Lucas Giolito strikes out 12 in a complete-game shutout as the White Sox beat the Twins 4-0

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Lucas Giolito pitched his third complete game of the season, leading the White Sox to a 4-0 victory Wednesday against the Twins.

Giolito held the Twins to three hits and struck out 12 as the Sox took two of three from the American League Central-leading Twins.

Giolito became the first Sox pitcher to strike out 10-plus batters ...Read more

Castillo pitches Reds to 4-2 win over Padres

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CINCINNATI -- The Padres are not a team set up to win consistently.

Not in some spots on the field, not at certain places in the batting order and not on the bench -- and certainly not on a day when the aim is filling a hole in the rotation.

With one bad play in the outfield and eight bad pitches in the third inning, a "bullpen game" for the ...Read more

Clayton Kershaw passes Sandy Koufax on the Dodgers' all-time wins list

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LOS ANGELES -- Throw six innings or more, allow three earned runs or less, toss about 95 pitches. Lather, rinse, repeat.

Clayton Kershaw has been like clockwork this season, the Los Angeles Dodgers left-hander's metronome-like march through 2019 continuing with a milestone victory in Tuesday night's 16-3 thrashing of the Toronto Blue Jays ...Read more

Homer Bailey delivers in Athletics' win over Yankees

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- The Oakland A's won game one of their series against the New York Yankees, 6-2, on Tuesday night. With Tampa Bay and Cleveland losing its games Tuesday night, the A's moved to a tie with the Rays for the second wild card.

Homer Bailey's splitter helped silence a tough Yankees lineup; seven of his eight strikeouts came on his ...Read more

Rangers win Game 2 of doubleheader, beating Angels 3-2

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ARLINGTON, Texas -- Brock Burke couldn't have asked for a much better debut.

The left-hander held the Los Angeles Angels to four hits over six shutout innings and was in line to win his first-career start Tuesday night at Globe Life Park before a game-tying homer by Brian Goodwin against Jose Leclerc sent it into extra innings tied at 2-2 and ...Read more

Anthony Rizzo slugs a pair of home runs in the Cubs' 5-3 win over the Giants

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CHICAGO -- Anthony Rizzo's power stroke has returned, making the Cubs' task of providing support to their pitchers more comforting.

After going 21/2 weeks without hitting a home run, Rizzo smacked a pair and reached base four times in leading the Cubs to a 5-3 victory over the Giants; the Cubs improved to 42-19 at Wrigley Field as a result.

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Cardinals rally late to roll past Brewers, 9-4

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ST. LOUIS -- Dexter Fowler's three-run double in the sixth inning helped the Cardinals take the lead and go on to a 9-4 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers before a crowd of 37,823 Tuesday night at Busch Stadium.

Fowler also drove in a run with a bases-loaded walk, one of three recorded by the first-place Cardinals in the victory.

The three-...Read more

Twins rout White Sox after late offensive surge

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MINNEAPOLIS -- The fifth inning Tuesday began with two routine groundouts. No one knew then that one of the wackier innings of the season was just getting started.

Before the inning ended, the Twins would be on the way to a 14-4 win over the White Sox. There also would be a two misplayed balls, the return of The Squirrel and Nelson Cruz making ...Read more

Marlins drill Acuna during first at-bat; Braves respond with 5-1 victory

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ATLANTA -- A Miami Marlins pitcher hits the Atlanta Braves' Ronald Acuna Jr with the first pitch in the bottom of the first inning at SunTrust Park. Sound familiar?

It happened on Aug. 15, 2018, when Jose Urena's 97.5-mph fastball plunked the rising outfielder, causing a benches-clearing brawl and resulting in Urena serving a suspension.

It ...Read more

Orioles snap skid with 4-1 win over Royals as Alberto's homer sends Harvey to first victory

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BALTIMORE -- With a three-run home run to left-center field, Hanser Alberto ended the Orioles' search for their first victory in nine games and Hunter Harvey's six-year pursuit of a major league win.

