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Reports of Welington Castillo's impending PED suspension overshadow White Sox's 11-1 win over Orioles

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CHICAGO -- Reports that White Sox catcher Welington Castillo will be suspended for 80 games for using a performance-enhancing drug put a damper on an 11-1 win against the Orioles on Wednesday.

Dominican journalist Americo Celado S. first reported that Major League Baseball planned to hand down an suspension on Thursday for "steroid use." The ...Read more

Cubs avoid no-hitter but fall to Indians 1-0

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CHICAGO -- The Cubs avoided being no-hit Wednesday night when Anthony Rizzo led off the seventh inning with a double off Adam Plutko, but they couldn't muster much else in a 1-0 loss that completed a two-game sweep by the Indians at Wrigley Field.

Willson Contreras followed Rizzo's hit with an infield single, but the Cubs failed to score as ...Read more

Jake Arrieta pitches Phillies to 'big' win against Braves in series finale

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PHILADELPHIA -- Big games? Jake Arrieta has pitched in more than a few.

Arrieta started the National League wild-card game in 2015 and tossed a five-hit shutout for the Chicago Cubs. A year later, with the Sons of Theo Epstein facing elimination, Arrieta took the ball in Game 6 of the World Series and beat the Cleveland Indians. And he kept the...Read more

Marlins stage ninth-inning rally to defeat Mets, 2-1

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NEW YORK -- All Don Mattingly wanted was for the Marlins just to "hang in there" as long as they could against Jacob deGrom.

Mattingly got his wish.

The Marlins hung in, and then they won.

Trailing 1-0 entering the ninth, the Marlins came up with two runs off Mets closer Jeurys Familia to pull off the 2-1 comeback win and take the series.

J....Read more

Rangers storm back twice to stun Yankees, 10-12

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ARLINGTON, Texas -- Jurickson Profar cleared the bases with go-ahead double in the sixth inning, and Ronald Guzman swatted a three-run homer in the fourth as the Texas Rangers overcame deficits of four and five runs to beat the New York Yankees, 12-10, on Wednesday at Globe Life Park in Arlington, Texas.

The Yankees led 4-0 after three innings ...Read more

Ross' arm, Villanueva's bat, Harper's drop help Padres to win over Nationals

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WASHINGTON -- Nationals pitcher Erick Fedde let go of a changeup that stayed a little too elevated and a little more over the middle of the plate than he wanted.

The ball shot high enough and hard enough off Christian Villanueva's bat that Fedde sank to a squat on the front of the mound as he rotated his body to watch it fly.

The wind, blowing...Read more

Hoskins, Kingery enjoy facing Braves, impressed by Albies and Acuna

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PHILADELPHIA -- Much like the Braves are building around young pillars Ronald Acuna and Ozzie Albies, the Phillies are orchestrating their future around Rhys Hoskins and Scott Kingery.

And the difference at the top of the National League East so far is one pairing's success against the other's growing pains.

Hoskins burst onto the scene in ...Read more

Royals beat Cardinals in 10 innings, secure first road series victory of season

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ST. LOUIS -- Royals backup catcher Drew Butera had barely moved his bat in four pitches.

Cardinals reliever Bud Norris had pumped him three straight 94 mph fastballs that came in just too low for a strike, then offered a sinker that hit the middle of the zone.

With a teammate standing at every base, the Cardinals infield drawn in, and no outs ...Read more

Samardzija's command off the mark, Giants swept in two games by Astros

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HOUSTON -- A day after suffering at the hands of the second-best pitcher in the American League, the Giants squared off against the only player posting better numbers than Houston's Gerrit Cole.

Their matchup with Justin Verlander didn't end well either.

After winning two in a row to end a seven-game homestand, the Giants lost to the defending...Read more

Ex-Twin Niko Goodrum homers to lift Tigers to victory

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Maybe another road trip is just what the Twins need.

Perhaps the weather this time of year in Seattle will cure for their scoring ills. Later on, there will be opportunities in Kansas City that could lead to run-scoring success against the Royals.

