Dodgers come from behind against Nationals to get back to .500

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LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Dodgers slumbered through half the game, awakening with a bolt of energy that revitalized the fans and players within the grand old ballpark.

The Dodgers were three outs from winning a three-game series in which two of the opposing starters were Max Scherzer and Stephen Strasburg. They were three outs from their ...Read more

Ohtani bats fourth in Angels' 4-2 loss to Giants, Cueto

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ANAHEIM, Calif. -- It's official. The transformation is complete. Shohei Ohtani has turned the Los Angeles Angels into his own Little League All-Star team.

It wasn't enough for the Japanese right-hander to be one of the team's top pitchers. The sweet-swinging slugger batted fourth in Sunday's 4-2 loss to the San Francisco Giants before a crowd ...Read more

A's complete 5-1 homestand with win over Red Sox

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- Khris Davis supplied all the offense Sunday as the Athletics beat the Boston Red Sox 4-1 and completed what they hope is a homestand so successful it can jump-start their season.

Davis drove in all four runs with two outs, grounding a single to left in the first inning to bring home one run and then launching a three-run home...Read more

Diamondbacks beat Lucchesi, Padres, 4-2

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PHOENIX -- The potential pitcher's duel was one-sided.

Padres rookie Joey Lucchesi had his roughest outing yet Sunday in the finale of a three-game series with the Diamondbacks, hurting himself with an error and giving up four runs in the fourth inning, and the Padres managed just three hits in a 4-2 loss.

Arizona starter Patrick Corbin, who ...Read more

Cueto improves league-leading ERA, Belt powers Giants to first series win, defeat Angels

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ANAHEIM, Calif. -- If patience is a virtue worth celebrating, then Sunday was the perfect time for Brandon Belt and the San Francisco Giants to have their moment in the sun.

With a record-setting at-bat, a solo home run on the ninth pitch of another plate appearance and a grand total of 40 pitches faced on Sunday, Belt paced the Giants to a 4-2...Read more

Cubs strike after Kris Bryant's beaning, hold on for 9-7 win over Rockies

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CHICAGO -- The Cubs' offense took matters into their own hands after slugger Kris Bryant was beaned by a pitch in the first inning that caused him to leave Sunday's game against the Rockies.

After Bryant was nailed in the helmet by a 96-mph fastball from German Marquez, the Cubs responded with four consecutive singles with two out to highlight ...Read more

Cardinals continue domination of Reds; sweep series with 9-2 win

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ST. LOUIS -- If only the Cardinals could convince the Reds to stay around longer.

The Cardinals completed a sweep of Cincinnati and went to 7-0 against them this season with a 9-2 win on a soggy Sunday at Busch Stadium. The Cardinals are 13-8 this season, with more than half of the wins coming against the befuddled Reds, who are 3-18.

The ...Read more

Many contribute to Rangers' win over Mariners, but Perez's pitching could have lasting impact

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ARLINGTON, Texas -- Delino DeShields came off the disabled list less than three weeks after surgery on his left hand, just as he proclaimed he would, giving the Rangers their leadoff hitter and best center fielder.

His glove was bigger than his bat in his first game since March 30, as he jumped at the wall to rob Seattle Mariners catcher David ...Read more

Giants' Brandon Belt sets MLB record with epic 21-pitch at-bat

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ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Giants first baseman Brandon Belt has a reputation for forcing pitchers to work deep into counts.

Now, Belt has more than just a reputation, he has a spot in Major League Baseball's record books.

With an epic 21-pitch at-bat in the top half of the first inning against Angels rookie Jaime Barria, Belt broke the league record ...Read more

White Sox keep it below double digits but lose again to Astros, 7-1

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CHICAGO -- Three days, three blowout losses to the Astros.

The only difference Sunday is that there were some beanings, with Houston right-hander Lance McCullers plunking Wellington Castillo and Yolmer Sanchez. The White Sox bullpen was so wild in Chicago's 7-1 defeat, you couldn't tell the brushbacks from the plain old balls.

