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Scherzer, Nats top Kershaw, Dodgers

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LOS ANGELES--In the middle of the seventh inning of a 5-2 loss to Washington, Clayton Kershaw hunched on the bench inside his dugout. Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts patted Kershaw on the leg and sat down next to him. Nationals ace Max Scherzer already had completed his evening. Kershaw's night would end soon after.

Kershaw outlasted ...Read more

Light-hitting Giants join in the fun against reeling Angels

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ANAHEIM, Calif.--At one point Friday, the fifth inning was delayed because a beach ball fell onto the field.

And that was pretty much the highlight for the home team at Angel Stadium, where a lot of negative things unfolded.

Yeah, again.

The Angels were routed for the fourth consecutive game, this time 8-1 by a San Francisco team struggling ...Read more

Red-hot Red Sox roll over A's

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- Looking to get out of his rough stretch to begin the season, Oakland Athletics' Kendall Graveman changed things up.

Everything was different from Graveman Friday night against the Boston Red Sox. His usual warm-up song, Lynard Skynard's "Sweet Home Alabama," was ditched in favor of Young Jeezy's "Put On." Graveman utilized a ...Read more

Mariners offense comes alive in last two innings of 6-2 victory over Rangers

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ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Mariners weren't facing the likes of Lance McCullers, Gerrit Cole or Charlie Morton, but it took them a little while -- roughly the first seven innings of their matchup with Texas Rangers on Friday night -- to realize that.

But the offense that had been held to two runs or fewer in the past five games awoke from its ...Read more

Javier Baez's 4 hits, 4 RBIs lead Cubs to 16-5 rout of Rockies

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DENVER -- Manager Joe Maddon's decision to move Javier Baez to the second spot is paying off handsomely for the Cubs.

Baez collected four hits Friday night, including a two-run, opposite-field home run in the first inning, and drove in four runs as the Cubs used a seven-run sixth inning to pull away to a 16-4 win over the Rockies at wet Coors ...Read more

Tyson Ross flirts with first Padres no-hitter in 4-1 win against Diamondbacks

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PHOENIX -- History hung in the desert air on a night so perfect that the roof was open at Chase Field.

Tyson Ross, who with a strong spring training earned his way back into the Padres starting rotation after a major surgery ended his first stint with the team two years ago, flirted with the first no-hitter in the 49 years of the major league ...Read more

From Arizona rookies to Rangers roster: 2012 farm team 'realizing their dream'

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ARLINGTON, Texas -- They were kings of the Arizona Rookie League six summers ago. Rulers of the Holiday Inn Express of Surprise, Ariz.

Other teams were awed by their size, their power at the plate and on the mound and their athleticism, even though their professional careers were in their infancy.

No other team looked and played like the AZL ...Read more

As Michael Kopech pitches one state over, James Shields, White Sox falter in 10-0 loss to Astros

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CHICAGO -- As White Sox general manager Rick Hahn wrapped up speaking with the media Friday afternoon, a reporter asked about the pitcher Sox fans really wanted to see open the three-game series against the Astros at Guaranteed Rate Field.

Sox top pitching prospect Michael Kopech was on the mound 180 miles away in Indianapolis for Triple-A ...Read more

White Sox pitcher Danny Farquhar passes out in dugout, taken to hospital during Friday's game

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CHICAGO -- White Sox reliever Danny Farquhar was taken to the hospital after passing out in the dugout at Guaranteed Rate Field on Friday night.

Farquhar threw 15 pitches in the sixth inning of the Sox's loss to the Astros. In the bottom of the inning as the Sox were up to bat, he lost consciousness. Sox medical staff and EMTs crowded the ...Read more

Cardinals score three in first, go on to 4-2 win over Reds

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ST. LOUIS -- The Cardinals scored three times in the first inning and that gave Michael Wacha a chance to find his groove as the Redbirds went on to a 4-2 win on Friday night at Busch Stadium. It was the sixth win in the past seven games for the Cardinals, with five of them coming against the Reds, who were playing their first game under interim...Read more

Royals snap nine-game losing streak with 3-2 win against Tigers

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DETROIT -- For the second time in four days, the Royals played a doubleheader.

