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How Austin Riley's small-town roots in northern Mississippi shaped him

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SOUTHAVEN, Miss. — DeSoto Central High School’s past and present poetically intersected May 15, 2019.

As the Jaguars prepared for Game 1 of their state championship series at Trustmark Park in Pearl, Miss., coach Mark Monaghan awaited the major league debut of a DeSoto Central product. He remembers hearing from Austin Riley that day.

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One strike from victory, Twins blow game vs. Angels, lose 5-3 in 11 innings

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ANAHEIM, CALIF. – One strike from victory, the Minnesota Twins let another critical game get away from them in the late innings Saturday night.

No. 9 hitter Magneuris Sierra hit a tying two-run triple past diving left fielder Nick Gordon with two out in the ninth inning, and Taylor Ward hit a walkoff homer off Emilio Pagan two innings later ...Read more

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Dodgers make it a day to remember with Negro Leagues museum visit and 12th consecutive win

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A day brimming with an appreciation for the past eventually had the Dodgers cherishing the present and peering excitedly into a future that gets more promising with every game. Call it a win, win, win.

History lessons abounded, but not the dry, academic kind. These, by all accounts, were gripping and profoundly meaningful ...Read more

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Logan Webb steals the show in SF Giants' win over Pirates

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SAN FRANCISCO — On a night the San Francisco Giants hosted dozens of players sporting World Series rings in a celebration of their 2012 title, it was their pitcher on the mound Saturday who provided the star power.

In one of the best starts of his young career, Logan Webb dazzled for eight shutout innings to beat the Pirates 2-0.

The win was...Read more

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Isiah Kiner-Falefa homers, drives in 3 as Yankees snap skid with 3-2 win against Red Sox

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BOSTON — Isiah Kiner-Falefa has not exactly had a stellar first season with the Yankees. The shortstop has made some really good plays and blundered some routine ones. His bat has been lighter than even the Yankees expected when they traded for him this spring.

But Saturday night, he had his moments. Kiner-Falefa hammered his first home run ...Read more

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Diamondbacks' Zac Gallen dominates Rockies as Jose Urena struggles again

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DENVER — As the Rockies’ season winds down — there are only 46 games remaining after Arizona shut them out, 6-0, on Saturday night at Coors Field — a lot of players are going to face increased scrutiny.

Players such as right-hander Jose Urena, who gave up three home runs over his six innings vs. Arizona. The Rockies’ offense, ...Read more

Brewers survive Adam Wainwright's nine-inning gem, beat Cardinals in 10th

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ST. LOUIS — Bob Forsch would have been smiling. The last Cardinals pitcher to author a no-hitter in St. Louis was not on hand Saturday night at Busch Stadium to witness potential history, having died in 2011.

But Forsch’s second wife, Jan, and daughters Amy and Kristin were here to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the 1982 Cardinals World ...Read more

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Tigers stop hitting too soon, Hinch ejected in another frustrating loss to White Sox

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CHICAGO — Riley Greene talked before Saturday's game about getting back to his smooth, natural swing. He felt like he’d been trying to do too much, getting outside of himself, not letting the game just come to him.

Well, it came to him in the second inning against Chicago White Sox starter Lucas Giolito.

With the bases loaded and two outs,...Read more

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After doubleheader sweep, Marlins' scoring struggles hit point MLB hasn't seen in over 40 years

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MIAMI — The Miami Marlins lost both games of their doubleheader against the Atlanta Braves on Saturday at loanDepot park, falling 5-2 in the first game and 6-2 in the nightcap.

With that, Miami’s scoring woes have reached a point not seen in more than 40 years.

The Marlins (50-64) have scored three runs or fewer in 14 consecutive games, ...Read more

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Royals lose a blowout against Dodgers, 13-3, in rough start for Brad Keller

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Everything about this season so far has pointed to the Los Angeles Dodgers being a special team. Well, the Kansas City Royals got an up-close view of just how overwhelming the Dodgers can be when they’re clicking on all cylinders.

Royals starting pitcher Brad Keller struggled out of the gate as the Dodgers jumped on him ...Read more

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Padres blow too many chances in loss to Nationals

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WASHINGTON — Now back to worrying about winning baseball games.

