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Cubs manager Joe Maddon doesn't want to rush Kris Bryant to return

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CHICAGO -- Kris Bryant met with team doctor Stephen Adams before taking batting practice Thursday as the Cubs await the third baseman's return.

"I don't anticipate anything awful or bad," manager Joe Maddon said once again. "We're just waiting for everyone to be on board. Once we do that, he'll be out there playing."

The question remains when ...Read more

Phillies fall to Diamondbacks as Ben Lively struggles

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PHILADELPHIA -- The phone buzzed in the Phillies bullpen on Thursday afternoon, and Drew Hutchison sprung from the bench. Starter Ben Lively was in trouble, and it was time for the long reliever to get loose. But before Hutchison could even throw a warm-up pitch, Lively's trouble -- and the Phillies' afternoon -- turned ugly.

The Phillies ...Read more

Acuna hits first home run as Braves beat Reds, 7-4

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CINCINNATI -- Ronald Acuna and Ozzie Albies might be tormenting the National League together for a long time. Braves fans saw that dream realized Thursday.

Acuna delivered a go-ahead bloop-double in the eighth inning, while Albies launched a two-run blast in the fifth, helping the team to a 7-4 win that salvaged a series split against the Reds ...Read more

White Sox reliever Danny Farquhar 'progressing' and on his feet after ruptured aneurysm

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The White Sox took the field for batting practice Friday at Kauffman Stadium wearing a shirt that reflects the wishes of the players.

White lettering on the black T-shirt reads "PRAY FOR 43" with "FOR DANNY" on the left sleeve.

One week ago, reliever Danny Farquhar collapsed in the Sox's dugout due to a ruptured aneurysm.

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One bad inning costs Jason Hammel, Royals in loss to Brewers

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- For the second night in a row, a Royals starting pitcher deflected a comebacker off a body part.

Jason Hammel was the victim Wednesday at Kauffman Stadium.

The perpetrator: former teammate and current Brewers center fielder Lorenzo Cain.

Cain turned Hammel's 92 mph two-seam fastball, a pitch Hammel has rediscovered this ...Read more

Wacha strikes out eight as Cardinals coast past Mets, 9-1

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ST. LOUIS -- In a burst of three tightly-bunched rallies helped along by power and a few Mets errors, the Cardinals gave starter Michael Wacha far more run support than he needed Wednesday.

Wacha, finding his footing, struck out eight and pitched six superb innings to lead the Cardinals to a 9-1 victory against the New York Mets at Busch ...Read more

Trevor Richards owns the spotlight as Marlins defeat Dodgers, Kershaw

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LOS ANGELES -- Trevor Richards was so awed by Dodger Stadium that he stood alone on the top step of the dugout and took snapshots of the empty diamond as if he was some tourist. And why not? The small-town pitcher the Marlins discovered purely by accident said it was his first time he had pitched west of Oklahoma and that Dodger Stadium felt ...Read more

Kendall Graveman's first quality start not enough vs. Rangers

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ARLINGTON, Texas -- The A's finally saw what they wanted to see out of No. 1 starter Kendall Graveman, but the end result still left them disappointed.

Graveman grinded out his first quality start of the season, allowing three runs on six hits with four walks and seven strikeouts over six innings of work in a 4-2 loss to the Rangers, snapping ...Read more

Cubs fall to Indians with Kris Bryant again out of lineup

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CLEVELAND -- Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant did not start Wednesday night for the second consecutive game as he recovers from a beaning Sunday.

The decision to rest Bryant was made Tuesday night, but the Cubs couldn't recover in a 4-1 loss at Cleveland.

"(Bryant) is not bad," manager Joe Maddon said. "He's fine. It's just one of those things. ...Read more

Alex Cobb's struggles continue with fateful fifth inning as Orioles fall to Rays, 8-4

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BALTIMORE -- This was seemingly the night that Alex Cobb had finally found his footing, keeping the ball on the ground against his former team and holding the Tampa Bay Rays to one run through his first four innings Wednesday at Camden Yards.

