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Baseball's streaming push leaves fans scrambling to find games

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The dawn of the streaming era once promised a brighter future for sports fans, a blissful world of à la carte consumption in which everyone could break free of their overstuffed, overpriced cable subscriptions and pay only for what they really wanted to see.

The reality, as baseball diehards are discovering this season, is much less idyllic. ...Read more

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3 takeaways from the Chicago Cubs road trip, including Justin Steele answering a challenge for shorter at-bats

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PHOENIX — The Chicago Cubs hoped Nico Hoerner’s fluke injury wouldn’t require time on the injured list.

Unfortunately for Hoerner, the Cubs couldn’t continue to wait for his sprained right ankle to progress as they deal with thin infield depth. So Hoerner went on the 10-day IL before Sunday’s 3-2 win against the Arizona Diamondbacks. ...Read more

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Wainwright-Molina battery is supercharged: Pujols allows four runs in ninth in 15-6 Cardinals romp

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ST. LOUIS — For several weeks, Cardinals right-hander Adam Wainwright has been saying that the team win total for the games in which he pitches to catcher Yadier Molina meant more to him than the total starts record the two probably will set later this season.

On Sunday night, before a national television audience observing, the Cardinals won...Read more

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Rays place Manuel Margot on 10-day injured list with hamstring strain

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. ― Turns out the only thing that could cool off Manuel Margot was a sore right hamstring.

The Rays placed their hottest hitter on the 10-day injured list Sunday due to a hamstring strain and called up reliever Ralph Garza Jr. in a corresponding move.

Margot, who was lifted during Saturday’s game against Toronto for a ...Read more

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Angels win finale in Oakland behind Patrick Sandoval and Jimmy Herget

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OAKLAND, Calif. — The Angels turned the clock back to the 1970s with the way they used their pitchers on Sunday.

With the relievers they would normally use to close out a victory all unavailable because of their recent workload, Jimmy Herget took over for Patrick Sandoval and handled the final eight outs in the Angels 4-1 victory over the ...Read more

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Jim Souhan: Twins' Buxton following 'the plan'

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MINNEAPOLIS — The injury that has caused the Minnesota Twins to frequently rest star center fielder Byron Buxton is patella tendinitis in his right knee, which is painful and requires daily treatment. The injury hurts even more when he swings than when he sprints, although decelerating is also problematic.

Even before Buxton aggravated the ...Read more

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Bryce Miller: Resilient Padres notch best, craziest series win of season against Braves

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The Padres polished off their best series win of the season Sunday against the defending world champion Braves because they played sloppy at times and somewhere between cringy and outright ugly in others.

There were long stretches of offensive flailing, brain cramps in big moments and pitching that unraveled.

They won two of three anyway.

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Dodgers rally on Gavin Lux's walkoff double, snap losing streak

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LOS ANGELES — And on the seventh day, the Dodgers wrested … victory from the jaws of a four-game sweep.

Down 4-2 in the eighth inning and down to their last strike twice in the ninth inning, the Dodgers rallied to pull out a 5-4 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Gavin Lux’s redeeming two-run double, snapping a four-game losing ...Read more

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A fluke injury lands Nico Hoerner on the injured list after the Chicago Cubs shortstop collided with an umpire

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The Chicago Cubs hoped Nico Hoerner’s fluke injury wouldn’t require time on the injured list.

Unfortunately for Hoerner, the Cubs couldn’t continue to wait and see how his ankle progressed as they deal with thin infield depth. So Hoerner went on the 10-day IL with a right ankle sprain before Sunday’s series finale in Arizona.

The Cubs ...Read more

Salvy Perez delivers in 9th inning as Kansas City Royals rally for 8-7 win in Denver

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DENVER — When it started to look like the Kansas City Royals’ road trip would come to a painfully bleak end amid a squandered a six-run lead, Salvador Perez delivered in crucial circumstances and saved the day in a wild game that featured no shortage of emotional swings.

