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Benjamin Hochman: After 1982 World Series win, Cardinals fans tore up turf and took it home

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His Cardinals hadn’t won a World Series since he was in preschool. And there was Jim Mielke, wedged into the front row of the Busch Stadium bleachers, his right leg dangling over the right-field wall. He watched Bruce Sutter fire the final strike from upon the glorious green stage. And right then, Mielke broke the fourth wall by jumping over ...Read more

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Michael Wacha's dominant outing leads Red Sox to series win over Yankees

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BOSTON — The Red Sox have finally done it.

After an entire season spent chasing their counterparts in the American League East without winning a multi-game series, the Sox put it all together for their best weekend of the year.

Michael Wacha returned from the injured list and held the league’s best offense scoreless through seven innings ...Read more

Twins take early lead, then falter in 4-2 loss to Angels

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ANAHEIM, Calif. — The Twins will head home from SoCal having gone 1-4 on the West Coast, the final blow being a 4-2 loss to the Angels on Sunday.

The Twins' only victory of this past week was at Angel Stadium on Friday night, a 4-0 shutout. But that was a mid-trip blip, considering the Twins fell to the Dodgers 10-3 and 8-5 on Tuesday and ...Read more

SF Giants nearly let sweep slip away against Pirates, but Thairo Estrada saves the day

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SAN FRANCISCO —The Giants’ best, maybe last, chance at a postseason push is off to a good start.

With a sweep of the Pirates, completed Sunday afternoon with a walk-off 8-7 win, the Giants did exactly what it will take over their final 48 games to close the gap for the final National League wild card spot.

Thairo Estrada ended the back-and...Read more

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

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ARLINGTON, Texas — The Mariners' dominance over the Texas Rangers came to an end, well, at least for one game.

After losing their last nine games against Seattle and 10 of the last 12 meetings this season, the Rangers finally found a way to beat the Mariners, prevailing 7-4 Saturday night at Globe Life Field.

But it wasn't so much that the ...Read more

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Phillies star Bryce Harper takes 'huge' step as he nears return from his fractured right thumb

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NEW YORK — If Bryce Harper’s work goes well on Sunday, he will take batting practice on the field at Citizens Bank Park on Monday, according to interim manager Rob Thomson. Harper hasn’t taken batting practice on the field since he was hit by a Blake Snell pitch on June 25, fracturing his left thumb. He will take some flips and overhand ...Read more

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Sloppy Rockies fall behind early, lose to Diamondbacks, 7-4

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DENVER — The Rockies were late to the party Sunday afternoon and it cost them.

By the time they put on their hitting shoes in the sixth inning, they trailed Arizona 7-0. The Rockies rallied, but came up short, falling 7-4 at Coors Field.

Arizona took two of three games in the series and the Rockies finished their six-game homestand 3-3.

It...Read more

Pujols' first 2-homer game at Busch in 11 years sends Cardinals to win vs. Brewers

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ST. LOUIS — Sometimes it is the hitters who provide all the relief necessary.

What Tyler O’Neill tied and Dylan Carlson broke, Albert Pujols finished with such a flourish that he not only put the Cardinals further ahead in the standings, he put himself closer to history. Before Pujols hit his second home run of the game, his 10th of the ...Read more

Cole Irvin struggles as Astros sweep Oakland with 6-3 win

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Two weeks after Cole Irvin’s sharp pitching led to the Astros being swept in a series for the first time since last September, the American League leaders and right-hander Cristian Javier flipped the script on the A’s this weekend in Houston.

Irvin struggled Sunday as the Astros beat the last-place A’s 6-3 for the three-game series sweep....Read more

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Brady Singer dazzles as Kansas City Royals snap L.A. Dodgers' streak in series finale

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Los Angeles Dodgers were a runaway freight train on a streak not seen in 100 years, with an outstanding lineup laden with All-Stars and multiple former MVPs. But Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Brady Singer was unmoved by his opponents’ accolades, streaks and resumes on Sunday afternoon.

Singer took the mound ...Read more

Same story, different day: Swept on the South Side, Tigers losing streak hits 7

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CHICAGO — OK, we’ll say it. With tongue firmly implanted in cheek.

The Tigers have not won a baseball game since general manager Al Avila was fired.

(Of course, it’s awfully hard to justify cause and effect when the team was 25 games under .500 on the day he was relieved of his duties. Still, as a point of fact — winless minus Avila.) ...Read more

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Mets take another series win, crush Phillies 6-0

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NEW YORK — This time last week, the Mets had just wrapped up four wins in a five-game series with the Braves.

After this weekend in the sun, facing a different playoff hopeful in the National League East, the Mets won another series while holding the Phillies to two total runs.

The Mets’ 6-0 win in Sunday’s rubber match was their second ...Read more

Braves mount ninth-inning rally to stun Marlins, sweep four-game series

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MIAMI — Michael Harris is only 21 years old, but he treats the biggest, most important situations like he has experienced them many times. With the game on the line, he keeps a slow heartbeat, always able to show up when it matters most. He has done this time and again during a sensational rookie season.

On the first pitch of the ninth inning...Read more

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Jorge Mateo's leadoff double in 9th spoils Rays pitcher Drew Rasmussen's bid for perfect game in Orioles' 4-1 loss

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — The anticipation of the moment grew around Tropicana Field. As Drew Rasmussen trotted to the mound for the ninth inning, Tampa Bay Rays fans rose to their feet, cell phones in hand, waiting to document history.

But Orioles shortstop Jorge Mateo had other ideas. On the first pitch he saw from Rasmussen — a cutter left ...Read more

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Blake Snell stays sharp, Padres take series from Nationals

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WASHINGTON — It is August, so Blake Snell is the pitcher the Padres intended him to be and need him to be.

The left-hander has in his two seasons with the Padres been inexplicably inconsistent — until summer gets going and he heats up.

In the Padres' 6-0 victory Sunday against the young and scuffling Nationals, Snell was almost unfair.

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Mark Zeigler: Fernando Tatis Jr.'s ringworm explanation is plausible but is it probable?

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There was the Dutch cyclist who blamed a failed a drug test on his father-in-law, who fed him pigeon pie purportedly made from doped-up racing pigeons.

Or the German runner who claimed his nandrolone positives came from someone surreptitiously injecting it into his toothpaste.

Or Fidel Castro, who insisted world-record high jumper Javier ...Read more

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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