Monday's Phillies game postponed, Bryce Harper's return to DC is put on hold

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WASHINGTON -- Bryce Harper will have to wait another day to see if his old fans have changed their outlook on him.

Monday night's series opener against the Nationals was postponed after a 2-hour, 55-minute rain delay. The game will be made up on Wednesday as part of a split-doubleheader. The first game will begin at 1:05 followed by the second ...Read more

Odubel Herrera's leave extended through July 1 after Phillies outfielder waives Atlantic City court appearance

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ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. -- Phillies outfielder Odubel Herrera, scheduled to appear Monday afternoon in Atlantic City Municipal Court on charges that he assaulted his girlfriend inside a casino, has waived his initial appearance, according to court officials.

On Monday afternoon, Major League Baseball announced that it had extended Herrera's ...Read more

Rick Porcello outpitches Jose Berrios as Red Sox shut out Twins

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MINNEAPOLIS -- The fastball had sizzle. The breaking balls were sharp. And Jose Berrios did what he wanted with them for most of Monday night.

With the way the Twins offense rolls, that's should be a winning recipe.

Except when Boston right-hander Rick Porcello is pitching like the former Cy Young winner he is. He shut down the Twins normally ...Read more

Snitker hopes Keuchel will join Braves' rotation Friday

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After just two tune-up starts in the minor leagues by Dallas Keuchel, Braves manager Brian Snitker hopes to add the former American League Cy Young Award winner to the starting rotation this week.

"Hoping it's going to be Friday," Snitker said Monday of plans for Keuchel's first start with the big-league Braves. "We're going to kind of take it ...Read more

After a 'surreal' MLB debut with the Marlins, can Jordan Yamamoto follow it up?

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Jordan Yamamoto crouched in front of the pitcher's mound at Marlins Park, facing toward center field, and soaked in the moment.

This is it. Yamamoto -- 23 years old, part-time team barber and full-time starting pitcher -- was minutes from making his Major League Baseball debut against the St. Louis Cardinals.

His journey that began Pearl City,...Read more

Rebuild vs. Rebuild: Comparing the 2019 White Sox with the 2014 Cubs

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Seventy games into Year 3 of their rebuild, the White Sox are feeling pretty good about themselves.

Despite injuries to starting pitchers Michael Kopech and Carlos Rodon, they're hanging around .500 at 34-36 and doing so behind impressive performances from four key rebuild pieces: Lucas Giolito, Yoan Moncada, Tim Anderson and Eloy Jimenez.

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Cubs' comeback falls short this time, lose to Dodgers, 3-2

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LOS ANGELES -- Manager Joe Maddon shook up the Cubs lineup Sunday against Dodgers left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu, but the offense came up short again Sunday in a 3-2 loss to the Dodgers that completed a 2-5 trip.

The Cubs mustered nine hits off Hyun-Jin Ryu and relievers Ross Stripling and Kenley Jansen, but the Dodgers produced more timely hits as ...Read more

Angels' Upton to be activated Monday

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The Los Angeles Angels are finally on the verge of infusing more power into their lineup.

Outfielder Justin Upton, sidelined since late March because of a left big toe sprain, will be activated Monday in time for the Angels' series opener against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre.

"It'll be good to have him back," ...Read more

Josh Donaldson might be getting closer to who you expected

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Hours before Saturday's first pitch, Josh Donaldson was the first to take batting practice, emphasizing work against breaking balls. His Braves teammates later followed suit, taking hacks to a Donaldson-selected playlist which included tunes spanning from Tupac to Hank Williams Jr. to T.I. to Nirvana.

Donaldson homered the day before, but his ...Read more

Padres come back on Rockies again, split crazy series at Coors

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DENVER -- The Padres trailed by three runs as the ninth inning began Sunday under a gray sky at the ballpark that breaks spirits.

The Padres and Rockies had already scored 88 runs in four days, same as the Dodgers and Phillies did in a May series 90 years ago.

