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Mike Trout continues tear with bases-clearing single in Angels 5-4 win over Diamondbacks

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ANAHEIM, Calif. -- There comes a time when mere mortals must pitch to Mike Trout.

You might have thought so in Seattle last week, but the Mariners walked him intentionally, with no one on base.

You might have thought so in his first two plate appearances in Anaheim on Tuesday, when the Arizona Diamondbacks pitched him with the greatest of care...Read more

Athletics' Piscotty, Lowrie bust out for late comeback win versus Padres in extras

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SAN DIEGO -- It took the San Diego Padres bringing in their best pitcher, but the Oakland A's offense finally broke through.

Jed Lowrie provided the pivotal blow in the 10th inning with a two-run shot to right field off Adam Cimber to put the A's ahead by two runs for the eventual 4-2 win Tuesday night, but that would not have been possible had...Read more

Giants beat Marlins after Miami's Straily, Mattingly tossed

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SAN FRANCISCO -- Hunter Strickland may be gone, but his spirit remains.

The San Francisco Giants closer had surgery Tuesday for a broken hand after punching a door following a blown save in the previous night's loss to the Miami Marlins.

Then in a 6-3 win over the Marlins at AT&T Park, a minor incident between Strickland and outfielder Lewis ...Read more

Rangers win season-high fourth in a row behind Cole Hamels' sharp outing

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Cole Hamels was in top form over seven innings and the bottom of the Rangers' lineup came up big early as Texas won its season-high fourth consecutive game Tuesday night, 4-1 over the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium.

Hamels escaped a first-inning jam after two walks with a 6-4-3 double play and then breezed through ...Read more

Kyle Schwarber hits game-tying HR, Cubs beat Dodgers 2-1 in 10 innings

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CHICAGO -- Kyle Schwarber hit his 13th home run in the seventh inning, and Kris Bryant's leadoff triple in the 10th set up a single by Albert Almora Jr. to give the Cubs a 2-1 win over the Dodgers in the second game of a split doubleheader Tuesday night.

Left-hander Rich Hill held the Cubs to three hits over six innings in his first start since...Read more

Eduardo Escobar plays the hits as Twins rally past Red Sox

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Switch-hitting Eduardo Escobar is the major league leader in doubles. And his credentials as a clutch hitter just got more impressive Tuesday night at Target Field.

Escobar, batting right-handed, yanked a Chris Sale slider to left for a two-run double in the sixth that created a 2-1 lead, then supplied an RBI single in the eighth...Read more

Kershaw to make minor league start before return

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CHICAGO -- The Los Angeles Dodgers have added another checkpoint for Clayton Kershaw to clear on his return from the 10-day disabled list. Kershaw will pitch in a minor league rehabilitation game on Saturday for triple-A Oklahoma City, rather than start in New York against the Mets.

Kershaw is expected to make a four-inning, 60-pitch appearance...Read more

Hess knocked out in fifth inning as Orioles squander four-run lead, lose to Nationals, 9-7

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WASHINGTON -- The blame for the Orioles' 9-7 loss to the region rival Washington Nationals on Tuesday night couldn't be placed on the offense.

After a strong start to his big league career, rookie right-hander David Hess struggled to get through the middle innings for his second straight outing, an indication that opponents are starting to ...Read more

Camargo grand slam propels Braves toward 11-4 rout of Blue Jays

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TORONTO -- Another young Braves pitcher learned Tuesday that it's not easy pitching in front of so many family members and friends for the first time in a major league game, but Mike Soroka needn't worry. His squad had his back.

Johan Camargo went 4-for-5 with five RBIs and hit a second-inning-grand slam to get the Braves rolling early in an 11...Read more

Mike Clevinger strikes out 10 against overmatched White Sox, Indians win 6-3

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CLEVELAND -- There is a good chance that, some day in the not-so-distant future, the Chicago White Sox will sport a wealth of young talent at the major-league level, complement that young corps with some veteran experience and again stand as contenders in the American League Central.

