Derek Dietrich leads Rangers late rally over Mariners with historic debut

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ARLINGTON, Texas -- Veteran infielder Derek Dietrich joked before Wednesday's game that he's always ready to go.

He was asked a while back when he was still with the Cincinnati Reds how he stays in baseball shape.

For the 31-year-old who was signed with the Texas Rangers on Tuesday, staying in game shape has been a given since being drafted by...Read more

Dodgers' offense and bullpen come through to beat Padres and snap losing streak

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LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Dodgers technically played their 19th game of the 2020 season Wednesday. But the stakes were higher than that number suggests. Each game weighs more in this 60-game race to the postseason. And the Dodgers, looking to avoid a third straight loss to a budding contender, operated with an urgency not seen in 19th games...Read more

Perez has big night as Royals hold off a furious Reds rally, salvage series split

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Kansas City Royals right-hander Brad Keller pitched six scoreless innings and thoroughly stifled the Cincinnati Reds' offense. But the Reds immediately made noise when Keller exited the game and it became a nail-biter.

The Reds had men on base in both the eighth and the ninth innings, but the Royals held on for a 5-4 win at Great American Ball ...Read more

Marlins beat Blue Jays in extras, head home leading NL East after 23 days on the road

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A home-run barrage nearly costs the Miami Marlins a win. Small ball in extra innings salvaged the night.

And with that, on the 23rd day, the Marlins' extended road trip to begin the 2020 season ended on a high note.

The Marlins snapped a three-game losing streak with an 14-11, 10-inning win Wednesday over the Toronto Blue Jays at Buffalo's ...Read more

Byron Buxton, Twins crush Brewers, 12-2, to end road trip

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MILWAUKEE -- Once the Twins started scoring on Wednesday, they did not stop.

That's a nice change of pace for an offense that has had a strong tendency to drive in runs early in games and then ease up on opponents. Or so it has appeared to.

There were a couple crooked number innings on Wednesday as the Twins routed the Brewers, 12-2, in the ...Read more

Chance Sisco, Rio Ruiz lift Orioles over Phillies, 5-4, for fourth straight victory

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Chance Sisco and Rio Ruiz spent baseball's shutdown this spring living together with their families at Sisco's Florida home.

Their work together paid off in a big way Wednesday for the Orioles in a 5-4 win over the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, the team's fourth straight win and another brick in the impressive ...Read more

Kyle Hendricks and the Cubs complete a 2-game sweep of the Indians with a 7-2 win

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CLEVELAND -- Yu Darvish and Tyler Chatwood were allowed to remain in Chicago to prepare for their starts Thursday and Friday against the National League Central rival Milwaukee Brewers.

In the meantime, Kyle Hendricks performed the latest mastery by a Chicago Cubs rotation that continues to pitch with precision and take pressure off the rest of...Read more

Dodgers reliever Joe Kelly has suspension reduced to five games

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LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers reliever Joe Kelly's eight-game suspension for throwing at Houston Astros batters was reduced to five games Wednesday after his appeal, the team announced Wednesday.

Kelly was suspended after throwing a 3-0 fastball behind Alex Bregman's head in the first game of a two-game series against the Astros on July 28. He threw a...Read more

Luis Robert knocks in 3 while Tim Anderson collects 4 hits as the White Sox beat the Tigers 7-5

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DETROIT -- Luis Robert cleared the bases with a two-out, three-run double in the fifth inning Wednesday as the Chicago White Sox beat the Detroit Tigers 7-5 at Comerica Park.

The Sox let an early lead slip away but rallied with four runs in the fifth to take two of three in the series.

Tim Anderson and Eloy Jimenez led off the game with back-...Read more

Will Giants fans forgive Kamala Harris at the polls in November?

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As her sports fandom practices suggest, Kamala Harris knows a thing or two about uniting even the presumptive worst of foes. That ability just might serve Joe Biden's Democratic vice presidential choice well on the campaign trail over the next three months.

But, as some Giants fans might tell you, it still wouldn't absolve Harris, herself a ...Read more

Why isn't Mookie Betts leading off for the Dodgers?

