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Jake Cronenworth's walk-off home run pushes Padres past Brewers

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SAN DIEGO — First, Manny Machado went deep.

Then Jackson Merrill. Then Fernando Tatis Jr. and finally Jake Cronenworth to make sure the San Diego Padres out-ran an overworked bullpen.

Cronenworth’s 11th homer of the season delivered a walk-off, 7-6 win over the Milwaukee Brewers after the Padres coughed up three runs over the final two ...Read more

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Ben Frederickson: Here's hoping Mays and Musial watched Thursday's game together

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I hope Willie Mays and Stan Musial got to watch this game together.

That’s how I chose to imagine it playing out Thursday night, as the Cardinals and Giants met at Rickwood Field in Birmingham, Ala., to honor the historic Negro Leagues stadium and remember the great players who starred there in the past.

In the forever debate about naming ...Read more

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At Rickwood Classic, Willie Mays' spirit radiates but Giants' lose to Cardinals

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Flanked by Barry Bonds on one side and Ken Griffey Jr. on the other, Willie Mays’ son, Michael Mays, delivered a message for the masses gathered Thursday evening at historic Rickwood Field, here to celebrate his late, great father.

“I knew if my father could come down here, he would,” he said. “But he’s found ...Read more

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With Willie Mays dead, is his godson, Barry Bonds, the greatest living baseball player?

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LOS ANGELES — Some of it might be attributed to the naturally elevated status given the recently deceased, but all week Willie Mays has been described as indisputably the greatest living baseball player. Let's accept that to be true.

Who's next? No one indisputable.

So let's dispute. (And let's not dispute the use of dispute as an imperative...Read more

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Rickwood game: Reggie Jackson, on live TV, recalls his experiences with racism in Alabama

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Thursday’s game between the Giants and Cardinals at Rickwood Field in Birmingham, Ala., was billed as a celebration of the Negro Leagues. And it was. But on live TV, the painful memories of racism in the Jim Crow South were on display, too.

Hall of Famer Reggie Jackson did not hold back during Fox’s pregame show as he described the bigotry ...Read more

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Freddy Fermin slugs two homers, Bobby Witt Jr. bashes game-winner as Royals clip A's, 3-2

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OAKLAND, Calif. — The Kansas City Royals avoided their first sweep of the season against the Oakland Athletics on Thursday afternoon.

But the Athletics didn’t make it easy.

The Royals overcame the persistent Athletics in a 3-2 victory at the Oakland Coliseum. KC relied on three home runs and a few important defensive plays to pick up a ...Read more

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White Sox lose another game -- and series. 4 takeaways after dropping 2 of 3 to the Astros.

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CHICAGO — It has been more than a month since the Chicago White Sox won a series.

That dry stretch continued Thursday after a sloppy seventh inning contributed to a 5-3 loss to the Houston Astros in front of 14,435 at Guaranteed Rate Field.

The Sox entered the seventh leading 3-1 after six solid innings from starter Chris Flexen. RBI singles...Read more

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Gavin Stone reminds Dodgers why he might be the best Yoshinobu Yamamoto alternative

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DENVER — In the wake of Yoshinobu Yamamoto's shoulder injury last week, the Dodgers didn't feel the need to identify a new No. 2 starter.

They weren't necessarily counting on someone else in their rotation to elevate their game.

"These [other] starters," manager Dave Roberts said, "just need to go out there and be themselves."

Still, recent...Read more

Orioles bash Yankees, 17-5, to win pivotal AL East series, make MLB history

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NEW YORK — All the talk this week was about the Orioles’ wounded pitching staff and the “tomfoolery” around batters being plunked. Baltimore’s bats made sure Thursday against the Yankees to put the attention where it should be — on MLB’s best offense.

The Orioles’ potent lineup set aside the frustration bubbling underneath the ...Read more

Mariners tripped up in Cleveland, dropping important series to Guardians

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CLEVELAND — It was a promising start to an important series two days earlier, and then a promising start to Thursday’s series finale.

Neither ended well for the Mariners, who coughed up an early two-run lead in an eventual 6-3 loss to the Cleveland Guardians on a hot and humid Thursday afternoon at Progressive Field.

