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Braves' Ronald Acuna leaves game after frightening fall

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BOSTON -- Braves rookie Ronald Acuna left Sunday's game with knee and lower-back pain after an incident that looked far worse than it apparently was during the seventh inning of Sunday's game against the Red Sox at Fenway Park.

The injury initially appeared serious as Acuna hyperextended his left knee when his foot planted in the dirt after he ...Read more

Twins trade Phil Hughes to San Diego for minor league catcher

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The Twins have found a taker for Phil Hughes.

Hughes is being dealt to San Diego along with cash and the 74th overall pick in the upcoming draft, and will receive minor league catcher Janigson Villalobos in return.

Villalobos, 21, hasn't played yet this season. A native of Venezuela, he hit .275 in 27 games for the Arizona Rookie League Padres...Read more

Cardinals' Dexter Fowler, hit by pitch in knee, still gimpy

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PITTSBURGH -- Dexter Fowler, hit on the right knee by a pitch on Saturday, was not in Sunday's Cardinals lineup although the club has not replaced him.

John Mozeliak, president of baseball operations, said Fowler still was classified as "day to day," indicating that no roster move would be made immediately. But on Sunday, the Cardinals went ...Read more

Zunino's walkoff homer propels M's over Twins in 12 innings, 4-3

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SEATTLE -- You could hear the impact from anywhere in Safeco Field, even hundreds of feet away, despite the thick padding, despite the crowd's gasps of anticipation. It was the sound of Byron Buxton's torso colliding with the center field wall, and of the Minnesota Twins' chances of beating baseball's hottest team colliding with reality.

Buxton...Read more

Padres use long ball to stop Dodgers, 7-5

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LOS ANGELES--The Los Angeles Dodgers have weathered their crisis. They are coming for the National League West, and they are coming hard.

Or, perhaps, the division is coming back to them.

Either way, the summer at Chavez Ravine looks a lot less bleak than it did on the first day of this month, when the Dodgers were nine games out of first ...Read more

Four home runs, quality night from bullpen enough for Indians to down Astros

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CLEVELAND -- It took eight runs of support and 10 outs worth of grit in a tight game to get through it, but the hitters did enough, the bullpen held a lead and the Indians defeated the Houston Astros, 8-6, Saturday night at Progressive Field.

The Indians never trailed after the fourth, but considering the firepower in the Astros lineup and the ...Read more

Mariners' Robinson Cano among latest in long line of Dominican players to violate MLB drug policy

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A darkened Santo Domingo parking lot isn't the safest place in the Dominican Republic to meet sources for stories.

But this source wanted the isolated location, because he was one of the biggest known suppliers of performance-enhancing drugs to Dominican baseball minor-leaguers playing in that country and the United States. He still hoped to ...Read more

Hernandez thriving at top of Giants order, helps end losing skid

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CHICAGO -- Two months after a crowded spring training competition ended with Gorkys Hernandez emerging as the Giants fifth outfielder, Hernandez is playing like their best.

With three hits including two doubles on Saturday, Hernandez helped the Giants halt a three-game losing skid and even their series against the Cubs with a 5-4 win.

For much...Read more

Cardinals rookie Flaherty stifles Pirates in 4-1 victory

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PITTSBURGH -- Right-handed rookie Jack Flaherty, after throwing 120 pitches and striking out 13 in his first major-league win last Sunday against Philadelphia, dialed back his strikeout total to only four Saturday as he threw 88 pitches (61 strikes) pitches in six innings. But the result still was the same -- one run allowed -- as Flaherty and ...Read more

Tim Anderson's two home runs lead White Sox to 8-4 win over Tigers

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DETROIT -- Tim Anderson hit two home runs and racked up a career-high four RBIs to propel the White Sox to an 8-4 win against the Tigers Saturday at Comerica Park.

