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Jo Adell focused on making the most of his opportunity back in big leagues

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ANAHEIM, Calif. — Jo Adell just wants to do the best he can with this opportunity.

“How many times I get put out there, whether it’s a pinch-hit, whether it’s a start, whatever it is, I’m gonna try to help the team win,” Adell said before the Angels’ 3-1 win over the Chicago Cubs on Thursday at Angel Stadium.

The Angels ...Read more

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Kevin Acee: The Padres are entering one of the most crucial periods in franchise history. Now is the time to win.

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Padres players are busy trying to be better on the field.

The gravity of the situation for the men who wear the team's uniform is limited to their understanding that 100 games remain in a season in which they need to start winning a lot more than they have been.

They don't have time for or interest in a big-picture assessment.

But others in ...Read more

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Yankees split doubleheader against White Sox after starter Randy Vasquez gets first career win

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NEW YORK — The Yankees split a doubleheader against the Chicago White Sox Thursday after Randy Vasquez gave the Bronx Bombers a two-hit performance.

Vasquez led his team to 3-0 victory after pitching 5.2 scoreless innings. He allowed two hits, no runs, one walk and struck out three batters.

Ron Marinaccio and Clay Holmes pitched 3.1 hitless ...Read more

Guardians clobber Kluber, Dermody as Red Sox lose series finale 10-3

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The Red Sox have the look of a club that’s teetering on the brink.

Its pitching staff decimated by injuries, the Red Sox turned to Matt Dermody to start Thursday’s series finale against the Cleveland Guardians, opting for the career minor leaguer rather than anyone else who may have been available.

The move immediately prompted an ...Read more

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Kody Clemens' walk-off caps a roller-coaster final two innings, lifts Phillies to fifth straight win

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PHILADELPHIA — This would have been one of the most disappointing Phillies losses of the season. Zack Wheeler took a no-hitter into the eighth, only to see the game tied by the end of that inning and the Phillies trailing in the top of the ninth.

But Bryce Harper, Trea Turner, Brandon Marsh, and Kody Clemens weren’t going to allow that to ...Read more

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'He's kind of the stopper.' Clayton Kershaw helps Dodgers end their skid

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CINCINNATI — Of the many missing ingredients that have afflicted the Dodgers' struggling pitching staff, one has started looming large among the rest.

The team's starters haven't pitched nearly deep enough into games.

And, as evidenced by their 22nd-ranked team earned run average, it has led to a slew of cascading side effects.

"It's ...Read more

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Another day, another comeback: SF Giants rally late to complete sweep of Rockies

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DENVER — No lead is safe at Coors Field, as the San Francisco Giants demonstrated Thursday for the second time in as many games.

Again erasing an early deficit with a late-inning rally, the Giants beat the Rockies 6-4 to complete a three-game sweep.

Pinch-hitting for Casey Schmitt, Brandon Crawford lined the game-tying double into the right-...Read more

Joe Starkey: Alarm bells sound around Pirates rotation

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One of the Pirates' key starters feels like his body is no longer attached to his arm. I find that mildly problematic.

Two other rotation pieces, plus the likely first Triple-A call-up, have long since succumbed to long-term injuries. Staff ace Mitch Keller has surrendered 21 batted balls of 95-plus mph in his past two starts and just got blown...Read more

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Why Matt Mervis and Christopher Morel are in tough spots as Chicago Cubs try to get their anemic offense on track

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ANAHEIM, Calif. — Chicago Cubs first baseman Matt Mervis got the pitch he wanted.

He worked a 2-0 count against Los Angeles Angels starter Jaime Barria in the fifth inning Wednesday when a slider from the right-hander caught too much of the zone. Mervis smoked the ball, pulling it to right field with the hardest-hit ball — 110.1 mph — any...Read more

Gunnar Henderson hits go-ahead 2-run homer in 8th as Orioles rally late to beat Brewers, 6-3, avoid sweep

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MILWAUKEE — Gunnar Henderson made a defensive blunder that was a catalyst for the Brewers’ three-run first inning.

