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Marlins edge Dodgers in ninth as Roberts' use of Baez backfires

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LOS ANGELES--Kenley Jansen stood idle on a bullpen mound as the door opened for Tuesday's ninth inning. Another pitcher trotted toward the diamond to preserve a tied game. It was not a save situation, but the assignment used to belong to Jansen. The orthodoxy of the sport requires managers to use their closers for the ninth inning of deadlocked ...Read more

Williamson stays hot, leads Giants over Nats

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SAN FRANCISCO -- Before clobbering the two longest home runs by a San Francisco Giants player this season in a span of four days, before making a joke of Pacific Coast League pitching, Mac Williamson first had to decide a change was needed.

"I knew what I was doing wasn't working," Williamson said.

What he is doing now is striking fear in ...Read more

Trout, Simmons lead Angels over Astros

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HOUSTON -- Somewhere between six innings of being perfect and two innings of being blistered was Shohei Ohtani's latest start.

The rookie's performance Tuesday against the reigning World Series champions also fit neatly between so and so, Ohtani finishing with a no-decision in a game the Angels came back to win 8-7.

He pitched 51/3 innings ...Read more

Jarlin Garcia pitching like an ace for struggling Marlins

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Even if he wasn't the anomaly in the Marlins' franchise-tying worst start, Jarlin Garcia's early efforts as a starting pitcher would stand out as something special.

The Dominican left-hander's 0.53 ERA in three career starts is among the best in baseball. Of pitchers with more than one start this season, only San Francisco's Johnny Cueto ranks ...Read more

Andrew Triggs continues strong run of A's pitching in win vs. Rangers

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ARLINGTON, Texas -- The way the A's starting rotation is going right now, each member seems to want to keep the line moving. Andrew Triggs made sure not to fall behind.

Triggs continued what has been a strong showing by A's starters lately, allowing just one run on four hits with a walk and six strikeouts over six innings of work in Tuesday's 3...Read more

Ian Kennedy's career-long streak snapped in Royals' 5-2 loss to Brewers

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The ricochet was violent.

Shortly after Royals starter Ian Kennedy released the four-seam heater in the third inning of his team's 5-2 loss to Milwaukee on Tuesday at Kauffman Stadium, the ball came back toward him at a speed quicker than he sent it.

Kennedy had no time to react. The Ryan Braun shot hit the front of Kennedy...Read more

Phillies fall to Diamondbacks, strike out 16 times in rain-soaked game

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PHILADELPHIA -- The Phillies three-game series against National League-leading Arizona was meant to be a measuring stick. The Phillies racked up a majority of their early wins against teams with losing records. The Diamondbacks, manager Gabe Kapler said, are "really good" and "really challenging." And the Phillies could not quite measure up on ...Read more

Indians sign outfielder Melky Cabrera to minor-league deal, pending physical

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CLEVELAND -- The Indians have signed Melky Cabrera to a minor-league deal, pending a physical, adding to the outfield depth within the organization.

The deal, first reported by Hector Gomez of Z 101 and Jon Morosi of Fox Sports, has not yet been confirmed by the club. According to FanRag Sports' Jon Heyman, Cabrera's deal would be for $1 ...Read more

Tigers-Pirates game postponed due to rain

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PITTSBURGH -- The Detroit Tigers' game Tuesday night against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park has been postponed due to rain and will be made up Wednesday as a straight doubleheader, starting at 4:05 p.m. ET.

Jordan Zimmermann will pitch in Game 1. Matthew Boyd will get the ball in Game 2.

A white tarp covered the infield since reporters ...Read more

Rick Renteria ejected in White Sox's 1-0 loss to Mariners

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CHICAGO -- Late-afternoon starts are a rarity in baseball, and White Sox manager Rick Renteria declined to offer a take before Tuesday's at Guaranteed Rate Field.

Asked about it before the 4:10 p.m. first pitch, he replied: "I will give you my genuinely honest opinion once the game is over. Win, lose or draw, I'll give you my honest opinion."

