Mariners win second straight against Texas with late uprising

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ARLINGTON, Texas -- When it's right, the Seattle Mariners offense can be similar to the massive deluge that delayed Saturday night's game at Globe Life Park -- you know it's coming, you know it could be overwhelming and there isn't much you can do but wait until it works itself out.

On a night when they got a suboptimal outing from their best ...Read more

It's real seventh heaven for Dodgers' Ryu

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LOS ANGELES--There might come a time this season when Hyun-Jin Ryu will be welcome to pitch the eighth inning. Or, frankly, there might not.

Ryu has not lasted beyond seven innings in four years, in a game so long ago that Andre Ethier was the Dodgers center fielder and Cuban prospect Erisbel Arruebarrena, since banished by the organization, ...Read more

Indians catcher Yan Gomes mastering the art of pitch framing as opposed to strike stealing

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BALTIMORE -- Yan Gomes doesn't like the term pitch "framing," even if he currently tops that leaderboard.

He doesn't want it to sound like he's about to put on a ski mask and climb into the getaway car with a big bag of money, even though the numbers indicate Gomes has done well enough in the first few weeks of this season to be charged with ...Read more

Pujols is a Hall of Fame human

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ANAHEIM, Calif.--The career is legendary, so the origin story might as well be too.

Albert Pujols lets his bat speak for him. That Pujols could not secure his first major league roster spot until Mark McGwire spoke up for him must be myth.

True story, McGwire says. Pujols was 21, and his professional career consisted of one year as the third ...Read more

Sean Manaea tosses no-hitter against Red Sox in dominant fashion

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- Sean Manaea watched as Marcus Semien fired a ball from short to second baseman Jed Lowrie, turned around, and jumped into the arms of catcher Jonathan Lucroy. History was made at the Coliseum.

Manaea no-hit the Boston Red Sox Saturday, requiring just 108 pitches to clinch a 3-0 victory against the best team in baseball ...Read more

Kris Bryant comfortable moving from second to third in Cubs batting order

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DENVER -- One of the residual effects of Javier Baez's recent placement in the second spot in the batting order is slugger Kris Bryant moving from second to third.

Bryant, who has batted second more often than any other spot during his major-league career, has no qualms about the move.

"I love it," Bryant said Saturday before batting third for...Read more

A tough day gets worse for White Sox in another blowout loss to Astros

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CHICAGO -- From the start of Saturday night's game against the Astros, it seemed clear the White Sox players' heads were elsewhere.

With reliever Danny Farquhar hospitalized and in critical but stable condition after suffering a brain hemorrhage during Friday night's game, you couldn't blame anyone for lacking the focus necessary to compete at ...Read more

Marlins let chance to win close game slip away in another loss to Brewers

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MILWAUKEE -- The Marlins haven't had many chances to win this season.

And they're not protecting those rare opportunities.

Despite an offensive outburst that gave them a four-run early lead, the Marlins saw it gradually evaporate until Jesus Aguilar homered off Junichi Tazawa in the bottom of the ninth to give the Brewers a 6-5 comeback ...Read more

Relievers melt down at end of Twins' 10-1 loss to Rays

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The Twins entered Saturday 2-0 against left-handed starters this season, and manager Paul Molitor believed he had the right lineup to get after Rays lefty Blake Snell.

Molitor left Logan Morrison, who hit his first homer with the Twins on Friday, out of the lineup and started Ehire Adrianza at shortstop, Ryan LaMarre in ...Read more

Molina, Hicks lift Cardinals to 4-3 win over Reds

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ST. LOUIS -- Batting second mainly because of Tommy Pham's nagging groin injury, Yadier Molina homered with one out in the seventh, lifting the Cardinals to a 4-3 victory over the visiting Cincinnati Reds before a crowd of 42,382, Saturday afternoon at Busch Stadium.

