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Line drive to head shouldn't change Carlos Rodon's timetable to return

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DETROIT -- A line drive to the forehead likely won't be a setback for White Sox pitcher Carlos Rodon as he continues working his way back from offseason shoulder surgery, manager Rick Renteria said.

"It didn't look pretty; (it was a) pretty good blow," Renteria said Friday about Rodon's injury, which occurred during his start for Triple A-...Read more

Clutch hits from Ben Zobrist and Kris Bryant help Cubs to 6-2 victory vs. Giants

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CHICAGO -- While acknowledging the frustration of fans seeking instant gratification, Cubs President Theo Epstein expresses patience and faith in his players that he believes they will evolve into a consistent winner.

"Look at the track record of this group," Epstein said. "We're going through the same process as we (always) do. It's just ...Read more

Rangers' decision on Tim Lincecum, ready or not, looming on June 5

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ARLINGTON, Texas -- Tim Lincecum may not be ready to join the Texas Rangers on Monday, the first available day he could come off the disabled list.

The right-handed veteran's rehab assignment goes through June 5, which will force Texas to make a decision, barring another injury requiring more DL time. He can't continue to pitch on a rehab once ...Read more

Theo Epstein shoots down trade rumors involving Cubs

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CHICAGO -- What's the problem with the Cubs?

That's a question everyone is asking about a team that was favored to win its division even before adding Yu Darvish just before spring training.

Instead the Cubs head into Memorial Day weekend with a modest 25-21 record, trailing the first-place Brewers by 31/2 games.

"It's complicated," President...Read more

With help from Salvador Perez, Danny Duffy dominates Rangers in Royals' win

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ARLINGTON, Tex. -- When Danny Duffy stepped off the mound at Globe Life Park in Arlington on Thursday night, no coolers needed to be upended. Gloves didn't need to be thrown into dugout walls.

No, Thursday was different. For the first time in weeks, Duffy's outing didn't necessitate a self-defeating post-game interview.

Because when he ...Read more

Dodgers' Stewart steps up, shuttles between L.A. and OKC

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LOS ANGELES--Brock Stewart was born and raised in Normal, Ill., which is kind of ironic.

Nothing about this season has been normal for the Dodgers right-hander, who has shuttled so often between Los Angeles and triple-A Oklahoma City that he probably needs to check his phone every morning to see what time zone he's in.

Four times since March ...Read more

Astros start slow before defeating Indians, 8-2

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CLEVELAND -- Once the floodgates opened, the Indians were unable to withstand the onslaught of the Houston Astros in an 8-2 defeat Thursday night at Progressive Field.

The Indians held a 2-0 lead entering the fifth inning. From there, it quickly went downhill.

With two runners on in the fifth, third baseman Alex Bregman drilled a three-run ...Read more

A's bullpen pieces together solid outing in win over Mariners

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- It was all hands on deck for the A's pitching staff, and it got the job done.

After losing starters Andrew Triggs and Brett Anderson to injuries over the weekend, the A's designated Thursday's game against the Mariners as a bullpen game. Josh Lucas got the ball first, and the baton was then passed four more times amongst A's ...Read more

Orioles break out for 9-3 win over White Sox behind Dylan Bundy's complete game

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CHICAGO -- With an early set of patient, productive innings to stake a masterful Dylan Bundy to a lead Thursday, the Orioles beat the Chicago White Sox, 9-3, at sun-splashed Guaranteed Rate Field, sparing themselves the embarrassment of leaving this four-game series having taken over for the hosts as owners of the game's worst record.

It ...Read more

White Sox's Welington Castillo suspended 80 games after testing positive for Erythropoietin

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CHICAGO -- White Sox catcher Welington Castillo was suspended 80 games without pay on Thursday for violation of baseball's drug testing rules.

MLB said Castillo tested positive for Erythropoietin (EPO), a performance-enhancing substance.