As rain intensified while Cobb took the mound for the top of the fifth, the sky fell on Cobb's outing. ...Read more

Phillies beat Diamondbacks on Aaron Altherr homer off Zack Greinke

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PHILADELPHIA -- Aaron Altherr raised his right arm and pointed a finger to the sky. He had come through -- again -- against one of baseball's best pitchers. Altherr touched first base and watched his three-run land over the center field wall in a 5-3 win over Arizona. Altherr's resurgence continued.

The outfielder struggled through the first ...Read more

Who needs Babe Ruth? Comiskey telegram nixing a 1914 White Sox deal up for bid

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For the Cubs fan who seemingly has everything, here's a gift for Mother's Day or Father's Day to consider if price is no issue:

A telegram in which White Sox owner Charles Comiskey rejects the opportunity to acquire Babe Ruth in 1914 for what today would be roughly $400,000 is up for sale with a New Jersey-based auction house.

The missive is ...Read more

White Sox fall to Mariners, lose for 16th time in last 19 games

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CHICAGO -- The game started with such promise.

Yoan Moncada creamed Felix Hernandez's first pitch into the seats beyond right field. The 394-foot laser marked Moncada's first leadoff home run and the first for the White Sox this season.

"I put the barrel on the ball and made good contact," Moncada said. "That was it."

Indeed, that pretty much...Read more

Tyson Ross has rare short outing, Padres hitters struggle in loss to Rockies

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DENVER -- Tyson Ross fell back to the pack, and Padres hitters continued to walk back to the dugout with bat in hand in a 5-2 loss Wednesday to the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field.

Ross, coming off his flirtation with a no-hitter last Friday and having lasted at least six innings in each of his previous four starts this season, was gone after ...Read more

Top prospect Ronald Acuna will make Braves debut Wednesday

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CINCINNATI -- The time has come: Braves super prospect Ronald Acuna will make his MLB debut Wednesday night in Cincinnati, according to a person familiar with the situation.

Acuna, 20, is the near-consensus No. 1 prospect in the sport. Some project him as a generational five-tool talent. He'll take over in left field for Preston Tucker, ...Read more

Orioles place Tim Beckham on disabled list with groin strain, activate Jace Peterson

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BALTIMORE -- As expected, the Orioles placed infielder Tim Beckham on the 10-day disabled list Wednesday because of a left groin strain suffered while running the bases Monday night. The move was made retroactive to Tuesday.

The team added infielder Jace Peterson to the 25-man roster after claiming him off waivers from the New York Yankees on ...Read more

Marlins edge Dodgers in ninth as Roberts' use of Baez backfires

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LOS ANGELES--Kenley Jansen stood idle on a bullpen mound as the door opened for Tuesday's ninth inning. Another pitcher trotted toward the diamond to preserve a tied game. It was not a save situation, but the assignment used to belong to Jansen. The orthodoxy of the sport requires managers to use their closers for the ninth inning of deadlocked ...Read more

Williamson stays hot, leads Giants over Nats

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SAN FRANCISCO -- Before clobbering the two longest home runs by a San Francisco Giants player this season in a span of four days, before making a joke of Pacific Coast League pitching, Mac Williamson first had to decide a change was needed.

"I knew what I was doing wasn't working," Williamson said.

What he is doing now is striking fear in ...Read more

Trout, Simmons lead Angels over Astros

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HOUSTON -- Somewhere between six innings of being perfect and two innings of being blistered was Shohei Ohtani's latest start.

The rookie's performance Tuesday against the reigning World Series champions also fit neatly between so and so, Ohtani finishing with a no-decision in a game the Angels came back to win 8-7.

He pitched 51/3 innings ...Read more

Jarlin Garcia pitching like an ace for struggling Marlins

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Even if he wasn't the anomaly in the Marlins' franchise-tying worst start, Jarlin Garcia's early efforts as a starting pitcher would stand out as something special.

The Dominican left-hander's 0.53 ERA in three career starts is among the best in baseball. Of pitchers with more than one start this season, only San Francisco's Johnny Cueto ranks ...Read more