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<strong>Robbie Ray doesn't allow a hit as SF Giants notch first win of 2024 at Dodger Stadium</strong>

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LOS ANGELES — Robbie Ray’s first time back on a big-league mound in 16 months was a big deal. Getting off of it again, it turned out, was equally important.

In an 8-3 win over the Dodgers on a warm Wednesday evening, the 32-year-old former Cy Young winner boasted a box score that would suggest there was no rust whatsoever, no sign that the ...Read more

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Royals blow ninth-inning lead, fall to Diamondbacks, 8-6

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Kansas City Royals were three outs away from picking up a series win against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Kauffman Stadium on Wednesday night.

The Royals entered the ninth inning with a 4-3 advantage. Everything seemed to be lined up for another celebratory victory.

The Diamondbacks spoiled those plans. Arizona scored ...Read more

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Dodgers activate Tyler Glasnow, sign veteran shortstop Nick Ahmed

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The Los Angeles Dodgers have yet to make any trades ahead of next Tuesday's deadline.

But their roster got another notable shake-up Wednesday.

Before their game against the San Francisco Giants, the Dodgers activated pitcher Tyler Glasnow from the injured list, and signed and activated veteran shortstop Nick Ahmed.

In corresponding moves, ...Read more

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Padres are patient, then pounce in 12-3 rout of Nationals

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WASHINGTON — The Padres clearly had a plan.

It did not immediately pay off. There was a bit of a scare.

But a laugher quickly ensued, and the Padres are rolling.

They won their fourth consecutive game on Wednesday. They scored a dozen runs, had a season-high 20 hits. Matt Waldron turned in his 10th quality start in 11 outings.

By the time ...Read more

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Mets mash Gerrit Cole again as free-falling Yankees go winless in season's Subway Series

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NEW YORK — The first time Gerrit Cole faced the Mets this season, the Yankees ace was making just his second start of the year after elbow inflammation delayed his 2024 debut.

Pitching at Citi Field on June 25, Cole surrendered four home runs in a 9-7 Yankees loss. But he was still building up as the Mets pounced on his lacking fastball that ...Read more

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Guardians pull away late, take second in a row from Tigers, 2-1

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CLEVELAND — Here’s the part that might frustrate a portion of the fan base.

Whether or not the Tigers end up trading right-hander Jack Flaherty before the trade deadline next Tuesday will have almost nothing to do with how many games the team wins in the meantime.

What will matter, above anything else, will be the quality of the return ...Read more

Orioles can't overcome rough innings from Chayce McDermott, Cionel Pérez in 6-3 loss to Marlins

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MIAMI — The Orioles entered this week’s series with the best record in the American League. The Miami Marlins went in with the worst record in the National League. Two games in, it’s hardly mattered.

The Orioles (60-41) lost to the lowly Marlins, 6-3, for the second straight day Wednesday, overcoming a 3-0 deficit on a three-run double by...Read more

Rays make a mess after solid start by Zach Elfin, lose to Blue Jays

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TORONTO — If this was Zach Eflin’s final start for the Rays before being traded, he went out in a tough way.

Eflin battled through a 30-pitch, six-batter first inning to last into the sixth, allowing only two runs.

The Rays eventually got back even, but reliever Jason Adam allowed four runs with two outs in a messy eighth and the Rays lost...Read more

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Clayton Kershaw returns to the Dodgers. What can they realistically expect from him?

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ROUND ROCK, Texas — They wore L.A. hats and No. 22 T-shirts, an army of Dodgers-clad, Kershaw-hungry spectators soaking up a view they'd waited for all summer.

About a quarter to seven last Friday night, roughly 30 minutes before a Triple-A game with the Dodgers' Oklahoma City affiliate, Clayton Kershaw walked through the long outfield ...Read more

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Angels' Mike Trout to leave rehab assignment for re-evaluation

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SEATTLE — A day after Angels star Mike Trout came out of the first game of his rehab assignment because of left knee soreness, he was set to return to Southern California to be re-evaluated.

