Blossoming ace Flaherty dazzles as Cardinals beat Rockies, reclaim first place

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ST. LOUIS -- The answer, at some point in the future, could be August 2019.

When the time comes for the Cardinals, their fans, or some baseball writer out there to use hindsight as a compass and retrace the timeline of when and how Jack Flaherty arrived as a blossoming ace of a staff, a starter who could either stop a losing streak or elevate a...Read more

Jose Berrios serves up grand slam in Twins' 9-6 loss to Tigers

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Jose Berrios just needed a big pitch in the sixth inning as he attempted to get out of a bases-loaded jam with a two-run lead. He was ahead in the count 1-2 thanks to a curveball that broke down and away from Ronny Rodriguez as he swung and missed.

Berrios went to the curveball again, a pitch he employed more on Friday than in ...Read more

Dylan Cease strikes out 9 and Yoan Moncada homers as White Sox beat Rangers, 8-3

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CHICAGO -- Dylan Cease had a career-high nine strikeouts in his ninth start as the White Sox beat the Rangers, 8-3, on Friday night in front of 27,016 at Guaranteed Rate Field.

Cease (3-6) allowed a three-run home run to Willie Calhoun in the first inning, then held the Rangers scoreless for the next five innings. He allowed four hits in six ...Read more

Marlins rally twice before storming past Phillies, 19-11

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MIAMI -- Maybe moving Isan Diaz down in the lineup is all the Miami Marlins needed to do to help him start re-gaining his confidence.

At the very least, it put him in a key position in a much-needed rally in the third inning -- the first of two -- as the Marlins erased a seven-run deficit and defeated the Philadelphia Phillies, 19-11, on Friday...Read more

Royals start slow and are unable to catch up in loss to Indians

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CLEVELAND -- The Royals actually outscored their hosts from the third through ninth innings. However, the Cleveland Indians made all the noise they needed in the second to collect a much-needed win as they continue to chase a playoff spot in the American League.

Royals starting pitcher Jakob Junis allowed four second-inning runs and the Indians...Read more

Braves star Ronald Acuna swipes base, joins 30-30 club

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NEW YORK -- Ronald Acuna has the fifth 30-30 season in Braves history.

After swiping second base in the eighth inning of Friday's game in New York, the outfielder joined one of the more exclusive lists in Braves history.

He's the fourth Brave to reach the 30-30 mark for steals and homers, joining Hank Aaron, Ron Gant and Dale Murphy. Gant did ...Read more

Orioles lose to Rays, 7-1, for 12th straight defeat to an AL East opponent

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BALTIMORE -- On the day the Orioles fired 11 members of their front office and scouting department, the on-field proceedings served as another reminder that regardless of changes to the staff and roster, their rebuild faces more than internal challenges.

The Orioles' 7-1 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays on Friday at Camden Yards was their 12th ...Read more

Jon Lester struggles as Cubs put together little offense in 9-3 loss to Nationals

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CHICAGO -- It was hard to make out the nicknames on the backs of the all-white uniforms the Cubs wore for Players' Weekend, but Friday was one of those days the Cubs were better off going unrecognized.

Jon Lester suffered through another short outing and the lineup contributed only three hits in a 9-3 loss to the Nationals before 39,889 on a ...Read more

Phillies' Bryce Harper placed on paternity leave list ahead of birth of first child

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MIAMI -- Baby Harper is on his way.

Bryce Harper did not fly with the Phillies this weekend to Miami. He returned home to be with his wife, Kayla, as she gives birth to the couple's son.

Harper was placed by the Phillies on the paternity list before Friday's series opener against the Marlins. He can stay on the list for three days.

His roster...Read more

Judge upholds arbitration ruling that Orioles owe Nationals about $100 million in MASN TV rights dispute

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BALTIMORE -- The Orioles lost the latest round in the long-running Mid-Atlantic Sports Network television rights dispute Thursday when a New York judge upheld a second arbitration ruling ordering the network to pay the Washington Nationals $296.8 million in rights fees for the 2012 to 2016 seasons.

The Associated Press reported that judge Joel ...Read more

Can the Dodgers win a World Series with Kenley Jansen continuing to struggle as their closer?

