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Chicago Cubs President Jed Hoyer is confident his long-term game plan is working: 'We're on the right track'

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CHICAGO — The outcry over the trade of several star players has subsided over the last year, giving Chicago Cubs President Jed Hoyer a chance to breathe.

It has been almost 10 months since Hoyer dealt Anthony Rizzo, Kris Bryant, Javier Báez and other name players for a boatload of prospects at the trade deadline, starting a new era of Cubs ...Read more

Trevor Story hits three home runs, drives in seven to lead Red Sox to come-from-behind win over Mariners

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BOSTON — In his 33rd game in a Red Sox uniform, Trevor Story finally provided some gratification to a team that signed him to a $140-million contract but hasn’t had much to show for it.

Story had the night of all nights on Thursday, when he reached base all five times and finished 4-for-4 with three home runs, five runs, seven RBIs, a walk ...Read more

Michael Cunningham: Braves can't get going because they're still not hitting

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The Braves scored 15 runs over three games against the Padres over the most recent weekend. They still lost the series because they kicked the ball around the field and the bullpen, usually reliable, faltered. The Braves tightened their defense at Milwaukee but lost the series opener because they couldn’t hit. They got good pitching to win the...Read more

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Kansas City Royals can't hold onto early lead as Hernández's struggles continue

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Kansas City Royals’ offense burst out of the gate with four of the game’s first five runs, but they didn’t score in the final six innings of a 7-4 loss to the Chicago White Sox in the finale of their five-game series in front of an announced 11,784 at Kauffman Stadium on Thursday afternoon.

The White Sox clinched ...Read more

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Padres win series against Phillies behind Yu Darvish, just enough offense

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PHILADELPHIA — The Padres continue to thrive with a good pitching staff and a just-enough offense.

Through 38 games, that combination has them 10 games above .500 and has kept them from losing consecutive games for more than a month.

A 2-0 victory over the Phillies on Thursday afternoon at Citizens Bank Park was the latest exercise in ...Read more

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Orioles beat Yankees, 9-6, on Anthony Santander's 3-run walk-off homer to left field, ending six-game losing streak

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BALTIMORE — For all the talk of the wall, of how difficult it was to hit a ball over it, Anthony Santander proved in the biggest moment Thursday afternoon that it could be done.

With two runners on base in the bottom of the ninth inning, Santander turned on an inside cutter, powering a three-run home run over that left field wall for his ...Read more

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Bill Shaikin: After nine years, endless delays and a corruption probe, what's next for Angel Stadium?

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ANAHEIM, Calif. — The finish line was in sight. After nine years of trying to anchor the Angels in Anaheim for the long term, the city was days away from finalizing a deal. One judge, one signature, done deal.

What happened next could have come straight out of Hollywood, with only the slightest of embellishment: California bursts into the ...Read more

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Fergie Jenkins' statue will be unveiled Friday at Wrigley Field. His former teammates reflect on Cubs Hall of Famer's career.

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CHICAGO — Fergie Jenkins already has his 10-minute speech prepared well ahead of his monumental recognition.

Jenkins joked he will try not to bore anyone but hopes to enlighten people about his baseball journey and thank those who helped him along the way. When Jenkins’ statue is unveiled Friday morning, it will join those of former ...Read more

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Chip Scoggins: Charge Twins with error for sending Royce Lewis back to minors

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A team that sits in first place in its division demoted its hottest hitter and one of its most exciting players Tuesday night after watching him smash a double and a home run and make another defensive highlight play at shortstop.

Hey, great start to your career, kid. Now pack your bags and catch a plane back to the minors. Go get 'em!

Royce ...Read more

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Max Scherzer diagnosed with oblique strain, will miss six to eight weeks

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NEW YORK — Max Scherzer’s official injury diagnosis is in.

The Mets’ pitcher will miss six to eight weeks with a “moderate to high grade” internal oblique strain, according to the team.