The shock hasn’t necessarily worn off, but baseball comes at its participants fast.

So a day after being rocked by news of Fernando Tatis Jr.’s PED suspension, the Padres continued with the business of their intended march to the postseason.

Saturday’s 4-3 loss to the ...Read more

Sloppy play opens door for Rangers to snap nine-game losing streak vs. Mariners

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ARLINGTON, Texas — After losing their last nine games against them and 10 of the 12 meetings this season, the Texas Rangers finally found a way to beat the Seattle Mariners, prevailing, 7-4.

But in an uncharacteristically sloppy performance for the Mariners, it wasn’t so much that the Rangers beat them, but that they beat themselves with ...Read more

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Bryce Miller: Tatis suspension could provide unplanned positive for improved Padres

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WASHINGTON — The potential similarities stagger, considering it was only a season ago. The Braves hunted for traction after inconsistent play, despite grand expectations in spring training.

Hey, Padres. Sound familiar?

They lost a 23-year-old superstar in outfielder Ronald Acuña Jr. as the first half of the season essentially had been ...Read more

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Tom Krasovic: Padres seem playoff-bound but Tatis, leaders need a reset

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SAN DIEGO — No Fernando Tatis Jr.?

No problem. The Padres should still reach the playoffs.

Defensively, they’re better without Tatis unless they would’ve limited him to designated hitting. They’re more talented than their first rival for the final wild card, the less-spendy Milwaukee Brewers. Few rotations surpass the Padres’ trio of...Read more

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Jacob deGrom strikes out 10, early run holds up as Mets blank Phillies, 1-0

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NEW YORK — The funny thing about greatness, at least when it comes to starting pitchers, is that it can be defined by the things that don’t happen.

Rather than big, grand spectacles or heroic, one-off displays, a great starting pitcher is more metronomic, repeating the same thing over and over until it becomes wholly expected. Jacob deGrom ...Read more

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Paul Sullivan: It's déjà vu all over again for Tony La Russa and underachieving White Sox

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CHICAGO — No one remains the way they were in their 30s, and Chicago White Sox manager Tony La Russa is no different than the rest of us.

But La Russa, 77, sounds a lot like he did in his first go-round on the South Side in the 1980s, especially when it comes to addressing the Sox’s problems.

“The pieces haven`t fit together so far, and ...Read more

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Nick Canepa: Can this romance survive for Padres and their fans after Tatis cheated?

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SAN DIEGO — "Who told you to put the balm on?"

— Jackie Chiles

And so we must ask the question first proposed by ABBA: "Can you hear the drums, Fernando?"

Fernando Tatis Jr. can hear the tom-toms, the bass and the snare. He just doesn't listen to them, as he travels recklessly through life to the beat of a different drum — his own, ...Read more

Shane McClanahan leads Rays to win over Orioles

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Shane McClanahan pitched the Rays to victory on Saturday, 8-2 over Baltimore.

Prior to his trip to the All-Star Game, that was hardly news. McClanahan made 18 starts, the Rays came out on top 12 times and he got 10 wins, to go with his tidy 1.71 ERA.

But over his first three starts since the break, McClanahan wasn’t ...Read more

Bill Madden: What a difference a month has made for the Mets and Yankees

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NEW YORK — To get a good idea of how fickle the fates of baseball can be, let’s flash back to July 17: The Yankees had just completed 14-1 and 13-2 routs of the Red Sox to forge a 64-28 record, by far the best in baseball, 4.5 games ahead of the Astros. At the same time, the Mets lost the first of three straight games to the Cubs and Padres ...Read more

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Rough fourth inning sets stage for Marlins' loss to Braves in Game 1 of doubleheader

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MIAMI — A frustrating fourth inning hampered Jesus Luzardo’s outing and paved the way for another Miami Marlins loss.

The left-handed pitcher gave up three runs in that decisive inning and only made it through five innings overall in Miami’s 5-2 loss on Saturday in the first game of a doubleheader against the Atlanta Braves at loanDepot ...Read more