Olson stays on a tear, helps A's trip Rangers

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- There's hitters going on hot streaks to begin their careers and then there's what Matt Olson has accomplished, which is now just ridiculous.

Olson blasted yet another home run in Friday's 4-1 victory over the Texas Rangers in front of 13,848 fans at the Coliseum. The two-run bomb came in the second inning off an 0-2 pitch ...Read more

Dodgers take fifth, close out West title with win over Giants

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LOS ANGELES--The Los Angeles Dodgers finally popped the champagne corks on their National League West title Friday. And not a moment too soon for manager Dave Roberts, who has looked like a man who needed a stiff drink for a couple of weeks now.

Roberts' team is limping toward the postseason with a battered bullpen, a couple of banged-up ...Read more

Cruz walks off with M's win over Indians

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SEATTLE--The team that had lost six consecutive games and looked lifeless meets the team that had won 27 of 28 games and looked unstoppable.

What happens?

Well, baseball.

Of course, the Seattle Mariners, a team with a pulse near flatline, and on the verge of mathematical elimination beats the hottest team in baseball, the Cleveland Indians, ...Read more

Rockies use long ball to stop Padres

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SAN DIEGO--Jordan Lyles was perfect through four innings Friday at Petco Park. Considering it was his fourth start of the season, and given how the first three had gone, it was an unexpected development.

An untimely interruption would mar a largely positive appearance for the San Diego Padres right-hander. Nolan Arenado clubbed a deep drive ...Read more

Royals come up just short against White Sox in 7-6 loss

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CHICAGO -- Mike Moustakas dropped his bat to the dirt and shrugged his shoulders, his feet still planted in the dirt of the batter's box. He pulled his helmet off his head and looked out toward the outfield at Guaranteed Rate Park.

It was the top of the fifth inning on Friday, and Moustakas had just ripped a baseball toward first base with ...Read more

Suzuki homers twice (again) to lead Braves past Phillies

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ATLANTA -- The last time the Braves opened a game with six consecutive hits, they went on to win a World Series. That was 1995, when they did the six-hit first-inning thing on Opening Day against the Giants.

The Braves pulled off the feat Friday night in a 7-2 win against the Phillies at SunTrust Park, where Kurt Suzuki had his third two-homer ...Read more

Angels fall to Astros, 3-0, as playoff future starts to fade away

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HOUSTON -- This is nearly it. The Angels' postseason dreams can sustain no more body blows. They lost again on Friday night, fell another game out of the wild-card race, and are on the verge of elimination, not mathematically but practically.

Houston beat them, 3-0, before 34,127 enthused fans at Minute Maid Park. In a virtual postseason ...Read more

Prospective Marlins owner Jeter orders firings of Mr. Marlin, McKeon, 2 Hall of Famers

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Derek Jeter doesn't even own the Marlins yet, but he already has informed the team that he plans to fire two special assistants who are in Baseball's Hall of Fame (Andre Dawson and Tony Perez), the manager who led them to the 2003 World Series championship (Jack McKeon) and the player known as Mr. Marlin (Jeff Conine), according to two MLB ...Read more

Rays rock Jimenez early en route to 8-3 win against Orioles

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BALTIMORE -- It remains to be seen whether Ubaldo Jimenez gets another chance to make a good last impression in the waning days of his four-year career in Baltimore, but Friday night's performance against the Tampa Bay Rays certainly didn't qualify.

Jimenez pitched a perfect first inning and then allowed six runs on eight hits before he could ...Read more

Gibson again pitches well as Twins topple Tigers, 7-3

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DETROIT -- If the Twins get to where they want to go, right-hander Kyle Gibson is going to have a hand in the journey.

And that seemed unlikely earlier this season, when he made not just one, but two visits to Class AAA Rochester.

It took a while for things to click, but the Twins are in position to close out the second wild-card spot. And ...Read more

Cardinals rally for two in ninth to edge Pirates, 4-3

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PITTSBURGH -- Jedd Gyorko's ninth-inning, pinch-hit single off Pittsburgh relief ace Felipe Rivero tied the score, and the go-ahead run scored on a fielder's choice grounder as the Cardinals, two outs from a potentially crushing loss, rallied to beat the Pirates, 4-3.

Stephen Piscotty doubled off left-hander Rivero to start the ninth and was ...Read more

Hurricane damage in his native Puerto Rico a concern for Javier Baez

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MILWAUKEE -- The three-plus hours Javier Baez spends on the baseball field alleviates some of the stress of coping with the damage caused by Hurricanes Irma and Maria to his native Puerto Rico.

"These couple of days I've been doing my best to stay in the game, but really my mind has been over there to find out about my family and how they are ...Read more

Al Avila: Brad Ausmus will not return as Tigers manager

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DETROIT -- General manager Al Avila said before Friday's game at Comerica Park that Brad Ausmus will not return as Detroit Tigers manager.

Ausmus, whose contract was up at the end of the season, was 312-325 (.490) in four seasons with the Tigers. His ousting comes near the end of a disappointing season, when the Tigers failed to meet ...Read more

Richard, Padres blank Rockies

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SAN DIEGO--A clubhouse leader and a newcomer who'd traveled a long road himself carried the San Diego Padres to a 3-0 victory over Colorado on Thursday.

One day after signing a two-year contract extension, Clayton Richard showed his durability. For the seventh time this season, a Padres starting pitcher recorded at least one out in the eighth ...Read more

Rangers top fading M's, 4-2

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SEATTLE--Seattle Mariners manager Scott Servais has been around baseball too long to get too low or too high during a 162-game season.

And because of that, he is usually loath to make a big deal about any one game, win or lose. But after losing five in a row and with his team on the verge of being swept by the Texas Rangers and losing all hope ...Read more

Cubs beat Brewers, 5-3, in 10-inning thriller

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MILWAUKEE -- Javier Baez singled with two outs in the ninth inning Thursday to score Ian Happ with the tying run, and Kris Bryant ripped a two-run homer in the 10th inning to vault the Cubs to a dramatic and emotional 5-3 victory over the Brewers at Miller Park and extend their lead in the National League Central to 41/2 games. Closer Wade Davis...Read more

Carson Fulmer exits early with blister, but White Sox top Astros, 3-1

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HOUSTON -- White Sox right-hander Carson Fulmer was removed from Thursday's 3-1 victory over the Astros after just 1/3 inning due to a blister on his right index finger.

But seven Sox relievers combined to hold the Astros to three hits as the Sox broke a three-game losing streak.

Chris Volstad recorded his first major league victory since 2012...Read more

Royals shut out the Blue Jays, 1-0

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TORONTO -- The Royals have remained on the fringes of the American League wild-card race despite a precipitous decline in the months of August and September.

That will not change after starter Jason Vargas shouldered the load on Thursday in a 1-0 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre. What was like to change, however, was the math...Read more

Padres to extend netting at Petco Park

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On May 4, a bat slipped out of the hands of Hector Sanchez and struck a woman sitting above the visiting dugout at Petco Park. The incident prompted the Padres to begin exploring the prospect of expanded netting.

Thursday, on the heels of another accident, this time at Yankees Stadium, the Padres announced that they will extend their netting to...Read more

It's time now for major league teams to expand netting to protect fans as much as possible

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The television is almost always on in baseball clubhouses, though players rarely do more than glance at the screen while they go about their pregame routines. But images on Wednesday from Yankee Stadium, where a young girl was hit in the face with a foul ball, disrupted the Angels' routines and drew their fearful attention.

"A few of us in here...Read more