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Tom Krasovic: Padres hit season's final third with plenty still to prove

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The Padres don’t need Tom Hanks to remind them there’s no crying in baseball, even as the NL West-leading Giants steamed into this week eight games ahead of them in the loss column while the second-place Dodgers — still the divisional favorite — prepared to roll out the newly acquired tandem of stars Trea Turner and Max Scherzer.

The ...Read more

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Anthony Rizzo sounds off on 'bad breakup' between Cubs and 'Big 3': 'There is a common denominator that no one signed'

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CHICAGO — New York Yankees first baseman Anthony Rizzo compared the departures of the Chicago Cubs core to a “bad breakup” and disputed the team’s assessment that all were offered fair market extensions.

Speaking Tuesday on “The Kap and J. Hood Show” on WMVP-AM 1000, Rizzo was asked about team President Jed Hoyer’s earlier ...Read more

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Editorial: Chicago says thanks, Javier Báez, Kris Bryant and, especially, Anthony Rizzo

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For the controversial owners of the Chicago Cubs, the Ricketts family, Friday afternoon brought both $150 million in payroll savings and vituperative criticism. For fans of the Chicago Cubs, it brought unspeakable misery.

Fueled by that day’s trade deadline, the Cubs unloaded (among others) three of the main reasons fans bought tickets: the ...Read more

David Murphy: The return of Freddy Galvis at the MLB trade deadline offers a tidy summary of the Phillies' lost decade

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There’s something discouraging about seeing Freddy Galvis back in a Phillies uniform.

Not that he isn’t a perfectly adequate big-league shortstop (he is), or that the fan base’s soft spot for him isn’t well deserved (it is), or that his acquisition from the Orioles came at a hefty price (it didn’t).

But as you watched him leaning on ...Read more

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Giants give up 6-run lead, still beat Diamondbacks as Posey, Duggar, Solano key 10th-inning outburst

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PHOENIX — A Giants club that began the day with the best record in the majors is surprisingly no stranger to blowing big late-inning leads in devastating losses.

Monday’s would have been the worst one yet.

But after failing to protect a 7-1 lead and an 8-5 advantage, the Giants escaped a 10-inning series-opening matchup with the Arizona ...Read more

Bryse Wilson impresses but Pirates still fall to Brewers, 6-2

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MILWAUKEE — The fact that Bryse Wilson even allowed one run in his Pirates debut felt unlucky.

The newest Pirate, who came to Pittsburgh this week in the trade that sent closer Richard Rodriguez to the Atlanta Braves, threw five snappy innings in the team’s 6-2 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers on Monday. He allowed two hits the entire time, ...Read more

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Jesus Luzardo holds his own in hometown debut as Miami Marlins beat New York Mets

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MIAMI — Jesus Luzardo’s first inning as a starting pitcher at his hometown ballpark for his hometown team went about as well as he could have anticipated. The 23-year-old lefty, with “954” stitched in gold on his black glove, retired the first three New York Mets batters he faced on 17 pitches.

His second inning was rough, bloating his ...Read more

Ranger Suárez delivers a hopeful first start, Phillies rally late in 7-5 victory over Nationals

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WASHINGTON — The plan all along called for Ranger Suárez to pitch only three innings Monday night in his first major-league start in 1,037 days, and nothing — not even 33 easy, breezy pitches — was going to prompt the Phillies to deviate from it. Not this soon. Not with them counting on getting 11 or so more starts from the young lefty ...Read more

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That was an ugly way for Rays to celebrate a return to first place

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — On days such as this, you need to look for silver linings.

For instance, I bet the Red Sox are really ticked off now.

For three days, the Rays played some of their best baseball of 2021 against Boston. The seats at Tropicana Field were filled, Rays pitchers were sharp and hitters were knocking the ball all over the ...Read more

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Jorge López take no-hitter into the sixth as Orioles slug four homers in 7-1 win over Yankees

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Beleaguered starter Jorge López carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning, albeit with five walks, and with the help of four early home runs he and the Orioles beat the Yankees, 7-1, Monday at Yankee Stadium to spoil New York’s first home game since their trade deadline additions.