Something was definitely wrong when Scherzer, perhaps the most intense competitor of his generation, took himself out of the game on Wednesday night....Read more

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Youth movement powers Kansas City Royals offense in 6-2 win over White Sox

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Kansas City Royals rookie catcher MJ Melendez singled and scored the go-ahead run in the sixth inning on his fellow rookie Emmanuel Rivera’s RBI triple, then for good measure Melendez tacked on a couple insurance runs late with his second major-league home run to help secure a series-tying victory and set up a rubber match...Read more

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Zack Wheeler's right arm and a dead baseball help Phillies hold off Padres, 3-0

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It was the hardest-hit ball of the night, but the fly ball that San Diego’s Eric Hosmer rocketed Wednesday night at Citizens Bank Park hardly made it to the warning track. He held his bat outward after connecting with Zack Wheeler’s fastball in the seventh inning of the Phillies’ 3-0 win over the Padres and watched for a moment as the ball...Read more

Marco Gonzales shows he's still major factor in changing rotation by helping Mariners take down Blue Jays

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TORONTO — Back before Logan Gilbert had thrown a professional pitch, while George Kirby was still firing fastballs at Elon University and Robbie Ray was still trying to sort out his mechanics and harness his stuff for other teams to be the pitcher worthy of a $115 million contract, Marco Gonzales stepped forward to lead the Mariners’ ...Read more

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Dodgers complete sweep, salvage winning homestand with 5-3 victory over Diamondbacks

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LOS ANGELES — It was this time last year the Dodgers began to slide.

Following a 13-2 start to the 2021 campaign, the team went into an early-summer tailspin. They lost 15 of 20 games. They squandered their season-opening momentum. And it took them close to a month to snap out of the malaise, eventually contributing to their costly second-...Read more

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Yankees have less than stellar outing, still complete sweep of Orioles

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BALTIMORE — Gerrit Cole didn’t have his sharpest stuff Wednesday night, but he really didn’t need it. The Yankees bats were not as loud as they have been, but it didn’t matter. It was enough to beat the Orioles, 3-2, at Camden Yards Wednesday night.

The Yankees (28-9) have won four straight, nine of their last 10 and are 20-4 in their ...Read more

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Marlins' rally after rare struggles from Pablo Lopez falls short in extras vs. Nationals

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MIAMI — Pablo Lopez, who is in the midst of one of the best starts to a season ever by a Marlins starting pitcher, wasn’t anywhere near himself on Wednesday night.

The Marlins, however, picked up their starter after his rare struggles led by a resilient effort from Jazz Chisholm Jr., who homered, tripled and drove in the tying run in the ...Read more

Mets maul Cardinals bullpen in 11-4 rout; Sosa, Scherzer leave game with injuries

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NEW YORK — Whatever the scoreboard ultimately said after the final out of the game, the bigger question for both teams leaving the field Wednesday night was what they may have lost from their roster — and for how long.

Cardinals shortstop Edmundo Sosa and Mets veteran ace Max Scherzer both signaled from the field to the dugout at points ...Read more

Hometown hero: Chicago native Jack Suwinski homers to help Pirates beat Cubs, avoid sweep

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CHICAGO — As the Pirates stepped off the team bus on Sunday night in Chicago, manager Derek Shelton had a brief talk with rookie outfielder Jack Suwinski.

Having also grown up around here, Shelton told Suwinski to cherish this experience and joked that he’d probably be playing for free, with his salary used to purchase extra tickets for ...Read more

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Nick Pivetta delivers dominant complete game as Red Sox win first home series of season

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BOSTON — Nick Pivetta is known to get emotional after big moments, and on Wednesday night, he deserved to get a little bit fired up. After striking out Yuli Gurriel to end the seventh, Pivetta walked off the mound with a scream and a pounding of his chest.

Lately, the Red Sox right-hander has rightfully been feeling himself.

Pivetta ...Read more

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Orioles ace John Means 'looking forward to the grind' of recovery from Tommy John surgery

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John Means is in the early stages of his recovery from Tommy John elbow reconstruction surgery, but the mustache he sported Wednesday in the Orioles’ clubhouse was in vintage form.

“Gotta keep it interesting, you know?” Baltimore’s left-handed ace said. “I was losing my mind.”

Without baseball as he recovers from his season-ending ...Read more