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Mariners fail to score more than 1 run for 4th time this season in loss Cubs

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SEATTLE — Scoring one run isn’t going to lead to wins.

And hitting the ball over the fence occasionally doesn’t allow for teams to rob you of runs.

The Seattle Mariners were reminded of both in a disappointing 4-1 loss to the Chicago Cubs on Saturday night.

For the fourth time this year, the Mariners failed to score more than one run in...Read more

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Cardinals can't cash in on their chances, fall to Diamondbacks, 4-2

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PHOENIX — While the Cardinals left money on the table, the Arizona Diamondbacks found ways to cash in on their openings and evened the series at the expense of Cardinals starting pitcher Kyle Gibson on Saturday night.

Cardinals hitters pounded out 11 hits, but left nine men on base in a 4-2 loss to the Diamondbacks in the second game of a ...Read more

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Cody Poteet shines as Yankees complete doubleheader sweep against Guardians

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Welcome back to the major leagues, Cody Poteet.

After not throwing a pitch in the big leagues in 2023 while recovering from Tommy John surgery in the minors, Poteet dominated the Guardians’ lineup through six innings to help complete the Yankees’ doubleheader sweep in Cleveland.

Poteet powered his team to a 8-1 victory at Progressive Field...Read more

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White Sox match worst 14-game start in franchise history with 5-0 loss to Reds: 'Just a tough skid'

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CHICAGO — Robbie Grossman drilled a hard-hit grounder to the shortstop side of second base to begin the sixth inning Saturday at Guaranteed Rate Field.

Cincinnati Reds second baseman Santiago Espinal had Grossman shaded close to the bag and made a nice play just beyond the dirt to get a glove on the ball. Espinal couldn’t corral it, and ...Read more

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Max Meyer continues dominant start to season as Marlins beat Braves, get first home win

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MIAMI — Right-handed pitcher Max Meyer threw six innings of one-run ball against one of the best lineups in baseball as the Miami Marlins beat the Atlanta Braves, 5-1, on Saturday at loanDepot park.

The Marlins improved to 3-12 on the season and won their first home game of 2024 after dropping each of their first eight games at loanDepot park...Read more

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Giants turn power back on to beat Rays behind 5 home runs

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Somebody apparently paid the electricity bill because the Giants turned the power back on Saturday after a week in the dark.

Seven of the Giants’ runs in an 11-2 win over the Rays, evening their weekend series at a game apiece, came on a quintet of long balls — two from Thairo Estrada — snapping a seven-game ...Read more

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Twins slide aside mistakes, injuries to sweep Tigers in doubleheader

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DETROIT — On a day when they put another of their best players on the injured list, when they fretted about having enough healthy players to effectively compete, the Twins made a well-timed discovery on their roster.

Simeon Woods Richardson looks like a bona fide big leaguer.

The rookie right-hander, given an opportunity via a rainout makeup...Read more

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Nick Castellanos' walk-off single gives Phillies 4-3 win over Pirates

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PHILADLEPHIA — This has not been an easy few weeks for Nick Castellanos but he has been grinding, and finally, on Saturday at Citizens Bank Park, he had a breakthrough. In the bottom of the ninth, with runners on second and third and one out, Castellanos launched a single that flew over the head of Pittsburgh Pirates center fielder Jack ...Read more

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Rockies' rough first inning costs them in 5-3 loss to Blue Jays

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TORONTO — The beginning was the end for the Rockies.

Starter Dakota Hudson went south in the first inning when the Blue Jays took a 5-0 lead. Although the Rockies rallied and Hudson pitched well after the first, the damage was done. The Blue Jays prevailed, 5-3, Saturday at Rogers Centre.

After pounding out 20 hits in a 12-4 win on Friday ...Read more

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Orioles lose to Brewers, 11-5, after Dean Kremer coughs up early leads

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BALTIMORE — Coming off a seven-inning gem in Pittsburgh, Dean Kremer couldn’t carry over his success into his next start Saturday as he allowed the most runs of his career in the Orioles’ 11-5 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers.

The Orioles held leads of 3-0, 4-1 and 5-4 in the early innings before the Brewers started to string together ...Read more

Red Sox beat Angels, 7-2, avoid setting home futility mark to open season

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BOSTON — In 112 years, Fenway Park had never seen its team lose their first five home games of a season.

