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Dodgers ride Freddie Freeman's grand slam, Yoshinobu Yamamoto's strong start to victory

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There are days the Dodgers have to grind out wins, like they did against the Cincinnati Reds to take a tight four-game series over the weekend.

Then, there are days like Monday, when the Dodgers blitz an opposing pitcher, take a massive early lead, then shift into cruise control, turning stress-free wins into something of a routine affair early...Read more

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Devers makes franchise history, Houck goes 7 as Red Sox blank Rays 5-0

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – As Taj Bradley pitched perfectly through the first three innings, it looked like the Red Sox’s struggles at Tropicana Field – they entered the series having lost 15 of their last 16 games in the Rays’ house – would continue.

But by some unwritten rule, games between these two American League East rivals must ...Read more

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Chris Sale's scoreless streak reaches 20 innings as Braves defeat Padres

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The Braves salvaged the finale of a four-game series against the Padres, taking game 2 of Monday’s doubleheader 3-0 behind another masterful Chris Sale performance.

Here are five observations from Monday:

1. Sale has been the Braves’ ace, and he embraced the “stopper” role. The team was reeling from four consecutive losses, including a...Read more

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Mariners stun Yankees with improbable 4-run rally in 9th

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NEW YORK — They have won games by doing the absolute minimum in terms of runs scored.

On this road trip, they found a way to win a game after being held hitless for the first five innings.

In the weeks and months ahead, the Mariners will overcome larger deficits to get a victory or find improbable pathways to prevail.

But there likely won�...Read more

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Sizzling Salvador Perez and the Kansas City Royals are 2 months ahead of 2023 pace

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — It doesn’t take much to spark the Kansas City Royals offense these days.

On Tuesday, the Detroit Tigers received a close view at Kauffman Stadium. In the sixth inning, the Royals erupted for six runs en route to a 8-3 victory.

Royals captain Salvador Perez, who started the week leading the AL in batting average, ...Read more

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Michael Siani sends the Cardinals soaring over Orioles with first MLB homer, 4 RBIs

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ST. LOUIS — That offense that left the Cardinals exposed with so little margin for error in the opening weeks of the season has started to do its part to plaster over holes elsewhere.

What could have been an inning sabotaged was instead just a hiccup as the lineup provided plenty to stay ahead for a 6-3 victory Monday night against the ...Read more

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Mets fall to Guardians in Francisco Lindor's return to Cleveland

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CLEVELAND — Francisco Lindor returned to Cleveland for the first time since being traded to the Mets in January 2021. Leading off for the Mets on Monday night at Progressive Field, the shortstop tipped his cap to the crowd who gave him an ovation.

He then promptly struck out against right-hander Ben Lively.

So it goes for the Mets right now....Read more

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Twins' losing streak hits seven as Nationals capitalize on blunders

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WASHINGTON – When the Twins were at their best earlier this month, particularly during their 12-game winning streak, they excelled on the basepaths and they played solid defense.

With a scoring-starved offense, the Twins have eroded in all areas.

In the sixth inning Monday, with runners on the corners, Washington Nationals outfielder Eddie ...Read more

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Chicago White Sox fall back to 20 games under .500 with their 4th straight loss, 9-3 to Toronto Blue Jays

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TORONTO — Erick Fedde has been the most consistent starter for the Chicago White Sox this season.

He described Monday’s outing against the Toronto Blue Jays as “not my best.”

Fedde allowed five runs — matching a season high — in six innings in a 9-3 loss in front of 36,993 at Rogers Centre.

“They came out very aggressive and put...Read more

Ex-Angel David Fletcher under MLB investigation for alleged ties to bookie in Shohei Ohtani interpreter scandal: report

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An MLB investigation into ex-Angels infielder David Fletcher’s alleged ties to the illegal bookmaker at the center of the Shohei Ohtani interpreter scandal is reportedly underway.

The league began its probe Monday, according to ESPN, which reported last week that Fletcher bet on multiple sports other than baseball through bookie Mathew Bowyer...Read more

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Carlos Rodón finally 'at home' in Yankee Stadium: 'This doesn't feel overwhelming anymore'

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After picking up a win against the White Sox on Sunday, Carlos Rodón admitted that it felt good to defeat the team that drafted him third overall in 2014.