Manager Ron Washington said on Wednesday morning that there was a chance that Trout could return to the Triple-A Salt Lake lineup as the DH that night, ...Read more

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Red Sox sign manager Alex Cora to three-year contract extension

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BOSTON — The Red Sox and Alex Cora have agreed to a three-year contract extension that will keep the manager in Boston through the 2027 season, the team announced Wednesday afternoon.

The deal is reportedly for three years, $21.75 million, and following Wednesday’s loss to Colorado Cora confirmed the news, which was initially broken in a ...Read more

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Mariners reach a new season low after getting swept by Angels

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SEATTLE — The Seattle Mariners failures and lackluster performance on Monday night were described as “brutal” by manager Scott Servais.

The defeat they endured on Tuesday felt somewhat expected based on the lineup they rolled out due to injuries.

So when they wasted yet another strong starting performance, provided the most minimal of ...Read more

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Paul Sullivan: Cubs' virtual White Flag on the 2024 season puts the heat on President Jed Hoyer

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CHICAGO — Jed Hoyer’s White Flag submission won’t go down in Chicago sports history like White Sox Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf’s memorable quote about his team’s White Flag trade in 1997.

“Anyone who thinks we can catch Cleveland is crazy,” Reinsdorf told Chicago Sun-Times reporter Toni Ginnetti after the deadline deal of three ...Read more

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Rockies blast Red Sox for four homers in record-tying 20-7 win

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DENVER — Wednesday afternoon’s laugher had a little bit of everything.

En route to their 20-7 shellacking of the Boston Red Sox, the Colorado Rockies mashed four home runs, including the first career grand slam of Brenton Doyle’s career. They lambasted Boston pitchers for a season-high 21 hits on a 93-degree day at Coors Field where ...Read more

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Twins notch walk-off victory over Phillies to win series

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MINNEAPOLIS — Max Kepler matched Kirby Puckett and Harmon Killebrew for the most walk-off plate appearances in Minnesota Twins history Wednesday. All it required was a broken-bat ground-ball up the middle.

The Twins earned a comeback 5-4 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies to cap their three-game series at Target Field.

With the score ...Read more

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Cardinals can't solve another lefty, trip over Phillies into a shutout and series loss

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PITTSBURGH — A day after finding a way to best a pitcher with one of the lowest ERAs in the majors, the St. Louis Cardinals struggled to find any offensive rhythm against one of the pitchers with the worst ERAs on the Pirates.

The Cardinals could not connect on any of their chances, even those invited by five walks from Pittsburgh lefty ...Read more

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Braves lose for fourth consecutive game, 9-4 to Reds

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ATLANTA — The Braves lost, 9-4, to the Reds in what was scheduled to be the first game of a doubleheader Wednesday. The Braves’ game against the Reds on Wednesday night was postponed because of inclement weather in the forecast. It was rescheduled for Sept. 9.

Here are five takeaways from Wednesday:

— 1. The Bad News Braves: With two ...Read more

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Landon Knack continues to prove he belongs on Dodgers in win over Giants

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The Dodgers sent the message on Monday.

By designating veteran pitcher James Paxton for assignment, the team sent a clear indication of its faith in its pitching staff’s youngest arms.

Much could change between now and next week’s trade deadline, but for the time being the Dodgers are rolling with a young rotation, one that currently ...Read more

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Angels capitalize on mistakes to beat reeling Mariners again

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SEATTLE — When the Angels and Seattle Mariners met on Tuesday night, it was difficult to tell which team is in a pennant race and which one is bracing to unload players before next week’s trade deadline.

The Angels took advantage of the Mariners’ sloppy defense and anemic hitting to beat them, 5-1, their fifth straight victory against the...Read more

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Jordan Montgomery, Diamondbacks stymie Royals in 6-2 victory

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Kansas City Royals’ quest to eclipse last season’s win total will have to wait one additional day. On Tuesday, the Royals lost 6-2 to the Arizona Diamondbacks at Kauffman Stadium.

Arizona scored early, with a three-run first inning, and relied on veteran starter Jordan Montgomery. Montgomery faced little trouble ...Read more