Slip-ups cost Dodgers a run in 2-1 loss to Colorado

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LOS ANGELES -- The kinetic chain of mistakes went from the pitcher to the catcher to the second baseman. The string of slip-ups cost the Los Angeles Dodgers a run in the eighth inning of a 2-1 defeat to Colorado and snapped a four-game winning streak. Pedro Baez walked a batter he should not have walked. Yasmani Grandal threw a ball too far. ...Read more

Jose Berrios dominant over eight innings as Twins top Tigers 4-2

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Swinging his bat wasn't getting Logan Morrison anywhere Monday. So when it mattered most, the Twins' slugger simply stopped.

Morrison, whose first three at-bats resulted in inning-ending strikeouts, watched four straight balls from Daniel Stumpf go by in the eighth inning, each of them low and outside. His walk with the bases ...Read more

Three homers, solid pitching help Orioles to fifth road win of year, 3-2 over White Sox

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CHICAGO -- Squint hard enough Monday night, and what the Orioles hoped this would be all along showed itself in a 3-2 win over the White Sox before a sparse crowd on the South Side.

Their stars, including Manny Machado, homered. The defense took runs off the board. Andrew Cashner pitched well, then avoided disaster, and handed it off to a ...Read more

Nick Pivetta throws seven shutout innings as Phillies beat Braves

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PHILADELPHIA -- Nick Pivetta had retired 11 straight batters on Monday night when he walked Johan Camargo on five pitches. Pivetta had already thrown 103 pitches. His night could have ended there with one out in the seventh inning.

It was not a necessity to push Pivetta much further. But the Phillies did. And it worked. Pivetta picked up the ...Read more

Mikolas, O'Neill star in Cardinals' 6-0 win over Royals

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ST. LOUIS -- Tyler O'Neill hit a three-run homer, his third long ball in as many days, to provide more than enough run support for starter Miles Mikolas as the Cardinals rolled to a 6-0 victory over the Kansas City Royals before a crowd of 42,140 Monday night at Busch Stadium.

This segment of the I-70 Series will continue with games Tuesday at ...Read more

Nationals rough up Erlin, Mitchell in rout of Padres

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WASHINGTON -- The Padres on Sunday got another solid start from a reliever who, in manager Andy Green's words, had been "a starter who went to the bullpen that wanted to be in the rotation, took the ball and attacked with a bullpen-type mentality."

On Monday, neither Robbie Erlin nor Bryan Mitchell could follow Jordan Lyles' example, as the ...Read more

Tigers' Ron Gardenhire loves Twins but will try to 'whoop' 'em

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MINNEAPOLIS -- The hoopla surrounding Ron Gardenhire's return to Minnesota as a manager could not be contained in the visiting manager's office at Target Field.

So, breaking from the norm, the Detroit Tigers had Gardenhire speak to reporters inside the visitors dugout Monday afternoon. When he emerged from the tunnel, there were several TV ...Read more

Braves unfazed with increasing national attention

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PHILADELPHIA -- Welcome back to the national radar, Braves.

Their six-run ninth-inning comeback against the Marlins on Sunday further shifted them into the spotlight, a place they haven't been in quite some time.

A National League-best 28-17 record will do that for you. The Braves were national darlings for so long: TBS showed them across the ...Read more

Orioles teammates play along as Machado is greeted in Chicago as potential savior for Cubs

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Sure, it's a distraction. But in the Orioles' reality, it's not an unwelcome one.

When they arrived in Chicago on Monday for a four-game set against the White Sox, star shortstop Manny Machado found a gaggle of media waiting at Guaranteed Rate Field for his take on the ever-growing rumors that the Chicago Cubs could be the winning suitor for ...Read more

How bad are the Rangers? Losing three of four to White Sox raises question

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CHICAGO -- The Texas Rangers and New York Yankees were the only two teams that hadn't been shut out going into Sunday.

The Rangers no longer have that in common with the Yankees. In fact, they couldn't be further apart going into their three-game series that starts Monday at Globe Life Park.

