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M's top Tigers, 7-2, behind Paxton's gem

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SEATTLE--The Seattle Mariners used Jean Segura's big bat and the pitching of James Paxton to bounce the Detroit Tigers Saturday night. The Tigers (20-25) lost to the Mariners, 7-2, in Seattle. Segura hit a solo home run in the first inning, an RBI triple in the second inning and added a sac fly to right as part of a four-run sixth for the ...Read more

Stripling leads Dodgers over Nats in first game of doubleheader

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WASHINGTON--Ross Stripling set a career high with nine strikeouts and the Los Angeles Dodgers scratched together a 4-1 victory over the Nationals in the first game of a doubleheader on Saturday.

Stripling held Washington to one run across six innings. He benefited from the generous strike zone of umpire Mike Estabrook, who offered pitchers from...Read more

Sloppy play costs Twins in 5-4 loss to Brewers

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Logan Morrison had just hustled to second with a leadoff double in the sixth inning, giving the Twins a great scoring opportunity.

Then he was caught flat-footed as Brewers reliever Dan Jennings spun around threw to Orlando Arcia, who sneaked in behind Morrison to cover second. And the Twins slugger picked him off.

The moment ...Read more

Clayton Richard, Padres beat Pirates

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PITTSBURGH -- Clayton Richard has reinvented himself again.

This time, for three starts at least, he's better than ever.

The Padres staked Richard a three-run lead on three consecutive doubles in the first inning, Richard again pitched effectively into the eighth inning, and the Padres held on for a 6-2 victory Saturday night at PNC Park.

It ...Read more

Orioles strike out 13 times in 6-3 loss to Red Sox

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BOSTON -- Now that the Orioles put their club-record 13-game road losing streak in the past, they were hoping to start some winning momentum Saturday night in Boston.

Instead, the Orioles -- despite matching the Red Sox with six hits apiece -- struck out 13 times in a 6-3 loss on a rain-soaked night at Fenway Park.

"It's them and us," Orioles ...Read more

Urena remains winless as Marlins fall to Braves, 8-1

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ATLANTA -- That first victory of 2018 continues to elude Jose Urena.

After facing the minimum amount of batters through the first four innings, things fell apart quickly in the fifth as the Braves scored four and later cruised to an 8-1 win Saturday night over the Marlins at SunTrust Park.

Urena lost his seventh consecutive decision to start ...Read more

Lucas Giolito, Jose Abreu fuel White Sox victory over Rangers

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CHICAGO -- A trio of young White Sox starting pitchers produced a reel of mostly lowlights in their last run through the rotation.

But Lucas Giolito delivered a needed pitching pick-me-up Saturday night at Guaranteed Rate Field.

One night after the Sox decided they had seen enough (for now) of right-hander Carson Fulmer's struggles at the ...Read more

Cubs gain split as Ian Happ remains hot in 10-0 victory vs. Reds

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CINCINNATI -- After Joe Maddon witnessed one of his "least favorite games as a Cubs manager," Jose Quintana and Ian Happ erased some of the stench with performances that re-established some balance in a mercurial season.

Quintana threw seven innings of one-hit ball to quell some questions about his value and provide rest to a bullpen that ...Read more

Twins' Mauer lands on disabled list with cervical strain and concussion-like symptoms

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Twins first baseman Joe Mauer was placed on the 10-day disabled list on Saturday with a cervical strain that included some concussion-like symptoms.

But Mauer doesn't officially have a concussion. Twins manager Paul Molitor said Mauer showed some balance issues and sensitivity to light after coming out of Friday game when he said...Read more

Cubs say Amir Garrett went a bit too far in celebrating strikeout of Javier Baez

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CINCINNATI -- Cubs manager Joe Maddon thought Amir Garrett's celebration after striking out Javier Baez was reminiscent of an animated musical. Baez took exception and ignited a bench-clearing scrum.

"If you're going to show somebody up, at least man up and stay there or walk this way," Baez said Saturday.