López, who completed six innings for the second time all ...Read more

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Tom Ricketts issues a letter to Chicago Cubs season ticket holders after 'difficult' moves at the trade deadline

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Chicago Cubs Chairman Tom Ricketts issued his first extended comments since the organization dismantled its core at the trade deadline in an email to season ticket holders Monday morning.

Ricketts, who called the last week extremely hard on everyone, stated that “while we believe the decisions we took were right for our organization, they ...Read more

Dodgers fans finally get to voice their anger in person at cheating Astros

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There were so many Dodgers fans in Phoenix over the weekend that chants of “Cheater! Cheater!” could be heard clearly in Chase Field every time Josh Reddick, the Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder who played for Houston’s sign-stealing, World Series-winning team in 2017, came to the plate.

That was merely an appetizer for the main dish of ...Read more

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After blowout win, Dodgers know urgency is needed for rest of season

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PHOENIX — Corey Seager returned Friday from a 10-week stint on the injured list because of a right hand fracture . Mookie Betts returned to the lineup for Sunday’s 13-0 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks in Chase Field after missing two weeks because of right hip inflammation.

Three-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer, acquired from ...Read more

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Rays make it clean sweep of Red Sox, expand AL East lead

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — The Rays made their first appearance on ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball in seven years a good one, beating the Red Sox 3-2 to complete a three-game sweep and extend their American League East lead to 1½ games.

The Rays won their fourth straight to improve to 64-42, moving to a season-high 22 games over .500, in making ...Read more

SF Giants secure series win over Astros in Kris Bryant's debut

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SAN FRANCISCO — Already owners of the best record in baseball, the Giants’ acquisition of Kris Bryant could have almost seemed superfluous if not for the outrageous competition in their own division.

Bryant received huge cheers and gave the Giants a boost in his debut, but it was the usual cast of characters who made the difference in a 5-3...Read more

In series clincher over Angels, newest A's acquisitions show why they could transform this offense

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To be a legitimate postseason threat, the A’s added three offensive players to help boost a somewhat average offense into, at least, an above average one.

A 8-3 win over the Los Angeles Angels on Sunday afternoon in Anaheim showed how big of a difference those additions can make on this offense.

Yan Gomes, Starling Marte and Josh Harrison, ...Read more

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Padres piece it together to beat Rockies, salvage series split

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As Sam Hilliard circled the bases in the second inning Sunday afternoon, Reiss Knehr chucked the rosin bag into the mound. At 110 mph, the first home run yielded by the rookie right-hander had been an absolute moon shot to right field.

Thing is, it didn’t hurt all that much.

That’s what happens when you don’t give away free bases.

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Jonah Heim did something no rookie has ever done in Texas Rangers' walk-off victory

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ARLINGTON, Texas — Even when your team is out of the race, baseball can be fun.

Jonah Heim has made sure of that the past few days at Globe Life Field.

The Texas Rangers catcher, who was serving as the designated hitter Sunday, hit his second consecutive walk-off home run to give the Rangers a 4-3 win over the Seattle Mariners. He did it in ...Read more

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Mets fail to sign first-round draft pick Kumar Rocker

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Moments after the Mets lost to the Reds on Sunday, the organization took another L.

The Mets announced their 2021 draft signings at the 5 p.m. deadline on Sunday, and stud pitcher Kumar Rocker was not one of them.

“This is clearly not the outcome we had hoped for and wish Kumar nothing but success moving forward,” said Mets acting general ...Read more

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Paul Sullivan: The Craig Kimbrel-Liam Hendriks combo makes a successful debut in the Chicago White Sox's 2-1 walk-off win over the Cleveland Indians

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CHICAGO — I asked Liam Hendriks on Sunday morning to show me his man bun after hearing the Chicago White Sox closer came up with an idea to call the team’s late-inning crew — Michael Kopech, Craig Kimbrel and himself — the “Ponytail Gang.”

Hendriks doffed his cap to reveal a mop of unkempt, oddly cut hair, but it wasn’t enough to ...Read more