The Yankees are arguably the best team going in the ...Read more

As Rich Hill returns to disabled list, Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw throws bullpen session

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WASHINGTON -- A day after a blister burst on his left middle finger, Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Rich Hill was put on the 10-day disabled list for the second time this season.

Hill sat out three weeks this year when he cracked a nail and developed an infection. He will require more time away this time, manager Dave Roberts said.

"Four weeks is...Read more

Giants' Belt belts Rockies as homestand finishes on winning note

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SAN FRANCISCO -- Brandon Belt put the Giants ahead for good Sunday with a three-run home run in the bottom of the seventh inning in a 9-5 win over the Colorado Rockies at AT&T Park.

Belt, in one of the hottest streaks of his career, tied in to a 1-1 pitch from left-handed pitcher Jake McGee for his 11th home run of the season, driving in Gorkys...Read more

Mariners, held hitless into the seventh, walk off the Tigers in extra innings

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SEATTLE -- First, Mitch Haniger helped the Mariners avoid dubious history Sunday.

Just as everyone began looking up how many times the Mariners had been no-hit in their history (the answer is three) Haniger laced a single to left-center with one out in the seventh inning to end the no-hit bid of Detroit starter Francisco Liriano.

Then, Haniger...Read more

Ohtani snaps Angels out of slump with win over Rays

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ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Maybe hits are overrated. The Los Angeles Angels accumulated only four of them Sunday but scored four of their five runs on outs -- three on sacrifice flies -- in a 5-2 victory over Tampa Bay that snapped the Angels' five-game losing streak and the Rays' six-game win streak.

Shohei Ohtani allowed two runs and six hits in a ...Read more

Dodgers beat Nationals 7-2 for fourth consecutive victory

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WASHINGTON -- The streak ended with a gift from Chase Utley. Before Enrique Hernandez came up to bat in the fifth inning of a 7-2 Los Angeles Dodgers victory over the Washington Nationals on Sunday, before he ended a three-week string of futility with runners on base, he accepted an offering from Utley: A black Marucci brand, the bat model Utley...Read more

White Sox's Reynaldo Lopez wins over manager, stifles Rangers with 8-inning gem

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CHICAGO -- Rick Renteria strolled to the mound Sunday with an open hand and an open mind. After misfiring with his 101st pitch to issue a 3-2 walk, White Sox right-hander Reynaldo Lopez would have to convince his manager to let him keep the baseball.

"You need to have conviction if I'm going to leave you in there," Renteria said.

With the ...Read more

Twins take advantage of Brewers' mistakes to win series finale 3-1

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Paul Molitor feared that the Brewers, having won the first two games during their annual trek to the Twin Cities, would approach Sunday's finale as a "house money kind of game." He just didn't realize how careless they would be with it.

Milwaukee committed an error to help the Twins score the game's first run, then walked three ...Read more

Cardinals' Flaherty dazzles, striking out 13 in 7 2/3 innings in 5-1 win over Phillies

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ST. LOUIS -- Jack Flaherty had the best start of his young big-league career, allowing just two hits in seven-plus innings while striking out 13, the most by a Cardinal this season, as the Cardinals beat the Phillies, 5-1, on Sunday at Busch Stadium to get a split of their four-game series.

With the Cardinals bullpen low on bodies, Mike Matheny...Read more

Padres beat Pirates on first ninth-inning comeback of season

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PITTSBURGH -- The Padres appeared headed to quick and certain doom on Sunday afternoon.

Jordan Lyles had faltered late in his start, giving up a lead.

Then Kirby Yates allowed a rare run in the eighth inning that put the Padres down a run, and the Padres were 0-24 when trailing after eight innings this season.

But then Jose Pirela and ...Read more

A's complete four game sweep of Blue Jays after 9-2 win Sunday

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TORONTO -- Rickey Henderson and the Bash Brothers couldn't do it. The Big Three couldn't do it. But this A's team made it happen.

After playing at least one series Toronto every season since 1977, the A's completed a four-game road sweep of the Blue Jays for the first time in franchise history with Sunday's 9-2 blowout victory.

The A's (25-22)...Read more