They looked to be on the verge of being swept for the second time in a doubleheader, too.

But in an unlikely turn of events, the Royals went from almost losing their 10th game in a row to winning for the first time since April 9.

The Royals defeated the Tigers, 3-2...Read more

Orioles end six-game skid with 3-1 win over Indians behind stellar start from Dylan Bundy

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BALTIMORE -- Leave it to Dylan Bundy, the bright beacon in a so-far dark Orioles season, to power through the malaise that has held the team down all year. He continued his wonderful April and ended a six-game losing streak for the Orioles with a 3-1 win over the Cleveland Indians on Friday night at Camden Yards.

It was a game that began by ...Read more

Herrera, Lively lead Phillies past Pirates, 2-1

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PHILADELPHIA -- Odubel Herrera slid headfirst into third base, helmet covering his eyes, and slapped the bag with his right hand.

In the language of Herrera histrionics, it was a sign that things were going well for the Phillies.

Herrera delivered the difference-making hit -- a triple in the eighth inning -- Friday night in the Phillies' 2-1 ...Read more

Eddie Rosario's grand slam not enough as Twins lose to Rays in 10 innings

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The Twins stormed back from four runs down in the seventh inning on Friday, then took a lead in the eighth on Max Kepler's solo homer.

But Fernando Rodney blew the save in the ninth, and the Twins lost, 8-7, in 10 innings because they seemingly forgot all the pitcher's fielding practice work they put in during spring ...Read more

Trayce Thompson: 'I know I'm that same player' the White Sox traded in 2015

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CHICAGO -- For a while, Trayce Thompson couldn't bring himself to watch or read about the White Sox.

That's how "devastated" the outfielder was to learn the Sox had traded him to the Dodgers at the winter meetings in December 2015. The Sox's 2009 second-round draft pick still remembers the call he received from general manager Rick Hahn to tell...Read more

Jason Hammel's effort wasted as Royals' skid hits nine in walk-off loss to Tigers

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DETROIT -- The Royals' woes continued Friday at Comerica Park, where they lost, 3-2, to the Detroit Tigers in the first game of a doubleheader.

Tigers left fielder JaCoby Jones smacked a solo home run off Royals rookie reliever Brad Keller for Detroit's walk-off victory in the 10th inning.

The loss spoiled a nine-inning gem from Royals starter...Read more

Boston whips out the broom against Angels

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ANAHEIM, Calif.--Here it is Friday, and the Angels' best day at the ballpark so far this week came when it was so cold that the infield frosted over and the game wasn't even played.

That was Sunday, back in 18-degree-wind-chilled Kansas City, the last place where this team appeared to feel, ah, comfortable, the Angels' disposition as rosy as ...Read more

Lewis Brinson breaks out with a pair of homers, but Brewers hammer Marlins' pitching

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MILWAUKEE -- Maybe it was the short break the Marlins gave him this week.

Or maybe it was playing again in Milwaukee.

Either way Lewis Brinson hopes he found a way out of his hitting slump Thursday night after belting his first two home runs as a member of the Marlins.

Brinson's former team rendered the blasts inconsequential, however, as the...Read more

Belt's homer not enough as Giants lose third straight series

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PHOENIX -- A night after the long ball gave, the long ball took away from the San Francisco Giants.

Just three weeks into the regular season, the Giants have learned this lesson all too frequently for a team that plays its home games in the pitcher-friendly confines of AT&T Park.

Thanks to an A.J. Pollock solo shot off Ty Blach in the bottom ...Read more

Right now, Dodgers' Jansen just not cutting it

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SAN DIEGO -- Hidden behind a partition in the visitors' clubhouse at Petco Park, Los Angeles Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen was scrolling through his iPhone Wednesday when a reporter approached. Jansen looked up and wondered what the visitor wanted to talk about. The topic felt obvious.

On a recent four-game winning streak, the Dodgers (8-9) ...Read more