Perez’s two-run single in the top of the ninth inning rescued the ...Read more

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Paul Sullivan: By dropping 3 of 4 games, Chicago White Sox show they're not on the same level as the New York Yankees

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CHICAGO — The Chicago White Sox have three more games against the New York Yankees next weekend in the Bronx, so there’s still a chance to show they’re in the same league.

They might have been considered equals at the outset of the 2022 season, but the four-game series that concluded Sunday suggests they’re in different stratospheres.

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Marlins facing rotation concerns following series loss to the Brewers

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The Marlins opened Sunday learning they’d be without one starting pitcher for roughly two weeks at least.

And then they watched another struggle once again, putting them on course to a 7-3 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers on Sunday afternoon at loanDepot Park.

The Marlins (15-19) put starter Jesus Luzardo on the 15-day injured list due to a ...Read more

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Mariners beat Mets in finale, earn 1st road series win of season

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NEW YORK – For an agonizing matter of seconds that felt like minutes, the entire focus of CitiField turned to first base umpire Chad Whitson and his decision.

For the Mets, it would be an improbable victory in front of packed crowd and another series win in an already successful season where they had yet to lose one.

For the Mariners, they ...Read more

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Rays blank Blue Jays and their ace, take series

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — At 6 feet, 6 inches and 285 pounds, pitcher Alek Manoah is a mountain of a man and king of the Blue Jays’ hill.

The 24-year-old right-hander has pretty much owned the American League East, including the Rays.

To make matters worse for Tampa Bay, its hottest hitter, Manuel Margot, was placed on the 10-day injured list...Read more

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Joe Ryan helps lead Twins past Guardians

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MINNEAPOLIS — The first time Joe Ryan faced Cleveland, it was the second start of his career, and he carried a perfect game into the seventh inning. The next time out against them, he gave up a run on three hits in five innings.

And the third time he faced the Guardians, which came on Sunday, Ryan turned in another strong effort, propelling ...Read more

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Tigers sweep away Orioles, but lose two outfielders

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DETROIT — The Tigers started the day comfortably with five available outfielders. By the third inning, two of them were out of the game and possibly destined for the injured list.

Bitten by a snake again.

Austin Meadows, who has been battling vertigo and was making his first start in three days, lasted one plate appearance. He fouled out to ...Read more

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Nestor Cortes delivers again for Yankees, this time against White Sox

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CHICAGO — Nestor Cortes said it has been a little different. On the last road trip, he was hungry and grabbed an apple to eat in the dugout. It went viral, and last week he filmed a spot at MLB Network with the apple. During the last homestand, he was out in the bullpen and looked up to see three little boys not just wearing his jersey, they ...Read more

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Braves unable to work late-game magic in series finale against Padres

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ATLANTA — The Braves and Padres, who had traded blows all weekend, did so one more time in Sunday’s series finale. The Braves led, the Padres came back, then the teams battled as the game and series hung in the balance.

Given Saturday’s magical comeback, these Braves seemed well-positioned for another exciting finish.

Instead, the Padres...Read more

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Pirates win 1-0 despite being no-hit by Cincinnati Reds

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PITTSBURGH — The Pirates faced a dominant starting pitcher on Sunday, achieved no hits and won the game, 1-0.

Yes, you read that correctly. Cincinnati Reds right-hander Hunter Greene, the No. 22 prospect in baseball, was utterly dominant through seven innings at PNC Park. He allowed three walks scattered throughout that time, but nobody ...Read more

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Drew Smyly reaches 10 years of MLB service time -- something the Chicago Cubs pitcher doesn't take lightly

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PHOENIX — Drew Smyly pondered the question, thinking back 10 years ago to his rookie season in Detroit.

What is the biggest difference in you as a pitcher from your first big-league season to now?

The left-hander, then 23 years old, advanced to the 2012 World Series while learning his craft as part of a Tigers rotation that has since ...Read more