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Marlins squander solid pitching effort with more late-game mistakes; Brewers sweep

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MILWAUKEE -- The Marlins finally got the starting pitching performance they were hoping to get Sunday.

And they still found a way to lose.

Rookie Caleb Smith struck out a career-high 10 batters and allowed only two runs on two hits in six innings.

Unfortunately, the Marlins (5-16) were unable to back him up enough offensively and committed ...Read more

Carlos Gomez's walk-off homer sends Rays to sweep of Twins

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Carlos Gomez blasted a two-run homer off Addison Reed in the ninth inning, handing the Twins a 8-6 walk-off loss that also completed a sweep of the three game series.

The Twins had fought back from a 6-3 hole to tie the game in the eighth on Brian Dozier's two-run single. The Twins failed to score in the ninth, and Reed,...Read more

Royals beat the Tigers, 8-5

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DETROIT -- A mantra bearing an acute resemblance to the Royals' 2015 postseason slogan has recently taken over the Royals dugout.

"Keep getting on until we get guys in."

The words originated from hitting coach Terry Bradshaw. He sought to put a positive spin on the Royals' early offensive woes: Through 19 games the Royals had stranded 139 men ...Read more

Orioles lose to Indians, 7-3, can't keep up against Cy Young winner Corey Kluber

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BALTIMORE -- That the Orioles were able to scratch together a few leads against reigning American League Cy Young Award winner Corey Kluber in Sunday's eventual 7-3 loss to the Cleveland Indians at Camden Yards was a departure from their recent norm.

That they had to face yet another pitcher of his caliber was not.

Kluber was the fourth Cy ...Read more

White Sox offering space, remaining respectful to Danny Farquhar's family

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White Sox officials say reliever Danny Farquhar remains in critical but stable condition after collapsing in the dugout Friday and suffering a brain hemorrhage.

Manager Rick Renteria, speaking Sunday morning at Guaranteed Rate Field, said he has addressed Sox players about it but is keeping updates brief out of respect for Farquhar's family.

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The Royals' offense has sorely missed Salvador Perez; his return is finally near

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DETROIT -- The Royals' scuffling offense should receive a jolt soon.

Catcher Salvador Perez, who started a minor-league rehab assignment on April 15, is nearing his return to the Royals lineup. He could make his season debut at Kauffman Stadium this week when the Royals return for a six-game homestand that begins against the Milwaukee Brewers ...Read more

Cubs' Kris Bryant leaves in 1st after getting hit in the helmet by pitch

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DENVER -- Cubs slugger Kris Bryant had to leave Sunday's game at Coors Field in the first inning after getting hit in the helmet by a pitch from Rockies starter German Marquez.

Bryant was hit for a National League-leading seventh time on a 96 mph pitch on a 1-2 count. Bryant stayed on his feet but manager Joe Maddon ran out to prevent Bryant ...Read more

Mariners win second straight against Texas with late uprising

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ARLINGTON, Texas -- When it's right, the Seattle Mariners offense can be similar to the massive deluge that delayed Saturday night's game at Globe Life Park -- you know it's coming, you know it could be overwhelming and there isn't much you can do but wait until it works itself out.

On a night when they got a suboptimal outing from their best ...Read more

It's real seventh heaven for Dodgers' Ryu

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LOS ANGELES--There might come a time this season when Hyun-Jin Ryu will be welcome to pitch the eighth inning. Or, frankly, there might not.

Ryu has not lasted beyond seven innings in four years, in a game so long ago that Andre Ethier was the Dodgers center fielder and Cuban prospect Erisbel Arruebarrena, since banished by the organization, ...Read more

Indians catcher Yan Gomes mastering the art of pitch framing as opposed to strike stealing

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BALTIMORE -- Yan Gomes doesn't like the term pitch "framing," even if he currently tops that leaderboard.

