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Dodgers sweep Cubs with 9-4 win despite rough outing for Clayton Kershaw

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LOS ANGELES -- A highly anticipated pitcher's duel between Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw and Chicago Cubs left-hander Jon Lester turned into a power-point presentation on Sunday, the teams combining to club seven home runs and neither esteemed starter lasting five innings.

The Dodgers weathered one of the worst regular-season starts of Kershaw's ...Read more

Some White Sox players are looking forward to Chris Sale's return

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Chris Sale will pitch for the Sox again Tuesday at Guaranteed Rate Field.

But the left-hander will be on the mound representing the Red variety when he makes his first start against the White Sox, with whom he spent his first seven seasons.

Sale was traded to Boston in December for a haul of prospects, including second baseman Yoan Moncada, ...Read more

Pirates' Jameson Taillon back on the mound after surgery for testicular cancer

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ERIE, Ohio -- Jameson Taillon, a 25-year-old Pirates pitcher, had plenty of time to think these past three weeks. Days of doubt and soul-searching followed after he discovered a cancerous lump while in a Cincinnati hotel room the night of May 3. He underwent surgery for testicular cancer five days later, and baseball went on the back burner for ...Read more

Josh Tomlin pitches complete game, Indians cruise in offensive onslaught

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CLEVELAND -- It was Francisco Lindor's first day of rest this season. The lineup, for one day, was just fine without him.

With Lindor on the bench, the Indians exploded for 10 runs on 18 hits and Josh Tomlin went the distance to down the Kansas City Royals 10-1 Sunday afternoon at Progressive Field.

The Indians (25-23) scored all 10 runs ...Read more

Cueto returns to ace form as Giants clobber Braves

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SAN FRANCISCO -- Johnny Cueto's blisters have either healed up or he's growing accustomed to pitching with the nagging discomfort. After four rough outings, the 31-year-old right-hander threw like an ace on Sunday.

Cueto (5-3) followed up strong performances from Matt Cain and Ty Blach this weekend by surrendering just one earned run on six ...Read more

White Sox bats back Miguel Gonzalez in win over Tigers

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CHICAGO -- The first six innings were as easy as 1-2-3 for Miguel Gonzalez, who needed just 69 pitches to retire the first 18 Tigers in order Sunday at Guaranteed Rate Field.

Hopes of perfect game, no-hitter and/or a shutout were lost in a span of four pitches in the seventh inning, though the White Sox won 7-3 to take three of four in the ...Read more

Mariners avoid being swept and shut out in Boston with a 5-0 victory

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BOSTON -- The Mariners not only scored a run, but they won a game. Neither was a certainty given their recent showings on this road trip. But after being shut out on back-to-back days at hitter-friendly Fenway Park, something no Mariners team had happen before, Seattle managed to direct more than a few baserunners to home plate, making sure a ...Read more

Indians' Danny Salazar moved to bullpen to work out issues

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CLEVELAND -- For at least a short stretch, Indians pitcher Danny Salazar will be working out of the bullpen.

Salazar has struggled this season, posting a 3-5 record and 5.50 ERA in 10 starts. The club revamped his pregame routine a few weeks ago to try to fix his first-inning issues. Now, the hope is that some time in the bullpen might be the ...Read more

Padres match season high with 14 hits in win over Nationals

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WASHINGTON -- In consecutive games at Nationals Park, the Padres were made to look silly by a pair of aces. Max Scherzer struck out a season-high 13 batters on Friday. Stephen Strasburg struck out a career-high 15 on Saturday. Given a sizable gap in talent and experience, the dozens of empty at-bats were not entirely unexpected.

On Sunday, the ...Read more

Brian Dozier delivers with eighth-inning homer as Twins beat Rays 5-3

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Brian Dozier pumped his right fist in the air as he rounded first base. It was fitting he used his right hand, because he came up with the right hit at the right time to right field.

