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Bailey Ober starts the Twins toward a skid-busting victory

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SEATTLE – This is Bailey Ober's team now.

OK, not in a literal sense, but if the Twins are going to accomplish anything of value during this lost 16-games-back season, it's probably going to have to be development of young players. And nowhere do they need that development more than their starting rotation.

Enter Ober, a 25-year-old rookie ...Read more

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Giants hit 5 home runs at home for first time since 2003, blast Diamondbacks to win 3rd straight

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After scoring just three runs in a frustrating four-game series at Nationals Park over the weekend, the Giants faced lingering questions about their lineup and whether it was missing too many key contributors to keep the club in first place.

Three days later, Giants hitters couldn’t be happier to be back at Oracle Park. Seriously.

A ballpark...Read more

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Jacob deGrom exits start after three perfect innings with right shoulder soreness before Mets beat Cubs

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NEW YORK — The good vibes at Citi Field tangibly turned to dread.

Jacob deGrom exited his start with right shoulder soreness, the Mets announced, after three perfect innings in the Amazin’s 6-3 win over the Cubs on Wednesday night. His early departure came on the heels of his last troubling outing, when he left after six innings on Friday ...Read more

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As advocate group raises concerns about housing for Orioles minor leaguers, GM Mike Elias says club would 'never allow a situation where someone is not safe'

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A player advocacy group this week called for the Orioles and other organizations to provide more support for members of their minor league systems, claiming that some members of Baltimore’s Double-A roster were considering sleeping in their cars after the club ceased paying for housing.

Executive vice president and general manager Mike Elias ...Read more

Gary Sanchez delivers off bench, hits go-ahead home run to lift Yankees over Blue Jays

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BUFFALO, N.Y. — Gary Sanchez had not caught Gerrit Cole since opening day. The Yankee ace had made it clear that he preferred backup catcher Kyle Higashioka last year and it carried over to this season. So, even with his offense making small steps toward a turnaround, Yankees manager Aaron Boone said he didn’t really think about having his ...Read more

Sloppy defense a big culprit again as Orioles' road losing streak reaches 18 with 8-7 setback in Cleveland

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In perhaps the most emblematic example of their defensive struggles during this latest rough stretch, the Orioles found themselves in a deficit they attempted to but couldn’t overcome thanks to a single that followed an error and ended with the batter at third base.

Amid an 8-7 loss Wednesday night in Cleveland that marked Baltimore’s 18th ...Read more

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Mets ace deGrom exits after three innings with right shoulder soreness

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NEW YORK — The good vibes at Citi Field tangibly turned to dread.

Jacob deGrom exited his start with right shoulder soreness, the Mets announced, after three perfect innings against the Cubs on Wednesday night. His early departure came on the heels of his last troubling outing, when he left after six innings against the Padres with right ...Read more

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Injured Luke Voit says Yankees have worst first-base situation in baseball -- and takes the blame for it

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Recently, the Yankees have been extremely forthcoming about the team being flat-out bad.

Seemingly, every Aaron Boone press conference and soundbite includes some mention of frustration or the need to unlock the team. Players are self aware about the fact that they need to start winning games yesterday, today, and tomorrow, rather than framing ...Read more

Oakland A's use big sixth inning to finish homestand in impressive fashion

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OAKLAND, Calif. – Even without having Ramón Laureano at their disposal over the last two-plus weeks, the A’s offense was rounding into form.

Now that Laureano is back and the A’s are close to full strength again, their lineup looks downright scary.

The A’s used six singles and a walk to score six runs in the sixth inning to help beat ...Read more

Josh Bell ensures Pirates -- losers of 10 straight -- are swept in D.C.

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WASHINGTON — The not-so-proud losers of 10 in a row, the Pirates needed this like they would PNC Park to fill with water and float away or the 2021 MLB draft to be inexplicably pushed to next summer.

One-run game. Seventh inning. Josh Bell at the plate. The former Pirate had been quiet for much of this series but cranked a four-seam fastball ...Read more

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Padres' dismal road trip ends with another loss to Rockies

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DENVER — On the final day of a dismal trip, the Padres found a new but familiar way to lose.

