SF Giants settle for split with Diamondbacks after bats go quiet in finale

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SAN FRANCISCO — As an encore to one of their most complete offensive performances of the season, the Giants laid a dud Sunday.

A day after breaking out for a season-high 16 hits and a win, it took the Giants until the fifth inning to record their first against Diamondbacks starter Slade Cecconi, who helped hand them a 5-3 loss to split the ...Read more

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Tyler Glasnow dominates and Shohei Ohtani homers as Dodgers blow out Mets

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LOS ANGELES — There are no must-win games in April, but there are games in which you need to stop the bleeding.

The Dodgers found themselves in such a situation on Sunday, the supposed super team with the $308-million payroll having lost six of eight and in danger of getting swept in a three-game home series by the New York Mets for the first...Read more

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Padres take advantage of Blue Jays' help to stop losing streak

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SAN DIEGO — Mike Shildt took his second sip from a water bottle as he considered how the Padres had wound their way to a 6-3 victory over the Blue Jays at Petco Park.

"Well, my glass is more than half full," he said with a smile and a nod to the perspiring bottle in his hand. "I choose to look at the good stuff, and I'm not gonna ignore some ...Read more

Young players Cabrera, Sanchez emerging as Marlins beat Cubs, split four-game series

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The Miami Marlins have not gotten off to the best start this season. They entered Sunday with a 5-17 record and 10 1/2 games back in the National League East. But the Marlins know they still have plenty of games left to climb the standings.

The key for them to climb those standings, though, will be the production of the young players.

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The Phillies wrap up a perfect week, win sixth straight, 8-2 over the White Sox

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PHILADELPHIA — After the Phillies slapped an exclamation point on an undefeated week Sunday, it would’ve been fitting for Rob Thomson— or maybe Bryce Harper, given his long locks — to slick back his hair, stand up straight, and summon his inner Gordon Gekko.

“Greed, for lack of a better word, is good. Greed is right. Greed works.”

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Luis Gil sets new career-high with 9 strikeouts as Yankees take series from Rays

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NEW YORK — Prior to Luis Gil’s fourth start of the season, Aaron Boone was asked about the righty’s command and potential.

Gil had not shown much of the former over his first three starts, walking 14 batters over just as many innings. That includes seven free passes against the Blue Jays on April 15.

However, the potential has been ...Read more

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Defense returns, backs Casey Mize to help Tigers topple Twins

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MINNEAPOLIS — It seemed like a fair question. Especially after a four-game stretch — which comes at the back end of a grinding 14 games in 13 days — where the Tigers made an uncharacteristic amount of errors (nine), gifting eight unearned runs and losing three close games.

Might the Tigers be showing some mental fatigue?

The answer from ...Read more

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Abreu's 3-hit game cements series sweep but Casas' injury looms large for Sox

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Forget poets. The Red Sox are the ‘Tortured Players Department.’

How many more hits can the roster take? They’ve already sustained so many sustained blows that it’s shocking to look at the calendar and realize it’s April, not August.

“I’m in a lot of pain right now,” a crestfallen Triston Casas told reporters before the Red Sox...Read more

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Orioles shut out Royals, 5-0, behind Colton Cowser's fountain homer, Cole Irvin's gem

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Colton Cowser made two splashes in the fountains at Kauffman Stadium this weekend.

The first was to help fish out the ball Craig Kimbrel used to secure his 422nd career Saturday night after Cowser flung it into the fountain. The second was when he clobbered a 430-foot home run into the well in the Orioles’ 5-0 win over ...Read more

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Cardinals shut out by Brewers 2-0, lose 4th straight despite Sonny Gray's strong start

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ST. LOUIS — Sonny Gray tried to step in and play the role of stopper and put a halt to the Cardinals’ losing slide, but even he couldn’t stem the tide against the National League Central Division-leading Milwaukee Brewers on Sunday afternoon.

