Braves score 6 in 3rd, hang on for 6-3 win over Angels

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ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The Atlanta Braves played an unusual and exciting game Monday night at Angel Stadium, one where Julio Teheran gave up three home runs but, on balance, pitched quite effectively.

A game where Braves hitters went down in order in seven of nine innings and scored in just one inning, yet scored so much in that frame that Teheran ...Read more

Beltre returns, but Rays beat Rangers, 10-8

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ARLINGTON, Texas -- The waiting is the hardest part, and Adrian Beltre rarely has waited in his career for an injury to heal fully.

There was the botched appendix removal, and then the time he wished he had worn a cup, when he didn't have much choice.

Those would seem to pale in comparison to a bum right calf, but old muscles don't heal like ...Read more

Angels' Albert Pujols is two home runs away from 600 club

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ANAHEIM, Calif. -- While the Los Angeles Angels took their first wobbly steps into an immediate future without star center fielder Mike Trout, slugger Albert Pujols moved another step closer to history Monday night.

Pujols drove the 598th home run of his career to left-center field in the fourth inning of the Angels' 6-3 loss to the Atlanta ...Read more

Tigers' offense busts loose after bullpen bungles lead to beat Royals, 10-7

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Detroit Tigers got the big inning they needed.

Then, the bullpen blew up. And then, for the first time in what has been the most trying of early season road trips, the offense punched back.

After the embattled Francisco Rodriguez coughed up a late lead, the Tigers took it to former teammate Joakim Soria in the top of ...Read more

Nationals' Bryce Harper, Giants' Hunter Strickland turn an old feud into a fistfight in Giants' loss

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SAN FRANCISCO -- Bryce Harper, his hip smarting from where he had absorbed Hunter Strickland's fastball, glowered at the pitcher and pointed his bat. He took two steps, then a third, before charging the mound. He tried to fling his helmet but it slipped from his grasp and tumbled away like a grounder to second base. Then came an exchange of ...Read more

Edinson Volquez strong as Marlins beat Phillies

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MIAMI -- Edinson Volquez is as happy-go-lucky as any player in the Miami Marlins' roster, endlessly upbeat and positive even through the team's and his own runs of poor play.

All sweaty after a routine afternoon stretch with his fellow pitchers? Smiling. Another mediocre outing in another loss? Smiling. Winless in his first nine games as a ...Read more

Indians flash muscle, top A's 5-3 on Memorial Day

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CLEVELAND -- The Indians celebrated Memorial Day with an artillery exhibition of sorts, pounding the Oakland A's with three home runs en route to a 5-3 win at Progressive Field.

Facing A's starter Daniel Mengden, Austin Jackson put the Indians up 1-0 with a solo home run to right field, his second of the season. An inning later, Carlos Santana ...Read more

Hunter Renfroe's grand slam extends Cubs' skid, Padres win, 5-2

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SAN DIEGO -- From the deer knife, to the fishing rod to the bottle of Wild Turkey, the basket of "favorite things" that Hunter Renfroe's wife stocked for an annual fundraising auction is so ... well ... Hunter Renfroe.

A fastball with the bases loaded?

Even it was a bit inside, the Padres' surging rookie wasn't about to let Kyle Hendricks' ...Read more

Angels star Trout to miss at least a month after tearing ligament in left thumb

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ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The player the Los Angeles Angels can least afford to lose to injury will be out for at least a month and possibly more after star center fielder Mike Trout was diagnosed with a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his left thumb Monday.

Trout, considered the best all-around player in baseball, jammed the thumb into the second-...Read more

Mariners earn second straight win, 6-5, over Rockies

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DENVER -- It's a place where four-run leads give you no comfort and a one-run lead will leave you sweating out every decently hit fly ball.

Of all the venues where a lead never feels secured, Coors Field might be the most unforgiving. It feasts on starting pitchers and then treats bullpens as dessert.