Nate Jones came ...Read more

Phillies sweep Pirates on Aaron Altherr's walk-off single in 11th inning

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PHILADELPHIA -- Andrew Knapp tossed his helmet in the air Sunday afternoon and ran toward first base. He scored the winning run in a 3-2 win against the Pirates at Citizens Bank Park, but he was late to the celebration. Aaron Altherr, who singled in Knapp, was already being mobbed in the outfield grass. This is what a sweep looks like.

The win ...Read more

Marlins squander solid pitching effort with more late-game mistakes; Brewers sweep

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MILWAUKEE -- The Marlins finally got the starting pitching performance they were hoping to get Sunday.

And they still found a way to lose.

Rookie Caleb Smith struck out a career-high 10 batters and allowed only two runs on two hits in six innings.

Unfortunately, the Marlins (5-16) were unable to back him up enough offensively and committed ...Read more

Carlos Gomez's walk-off homer sends Rays to sweep of Twins

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Carlos Gomez blasted a two-run homer off Addison Reed in the ninth inning, handing the Twins a 8-6 walk-off loss that also completed a sweep of the three game series.

The Twins had fought back from a 6-3 hole to tie the game in the eighth on Brian Dozier's two-run single. The Twins failed to score in the ninth, and Reed,...Read more

Royals beat the Tigers, 8-5

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DETROIT -- A mantra bearing an acute resemblance to the Royals' 2015 postseason slogan has recently taken over the Royals dugout.

"Keep getting on until we get guys in."

The words originated from hitting coach Terry Bradshaw. He sought to put a positive spin on the Royals' early offensive woes: Through 19 games the Royals had stranded 139 men ...Read more

Orioles lose to Indians, 7-3, can't keep up against Cy Young winner Corey Kluber

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BALTIMORE -- That the Orioles were able to scratch together a few leads against reigning American League Cy Young Award winner Corey Kluber in Sunday's eventual 7-3 loss to the Cleveland Indians at Camden Yards was a departure from their recent norm.

That they had to face yet another pitcher of his caliber was not.

Kluber was the fourth Cy ...Read more

White Sox offering space, remaining respectful to Danny Farquhar's family

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White Sox officials say reliever Danny Farquhar remains in critical but stable condition after collapsing in the dugout Friday and suffering a brain hemorrhage.

Manager Rick Renteria, speaking Sunday morning at Guaranteed Rate Field, said he has addressed Sox players about it but is keeping updates brief out of respect for Farquhar's family.

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The Royals' offense has sorely missed Salvador Perez; his return is finally near

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DETROIT -- The Royals' scuffling offense should receive a jolt soon.

Catcher Salvador Perez, who started a minor-league rehab assignment on April 15, is nearing his return to the Royals lineup. He could make his season debut at Kauffman Stadium this week when the Royals return for a six-game homestand that begins against the Milwaukee Brewers ...Read more

Cubs' Kris Bryant leaves in 1st after getting hit in the helmet by pitch

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DENVER -- Cubs slugger Kris Bryant had to leave Sunday's game at Coors Field in the first inning after getting hit in the helmet by a pitch from Rockies starter German Marquez.

Bryant was hit for a National League-leading seventh time on a 96 mph pitch on a 1-2 count. Bryant stayed on his feet but manager Joe Maddon ran out to prevent Bryant ...Read more

Mariners win second straight against Texas with late uprising

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ARLINGTON, Texas -- When it's right, the Seattle Mariners offense can be similar to the massive deluge that delayed Saturday night's game at Globe Life Park -- you know it's coming, you know it could be overwhelming and there isn't much you can do but wait until it works itself out.

On a night when they got a suboptimal outing from their best ...Read more

It's real seventh heaven for Dodgers' Ryu

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LOS ANGELES--There might come a time this season when Hyun-Jin Ryu will be welcome to pitch the eighth inning. Or, frankly, there might not.

Ryu has not lasted beyond seven innings in four years, in a game so long ago that Andre Ethier was the Dodgers center fielder and Cuban prospect Erisbel Arruebarrena, since banished by the organization, ...Read more