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Vahe Gregorian: KC Royals' Tuesday night victory stood for just that, in more ways than one

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Over a disconcerting and disorienting 24 hours, the Royals had dismissed Terry Bradshaw from his role as hitting coach (inconveniently after they’d amassed 26 runs in three games at Colorado) only to muster three runs in their next two games and sag to 12-22.

In the second of those, a 3-0 loss to the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday afternoon at ...Read more

Braves blow late leads, fall to Brewers

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MILWAUKEE – The Braves were a strike away from winning their first road series.

The Braves led by four runs after three innings, by a run after eight and by a run after 10. The Brewers continued clawing back.

In the ninth, Kolten Wong battled Kenley Jansen before finally ripping a run-scoring triple to tie the score. And luckily for Jansen ...Read more

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Paul Sullivan: Beef between Tim Anderson and Ozzie Guillén? It's up to White Sox to make sure it's not a bigger distraction.

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CHICAGO — Ozzie Guillén talks too much?

In other news, the earth is round.

The former Chicago White Sox player and manager — and current NBC Sports Chicago analyst — once again has been accused of excessive verbiage, this time by shortstop Tim Anderson.

After Guillén casually mentioned Tuesday night that Anderson should’ve played in...Read more

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Drew Rasmussen sharp as Rays beat Tigers again

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Drew Rasmussen delivered another strong start as the Rays beat the Tigers 6-1 Wednesday afternoon at Tropicana Field.

Rasmussen worked five shutout innings, scattering four hits and striking out seven while registering a career-best 20 swings-and-misses in throwing 61 of his 87 pitches for strikes.

Rasmussen is now 4-1...Read more

Athletics get key hits from Brown, Murphy in seventh and beat Twins

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OAKLAND, Calif. — The Athletics got enough offense from some slumping hitters Tuesday night to support their pitching staff and beat the Minnesota Twins 5-2 before a crowd of 3,460 at the Coliseum.

With the score tied 2-2, Seth Brown and Sean Murphy delivered the deciding blows as the A’s improved to 16-23. Minnesota, leaders in the ...Read more

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Giants bats' erupt for 10 runs, 12th straight win vs. Rockies

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DENVER — As the saying goes, no lead is safe at Coors Field.

Even with offensive outbursts up and down their order, the Giants were left sweating in the late innings of an eventual 10-7 win over the Rockies, extending their winning streak against Colorado to 12 games dating back to last season.

The Giants had to call on closer Camilo Doval ...Read more

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Brady Singer handcuffs White Sox as Kansas City Royals win doubleheader nightcap 2-1

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Kansas City Royals pitcher Brady Singer bounced back from his demotion to the minors with a dominating performance that included a career-high nine strikeouts and a clear statement about his potential place among the organization’s young cadre of arms.

Singer tossed seven scoreless innings, allowed just four hits (all ...Read more

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Cody Poteet delivers in spot start as Miami Marlins beat Nationals

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MIAMI — The Miami Marlins weren’t asking Cody Poteet to change anything when he took the mound for his spot start. They liked the work that he was doing as a long reliever out of the bullpen. They hoped, for at least one day, the success would translate as he reverted back to starting pitching duties as he temporarily fills in for the ...Read more

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Nathan Eovaldi ties MLB record by allowing five home runs in one inning as Red Sox get blasted by Astros

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BOSTON — Not one, not two, not three, not four. Five.

On Tuesday night at Fenway Park, Nathan Eovaldi made history – and the Red Sox’ No. 1 starter wasn’t on the right side of it. In a sequence that could only be described as shocking, Eovaldi allowed five home runs in the second inning as the Red Sox were rolled over by the Astros in a...Read more

Sloppy fourth inning sends Pirates to another loss in Chicago

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CHICAGO — JT Brubaker stood hunched over near third base, screaming out of desperation, trying his best to get the attention of his teammates. It was no use. Ian Happ's pop fly dropped, Willson Contreras reached second base without a play, and the Pirates' caravan of catastrophe had already left for an inning-long journey that turned Tuesday's...Read more

