA — Things were looking dicey for the Phillies in the bottom of the ninth against the Braves on Wednesday. The bullpen had blown a 4-2 lead, and Craig Kimbrel took the mound to maintain a 4-4 tie.

With the winning run just 90 feet away from home, Kimbrel threw a four-seam fastball up in the zone, and Orlando Arica hit a fly ball in foul...Read more

Twins beat Reds with ninth-inning rally as magic number drops to 2

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CINCINNATI – Willi Castro beat the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday with his game-changing catches.

On Wednesday, the Twins utilityman decided to do it all with his offense.

Castro provided the only blemish in Hunter Greene's spectacular start with a solo home run in the seventh inning, and then he turned into a one-man wrecking crew in the ninth ...Read more

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The top 10 moments of Shohei Ohtani's Angels career so far

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When the 2021 season began, Shohei Ohtani was at a career crossroads.

Ever since he’d hurt his arm halfway through his rookie season in 2018, Ohtani had failed to live up to his two-way player promise. After a pandemic-shortened 2020 season when Ohtani called his performance “pathetic,” there was a growing sentiment that he might never ...Read more