“Going up against your former club is a big deal,” the lefty said following a six-inning performance that saw him total four hits, two earned runs, two walks and six strikeouts in a 7-2 ...Read more

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Yu Darvish gets milestone win as Padres rout Braves

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Yu Darvish got a head start as he took the final step to 200 wins.

The Padres scored three runs in the first inning, four more in the fourth and cruised to a 9-1 victory over the Braves on Sunday night at Truist Park.

Darvish did not need that much support, as he allowed two hits in seven scoreless innings for the second consecutive start.

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Close plays at plate don't go Tigers' way in 6-4 loss to Diamondbacks

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Two plays at home plate in the seventh inning, both went against the Tigers and the Arizona Diamondbacks were able to salvage the final game of the three-game series against the Tigers Sunday, 6-4 at Chase Field.

The Tigers had just tied the game 4-4 in the top of the seventh, but the inning ended with Kerry Carpenter being thrown out at the ...Read more

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Jordan Hicks dominates despite velocity drop, SF Giants complete sweep of Rockies

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SAN FRANCISCO — On a sunny Sunday afternoon at Oracle Park, Jordan Hicks took the next step in his transformation into a starting pitcher. Only after losing part of himself.

“Just, all the fuel I put in my body left,” Hicks said, elegantly describing the activities that consumed the morning before a mesmerizing pitching performance from ...Read more

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Shohei Ohtani gets winning hit in Dodgers' walk-off victory

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LOS ANGELES — Shohei Ohtani got an impromptu shower near the second-base bag Sunday afternoon, his teammates dousing him with two buckets of water after the slugger lined a two-out, run-scoring single to right field in the bottom of the 10th inning to lift the Dodgers to a 3-2 walk-off victory over the Cincinnati Reds.

New Dodgers left-hander...Read more

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José Soriano leads Angels to series victory over Rangers

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ARLINGTON, Texas — José Soriano stretched his starter legs.

The Angels right-hander had not pitched more than six innings in any of his first seven big league starts, but he got through 7-2/3 innings in the Angels’ 4-1 victory over the Texas Rangers on Sunday.

Soriano was so efficient that he still only needed 93 pitches. He struck out ...Read more

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O'Neill's homecoming HR, Devers' career day, Pivetta's 1-hit gem snap Red Sox skid

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On Sunday in St. Louis, all the Red Sox wanted to do was avoid a sweep.

They did just that and then some, salvaging the series with an 11-3 trouncing of the Cardinals.

From start to finish, it was the kind of victory Boston has been needing like oxygen. The Red Sox entered the series finale on a four-game losing streak and a season-worst two ...Read more

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Orioles top Mariners, 6-3, behind another Gunnar Henderson homer, Corbin Burnes gem

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BALTIMORE — The Orioles’ best pitcher and hitter didn’t waste any time Sunday to play like it.

Corbin Burnes struck out the side in the top of the first en route to a dominant performance, and Gunnar Henderson clobbered a leadoff home run in the bottom half to kickstart the Orioles’ offense.

The duo — the former an experienced ace, ...Read more

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Aaron Civale, Rays hitters falter in loss to Blue Jays

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TORONTO — Manager Kevin Cash was saying before Sunday’s game that starter Aaron Civale felt he “was in a little bit of a rut” based on the results, but the Rays still felt he was throwing the ball well.

That rut got deeper Sunday as Civale made his seventh straight winless start in a 5-2 loss to the Blue Jays.

Civale didn’t get much ...Read more

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Alec Bohm and Aaron Nola carry the Phillies as they finish off a sweep of the Nationals

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PHILADELPHIA — The Phillies were able to win their previous two games largely because of starting pitching, but on Sunday, everything was working in sync. Aaron Nola gave his team a seven-inning outing and the offense combined for 11 runs on 12 hits. Their 11-5 win over the Nationals resulted in their sixth series sweep of the season.

Nola ...Read more