This one was a little different than so many of the losses in what is now going on three weeks of bad baseball by what was previously a good team. The Padres got hits Wednesday. They even slugged.

But home runs by Fernando Tatis Jr., Trent Grisham ...Read more

Rays rally from big deficit but come up short against White Sox

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After a rough couple days with Monday’s injury to top starter Tyler Glasnow and Tuesday’s shutout loss, the Rays had something to feel good about Wednesday in Chicago as they battled back from a five-run, fifth-inning deficit to tie the White Sox in the eighth and send the game into extra innings.

But the ending left them frustrated, an 8-7...Read more

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GM Rick Hahn says it's too early to decide whether the Chicago White Sox will be buyers before the trade deadline: 'Is the squeeze going to be worth it?'

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The White Sox might not need to do any heavy lifting by the trade deadline with Eloy Jiménez on the comeback trail and only one team to beat in the American League Central.

But with the Sox going to 100% capacity at Guaranteed Rate Field on their next homestand and the most interest in the team in more than a decade, they probably owe it to ...Read more

Tigers ride Tarik Skubal, late surge to rare sweep in Kansas City

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The last time the Tigers swept a series in Kansas City, Justin Verlander, Drew Smyly and Rick Porcello were chucking. That was in 2014.

It’s happened again, seven years later, this time with a couple of rookies taking lead on the mound. After Casey Mize subdued the Royals Tuesday night, lefty Tarik Skubal both finessed ...Read more

Joe Starkey: Tyler Glasnow forgot to mention something in his enlightening rant

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PITTSBURGH — As always with cheating baseball players, things have become very complicated.

See if you can follow along.

This happened Tuesday:

Tampa Bay Rays star pitcher Tyler Glasnow — name ring a bell? — sort of admitted to cheating, hinted that he doesn't cheat as badly as others, urged Major League Baseball to allow pitchers to ...Read more

Molina's single in ninth gives Cardinals 1-0 win and series sweep over Marlins

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ST. LOUIS — Johan Oviedo still hasn’t won a major league start for the Cardinals although his seventh start this year and 12th overall had a strong scent of victory to it. The 23-year-old right-hander didn’t allow a run, or even a walk, in seven innings against the Miami Marlins Wednesday afternoon at Busch Stadium.

There was one glitch. ...Read more

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Mac Engel: Former Rangers manager Jeff Banister still without a big league job

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FORT WORTH, Texas — The American League’s 2015 Manager of the Year can’t get a job, or even a sniff.

“There’s not a day that goes by that I don’t miss it,” former Texas Rangers manager Jeff Banister said in a recent phone interview. “The tough part is the lack of communication with anybody in the game. I want to help. That’s ...Read more

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A's Frankie Montas has one of his best starts against Angels in win

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The Oakland A’s beat the Los Angeles Angels 6-4 on Tuesday night at the Coliseum.

Like he does in most starts, Frankie Montas looked unconquerable in the first and second innings, firing 99 mph fastballs and sinkers. They key to Montas’ success comes when he sustains that dominance a couple times through the opposing order.

Montas went ...Read more

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Chris Flexen throws 8 shutout innings, Mariners hitters also come through in 10-0 win over Twins

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For the past two games at T-Mobile Park, a person with no background knowledge of this season would be hard pressed to pick the team that was projected to win more than 90 games and its division this season vs. the rebuilding team projected to win around 70 games and finish fourth in its division.

And this is not to disparage computer ...Read more

Braves' comeback bid ruined by Alex Verdugo's late home run

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The Braves’ furious comeback Tuesday night was spoiled by Alex Verdugo’s three-run homer in the eighth. It resulted in a 10-8 loss to the Red Sox to open the Braves’ six-game homestand.

Here are five takeaways from Tuesday:

1. Verdugo sank the Braves with one two-out swing. Chris Martin, who for most of the year had been Mr. Reliability,...Read more