Great throw, but L.A. rally is no-go

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LOS ANGELES -- A Dodger Stadium crowd of 50,705, dormant for much of the evening, roared to life Saturday night when center fielder Enrique Hernandez fired a 94-mph one-hop throw to the plate to nail Raimel Tapia to end the top of the eighth inning.

The energy that has helped fuel the team's best home record since it moved to Los Angeles in ...Read more

Orioles find another way to lose, falling to Mariners, 7-6, in 13 innings

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BALTIMORE -- A late home run that erases an Orioles lead is nothing new.

Allowing Seattle's Mallex Smith, one of the fastest men in the game, to reach on an error, steal second and score from there on an infield single to third base?

That's the latest in a long line of Orioles losses, 7-6, to the Seattle Mariners before an announced crowd of ...Read more

Bryce Harper leads Phillies' four-homer barrage in victory over Indians

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CLEVELAND -- Bryce Harper stepped on home plate and made an "O-H" motion to the crowd, a nod to his wife's alma mater. This is Ohio State country after all, so Harper figured he would try to fit in with the locals, especially after the Buckeyes scored 76 points on Saturday.

Oh, and the gesture served as a helpful reminder, too, that the results...Read more

Royals slam Twins, bullpen, 12-5

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MINNEAPOLIS--Have no fear, Jose Berrios. Once the playoffs arrive, the Kansas City Royals can't bother you again.

Berrios, whose two bounceback starts after a monthlong slump allayed some Twin Cities fears about the righthander's readiness for a postseason series, fell victim to an odd pattern Saturday night. He has faced the Royals three times...Read more

Despite late rally, Marlins fall to Nationals in 10 innings for loss No. 101

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MIAMI -- What could have been a dramatic comeback win for the Miami Marlins turned into their 101st loss of the season on Saturday night.

After the Marlins (53-101) erased a 4-0 deficit with a four-run eighth inning to force extras at Marlins Park, the Washington Nationals (85-68) used a big frame of their own to come away with a 10-4 victory ...Read more

Giants' play in Atlanta proving why upcoming offseason is so critical for franchise

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ATLANTA -- Manager Bruce Bochy and San Francisco Giants players insist their focus has not shifted.

Despite being eliminated from playoff contention, they say they're determined to win as many games as possible and finish the season with some of their best baseball.

Words do not always match actions.

The season isn't officially over for the ...Read more

Tyler Alexander fizzles out as Tigers fall to White Sox, 5-3

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DETROIT -- The last time Tyler Alexander pitched at Comerica Park, he picked up his first major league win.

That was on Monday, when the Detroit Tigers said their season good-bye to the Baltimore Orioles, their chief competition for the No. 1 overall pick in the 2020 MLB draft.

Since then, the Tigers have not won a game. The Orioles have won ...Read more

Cubs closer Craig Kimbrel surrenders tying, winning home runs in 9-8 loss to Cardinals

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CHICAGO -- Craig Kimbrel put his hands on his hips in disbelief as Paul DeJong rounded the bases with gusto.

After the Cubs overcame three deficits and were three outs from regaining momentum toward an increasingly improbable National League playoff berth, the Cardinals stunned them. Yadier Molina and DeJong hit home runs on Kimbrel's first two...Read more

Giants' search to replace Bochy becomes more complicated after Padres fire Green

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ATLANTA -- Talk of the Giants' search to replace Bruce Bochy is expected to dominate the month of October in San Francisco, but the San Diego Padres threw a wrench into the organization's plans on Saturday.

The Padres announced the firing of fourth-year manager Andy Green on Saturday with a week to go in the regular season. Green had two ...Read more

Padres fire manager Andy Green

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SAN DIEGO -- There will be a new manager when the Padres are wearing their new brown uniforms next season.

Andy Green was fired Saturday morning, two years before his contract was due to expire and after four seasons with a 274-366 record.

Bench coach Rod Barajas will manage the team's final eight games, starting Saturday against Arizona.

