Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw expected to start on Thursday against Philadelphia

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LOS ANGELES -- Unable to pitch since May 1 as he recovered from biceps tendinitis, Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw is scheduled to return from the disabled list on Thursday and start against the Philadelphia Phillies.

Stuck in fourth place with a losing record, the Dodgers elected to start Kershaw in a major league setting rather than ...Read more

Padres lose to Dodgers in series finale

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LOS ANGELES -- It wasn't a no-hitter this time, but the Padres' hits Sunday against Walker Buehler didn't amount to much, and the Dodgers won the finale of a three-game series, 6-1.

Using four relievers to get through the game, the Padres were within a run until a pair of two-run homers (by Max Muncy and Cody Bellinger) in the eighth inning off...Read more

Frankie Montas impresses as A's win series over Diamondbacks

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- If Frankie Montas keeps pitching like this, he might just stick around a little longer than originally anticipated.

Called up from Triple-A Nashville to fill in a starting rotation spot with injuries to Andrew Triggs and Brett Anderson, Montas was more than serviceable. The right-hander took a no-hitter into the sixth inning ...Read more

Jason Hammel, Royals' offense do just enough to secure a victory over Rangers

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ARLINGTON, Texas -- On a 94-degree afternoon at Globe Life Park, the Royals' bats went cold after three innings but provided just enough offense to beat the Rangers 5-3 on Sunday.

Starting pitcher Jason Hammel labored through 5 1/3 innings, facing 22 batters and throwing 102 pitches. Yet as he gave up four hits (three doubles) and issued two ...Read more

Short-handed Mariners come up with first sweep of season, beating Twins

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SEATTLE -- Maybe it isn't so much about who is missing from the Mariners' lineup in a given game. With the way this season has gone, rare is the day when manager Scott Servais has put out the full compliment of starting players. And with Robinson Cano suspended till Aug. 14, they will continue to be less than full strength going forward.

Maybe ...Read more

Marlins' Martin Prado to miss at least a month with hamstring injury

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Marlins manager Don Mattingly said the team would be without veteran third baseman Martin Prado for at least a month after a left hamstring strain suffered during Friday night's loss to Washington.

"We know at least 30 days, plus getting ready," Mattingly said before Sunday's 5-2 loss to the Nationals. "We're a ways out. Timetables are really ...Read more

Cardinals' walks turn to runs in 6-4 comeback victory over Pirates

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PITTSBURGH -- The Cardinals drew one unintentional walk in the first 25 innings of their weekend series against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Then, in a stark turnaround Sunday, they coaxed four walks in the eighth inning off a normally stingy Pirates bullpen, scoring three runs, to take their first lead of the game and then hang on for a 6-4 victory....Read more

James Shields winless in last 11 starts as Tigers knock off White Sox, 3-2

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DETROIT -- James Shields remained winless in his last 11 starts -- matching his longest winless streak last season -- as the Sox fell to the Tigers 3-2 in the series finale at Comerica Park.

Sox designated hitter Jose Rondon made it interesting with a two-out home run to left field in the ninth inning, and Daniel Palka followed with an infield ...Read more

Sale rocked, 'Folty' dominant as Braves snap skid at Boston

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BOSTON -- If anyone was going to take a no-hitter to the sixth inning Sunday at Fenway Park, it figured to be Red Sox ace Chris Sale.

But Mike Foltynewicz and the Braves had other ideas.

Sale gave up six runs and left the game before Foltynewicz had even allowed a hit as the Braves rolled to a 7-1 win to avert a sweep and snap a three-game ...Read more

Lack of offense continues to plague Marlins as Nationals complete sweep, extend streak

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MIAMI -- The Marlins started the series putting up a good fight against Nationals ace Max Scherzer.

They couldn't muster much more against the rest of the pitchers they faced this weekend and were swept by the Nationals after a 5-2 loss Sunday before a crowd of 11,651 at Marlins Park.