Luis Castillo was ...Read more

Rays outlast Twins in 10 innings, 7-6

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MINNEAPOLIS — The Rays had a second straight victory and a series win over the contending Twins sitting right in front of them Thursday.

They rallied in the eighth inning to take the lead. They worked out of some trouble in the bottom of the inning. They added three insurance runs in the ninth.

And they nearly blew it before pulling out a 7-...Read more

Angels' Tyler Anderson gets no support again in loss to Brewers

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ANAHEIM — Angels pitcher Tyler Anderson added another strong outing to his 2024 resume. He held the Milwaukee Brewers to just one run in seven innings on Wednesday night, but it wasn’t enough.

The Angels again failed to garner the kind of offensive production needed to back up their pitching and lost, 2-0, in a pitchers’ duel between the ...Read more

A's defeat Royals to win back-to-back games for first time since May

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OAKLAND —The A’s have, at long last, once again won back-to-back ballgames.

With a 5-1 victory over the Royals on a chilly Tuesday night at the Coliseum, Oakland has won two games in a row for the first time since rattling off six straight wins from April 28 to May 4.

Zack Gelof hit his second home run in as many days, clearing the center-...Read more

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Rays find a way at the end, beat Twins in 10 innings

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MINNEAPOLIS — The Rays wasted several chances and were foiled by the Twins in a few others to take a lead in the late innings of Wednesday’s game.

Then in the 10th they got a break and broke through, scoring a run on an errant throw and holding on for a 3-2 win over the Twins.

The Rays went ahead when Randy Arozarena scored on an errant ...Read more

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Yankees welcome sharp Gerrit Cole back in extra-inning loss to Orioles

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NEW YORK — As manager Aaron Boone passed Gerrit Cole in the bowels of Yankee Stadium on Wednesday afternoon, the 2023 American League Cy Young simply nodded.

With his 2024 debut mere hours away, Cole took a business-as-usual approach before his return from elbow inflammation, which shut him down midway through spring training. Still, some new...Read more

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Jake Cave scores on Brenton Doyle's walk-off sac fly as Rockies knock off Dodgers, 7-6

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DENVER — On the heels of arguably their most painful loss of an endlessly painful season, the Rockies stole some joy back with clutch at-bats.

Brenton Doyle delivered a game-tying sacrifice fly in the seventh inning and a walk-off sac fly to center field in the ninth, handing Colorado a 7-6 win over the Dodgers on Wednesday.

Jake Cave, who ...Read more

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Red Sox beat Blue Jays, 7-3, to complete sweep, win fifth in a row

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It seemed like Brayan Bello was dodging traffic all night long.

The Red Sox right-hander did not have his best stuff and struggled to keep the Blue Jays at bay his entire outing. He allowed two men on with one or fewer outs in each of the first four innings, yet somehow Bello found a way to avoid the knockout blow.

Surviving was all the Red ...Read more

Mets' winning streak ends at 7 with 5-3 loss to Rangers

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ARLINGTON, Texas — The streak ends at seven. The Mets have to hope that this seven-game winning streak proves to be luckier than the last one.

In the series finale against the Texas Rangers, the Mets battled hard and took a lead in the sixth but couldn’t hang on to it, falling 5-3 on Wednesday night at Globe Life Field.

Drew Smith (1-1), ...Read more

Yankees welcome sharp Gerrit Cole back in extra-inning loss to Orioles

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NEW YORK — As Aaron Boone passed Gerrit Cole in the bowels of Yankee Stadium on Wednesday afternoon, the 2023 American League Cy Young simply nodded.

With his 2024 debut mere hours away, Cole took a business-as-usual approach before his return from elbow inflammation, which shut him down midway through spring training. Still, some new ...Read more

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Mike Bianchi: Willie Mays had huge impact on white kids, too

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ORLANDO, Fla. — Willie Mays started his professional baseball career as a young phenom in the Negro Leagues and naturally went on to become a role model for millions of Black Americans, but I want to tell you a little story about how Mays also became to hero to a couple of white kids in the mid-1960s.

When Mays died on Tuesday, one of the ...Read more