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Oakland A's ballpark funding bill introduced at Nevada Legislature

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CARSON CITY, Nev. — A bill to fund the public portion of the Athletics’ stadium was introduced Friday night at the Nevada Legislature, with the plan seeking up to $380 million in tax financing for a $1.5 billion, 30,000-seat Las Vegas ballpark.

Before the bill was officially announced, the A’s released multiple artist renderings of what ...Read more

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Barely over the fence, but enough: Twins bash their way to victory over Blue Jays

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MINNEAPOLIS — Pablo López was credited with the Twins' 9-7 victory over the Blue Jays on Saturday, but let's give credit where it's due. Earl Santee played a role, too.

Santee is the architect who designed Target Field and who decided, most critically to Saturday's win, that the fence in center field would stand 406 feet from the plate, and ...Read more

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Yankees manager Aaron Boone calls his 1-game suspension a 'weird experience'

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NEW YORK — Aaron Boone spent Friday’s loss in Brian Cashman’s box at Yankee Stadium, as the manager served a one-game suspension for his recent conduct toward umpires.

“Weird experience,” Boone said Saturday while reflecting on the suspension.

Boone was ejected from Thursday’s game against the Orioles. It was his fourth ejection of...Read more

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Orioles pitcher Grayson Rodriguez sent down to Triple-A Norfolk after third rough May start

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BALTIMORE — Grayson Rodriguez will hopefully be back with the Orioles soon, manager Brandon Hyde said Saturday. And the club still expects the 23-year-old to eventually be a top-tier MLB starting pitcher.

But for now, he’s headed back to the minor leagues. After 10 big league starts — about half good and half bad — Rodriguez was ...Read more

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DJ LeMahieu homer, Isiah Kiner-Falefa walk-off hit in 10th inning lead Yankees to win over Padres

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NEW YORK — DJ LeMahieu said he felt “close” to clicking after Friday’s loss to the Padres, but he didn’t have the results to show for it. That changed Saturday.

LeMahieu, who entered the game slashing .133/.188/.133 with zero extra-base hits over his last 32 plate appearances, generated the Yankees’ first two runs against San Diego ...Read more

Tigers notch convincing 7-3 win over White Sox, move closer to .500 mark

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DETROIT — The Tigers and White Sox saved all the plot twists for the final three innings Saturday, providing a most entertaining baseball game for the announced crowd of 24,685 at Comerica Park.

When the curtain fell, though, it was the Tigers taking bows with a gritty and convincing 7-3 win.

The White Sox scored three unearned runs in the ...Read more

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George Kirby has rare bad outing as Pirates match club record with seven homers to beat Mariners

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SEATTLE — One pitch away from escaping the decisive fifth inning, George Kirby instead will want to quickly forget this one ever happened.

The Mariners’ precocious second-year starter matched the worst outing of his young career, serving up four home runs in four-plus innings in an 11-6 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates on Friday night at T-...Read more

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Sale stymies Diamondbacks as Red Sox bats come back to life

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Boy, did the Boston Red Sox need a game like this.

After being outscored 20-4 over their four-game losing streak, which included two shutouts, the Boston bats finally came back to life on Friday night, combining for 14 hits in a 7-2 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Even without Rafael Devers, who’s day-to-day with left calf muscle ...Read more

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Third-inning issues haunt Oakland A's in loss to Houston Astros

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OAKLAND, Calif. – The Oakland A’s game against the Houston Astros on Friday night got out of hand in a hurry.

Within a span of a few minutes, and thanks in part to their own miscues, the A’s two-run deficit turned into a seemingly insurmountable five-run hole as the Astros went on to a fairly comfortable 5-2 win before an announced crowd ...Read more

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Sam Bachman answered Angels' call. How are their other 2021 pitching prospects faring?

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ANAHEIM, Calif. — Angels pitching prospect Sam Bachman got the call around 1 a.m. Thursday that he was needed in The Show.

“I was super pumped,” Bachman said. “Didn’t sleep that night, but it’s a blessing.

