Can the Dodgers win a World Series with Kenley Jansen continuing to struggle as their closer?

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LOS ANGELES -- For the first time in his major-league career, a decade-long period of stable excellence, Kenley Jansen was booed at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday. The fans, after years and years of cascading the closer with cheers, flipped their tone when they watched Jansen surrender a go-ahead home run to Toronto Blue Jays first baseman Rowdy ...Read more

Fowler's late two-run blast helps Cardinals rally by Rockies 6-5

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ST. LOUIS -- Marcel Ozuna, Paul DeJong and Dexter Fowler hit two-run homers as the Cardinals came from behind Thursday night to knock off the Colorado Rockies 6-5 before a crowd of 36,465 at Busch Stadium.

Fowler's blast in the seventh provided the winning margin for the Cardinals in the first of four games between the teams.

Ozuna hit a two-...Read more

Marlins finish season series against Braves with a walk-off loss

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ATLANTA -- One dark chapter of the Miami Marlins' season has come to an end.

With Thursday's 3-2, walk-off loss, the Marlins have finished their season series with the National League East-leading Atlanta Braves.

And it was mostly a season series to forget.

Just how bad was the Marlins' 19-game slate with the Braves this year?

--The 4-15 ...Read more

Yoan Moncada homers in his return as the White Sox open a 7-game homestand with a 6-1 win over the Rangers

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CHICAGO -- With a chill in the air and September around the corner, the White Sox came home Thursday to begin a seven-game stand against the Rangers and Twins.

Yoan Moncada returned to the lineup after missing three weeks with a hamstring injury, and he homered and doubled to spark the Sox to a 6-1 win over the Rangers before a crowd of 18,563....Read more

Orioles allow 259th homer of season, setting dubious major league record — if Thursday's game stands

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BALTIMORE -- Nobody can say they didn't see this coming.

The Orioles have been on pace for months to shatter the major league record for home runs allowed in a single season, so the third-inning homer that Asher Wojciechowski gave up to Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Austin Meadows -- the 259th surrendered by the O's pitching staff -- was largely a ...Read more

'Kind of bogus'? Cards miffed that umps call game after 7½ innings, ending their comeback bid.

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ST. LOUIS -- Cardinals righthander Adam Wainwright had handled the Milwaukee Brewers better than almost any other team he had faced at 16-8 (he is 10-1 against Colorado). And his career earned-run average of 2.33 against the Brewers ranked second to none other than Roger Clemens.

But the Brewers nearly doubled that ERA in one fateful first ...Read more

Griffin Canning's rookie year with Angels is over

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HOUSTON -- Griffin Canning's debut season is over. The Los Angeles Angels decided Thursday to sideline their promising rookie pitcher after an MRI exam revealed mild inflammation in his right elbow.

Canning, 23, was on the injured list earlier this month for the same ailment. The team does not believe the structural integrity of his elbow is in...Read more

Angels lease talks: Team says Anaheim name isn't coming back; mayor says fine

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As the Angels prepare to negotiate a potential new lease with the city of Anaheim, the team would like to make one thing perfectly clear: The team name will remain the Los Angeles Angels.

In 2005, two years after he bought the team then known as the Anaheim Angels, owner Arte Moreno changed the name. The city of Anaheim sued and lost, and the ...Read more

Joe Maddon and Bruce Bochy believe baseball managers should be valued and compensated like NFL and NBA coaches

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CHICAGO -- The Cubs on Thursday presented Bruce Bochy with a Wrigley Field scoreboard panel with his jersey number 15 inscribed as a farewell gift. Bochy is retiring after 25 years as a major-league manager, including the last 13 with the Giants.

Bochy told Bruce Levine of WSCR-AM 670 that he hoped managers would be compensated in line with ...Read more

Cubs ride Kyle Hendricks' strong start to a 1-0 win over the Giants, their 5th straight victory

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CHICAGO -- The Cubs extended their winning streak to five games Thursday and remained in sole possession of first place in the National League Central, holding on for a 1-0 victory against the Giants at Wrigley Field.

