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Chip Scoggins: 100-mph club 'a life goal' among baseball's exclusive places

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MINNEAPOLIS — Trevor Megill threw the hardest pitch of his major league career in his Twins debut on Sunday. The official reading on the radar gun: 99.8 mph.

"Almost there," he said. "Two more tenths. I've got to get it up a little bit more to officially be in that club."

The triple-digits club. The big 1-0-0. The Ultimate Flamethrower ...Read more

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Freddie Freeman leads Dodgers with five RBIs to 14-1 rout over Diamondbacks

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PHOENIX — The game was so out of hand by the eighth inning, relief pitcher Evan Phillips had a plate appearance … and drew a walk.

The game was so out of reach by the ninth, infielder Hanser Alberto took the mound … and recorded the final three outs without yielding a run.

Really, the Dodgers’ 14-1 win against the Arizona Diamondbacks ...Read more

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Shohei Ohtani struggles on the mound in Angels' loss to Blue Jays

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ANAHEIM, Calif. — Vladimir Guerrero Jr. sought out Shohei Ohtani last year during the first day of All-Star game festivities and pantomimed holding a camera. The Toronto Blue Jays slugger wanted a shot with the Angels’ two-way phenom.

Ohtani’s response? Afterward, he recalled thinking, “Why is he asking? It’s Vladimir Guerrero Jr. I�...Read more

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Trevor Story stays hot, Red Sox score 16 runs again in series victory over White Sox

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Alex Cora wasn’t one bit worried about what’s become a rare occurrence for his Boston Red Sox, an offensive dud in Wednesday’s loss.

The Red Sox were creating tons of traffic on the bases and producing plenty of quality at-bats, but just couldn’t find the big hit.

On Thursday, they returned to their scheduled programming. As did Trevor...Read more

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Whit Merrifield, Bobby Witt Jr. deliver late clutch hits as Royals rally to beat Twins

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MINNEAPOLIS — Bobby Witt Jr.’s two-out, two-strike RBI double in the eighth put the Kansas City Royals ahead for the first time and capped a three-run inning.

The one-run lead sent a noticeable portion of Minnesota Twins fans filing to the exit, but the game was far from a foregone conclusion. In the bottom half of the inning, reliever ...Read more

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German Marquez struggles again in Rockies' series-opening loss at Nationals

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Rockies manager Bud Black is staying positive on the potential for supposed ace German Marquez to turn around his disastrous season.

“I think it’s going to happen every fifth day,” Black told the KOA radio broadcast team before Colorado embarked on a four-game road stand at the Nationals.

However, in a 7-3 loss on Thursday, that hope ...Read more

Miguel Cabrera's walk-off single lifts Tigers over Guardians 4-3 in opener

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DETROIT — All good things must come to an end.

Unfortunately for the Tigers, that applies to starting pitcher Tarik Skubal’s scoreless streak and the team’s promising offensive start against the Guardians on Thursday night. That’s the bad news.

The good news is Skubal was able to shake off his one rough inning and Detroit’s bats were...Read more

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Aaron Nola's dominant pitching performance carries Phillies to 4-1 victory over Braves

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ATLANTA — Aaron Nola yielded two runs in seven innings May 15, and still, the Phillies lost. He gave up one run in seven innings May 5, and still, the Phillies lost. He tossed seven scoreless innings April 24, and guess what? Yep, the Phillies lost.

If ever a pitcher deserved the chance to finish his own game, after all that, it was Nola.

So...Read more

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Yankees, Rays tweet about gun violence instead of game

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The Yankees and Tampa Bay Rays shared facts about gun violence instead of baseball on their Twitter timelines during Thursday night’s game.

“In lieu of game coverage and in collaboration with the Tampa Bay Rays, we will be using our channel to offer facts about the impacts of gun violence,” the Yankees said in a statement before first ...Read more

Rays fail first test vs. majors-best Yankees

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Ryan Yarbrough went into the sixth inning Thursday night with a no-hitter. Four batters later, he was out of the game.

That was how quickly things turned, and turned out badly, for his Rays.

