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River Ryan gets a standing ovation in his major league debut as Dodgers edge Giants

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River Ryan handed the ball to manager Dave Roberts in the top of the sixth inning Monday night, and as he headed toward the third base dugout, a crowd 49,576 at Dodger Stadium rose to applaud the 25-year-old right-hander, who glanced at the upper deck and tapped his chest in appreciation of the standing ovation.

No matter what happened after he...Read more

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Twins beat Phillies 7-2 as Bailey Ober shines after shaky start

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After a 91-minute rain delay Monday, Bailey Ober had the Twins in a two-run hole after facing his first three batters.

Ober apparently had the Philadelphia Phillies, the team with the best record in the majors, right where he wanted them. He received an ovation when he walked off the mound in the seventh inning and he received a congratulatory ...Read more

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Hogan Harris enjoys best start of season as A's blank Astros

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OAKLAND — Nick Kurtz, the fourth overall pick in the 2024 MLB Draft who officially signed with the A’s on Monday, may only see one game at the Oakland Coliseum in his life. If that’s the case, green and gold provided their potential franchise cornerstone with a good time at the yard.

Hogan Harris allowed no runs across a season-high 6 2/3...Read more

Sam Hilliard's clutch homer, Ezequiel Tovar's walk-off send Rockies to win over Red Sox in 12 innings

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The Rockies won as a visitor in their own ballpark on Monday at Fenway Park West.

In front of a pro-Boston gathering of 35,261 at Coors Field, Colorado outlasted the Red Sox 9-8 in 12 innings to claim the series opener. LoDo rising star Ezequiel Tovar roped the walk-off single to improve the Rockies to 6-4 in extras this year and send the red-...Read more

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Jo Adell snaps tie with 9th-inning single in Angels' victory over Mariners

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SEATTLE — Jo Adell did it again.

Just over a week after Adell hit a three-run homer to give the Angels a come-from-behind victory, he snapped a ninth-inning tie with an RBI single.

A second run scored when the throw home got away from the catcher, and the Angels beat the Seattle Mariners, 3-1, on Monday night.

It was the Angels’ fourth ...Read more

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Braves shut down by Hunter Greene in loss to Reds

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ATLANTA — The Atlanta Braves’ offensive woes continued Monday in a 4-1 loss to the Cincinnati Reds at Truist Park.

Here are five takeaways from Monday:

1. If one is tired of seeing the Braves’ offense struggle, imagine how the players themselves feel. It was another quiet outing, this time against Reds All-Star ace Hunter Greene, who ...Read more

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Bobby Witt Jr. comes within single of hitting for cycle as Royals belt Diamondbacks

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — It’s becoming increasingly difficult to describe Bobby Witt Jr.’s recent hot streak.

Words don’t do it justice. The superstar shortstop has long surged past such common descriptors as absurd, ludicrous or even nonsensical.

On Monday, Witt launched himself into another special category as he nearly hit for the cycle ...Read more

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Paul Sullivan: A fan at Wrigley Field displayed a profane political message. Is it anything goes in 2024?

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CHICAGO — Fans were seen filing out of Wrigley Field on Sunday afternoon after singing “Go, Cubs, Go” following the team’s 2-1, 10-inning win over the Arizona Diamondbacks.

It was a happy scene for the Marquee Sports Network audience, until you looked at the bottom corner of the TV screen and noticed a middle-aged man exiting the ...Read more

Francisco Lindor hits two homers as Mets split series with Marlins

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MIAMI — The New York Mets opened the second half of the 2024 season with a chance to gain some ground in the NL East against the lowly Miami Marlins. There was some good baseball and some bad, with the Amazins’ ultimately splitting a four-game series.

Jeff McNeil homered for the third time in the series and Francisco Lindor hit two to help ...Read more

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Mitch Keller starts 2nd half strong in Pirates win against Cardinals

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PITTSBURGH — It was going to take a whole lot more than a come-backer for Mitch Keller to depart.

On the heels of his shortest start of the season — a 57-pitch, three-inning outing against the Chicago White Sox last week — the Pittsburgh Pirates right-hander made his first start of the second half Monday night at PNC Park.

