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Ohtani can't find the magic as Angels drop one to Yanks

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NEW YORK -- The at-bat ended with a grounder to shortstop, a play about as ho-hum routine as baseball has to offer.

But nothing was ho hum or routine about Aroldis Chapman firing triple-digit fumes to the sport's reigning phenomenon, Shohei Ohtani. Chapman was brought in for a four-out save and specifically to battle Ohtani, left-hander against...Read more

Paxton's gem leads M's over Twins

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SEATTLE--As the Seattle Mariners wait for their offense to resurface from it hitting hiatus, it helps to be able to roll out one of the best starting pitchers to help ease the return.

Starting pitcher James Paxton delivered yet another brilliant performance in a month filled with them to lead the Mariners to a solid 2-1 victory over the ...Read more

Dodgers' Stripling looks like the real deal with 10 strikeouts in L.A.'s win over Padres

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LOS ANGELES--You might soon be able to bet on baseball in California, but there are some bets you would not have taken in spring training. You would have dismissed them as prop bets proposed by your wacky uncle.

The Milwaukee Brewers would have the best record in the National League? Not taking that bet.

The Dodgers would throw a no-hitter, ...Read more

Dbacks trounce A's, 7-1

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- Oakland A's manager Bob Melvin had hoped Arizona's struggles at the plate would continue for a few more days, but as Sean Manaea found out, that slump might be over.

Manaea was pummeled by the Diamondbacks for his worst outing of the season, allowing a season-high six runs on eight hits with two walks and just two strikeouts ...Read more

Martin Prado injured as Marlins lose another Jose Urena start

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MIAMI -- The curse continues to follow Jose Urena.

Urena, the Marlins' unlucky, ill-fated, unfortunate right-hander hadn't started a Miami victory in any of his last dozen outings. Despite a mortal performance from Nationals starter Max Scherzer and six solid innings from Urena, the Marlins suffered a 9-5 loss to Washington on Friday night, ...Read more

Home runs do in Eric Skoglund as Royals lose to Rangers

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ARLINGTON, Texas -- The momentum the Royals built in St. Louis and carried into a series-opening win here on Thursday evaporated with one swing of Nomar Mazara's bat on Friday night.

His two-run shot that bounced off the Globe Life Park fence in left field and into the crowd gave the Rangers a three-run advantage the Royals could only chip at ...Read more

Indians bullpen implodes vs. Astros after Corey Kluber delivers 61/3 scoreless innings

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CLEVELAND -- Two innings. Eleven runs allowed. Another blown lead. Another calamitous effort.

The Indians were able to hold an explosive Houston Astros quiet for seven innings before the bullpen was decimated in an 11-2 loss Friday night at Progressive Field.

Corey Kluber delivered 61/3 scoreless innings, allowing seven hits and striking out ...Read more

Phillies fall to Blue Jays as Eflin struggles

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PHILADELPHIA -- For all the numbers-crunching and the metrics and the math, the winning formula has been rather elementary lately for the Phillies. Day after day, week after week, they have given the ball to a starting pitcher who, in turn, has thrown it effectively.

Phillies starters have allowed no more than one run in 14 games this month, ...Read more

David Hess shines in Orioles' 2-0 win against Rays

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Through three major-league starts, the Orioles have seen glimpses of David Hess' promise and also what he's trying to learn in order to survive big-league lineups. Both were on display in the Orioles' series opener against the Tampa Bay Rays on Friday night at Tropicana Field.

Sure, there haven't been many exciting ...Read more

Red Sox pound Braves' Teheran and Wisler with homers in 6-2 victory

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BOSTON -- Plenty of big-league teams make pitchers pay for hanging breaking balls, but no team is more likely to right now than the Red Sox, who hit four home runs to overcome an early two-run deficit and roll to a 6-2 series-opening win over the Braves on Friday night at Fenway Park.

