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Cubs blanked 5-0 by Cardinals, could be without Javier Baez after he leaves game following HBP

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ST. LOUIS -- The Cubs lost shortstop Javier Baez to a left elbow bruise Sunday night after he was struck by a pitch from Cardinals pitcher Jack Flaherty in the third inning and left the game.

Without Baez, the Cubs lacked firepower as they fell to the Cardinals 5-0 and missed a chance for their first three-game sweep at Busch Stadium since Sept...Read more

Cubs' Javier Baez leaves after getting hit near left elbow by pitch in 3rd inning

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ST. LOUIS -- Cubs shortstop Javier Baez was hit near the left elbow by a pitch from Cardinals pitcher Jack Flaherty in the third inning and left the game.

Baez was in obvious pain as he sat on the ground while trainer PJ Mainville attended to him. Baez was replaced by pinch-runner Addison Russell as the Cubs and Cardinals were in a scoreless ...Read more

Maikel Franco's two-hit, four-RBI day powers Phillies past Brewers

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MILWAUKEE -- Maikel Franco was on deck Sunday afternoon when the call came from the opposing dugout that it was him and not Carlos Santana whom the Brewers wanted to take their chances against.

Franco, starting for just the second time in 11 days, likely did not need any more motivation after being relegated to a reserve role. But this -- ...Read more

Two home runs, Stratton's quality start help Giants change fortunes in Los Angeles

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LOS ANGELES -- A team wearing blue won all three games of the weekend series at Dodger Stadium, but the Giants managed to avoid a sweep at the hands of their rivals.

It's paradoxical to picture the Giants donning the color of a division foe, but that's exactly what they did en route to a 4-1 Father's Day victory in their series finale against ...Read more

Mariners find a hole they can't climb out of as Mike Leake implodes in series finale with Red Sox

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SEATTLE -- After three consecutive games decided by the slimmest of margins and the outcome in doubt until the final pitch of the game, the finale of the well-attended four-game series between the Mariners and Red Sox at Safeco Field had no such drama.

A crowd of 46,462 -- the second sellout of the season and seventh largest crowd in Safeco ...Read more

Lucroy caps off A's late comeback with walk-off vs. Angels in extras

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- In a homestand in which the A's had been battered and bruised for the most part, they closed it out showing they still have some fight left in them.

After a furious late comeback to tie the game, Jonathan Lucroy finished the job with the bases loaded in the 11th inning by crushing a pitch from Eduardo Paredes off the wall in ...Read more

Profar comes up big for Rangers in final game as everyday shortstop, defeat Rockies

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ARLINGTON, Texas -- The end of the line has arrived for Jurickson Profar, as unfair as it might seem.

Oh, he will still be a member of the Texas Rangers, but he will no longer be their starting shortstop. And, no, he won't be moving one position to the right.

Shortstop duties will be handed to Elvis Andrus. It's been his job the past nine ...Read more

Indians' Carlos Carrasco placed on 10-day DL, more tests set for Monday

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CLEVELAND -- The Indians on Sunday placed Carlos Carrasco on the 10-day disabled list, but they must still wait to see how long they'll be without one of their key cogs in the starting rotation.

Carrasco was hit on the elbow/forearm area by Joe Mauer's line drive in the second inning of Saturday's 9-3 loss to the Minnesota Twins. After being ...Read more

Orioles beat Marlins, 10-4, to end 9-game slide, earn first home win since Mother's Day

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BALTIMORE -- The 10 runs the Orioles scored Sunday afternoon were more than they scored in the first five games of this week's homestand combined, which might be all you need to know about where the team's offense is right now.

One big outburst won't cure this team's offensive problems, but the 10-4 win over the Miami Marlins was enough to end ...Read more

As Longoria prepares for surgery, Giants set to lose another infielder

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LOS ANGELES -- Days after losing third baseman Evan Longoria to a fractured pinky, the Giants are preparing to play without another infielder.

Shortstop Brandon Crawford will miss a handful of games this week, but his upcoming absence is an occasion worth celebrating.

