Red Sox wallop Angels, again

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ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The Los Angeles Angels and Boston Red Sox convened in Anaheim this week sporting the best records in baseball and explosive lineups led by two of the most dynamic players in the game, outfielders Mike Trout and Mookie Betts.

It seemed a little bigger than your typical mid-April series, and not just because two-way sensation ...Read more

Dodgers extend win streak to four with sweep over Padres

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SAN DIEGO -- When he arrived at the ballpark Wednesday afternoon, Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts knew who his closer was. The unsteady April of Kenley Jansen was not enough to dislodge him from the position he earned with half a decade of excellence. But what Roberts did not know, as he prepared for a series finale against the San ...Read more

Belt saves the day for Giants, bashes 10th-inning home run

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PHOENIX -- Chris Stratton provided the poise, Evan Longoria provided the power and Tony Watson provided the perfect escape act.

But then Hunter Strickland provided the platter, and the Arizona D'Backs devoured what he was serving.

What was left for dessert? A two-run home run by Brandon Belt in the 10th inning that lifted the San Francisco ...Read more

Twins' Berrios feels right at home before LaMarre's 16th-inning walk-off

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SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- It's amazing how a 16-inning game can alter perspective. The day began with concern that the Minnesota Twins and Cleveland Indians would not be able to play.

More than four hours later, the concern was if they would ever stop playing.

But Ryan LaMarre hits baseballs that have eyes, and his single through a drawn in ...Read more

Cracked fingernail puts Dodgers' Hill on the DL

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SAN DIEGO -- Rich Hill whirled around and faced a group of reporters at his locker. A sour look spread across his face.

"Cracked fingernail," he said. "Precautionary."

A stint on the 10-day disabled list is nothing new for Hill, who was shut down Wednesday afternoon. He has dealt with a variety of irritating ailments during his tenure with the...Read more

Phillies fall to Braves despite Vince Velasquez' aggressive outing

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ATLANTA -- Phillies manager Gabe Kapler issued a challenge Wednesday to Vince Velasquez, a few hours before the right-hander would pitch the first six innings of a 7-3 loss to the Braves. He wanted Velasquez to pitch with intensity and fervor. He wanted him to challenge hitters with confidence.

"I'm going to attack with my fastball. I'm going ...Read more

The Royals' bullpen and Ian Kennedy wobble as Blue Jays complete sweep

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TORONTO -- Royals manager Ned Yost sat in his office at the Rogers Centre on Wednesday afternoon and shook off the idea that starting pitcher Ian Kennedy's early-season success had in any way shocked him.

Kennedy, a 33-year-old right-hander in his third year with the Royals, had only allowed two runs in 18 innings spanning his first three ...Read more

Cubs' lack of production from leadoff spot an early-season concern

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After Ben Zobrist was scratched from the top of the lineup Tuesday night because of lower-back stiffness, Cubs manager Joe Maddon wasn't sure about the severity of the injury to his valuable veteran.

But with each sputtering performance from the leadoff spot, the need for more production at the top of the order becomes more pressing.

Acquiring...Read more

Orioles lose fifth straight, 6-5 to Tigers, on Dixon Machado's walk-off homer

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DETROIT -- At least they got it in before the freezing rain began.

The way the Orioles ended up 6-5 losers to the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday afternoon at Comerica Park, however, contained all the hallmarks of a team that has come up short against almost every challenge presented to it this season. The Orioles (5-13) have been anything but a ...Read more

Hamels dominates for five innings, but Rays rally past Rangers

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Instant replay didn't make any new fans Wednesday afternoon at Tropicana Field, where one of maybe 50 fans in right field reached across the fence to catch a fifth-inning drive by Renato Nunez.

The umpires called fan interference, the replay official in New York didn't find enough evidence to overturn the call or confirm...Read more

Byron Buxton placed on 10-day DL with a migraine

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SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- Outfielder Byron Buxton was placed on the 10-day disabled list on Wednesday after missing a second straight game because of a migraine.

