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Molina, Hicks lift Cardinals to 4-3 win over Reds

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ST. LOUIS -- Batting second mainly because of Tommy Pham's nagging groin injury, Yadier Molina homered with one out in the seventh, lifting the Cardinals to a 4-3 victory over the visiting Cincinnati Reds before a crowd of 42,382, Saturday afternoon at Busch Stadium.

The Molina homer to left center, which produced the 800th RBI of his career, ...Read more

Mike Clevinger's two-hitter, three solo home runs carry Indians past Orioles

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BALTIMORE -- For a team with hitters struggling despite making solid contact, launching balls over the fence is a pretty good way to take care of that problem.

That was the blueprint the Indians followed on Saturday afternoon, when they hit three solo home runs en route to a 4-0 win over the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards.

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Aaron Nola, Rhys Hoskins lift Phillies over Pirates

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PHILADELPHIA -- Phillies right-hander Aaron Nola began his latest gem Saturday at Citizens Bank Park by giving up a titanic opposite-field home run to Pittsburgh Pirates leadoff man Sean Rodriguez on the second pitch of the game. He ended it by striking out Jordy Mercer on a wicked changeup 101 pitches later to complete the seventh inning.

In ...Read more

Royals unable to build on win, beaten by the Tigers

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DETROIT -- The Royals were unable to build on Friday night's unconventional, slump-busting win on Saturday afternoon. They lost to the Tigers, 12-4, at Comerica Park.

Starter Danny Duffy -- forced to pitch on fewer than the usual four days' rest because of the two doubleheaders the Royals played in four days -- allowed six earned runs on 10 ...Read more

White Sox pitcher Danny Farquhar in critical condition after suffering ruptured aneurysm

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CHICAGO -- White Sox pitcher Danny Farquhar suffered a ruptured aneurysm that caused a brain hemorrhage Friday night during the team's game against the Astros.

The Sox said in a statement Saturday that he is stable but in critical condition in the ICU at Rush University Medical Center. He is being cared for by Dr. Demetrius Lopes and the Rush ...Read more

Astros' Verlander calls out White Sox shortstop Anderson for stolen base attempt

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CHICAGO -- Justin Verlander pitched six scoreless innings to help the Astros shut out the White Sox 10-0 Friday night at Guaranteed Rate Field, and yet the former Cy Young Award winner found reason to be upset after the game.

The subject of Verlander's postgame rant was Sox shortstop Tim Anderson, who just happened to be the player that broke ...Read more

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