“I’m super ready,” he added. “I just want to contribute in any way I can and it means the world to me. It’s been a ...Read more

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Blue Jays use the long ball to take series opener from Twins, 3-1

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MINNEAPOLIS — Summoned into the game with Twins runners on second and third base and only one out, Erik Swanson's first four pitches to Joey Gallo badly missed the strike zone. Consider it a game-saving semi-intentional walk for the Blue Jays.

Gallo jogged to first base, and the Twins' rally abruptly died, as it almost always does this season...Read more

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Witt-fueled Royals comeback falls short as Nationals win, 12-10

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Kansas City Royals shortstop Bobby Witt Jr. has generated some memorable nights in his young career. On Friday, Witt added another highlight to his resume as he busted out of a prolonged slump.

Witt fueled the Royals’ comeback efforts in a 12-10 loss to the Washington Nationals. Witt collected four hits, including two ...Read more

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Mets top Rockies behind Max Scherzer's best start of the season

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DENVER — Max Scherzer has accomplished a lot in his 16-year, Hall of Fame-worthy career, but one of the few things that eluded him was a win at Coors Field.

Scherzer finally conquered that mountain Friday night in Denver, pitching the Mets to a 5-2 win in the first game of a three-game series against the Colorado Rockies. It was a vintage ...Read more

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Orioles unravel in new threads as Grayson Rodriguez allows 3 home runs in 12-2 loss to Rangers

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BALTIMORE — Entering Friday, 92% of the Orioles’ games this year had been decided by four runs or fewer. Night in and night out, they have played close games, and night in and night out, they have often won.

In their series opener at Camden Yards against the Texas Rangers on Friday night, though, the Orioles played by far their most ...Read more

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Guardians stave off Cardinals' late-inning comeback tries, hold on for 4-3 victory

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CLEVELAND — All of the offense the Cleveland Guardians generated in a single bound was too much for the Cardinals to match despite chance after chance after chance.

The Cardinals got the tying run at least to the plate in each of the final four innings Friday night at Progressive Field and all they mustered were a couple of sacrifice flies. ...Read more

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Yandy Diaz announces return to lineup by powering Rays past Dodgers

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Yandy Diaz made sure everyone knew he was back. After missing three games due to a family issue, the slugging first baseman continued his hot start to the season with a home run and two doubles to lead the Rays to a 9-3 win over the Dodgers in front of 19,715 Friday at Tropicana Field.

Tampa Bay improved to 38-15, a ...Read more

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Joe Musgrove thrives in New York again; Juan Soto, Fernando Tatis Jr. blast Yankees

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NEW YORK — Joe Musgrove badly wanted to make his season debut at Citi Field when the Padres visited the Queens ballpark to play the Mets in early April.

He had envisioned the energy and vitriol of the crowd, relished the idea of facing the team he had shut out for seven innings in the Padres’ decisive victory in last year’s National ...Read more

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Craig Kimbrel picks up career save No. 400 as Phillies beat the Braves, 6-4

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ATLANTA — A few weeks ago, hitting coach Kevin Long predicted that if Trea Turner put together some good at-bats — maybe three out of four — then he might start looking like the Turner the Phillies signed to a $300 million contract this past offseason.

Time will tell if Long’s prediction proves correct, but Friday night’s 6-4 win over...Read more

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Giants explode for 15 runs in rout of Brewers, own first winning record since last August

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MILWAUKEE — The Giants tried and failed once this week to climb over .500. In their second attempt on Friday, they left little doubt.

Unloading on Brewers starter Freddy Peralta, the Giants brought 10 men to the plate in the third inning and scored seven of them, providing ample cushion for Alex Wood and San Francisco’s bullpen in a 15-1 ...Read more

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Tigers beaten soundly by White Sox,12-3

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DETROIT — You really hope manager AJ Hinch, who attended his youngest daughter’s high school graduation in Houston Friday, didn’t peek at his phone to check the score. It might’ve ruined his night.

The Chicago White Sox put up three runs in the first inning and never stopped scoring, beating the Tigers, 12-3, at Comerica Park.

There ...Read more