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Twins even series with Tigers thanks to a series of sacrifice flies

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MINNEAPOLIS — Nothing has come easy for the Twins during their miserable start to the season, so why would a four-run lead be any different when they were on the verge of ending their five-game losing streak.

Bailey Ober was magnificent in his second straight start against the Detroit Tigers, permitting two hits and one run across six ...Read more

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Cardinals give up 12 runs to Brewers, lose third straight game and drop series at home

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ST. LOUIS — A Cardinals offense that had struggled to string together anything of late scored four runs in the first two innings to grab an early lead Saturday afternoon. However, the pitching staff slogged through its worst day of the season and made that early offense a drop in the bucket compared to what the Milwaukee Brewers produced.

The...Read more

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Rays eventually find a way, beat Yankees in 10 innings, 2-0

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NEW YORK — The Rays wasted opportunities to score throughout the afternoon on Saturday.

Then, once they got to extra innings and the added sense of urgency that comes with it, they found a way to get runners home, beating the Yankees, 2-0 in 10 innings.

Shortstop Jose Caballero had a big hand in the victory.

He doubled leading off the 10th ...Read more

Mets place catcher Francisco Alvarez on 10-day IL with left thumb injury

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LOS ANGELES — The Mets don’t yet know the extent of Francisco Alvarez’s left thumb injury, but they do know that the injury will sideline him for more than 10 days, which is why an injured list stint was necessary.

The catcher was placed on the 10-day injured list Saturday with the sprain and Tomás Nido was called up from Triple-A ...Read more

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Bill Shaikin: A's want to intervene in Nevada case. For their proposed Vegas stadium, time is money.

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LOS ANGELES — On Thursday, National Hockey League owners approved the relocation of the Arizona Coyotes to Salt Lake City. The team will be playing in Salt Lake City next season. Done deal.

In November, Major League Baseball owners approved the relocation of the Oakland Athletics to Las Vegas. The team plans to play in Sacramento for the next...Read more

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Paul Zeise: Why are the Pirates wasting Paul Skenes' pitch count against minor leaguers?

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PITTSBURGH — Jared Jones was lifted from a game this week after 59 pitches despite blowing away pretty much everyone he faced. He looked like Nolan Ryan in his prime and was basically a Bryan Reynolds misplayed ball away from pitching five perfect innings, but because of some "prearranged plan," he was pulled out of the game after five innings...Read more

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Thumped: Blake Snell sets the wrong tone as Giants lose, 17-1, to Arizona

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SAN FRANCISCO — Big league ballplayers have a saying: the starting pitcher sets the tone.

Blake Snell set an ominous tone on Friday night.

Making his third start in a San Francisco Giants uniform, the reigning National League Cy Young Award winner got rocked once again as the Arizona Diamondbacks knocked him around for five earned runs in 4-...Read more

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Shaky defense the latest problem to afflict struggling Dodgers in loss to Mets

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LOS ANGELES — In series losses to the San Diego Padres and Washington Nationals at the start of this week’s nine-game homestand, the Los Angeles Dodgers’ struggles had followed a few recurring themes.

Their starting pitching wasn’t great. Their bullpen repeatedly stubbed its toe. And their top-heavy lineup teetered with everyone from ...Read more

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Padres' bats remain cold in loss to Blue Jays

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SAN DIEGO — The San Diego Padres’ No.5 starter got knocked around and let down on Friday night.

They will have a fill-in starting Saturday, as Randy Vásquez will be recalled to take the place of the injured Yu Darvish.

Their offense continues to run hot and cold and is currently freezing.

These are precarious times for a team that fell ...Read more

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Tigers scratch out 5-4 win against Twins on ninth-inning hit by rookie Wenceel Perez

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MINNEAPOLIS — It was 38 degrees with chilly 15-mph winds swirling around Target Field that made it feel like 29 degrees at game time Friday night.

“You don’t get cold in the big leagues,” Tigers shortstop Zach McKinstry said.

