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Padres show more bark than bite in another loss to Blue Jays

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SAN DIEGO — Jurickson Profar slammed his bat down in the batters box at the end of the first inning, a show of contempt after plate umpire Ramon De Jesus had rung him up on an inside fastball. The helmet followed. Profar's back was turned to De Jesus as he began to remove his elbow guard when the plate umpire pointed at the equipment in the ...Read more

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Luis Castillo, Mariners offense sizzle in frigid, snowy win over Rockies

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DENVER — Maybe the Mariners should hope for frigid temperatures and intermittent snowfall for Sunday’s doubleheader.

Playing in less than favorable conditions, including a frigid, first-pitch temperature of 33 degrees, which is the second coldest game in franchise history, and dealing with snowflakes in their eyes and lines of sight for ...Read more

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Paul Sullivan: Cubs rebound from closer Adbert Alzolay's 4th blown save to salvage doubleheader split with Marlins

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CHICAGO — It looked so simple from afar.

Craig Counsell would hand the ball to his closer in Milwaukee, and the Brewers would walk away with a win.

But the easiest decision Counsell had to make on a daily basis in his nine years in Milwaukee already has become one of the most difficult ones in his first month of managing the Chicago Cubs.

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Orioles hold on to beat Royals, 9-7, after scoring 7 runs in second inning

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The last time pitchers Corbin Burnes and Cole Ragans faced off, rain delayed the start of the game by five hours and the Orioles won in walk-off fashion.

Saturday night’s rematch didn’t take as long to start, and neither did Baltimore’s bats.

The Orioles ambushed Ragans in the second inning — batting around, ...Read more

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Solid pitching continues to drive Phillies in another big win over White Sox

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PHILADELPHIA — Manager Rob Thomson said ahead of Saturday’s game against the White Sox that when the Phillies’ starting rotation is having the success they are at the moment, they want to “outdo each other.”

Spencer Turnbull had taken a no-hitter into the seventh inning on Friday. So, naturally, Zach Wheeler outdid that by taking a no...Read more

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Starling Marte drives in 4 runs in Mets' series-clinching win vs. Dodgers

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LOS ANGELES — Watching Starling Marte now, it’s almost tough to remember that he looked so different last season. A shell of his former self after double groin surgery in 2022, Marte is back to crushing baseballs and causing havoc on the basepaths.

The latest ball crushed by Marte was a three-run go-ahead homer off Los Angeles Dodgers right...Read more

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Pirates offensive frustrations boil over in 5th consecutive loss

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PITTSBURGH — Rowdy Tellez slammed his bat on home plate, ruining its integrity before snapping the twig into two pieces.

The first baseman expressed his frustration after popping out in foul territory during one of a few Pirates rallies Saturday evening at PNC Park.

The Pirates couldn’t muster much offense in their 4-2 loss to the Red Sox,...Read more

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Patrick Bailey's big day helps power Giants past Diamondbacks, 7-3

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SAN FRANCISCO — Two days later, the Giants are still riding Logan Webb’s coattails.

Thanks to the seven strong innings from their ace Thursday night, the Giants were able to withstand a second straight subpar showing from their starting pitcher. When Bob Melvin saw that Kyle Harrison didn’t have it Saturday afternoon, the manager was ...Read more

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Twins even series with Tigers thanks to a series of sacrifice flies

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MINNEAPOLIS — Nothing has come easy for the Twins during their miserable start to the season, so why would a four-run lead be any different when they were on the verge of ending their five-game losing streak.

Bailey Ober was magnificent in his second straight start against the Detroit Tigers, permitting two hits and one run across six ...Read more

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Cardinals give up 12 runs to Brewers, lose third straight game and drop series at home

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ST. LOUIS — A Cardinals offense that had struggled to string together anything of late scored four runs in the first two innings to grab an early lead Saturday afternoon. However, the pitching staff slogged through its worst day of the season and made that early offense a drop in the bucket compared to what the Milwaukee Brewers produced.

The...Read more

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Rays eventually find a way, beat Yankees in 10 innings, 2-0

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NEW YORK — The Rays wasted opportunities to score throughout the afternoon on Saturday.