He doesn't want it to sound like he's about to put on a ski mask and climb into the getaway car with a big bag of money, even though the numbers indicate Gomes has done well enough in the first few weeks of this season to be charged with ...Read more

Pujols is a Hall of Fame human

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ANAHEIM, Calif.--The career is legendary, so the origin story might as well be too.

Albert Pujols lets his bat speak for him. That Pujols could not secure his first major league roster spot until Mark McGwire spoke up for him must be myth.

True story, McGwire says. Pujols was 21, and his professional career consisted of one year as the third ...Read more

Sean Manaea tosses no-hitter against Red Sox in dominant fashion

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- Sean Manaea watched as Marcus Semien fired a ball from short to second baseman Jed Lowrie, turned around, and jumped into the arms of catcher Jonathan Lucroy. History was made at the Coliseum.

Manaea no-hit the Boston Red Sox Saturday, requiring just 108 pitches to clinch a 3-0 victory against the best team in baseball ...Read more

Kris Bryant comfortable moving from second to third in Cubs batting order

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DENVER -- One of the residual effects of Javier Baez's recent placement in the second spot in the batting order is slugger Kris Bryant moving from second to third.

Bryant, who has batted second more often than any other spot during his major-league career, has no qualms about the move.

"I love it," Bryant said Saturday before batting third for...Read more

A tough day gets worse for White Sox in another blowout loss to Astros

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CHICAGO -- From the start of Saturday night's game against the Astros, it seemed clear the White Sox players' heads were elsewhere.

With reliever Danny Farquhar hospitalized and in critical but stable condition after suffering a brain hemorrhage during Friday night's game, you couldn't blame anyone for lacking the focus necessary to compete at ...Read more

Marlins let chance to win close game slip away in another loss to Brewers

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MILWAUKEE -- The Marlins haven't had many chances to win this season.

And they're not protecting those rare opportunities.

Despite an offensive outburst that gave them a four-run early lead, the Marlins saw it gradually evaporate until Jesus Aguilar homered off Junichi Tazawa in the bottom of the ninth to give the Brewers a 6-5 comeback ...Read more

Relievers melt down at end of Twins' 10-1 loss to Rays

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The Twins entered Saturday 2-0 against left-handed starters this season, and manager Paul Molitor believed he had the right lineup to get after Rays lefty Blake Snell.

Molitor left Logan Morrison, who hit his first homer with the Twins on Friday, out of the lineup and started Ehire Adrianza at shortstop, Ryan LaMarre in ...Read more

Molina, Hicks lift Cardinals to 4-3 win over Reds

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ST. LOUIS -- Batting second mainly because of Tommy Pham's nagging groin injury, Yadier Molina homered with one out in the seventh, lifting the Cardinals to a 4-3 victory over the visiting Cincinnati Reds before a crowd of 42,382, Saturday afternoon at Busch Stadium.

The Molina homer to left center, which produced the 800th RBI of his career, ...Read more

Mike Clevinger's two-hitter, three solo home runs carry Indians past Orioles

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BALTIMORE -- For a team with hitters struggling despite making solid contact, launching balls over the fence is a pretty good way to take care of that problem.

That was the blueprint the Indians followed on Saturday afternoon, when they hit three solo home runs en route to a 4-0 win over the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards.

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Aaron Nola, Rhys Hoskins lift Phillies over Pirates

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PHILADELPHIA -- Phillies right-hander Aaron Nola began his latest gem Saturday at Citizens Bank Park by giving up a titanic opposite-field home run to Pittsburgh Pirates leadoff man Sean Rodriguez on the second pitch of the game. He ended it by striking out Jordy Mercer on a wicked changeup 101 pitches later to complete the seventh inning.

In ...Read more

Royals unable to build on win, beaten by the Tigers

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DETROIT -- The Royals were unable to build on Friday night's unconventional, slump-busting win on Saturday afternoon. They lost to the Tigers, 12-4, at Comerica Park.

Starter Danny Duffy -- forced to pitch on fewer than the usual four days' rest because of the two doubleheaders the Royals played in four days -- allowed six earned runs on 10 ...Read more