Retiring Reds broadcaster Brennaman has seen enough of today's game

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CINCINNATI -- Marty Brennaman broadcast his final Cardinals-Cincinnati game on Sunday afternoon after describing more than 700 meetings between the clubs over his 46 years with the Reds. There will be one more series between the clubs, Aug. 30-Sept. 1 in St. Louis, but Brennaman won't be there. Included is a day-night doubleheader, on Aug. 31.

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Cubs put on a show for the Little Leaguers in a 7-1 win over the Pirates to take their first road series in 3 months

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WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. -- A trip to a Class-A ballpark filled with Little League All-Stars around the world seemed to relax a Cubs team desperately in search of road momentum.

Anthony Rizzo, with help from teammate Yu Darvish, presented the ball he hit off the video board to a member of the Japanese team before the top of the sixth inning.

That ...Read more

After sweep by Twins, Rangers welcome Angels for first time since Skaggs' death

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ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Minnesota Twins left town Sunday evening for their next destination, a departure the Texas Rangers no doubt welcomed, and the Los Angeles Angels were to arrive a few hours later for the next series at Globe Life Park.

That's the way teams cycle in and out of an MLB city on getaway day.

But this won't be an ordinary trip...Read more

Giants suffer rare loss in Madison Bumgarner start, can't complete sweep against Diamondbacks

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PHOENIX -- Bruce Bochy is cleaning up, just not with a broom in his hand.

Bochy arrived at Chase Field for the final time Sunday as the Giants manager with a chance to watch his club finish off a four-game sweep of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Instead of leaving town with a victory, Bochy walked out of the ballpark after a 6-1 loss to the ...Read more

Jorge Polanco's bases-clearing triple sparks Twins over Rangers to sweep series

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ARLINGTON, Texas -- Whatever nagging slump Jorge Polanco is experiencing in the field, the Twins are perfectly willing to live with it if he keeps winning games with his bat.

Polanco sailed a throw over C.J. Cron's head in the eighth inning, his fifth error in five games. But the mistake was a harmless one, given that Polanco had already ...Read more

Rockies walk off in extras to sweep series against Marlins

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DENVER -- Series like this one -- a three-game road sweep at the hands of the Colorado Rockies -- seemed inevitable down the stretch for the Miami Marlins.

Sunday stung a little bit more though.

Garrett Hampson's 10th-inning, series-sweep-securing walk-off single against Jeff Brigham sealed the Marlins' 7-6 loss, negated a three-run ninth-...Read more

Braves win series over Dodgers thanks to Rafael Ortega grand slam

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ATLANTA -- Just as Braves fans dreamed, their Venezuelan center fielder cranked a grand slam to lead their team to a series victory over the Dodgers.

OK, not exactly how they drew it up.

There won't be many afternoons at SunTrust Park that feature as much drama as Sunday. The Braves fell behind early, benched their MVP candidate and still ...Read more

Yusei Kikuchi rebounds to toss two-hit shutout in Mariners' win over Blue Jays

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TORONTO -- Yusei Kikuchi's last outing left his manager openly frustrated and publicly critical and left him searching for answers to questions he'd never been asked before in his professional career.

His first season in the big leagues level had started with promise and early success, but slowly spiraling into a mess of unproductive starts, ...Read more

Austin Hedges provides gift for Padres, a series win over Phillies

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PHILADELPHIA -- Austin Hedges can, indeed, help the Padres win with his bat.

On his 27th birthday, starting for just the third time in 10 games, Hedges' seventh-inning home run provided the difference in a 3-2 victory over the Phillies on a sticky, stifling and slow Sunday afternoon at Citizens Bank Park.

With the lift from their new backup ...Read more

Edman's three-hit day includes homer as Cards edge Reds 5-4

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CINCINNATI -- After starting twice at right field and twice at third base on the Cardinals' six-game trip, Tommy Edman turned up at second base Sunday, replacing the Cardinals' hottest hitter lately, Kolten Wong. Nary a beat was skipped.

