Four home runs, quality night from bullpen enough for Indians to down Astros

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CLEVELAND -- It took eight runs of support and 10 outs worth of grit in a tight game to get through it, but the hitters did enough, the bullpen held a lead and the Indians defeated the Houston Astros, 8-6, Saturday night at Progressive Field.

The Indians never trailed after the fourth, but considering the firepower in the Astros lineup and the ...Read more

Hernandez thriving at top of Giants order, helps end losing skid

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CHICAGO -- Two months after a crowded spring training competition ended with Gorkys Hernandez emerging as the Giants fifth outfielder, Hernandez is playing like their best.

With three hits including two doubles on Saturday, Hernandez helped the Giants halt a three-game losing skid and even their series against the Cubs with a 5-4 win.

For much...Read more

Cardinals rookie Flaherty stifles Pirates in 4-1 victory

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PITTSBURGH -- Right-handed rookie Jack Flaherty, after throwing 120 pitches and striking out 13 in his first major-league win last Sunday against Philadelphia, dialed back his strikeout total to only four Saturday as he threw 88 pitches (61 strikes) pitches in six innings. But the result still was the same -- one run allowed -- as Flaherty and ...Read more

Tim Anderson's two home runs lead White Sox to 8-4 win over Tigers

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DETROIT -- Tim Anderson hit two home runs and racked up a career-high four RBIs to propel the White Sox to an 8-4 win against the Tigers Saturday at Comerica Park.

Anderson, batting leadoff, went yard for a second straight game with left-field blasts in the fifth and sixth innings to raise his count to 10 homers and three multi-homer games this...Read more

Marlins waste Wei-Yin Chen's sharp outing in loss to Nationals

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MIAMI -- When Wei-Yin Chen starts for the Marlins, manager Don Mattingly said he's learned how to train his eye. Across the last two-plus seasons, Mattingly has watched Chen battle ineffectiveness and injuries, long balls and short outings. Through it all, Mattingly said he learned that his leash with Chen needed to be short.

"There's a time in...Read more

Cubs place Yu Darvish on 10-day DL with right triceps tendinitis

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CHICAGO -- Cubs starter Yu Darvish was placed on the 10-day disabled list before Saturday's game with right triceps tendinitis.

Darvish, the $126 million free-agent signee, is coming off his first win of the season and was slated to start Sunday night's game against the Giants.

The Cubs will move Tyler Chatwood into Sunday's start and recall ...Read more

Orioles fall behind early again, offense sputters in 5-1 loss to Rays

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- A dynamic offensive team, the Tampa Bay Rays are not. They are a team in transition, unloading well-paid pieces to prepare for the future. They entered Saturday having not scored a run over their previous 13 innings.

That made little difference Saturday, as the Rays jumped on Orioles right-hander Andrew Cashner early, ...Read more

Kevin McCarthy surrenders walk-off homer in Royals' 10th-inning loss to Rangers

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ARLINGTON, Texas -- Reliever Kevin McCarthy surrendered a walk-off homer to Rangers designated hitter Shin-Soo Choo as the Royals lost, 4-3, on Saturday at Globe Life Park in 10 innings. The ball traveled 411 feet to left field.

McCarthy was charged with his second loss of the season.

Royals starting pitcher Ian Kennedy threw five innings and ...Read more

A's Daniel Mengden tosses two-hit shutout vs Diamondbacks

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- On a day the legendary 'Swingin' A's' teams that won three straight world series titles were honored in a pregame ceremony, Daniel Mengden turned in a performance that would make Rollie Fingers proud.

It wasn't just the handlebar mustache that made Mengden look like Fingers out on the mound, the right-hander's brilliant month...Read more

Nola flirts with no-hitter, leaves Phillies alone in NL East first place for first time since 2011

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PHILADELPHIA -- Aaron Nola had outlasted the rain and weathered a rising pitch count and fought off the heart of the Toronto Blue Jays' batting order for a third time, all without giving up a hit. But he also had walked two of the previous three batters, and so, after 107 pitches and with the Phillies' bullpen stirring in the seventh inning of a...Read more

Newcomb exits early, Braves blow another lead in loss to Red Sox

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BOSTON -- Sean Newcomb's homecoming didn't go as he hoped, and a difficult Braves road trip continued its downward spiral.