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Aaron Judge hits two more home runs as Yankees beat Orioles at Camden Yards

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BALTIMORE — The Yankees will probably never get a bargain now. When the team failed to reach an agreement to make Aaron Judge a Yankee for life this spring, they likely lost their last chance to get any type of favorable deal. Tuesday night, as the MVP chants began at Camden Yards, Judge continued to increase his value on next winter’s free-...Read more

Cardinals outrun Mets to break tie for Game 2 win, split doubleheader

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NEW YORK – It wasn’t the swing that he’s been working on or the moment that he’s been chasing during this slow start, but it was enough to get the single run the Cardinals needed.

Unable Tuesday to help the Cardinals with his bat in Game 1 or get them out of an inning with his glove in Game 2, Tyler O’Neill used his speed to outrun a ...Read more

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'Making work fun': Mookie Betts extends tear as Dodgers win doubleheader opener

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LOS ANGELES — Mookie Betts flashed the Dodgers’ new “switch it up” hand sign — his right thumb and pinky extended from his fist — toward the dugout in excitement.

He met third base coach Dino Ebel with a smooth low-five. He finished his trot around the bases with a passionate two-handed exchange with Hanser Alberto at home plate.

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Rays get offensive in beating Tigers

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — After calling out the hitters for being in “a team rut” on Monday, Rays manager Kevin Cash said before Tuesday’s game it would take a group effort to break out of it.

And that’s pretty much what they got in scoring their most runs in a week-and-a-half, beating the Tigers 8-1.

Kevin Kiermaier had a home run and ...Read more

Mariners shut out again, and situation could get worse

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TORONTO — As if a lackluster showing at the plate leading to being shutout for the sixth time this season could get worse, the demoralizing sight of shortstop J.P. Crawford limping off the field and going directly into the clubhouse after running gingerly to first base in the ninth inning somehow made a 3-0 loss to the Blue Jays worse.

The ...Read more

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Royals place star catcher and slugger Salvador Perez on the injured list

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Salvador Perez left the Royals’ doubleheader opener on Tuesday afternoon because of a left thumb sprain, according to the team. He suffered the injury while swinging the bat.

Perez, who was the designated hitter, was pulled for pinch-hitter Carlos Santana with the Royals trailing 3-0 and the bases loaded in the bottom of ...Read more

Clevinger, Gore start shutout of Phillies in Padres' win

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PHILADELPHIA — The Padres practically flaunted their abundance of starting pitching in everyone’s face Tuesday night.

Mike Clevinger pitched five scoreless innings before being replaced by rookie MacKenzie Gore, who added on three scoreless innings in his first professional relief appearance.

That got the game to Taylor Rogers, who moved ...Read more

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Bryce Harper plans to be back in the Phillies' lineup soon, but a return to the field has 'a little ways to go'

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PHILADELPHIA — Bryce Harper plans to return to the Phillies’ lineup sometime this week, after his right elbow remained sore enough Tuesday from Sunday’s platelet-rich plasma injection to sideline him for a second straight game.

But a timeline for his return to right field remains in question.

“I think we have a little ways to go,” ...Read more

Trevor Williams sets the tone as Mets pick up Game 1 win in doubleheader vs. Cards

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NEW YORK — The Mets offense did its part, knocking in a few runs early, and it was up to the spot starter in Game 1 of Tuesday’s doubleheader to keep the Cardinals off the board.

Trevor Williams, tasked with the job of filling in for Tylor Megill (right biceps tendinitis), established the tone in his second start of the year for the Mets. ...Read more

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Ex-Met Matt Harvey suspended 60 games for drugs three months after testifying in Angel staffer Eric Kay case

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The Matt Harvey story has taken another sad turn.

On Tuesday, Major League Baseball announced that Harvey has been suspended for 60 games without pay for “participating in the distribution of a prohibited Drug of Abuse in violation of Major League Baseball’s Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.”

In February, Harvey testified in ...Read more