Edman singled in his first two at-bats and then homered in his third, keying a two-run fifth inning that ...Read more

Angels rally to triumph over White Sox

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ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Mike Trout swung through a 94-mph fastball to end a six-pitch strikeout in the third inning and a 93-mph fastball to end another six-pitch whiff in the fifth inning Saturday night.

The Angels center fielder known for his patience took a more aggressive approach in his next at-bat, smacking a first-pitch fastball to left field...Read more

Twins top Rangers despite Jose Berrios' difficulties

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ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Twins piled up 12 runs on Saturday, added a full game to their AL Central lead, and moved within one win of their first sweep in Texas in more than 20 years. Yet after watching Minnesota's 12-7 victory over the Rangers, it was hard to feel good about Minnesota's championship ambitions for 2019.

How far can they go, after...Read more

Dodgers lose Urias and the game to Braves

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ATLANTA -- A few hours before Hyun-Jin Ryu recorded a rare letdown and the Los Angeles Dodgers fell to the Atlanta Braves, 4-3, on Saturday in the second of three meetings at SunTrust Park, news surfaced that one of their talented left-handers would not take the mound for some time.

Major League Baseball announced Dodgers pitcher Julio Urias ...Read more

Marlins drop road series against Rockies after another home run barrage

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DENVER -- The Miami Marlins' first lead of their road series against the Colorado Rockies was short-lived. Jon Berti hit a leadoff home run that soared 451 feet to right-center field at Coors Field on Saturday only for it to be quickly erased in the bottom half of the inning in the start of another eventual rout.

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Padres' development on display in 5-3 win against Phillies

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PHILADELPHIA -- It has reached the point in the Padres' season where whatever expectations there are about winning, there are allowances for development.

Sometimes the two aims even have a symbiotic relationship.

A rookie outfielder the Padres are letting grow as a defender, another rookie they are essentially auditioning for a utility ...Read more

Dodgers pitcher Julio Urias suspended 20 games after domestic violence investigation

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ATLANTA -- Major League Baseball announced Saturday that Dodgers pitcher Julio Urias accepted a 20-game suspension stemming from his May arrest on suspicion of misdemeanor domestic battery. The five games Urias missed while on administrative leave are included in the suspension, meaning he will miss 15 more games without pay.

"Since May, I have...Read more

Rookie sensation Aquino homers again as Reds beat Cardinals, 6-1

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CINCINNATI -- The Cardinals' Matt Carpenter and Cincinnati rookie Aristides Aquino each hit his 11th homer of the season Saturday night. The difference was that Carpenter's season has lasted nearly five months. Aquino's season has lasted just more than two weeks.

Another important difference was that Carpenter's homer in the second inning came ...Read more

Padres believe Tatis will be even better when he learns to not go all out all the time

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PHILADELPHIA -- The postgame ice packs were more frequent and in more places.

It was clear Fernando Tatis Jr. was getting at least a little worn down and banged up.

On Tuesday, his back was sore. Yet before a swing on a foul ball made him wince in the midst of a sixth-inning strikeout, almost certainly his final at-bat of his rookie season, he...Read more

Kyle Seager's late homer helps lift Mariners over Blue Jays, 4-3

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TORONTO -- There wasn't the traditional noise of ball hitting metal to know that it was a home run. In Rogers Centre, they don't use foul poles. They use yellow nets in the dimensions of typical foul poles, suspended from field to ceiling with cables, to simulate the boundaries between fair and foul instead.

So when Kyle Seager's rocket to ...Read more

Cubs snap 4-game losing streak as Kris Bryant, Jon Lester fuel 2-0 victory against Pirates

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PITTSBURGH -- The ingredients for a fifth consecutive loss were there.

But Jon Lester had other ideas, and he received some key help from Kris Bryant and Tyler Chatwood as the Cubs seized a 2-0 victory against the Pirates on Saturday to end their four-game losing streak.

The Cubs won for only the ninth time in their last 26 road games.

Lester...Read more


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