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LOS ANGELES -- When the Dodgers acquired Mookie Betts in February and signed him to a 12-year contract extension the day before opening day, the assumption was the club would plug Betts into the leadoff spot and enjoy the dividends.

There wasn't a reason to think differently. Betts became one of the best players in the world leading off for the...Read more

Anthony Rendon's homer sparks Angels to win over Athletics

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For all of Anthony Rendon's struggles to make consistent contact in his first 12 games, Los Angeles Angels manager Joe Maddon saw one reason for encouragement that his new third baseman was on the verge of breaking out of an early season funk.

While Rendon's average fell to a dismal .103 after Sunday's loss at Texas, his on-base percentage ...Read more

Hunter Pence gives Giants, and his season, a massive jolt

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Hunter Pence was 24 when he broke into the big leagues on a full-time basis with the Houston Astros in 2007. He was the brightest young star on an Astros team that finished with 73 wins and had several players well past their prime.

Thirteen years later, Pence, in his second stint with the San Francisco Giants, finds himself back in Houston, ...Read more

Padres use Manny Machado's slam, Dodgers' mistakes to win again

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LOS ANGELES -- Just when San Diego Padres manager Jayce Tingler could practically be heard saying his team can't play like that and expect to beat the Los Angeles Dodgers, the Dodgers played like that.

Errors on back-to-back bunts helped the Padres on their way to five runs in the third inning and a 6-2 victory Tuesday night at Dodger Stadium. ...Read more

Phillies' pop-up gaffe, Austin Hays' inside-the-park homer in 10th help Orioles win third straight, 10-9

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PHILADELPHIA -- Present-day Orioles offense, meet the Orioles bullpen of yesteryear.

Not until Tuesday night did this quick-strike, never-say-die group of Orioles hitters have to deal with a relief corps for which it seems no lead is big enough.

After the bullpen gave back two late leads, rookie Austin Hays hit a two-run, inside-the-park home ...Read more

Royals rally to force extra innings, but fall to the Reds in the 10th

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CINCINNATI -- Just when it looked like Ryan McBroom came off the bench and re-ignited the fire the Kansas City Royals showed during their four-game winning streak and assured they'd find a way to keep the good times rolling, the Cincinnati Reds dished out a dose of heartbreak.

McBroom blasted a pinch-hit, two-run home run that tied the score in...Read more

Twins bullpen can't hold lead as eighth-inning homer lifts Milwaukee

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MILWAUKEE – With the dangerous part of the Brewers lineup due up in the eighth inning, Twins manager Rocco Baldelli went with his closer Taylor Rogers. Putting your best reliever in the most dangerous part of the game is a strategy employed more frequently in the game.

But Rogers was not at his best, giving up a two-run home run to Jedd ...Read more

Marlins drop third straight in extra innings after comeback attempt vs. Blue Jays falls short

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It was a matter of inches separating Logan Forsythe from being the latest unlikely hero for the Miami Marlins on Tuesday. A towering fly ball breezed past the foul pole in left field. The infielder celebrated. The Marlins jumped up and down in their dugout. For a moment, Miami thought another improbable comeback was complete after it trailed by ...Read more

Eloy Jimenez drives in 4 as the White Sox beat the Tigers 8-4 to snap a 3-game losing streak

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DETROIT -- Eloy Jimenez had two hits, including a three-run home run, and four RBIs Tuesday as the Chicago White Sox beat the Detroit Tigers 8-4 at Comerica Park.

The Sox snapped a three-game losing streak and are back at .500 (9-9).

Starting pitcher Dallas Keuchel criticized the Sox for coming out flat in Monday's 5-1 loss. The team responded...Read more

Cubs return from layoff with a 7-1 victory over the Indians behind Jason Heyward's 4 RBIs

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CLEVELAND -- A four-day layoff gave the Chicago Cubs extra time to hear about the effectiveness of the Cleveland Indians pitching staff.

So when play resumed Tuesday night, the Cubs found a variety of ways to chip away and eventually end the Indians' 17-game streak of allowing four runs or fewer in a 7-1 victory at Progressive Field.

"We're ...Read more