Alberto's eighth-inning, tiebreaking homer pushed the Orioles past the Kansas City Royals, 4-1, after they had lost eight straight and 13 of 14. ...Read more

Freddy Galvis, Reds strike back at Padres

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CINCINNATI -- There were not a lot of pitches put in play Tuesday night at Great American Ball Park.

The few that did stood out not only for their rarity but for their uniqueness.

The decisive hit was a two-run homer Freddy Galvis hit 100 feet into the air and about 10 feet beyond the left field wall in the sixth inning.

The Reds' 3-2 victory...Read more

Kenley Jansen says it's 'going to be weird' after he and Dodgers decided on change

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LOS ANGELES -- Kenley Jansen pitched twice on last week's six-game trip to Miami and Atlanta, even though there were no save opportunities. That's the benefit of the Los Angeles Dodgers' plan to use Jansen once a series through September, a regimen manager Dave Roberts believes will best prepare his closer for the playoffs.

"If Doc and I hadn't...Read more

Andrew Heaney dominates and Mike Trout homers in Angels' win over Rangers

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ARLINGTON, Texas -- Los Angeles Angels starter Andrew Heaney unleashed his hardest pitch of a career-best performance as the heat index at Globe Life Park approached 110 degrees Tuesday afternoon. When the 94 mph fastball zipped into the zone for a strike, one could barely tell the left-hander had already thrown 107 pitches.

Heaney did not ...Read more

Indians' Corey Kluber shut down for two weeks with oblique strain

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Corey Kluber's potential return to the rotation in Cleveland has been delayed by at least two weeks.

Kluber was removed from his rehab assignment on Sunday after experiencing tightness in his abdomen during the first inning. He underwent imaging in Cleveland, which confirmed an internal oblique strain, according to a release from the team.

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Angels beat Rangers 5-1 in Game 1 of doubleheader

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ARLINGTON, Texas -- Rookie left-hander Joe Palumbo was forced to leave Game 1 of a doubleheader Tuesday because of a blister, but Mike Trout had already hit a two-run homer against him and the Texas Rangers were stifled by left-hander Andrew Heaney in a 5-1 loss to the Los Angeles Angels.

Palumbo surrendered three runs in the first inning but ...Read more

Fast-starting Angels fall to Rangers in the 11th after giving up a six-run lead

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ARLINGTON, Texas -- Shohei Ohtani drilled a bases-loaded, broken-bat line drive right where Texas' second baseman stood on the dirt at Globe Life Park, and parlayed it into a double play in the 10th inning Monday night.

One inning later, Luis Rengifo shot a 108-mph missile into the glove of the Rangers' right fielder. Both hard hits ended the ...Read more

Jon Meoli: Only way to stomach Orioles' season is to realize it has nothing to do with where club wants to go

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BALTIMORE -- Orioles executive vice president/general manager Mike Elias drove north Saturday to see the jewels of his first draft class show off for him in an 8-2 win by the Short-A Aberdeen Ironbirds over Vermont.

The face of the Orioles' rebuild was batting second in the form of first overall pick Adley Rutschman, but the attention Elias got...Read more

Mark Bradley: The Braves' newfound depth brings a charge

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ATLANTA -- In an extended conversation last month, Atlanta Braves general manager Alex Anthopoulos spoke of the two years he spent with the Dodgers as an assistant GM. "Like going to grad school," he said. Then he offered this:

"I really learned to appreciate and value depth. I'm really excited about how deep we're becoming as an organization. ...Read more

Chicago White Sox beat Minnesota Twins in series opener

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Monday was the start of the sweet spot of the Twins schedule, with 26 of their final 38 games against the White Sox, Royals and Tigers -- the non-contenders of the American League Central.

But it doesn't matter how sweet the schedule is when the play on the field is sour.

Kyle Gibson put the Twins in a hole in the third inning. ...Read more

Padres strike out against Bauer, but strike enough to beat Reds

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CINCINNATI -- The plan was being expertly executed.

They were swinging only at good pitches, hitting them, and letting bad ones go.

Three batters in, Greg Garcia and Manny Machado had singled, Josh Naylor had walked and the Padres had a lead.

The team that entered the game striking out in a little over a quarter of their plate appearances ...Read more