Angels bounce back with win over hot Astros

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HOUSTON -- Eleven days ago, he was pitching in double-A for a team called the BayBears.

Monday, he struck out Houston's Carlos Correa in the eighth inning with the tying run on base to help the Los Angeles Angels beat the reigning World Series champions, 2-0.

"I thought it was crazy," Keynan Middleton said.

The reliever was talking about the ...Read more

Walker Buehler impresses in first start as Dodgers win 2-1

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LOS ANGELES -- The jewel of the Los Angeles Dodgers farm system steadied himself in the center of their ballpark. Walker Buehler cradled a baseball in his right hand and tucked it inside his glove. He exhaled as he prepared to throw the first pitch of the first start of his career. Buehler went still; Dodger Stadium went silent.

On the mound, ...Read more

Mitchell survives rocky first, Padres come back to bury Rockies

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DENVER -- Dark clouds hemmed in the sky above Coors Field. Fans in the upper deck were moved due to the lightning that continued to flash seemingly just beyond the ballpark's walls. Thunder echoed and rain began to fall as the second inning started.

It was easy to speculate that the storm continuing might be the best thing to happen for Padres ...Read more

White Sox offense comes to life with 10-4 victory over Mariners

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CHICAGO -- Maybe it's a coincidence. Maybe not.

Hours after getting encouraging news about fallen teammate Danny Farquhar, the White Sox celebrated with a hit parade not seen since Opening Day.

They greeted Mariners right-hander Mike Leake like this: triple, single, single, single, single, single, double. They became the first team since the ...Read more

A's offense explodes in ninth inning for blowout win over Rangers

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ARLINGTON, Texas -- The A's squandered multiple opportunities to take control throughout the night, but the final inning showed just how explosive this offense can be.

Entering the ninth inning 2 for 10 with runners in scoring position, the A's unleashed that pent up frustration from earlier by putting together a six-run ninth inning to turn ...Read more

Despite quality start and immaculate inning, Orioles' Kevin Gausman loses to Indians, 2-1

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BALTIMORE -- Kevin Gausman's seventh inning was immaculate -- nine pitches, nine strikes and three strikeouts. He was nearly spotless otherwise, too.

But his one mistake proved too many for Gausman in Monday night's series finale against the Cleveland Indians, a 2-1 loss in which the right-hander found the fastball velocity that had eluded him ...Read more

Struggling Dodgers reliever Wilmer Font designated for assignment

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LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Dodgers cut ties with Wilmer Font, designating the struggling pitcher for assignment before Monday night's game against the Miami Marlins to call up pitcher Walker Buehler.

Font, a 28-year-old right-hander, was the triple-A Pacific Coast League pitcher of the year last season but struggled in brief appearances ...Read more

White Sox teammates encouraged by news on Danny Farquhar, the man they've nicknamed 'Google'

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Danny Farquhar's White Sox teammates prayed for him Monday afternoon in Bible study. When they left, they felt as if the man upstairs had been listening.

"Uplifting, for sure," a beaming Nate Jones said of the news that Farquhar "is progressing well," according to the Sox, after undergoing surgery to address the ruptured aneurysm he suffered ...Read more

Amidst 14-game hitting streak, Royals' Moustakas belting baseballs harder than ever

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If there is one string of hope Royals fans can pull out of a dismal 5-15 start to the 2018 season, it is this:

Third baseman Mike Moustakas is hitting the baseball hard at a rate more consistent than ever.

While the phenomenon itself won't solve all the Royals' problems, it does make it more likely for Moustakas to get a hit, which he has done...Read more

Jose Bautista will be Braves starting third baseman

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CINCINNATI -- Jose Bautista will be the Braves' starting third baseman whenever he joins the big league club.

The Braves signed Bautista, 37, to a minor league deal April 18 and announced the long-time outfielder as a third baseman, a position he hadn't regularly manned in a decade.

