Sean Rodriguez reflects on offseason car crash, time with Pirates

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ATLANTA -- Sean Rodriguez, the Atlanta Brave, looks much like he did the past two years in Pittsburgh. The main differences may be the additional streaks of gray mixed in his long black hair and beard, byproducts perhaps of a winter during which Rodriguez and his family relocated in free agency and were involved in a harrowing car crash near ...Read more

Tigers send pitcher Anibal Sanchez to Triple-A Toledo

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Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus told the media Monday afternoon in Houston that the team has optioned right-handed pitcher Anibal Sanchez to Triple-A Toledo.

Sanchez, 33, is in the final year of a five-year, $80-million deal. He's making $16.8 million this season.

The right-hander led the American League in ERA in 2013 at 2.57, but has ...Read more

Brewers criticize Cubs for postponing game Saturday before rain stopped

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CHICAGO -- Just call it Weathergate.

Milwaukee Brewers general manager David Stearns made it clear Sunday he was not happy that the Chicago Cubs postponed the game at Wrigley Field on Saturday around 11:30 a.m., only to see it stop raining shortly afterward for the rest of the day.

"Clearly, the Cubs were looking at a weather forecast that ...Read more

Bullpen carries Rangers to victory over Tigers

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DETROIT -- The first two innings Sunday night weren't as bad as Yu Darvish has pitched in his career, but he was far from his best at Comerica Park.

He needed 56 pitches to record six outs. He walked four batters after walking only five in his first three starts of the month. He twice surrendered one-run leads.

The right-hander had only three ...Read more

Ben Zobrist sparks new-look Cubs lineup past Brewers in 13-6 win

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CHICAGO -- When Ben Zobrist escorted a baseball to its seat in the right-field stands to start the Cubs' half of the first inning Sunday afternoon at Wrigley Field, Kyle Schwarber was in unfamiliar territory: the on-deck circle.

Zobrist, the team's new leadoff hitter, clobbered Chase Anderson's third pitch for his fourth career leadoff home run...Read more

Avisail Garcia, White Sox hope he is turning a corner

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SEATTLE -- As White Sox fans celebrated word that Cuban outfield prospect Luis Robert was finalizing a deal Saturday that could make him a future South Side cornerstone, Avisail Garcia reminded them that the team has an outfielder who might be coming into his own right now.

The Sox right fielder hit two home runs and two doubles and recorded a ...Read more

Marlins' spiral continues with another loss to Dodgers on Sunday

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LOS ANGELES -- So much for momentum.

The positive vibes emanating from the Miami Marlins' clubhouse Saturday night and Sunday morning disappeared faster than the team's equipment onto the bus after a getaway-day loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers, 6-3, on Sunday at Dodger Stadium.

The Marlins woke up hours removed from an encouraging win, but now...Read more

Athletics' winning streak grinds to a halt with Red Sox rolling, 12-3

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- The A's fell short in their effort to pull off what would have been a once-in-almost-a-century feat with a 12-3 loss to the Red Sox Sunday.

No A's team had swept a Red Sox team in a four-game series in exactly 85 years -- dating back to May 19-21, 1932 when the middle of the then-Philadelphia lineup included Hall of Famers ...Read more

Twins gain doubleheader split with Royals

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Veteran Twins pitcher gets roughed up in Game 1. Young Twins pitcher saves the day in Game 2.

It sure looked familiar.

After Phil Hughes was tagged for three home runs during a 6-4 Game 1 loss, rookie left-hander Adalberto Mejia went seven solid innings as the Twins turned on the power in the second game to win 8-4. It was the ...Read more

Clayton Richard goes the distance as Padres end five-game skid, defeat Diamondbacks

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SAN DIEGO -- Clayton Richard saved an overtaxed bullpen Sunday afternoon. He had some help in putting an end to a five-game skid.

