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Dieter Kurtenbach: The SF Giants vowed to be 'aggressive' on the trade market, and there's one massive need to fill

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Recent series losses aside, the Giants have found some spark as of late, giving the team — and its fans — plenty of reason to think about the possibility of the playoffs.

So it was great to hear that Giants president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi tell SiriusXM’s MLB Network Radio this past weekend that the team will be “aggressive...Read more

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Matt Calkins: Are the Mariners ruining any chance to sign Shohei Ohtani?

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Texas is on pace to win 106 games. Houston is on pace to win 97. But if you're part of the struggling Mariners' front office, you might be equally concerned with a situation in Anaheim right now — a situation spelled O-H-T-A-N-I.

You know it's on the minds of Seattle baseball fans as the M's are grinding through this sub-.500 season. The best...Read more

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Logan Gilbert, late home runs power Mariners past Padres

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SAN DIEGO — If no one was going to ask him, Scott Servais was going to say it because it needed to be said for someone — or everyone — to hear, including his players, which they heard a different, likely more colorful version of it, before Tuesday’s series opener at Petco Park.

In the middle of answering a question about the pregame ...Read more

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Braves use 6th-inning rally to beat Mets at Truist Park again

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Last time the Mets and Braves met at Truist Park, the teams played for the National League East lead in the final week of the 2022 season.

The stakes aren’t nearly as high this time, but the games mean just as much for the division rivals.

After an hour and 40-minute weather delay, the Braves beat the Mets 6-4 in their home ballpark Tuesday....Read more

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Dodgers suffer meltdown as bullpen blows lead in loss to Reds

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CINCINNATI — The Dodgers thought they were past this. That their once-struggling bullpen was finally becoming a strength.

A glaring weakness at the beginning of the season, the team’s relief corps had appeared to turn a corner during May.

Yes, Evan Phillips rediscovered his dominant form. But just as importantly, Caleb Ferguson, Brusdar ...Read more

Cardinals can't keep pace with powerful Rangers offense in a 6-4 series-clinching loss

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ARLINGTON, Texas — The Cardinals' bats produced as many runs on Tuesday night as they had in their previous two games combined, and they hit three home runs in a game for the 13th time this season. None of it was enough to overcome the prodigious offensive attack of the Texas Rangers.

The Cardinals scored the first two runs and last two runs ...Read more

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Homers from Aaron Hicks, Ryan O'Hearn not enough as Orioles fall to Brewers, 4-3, in 10 innings

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MILWAUKEE — It was almost too good to be true.

The Orioles were five outs away from squeaking out a one-run win against the Milwaukee Brewers. Baltimore had overcome a nearly disastrous first inning from Kyle Gibson and got all of its offensive production from two players — Aaron Hicks and Ryan O’Hearn — who weren’t on its major ...Read more

Pirates deliver performance to forget against Athletics; winning streak snapped at 6

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PITTSBURGH — On paper, there were plenty of reasons to believe the Pirates could extend their winning streak to a season-long seven games, matching what they did in April and their most successful stretch since 2018. Baseball also has a funny way of taking what could theoretically happen and rendering those projections useless.

That’s what ...Read more

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Red Sox ride four-run eighth, dominant Paxton performance to 5-4 win over Guardians

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James Paxton gave the Red Sox exactly the kind of dominant starting pitching performance they’ve so badly needed, and yet for most of the outing it looked like it might be wasted by another punchless offensive performance.

It took a while, but eventually the bats did finally come through.

The Red Sox rallied for four runs in the top of the ...Read more

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Luke Raley, Jose Siri homer as Rays blank Twins

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Luke Raley and Jose Siri snapped the Rays’ home-run drought in dramatic fashion Tuesday night, and Zach Eflin dominated as Tampa Bay beat the Twins 7-0 in front of a crowd of 14,689 at Tropicana Field.

In what had been hyped as a battle of two American League division leaders, the Rays improved to 44-19, a season-high...Read more

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Taijuan Walker and Kyle Schwarber do just enough as Phillies beat Detroit, 1-0

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PHILADELPHIA — For as much as everyone with the Phillies kept insisting that Taijuan Walker is healthy, there was one thing they could no longer deny: He hasn’t appeared at ease on the mound this season.