Make that 113 years.

On Saturday, the Red Sox snapped a four-game losing streak and prevented the creation of an unfortunate new franchise record with a 7-2 victory over the Angels.

Though they fielded a starting nine full of minor ...Read more

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Royals ride right-handed lineup to 11-7 win against Mets

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NEW YORK — The Kansas City Royals returned to the win column on Saturday.

And they did it with a unique lineup.

The Royals started nine right-handed batters against the New York Mets. Royals manager Matt Quatraro opted for the lineup against southpaw Sean Manaea.

Manaea has fared worse against righties in his career. Opposing right-handed ...Read more

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Bill Plaschke: Ippei Mizuhara's surrender inspires Shohei Ohtani to soar for Dodgers

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LOS ANGELES — Ippei Mizuhara entered a courtroom in shackles.

Shohei Ohtani flew around Chavez Ravine on wings.

On the most sobering, sensational of Fridays, one man's arrest became another man's freedom, a simple ballgame serving as a striking example of brilliance unburdened.

Just down the street from Dodger Stadium, Ohtani's longtime ...Read more

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Spencer Strider has elbow surgery to repair UCL, will miss rest of 2024 season

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MIAMI — The Braves will play without Spencer Strider for the remainder of 2024.

On Friday, Strider underwent surgery to repair the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow with internal brace, the Braves announced Saturday. Dr. Keith Meister, who evaluated Strider earlier in the week, performed the procedure in Arlington, Texas.

As ...Read more

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Clarke Schmidt, Oswaldo Cabrera fuel Yankees' 3-2 win over Guardians in first game of doubleheader

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It wasn’t pretty, but the Yankees found a way to remain road warriors in the opening game of Saturday’s doubleheader in Cleveland.

The Yankees overcame multiple missed opportunities on offense and a two-run throwing error by Gleyber Torres on defense in their 3-2 win at Progressive Field, during which Clarke Schmidt flirted with his first ...Read more

Twins beat Tigers, 11-5, in Game 1 of doubleheader with seven runs in 12th inning

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DETROIT — Ryan Jeffers was supposed to be resting up for Saturday's second game. He did so by winning the first.

Jeffers crushed the third pinch-hit home run of his career in the eighth inning to tie Game 1, singled home Carlos Santana with a go-ahead run in the 11th, and finished up in the 12th by bouncing a chopper between third baseman ...Read more

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Inside baseball's arms crisis: What can be done to curb the game's outbreak of pitching injuries?

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Every day, it’s someone else.

“I heard two more guys today went down,” Aaron Nola said, shaking his head before pitching for the Phillies this week in St. Louis. “It [stinks], man. I don’t like seeing it. I don’t know. I don’t really have an answer.”

There aren’t answers — not uncomplicated ones, at least — for the most ...Read more

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Butler does it as Athletics beat Washington in 10th inning

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OAKLAND — Oakland Athletics fans supporting a boycott of their team’s scheduled move to Sacramento and eventually Las Vegas could be facing a dilemma.

What if the A’s are actually good?

Lawrence Butler supplied both runs with a mammoth home run and a run-scoring single in the 10th inning Friday night in a 2-1 win over the Washington ...Read more

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Shohei Ohtani milestone can't hide Dodgers' bullpen woes in loss to Padres

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LOS ANGELES — Shohei Ohtani pulled even with one of his boyhood idols with a milestone home run in the first inning and added doubles in the fifth and seventh innings to extend a torrid eight-game stretch in which the Dodgers slugger is batting .458 (16 for 35) with four homers, seven doubles and five RBIs.

But San Diego torched the Dodgers ...Read more

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Cardinals cough up early lead, but come up with clutch hits late to beat Diamondbacks 9-6

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PHOENIX — After they saw a six-run lead evaporate in the span of one inning, the St. Louis Cardinals regrouped and retook the lead thanks to the clutch hitting of Brendan Donovan and Paul Goldschmidt.

That run swung the pendulum back in the Cardinals' favor. The offense tacked on insurance runs, and the bullpen held on for a more-dramatic-...Read more