Playing shortstop, the 21-year-old went up the middle for a soft ground ball that should’ve been an out, but he pulled up as second baseman Adam Frazier approached, allowing it to trickle into center field. Three more hits ...Read more

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Rays bats come alive after Twins pitcher has hands checked, complete sweep

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ST PETERSBURG, Fla. — It was a clean sweep for the Rays.

They turned on the power and speed Thursday after Twins starter Bailey Ober was sent back to the dugout after his hands and glove were checked by an umpire before the bottom of the fourth inning. After Ober returned, Tampa Bay’s offense clicked into gear, racing to a 4-2 win in front ...Read more

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Mac Engel: Between Kumar Rocker and Jacob deGrom, the New York Mets 'beat' the Texas Rangers

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The best way to plan on Jacob deGrom moving forward is to assume his career is over, and anything he does with the Texas Rangers is free money found between your couch cushions.

(Yes, that is one expensive couch).

“Set a goal to try to be back next year, towards the end of the year,” deGrom told reporters before the Rangers’ game on ...Read more

Jaime Barría solid on the mound as Angels beat Cubs

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It has been a small sample size in 2023, but Jaime Barría has so far been one of the Angels' most solid and reliable starters.

On Wednesday, he helped the Angels to a 6-2 victory over the Chicago Cubs at Angel Stadium.

Initially a starter at the beginning of his Angels' career, Barría moved to the bullpen last season. But in the middle of ...Read more

No-hit through 5, SF Giants come back to beat Rockies for 10th straight meeting

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DENVER — Gleaming at his new-look, full-strength lineup before Wednesday’s game, Gabe Kapler said the most exciting part wasn’t the addition of Joc Pederson, nor Thairo Estrada, nor Michael Conforto, though all three surely serve an important presence in the middle of the order.

The Giants manager began listing off the names he had ...Read more

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Noah Syndergaard probably headed to injured list after another bad start in Dodgers loss

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CINCINNATI — When it comes to their approach with Noah Syndergaard lately, the Dodgers have looked like a desperate blackjack player unable to leave the table.

Lose, bet again.

Lose, bet again.

Lose, bet yet again.

On Wednesday, that latest gamble worked out the same way as the others.

Syndergaard was rocked by the Cincinnati Reds young ...Read more

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Orioles crushed by Brewers, 10-2, as Corbin Burnes dominates and Joey Wiemer stars again

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MILWAUKEE — Brewers ace Corbin Burnes has spent most of the season searching for the dominant form that won him the 2021 National League Cy Young Award.

He found it Wednesday night against the Orioles.

The right-hander twirled eight shutout innings, striking out nine and allowing two hits, to hand the Orioles a 10-2 defeat. He faced just two...Read more

Alec Burleson's bomb lifts the Cardinals to victory over the Texas Rangers, snaps losing streak

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ARLINGTON, Texas — Cardinals rookie outfielder Alec Burleson’s success against American League teams had already been noticeable, but he picked a crucial point to come through with a big swing in an AL ballpark on Wednesday night. That swing kept the Cardinals from having their first winless road trip of the season.

Burleson smashed a solo ...Read more

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Chris Murphy makes strong debut in otherwise error-filled Red Sox loss

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“We knew Boston had problems with their defense, guys. We didn’t know it was gonna play like this, though.”

The Cleveland Guardians broadcasters couldn’t believe their eyes when the Red Sox infield committed a slew of errors in the bottom of the fourth, giving the home team a lead they wouldn’t relinquish.

Perhaps they shouldn’t ...Read more

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Rays flash leather, then walk off Twins

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — The Rays won Wednesday’s game over the Twins 2-1 when Randy Arozarena hit a walkoff homer to open the ninth.

They were in position to win after Jason Adam let the lead get away in the ninth as Isaac Paredes, Taylor Walls and Luke Raley combined on a tremendous 5-4-3 double play.

With the win, the Rays improved their ...Read more

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Marlins sweep Royals, Arraez gets two more hits but Cabrera leaves early with blister

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MIAMI — The good on Wednesday: The Miami Marlins capped their nine-game homestand on a high note Wednesday with a 6-1 win over the Kansas City Royals, securing their second consecutive series sweep.

The potentially worrisome: Right-handed pitcher Edward Cabrera exited before the start of the sixth inning due to a blister issue on his right ...Read more