Gray, a right-hander, gave a yeoman’s effort, including six scoreless innings to start his ...Read more

Padres show more bark than bite in another loss to Blue Jays

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SAN DIEGO — Jurickson Profar slammed his bat down in the batters box at the end of the first inning, a show of contempt after plate umpire Ramon De Jesus had rung him up on an inside fastball. The helmet followed. Profar's back was turned to De Jesus as he began to remove his elbow guard when the plate umpire pointed at the equipment in the ...Read more

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Luis Castillo, Mariners offense sizzle in frigid, snowy win over Rockies

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DENVER — Maybe the Mariners should hope for frigid temperatures and intermittent snowfall for Sunday’s doubleheader.

Playing in less than favorable conditions, including a frigid, first-pitch temperature of 33 degrees, which is the second coldest game in franchise history, and dealing with snowflakes in their eyes and lines of sight for ...Read more

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Paul Sullivan: Cubs rebound from closer Adbert Alzolay's 4th blown save to salvage doubleheader split with Marlins

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CHICAGO — It looked so simple from afar.

Craig Counsell would hand the ball to his closer in Milwaukee, and the Brewers would walk away with a win.

But the easiest decision Counsell had to make on a daily basis in his nine years in Milwaukee already has become one of the most difficult ones in his first month of managing the Chicago Cubs.

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Orioles hold on to beat Royals, 9-7, after scoring 7 runs in second inning

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The last time pitchers Corbin Burnes and Cole Ragans faced off, rain delayed the start of the game by five hours and the Orioles won in walk-off fashion.

Saturday night’s rematch didn’t take as long to start, and neither did Baltimore’s bats.

The Orioles ambushed Ragans in the second inning — batting around, ...Read more

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Solid pitching continues to drive Phillies in another big win over White Sox

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PHILADELPHIA — Manager Rob Thomson said ahead of Saturday’s game against the White Sox that when the Phillies’ starting rotation is having the success they are at the moment, they want to “outdo each other.”

Spencer Turnbull had taken a no-hitter into the seventh inning on Friday. So, naturally, Zach Wheeler outdid that by taking a no...Read more

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Starling Marte drives in 4 runs in Mets' series-clinching win vs. Dodgers

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LOS ANGELES — Watching Starling Marte now, it’s almost tough to remember that he looked so different last season. A shell of his former self after double groin surgery in 2022, Marte is back to crushing baseballs and causing havoc on the basepaths.

The latest ball crushed by Marte was a three-run go-ahead homer off Los Angeles Dodgers right...Read more

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Pirates offensive frustrations boil over in 5th consecutive loss

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PITTSBURGH — Rowdy Tellez slammed his bat on home plate, ruining its integrity before snapping the twig into two pieces.

The first baseman expressed his frustration after popping out in foul territory during one of a few Pirates rallies Saturday evening at PNC Park.

The Pirates couldn’t muster much offense in their 4-2 loss to the Red Sox,...Read more

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Patrick Bailey's big day helps power Giants past Diamondbacks, 7-3

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SAN FRANCISCO — Two days later, the Giants are still riding Logan Webb’s coattails.

Thanks to the seven strong innings from their ace Thursday night, the Giants were able to withstand a second straight subpar showing from their starting pitcher. When Bob Melvin saw that Kyle Harrison didn’t have it Saturday afternoon, the manager was ...Read more

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Twins even series with Tigers thanks to a series of sacrifice flies

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MINNEAPOLIS — Nothing has come easy for the Twins during their miserable start to the season, so why would a four-run lead be any different when they were on the verge of ending their five-game losing streak.

Bailey Ober was magnificent in his second straight start against the Detroit Tigers, permitting two hits and one run across six ...Read more

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Cardinals give up 12 runs to Brewers, lose third straight game and drop series at home

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ST. LOUIS — A Cardinals offense that had struggled to string together anything of late scored four runs in the first two innings to grab an early lead Saturday afternoon. However, the pitching staff slogged through its worst day of the season and made that early offense a drop in the bucket compared to what the Milwaukee Brewers produced.

The...Read more