The Red Sox knocked Newcomb out after three innings and overcame an early multi-run deficit for the second day in a row for an 8-6 win Saturday at Fenway Park, clinching the series and handing the Braves their fourth loss ...Read more

Royals' Eric Skoglund heads to DL because of elbow issue

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ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Royals put starting pitcher Eric Skoglund on the 10-day disabled list Saturday because of a ulnar collateral ligament sprain in his pitching elbow.

Eric Stout, another left-hander, was recalled from Class AAA Omaha to take Skoglund's place on the roster. Stout, 25, made his major-league debut April 25 and also made ...Read more

Orioles closer Zach Britton to begin rehab assignment Wednesday at Triple-A Norfolk

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Orioles closer Zach Britton is ready to start a minor-league rehabilitation assignment this coming week after throwing a two-inning simulated game before Saturday's game at the Tampa Bay Rays.

Britton, who had surgery to repair a ruptured right Achilles tendon in December, took his final step before a rehab assignment ...Read more

Marlins' JT Riddle recalled as Martin Prado lands on DL with hamstring strain

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MIAMI -- When Martin Prado limped across first base on Friday night, he felt a sharp pain in his left hamstring, an untimely and unfortunate malady that rippled through the Marlins dugout. Don Mattingly's emotions dropped. Miguel Rojas empathized with his mentor.

Prado is the captain of the Marlins, the leader in the clubhouse and the veteran ...Read more

Ohtani can't find the magic as Angels drop one to Yanks

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NEW YORK -- The at-bat ended with a grounder to shortstop, a play about as ho-hum routine as baseball has to offer.

But nothing was ho hum or routine about Aroldis Chapman firing triple-digit fumes to the sport's reigning phenomenon, Shohei Ohtani. Chapman was brought in for a four-out save and specifically to battle Ohtani, left-hander against...Read more

Paxton's gem leads M's over Twins

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SEATTLE--As the Seattle Mariners wait for their offense to resurface from it hitting hiatus, it helps to be able to roll out one of the best starting pitchers to help ease the return.

Starting pitcher James Paxton delivered yet another brilliant performance in a month filled with them to lead the Mariners to a solid 2-1 victory over the ...Read more

Dodgers' Stripling looks like the real deal with 10 strikeouts in L.A.'s win over Padres

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LOS ANGELES--You might soon be able to bet on baseball in California, but there are some bets you would not have taken in spring training. You would have dismissed them as prop bets proposed by your wacky uncle.

The Milwaukee Brewers would have the best record in the National League? Not taking that bet.

The Dodgers would throw a no-hitter, ...Read more

Dbacks trounce A's, 7-1

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- Oakland A's manager Bob Melvin had hoped Arizona's struggles at the plate would continue for a few more days, but as Sean Manaea found out, that slump might be over.

Manaea was pummeled by the Diamondbacks for his worst outing of the season, allowing a season-high six runs on eight hits with two walks and just two strikeouts ...Read more

Six years after no-regrets early extension with Adam Jones, Orioles have yet to return to that well

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More than anything else that has happened with the Orioles this decade, the six-year contract extension that kept center fielder Adam Jones away from the free-agent market in May 2012 heralded a new era for an ascending, playoff-bound team.

That contract, an $85.5 million deal signed six years ago Sunday, comes to an end this season. So, too, ...Read more

Martin Prado injured as Marlins lose another Jose Urena start

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MIAMI -- The curse continues to follow Jose Urena.

Urena, the Marlins' unlucky, ill-fated, unfortunate right-hander hadn't started a Miami victory in any of his last dozen outings. Despite a mortal performance from Nationals starter Max Scherzer and six solid innings from Urena, the Marlins suffered a 9-5 loss to Washington on Friday night, ...Read more