Crawford and his wife Jalynne will welcome their fourth child to the family ...Read more

Matt Davidson homers for first time in a month but Tigers down White Sox 3-1 for series sweep

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CHICAGO -- The White Sox lost 3-1 to the Tigers in their series finale Sunday at Guaranteed Rate Field, but if there's a silver lining to getting swept at home it's that Matt Davidson took another step toward looking like his old self.

With Hall of Fame slugger Frank Thomas watching from the booth, Davidson hit his first home run since May 13 ...Read more

Frustrations boil over as Royals lose sixth straight

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The losing slog continued for the Royals on Sunday. Their 7-4 loss to the Houston Astros kept streaks alive for both teams.

The Royals losing skid reached six games with their June record falling to 2-13; the Astros own an 11-game winning streak.

The eighth inning proved decisive.

The Royals owned a 4-3 lead. Starter Brad ...Read more

Teheran pitches six no-hit innings, Braves beat Padres again

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ATLANTA -- It wasn't pretty, but it was effective. That's all the Braves could've asked for Julio Teheran's return to the mound.

Teheran pitched six no-hit innings in the Braves' 4-1 win over the Padres on Sunday. He was relieved by Shane Carle after throwing 95 pitches.

The right-hander was placed on the disabled list June 5 with a thumb ...Read more

Shane Bieber delivers strong outing in Indians' 4-1 win over Twins

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CLEVELAND -- Shane Bieber turned in a solid performance on the mound and Yan Gomes continued his torrid June at the plate with the key hit to spark the Indians to a 4-1 win over the Minnesota Twins on Sunday at Progressive Field.

Bieber tossed 5 2/3 solid innings -- allowing one run on 10 hits and a walk and striking out seven -- for his first ...Read more

Kim Ng, former White Sox intern, is now highest ranking woman in MLB: 'Nothing should hold women back'

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As a public policy major and softball player at the University of Chicago, Kim Ng wrote a thesis paper on Title IX, opening her eyes to the challenges and opportunities for women with careers in sports.

The daughter of a banker and a financial analyst in New York, she was interviewing for jobs in investment banking. She thought if she found a ...Read more

Addison Russell, Jason Heyward power Cubs to 6-3 win over Cardinals

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ST. LOUIS -- The Cubs overcame two deficits Saturday night to take a 6-3 win over the Cardinals at Busch Stadium.

Ian Happ's two-out double down the right-field line scored Anthony Rizzo with the go-ahead run in the seventh, and Jason Heyward cranked a two-run home run in the eighth off hard-throwing Jordan Hicks.

Kyle Hendricks allowed a two-...Read more

Giants drop another Bumgarner start, hitting woes at Dodger Stadium continue

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LOS ANGELES -- There isn't a one-size-fits-all, tried-and-true formula for success when it comes to baseball, but the Giants and Dodgers have each tried their hand at developing winning recipes against one another this season.

In the first two games of the year at Dodger Stadium, Joe Panik hit solo home runs and the Giants blanked their rivals ...Read more

Rookie catcher Trevino helps Rangers defat Rockies, 5-2

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ARLINGTON, Texas -- That collision Wednesday night took a toll on the Texas Rangers, who lost reliever Chris Martin to the disabled list, catcher Robinson Chirinos to a one-game suspension and Chirinos on Saturday to lingering soreness.

Matt Kemp isn't a small man, and though Chirinos said he felt fine Wednesday night, his neck has been achy ...Read more

Newcomb, Culberson lead Braves to 1-0 win against Padres

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ATLANTA -- Every team wants a pitcher that it knows will stop or prevent a losing skid. The Braves appear to have found one in Sean Newcomb.

The 25-year-old left-hander fired off six shutout innings in the Braves' 1-0 win over the Padres on Saturday. And Newcomb, who threw 84 pitches, likely would've gone deeper had it not been for a 25-minute ...Read more

Phillies beat Brewers as Gabe Kapler's gamble pays off

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MILWAUKEE -- Zach Eflin sat in the Phillies dugout Saturday afternoon after throwing his 73rd pitch. He had retired 14 of his previous 15 batters as he breezed through five innings.

But his afternoon would not go any further. The Phillies, then clinging to a one-run lead, had two runners on with two outs in the sixth inning of a 4-1 win over ...Read more