Teammates had to separate him and ...Read more

Scott Kingery's clutch triple powers Phillies past Cardinals

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ST LOUIS -- Scott Kingery, with a looming loss and a rough month weighing on him, steadied himself in the batter's box with two outs in the eighth inning of Saturday afternoon's 7-6 win over the Cardinals.

It had been nearly three weeks since Kingery's last extra-base hit. He was batting just .177 in his previous 64 trips to the plate and was ...Read more

Chad Pinder's grand slam lifts A's to third straight win over Blue Jays

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TORONTO -- Everything seemed to be going the Blue Jays' way. But with one swing of the bat, Chad Pinder sucked the life right out of the Rogers Centre.

After the A's failed to capitalize with the bases loaded just a couple of innings earlier, Pinder made sure not to let that happen twice by blasting a 1-1 fastball from Tyler Clippard over the ...Read more

Cubs fall to Reds in extra innings; Javier Baez involved in bench-clearing spat

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CINCINNATI -- Cubs second baseman Javier Baez and Reds reliever Amir Garrett were the centerpieces of a bench-clearing spat Saturday in the first game of a doubleheader.

Garrett struck out the slumping Baez and yelled while staring directly at Baez, who took exception to Garrett's antics. The two players shared words and moved directly toward ...Read more

Cubs' Addison Russell not paying attention to Manny Machado rumors

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Addison Russell said he hears his name associated with Orioles superstar Manny Machado in trade discussions only when media members ask questions to him.

And Russell's isolation is supported by his recent production at the plate, where he is 6-for-12 and providing clutch hits such as his game-tying double in the ninth inning Tuesday against the...Read more

Trout drought is over but Angels come up dry against Rays

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ANAHEIM, Calif.--The current state of the Angels was summed up Friday when Tampa Bay scored on a ball that had an estimated exit velocity of 1 mph and traveled maybe 18 inches.

Even more fitting was the fact the run scored only because of an error by Martin Maldonado, the Angels' Gold Glove catcher who was unable to pick up the ball cleanly and...Read more

Wacha, Cards' bats blow by Phillies 12-4

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ST. LOUIS--Michael Wacha pitched six strong innings for his fifth win of the season and the St. Louis Cardinals pounded out a season-high 15 hits to blow past the Philadelphia Phillies 12-4 Friday night in front of a damp crowd of 42,050 at Busch Stadium.

The game was delayed by weather for 1 hour and 35 minutes at the start and the rain ...Read more

Desmond's big night helps lift Rockies over Giants

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SAN FRANCISCO--The last time Derek Holland started a game for the San Francisco Giants, Gorkys Hernandez broke a scoreless tie with a 400-plus-foot home run that opened the floodgates for their offense.

So when Hernandez kicked off the bottom of the first inning with a 433-foot blast to center field, the Giants appeared poised to back Holland ...Read more

M's rally to slip past Tigers, 5-4

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SEATTLE--In the moments after a loss Wednesday afternoon in which the Seattle Mariners handed the game away in the ninth inning, a tired looking Scott Servais tried to find some level of optimism about his exhausted team.

"We're still playing good baseball," he said, repeating that sentiment again in his remarks.

But his players didn't provide...Read more

Cubs roll to 8-1 victory after rain delay; Jason Heyward activated from DL

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CINCINNATI -- Jason Heyward initially believed a 14-inning game May 6 that included two rain delays caused normal soreness the next day.

But a cut lip and subsequent headaches convinced him later that something wasn't right, and the diagnosis of a concussion made him more empathetic toward victims.

"I never had had a concussion, and I guess it...Read more

Aguilar homers twice as Brewers roll past Twins, 8-3

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Milwaukee turned the first game of the Border Battle into a Brewers Bash.

Kyle Gibson was knocked around early and often, and Twins hitters were befuddled by Brent Suter's craftiness as they lost to Milwaukee, 8-3, on Friday. The Twins gave away 10,000 Border Battle T-shirts before the game, shirts that may be used to check the ...Read more

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