Kyle Hendricks limited the Giants to three hits in seven innings as the Cubs improved to 44-19 at home. Hendricks' 1.79 ERA in ...Read more

Yu Darvish defends his pitch selection after Cubs postgame host's critical tweet

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CHICAGO -- It isn't nearly as nasty as the 2004 Cubs feud with broadcaster Steve Stone, but by modern-day standards it is a rare occurrence.

Cubs right-hander Yu Darvish defended his pitch selection Wednesday night after the team's 12-11 victory against the Giants, answering criticism from NBC Sports Chicago pre- and postgame host David Kaplan....Read more

Justin Verlander responds after Astros block Detroit Free Press from media session

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The Houston Astros blocked a Detroit Free Press reporter from attending Justin Verlander's postgame media session on Wednesday night, violating Baseball Writers' Association of America protocol and the MLB collective bargaining agreement.

The Astros blocked Free Press writer Anthony Fenech at Verlander's request, according to Gene Dias, Astros ...Read more

Max Muncy's homer in 10th lifts Dodgers over Blue Jays

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LOS ANGELES -- Boos accompanied Kenley Jansen's every step back to the dugout. For the sixth time this season, the Dodgers closer had blown a save opportunity. Once again, the home fans let him have it.

During last week's trip, when he tossed two scoreless appearances in nonsave opportunities, it looked as if Jansen had turned a corner after ...Read more

Khris Davis hits first home run of the month, A.J. Puk debuts in Athletics' win over Yankees

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- The Oakland A's took game two and a series win from the New York Yankees, 6-4, on Wednesday night.

Most notably, top A's prospect A.J. Puk made his Major League debut in the eighth inning with the A's ahead by two runs. A little off on his control, Puk was clearly a little hopped up on debut adrenaline. His fastball topped ...Read more

Kris Bryant's 2-run homer in the 8th gives Cubs a wild 12-11 win over Giants

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CHICAGO -- Nicholas Castellanos produced the first four-hit game of his short but impressive Cubs tenure.

And after Castellanos led off the eighth with an infield single, Kris Bryant made sure to capitalize.

Bryant's two-run home run vaulted the Cubs to a zany 12-11 victory Wednesday night over the Giants that extended their winning streak to ...Read more

Brewers beat Cardinals 5-3 in rain-shortened game

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ST. LOUIS -- The Cardinals managed to cut into Milwaukee's early lead Wednesday night, but they didn't get their final two at-bats due to rain and the game was called after 7 1/2 innings, giving the Brewers a 5-3 win at Busch Stadium.

Milwaukee scored four runs in the first inning. The game went into a delay at 9:40 and was officially called at...Read more

Solak contributes in Rangers' 8-7 walk-off win against Angels

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ARLINGTON, Texas -- A warning to those pining to see Rougned Odor riding the pine: Nick Solak did not become the Texas Rangers' second baseman Wednesday.

Oh, he was their second baseman in the finale of a four-game series against the Los Angeles Angels, and Odor was on the bench for only the second time since the All-Star break.

Odor will ...Read more

Bryce Harper's two-run homer, stellar work by bullpen lifts Phillies to sweep of Red Sox

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BOSTON -- Drew Smyly said it two weeks ago, when Bryce Harper hit two home runs to power a Phillies victory in San Francisco. And he repeated it last week, after Harper stunned the Chicago Cubs with a walk-off grand slam.

When Harper comes to the plate, Smyly says, it's almost expected that he will do something special.

Cue the fifth inning ...Read more

Pitcher Caleb Smith the Marlins' top hitter in 5-0 loss to Braves

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ATLANTA -- Caleb Smith's highlight performance on Wednesday came in the batter's box, not on the mound. The Miami Marlins' left-handed hitter roped a pair of doubles in his two at-bats, the first to left field in the third and the second to right field with one out in the fifth.

He had little support otherwise, though, and coughed up a pair of ...Read more

With 35 games remaining, Orioles tie major league record with 258 home runs allowed

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BALTIMORE -- A season full of records the Orioles would rather not set continued Wednesday night when Kansas City Royals second baseman Whit Merrifield homered in the third inning off right-hander Aaron Brooks, moving them into a tie with the 2016 Cincinnati Reds for the most home runs allowed in a season at 258.

Merrifield's home run, which ...Read more