Yet before Walker dragged a 5.65 ERA into Tuesday night’s game, his manager was hopeful.

“I think he’s finding something,” Rob ...Read more

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Jesus Luzardo dominates as Miami Marlins beat Royals. Arraez's batting average tops .400

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MIAMI — Jesus Luzardo faced one batter over the minimum over seven strong innings to lead the Miami Marlins to a 6-1 series-clinching win over the Kansas City Royals on Tuesday at loanDepot park.

Miami improves to 34-28 on the season and are on a season-high five-game win streak. Kansas City falls to 18-43.

Luzardo allowed just two hits in ...Read more

Yankees look dazed beneath haze vs. Chicago's Lucas Giolito

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NEW YORK — Smoke filled the air at Yankee Stadium on Tuesday, but not because the Yankees’ bats were on fire.

Instead, White Sox starter Lucas Giolito kept the Bombers hitless for six innings as the two teams played beneath an unhealthy haze, the result of smoke from Canadian wildfires drifting south. The smog provided an apocalyptic-...Read more

Jason Mackey: Why has Ke'Bryan Hayes -- and his offense -- become so polarizing?

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PITTSBURGH — Don't dare say Ke'Bryan Hayes has looked better at the plate.

But what about his .242 average or .682 OPS this season? Or his 17 homers the past three years, at a power position? His wRC+ (100 is considered average) that hasn't been above 88 during that same stretch?

All are true. They're legitimate numbers and proof that, no, ...Read more

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Mac Engel: Texas Rangers are one of the best teams in MLB, but their attendance suggests otherwise

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ARLINGTON, Texas — Texas Rangers owner Ray Davis has now officially learned the hard way what every other owner of the franchise has before him.

You can build a new stadium. You can sign several top free agents. You can even field one of the best team’s in the sport.

For reasons that are forever subjective, the fan base remains the same ...Read more

Cardinals, Genesis Cabrera get walked off in a loss to the Rangers after a late rally

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ARLINGTON, Texas — Cardinals reliever Genesis Cabrera got the first batter of the ninth inning to ground out, but he did not record another out in the inning as the Texas Rangers rallied for their second walk-off win of the season.

The Cardinals came back to tie the score in the eighth inning but lost their fourth in a row, 4-3, in the series...Read more

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Manny Machado has big night, Blake Snell sharp again as Padres beat Cubs

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SAN DIEGO — The Padres continued to get that Blake Snell and that Gary Sanchez.

If what they got Monday night was also the beginning of getting that Manny Machado, there is a far better chance 2023 turns out the way it was meant to.

Arguably the biggest missing piece so far in the Padres’ disappointing start to the season, Machado had ...Read more

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Luis Arraez and bottom of Marlins Marlins' lineup lead way in win over Kansas City Royal

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MIAMI — Luis Arraez did it again.

And the bottom of the Miami Marlins’ lineup stepped up once again, too.

Arraez, the Miami Marlins’ hit-collecting second baseman, logged another three hits out of the leadoff spot.

The bottom four players in Miami’s lineup — catcher Nick Fortes, shortstop Joey Wendle, third baseman Jon Berti and ...Read more

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Aaron Nola flirts with no-hitter, still helps Phillies to 8-3 win over Tigers

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PHILADELPHIA — Aaron Nola has always struggled with allowing the home run. It’s the price of a being pitcher who tries to throw strikes. Keeping his pitches in the zone allows him to pitch deeper into games, but it also makes him susceptible to the long ball. On Monday night, in the Phillies’ 8-3 win over the Tigers, that cost him a ...Read more

Larry Stone: Embarrassing stretch against Rangers, Yankees shuts down Mariners' good vibes

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So, where did all those good Mariner vibes go? Even Eugenio Suarez, the king of sunshine, would have trouble locating them right now.

Remember when this season dawned full of hope, promise and affection toward a likable core of players? It was billed as the continuation of last year's drought-breaking joy ride, with the proviso that this ...Read more