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Spenser Watkins continues strong run but Orioles' bats stay quiet in 3-2 loss to Cubs

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BALTIMORE — The Orioles have largely avoided these sorts of games, which is why they’re playing meaningful baseball in the middle of August for the first time in years. But with anemic offense coupling with a bullpen that has cracked two days in a row, their playoff aspirations took another hit Thursday against the Chicago Cubs.

For the ...Read more

Athletics stagger home from 2-5 road trip after loss to Rangers

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The Athletics return to the Coliseum having said goodbye to veterans Stephen Piscotty and Elvis Andrus as well as a modest two-game win streak.

Zach Logue gave up seven runs in 4 1/3 innings Thursday in a getaway day 10-3 loss to the Texas Rangers, concluding a 2-5 road trip that included the release of two veteran players who were unlikely to ...Read more

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Home runs cost Dodgers in 5-3 loss to Brewers

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MILWAUKEE — Even when he struck out Andrew McCutchen, it didn’t work out well for Andrew Heaney.

McCutchen hit two home runs off the Dodgers left-hander Thursday afternoon then reached base on a third-strike passed ball, extending the fifth inning long enough for Hunter Renfroe to hit a two-run homer off Heaney. Those runs proved to be the ...Read more

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Orioles closer Félix Bautista is embracing Michael K. Williams' Omar whistle. Now he has his own T-shirt.

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BALTIMORE — Félix Bautista doesn’t really understand the reference. He’s never seen “The Wire” on HBO. But the Orioles closer still wore the T-shirt with his own face photoshopped where the face of Omar Little should be.

The Orioles love their T-shirts, and the latest addition was seen Thursday in the clubhouse with most of Bautista�...Read more

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Pujols launches grand slam, Wainwright baffles Rockies in Cardinals' 13-0 rout

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ST. LOUIS — Adam Wainwright, two weeks shy of his 41st birthday, stopped the Colorado Rockies on three hits over seven innings Thursday in a 13-0 Cardinals victory. But Wainwright had to defer to his elders.

Albert Pujols, 42 years old, was the story of the day at Busch Stadium, achieving something he never had done in his storied career by ...Read more

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Still hustling: Twins broadcaster Dan Gladden carries work ethic from his playing days

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Dan Gladden greeted a visitor at the top of the driveway overlooking his 64-acre property with an observation.

"Those are tennis shoes," he said. "They're going to get dirty."

Gladden instructed me previously to bring boots because he planned to put me to work during a visit to his home for an interview.

Not quite sure whether he was kidding,...Read more

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Mac Engel: Jon Daniels was given every chance to prove he was better off without Nolan Ryan. He wasn't

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Jon Daniels started with the Texas Rangers in 2002 as the youngest GM in MLB history, and he left in 2022 as the most polarizing figure in the history of the franchise.

Three days after Daniels announced that the team fired manager Chris Woodward, team owner Ray Davis fired Daniels.

Some place near Houston, Nolan Ryan probably chuckled.

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SF Giants win streak ends with late loss to Diamondbacks

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SAN FRANCISCO — The Giants came into Wednesday’s game riding a five-game win streak with their starting rotation turned to its ace, who gave them their best shot until the Arizona Diamondbacks put together a comeback against the bullpen. The Giants lost 3-2.

The Giants carried a 2-1 lead heading into the eighth inning. Dominic Leone gave up...Read more

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Josh Donaldson's walk-off grand slam in 10th saves the day as Yankees earn improbable win over Rays, 8-7

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NEW YORK — Josh Donaldson needed it. Aroldis Chapman and the Yankees needed it more. The struggling veteran infielder hammered a fastball with the bases loaded in the bottom of the 10th inning to give the Yankees an 8-7 win over the Rays at Yankee Stadium.

The Yankees snapped a three-game losing streak and won just their third game in their ...Read more

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Chicago White Sox and Yoán Moncada run out of late-inning magic in a 3-2 loss to the Houston Astros

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CHICAGO — Adam Engel began the seventh inning with a broken-bat single to center. He represented the tying run for the Chicago White Sox against the Houston Astros.

Did the Sox have another comeback in them?

Not Wednesday.