And, maybe, Miguel Sano will appear sometime over the next week or so, healthy and...Read more

Taylor's big home run leads Dodgers over Rockies

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LOS ANGELES--Yasiel Puig took four steps out of the batter's box, flipped his bat behind him and started his home-run trot on a ball that left his bat at 109 mph and traveled 421 feet into Dodger Stadium's left-field pavilion in the sixth inning Tuesday night.

Yes, this one was worth admiring.

Puig's vicious swing on a Bryan Shaw hanging ...Read more

M's nip A's in 10th inning

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- The Oakland A's had their four-game victory streak snapped when Seattle's Jean Segura beat the relay throw to the plate, scoring the game-winning run on Guillermo Heredia's double to right-center field in the 10th inning on Tuesday night.

Even after the 3-2 loss, there was no decision on the night's overriding topic: An ...Read more

Angels can't recover from Toronto's early five-run burst

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TORONTO -- Their offense still stumbling in the darkness, the Angels' latest loss was aided when a little too much light was cast upon their defense.

Right fielder Chris Young's inability to secure a potential third-out fly ball in the first inning helped lead to four unearned runs as they fell to Toronto 5-3.

The Angels have lost six of seven...Read more

Royals' skid ends at three as Jason Hammel beats Cardinals for his first win of year

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ST. LOUIS -- For weeks, Royals starting pitchers have struggled to both give manager Ned Yost length and their offense a chance to breathe.

They've dug themselves into early ruts, allowing 19 first-inning runs through 20 games in May after allowing just 16 first-inning runs in the first 28 games of the season. They've often labored just to get ...Read more

Lance Lynn's pitching, timely hitting boost Twins past Tigers

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Lance Lynn came through on his end, leaving it up to the offense to capitalize on his best outing as a Twin.

And with a splash of runs in the fifth inning, a struggling lineup provided support for their scuffling pitcher. And it allowed the Twins to beat the Tigers, 6-0, at Target Field.

The big inning sets the Twins up for a ...Read more

Giants pitching doesn't stack up against Astros in series-opening loss

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HOUSTON -- Madison Bumgarner faced hitters at Minute Maid Park on Tuesday, but he did not face the Houston Astros.

While Bumgarner took another crucial step in his lengthy rehab process, his absence from the Giants starting rotation remains a glaring issue for a team that clearly missed its ace in an 11-2 loss.

The defending World Series ...Read more

Welington Castillo records 3 hits in White Sox's 3-2 comeback win over Orioles

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CHICAGO -- Stop us if you've read this before: White Sox player doesn't run out a ball. Manager Rick Renteria benches him. Player acknowledges his mistake, says it won't happen again.

The Sox rarely win but always listen.

"I think that the decision that he made was right," said catcher Welington Castillo, who failed to run out a pop-up Monday ...Read more

Albies, McCarthy help Braves protect first place vs. Phillies

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PHILADELPHIA -- The Braves will retain first place for another day.

Behind Ozzie Albies and Brandon McCarthy, they won a 3-1 barnburner against the Phillies on Tuesday.

Albies put the Braves ahead with a solo homer in the third. They tacked on another run in the fifth after two Phillies throwing errors and added an insurance run in the ninth ...Read more

Marlins end skid, beat Mets for first time this season

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NEW YORK -- The moment he spotted Don Mattingly emerge from the dugout to come take the ball from him, Caleb Smith waited on the mound with his back turned to the manager, staring off into the distance.

He didn't appear happy.

But neither could he be disappointed.

Smith turned in yet another impressive start as the Marlins handed the Mets a 5...Read more

Tyler Chatwood walks six as Indians rout Cubs, 10-1

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CHICAGO -- After pitching one of his most efficient games last week, Tyler Chatwood experienced his shortest outing Tuesday night because of recurring wildness.

Chatwood walked six in only 2 2/3 innings as the Cubs were routed by the Indians 10-1 at Wrigley Field.

Chatwood issued a leadoff walk to Francisco Lindor to start the third, and Jose ...Read more