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Bad blood. A 20-5 defeat. 3 takeaways from Cubs' 4-game series split with Reds.

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CINCINNATI — The Chicago Cubs might be wondering what could have been this week against the Cincinnati Reds.

Riding a three-game winning streak after taking the first two games of the four-game series, the Cubs couldn’t sustain momentum the rest of the week.

The Reds clobbered them, 20-5, in the finale Thursday, piling up 20 hits for a ...Read more

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Yankees call up reliever Manny Banuelos more than a decade after signing

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Manny Banuelos knew that eventually, his journey would end with him wearing a Yankees uniform in the big leagues. It just took a lot longer for it to happen. In 2008, Banuelos was signed out of his native Mexico and was considered one of the brightest up-and-coming arms in the Yankees organization. Along with Andrew ...Read more

Matt Calkins: After falling into last place, Mariners season passes infuriating and moves into depressing

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Scott Servais took over as the Mariners' manager in October 2015. He has served as the team's skipper in more than 900 games.

He meets with the media before each contest, then again when the contest concludes. I'm not sure I've ever seen him more despondent than he was after Wednesday's loss.

The Mariners' situation has zipped past infuriating...Read more

Yankees sign veteran infielder Matt Carpenter

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — The Yankees, who are currently without Josh Donaldson and DJ LeMahieu, signed veteran infielder Matt Carpenter Thursday.

Carpenter, 36, has batted .262 with 301 doubles, 28 triples, 155 home runs and 576 RBIs in 1,329 games over parts of 11 major league seasons, all with the St. Louis Cardinals. The left-handed hitter ...Read more

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Josh Donaldson says he and Tim Anderson now have 'mutual understanding' of 'Jackie' incident

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NEW YORK — Josh Donaldson, who’s been in the limelight since Saturday after referring to Tim Anderson as Jackie Robinson, said he and the White Sox shortstop now have a “mutual understanding” over his “Jackie” comment.

“First and foremost, I have the utmost respect for what Tim Anderson brings in the game of baseball,” Donaldson...Read more

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Rangers rough up Reid Detmers to defeat Angels 7-1

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Reid Detmers might have set the bar impossibly high when he threw a no-hitter in his 11th big league start May 10. The Angels left-hander has found it difficult to produce a worthy encore.

Detmers was roughed up for five runs and five hits in six innings of a 7-2 loss to the Texas Rangers in front of 22,950 at Angel Stadium on Wednesday night, ...Read more

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Defense fails Phillies in another loss to the Braves

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ATLANTA — Just when you think the Phillies exhausted all possible ways of coughing up a lead, you look up and see the center fielder chasing after a throw from the catcher that got by not one, not two, but three defenders and rolled nearly to the warning track.

Bad News Phils?

It sure seems like it.

The news definitely wasn’t good ...Read more

Red Sox bats finally fall flat in loss to White Sox to snap six-game winning streak

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BOSTON — Eventually, the Red Sox’ bats were going to cool off.

That night came Wednesday. A day after their season-high 19-hit, 16-run outburst, the Red Sox reverted back to the offensive struggles that plagued them through the first month of the season. They created plenty of action off White Sox starter Lucas Giolito, but failed to ...Read more

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Q&A: What happens to Angels' future plans with Angel Stadium?

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ANAHEIM, Calif. — On Wednesday morning, within 12 hours of the Anaheim City Council killing the Angel Stadium sale, the city of Long Beach renewed its pitch to lure the Angels. On Wednesday afternoon, the city of Anaheim formally asked the Angels to agree to void the deal and preserve all documents related to it, in anticipation of a possible ...Read more

Rookies JP Sears, Ron Marinaccio help Yankees get by Orioles, 2-0

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NEW YORK — The theme of the Yankees’ day, and really the whole week, was injuries.