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LOS ANGELES -- For the first time in his major-league career, a decade-long period of stable excellence, Kenley Jansen was booed at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday. The fans, after years and years of cascading the closer with cheers, flipped their tone when they watched Jansen surrender a go-ahead home run to Toronto Blue Jays first baseman Rowdy ...Read more

Fowler's late two-run blast helps Cardinals rally by Rockies 6-5

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ST. LOUIS -- Marcel Ozuna, Paul DeJong and Dexter Fowler hit two-run homers as the Cardinals came from behind Thursday night to knock off the Colorado Rockies 6-5 before a crowd of 36,465 at Busch Stadium.

Fowler's blast in the seventh provided the winning margin for the Cardinals in the first of four games between the teams.

Ozuna hit a two-...Read more

Marlins finish season series against Braves with a walk-off loss

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ATLANTA -- One dark chapter of the Miami Marlins' season has come to an end.

With Thursday's 3-2, walk-off loss, the Marlins have finished their season series with the National League East-leading Atlanta Braves.

And it was mostly a season series to forget.

Just how bad was the Marlins' 19-game slate with the Braves this year?

--The 4-15 ...Read more

Yoan Moncada homers in his return as the White Sox open a 7-game homestand with a 6-1 win over the Rangers

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CHICAGO -- With a chill in the air and September around the corner, the White Sox came home Thursday to begin a seven-game stand against the Rangers and Twins.

Yoan Moncada returned to the lineup after missing three weeks with a hamstring injury, and he homered and doubled to spark the Sox to a 6-1 win over the Rangers before a crowd of 18,563....Read more

Orioles allow 259th homer of season, setting dubious major league record — if Thursday's game stands

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BALTIMORE -- Nobody can say they didn't see this coming.

The Orioles have been on pace for months to shatter the major league record for home runs allowed in a single season, so the third-inning homer that Asher Wojciechowski gave up to Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Austin Meadows -- the 259th surrendered by the O's pitching staff -- was largely a ...Read more

'Kind of bogus'? Cards miffed that umps call game after 7½ innings, ending their comeback bid.

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ST. LOUIS -- Cardinals righthander Adam Wainwright had handled the Milwaukee Brewers better than almost any other team he had faced at 16-8 (he is 10-1 against Colorado). And his career earned-run average of 2.33 against the Brewers ranked second to none other than Roger Clemens.

But the Brewers nearly doubled that ERA in one fateful first ...Read more

Griffin Canning's rookie year with Angels is over

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HOUSTON -- Griffin Canning's debut season is over. The Los Angeles Angels decided Thursday to sideline their promising rookie pitcher after an MRI exam revealed mild inflammation in his right elbow.

Canning, 23, was on the injured list earlier this month for the same ailment. The team does not believe the structural integrity of his elbow is in...Read more

Angels lease talks: Team says Anaheim name isn't coming back; mayor says fine

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As the Angels prepare to negotiate a potential new lease with the city of Anaheim, the team would like to make one thing perfectly clear: The team name will remain the Los Angeles Angels.

In 2005, two years after he bought the team then known as the Anaheim Angels, owner Arte Moreno changed the name. The city of Anaheim sued and lost, and the ...Read more

Joe Maddon and Bruce Bochy believe baseball managers should be valued and compensated like NFL and NBA coaches

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CHICAGO -- The Cubs on Thursday presented Bruce Bochy with a Wrigley Field scoreboard panel with his jersey number 15 inscribed as a farewell gift. Bochy is retiring after 25 years as a major-league manager, including the last 13 with the Giants.

Bochy told Bruce Levine of WSCR-AM 670 that he hoped managers would be compensated in line with ...Read more

Cubs ride Kyle Hendricks' strong start to a 1-0 win over the Giants, their 5th straight victory

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CHICAGO -- The Cubs extended their winning streak to five games Thursday and remained in sole possession of first place in the National League Central, holding on for a 1-0 victory against the Giants at Wrigley Field.

Kyle Hendricks limited the Giants to three hits in seven innings as the Cubs improved to 44-19 at home. Hendricks' 1.79 ERA in ...Read more


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