But after ...Read more

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Rogers' mad dash is highlight as Tigers trounce Guardians, 8-2

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CLEVELAND — Jake Rogers lay splayed out face down at home plate. If this were a crime scene he would’ve been outlined in chalk.

In a way it was a crime scene.

The Detroit Tigers’ catcher somehow turned a 261-foot bloop into shallow center field into a two-run, little-league homer, essentially stealing home, which helped kick start an 8-2...Read more

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Taylor Walls joins political spotlight after apparent Trump-style gesture

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NEW YORK — Tampa Bay Rays shortstop Taylor Walls said he was just sharing an “inside joke” celebration with his teammates Sunday when he thrust himself into the political world and viral internet fame.

During Sunday’s win over the Yankees, Walls got to second base on a double and did a Donald Trump-inspired gesture as he looked to the ...Read more

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Carlos Rodón's best start in weeks, Juan Soto's 2 homers lead Yankees' power surge vs. Rays

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NEW YORK — With the New York Yankees looking for a series split on Sunday, Carlos Rodón twirled his first strong start in more than a month in a 9-1 win over the Tampa Bay Rays.

The southpaw had been mostly dreadful over his last six outings, recording a 9.67 ERA over 27 innings. Prior to that, Rodón had a 2.93 ERA in his first 14 starts of...Read more

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Adrián Beltré, Todd Helton, Joe Mauer and Jim Leyland inducted into Hall of Fame

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Four more MLB greats became part of forever on Sunday afternoon in Cooperstown, New York, where Adrián Beltré, Todd Helton, Joe Mauer and Jim Leyland were officially inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

All four members of the Class of 2024 reflected on their stellar careers, alternating between moments of levity and emotion ...Read more

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Reinvigorated Gavin Lux stays hot as Dodgers hit six home runs to sweep Red Sox

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LOS ANGELES — Dave Roberts didn’t mention Gavin Lux by name when discussing the Los Angeles Dodgers’ infield plans a few weeks ago.

Given the makeup of their roster, he didn’t need to.

When asked on July 3 about the potential of playing Mookie Betts at second base once Betts returns from a broken hand, Roberts was careful to make no ...Read more

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Yoshinobu Yamamoto no longer feeling pain, but his return timeline is unclear

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LOS ANGELES — Yoshinobu Yamamoto said Sunday he is confident about returning from a shoulder injury before the end of the season.

"Of course," he told Japanese reporters, with a chuckle.

However, neither the Los Angeles Dodgers nor their star Japanese right-hander has yet set a target date for Yamamoto's return, leaving his status unclear as...Read more

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Ozzie Albies has left-wrist fracture, will miss around two months

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ATLANTA — The Atlanta Braves are dealing with another injury: Second baseman Ozzie Albies hurt his left wrist late during Sunday’s 6-2 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals. He underwent testing after the game that revealed a left-wrist fracture. He is expected to miss approximately eight weeks, according to the team.

With the Cardinals’ ...Read more

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Cardinals bop their way to series win in Atlanta with Alec Burleson's blast, 3 other homers

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ATLANTA — A new look to the St. Louis Cardinals lineup delivered an golden oldie way to win.

They played the hits.

The Cardinals turned four solo homers into a 6-2 victory Sunday against the Atlanta Braves at Truist Park. Home runs abound throughout the three-game visit at the Braves’ cozy, posh new ballpark, and the four the Cardinals ...Read more

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Royals sweep White Sox behind this career first from pitcher Seth Lugo

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Kansas City Royals have played 100 games this season. There have been several highlight moments and a few the club and its fans would like to forget.

On Sunday, the Royals earned a 4-1 victory over the Chicago White Sox at Kauffman Stadium. And they did it with the mix of fantastic pitching, small-ball and situational ...Read more

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Shota Imanaga dazzles, Cubs rally late for 2-1 walk-off win over the Diamondbacks

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CHICAGO — By the time Nico Hoerner reached the mound as his Chicago Cubs teammates celebrated around him, Pete Crow-Armstrong crowned him with a purple Dubble Bubble bucket that had been emptied over his head moments earlier.

The Cubs can only hope the euphoric sequence finally sends them on the type of winning streak that can sway the front ...Read more