Giancarlo Stanton went on the injured list on Wednesday with a right calf strain. DJ LeMahieu was held out yet again with discomfort in his left wrist. Jonathan Loaisiga was put on the shelf as well, joining Aroldis Chapman and Chad Green, who had their own ...Read more

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Rays' Brooks Raley has personal connection to Texas shootings

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Tuesday’s tragic shootings of 19 students and two teachers at an Uvalde, Texas, school struck particularly close to home for Rays pitcher Brooks Raley.

The reliever grew up in that town and attended Robb Elementary, where the shootings occurred.

“I walked those halls,” Raley said Wednesday. “I can’t imagine ...Read more

Rays sweep Marlins, and it's time for 'a battle' with Yankees

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — The Rays have done well, especially given a slew of injuries, to this point. With Wednesday’s 5-4 win over the Marlins, they improved their record to 26-17, moving to a season-best nine games over .500 and on pace for 98 wins.

Now, they move on to the first round of what may be the main event of their season, playing ...Read more

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Brewers come back to beat light-hitting Padres, take series

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SAN DIEGO — There is so often no margin for error. There is no room, really, for anything else that doesn't go their way in many games the Padres play.

That has been OK much of the time.

Wednesday afternoon was one of the games in which it was not.

Yu Darvish tired near the end of an otherwise magnificent outing, former Padres infielder ...Read more

Mariners fall into last place in AL West after dropping home series to A's

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SEATTLE — The tanking team vs. the sinking team.

It's difficult to know which position feels more hopeless at the moment.

With their 4-2 win on a sunny Wednesday afternoon, the Oakland A's, who decided to go into a massive rebuild this offseason, trading away their two best position players and two top pitchers with more trades coming at the...Read more

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Yankees' Giancarlo Stanton lands on IL with calf strain

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NEW YORK — When Aaron Boone sat down for his pregame press conference on Wednesday, the Yankees still had not released their starting lineup for the day. This came on the heels of DJ LeMahieu abruptly getting scratched from the lineup on Tuesday and Giancarlo Stanton leaving mid-game with a lower leg malady.

Boone was asked about Stanton, and...Read more

With 4 more HRs, SF Giants salvage home stand by clinching series vs. Mets

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SAN FRANCISCO — There was no possible way, no imaginable scenario, that Joc Pederson and the Giants could find an encore Wednesday to match the maniacal back-and-forth with the Mets from the previous night, featuring three Joc Jams.

That wasn’t going to stop them from trying.

After mashing three home runs Wednesday night, Pederson did it ...Read more

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Jeimer Candelario's late blast pushes Tigers past Twins in extras

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MINNEAPOLIS — Harold Castro hit a pair of solo home runs Wednesday, the second a 423-foot blast into the upper tank in right-center field that tied the game at 2 in the top of the eighth inning.

And in the 10th inning, Jeimer Candelario launched a two-run home run onto the berm beyond the center-field wall to put the Tigers up by two with ...Read more

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Dodgers shut out for first time this season, lose to Nationals

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WASHINGTON — Mookie Betts got most of the day off Wednesday. The Dodgers’ offense took the whole day.

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts had postponed giving the red-hot Betts a day off but finally rested him Wednesday. After scoring 19 runs in the first two games against the Washington Nationals with Betts in the lineup, the Dodgers managed just...Read more

Offensive jolt comes from a couple of unlikely sources in Pirates' series-clinching win over Rockies

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PITTSBURGH — When the Pirates reported to Bradenton, Fla., back in February, Jack Suwinski was a well-regarded prospect new to the 40-man roster — but still seemingly a year or so away. Josh VanMeter played for the Arizona Diamondbacks. The Pirates didn’t acquire him until the end of spring.

Should the offense require a jolt — and most ...Read more

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'Right is right': Dodgers manager Dave Roberts calls for action after Texas shooting

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WASHINGTON — Dave Roberts looked at the flag in the left field, flapping at half-staff. He looked at the red, white and blue stadium around him, the one situated just a mile south of the U.S. Capitol building.

Then, sitting in the visitors dugout at Nationals Park on Wednesday afternoon, the Dodgers manager looked at nothing in particular, ...Read more