...Read more

Kyle Schwarber's two homers pace Cubs to 10-3 win against Indians

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CLEVELAND -- The Cubs took precautionary measures Tuesday night by keeping slugger Kris Bryant out of the lineup against the Indians.

"He's not bouncy, but he's fine," Maddon said.

The Cubs responded impressively as they rolled to a 10-3 win over the Indians at soggy Progressive Field. Kyle Schwarber hit two home runs, and Willson Contreras ...Read more

Tuesday's Orioles-Rays game postponed; makeup game scheduled as May 12 doubleheader

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BALTIMORE -- Tuesday night's series opener between the Orioles and the visiting Tampa Bay Rays was postponed because of a bad weather forecast, with the game rescheduled as part of a Saturday, May 12, doubleheader.

That day will feature a single-admission doubleheader at 3:05 p.m., with the second game starting 30 minutes after the first ends. ...Read more

Kris Bryant out of Cubs lineup Tuesday night vs. Indians

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CLEVELAND -- The Cubs took precautionary measures Tuesday night by keeping slugger Kris Bryant out of the lineup against the Indians.

Maddon said on his weekly radio segment on WSCR-AM 670's "Bernstein and McKnight Show" that Bryant was "fine" but that he wanted to check with the slugger at Progressive Field, where the Cubs open a two-game ...Read more

Angels bounce back with win over hot Astros

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HOUSTON -- Eleven days ago, he was pitching in double-A for a team called the BayBears.

Monday, he struck out Houston's Carlos Correa in the eighth inning with the tying run on base to help the Los Angeles Angels beat the reigning World Series champions, 2-0.

"I thought it was crazy," Keynan Middleton said.

The reliever was talking about the ...Read more

Walker Buehler impresses in first start as Dodgers win 2-1

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LOS ANGELES -- The jewel of the Los Angeles Dodgers farm system steadied himself in the center of their ballpark. Walker Buehler cradled a baseball in his right hand and tucked it inside his glove. He exhaled as he prepared to throw the first pitch of the first start of his career. Buehler went still; Dodger Stadium went silent.

On the mound, ...Read more

Mitchell survives rocky first, Padres come back to bury Rockies

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DENVER -- Dark clouds hemmed in the sky above Coors Field. Fans in the upper deck were moved due to the lightning that continued to flash seemingly just beyond the ballpark's walls. Thunder echoed and rain began to fall as the second inning started.

It was easy to speculate that the storm continuing might be the best thing to happen for Padres ...Read more

White Sox offense comes to life with 10-4 victory over Mariners

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CHICAGO -- Maybe it's a coincidence. Maybe not.

Hours after getting encouraging news about fallen teammate Danny Farquhar, the White Sox celebrated with a hit parade not seen since Opening Day.

They greeted Mariners right-hander Mike Leake like this: triple, single, single, single, single, single, double. They became the first team since the ...Read more

A's offense explodes in ninth inning for blowout win over Rangers

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ARLINGTON, Texas -- The A's squandered multiple opportunities to take control throughout the night, but the final inning showed just how explosive this offense can be.

Entering the ninth inning 2 for 10 with runners in scoring position, the A's unleashed that pent up frustration from earlier by putting together a six-run ninth inning to turn ...Read more

Despite quality start and immaculate inning, Orioles' Kevin Gausman loses to Indians, 2-1

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BALTIMORE -- Kevin Gausman's seventh inning was immaculate -- nine pitches, nine strikes and three strikeouts. He was nearly spotless otherwise, too.

But his one mistake proved too many for Gausman in Monday night's series finale against the Cleveland Indians, a 2-1 loss in which the right-hander found the fastball velocity that had eluded him ...Read more

Struggling Dodgers reliever Wilmer Font designated for assignment

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LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Dodgers cut ties with Wilmer Font, designating the struggling pitcher for assignment before Monday night's game against the Miami Marlins to call up pitcher Walker Buehler.

Font, a 28-year-old right-hander, was the triple-A Pacific Coast League pitcher of the year last season but struggled in brief appearances ...Read more