Justin Bour hit his team-leading 10th home run in the ...Read more

Phillies drop out of first place with loss to Blue Jays

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PHILADELPHIA -- The Phillies' stay in first place lasted fewer than 24 hours.

A day after earning a spot alone atop the National League East for the first time since the end of the 2011 season, the Phillies dropped back to second Sunday after a 5-3 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays before 24,182 at Citizens Bank Park.

The Phillies are now a half-...Read more

After 8-3 setback and series loss in Tampa Bay, Orioles reach Memorial Day still floundering

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- With the Orioles already entrenched in their early-season tailspin at the beginning of this month, executive vice president Dan Duquette placed a Memorial Day timetable on determining the team's ability to win in 2018.

Now, the Orioles approach Memorial Day on Monday having done little to improve the perception of the ...Read more

Braves' Ronald Acuna leaves game after frightening fall

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BOSTON -- Braves rookie Ronald Acuna left Sunday's game with knee and lower-back pain after an incident that looked far worse than it apparently was during the seventh inning of Sunday's game against the Red Sox at Fenway Park.

The injury initially appeared serious as Acuna hyperextended his left knee when his foot planted in the dirt after he ...Read more

Twins trade Phil Hughes to San Diego for minor league catcher

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The Twins have found a taker for Phil Hughes.

Hughes is being dealt to San Diego along with cash and the 74th overall pick in the upcoming draft, and will receive minor league catcher Janigson Villalobos in return.

Villalobos, 21, hasn't played yet this season. A native of Venezuela, he hit .275 in 27 games for the Arizona Rookie League Padres...Read more

Cardinals' Dexter Fowler, hit by pitch in knee, still gimpy

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PITTSBURGH -- Dexter Fowler, hit on the right knee by a pitch on Saturday, was not in Sunday's Cardinals lineup although the club has not replaced him.

John Mozeliak, president of baseball operations, said Fowler still was classified as "day to day," indicating that no roster move would be made immediately. But on Sunday, the Cardinals went ...Read more

Zunino's walkoff homer propels M's over Twins in 12 innings, 4-3

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SEATTLE -- You could hear the impact from anywhere in Safeco Field, even hundreds of feet away, despite the thick padding, despite the crowd's gasps of anticipation. It was the sound of Byron Buxton's torso colliding with the center field wall, and of the Minnesota Twins' chances of beating baseball's hottest team colliding with reality.

Buxton...Read more

Padres use long ball to stop Dodgers, 7-5

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LOS ANGELES--The Los Angeles Dodgers have weathered their crisis. They are coming for the National League West, and they are coming hard.

Or, perhaps, the division is coming back to them.

Either way, the summer at Chavez Ravine looks a lot less bleak than it did on the first day of this month, when the Dodgers were nine games out of first ...Read more

Four home runs, quality night from bullpen enough for Indians to down Astros

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CLEVELAND -- It took eight runs of support and 10 outs worth of grit in a tight game to get through it, but the hitters did enough, the bullpen held a lead and the Indians defeated the Houston Astros, 8-6, Saturday night at Progressive Field.

The Indians never trailed after the fourth, but considering the firepower in the Astros lineup and the ...Read more

Mariners' Robinson Cano among latest in long line of Dominican players to violate MLB drug policy

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A darkened Santo Domingo parking lot isn't the safest place in the Dominican Republic to meet sources for stories.

But this source wanted the isolated location, because he was one of the biggest known suppliers of performance-enhancing drugs to Dominican baseball minor-leaguers playing in that country and the United States. He still hoped to ...Read more

Hernandez thriving at top of Giants order, helps end losing skid

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CHICAGO -- Two months after a crowded spring training competition ended with Gorkys Hernandez emerging as the Giants fifth outfielder, Hernandez is playing like their best.

With three hits including two doubles on Saturday, Hernandez helped the Giants halt a three-game losing skid and even their series against the Cubs with a 5-4 win.

For much...Read more