So when the Mariners scored six runs in ...Read more

Gregory Polanco, Chris Stewart injuries sully Pirates' 4-3 walk-off win over Diamondbacks

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PITTSBURGH -- Alen Hanson was first on the scene. The second baseman drifted toward the outfield, tracking the fly ball down the right-field line, and sped up once he saw Gregory Polanco, his teammate since their days at short-season Class A State College in 2011, crumpled to the ground, holding his right ankle. Hanson put a hand on Polanco's ...Read more

Melky Cabrera's 4 RBIs drive 5-4 White Sox victory over Red Sox

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CHICAGO -- White Sox manager Rick Renteria said Melky Cabrera has been focused and "as relaxed as he has ever been" lately, and the veteran showed it Monday afternoon at Guaranteed Rate Field.

Cabrera drove in four runs against the Red Sox, including the go-ahead single in the seventh, to give the White Sox a 5-4 victory in the opener of a ...Read more

Rangers activate Beltre for 2017 debut

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ARLINGTON, Texas -- Third baseman Adrian Beltre was activated from the 10-day disabled list Monday by the Texas Rangers and was in the lineup for the first time this season.

Beltre played Thursday through Saturday at extended spring training as the final test for his strained right calf. The Rangers took a cautious approach with him before the ...Read more

Pirates' Gregory Polanco carted off after injuring right ankle in collision with wall

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Right fielder Gregory Polanco, the Pirates' cleanup hitter, was removed from the game in the sixth inning Monday at PNC Park after running into the short fence in foul territory along the right-field line. Polanco was carted off the field, holding his right ankle.

Polanco returned from the 10-day disabled list four days ago, having recovered ...Read more

Nationals' Bryce Harper, Giants' Hunter Strickland land punches

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SAN FRANCISCO -- The baseball season is long. The memories of baseball players are longer.

Giants right-hander Hunter Strickland faced Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper for the first time since the 2014 NL Division Series, and it resulted in more on-field fireworks Monday afternoon.

Strickland's first pitch of the at-bat drilled ...Read more

Twins' big rally trumped by Astros' bigger rally, fall 16-8

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Intermittent rains passed through Target Field on Monday, poured ferociously for a few brief minutes, then disappeared. But it never stopped raining on the Twins' bullpen.

The Twins erupted for a season-high seven runs in the fifth inning, eventually opened a six-run lead, then gave it all back during an excruciating, rain-...Read more

Royals pitcher Danny Duffy placed on disabled list with oblique strain

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Royals starter Danny Duffy is expected to miss six to eight weeks after sustaining a Grade 1 plus oblique strain on Sunday afternoon in Cleveland.

The Royals placed Duffy on the 10-day disabled list on Monday afternoon. Duffy suffered the injury while covering first base and tumbling to the ground during Sunday's loss.

The Royals also ...Read more

'No hard feelings' as former White Sox ace Chris Sale returns to the South Side

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Chris Sale knows it will be hard not to crack a few smiles when he takes the mound at Guaranteed Rate Field on Tuesday night against some of his former White Sox teammates.

That doesn't mean the Red Sox left-hander is going to take it easy on them.

"I'm still going to compete, that's for sure," Sale said. "They're still my friends, but I'm not...Read more

Dodgers, Rich Hill avenge last week's loss to Cardinals with dominating 5-1 win

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ST. LOUIS -- Chase Utley, Cody Bellinger and Logan Forsythe launched homers, Rich Hill gave up one run in five innings and the Dodgers bullpen shut down the Cardinals in a 5-1 victory Monday at Busch Stadium. The Dodgers have now won 10 of their last 12.

Utley and Bellinger punished Cardinals starter Mike Leake. Forsythe supplied some insurance...Read more

Orioles end seven-game losing streak, beat Yankees, 3-2, behind Bundy

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Orioles starter Dylan Bundy certainly didn't look like a guy who was carrying the weight of the Orioles lengthy slump on his shoulders.

The young right-hander took the mound on Memorial Day against the first-place New York Yankees and did what he's been doing all season. He delivered another quality start and the Orioles ended their seven-game ...Read more


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