"I was recently notified by Major League Baseball that I had tested positive for EPO, a substance that is ...Read more

Kenta Maeda's strikeouts have Dodgers in striking distance

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LOS ANGELES -- Kenta Maeda balled his right hand into a fist and hopped off the mound. A scream escaped his lungs after he executed his 97th pitch of the evening, a well-placed changeup that resulted in his 10th strikeout, ended the top of the sixth inning and erased a threat from the Colorado Rockies in a 3-0 Los Angeles Dodgers victory. Maeda ...Read more

Mariners continue hot streak, shut out Athletics for fifth consecutive victory

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- The Seattle Mariners got a brilliant start and the minimal amount of run support needed to pick up a victory.

Marco Gonzales delivered the best outing of his career against the Oakland A's in a 1-0 win Wednesday night.

The young left-hander pitched seven shutout innings, allowing just two hits with two walks and six ...Read more

Angels come out on top of Blue Jays after dramatic ninth inning

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TORONTO -- The Los Angeles Angels have had trouble hitting of late.

But they had no problem walking Wednesday -- walking their way right out of their hitting slump.

After three consecutive walks with one out in the ninth inning, Shohei Ohtani and Andrelton Simmons each produced the sort of hit the Angels have been lacking.

Their consecutive ...Read more

Reports of Welington Castillo's impending PED suspension overshadow White Sox's 11-1 win over Orioles

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CHICAGO -- Reports that White Sox catcher Welington Castillo will be suspended for 80 games for using a performance-enhancing drug put a damper on an 11-1 win against the Orioles on Wednesday.

Dominican journalist Americo Celado S. first reported that Major League Baseball planned to hand down an suspension on Thursday for "steroid use." The ...Read more

Cubs avoid no-hitter but fall to Indians 1-0

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CHICAGO -- The Cubs avoided being no-hit Wednesday night when Anthony Rizzo led off the seventh inning with a double off Adam Plutko, but they couldn't muster much else in a 1-0 loss that completed a two-game sweep by the Indians at Wrigley Field.

Willson Contreras followed Rizzo's hit with an infield single, but the Cubs failed to score as ...Read more

Jake Arrieta pitches Phillies to 'big' win against Braves in series finale

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PHILADELPHIA -- Big games? Jake Arrieta has pitched in more than a few.

Arrieta started the National League wild-card game in 2015 and tossed a five-hit shutout for the Chicago Cubs. A year later, with the Sons of Theo Epstein facing elimination, Arrieta took the ball in Game 6 of the World Series and beat the Cleveland Indians. And he kept the...Read more

Marlins stage ninth-inning rally to defeat Mets, 2-1

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NEW YORK -- All Don Mattingly wanted was for the Marlins just to "hang in there" as long as they could against Jacob deGrom.

Mattingly got his wish.

The Marlins hung in, and then they won.

Trailing 1-0 entering the ninth, the Marlins came up with two runs off Mets closer Jeurys Familia to pull off the 2-1 comeback win and take the series.

J....Read more

Rangers storm back twice to stun Yankees, 10-12

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ARLINGTON, Texas -- Jurickson Profar cleared the bases with go-ahead double in the sixth inning, and Ronald Guzman swatted a three-run homer in the fourth as the Texas Rangers overcame deficits of four and five runs to beat the New York Yankees, 12-10, on Wednesday at Globe Life Park in Arlington, Texas.

The Yankees led 4-0 after three innings ...Read more

Ross' arm, Villanueva's bat, Harper's drop help Padres to win over Nationals

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WASHINGTON -- Nationals pitcher Erick Fedde let go of a changeup that stayed a little too elevated and a little more over the middle of the plate than he wanted.

The ball shot high enough and hard enough off Christian Villanueva's bat that Fedde sank to a squat on the front of the mound as he rotated his body to watch it fly.

The wind, blowing...Read more

Hoskins, Kingery enjoy facing Braves, impressed by Albies and Acuna

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PHILADELPHIA -- Much like the Braves are building around young pillars Ronald Acuna and Ozzie Albies, the Phillies are orchestrating their future around Rhys Hoskins and Scott Kingery.

And the difference at the top of the National League East so far is one pairing's success against the other's growing pains.

Hoskins burst onto the scene in ...Read more