Cubs option Carl Edwards Jr. to Iowa after a rough outing in his return from the injured list

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CHICAGO -- Carl Edwards Jr.'s rough 2019 season took another hit Monday when the Cubs optioned the struggling reliever to Triple-A Iowa.

Edwards, who has a 5.87 ERA in 20 appearances, was activated from the injured list Friday, and a lack of command was evident Sunday as he allowed one run on one hit with a walk and a hit batter in only one-...Read more

Cubs could really benefit by pushing the Giants into sell mode

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CHICAGO -- The Cubs can accomplish two objectives with a successful three-game series against the Giants starting Monday night.

First, they can improve their standing in a tight National League Central race.

Second, pushing the Giants out of NL wild-card contention could make general manager Farhan Zaidi more likely to trade left-handed ...Read more

Braves 7, Nationals 1: Gausman stellar in return

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ATLANTA -- Braves manager Brian Snitker felt adding a revived Kevin Gausman would be the equivalent of trading for another starting pitcher. Maybe Gausman has a chance to be a crucial deadline addition for the second year in a row.

In his first outing since June 10, Gausman logged seven one-run innings in a 7-1 win over the Nationals on Sunday....Read more

Brandy Halladay's Hall of Fame speech about her late husband Roy is a crowd pleaser

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COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. -- One of Brandy Halladay's favorite expressions is that "it takes a village," and she used it again Sunday afternoon in the famous village that houses baseball's greatest players. She used it at just the right time and in just the right way.

"I say it a lot, but it takes a village and we truly have a great one," Brandy ...Read more

Dillon Peters flashes his promise in Angels' victory over Mariners

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SEATTLE -- Dillon Peters may not be the long-term solution to the Los Angeles Angels' pitching woes.

But in Sunday's 9-3 victory over the Mariners, the 5-foot-11 left-hander made a case for why the Angels should consider keeping him around until Andrew Heaney recovers from a shoulder injury.

In his first start for the Angels this season, he ...Read more

Lesson from Nick Adenhart tragedy might help Angels cope with Tyler Skaggs' death

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ANAHEIM, Calif. -- If the Los Angeles Angels are to find a measure of closure as they grieve the July 1 death of pitcher Tyler Skaggs, if they are to feel more peace than pain when they think of their fallen teammate and return some sense of normalcy to their season, then Monday's private memorial service for the pitcher could be a therapeutic ...Read more

Short and sweet: Harold Baines focuses on family, teammates and hard work in emotional Hall of Fame speech

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Harold Baines cut right to the chase Sunday when he began his Hall of Fame induction speech at the Clark Sports Center, telling his friends and former teammates to start their stopwatches.

The man of few words knew everyone was wondering how long his speech would be, especially after Tim Raines had predicted it would be the shortest in history....Read more

Mariners turn in signature performance in 9-3 loss to the Angels

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SEATTLE -- The fourth inning told the story.

Not just the story of Sunday's 9-3 loss to the Los Angeles Angels, in which the Mariners dropped their 15th game in their last 18 tries. It told the story of the season. It told the story of a step-back, of a 40-62 team that's about to be sold for scraps at the trade deadline.

Seattle starter Yusei ...Read more

Jeff Samardzija, Derek Holland struggle as Giants' win streak ends at seven

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SAN FRANCISCO -- The Giants' seven game win streak came to an abrupt end Saturday, as the New York Mets had 17 hits and four home runs in a 11-4 win at Oracle Park.

With the Giants looking to go over.500 for first time in over 11 months, starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija allowed home runs to Dominic Smith and Jeff McNeil and reliever Derek ...Read more

Ehire Adrianza, Max Kepler supply clutch ninth-inning hits as Twins edge A's 7-6

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Max Kepler dove into second base with a first-inning double, then later ended the Twins' 7-6 victory over Oakland on Sunday with a walkoff single in the ninth inning.

Their beleaguered bullpen gave up another lead on Sunday, but the Twins offense bailed them out.

Max Kepler singled home Ehire Adrianza from third with the winning...Read more

Cubs bats fall asleep in 5-1 loss to the Padres

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CHICAGO -- The Cubs entered Sunday hoping to pad their record before heading west.