Then, once they got to extra innings and the added sense of urgency that comes with it, they found a way to get runners home, beating the Yankees, 2-0 in 10 innings.

Shortstop Jose Caballero had a big hand in the victory.

He doubled leading off the 10th ...Read more

Mets place catcher Francisco Alvarez on 10-day IL with left thumb injury

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LOS ANGELES — The Mets don’t yet know the extent of Francisco Alvarez’s left thumb injury, but they do know that the injury will sideline him for more than 10 days, which is why an injured list stint was necessary.

The catcher was placed on the 10-day injured list Saturday with the sprain and Tomás Nido was called up from Triple-A ...Read more

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Bill Shaikin: A's want to intervene in Nevada case. For their proposed Vegas stadium, time is money.

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LOS ANGELES — On Thursday, National Hockey League owners approved the relocation of the Arizona Coyotes to Salt Lake City. The team will be playing in Salt Lake City next season. Done deal.

In November, Major League Baseball owners approved the relocation of the Oakland Athletics to Las Vegas. The team plans to play in Sacramento for the next...Read more

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Paul Zeise: Why are the Pirates wasting Paul Skenes' pitch count against minor leaguers?

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PITTSBURGH — Jared Jones was lifted from a game this week after 59 pitches despite blowing away pretty much everyone he faced. He looked like Nolan Ryan in his prime and was basically a Bryan Reynolds misplayed ball away from pitching five perfect innings, but because of some "prearranged plan," he was pulled out of the game after five innings...Read more

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Thumped: Blake Snell sets the wrong tone as Giants lose, 17-1, to Arizona

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SAN FRANCISCO — Big league ballplayers have a saying: the starting pitcher sets the tone.

Blake Snell set an ominous tone on Friday night.

Making his third start in a San Francisco Giants uniform, the reigning National League Cy Young Award winner got rocked once again as the Arizona Diamondbacks knocked him around for five earned runs in 4-...Read more

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Shaky defense the latest problem to afflict struggling Dodgers in loss to Mets

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LOS ANGELES — In series losses to the San Diego Padres and Washington Nationals at the start of this week’s nine-game homestand, the Los Angeles Dodgers’ struggles had followed a few recurring themes.

Their starting pitching wasn’t great. Their bullpen repeatedly stubbed its toe. And their top-heavy lineup teetered with everyone from ...Read more

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Padres' bats remain cold in loss to Blue Jays

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SAN DIEGO — The San Diego Padres’ No.5 starter got knocked around and let down on Friday night.

They will have a fill-in starting Saturday, as Randy Vásquez will be recalled to take the place of the injured Yu Darvish.

Their offense continues to run hot and cold and is currently freezing.

These are precarious times for a team that fell ...Read more

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Tigers scratch out 5-4 win against Twins on ninth-inning hit by rookie Wenceel Perez

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MINNEAPOLIS — It was 38 degrees with chilly 15-mph winds swirling around Target Field that made it feel like 29 degrees at game time Friday night.

“You don’t get cold in the big leagues,” Tigers shortstop Zach McKinstry said.

Of course, McKinstry is cut from different cloth. It snowed hard when he made his official visit to Central ...Read more

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Cardinals offense muzzled in 2-1 series-opening loss to Brewers at Busch Stadium

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ST. LOUIS — A Cardinals offense scuffling of late and an opposing pitcher who’d given out nearly three times as many strikeouts as hits through his first three starts wasn’t a stellar recipe for a breakout day at the plate. Yet the Cardinals scratched and clawed their way into extra innings with a run in the bottom of the ninth.

However, ...Read more

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Travis d'Arnaud hits three homers as Braves top Rangers, 8-3

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ATLANTA — The Braves opened a nine-game homestand Friday by welcoming the defending-champion Rangers to Atlanta. What a show for the sellout crowd: The Braves mashed their way to an 8-3 win, their fifth straight.

Here are five observations:

— 1. Let April 19, 2024, at Truist Park be known as the “Travis d’Arnaud game.” The Braves’ ...Read more