The Molina homer to left center, which produced the 800th RBI of his career, ...Read more

Mike Clevinger's two-hitter, three solo home runs carry Indians past Orioles

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BALTIMORE -- For a team with hitters struggling despite making solid contact, launching balls over the fence is a pretty good way to take care of that problem.

That was the blueprint the Indians followed on Saturday afternoon, when they hit three solo home runs en route to a 4-0 win over the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards.

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Aaron Nola, Rhys Hoskins lift Phillies over Pirates

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PHILADELPHIA -- Phillies right-hander Aaron Nola began his latest gem Saturday at Citizens Bank Park by giving up a titanic opposite-field home run to Pittsburgh Pirates leadoff man Sean Rodriguez on the second pitch of the game. He ended it by striking out Jordy Mercer on a wicked changeup 101 pitches later to complete the seventh inning.

In ...Read more

Royals unable to build on win, beaten by the Tigers

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DETROIT -- The Royals were unable to build on Friday night's unconventional, slump-busting win on Saturday afternoon. They lost to the Tigers, 12-4, at Comerica Park.

Starter Danny Duffy -- forced to pitch on fewer than the usual four days' rest because of the two doubleheaders the Royals played in four days -- allowed six earned runs on 10 ...Read more

White Sox pitcher Danny Farquhar in critical condition after suffering ruptured aneurysm

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CHICAGO -- White Sox pitcher Danny Farquhar suffered a ruptured aneurysm that caused a brain hemorrhage Friday night during the team's game against the Astros.

The Sox said in a statement Saturday that he is stable but in critical condition in the ICU at Rush University Medical Center. He is being cared for by Dr. Demetrius Lopes and the Rush ...Read more

Astros' Verlander calls out White Sox shortstop Anderson for stolen base attempt

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CHICAGO -- Justin Verlander pitched six scoreless innings to help the Astros shut out the White Sox 10-0 Friday night at Guaranteed Rate Field, and yet the former Cy Young Award winner found reason to be upset after the game.

The subject of Verlander's postgame rant was Sox shortstop Tim Anderson, who just happened to be the player that broke ...Read more

Scherzer, Nats top Kershaw, Dodgers

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LOS ANGELES--In the middle of the seventh inning of a 5-2 loss to Washington, Clayton Kershaw hunched on the bench inside his dugout. Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts patted Kershaw on the leg and sat down next to him. Nationals ace Max Scherzer already had completed his evening. Kershaw's night would end soon after.

Kershaw outlasted ...Read more

Light-hitting Giants join in the fun against reeling Angels

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ANAHEIM, Calif.--At one point Friday, the fifth inning was delayed because a beach ball fell onto the field.

And that was pretty much the highlight for the home team at Angel Stadium, where a lot of negative things unfolded.

Yeah, again.

The Angels were routed for the fourth consecutive game, this time 8-1 by a San Francisco team struggling ...Read more

Red-hot Red Sox roll over A's

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- Looking to get out of his rough stretch to begin the season, Oakland Athletics' Kendall Graveman changed things up.

Everything was different from Graveman Friday night against the Boston Red Sox. His usual warm-up song, Lynard Skynard's "Sweet Home Alabama," was ditched in favor of Young Jeezy's "Put On." Graveman utilized a ...Read more

Mariners offense comes alive in last two innings of 6-2 victory over Rangers

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ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Mariners weren't facing the likes of Lance McCullers, Gerrit Cole or Charlie Morton, but it took them a little while -- roughly the first seven innings of their matchup with Texas Rangers on Friday night -- to realize that.

But the offense that had been held to two runs or fewer in the past five games awoke from its ...Read more

Javier Baez's 4 hits, 4 RBIs lead Cubs to 16-5 rout of Rockies

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DENVER -- Manager Joe Maddon's decision to move Javier Baez to the second spot is paying off handsomely for the Cubs.

Baez collected four hits Friday night, including a two-run, opposite-field home run in the first inning, and drove in four runs as the Cubs used a seven-run sixth inning to pull away to a 16-4 win over the Rockies at wet Coors ...Read more