No dice.

They managed just six hits in their sleepy 5-1 loss to the Padres. Their only extra-base hit was Kris Bryant's bloop double to right in the first inning.

Robel Garcia scorched two balls, but the strong winds blowing in from the north knocked them down....Read more

Astros' sweep makes it clear the Rangers are sellers

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HOUSTON -- The Texas Rangers are making this easy for general manager Jon Daniels.

The Rangers' losing streak reached seven games Sunday afternoon as the Houston Astros completed a three-game sweep with a 5-3 win at Minute Maid Park.

Texas has been swept twice in its past two trips to Houston, including a four-game sweep in early May. Both ...Read more

Rhys Hoskins homers in 11th as Phillies fight past Pirates

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PITTSBURGH -- Bryan Reynolds ran toward the left-field corner on Sunday afternoon, but the Pirates outfielder stopped when he reached the wall, and the Phillies could finally take a deep breath.

They escaped defeat -- by the narrowest of margins -- in two straight innings of a 2-1 win before Rhys Hoskins homered over Reynolds' head in the 11th ...Read more

Miami Marlins shut out for 15th time this year as Dodgers sweep series

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LOS ANGELES -- Jordan Yamamoto, stellar through his first half-dozen starts for the Miami Marlins since being called up in mid-June, hit his first major speed bump at the major-league level.

Spotty command against the Los Angeles Dodgers became his weakness on Sunday. The Dodgers capitalized.

Long at-bat after long at-bat -- and a pair of two-...Read more

Indians 5, Royals 4: Three-run sixth lifts Tribe against Royals

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CLEVELAND -- The Indians returned to the win column on Sunday and thanks to a three-run sixth inning were able to down the Kansas City Royals 5-4 at Progressive Field.

Then Indians (57-41) and Royals (37-64) entered the sixth deadlocked 2-2. Facing Royals starter Glenn Sparkman, Jose Ramirez quickly untied it by driving a solo home run over the...Read more

Nicholas Castellanos ends losing skid with walk-off HR; Tigers win, 4-3, in 10

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DETROIT -- With their starting rotation further depleted, the Detroit Tigers turned to a rookie on Sunday afternoon.

And, in his second major league start, left-hander Tyler Alexander gave the Tigers exactly what they needed in avoiding a series sweep to the Blue Jays.

But Shane Greene blew his third save of the season, allowing a game-tying, ...Read more

Asher Wojciechowski's no-hit bid, Trey Mancini's homers off Andrew Cashner give Orioles 5-0 win over Red Sox

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BALTIMORE -- Asher Wojciechowski began July on a plane heading from Columbus, Ohio, to Tampa, Fla., on his way to join an Orioles organization granting him an opportunity it didn't last year and one no team had in two seasons. He had good reason to feel sky high again Sunday.

The 30-year-old right-hander's career day in a 5-0 victory over the ...Read more

Munoz homers, drives in two as Cardinals' win, 3-1, take series vs. Reds

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CINCINNATI -- For the Cardinals bullpen to have a lead at all to hold for the second half of Sunday's game, it took four stolen bases in one inning and a romp of a game by infielder Yairo Munoz.

The Cardinals' utility infielder finished a double shy of the cycle as he homered and drove in two runs for a 3-1 victory against Cincinnati at Great ...Read more

Legendary Mariners designated hitter Edgar Martinez joins the Baseball Hall of Fame

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COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. – The culmination of a baseball journey that started in Dorado, Puerto Rico, reached its apex on Sunday afternoon in Cooperstown, New York.

On a stifling day that was cooled at times by cloud cover and breezes, Edgar Martinez officially gained induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

With several former teammates on hand ...Read more

L.A. bullpen still weak link, blowing 6-0 lead before Beaty's homer in eighth saves day

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LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Dodgers would love to pry Felipe Vazquez from the Pittsburgh Pirates, Brad Hand from the Cleveland Indians or Will Smith from the San Francisco Giants before the July 31 trade deadline.

Any of the three left-handed closers would be a huge upgrade for a shaky bullpen that, as currently constructed, is the biggest ...Read more