Outfielder Ryan LaMarre, who was already with the team as a special 26th man for the Puerto Rico series, was moved to the 25-man roster. The Twins will have one less player for ...Read more

Wednesday's Cubs-Cardinals game postponed and rescheduled for Thursday

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CHICAGO -- The Cubs took no chances Wednesday and postponed their home game against the Cardinals more than four hours before the scheduled first pitch.

With temperatures in the 30s and rain and snow forecast around the start time, the Cubs believed it was in the best interests of players and fans to reschedule the game for 1:20 p.m. Thursday ...Read more

Braves sign Jose Bautista to minor league deal

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The Braves announced an agreement with infielder Jose Bautista on a one-year, minor-league contract Wednesday. Bautista has reported to the team's extended spring training in Florida.

Bautista, who played under general manager Alex Anthopoulos in Toronto, has spent the past 10 seasons playing regularly as an outfielder.

The Braves announced he...Read more

Dodgers top Padres in 12 innings

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SAN DIEGO -- Eyes locked on the ground, Kenley Jansen trudged toward the Los Angeles Dodgers dugout. Behind him his teammates trickled off the field, a chance at victory thwarted, forced to play another extra-innings affair after Jansen's second blown save of the 2018 season. Jansen untucked his chin from his chest for a moment to scream at his ...Read more

A's celebrate 50th anniversary by romping over White Sox, 10-2

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- The Athletics celebrated the occasion of their 50th anniversary in Oakland Tuesday night with a 10-2 win over the Chicago White Sox, giving them their first series win of the season.

Rather than entertain a packed house of 46,028 with the drama of a tight game, the A's staged a five-run, two-out rally in the first inning to ...Read more

Mariners bullpen falters in 4-1 loss to Astros

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SEATTLE -- The Mariners got more than they could have hoped for from starter Ariel Miranda, who was called up from Tacoma to start Tuesday night against Houston.

But the Mariners got more than they wanted from Astros starter and nemesis Lance McCullers -- and less than they needed from their own bullpen -- and it added up to a 4-1 loss to ...Read more

Angels lose Ohtani to a blister, fall to Red Sox 10-1

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ANAHEIM, Calif.--The Boston Red Sox were a real buzzkill for the Angels and Shohei Ohtani Tuesday night, the team with a prolific offense and the best record in baseball knocking the seemingly otherworldly two-way star back to terra firma.

A sellout crowd of 44,822, the second-largest since the 1998 renovation of Angel Stadium, packed the house...Read more

Phillies beat Braves as Rhys Hoskins comes through in 10th

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ATLANTA -- Rhys Hoskins crouched on the turf Tuesday night, two innings before he would deliver the decisive blow in a 5-1 win over the Braves. Hoskins took of his helmet and unstrapped his batting gloves. He had struck out for the third time. He held his hands to his head. The always unflappable Hoskins looked perturbed. It was a moment of ...Read more

Cubs lose to Cardinals, 5-3, in Anthony Rizzo's return

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CHICAGO -- Anthony Rizzo returned Tuesday night under chilly temperatures, but Ben Zobrist was scratched from the lineup as the Cubs found themselves struggling to muster enough resources against the rival Cardinals and nemesis Adam Wainwright.

Tyler Chatwood couldn't overcome control problems in low 30-degree weather Tuesday night as the Cubs ...Read more

Belt's infield single the only Giants hit, Cueto's brilliance wasted in 1-0 loss to Diamondbacks

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PHOENIX -- One starter dazzled with an array of pitches that danced and darted, flummoxed and fazed, and ultimately missed bats to the tune of 11 strikeouts in a brilliant outing.

The other starter chased a no-hitter.

Though Johnny Cueto's dynamic changeup turned him into must-watch entertainment, it was Diamondbacks starter Patrick Corbin's ...Read more