The offense rallied around Ryan Schimpf's game-tying home run in the fifth, Richard contributed with his first RBI of the season and then the 33-year-old veteran completed a game for the first time in his post-...Read more

Wainwright, Grichuk help Cardinals salvage a win against Giants

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ST. LOUIS -- In Sunday's throwback pitching matchup featuring two former aces, the Cardinals came out on top.

Adam Wainwright outpitched Matt Cain, who the Cardinals roughed up for seven runs en route to a 8-3 win in Sunday's series finale with the San Francisco Giants. Wainwright and Cain have combined for 242 career wins, including Wainwright...Read more

Swanson's late 2-run double not enough, Braves fall to Nats

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ATLANTA -- On a day when Stephen Strasburg was utterly dominant, the Braves still made things interesting Sunday but couldn't pull off a sweep of the division-leading Washington Nationals.

Dansby Swanson had a two-run, two-out double in the eighth inning to pull the Braves within a run and chase Strasburg from the game, but the Nationals held ...Read more

Kuhl helps Pirates hold off Phillies, 1-0

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PITTSBURGH -- Chad Kuhl bounced back on a rainy afternoon at PNC Park. His five scoreless innings, plus some good work from the bullpen, helped the Pirates to a 1-0 victory against the Philadelphia Phillies on Sunday.

Kuhl did not allow a hit until the fifth inning. He didn't allow a ball out of the infield through three innings. Maikel Franco'...Read more

Jake Junis offers solid cameo as Royals open twin bill with 6-4 victory

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MINNEAPOLIS -- He had just 24 hours to prepare for his first career start, enough time to make the 381-mile journey from his season home in Omaha, Neb., to downtown Minneapolis.

On Sunday morning, Jake Junis arrived inside the visitors clubhouse at Target Field and received a welcome from left-hander Danny Duffy. A few hours later, Junis ...Read more

Angels explode early, cruise to victory over Mets

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NEW YORK -- Jesse Chavez hit before he pitched.

That tells you what kind of start it was for the Angels, who sent nine hitters to the plate and scored five runs in the top of the first inning. They had a nine-run lead by the third, before coasting to a 12-5 victory over the New York Mets on Sunday.

Playing for a third consecutive day without ...Read more

Orioles strike out 12 times against Marco Estrada in 3-1 loss to Blue Jays

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BALTIMORE -- The Orioles had a chance to complete a three-game sweep of the last-place Toronto Blue Jays on Sunday, but Jays right-hander Marco Estrada clearly had other ideas.

Estrada pitched a very strong 7 2/3 innings and tied a career high with 12 strikeouts on the way to a 3-1 victory before an announced 36,632 at Oriole Park at Camden ...Read more

Dodgers pitching flops vs. Marlins

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LOS ANGELES--Only 11 days before Saturday night, before an enraptured crowd at Dodger Stadium, Julio Urias displayed the upper limits of his ceiling. He carried a no-hit bid into the seventh inning of a game, capable of subduing his opponents with only his fastball.

The fans lavished cheers upon him as he exited the stage. The applause on ...Read more

Garcia leads onslaught as White Sox trample M's, 16-1

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SEATTLE--It was a game befitting their fall into last place in the American League West standings. Early in the season or not ­--and it's really not that early--seeing your name at the bottom of the division standings is disheartening for a team that believed it was capable of so much more.

Yes, injuries have played a part in this slide. The ...Read more

Dbacks pound Perdomo, Padres

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SAN DIEGO--Jered Weaver is approaching an ignominious end to a storied career. On Saturday afternoon, hours after the ugliest start the veteran had ever experienced, the San Diego Padres shuffled him to the disabled list.

Luis Perdomo is still in the nascent stages of what could become a storied career. But on Saturday night, there was little ...Read more

Indians reliever Armstrong back in school, balancing college and baseball

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Indians relief pitcher Shawn Armstrong has made a solid impression on the club the past few months. First, he broke camp with the team after a strong spring and, following a few roster moves, is again on the active 25-man roster as a member of arguably baseball's best bullpen.

But lately, baseball has only made up half of his daily workload. He...Read more


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