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

Nationals win on Taylor's walk-off double to defeat Padres, 2-1

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WASHINGTON -- Eric Lauer found the consistency he had worked for and the Padres were seeking from him.

The rookie left-hander went six strong innings on Tuesday, surrendering his only run on Bryce Harper's game-tying solo home run in the fifth.

The Padres lost 2-1 on a walk-off double by Michael A. Taylor against Matt Strahm scored Juan Soto ...Read more

Miguel Cabrera, ex-mistress headed to trial over child support in November

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His back still hurts. His team is struggling. And his former mistress won't back down in a fight over child support.

No doubt, Tiger slugger Miguel Cabrera is having a rough go of things lately -- but at least he doesn't have to think about his legal fiasco until the season is over.

After almost 10 months of feuding with an ex-mistress over ...Read more

Mariners place Dee Gordon on the 10-day disabled list with fractured toe

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- The Mariners will be without their leadoff hitter and catalyst to their offense for at least 10 days, if not more.

Hours before they were set to open a quick one-city, three-game road trip in Oakland, the team announced it had placed second baseman/outfielder Dee Gordon on the disabled list with a "fractured right great toe."...Read more

Slip-ups cost Dodgers a run in 2-1 loss to Colorado

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LOS ANGELES -- The kinetic chain of mistakes went from the pitcher to the catcher to the second baseman. The string of slip-ups cost the Los Angeles Dodgers a run in the eighth inning of a 2-1 defeat to Colorado and snapped a four-game winning streak. Pedro Baez walked a batter he should not have walked. Yasmani Grandal threw a ball too far. ...Read more

Thumb injury was the best thing to happen to Andrelton Simmons

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The making of a most-valuable-player candidate, the process that transformed Andrelton Simmons from light-hitting defensive whiz to one of baseball's best all-around players, did not begin with a prodigious home run or a flurry of drives to the gaps.

It began in the video room, with Simmons' left thumb in a splint, a torn ligament sidelining ...Read more

Jose Berrios dominant over eight innings as Twins top Tigers 4-2

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Swinging his bat wasn't getting Logan Morrison anywhere Monday. So when it mattered most, the Twins' slugger simply stopped.

Morrison, whose first three at-bats resulted in inning-ending strikeouts, watched four straight balls from Daniel Stumpf go by in the eighth inning, each of them low and outside. His walk with the bases ...Read more

Three homers, solid pitching help Orioles to fifth road win of year, 3-2 over White Sox

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CHICAGO -- Squint hard enough Monday night, and what the Orioles hoped this would be all along showed itself in a 3-2 win over the White Sox before a sparse crowd on the South Side.

Their stars, including Manny Machado, homered. The defense took runs off the board. Andrew Cashner pitched well, then avoided disaster, and handed it off to a ...Read more

Nick Pivetta throws seven shutout innings as Phillies beat Braves

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PHILADELPHIA -- Nick Pivetta had retired 11 straight batters on Monday night when he walked Johan Camargo on five pitches. Pivetta had already thrown 103 pitches. His night could have ended there with one out in the seventh inning.

It was not a necessity to push Pivetta much further. But the Phillies did. And it worked. Pivetta picked up the ...Read more

Mikolas, O'Neill star in Cardinals' 6-0 win over Royals

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ST. LOUIS -- Tyler O'Neill hit a three-run homer, his third long ball in as many days, to provide more than enough run support for starter Miles Mikolas as the Cardinals rolled to a 6-0 victory over the Kansas City Royals before a crowd of 42,140 Monday night at Busch Stadium.

This segment of the I-70 Series will continue with games Tuesday at ...Read more

Nationals rough up Erlin, Mitchell in rout of Padres

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WASHINGTON -- The Padres on Sunday got another solid start from a reliever who, in manager Andy Green's words, had been "a starter who went to the bullpen that wanted to be in the rotation, took the ball and attacked with a bullpen-type mentality."

On Monday, neither Robbie Erlin nor Bryan Mitchell could follow Jordan Lyles' example, as the ...Read more