J.D. Martinez and Xander Bogaerts hit fourth-inning homers ...Read more

Lopez's sharp start goes for naught as Tigers rally past White Sox, 5-4

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DETROIT -- Well, that unraveled quickly.

The White Sox looked like they might dominate early Friday night. Yoan Moncada leadoff's double and two runs in the first inning signaled Sox hitters were dialed into Tigers starter Mike Fiers while Sox counterpart Reynaldo Lopez didn't allow a hit until the fourth inning.

But it all fell apart in the ...Read more

Mariners acquire reliever Alex Colome, outfielder Denard Span from Rays

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Of course, it was with the Rays.

If the Mariners were going to make a trade to address the obvious needs of bullpen and outfield depth this early in the season, why not make a deal with their favorite trade partners?

For the ninth time since he's been general manager with the Mariners, Jerry Dipoto made a trade with the Rays. And it wasn't an ...Read more

Cardinals fade in 8-1 loss to Pirates

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PITTSBURGH -- John Gant made a determined bid to remain in the Cardinals' rotation, or at least on their staff, with a brilliant outing through five innings Friday night at PNC Park.

It is commonly assumed that Alex Reyes, who torched minor-league hitters in four starts on the medical rehabilitation program, will take Gant's next turn in ...Read more

Line drive to head shouldn't change Carlos Rodon's timetable to return

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DETROIT -- A line drive to the forehead likely won't be a setback for White Sox pitcher Carlos Rodon as he continues working his way back from offseason shoulder surgery, manager Rick Renteria said.

"It didn't look pretty; (it was a) pretty good blow," Renteria said Friday about Rodon's injury, which occurred during his start for Triple A-...Read more

Clutch hits from Ben Zobrist and Kris Bryant help Cubs to 6-2 victory vs. Giants

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CHICAGO -- While acknowledging the frustration of fans seeking instant gratification, Cubs President Theo Epstein expresses patience and faith in his players that he believes they will evolve into a consistent winner.

"Look at the track record of this group," Epstein said. "We're going through the same process as we (always) do. It's just ...Read more

Rangers' decision on Tim Lincecum, ready or not, looming on June 5

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ARLINGTON, Texas -- Tim Lincecum may not be ready to join the Texas Rangers on Monday, the first available day he could come off the disabled list.

The right-handed veteran's rehab assignment goes through June 5, which will force Texas to make a decision, barring another injury requiring more DL time. He can't continue to pitch on a rehab once ...Read more

Theo Epstein shoots down trade rumors involving Cubs

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CHICAGO -- What's the problem with the Cubs?

That's a question everyone is asking about a team that was favored to win its division even before adding Yu Darvish just before spring training.

Instead the Cubs head into Memorial Day weekend with a modest 25-21 record, trailing the first-place Brewers by 31/2 games.

"It's complicated," President...Read more

With help from Salvador Perez, Danny Duffy dominates Rangers in Royals' win

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ARLINGTON, Tex. -- When Danny Duffy stepped off the mound at Globe Life Park in Arlington on Thursday night, no coolers needed to be upended. Gloves didn't need to be thrown into dugout walls.

No, Thursday was different. For the first time in weeks, Duffy's outing didn't necessitate a self-defeating post-game interview.

Because when he ...Read more

Dodgers' Stewart steps up, shuttles between L.A. and OKC

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LOS ANGELES--Brock Stewart was born and raised in Normal, Ill., which is kind of ironic.

Nothing about this season has been normal for the Dodgers right-hander, who has shuttled so often between Los Angeles and triple-A Oklahoma City that he probably needs to check his phone every morning to see what time zone he's in.

Four times since March ...Read more

Astros start slow before defeating Indians, 8-2

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CLEVELAND -- Once the floodgates opened, the Indians were unable to withstand the onslaught of the Houston Astros in an 8-2 defeat Thursday night at Progressive Field.

The Indians held a 2-0 lead entering the fifth inning. From there, it quickly went downhill.

With two runners on in the fifth, third baseman Alex Bregman drilled a three-run ...Read more