Anderson, batting leadoff, went yard for a second straight game with left-field blasts in the fifth and sixth innings to raise his count to 10 homers and three multi-homer games this...Read more

Marlins waste Wei-Yin Chen's sharp outing in loss to Nationals

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MIAMI -- When Wei-Yin Chen starts for the Marlins, manager Don Mattingly said he's learned how to train his eye. Across the last two-plus seasons, Mattingly has watched Chen battle ineffectiveness and injuries, long balls and short outings. Through it all, Mattingly said he learned that his leash with Chen needed to be short.

"There's a time in...Read more

Cubs place Yu Darvish on 10-day DL with right triceps tendinitis

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CHICAGO -- Cubs starter Yu Darvish was placed on the 10-day disabled list before Saturday's game with right triceps tendinitis.

Darvish, the $126 million free-agent signee, is coming off his first win of the season and was slated to start Sunday night's game against the Giants.

The Cubs will move Tyler Chatwood into Sunday's start and recall ...Read more

Orioles fall behind early again, offense sputters in 5-1 loss to Rays

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- A dynamic offensive team, the Tampa Bay Rays are not. They are a team in transition, unloading well-paid pieces to prepare for the future. They entered Saturday having not scored a run over their previous 13 innings.

That made little difference Saturday, as the Rays jumped on Orioles right-hander Andrew Cashner early, ...Read more

Kevin McCarthy surrenders walk-off homer in Royals' 10th-inning loss to Rangers

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ARLINGTON, Texas -- Reliever Kevin McCarthy surrendered a walk-off homer to Rangers designated hitter Shin-Soo Choo as the Royals lost, 4-3, on Saturday at Globe Life Park in 10 innings. The ball traveled 411 feet to left field.

McCarthy was charged with his second loss of the season.

Royals starting pitcher Ian Kennedy threw five innings and ...Read more

A's Daniel Mengden tosses two-hit shutout vs Diamondbacks

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- On a day the legendary 'Swingin' A's' teams that won three straight world series titles were honored in a pregame ceremony, Daniel Mengden turned in a performance that would make Rollie Fingers proud.

It wasn't just the handlebar mustache that made Mengden look like Fingers out on the mound, the right-hander's brilliant month...Read more

Nola flirts with no-hitter, leaves Phillies alone in NL East first place for first time since 2011

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PHILADELPHIA -- Aaron Nola had outlasted the rain and weathered a rising pitch count and fought off the heart of the Toronto Blue Jays' batting order for a third time, all without giving up a hit. But he also had walked two of the previous three batters, and so, after 107 pitches and with the Phillies' bullpen stirring in the seventh inning of a...Read more

Newcomb exits early, Braves blow another lead in loss to Red Sox

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BOSTON -- Sean Newcomb's homecoming didn't go as he hoped, and a difficult Braves road trip continued its downward spiral.

The Red Sox knocked Newcomb out after three innings and overcame an early multi-run deficit for the second day in a row for an 8-6 win Saturday at Fenway Park, clinching the series and handing the Braves their fourth loss ...Read more

Royals' Eric Skoglund heads to DL because of elbow issue

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ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Royals put starting pitcher Eric Skoglund on the 10-day disabled list Saturday because of a ulnar collateral ligament sprain in his pitching elbow.

Eric Stout, another left-hander, was recalled from Class AAA Omaha to take Skoglund's place on the roster. Stout, 25, made his major-league debut April 25 and also made ...Read more

Orioles closer Zach Britton to begin rehab assignment Wednesday at Triple-A Norfolk

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Orioles closer Zach Britton is ready to start a minor-league rehabilitation assignment this coming week after throwing a two-inning simulated game before Saturday's game at the Tampa Bay Rays.

Britton, who had surgery to repair a ruptured right Achilles tendon in December, took his final step before a rehab assignment ...Read more

Marlins' JT Riddle recalled as Martin Prado lands on DL with hamstring strain

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MIAMI -- When Martin Prado limped across first base on Friday night, he felt a sharp pain in his left hamstring, an untimely and unfortunate malady that rippled through the Marlins dugout. Don Mattingly's emotions dropped. Miguel Rojas empathized with his mentor.

Prado is the captain of the Marlins, the leader in the clubhouse and the veteran ...Read more