Of course, McKinstry is cut from different cloth. It snowed hard when he made his official visit to Central ...Read more

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Cardinals offense muzzled in 2-1 series-opening loss to Brewers at Busch Stadium

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ST. LOUIS — A Cardinals offense scuffling of late and an opposing pitcher who’d given out nearly three times as many strikeouts as hits through his first three starts wasn’t a stellar recipe for a breakout day at the plate. Yet the Cardinals scratched and clawed their way into extra innings with a run in the bottom of the ninth.

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Travis d'Arnaud hits three homers as Braves top Rangers, 8-3

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ATLANTA — The Braves opened a nine-game homestand Friday by welcoming the defending-champion Rangers to Atlanta. What a show for the sellout crowd: The Braves mashed their way to an 8-3 win, their fifth straight.

Here are five observations:

— 1. Let April 19, 2024, at Truist Park be known as the “Travis d’Arnaud game.” The Braves’ ...Read more

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Ken Sugiura: As rehab starts, Braves' Spencer Strider driven to come back even better

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ATLANTA — In one way, Spencer Strider is like the rest of us, or at least some of us. When the “check engine” light came on for his elbow, he chose to ignore it.

As the Braves ace prepared for the season at spring training in Florida, he began to feel discomfort in his right elbow but tried to not listen to what he called “those ...Read more

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Juan Soto crushes 3-run homer in Yankees' series-opening win over Rays

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NEW YORK — It took seven innings and two Rays errors for the Yankees’ offense to wake up on Friday, but the Bombers opened their homestand with a 5-3 win.

The biggest blast of the night came from Juan Soto, who demolished a three-run home run off Tampa Bay’s Chris Devenski, who pumped a fastball down the middle of the plate. The 409-foot,...Read more

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Orioles' bullpen spoils Adley Rutschman's first career grand slam in 9-4 loss to Royals

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Dean Kremer was showing signs of tiring, walking two straight batters in the sixth inning of an otherwise sharp start.

He then threw a center-cut 88-mph cutter to Royals catcher Salvador Perez, and the eight-time All-Star just missed parking it over the left-field wall at Kansas City’s Kauffman Stadium. Manager Brandon ...Read more

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Quinn Priester labors in season debut as Pirates fall to Red Sox, drop 4th in a row

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PITTSBURGH — The hours leading up to Quinn Priester’s season debut were littered with teammates congratulating the 2019 first-rounder in the clubhouse on making it back to Pittsburgh.

Just a few minutes into his Friday night start, however, it became clear Priester again wasn’t at his best. He yielded three home runs, including two in the...Read more

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Spencer Turnbull shines on the mound in Phillies' 7-0 rout of White Sox

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PHILADELPHIA — J.T. Realmuto stood on the grass near the Phillies' dugout and waited.

It was impossible not to notice him — and not just because he was clad from head to toe in canary yellow catcher's gear. The rest of the Phillies had dashed off the field, but there was Realmuto, lingering behind for pitcher Spencer Turnbull.

Turnbull's ...Read more

As Jameson Taillon delivers a win in his season debut, Cubs rely on resiliency during challenging start

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CHICAGO — Eight seasons into his major league career hasn’t dissipated Chicago Cubs right-hander Jameson Taillon’s pregame butterflies ahead of his season debut.

A back injury interrupted his build-up process and sidelined him the entire spring exhibition schedule, causing him to begin on the injured list until Thursday. Taillon’s ...Read more

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Why was Trevor Bauer listed as a victim in a fraud case unrelated to MLB suspension?

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LOS ANGELES — Trevor Bauer was back in the news this week. He posted a video in which he gave a short address that started this way: "One of the women who accused me of sexual assault just got indicted for committing felony fraud against me. Imagine that."

Bauer, the former Dodgers pitcher, has not pitched in the major leagues since 2021. ...Read more

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FAA investigating after Rockies coach seen in cockpit on United charter flight

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DENVER — A viral video showing a Colorado Rockies baseball coach in the cockpit of a United Airlines charter flight from Denver to Toronto sparked a federal investigation, officials confirmed Friday.

The video, originally posted to social media by the Rockies’ hitting coach Hensley Meulens, appears to show Meulens sitting in one of the ...Read more