But that day was not Tuesday, and the Indians cruised to ...Read more

Carpenter's homer lifts Cardinals to 7-6 victory over Phillies

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PHILADELPHIA -- It took a pair of doubles to put the Cardinals ahead, but when the Phillies had an answer the Cardinals turned to their tried, true, and trusted way to generate offense.

Matt Carpenter put a ball where the shift couldn't get it.

The Cardinals' leadoff hitter turned on a 98-mph fastball in the top of the ninth inning for a home ...Read more

Giants closer Strickland breaks pinky in fit of rage following loss

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SAN FRANCISCO -- The Giants will move forward without closer Hunter Strickland, who fractured his right pinky in a fit of anger following Monday night's 5-4 loss to the Miami Marlins.

"After the game, he had a little snap and punched a door," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Tuesday before the Giants played the Marlins in Game 2 of a three-game ...Read more

After trading Kelvin Herrera, who will Royals use as new closer?

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Kelvin Herrera was the last remaining piece of the vaunted HDH bullpen that guided the Royals to back-to-back World Series appearances.

But the Royals' dominance in the ninth inning actually predates that trio. The trade of Herrera to the Nationals on Monday leaves a void in the Royals' bullpen they have not felt in a decade...Read more

Cubs closer Brandon Morrow sidelined by back spasms

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CHICAGO -- The routine act of taking off a pair of pants early Monday morning caused closer Brandon Morrow to suffer back spasms that prevented him from pitching the ninth inning of the Cubs' 4-3 loss to the Dodgers in the first game of Tuesday's split doubleheader.

"I was taking my pants off after getting home at 3 a.m." Morrow said as the ...Read more

Dodgers rally in 9th for 4-3 win over Cubs in Game 1 of split doubleheader

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CHICAGO -- Pinch-hitter Kyle Farmer hit a two-run double off left-hander Justin Wilson with two outs in the ninth inning to give the Dodgers a 4-3 win Tuesday over the Cubs in the first game of a split doubleheader at Wrigley Field.

Wilson, handling the closer duties in place of Brandon Morrow, struck out Yasmani Grandal with runners at first ...Read more

Cubs manager Joe Maddon no fan of split doubleheaders: 'I don't think it's a good idea'

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CHICAGO -- There were plenty of empty seats at Wrigley Field for Tuesday's first game of a split doubleheader between the Cubs and Dodgers, and Cubs manager Joe Maddon sympathizes with fans who are upset they can't attend the rescheduled game, albeit for a different reason.

"My only complaint is the split doubleheader," Maddon said. "I don't ...Read more

Former Cubs phenom Mark Prior back at Wrigley as Dodgers' bullpen coach

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CHICAGO -- Boos rained down from the standing-room-only crowd at Wrigley Field during Mark Prior's major-league debut 16 years ago. But they were not directed at the 21-year-old right-hander with the meaty calves.

The fans vented after they noticed pinch hitter Chris Stynes in the on-deck circle in the sixth. Stynes' presence meant that Prior ...Read more

Angels continue free fall with loss to Diamondbacks 7-4

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ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Two months and four days ago, the Los Angeles Angels completed a sweep of the Kansas City Royals. The Angels had played 16 games in the new season, winning 13. The American League West included the defending World Series champion Houston Astros, but first place belonged to the Los Angeles Angels.

Little did we know that might...Read more

Same old story. Marlins rally for come-from-behind win over Giants.

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SAN FRANCISCO -- The Marlins always had a rally in them when they took on the San Francisco Giants in Miami last week.

Four times they played.

Four times they came from behind to either tie the score or take the lead.

Three times they won.

They didn't stop there. After trailing 4-0 on Monday, the Marlins rallied for a come-from-behind ...Read more

Elvis Andrus' return pushes infield into temporary rotation; Rangers defeat Royals, 6-3

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Elvis Andrus' return Monday to the Texas Rangers' lineup has put into motion a merry-go-round.

How it will stop, no one knows.

And that's just fine with manager Jeff Banister, who has decided the best way forward is to keep getting his group of infielders as much playing time as possible.

Andrus, who came off the disabled ...Read more