Fernando Tatis Jr. came to the plate a home run shy of the cycle and lined out to ...Read more

Giants leave brooms at home on Father's Day, fail to complete sweep of Brewers

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SAN FRANCISCO -- Among all the potential Father's Day gifts out there, a broom ranks among the tackiest.

It's exactly the present manager Bruce Bochy wanted anyway, but Oracle Park remains a sweep-free zone in series of at least three games for the Giants.

After taking the first two games of a three-game weekend set from the first-place ...Read more

Mike Leake pitches Mariners to victory over A's, possibly himself into trade discussions

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- With each solid start, Mike Leake moves closer to becoming the next Mariners' veteran player to be traded in the 2019 season.

The Mariners tried to move Leake in the offseason, talked trade with the Diamondbacks a few weeks ago and will continue to shop him to teams as a reliable innings-eater until the July 31 trade deadline...Read more

Royals offense didn't slow down this time to avoid series sweep by Twins

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MINNEAPOLIS -- The Royals' offense demonstrated a tendency to fizzle out late in games this season, but it kept applying pressure and made the Twins pay for late-inning mistakes. As it turned out, the Royals needed nearly every one of those late runs to avoid a series sweep.

Five runs in the final three innings were crucial for the Royals in a ...Read more

Reds hand Rangers a beating in trip finale with injuries to Pence and Mazara a concern

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CINCINNATI -- Hunter Pence left Sunday's game with a groin strain after chasing a double down the line in the Texas Rangers' 11-3 loss to the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ballpark.

Pence will be evaluated Monday in Arlington, Texas before the Rangers begins a seven-game homestand with four against the Cleveland Indians. Both Pence and ...Read more

Braves offense explodes in beatdown of Phillies

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The Braves clobbered the Phillies in Sunday's series finale, further distancing themselves from the wounds of opening weekend and sending a message to their chief competitors: The Braves are the National League East favorites.

After the rivals traded thrilling ninth-inning comebacks, the Braves left no doubt Sunday, crushing the Phillies 15-1 ...Read more

Marlins fall short against Pirates to go 2-7 on longest homestand of the season

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The Miami Marlins were clinging onto a one-run lead when starting pitcher Sandy Alcantara turned the game over to the bullpen after six strong innings of work. Alcantara had just posted his third quality start in his last four appearances, and the Marlins had rallied from an early two-run deficit to give their starter some run support.

That ...Read more

Paul DeJong homers again vs. Mets, leads economical Cardinals to 4-3 win

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NEW YORK -- At the start of the eighth inning, the Cardinals had a grand total of one hit in the game and yet had spun such little yarn into three runs for a 3-3 tie.

After all, they did their best work late in this series.

Paul DeJong, who the Cardinals' games notes nicknamed "Mr. Met," hit a solo home run to break the tie and send the ...Read more

Rizzo's ninth-inning blast puts another dent in Dodgers' shaky bullpen

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LOS ANGELES -- Dave Roberts called the pitch a "cement mixer," which is baseball speak for a breaking ball that spins but doesn't really go anywhere.

This one, a cut-fastball, came out of Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen's right hand in the ninth inning of Saturday night's game against the Chicago Cubs and headed toward the plate at 90 mph.

The ...Read more

Athletics get after Mariners as Frankie Montas wins again

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- The Oakland Athletics gave Frankie Montas their full support Saturday night and the end result was an 11-2 win over the Seattle Mariners at the Coliseum before a crowd of 14,486.

Montas, who improved to 9-2, entered the game ranked fifth in the American League in run support at 7.11 runs per game. By the time Yusmeiro Petit ...Read more

Jake Odorizzi earns 10th win as Twins rally to beat Royals, 5-4

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MINNEAPOLIS -- There were tributes on the scoreboard, on the diamond, and a permanent one attached to the mezzanine facade in left field. There were accolades from all over the stadium, the state and the sport.

But the most useful appreciation of Joe Mauer on Saturday may have come from his successor. A Twins first baseman lines a double over ...Read more


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