Romy Gonzalez hit a grounder to shortstop Jeremy Peña, and the Astros got a forceout at second. AJ Pollock’s hard-...Read more

Jordan Montgomery wins third in a row as Cardinals beat Rockies again

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ST. LOUIS — An update on the Cardinals’ two deadline-day trades completed Aug. 2 reveals the following: Jose Quintana and Jordan Montgomery, both left-handers, have made six starts. The Cardinals have won all six games, with Montgomery, who came from the New York Yankees, receiving credit for three wins in his three outings.

Including the ...Read more

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Dodgers rebound with Craig Kimbrel closing out latest victory

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MILWAUKEE — Questioned before Wednesday’s game about Craig Kimbrel’s failure to protect a one-run lead at any point this season, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts tempted fate.

“If we have a one-run lead tonight, he’s pitching,” Roberts said.

The baseball gods heard and must have said, “Hold my beer.”

Kimbrel entered the game in ...Read more

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Brett Baty homers in first career at-bat, Mets hold on to beat the Braves 9-7

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ATLANTA — Brett Baty is officially the new kid in the Mets’ clubhouse.

The 22-year-old, wearing a jersey number that matches his age, stood in a small room in the lower level of Truist Park before Wednesday’s game and explained his transformation from minor leaguer to starting third baseman for the New York Mets.

“I got the call ...Read more

Roansy Contreras battles through command issues in return, as Pirates suffer 8-3 loss to Red Sox

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PITTSBURGH — Perhaps one thing Roansy Contreras had been working on with Triple-A Indianapolis was learning how to survive without having all of his weapons working, a necessary skill for consistent success at this level.

While the Pirates have been secretive on the talented 22-year-old’s development, refusing to divulge details on target ...Read more

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Tigers let lead slip away in eighth inning, drop series finale vs. Guardians

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CLEVELAND — How do you strike out the side and still end up allowing six runs to score?

Welcome to Tigers baseball, 2022.

Up 4-2 in the bottom of the eighth, lefty reliever Andrew Chafin struck out Owen Miller, Andres Gimenez and Luke Maile. But the third strike to Maile scooted by catcher Eric Haase and Maile was able to reach safely.

When...Read more

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Can the Dodgers rely on Craig Kimbrel as closer? For now, Dave Roberts thinks so.

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MILWAUKEE — The Dodgers have done this song and dance before.

They’ll have a veteran closer who begins to struggle. They’ll stick with him, for better or worse, down the stretch of the regular season. Then, come the playoffs, they’ll pivot, turning to someone else for ninth-inning situations in the heart of October.

In the past, it has...Read more

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Texas Rangers owner: 'We are not good. And we haven't been good for six years.'

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Texas Rangers owner Ray Davis wants to win. Badly.

On Wednesday, hours after firing long-time baseball operations executive Jon Daniels, Davis he made it clear that he isn’t happy with the team’s performance or the franchise’s turnstile count. So he acted.

“The Bottom line is we are not good,” Davis said during a 13-minute press ...Read more

Benjamin Hochman: Nolan Arenado epitomizes Cardinals' defensive excellence, yet again

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The gloves in St. Louis are glazed with gold.

Heck, you could make a sensible argument that the greatest defender to ever play shortstop, third base, catcher and first base were all Cardinals — Ozzie Smith, Nolan Arenado, Yadier Molina and Keith Hernandez. And then consider that St. Louis also fielded the likes of Jim Edmonds and Curt Flood, ...Read more

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Pablo Lopez continued to struggle with inconsistency as Marlins fail to sweep Padres

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MIAMI — Pablo Lopez’s starts the first two months of this season were All-Star caliber.

It’s been a rollercoaster ever since.

On Wednesday afternoon, Lopez’s topsy-turvy results took a dive once again as the Padres jumped all over him with five runs in the first inning and dealt the Marlins a 10-3 loss at loanDepot park.

Lopez, who ...Read more

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Mets rookie Brett Baty smacks homer vs. Braves in first major league at-bat

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ATLANTA — Brett Baty is officially the new kid in the Mets’ clubhouse.

The 22-year-old, wearing a jersey number that matches his age, stood in a small room in the lower level of Truist Park on Wednesday and explained everything that’s happened to him over the last 24 hours.

“I got the call yesterday, got on a flight and got here last ...Read more