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

Orioles strand season-high 14 base runners in 5-0 loss, drop three of four in Boston

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BOSTON -- The stadium scoreboard on the historic left-field wall of Fenway Park told the unusual story of another Orioles loss Sunday afternoon. The Orioles had 13 hits, more than the Boston Red Sox, but failed to score in a 5-0 loss that ended another frustrating road series in exasperating fashion.

An Orioles team that's found unique ways to ...Read more

Epic collapse by Marlins bullpen wastes great hitting performances in deflating loss to Braves

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ATLANTA -- Even in a year of growing pains, the Marlins have had some losses that sting.

And then there was Sunday afternoon.

On a day that Lewis Brinson hit his first career grand slam and Miguel Rojas recorded his first career multi-homer game, the Marlins' bullpen collapsed late and the Braves snatched away a 10-9 victory at SunTrust Park. ...Read more

Kyle Schwarber, Javier Baez, Ben Zobrist hit homers as Yu Darvish excels in Cubs' 6-1 win over Reds

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CINCINNATI -- No cramps, no problems for Yu Darvish.

Darvish showed no signs of the right leg cramps that curtailed his Tuesday start to four innings as he pitched six innings of two-hit ball Sunday in leading the Cubs to a 6-1 win over the Reds at Great American Ball Park.

Darvish continued to trust his fastball, clocked as high as 97 mph, as...Read more

Despite frustrations, Danny Duffy's role won't change for Royals

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After Saturday's loss to the Yankees, a game in which starting pitcher Danny Duffy surrendered five earned runs over 95 pitches in four innings, Royals manager Ned Yost said he "was going over a bunch of different things," to find answers for Duffy's woes this season.

But those options do not include skipping a start or a bullpen assignment for...Read more

An intriguing idea that flopped: The Braves dump Jose Bautista

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He's gone.

It may have been worth a try, though I'm not sure I'd have tried it. That's a classic second-guess, I concede. Still, asking a 37-year-old who'd been mostly an outfielder to move to third base was akin to wishing on a star.

Had it worked, we'd be celebrating Alex Anthopoulos as an outside-the-box visionary. That it didn't is yet ...Read more

M's top Tigers, 7-2, behind Paxton's gem

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SEATTLE--The Seattle Mariners used Jean Segura's big bat and the pitching of James Paxton to bounce the Detroit Tigers Saturday night. The Tigers (20-25) lost to the Mariners, 7-2, in Seattle. Segura hit a solo home run in the first inning, an RBI triple in the second inning and added a sac fly to right as part of a four-run sixth for the ...Read more

Stripling leads Dodgers over Nats in first game of doubleheader

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WASHINGTON--Ross Stripling set a career high with nine strikeouts and the Los Angeles Dodgers scratched together a 4-1 victory over the Nationals in the first game of a doubleheader on Saturday.

Stripling held Washington to one run across six innings. He benefited from the generous strike zone of umpire Mike Estabrook, who offered pitchers from...Read more

Sloppy play costs Twins in 5-4 loss to Brewers

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Logan Morrison had just hustled to second with a leadoff double in the sixth inning, giving the Twins a great scoring opportunity.

Then he was caught flat-footed as Brewers reliever Dan Jennings spun around threw to Orlando Arcia, who sneaked in behind Morrison to cover second. And the Twins slugger picked him off.

The moment ...Read more

Clayton Richard, Padres beat Pirates

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PITTSBURGH -- Clayton Richard has reinvented himself again.

This time, for three starts at least, he's better than ever.

The Padres staked Richard a three-run lead on three consecutive doubles in the first inning, Richard again pitched effectively into the eighth inning, and the Padres held on for a 6-2 victory Saturday night at PNC Park.

It ...Read more

Orioles strike out 13 times in 6-3 loss to Red Sox

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BOSTON -- Now that the Orioles put their club-record 13-game road losing streak in the past, they were hoping to start some winning momentum Saturday night in Boston.

Instead, the Orioles -- despite matching the Red Sox with six hits apiece -- struck out 13 times in a 6-3 loss on a rain-soaked night at Fenway Park.

"It's them and us," Orioles ...Read more

Urena remains winless as Marlins fall to Braves, 8-1

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ATLANTA -- That first victory of 2018 continues to elude Jose Urena.

After facing the minimum amount of batters through the first four innings, things fell apart quickly in the fifth as the Braves scored four and later cruised to an 8-1 win Saturday night over the Marlins at SunTrust Park.

Urena lost his seventh consecutive decision to start ...Read more

Lucas Giolito, Jose Abreu fuel White Sox victory over Rangers

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CHICAGO -- A trio of young White Sox starting pitchers produced a reel of mostly lowlights in their last run through the rotation.

But Lucas Giolito delivered a needed pitching pick-me-up Saturday night at Guaranteed Rate Field.

One night after the Sox decided they had seen enough (for now) of right-hander Carson Fulmer's struggles at the ...Read more

Cubs gain split as Ian Happ remains hot in 10-0 victory vs. Reds

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CINCINNATI -- After Joe Maddon witnessed one of his "least favorite games as a Cubs manager," Jose Quintana and Ian Happ erased some of the stench with performances that re-established some balance in a mercurial season.

Quintana threw seven innings of one-hit ball to quell some questions about his value and provide rest to a bullpen that ...Read more

Twins' Mauer lands on disabled list with cervical strain and concussion-like symptoms

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Twins first baseman Joe Mauer was placed on the 10-day disabled list on Saturday with a cervical strain that included some concussion-like symptoms.

But Mauer doesn't officially have a concussion. Twins manager Paul Molitor said Mauer showed some balance issues and sensitivity to light after coming out of Friday game when he said...Read more

Cubs say Amir Garrett went a bit too far in celebrating strikeout of Javier Baez

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CINCINNATI -- Cubs manager Joe Maddon thought Amir Garrett's celebration after striking out Javier Baez was reminiscent of an animated musical. Baez took exception and ignited a bench-clearing scrum.

"If you're going to show somebody up, at least man up and stay there or walk this way," Baez said Saturday.

Teammates had to separate him and ...Read more

Scott Kingery's clutch triple powers Phillies past Cardinals

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ST LOUIS -- Scott Kingery, with a looming loss and a rough month weighing on him, steadied himself in the batter's box with two outs in the eighth inning of Saturday afternoon's 7-6 win over the Cardinals.

It had been nearly three weeks since Kingery's last extra-base hit. He was batting just .177 in his previous 64 trips to the plate and was ...Read more