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Mike Trout and Anthony Rendon help Angels win slugfest against Athletics

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The Los Angeles Angels and Oakland Athletics combined for 16 runs, 18 hits, 10 walks and four home runs in 2 hours 17 minutes of baseball Monday night, with Oakland third baseman Matt Chapman tying his career high with six RBIs.

And then the fifth inning started.

It was that kind of a game in Angel Stadium, a 3-hour, 41-minute slugfest in ...Read more

Padres bullpen holds off Dodgers; Hedges, Hosmer deliver big hits

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LOS ANGELES -- The San Diego Padres know if they want to make the Fernando Tatis Jr. era successful, they need to join him producing runs.

Austin Hedges and Eric Hosmer were able to do just enough Monday night, as six Padres relievers subdued the Los Angeles Dodgers in a 2-1 victory.

Tatis hit an infield single leading off the eighth inning to...Read more

Mariners cruise past Rangers behind three homers

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The not-so-old building still sits within sight of the brand new palace, empty and facing eventual destruction. The Ballpark at Arlington and the later Globe Life Park is like the reliable old station wagon sitting on the side, having been replaced by the shiny new SUV that is Globe Life Field – the recently opened home of the Texas Rangers, ...Read more

Defense remains a disaster, Giants bats wake up too late in loss to the Astros

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HOUSTON -- In his first three starts this season, rookie Logan Webb served as the Giants' stopper, leading the club to three much-needed wins that followed tough losses.

In his fourth outing of the summer, Webb learned that he can't carry the team by himself. Not when the defense behind him won't do its part stopping anything.

The worst ...Read more

Grand slam turns Twins around

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MILWAUKEE – The Twins benefitted from having a stopper and a starter on Monday.

They needed a good outing from one of their starters, so Randy Dobnak played the stopper's role with five strong innings.

And they needed a position player to start doing something at the plate. That was Eddie Rosario, who blasted his fourth career grand slam.

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Ramón Laureano on Alex Cintrón: “I wasted my time with that guy”

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Even though he heard Alex Cintron make vile remarks about his mother, A's outfielder Ramon Laureano said Monday he regrets charging at the Houston Astros hitting coach and now seems prepared to face whatever punishment may be forthcoming from Major League Baseball.

"It was a waste of time," Laureano said of the incident to local reporters.

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How much are the Giants actually learning about their future this season?

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Every time Giants rookie right-hander Logan Webb takes the mound, the franchise gains a little more confidence the 23-year-old will be a key part of the club's rotation for years to come.

Through three starts in 2020, Webb is 1-0 with a 2.13 ERA and 10 strikeouts, but it's more than just the hard data that's giving the Giants reason to remain ...Read more

Phillies blast five home runs, hang on in ninth inning to gain series split with Braves

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PHILADELPHIA -- Let's talk about all the handwringing over the lack of production from the Phillies offense.

It's gone. Goodbye. See you later. Just like the 61/2 football field's worth of home runs that were hit en route to building a two-touchdown lead through eight innings of Monday night's rout at Citizens Bank Park.

But the concern about ...Read more

Bubble ball? MLB considers creating one for the playoffs and World Series

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The major leagues might yet play bubble ball this year.

In the wake of coronavirus outbreaks that have interrupted the season for three teams, Major League Baseball is considering whether to move the postseason into a bubble, according to a person briefed on the matter but not authorized to discuss it publicly.

The league is preparing what the...Read more

Orioles reset: The Orioles don't have to pretend they're competitive anymore. They actually are.

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Each time last summer the 108-loss Orioles claimed to be a competitive team that was in contention every game, it was met with amused disbelief. Such proclamations always seemed to come after a tight game in the middle innings ballooned into a lopsided loss, or when they were one swing away, but that swing never came.

This year, they don't have...Read more

Indians score twice in the 10th and hold on to beat the White Sox 5-4

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CHICAGO -- Sunday's White Sox-Indians game had a little bit of everything.

There was an outstanding duel between starting pitchers Lucas Giolito and Shane Bieber. The Sox got to experience Major League Baseball's new extra-innings setup for the first time.

And there was an extra-inning rain delay in the Sox's first appearance on ESPN's "Sunday...Read more

Indians send Zach Plesac home after partying in Chicago, according to report

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The Indians have preached personal responsibility, diligence and compliance with the league's health safety protocols as they try to avoid a COVID-19 outbreak within their clubhouse that has caused issues around the league.

According to a report from Ken Rosenthal and Zack Meisel of The Athletic, the Indians have acted on that, sending starting...Read more

Cardinals series vs. Pirates postponed, team puts distance between new positive COVID-19 tests and next game

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What's next for the Cardinals in the coming days will be an attempt to put greater distance between their next gathering at the ballpark and the outbreak that spread through more than a week of their season.

The Cardinals and Pirates three-game series set to start Monday at Busch Stadium has been postponed, a source confirmed. One reason for ...Read more

Justus Sheffield shows his potential as Mariners top Rockies to avoid sweep

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SEATTLE -- Asked for and delivered with some extras.

In the hours before the Mariners took to the field at T-Mobile Park with the roof closed on a perfect summer Sunday, manager Scott Servais met with the media via video conference call and said that they needed Justus Sheffield to "carry the load" with the underachieving bullpen overused and ...Read more

Three-run homers by AJ Pollock and Mookie Betts lift Dodgers late over the Giants

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LOS ANGELES -- Fake crowd noise blared from the Dodger Stadium speakers. Actual cheering emanated from the Los Angeles Dodgers' first-base dugout.

Having been kept quiet for most of Sunday afternoon, the Dodgers' bats finally made noise in the seventh inning, roaring to life on AJ Pollock's two-out, three-run, go-ahead blast in a 6-2 rubber-...Read more

A's sweep Astros, but Laureano may face supplemental discipline

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- The A's completed a three-game sweep of the Houston Astros with a 7-2 victory on Sunday at the Coliseum, but not before a bench-clearing altercation between the two teams erupted in the seventh inning.

A's outfielder Ramon Laureano, on first base after he was hit in the back by a Humberto Castellanos pitch, charged at Houston...Read more

Padres hit six homers, Lamet stymies Diamondbacks

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The Padres got back to taking patient at-bats Sunday.

All they did was wait for Madison Bumgarner to throw them pitches in the strike zone, and they hit them over the wall in left field. Then they hit a couple offerings from Taylor Widener into the seats as well.

After the Padres had set a team record with six home runs in a home game, they ...Read more

Phillies swept by Braves in doubleheader as Spencer Howard gives up two homers in major-league debut

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PHILADELPHIA -- It began at 4:49 p.m. Sunday with a fouled-off, 94-mph fastball. It ended nearly 90 minutes later without the storybook outcome that Spencer Howard or Phillies officials desired.

Make no mistake, though: It was a big moment for an organization that needs more of them.

It isn't every year that the Phillies graduate a homegrown ...Read more

A (really) wild pitch contributes to another Pirates loss

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PITTSBURGH -- A double to the gap would've been entirely too logical or linear, the same for another poor pitching performance, especially since the Pirates earlier Sunday plucked a guy from independent ball (Henderson Alvarez) because they're so rail-thin at the position.

But this is 2020, where normalcy and expected outcomes have gone to die,...Read more

Royals sweep Twins, extend win streak to four games as Brady Singer gets first MLB win

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Rookie right-hander Brady Singer fought his way through five innings, including taking a ball hit with an exit velocity of 100 mph off his throwing hand, to earn his first major-league win Sunday afternoon.

The Royals scored early and relied on their stingy bullpen for four innings as they completed a three-game sweep of the...Read more