But that's the inevitability in the Braves clubhouse. Manager...Read more

Cubs' return to Cleveland brings back fond memories of 2016 World Series win

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Mike Montgomery uses the same glove he wore two years ago when he induced Michael Martinez to ground to third base and secure the Cubs' first World Series title since 1908.

"Some of those memories will be there forever, and rightfully so," said Montgomery, who returns with his Cubs teammates Tuesday night to Progressive Field in Cleveland for ...Read more

White Sox pitcher Danny Farquhar has surgery: report

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CHICAGO -- White Sox reliever Danny Farquhar remained in stable but critical condition Sunday after surgery on Saturday at Rush University Medical Center.

Farquhar has been hospitalized since Friday, when he suffered a brain hemorrhage in the dugout caused by a ruptured aneurysm.

The Sox did not provide any news on Farquhar on Sunday, but a ...Read more

Dodgers come from behind against Nationals to get back to .500

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LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Dodgers slumbered through half the game, awakening with a bolt of energy that revitalized the fans and players within the grand old ballpark.

The Dodgers were three outs from winning a three-game series in which two of the opposing starters were Max Scherzer and Stephen Strasburg. They were three outs from their ...Read more

Motivated, refined Indians' Mike Clevinger holding his own in starting rotation

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BALTIMORE -- When Mike Clevinger was awarded the No. 4 spot in the Indians starting rotation this spring, he knew he'd have his work cut out for him to carry his weight in one of the best rotations in baseball.

Thus far, he's done that and more, but he's still far from satisfied.

Clevinger has a 1.75 ERA in four starts and just tossed the best...Read more

Ohtani bats fourth in Angels' 4-2 loss to Giants, Cueto

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ANAHEIM, Calif. -- It's official. The transformation is complete. Shohei Ohtani has turned the Los Angeles Angels into his own Little League All-Star team.

It wasn't enough for the Japanese right-hander to be one of the team's top pitchers. The sweet-swinging slugger batted fourth in Sunday's 4-2 loss to the San Francisco Giants before a crowd ...Read more

A's complete 5-1 homestand with win over Red Sox

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- Khris Davis supplied all the offense Sunday as the Athletics beat the Boston Red Sox 4-1 and completed what they hope is a homestand so successful it can jump-start their season.

Davis drove in all four runs with two outs, grounding a single to left in the first inning to bring home one run and then launching a three-run home...Read more

Diamondbacks beat Lucchesi, Padres, 4-2

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PHOENIX -- The potential pitcher's duel was one-sided.

Padres rookie Joey Lucchesi had his roughest outing yet Sunday in the finale of a three-game series with the Diamondbacks, hurting himself with an error and giving up four runs in the fourth inning, and the Padres managed just three hits in a 4-2 loss.

Arizona starter Patrick Corbin, who ...Read more

Cueto improves league-leading ERA, Belt powers Giants to first series win, defeat Angels

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ANAHEIM, Calif. -- If patience is a virtue worth celebrating, then Sunday was the perfect time for Brandon Belt and the San Francisco Giants to have their moment in the sun.

With a record-setting at-bat, a solo home run on the ninth pitch of another plate appearance and a grand total of 40 pitches faced on Sunday, Belt paced the Giants to a 4-2...Read more

Cubs strike after Kris Bryant's beaning, hold on for 9-7 win over Rockies

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CHICAGO -- The Cubs' offense took matters into their own hands after slugger Kris Bryant was beaned by a pitch in the first inning that caused him to leave Sunday's game against the Rockies.

After Bryant was nailed in the helmet by a 96-mph fastball from German Marquez, the Cubs responded with four consecutive singles with two out to highlight ...Read more

Cardinals continue domination of Reds; sweep series with 9-2 win

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ST. LOUIS -- If only the Cardinals could convince the Reds to stay around longer.

The Cardinals completed a sweep of Cincinnati and went to 7-0 against them this season with a 9-2 win on a soggy Sunday at Busch Stadium. The Cardinals are 13-8 this season, with more than half of the wins coming against the befuddled Reds, who are 3-18.

The ...Read more