The Yankees quickly grabbed a three-run lead and went on to a 7-2 win in the first meeting of the season between the top teams in...Read more

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Bad blood. A 20-5 defeat. 3 takeaways from Cubs' 4-game series split with Reds.

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CINCINNATI — The Chicago Cubs might be wondering what could have been this week against the Cincinnati Reds.

Riding a three-game winning streak after taking the first two games of the four-game series, the Cubs couldn’t sustain momentum the rest of the week.

The Reds clobbered them, 20-5, in the finale Thursday, piling up 20 hits for a ...Read more

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Yankees call up reliever Manny Banuelos more than a decade after signing

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Manny Banuelos knew that eventually, his journey would end with him wearing a Yankees uniform in the big leagues. It just took a lot longer for it to happen. In 2008, Banuelos was signed out of his native Mexico and was considered one of the brightest up-and-coming arms in the Yankees organization. Along with Andrew ...Read more

Matt Calkins: After falling into last place, Mariners season passes infuriating and moves into depressing

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Scott Servais took over as the Mariners' manager in October 2015. He has served as the team's skipper in more than 900 games.

He meets with the media before each contest, then again when the contest concludes. I'm not sure I've ever seen him more despondent than he was after Wednesday's loss.

The Mariners' situation has zipped past infuriating...Read more

Yankees sign veteran infielder Matt Carpenter

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — The Yankees, who are currently without Josh Donaldson and DJ LeMahieu, signed veteran infielder Matt Carpenter Thursday.

Carpenter, 36, has batted .262 with 301 doubles, 28 triples, 155 home runs and 576 RBIs in 1,329 games over parts of 11 major league seasons, all with the St. Louis Cardinals. The left-handed hitter ...Read more

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Josh Donaldson says he and Tim Anderson now have 'mutual understanding' of 'Jackie' incident

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NEW YORK — Josh Donaldson, who’s been in the limelight since Saturday after referring to Tim Anderson as Jackie Robinson, said he and the White Sox shortstop now have a “mutual understanding” over his “Jackie” comment.

“First and foremost, I have the utmost respect for what Tim Anderson brings in the game of baseball,” Donaldson...Read more

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Rangers rough up Reid Detmers to defeat Angels 7-1

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Reid Detmers might have set the bar impossibly high when he threw a no-hitter in his 11th big league start May 10. The Angels left-hander has found it difficult to produce a worthy encore.

Detmers was roughed up for five runs and five hits in six innings of a 7-2 loss to the Texas Rangers in front of 22,950 at Angel Stadium on Wednesday night, ...Read more

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Defense fails Phillies in another loss to the Braves

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ATLANTA — Just when you think the Phillies exhausted all possible ways of coughing up a lead, you look up and see the center fielder chasing after a throw from the catcher that got by not one, not two, but three defenders and rolled nearly to the warning track.

Bad News Phils?

It sure seems like it.

The news definitely wasn’t good ...Read more

Red Sox bats finally fall flat in loss to White Sox to snap six-game winning streak

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BOSTON — Eventually, the Red Sox’ bats were going to cool off.

That night came Wednesday. A day after their season-high 19-hit, 16-run outburst, the Red Sox reverted back to the offensive struggles that plagued them through the first month of the season. They created plenty of action off White Sox starter Lucas Giolito, but failed to ...Read more

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Q&A: What happens to Angels' future plans with Angel Stadium?

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ANAHEIM, Calif. — On Wednesday morning, within 12 hours of the Anaheim City Council killing the Angel Stadium sale, the city of Long Beach renewed its pitch to lure the Angels. On Wednesday afternoon, the city of Anaheim formally asked the Angels to agree to void the deal and preserve all documents related to it, in anticipation of a possible ...Read more

Rookies JP Sears, Ron Marinaccio help Yankees get by Orioles, 2-0

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NEW YORK — The theme of the Yankees’ day, and really the whole week, was injuries.

Giancarlo Stanton went on the injured list on Wednesday with a right calf strain. DJ LeMahieu was held out yet again with discomfort in his left wrist. Jonathan Loaisiga was put on the shelf as well, joining Aroldis Chapman and Chad Green, who had their own ...Read more