Dozier's two-run, opposite field homer helped lift the Twins to a 5-3 victory over Tampa Bay on Saturday, rescuing a game that was bogged down by ...Read more

In search of knowledge, Wil Myers paying regular visits to manager's office

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One day early this season, Padres first baseman Wil Myers stopped by manager Andy Green's office with a question. He left feeling better informed. Soon, a habit developed.

"I don't really know if it was just like, 'Hey, let's start coming in every day,' " Myers said. "I just went in there to try to talk to him, and then I was like, 'You know ...Read more

Marlins' J.T. Riddle goes off again as Miami takes series from Angels

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MIAMI -- For the first time since visiting San Diego last month, the Miami Marlins won a series Sunday.

The Marlins topped the Angels, 9-2, behind another big day from rookie shortstop J.T. Riddle to take two of three from Los Angeles. This is Miami's first series win in their last 11, with nine losses and two two-game splits filling the past ...Read more

Phillies give up five homers in loss to Reds

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PHILADELPHIA -- Phillies right-hander Zach Eflin will surely be glad to flip the calendar. Eflin, like his team, has had a rough month of May that continued Sunday with an 8-4 loss to the Cincinnati Reds at Citizens Bank Park.

The Reds, off to a fairly surprising 24-25 start, hit five home runs, including two each by Adam Duvall and Patrick ...Read more

Mike Trout sprains thumb in Angels' loss to Marlins

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MIAMI -- The Angels' 10-game trip down the East Coast ended in disturbing fashion on Sunday.

Mike Trout left the game after spraining his left thumb. Trout underwent X-rays, which showed no fracture. There was no immediate word on how much time he might miss.

That was merely one of the negatives on a day the Angels' lost 9-2 to the Miami ...Read more

Blach pitches Giants past Braves

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SAN FRANCISCO -- Like Matt Cain, San Francisco Giants starter Ty Blach continues to dish out his best stuff in the pitcher-friendly confines of AT&T Park.

The only difference is that Blach actually received some run support, and plenty of it, Saturday as the Giants (21-30) returned to the win column with a 6-3 victory over the Atlanta Braves.

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Wainwright, Cards blank Rockies a night after being shut out by Colorado

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DENVER--Leave it to Adam Wainwright to throw a hairpin curve in his season.

After two successful, resurgent starts at home, the St. Louis Cardinals' veteran starter took his new look on the road for seven shutout innings Saturday night at Coors Field. Dexter Fowler and Tommy Pham combined to score all of the runs Wainwright and the bullpen ...Read more

Anderson's gem helps Brewers end losing streak

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MILWAUKEE -- With a five-game losing streak and coming off perhaps their toughest loss of the season, the Milwaukee Brewers needed somebody to step up in a big way.

Right-hander Chase Anderson did so in dramatic fashion.

Not allowing a hit until the eighth inning, Anderson out-pitched Arizona ace Zack Greinke as the Brewers pulled away to a 6-...Read more

Orioles suffer sixth straight defeat and 12th in 15 games, 5-2 to Astros

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HOUSTON -- The Orioles' struggles suddenly have them closer to the American League East cellar than first place, which they occupied at least a share of for 35 days in the season's first two months.

They suffered their sixth straight loss and 12th in 15 games, 5-2, against the Houston Astros on Saturday night at Minute Maid Park.

The Orioles (...Read more

Dodgers shut out Cubs again, 5-0

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LOS ANGELES -- The setup was similar.

With two outs in the fourth inning on Saturday, Chase Utley walked to home plate amid a scoreless tie.

Utley saw the first pitch from Chicago Cubs right-hander John Lackey, a soft curveball, and slapped it to left field. The home fans roared. Kike' Hernandez scored safely from second base. The Dodgers went...Read more

Jaso ties, wins game for Pirates in 5-4 come-from-behind victory over Mets

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PITTSBURGH -- The flock of New Yorkers gathered behind the visitor's dugout at PNC Park before Saturday's game serenaded Mets manager Terry Collins, standing nearby, with a song for his 68th birthday. Collins waved and smiled. When Collins walked past the dugout, one fan, feeling his oats, piped up to inform the manager he'd lost sleep over this...Read more

 

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