Tigers end losing streak at eight with 7-5 win in San Diego to end road trip

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SAN DIEGO -- Mikie Mahtook hit a two-out, two-run single in the top of the ninth to break a 5-5 tie.

The Tigers went on to beat the Padres, 7-5, on Sunday at Petco Park and snap an eight-game losing streak.

Ian Kinsler led off the top of the ninth with a double to left off right-hander Brandon Maurer. Miguel Cabrera popped out to finish 1-for-...Read more

White Sox bullpen stumbles in 5-3 loss as Athletics complete sweep

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CHICAGO -- Quality starts have been rare for the White Sox over the last month, but left-hander Derek Holland turned in just the seventh in the club's last 32 games Sunday afternoon at Guaranteed Rate Field.

The bullpen couldn't turn that start into a victory.

Sox reliever Tommy Kahnle and closer David Robertson have been excellent for most of...Read more

Parker Bridwell delivers for Angels in 4-2 victory over Red Sox

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BOSTON -- For the afternoon, the Los Angeles Angels' decision was proved accurate. They picked Parker Bridwell over Doug Fister to start Sunday against Boston at Fenway Park. The Red Sox picked up Fister off waivers and started him.

Bridwell outpitched Fister and led the Angels to a 4-2 victory.

Making his first start of the season, Fister ...Read more

Shaky relief corps, tight strike zone doom Royals in 8-2 loss to Blue Jays

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The bullpen door swung open, and out jogged Scott Alexander late Sunday afternoon. A baseball game tied, the Royals on the verge of a three-game sweep, manager Ned Yost called on his sinker-ball specialist to neutralize the Blue Jays' powerful lineup in the top of the sixth inning.

The tactic seemed mostly sound. In 26 ...Read more

Shutout moves Twins back into first place, defeat Indians

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CLEVELAND -- What first looked like a long and daunting 11-game road trip has suddenly turned into one in which the Twins get to protect a division lead again.

Behind more early runs and solid, if somewhat laborious, pitching from Ervin Santana, the Twins on Sunday defeated the Indians 4-0 to complete a three-game sweep of the weekend series --...Read more

Marlins earn series split with Cubs after big first inning stands up in 4-2 win

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MIAMI -- In a week that could have been their unofficial demise, the Miami Marlins remained very much alive.

They beat the Chicago Cubs, 4-2, on Sunday for a series split with the defending World Series champions, who drew the bulk of the nearly 100,000 fans who showed up to Marlins Park for the four games.

Miami's 4-3 week began with a series...Read more

Padres top Tigers, 7-3

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SAN DIEGO--An eventful, sometimes painful week for the San Diego Padres ended Saturday in a 7-3 win against Detroit.

Hector Sanchez tattooed a pinch-hit, go-ahead home run in the eighth, and his teammates piled on. The victory involved yet another injury, this time to rookie Allen Cordoba, and a scare for first baseman Wil Myers. That San Diego...Read more

Astros stop M's winning streak with 5-2 victory

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SEATTLE--It was ultimately Seattle's inability to lay a hand on Houston pitching most of the night that proved the difference in a 5-2 loss to the Houston Astros that snapped the Mariners' season-high six-game winning streak.

But it was a play on which Mitch Haniger couldn't quite keep his glove on a drive by Houston's Brian McCann in the ...Read more

Dbacks drub Phillies, 9-2

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PHOENIX -- For 24 seconds, Ben Lively savored the moment. He trotted around the bases at Chase Field while some fans congregated at the outfield pool goaded a man into chucking the home-run ball back onto the field. Lively was the first Phillies pitcher to homer in more than two years, and it looked Saturday night like the Phillies could ride a ...Read more

Kershaw in rare form as Dodgers blank Rockies

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LOS ANGELES--Dave Roberts could see this coming last Tuesday, the day after Clayton Kershaw gave up four homers in a game for the first time in his career during a shoddy 61/3-inning, six-run, six-hit effort against the New York Mets.