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Kershaw rocked then rolls

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LOS ANGELES--If getting ejected for complaining about a strike call from the dugout and storming onto the field to berate an umpire were to inspire the Los Angeles Dodgers like it seemed to Friday night, then manager Dave Roberts might want to try it a little more often.

The Dodgers trailed the Colorado Rockies by two runs in the fourth inning ...Read more

Eric Lauer strong before Padres' bullpen implodes

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SAN DIEGO--Eric Lauer started strong.

The bullpen's finish was ugly.

Really. Ugly.

By the time the final seven runs crossed the plate in the San Diego Padres' 9-0 laugher to the Arizona Diamondbacks on Friday night, a valiant effort from Lauer was a distant memory.

Jump-starting his fight for a rotation spot next spring, Lauer tied a career-...Read more

Angels' broadcaster Mark Langston hospitalized

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HOUSTON -- Angels radio broadcaster Mark Langston was transported to a Houston hospital after suffering a medical emergency at Minute Maid Park on Friday evening.

Langston was alert and undergoing testing, the Angels announced. There was no further information on his condition, but he appeared in good spirits when team employees visited him ...Read more

Rookies carry Twins to 4-3 victory over Royals

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MINNEAPOLIS -- The Twins rode their rookies and an interesting closer to a 4-3 victory over Kansas City on Friday night at Target Field, lowering their magic number to win the AL Central to five.

Randy Dobnak earned his first career victory. He was followed by Cody Stashak, Devin Smeltzer and Brusdar Graterol -- all fellow rookies -- before ...Read more

Angels broadcaster Mark Langston taken to hospital after a medical emergency

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HOUSTON -- Angels radio broadcaster Mark Langston was transported to a Houston hospital after suffering a medical emergency at Minute Maid Park on Friday evening.

Langston was alert and undergoing testing, the Angels announced. There was no further information on his condition.

Langston, who spent half of his 16-year MLB career pitching for ...Read more

Jordan Zimmermann shelled again in Tigers' 10-1 loss to White Sox

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DETROIT -- This time, the Detroit Tigers returned to Comerica Park with history at hand, rather than the future.

The Baltimore Orioles are long gone, having left town last weekend after a four-game series split with the top pick in next year's draft on the line.

Instead, the Tigers were trying to avoid baseball ignominy: With six home games ...Read more

Shane Bieber pitches Indians past Phillies, 5-2

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CLEVELAND -- Friday night kicked off a frantic, nine-game sprint for the postseason between the Indians and the Tampa Bay Rays. So far, the Indians have taken care of business.

And if the Indians do end up earning a playoff spot, Friday night's game might serve as the ideal script. Shane Bieber delivered a strong outing and was still on the ...Read more

Marlins extend manager Don Mattingly, then lose No. 100 to Nationals

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MIAMI -- The Miami Marlins didn't give Don Mattingly a two-year contract extension Friday because of the wins he piled up on the field in 2019. The Marlins didn't expect to contend for a playoff berth or even seriously threaten a winning record this season. Miami's plan was always to build for the future and it needed a manager capable of ...Read more

Orioles use 'opener,' homers off Mariners' Felix Hernandez for 5-3 victory

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BALTIMORE -- Back in April, at the Orioles' final workout before heading north to New York for Opening Day, manager Brandon Hyde announced his team's season-opening rotation as Nate Karns as an opener sandwiched between Andrew Cashner and Dylan Bundy.

The term "opener," lexicon spread throughout baseball thanks to the Tampa Bay Rays and Oakland...Read more

Derek Jeter non-committal about adding payroll in free agency, says Marlins' season has been 'frustrating'

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With the Marlins closing in on just the third 100-loss season in franchise history, Derek Jeter admitted the team's struggles have been frustrating to watch.

In the second year of its rebuild, Miami sits last in the National League at 53-99 with 10 games left in the regular season. While the team should avoid matching the franchise's worst ...Read more