Angels repeatedly squander chances as hitting woes continue in loss to Rangers

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The Angels are off to a poor start in this unprecedented 60-game season, and it's really no secret why.

They're not hitting when it counts.

It was obvious in Saturday's 2-0 loss to the Texas Rangers in Arlington, Texas. They wasted three opportunities to deliver rookie Patrick Sandoval the first victory of his career. They squandered two more ...Read more

Padres' Fernando Tatis Jr. homers twice, gets no help in loss to Arizona

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SAN DIEGO -- Fernando Tatis Jr. is putting up MVP numbers and putting baseball on alert he might rewrite a portion of the record books.

The 21-year-old with the golden dreadlocks does so many special things on close to a daily basis, it might not be enough (or entirely accurate) to call his feats special anymore.

A night after hitting the ...Read more

Jorge Soler blasts pair of homers as Royals win third straight, clinch series with Twins

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Kansas City Royals put together their second six-run inning in three games and rode that surge to a 9-6 win over the Minnesota Twins on Saturday night at Kauffman Stadium to clinch the series victory, give the Royals a three-game win streak and put them in position to sweep the three-game set on Sunday afternoon.

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Gallo homer enough for Allard, bullpen as Montero earns another save for Rangers

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ARLINGTON, Texas -- Joey Gallo belted a home run to snap a scoreless game in the sixth inning and the Texas Rangers' bullpen made it hold up for a 2-0 win Saturday night over the Los Angeles Angels.

Gallo's two-run homer to left-center field came with two outs after Todd Frazier had singled ahead of him.

Gallo has four homers in 12 games. ...Read more

Late homers, including back-to-back pinch-hit solo shots, lift Orioles to 5-3 comeback win over Nationals

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WASHINGTON -- For every bit of the 5.3 seconds Anthony Santander's go-ahead home run hung in the cool Washington air Saturday night, Nationals Park was silent. The outburst that rung out from the Orioles dugout when it hit the left-field seats was startling by comparison.

So, too, was the Orioles' breakout eighth inning itself.

An offense that...Read more

Phillies' Jake Arrieta looks sharp in 5-0 win over Braves

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PHILADELPHIA -- Bryan Price, the Phillies' pitching coach, left the dugout Friday night after Ronald Acuna Jr. flipped his bat and jogged to first base after working a five-pitch walk.

Jake Arrieta had avoided trouble through the first five innings of a 5-0 win, but now the Braves had runners on first and second with no outs in the sixth as the...Read more

Semien hits leadoff home run game after hitting walk-off as A's beat Astros, 3-1

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- The A's have won eight straight games, beating the Houston Astros, 3-1, on Saturday.

Marcus Semien became the first Athletic to hit a walk-off and a leadoff home run in back-to-back games. Drawing a 3-2 count to lead off the first, Semien launched Astros left-hander Framber Valdez's curveball offering into left field.

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Former major leaguer on A's coach Ryan Christenson: 'That's just so far from who he is'

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Former major league player David Newhan got a call from A's bench coach Ryan Christenson late Thursday evening. It wasn't unusual for Christenson to call -- the best friends of 25 years talk regularly -- but this time was different.

Christenson didn't need guidance, he didn't want sympathy, he just felt remorseful. A video clip from a telecast ...Read more

Zack Burdi makes MLB debut after several injury setbacks, but White Sox fall to Indians, 7-1

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CHICAGO -- Zack Burdi received a call from Chicago White Sox director of player development Chris Getz on Friday night.

Getz informed the pitcher, who has battled various injuries, he was being called up to the majors.

"Once (the phone call) happened, all the feelings started rushing in," Burdi said before Saturday's game against the Cleveland...Read more

Mookie Betts shows Dodgers that no task is too small for him

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LOS ANGELES -- Mookie Betts' mother didn't allow her son to play high school football. Betts then volunteered as the team's water boy.