"I think Clayton's pretty good about turning the page," the Los Angeles Dodgers manager said in the wake of ...Read more

Orioles say it's 'premature' to discuss selling off parts, but know tough position they're in

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Mired in a struggle just to stay close to .500 with a pitching staff coming off an unprecedented slump and a lineup whose top producers haven't lived up to their billing, the short-term question of whether the Orioles can turn it around is already being considered with the longer term in mind.

Executive vice president ...Read more

Indians slugger Edwin Encarnacion following his traditional season arc

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CLEVELAND -- A slow start followed by the pummeling of baseballs in June? Edwin Encarnacion is simply having a traditional Edwin Encarnacion-like season.

Encarnacion has been among baseball's most prolific hitters over the previous five seasons. In most of those seasons, it took him some time to get going offensively. Historically, April has ...Read more

JC Ramirez bounces back to pitch Angels to 6-3 victory over Red Sox

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BOSTON -- JC Ramirez delivered just the performance he and the Angels needed on Saturday night.

Ramirez gave up one run in six innings of the Angels' 6-3 victory over the Boston Red Sox.

One of the most pleasant surprises of the Angels' season, Ramirez had been showing some cracks lately. He had allowed at least four runs in three of his ...Read more

Tigers manager Ausmus worried about breaking losing streak, not job security

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SAN DIEGO -- Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus acknowledged the current seven-game losing streak feels similar to the stretch last May.

The Tigers lost seven in a row and 11 of 12 before J.D. Martinez's home run at Baltimore helped spark the Tigers to a win. The Tigers went on to win eight of their next nine games.

"I was thinking about that ...Read more

Gerrit Cole shakes off early homer, leads Pirates to 7-3 win over Cardinals

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ST. LOUIS -- Don't underestimate the danger of issuing Chris Stewart an intentional walk. St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Matheny made the move in the sixth inning Saturday night and paid dearly, as the Pirates piled on with three runs in an inning in which they had only one hit.

In the Pirates' 7-3 win at Busch Stadium, right-hander Gerrit ...Read more

Cubs overcome early deficit for 5-3 victory over Marlins

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MIAMI -- After allowing a three-run home run to J.T. Realmuto in the first inning, Jon Lester heeded the advice former Red Sox teammates Curt Schilling and Josh Beckett gave him.

"Now it starts over to zero," Lester said. "You have to get that mindset that it's back to zero and not keep looking at the scoreboard."

After the homer, Lester ...Read more

Mark Buehrle has a ball during White Sox's number retirement ceremony

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CHICAGO -- Fans, 38,000-plus strong, chanted his name in unison.

"Buehrle! Buehrle! Buehrle!"

Team Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf cracked wise.

"In case you weren't aware, we don't draw 40,000 people every day," he said.

Mark Buehrle had a ball Saturday, when the White Sox celebrated "Mark Buehrle Day" and retired his No. 56 during a pregame ...Read more

Twins beat Indians on late homers by Dozier, Gimenez

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CLEVELAND -- The Twins got late home runs from Brian Dozier and Chris Gimenez to topple the Indians 4-2 on Saturday and pull within one-half game of first place the AL Central Division.

And they pulled it off in a game started by ace right-hander Corey Kluber.

After Cleveland tied the score in the seventh inning, Dozier socked a fastball from ...Read more

Carlos Rodon close to rejoining White Sox rotation

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Carlos Rodon was rocked for eight runs, including seven in the fourth inning Friday, during his third rehab start for Triple-A Charlotte.

But the White Sox insist the left-hander is close to being ready to roll after spending all season on the disabled list with bursitis in his left forearm.

Sox manager Rick Renteria said Saturday that Rodon's...Read more

Bundy goes seven as Orioles end five-runs-allowed streak in 8-3 win over Rays

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Big swings from Mark Trumbo and Trey Mancini, combined with a pitching effort that held an opponent below five runs for the first time in just over three weeks, helped the Orioles to an 8-3 win Saturday at Tropicana Field.

The Orioles (36-38) ended their losing streak at three, and improved to 12-24 on the road, winning ...Read more

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