It's hard to imagine now, the future American League most valuable player and $365 million outfielder for the Dodgers filling empty bottles and fixing broken equipment in the shadows of Friday night lights. Back...Read more

A's win on Marcus Semien walk off in 13th inning

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- The Oakland A's extended their win streak to seven games with a comeback 3-2 win, clinched on Marcus Semien's RBI single in the 13th inning to come back from a 2-1 deficit heading into the bottom of the inning. Austin Allen tied things up with his RBI single, scoring Matt Chapman.

Before the big 13th inning, the A's went 1-...Read more

Mariners' bullpen again makes chance to rally moot in series-opening loss to Rockies

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SEATTLE -- Here's the thing about rallies in baseball or in any sport: They are never just a product of the offense, even though that's often what is most remembered.

No matter how many runs you push across, it's meaningless if your opponent continues to keep scoring. This is the conundrum facing the Seattle Mariners because of their bullpen in...Read more

Corey Seager sustains injury in Dodgers' victory over Giants

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LOS ANGELES -- Corey Seager was healthy.

That's it. That was the secret behind his success early in this unprecedented season. Behind all those squared balls off his bat. Behind his improved mobility at shortstop. Sure, he was stronger, but he returned to his peak -- maybe even established a new one -- because, above all, he was healthy.

"It's...Read more

Pirates' rallies not enough to overcome leaky bullpen in 17-13, 11-inning loss to Tigers

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PITTSBURGH -- The Pirates like to talk about their never-say-die attitude, the fight that often shows up late in games.

While many of their runs have been scored during garbage time, they do have a point. The Pirates have shown an ability to rally.

They've also seen their bullpen endure plenty of struggles this season, both when it comes to ...Read more

Padres, Zach Davies cruise past Diamondbacks on strength of three homers

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SAN DIEGO -- The first week of the season was a hootenanny, with all the 100-proof moonshine and fistfights.

The second week was the morning-after headache and black eye.

The Padres on Friday began their third week of baseball, after their first day off in this truncated tempest of a season.

"For all the guys, it was a chance to recharge, hit...Read more

Twins bats go quiet in second consecutive loss, 3-2 at Royals

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- There was no national anthem, a rain delay so brief, some of the players never left the field, and a loud thunder-and-lightning spectacle that gave empty Kauffman Stadium a haunted-house feel.

Yes, just more from the voluminous catalogue of 2020 weirdness. But none of it was stranger than this: The Twins lost their second ...Read more

Dylan Cease pitches five scoreless innings as White Sox beat Indians, 2-0

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CHICAGO -- Dylan Cease didn't make it out of the third inning when he faced the Cleveland Indians on July 28.

The Chicago White Sox starter fared much better Friday night at Guaranteed Rate Field.

Cease worked out of trouble a couple of times on the way to five shutout innings in a 2-0 victory.

The Sox suffered another injury to their ...Read more

Behind Mejia's debut, first-place Marlins keep rolling with series-opening win over Mets

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The Miami Marlins handed Humberto Mejia a big task Friday. The 23-year-old starting pitcher had never played above the Class A Advanced level of minor league ball.

Now, here he was, at Citi Field as a steady stream of rain fell on the ballpark, making his MLB debut in the series opener against the New York Mets as the Marlins piece together a ...Read more

Albert Pujols won't blame the pandemic if he doesn't reach 700 homers with Angels

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ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Willie Mays was the best player of his generation. In 2009, President Obama invited Mays aboard the presidential plane.

"Very rarely when I'm on Air Force One am I the second most important guy on there," Obama said.

The plane landed in St. Louis, where the two men headed to the All-Star Game. In the National League ...Read more

Orioles rout Nationals, 11-0, to end four-game losing streak

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WASHINGTON -- As the Orioles' 11th and final run came around to score on a perfect Friday night at Nationals Park, third base coach Jose David Flores simply pointed the runner home instead of waving him around third base: he'd done that enough.

Smarting from a humiliating four-game sweep at the hands of a makeshift Miami Marlins club, the ...Read more