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Mets beat Rockies behind Carlos Carrasco to open DH, get clobbered in nightcap

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DENVER — The Mets returned to game action following a snowout to split a doubleheader in the Mile High City.

The Mets beat the Rockies, 5-1, in Game 1 of a doubleheader at Coors Field on Saturday behind 5 1/3 solid innings from Carlos Carrasco and an early outburst from the offense. The Mets matched their season-high three-game winning streak...Read more

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Mookie Betts puts on a show, survives a scare as streaking Dodgers beat Phillies

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PHILADELPHIA — There was a solo home run to left and two-run double to center. A rally-extending walk and game-saving outfield assist.

Even when Mookie Betts tumbled on Saturday night — literally crashing into the dirt while rounding second base in the fifth inning — the Dodgers rejoiced, breathing a sigh of relief after their star right ...Read more

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Mike Trout runs to a milestone as Angels defeat Athletics and end a four-game skid

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ANAHEIM, Calif. — Mike Trout burnished his Hall of Fame resume on Saturday night, the Angels star racing home with a milestone run in the sixth inning that put him in some elite company in franchise and Major League Baseball history.

With the 1,000th run of his career against the Oakland Athletics, Trout joined Garret Anderson (1,024) as the ...Read more

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Rays' Randy Arozarena leads way against Orioles again

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BALTIMORE — Randy Arozarena has a thing for the Orioles.

And he showed it again Saturday night, homering twice to lead the Rays to a 6-1 bounceback victory.

Jeffrey Springs lent a hand as well, as the lefty had the best of an impressive quintet of outings since moving into the rotation. He allowed one hit over a career-high 5 2/3 innings, ...Read more

Goldschmidt, VerHagen spark another Cardinals win at PNC Park

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PITTSBURGH — There were four key takeaways Saturday night in the Cardinals’ 5-4 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates.

First was that the Pirates almost never beat the Cardinals at PNC Park. In their past 31 meetings here, the Cardinals have won 26.

Second, the Cardinals obliterate left-handed pitching. They entered the game leading the ...Read more

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Gary Sanchez stays hot, Twins wallop Royals, 9-2

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Maybe Gary Sanchez is too shy to chat with first basemen. Maybe he's annoyed by first-base coach Hank Conger. Maybe 90 feet just strikes him as too short a workout.

Whatever the reason, Sanchez seems to be boycotting first base. His two-out sixth-inning double on Saturday drove in Max Kepler with an important insurance run ...Read more

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Strong start, weak finish dooms Phillies in 7-4 loss to the Dodgers

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PHILADELPHIA — The Phillies scored early on Saturday, putting up more runs in their first four innings than they’d scored over their past 42, but they didn’t score enough.

The Dodgers tacked on six more runs after the fourth inning, while the Phillies were shut out after the fourth. That, coupled with a shakier and shorter performance ...Read more

Marlins' losing skid hits three games after another loss to Braves

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MIAMI — The Miami Marlins’ downfall on Saturday began in the fourth inning. They had a runner on third base with one out against the Atlanta Braves, a prime chance to break open the scoreless deadlock.

Instead, a pair of poor decisions resulted in two outs on the basepaths on the same play.

The Braves took advantage from there, scoring in ...Read more

Rafael Devers, Franchy Cordero key Red Sox comeback victory over Mariners

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BOSTON — Two weeks ago, the Red Sox probably wouldn’t have won a game like the one played on Saturday at Fenway Park.

But these aren’t those same Sox.

The Red Sox continued their scorching offensive stretch with another come-from-behind victory. Down 5-0 in the third, Boston’s bats came alive again — fueled by two home runs from ...Read more

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Josh Donaldson's comment to Tim Anderson leads to benches clearing in White Sox's loss to Yankees

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NEW YORK — New York Yankees designated hitter Josh Donaldson ran between second and third base after Isiah Kiner-Falefa ended the third inning by flying out to right Saturday at Yankee Stadium.

That’s when Chicago White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson said Donaldson “made a disrespectful comment.”

“Basically tried to call me Jackie ...Read more

Carlos Carrasco rebounds in solid outing against Rockies as Mets win Game 1 of doubleheader

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DENVER — The snowout didn’t stop the Mets from continuing their winning ways.

The Mets beat the Rockies, 5-1, in Game 1 of a doubleheader at Coors Field on Saturday behind 5 1/3 solid innings from Carlos Carrasco and an early outburst from the offense. The Mets matched their season-high three-game winning streak by taking the first game of ...Read more

Joe Musgrove remains perfect, Padres clinch series win over Giants

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SAN FRANCISCO — Last year, he made history. This year, he doesn't lose.

Next year?

It will cost a lot to find out.

Joe Musgrove was again, for lack of a better word, money on Saturday as the Padres beat the Giants, 2-1, at Oracle Park.

The native San Diegan, who last year threw the franchise's first no-hitter, threw seven scoreless innings...Read more

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Angels to Anaheim: You're on the clock to approve stadium sale

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ANAHEIM, Calif. — Facing community pressure to delay or cancel the Angel Stadium sale amid a corruption investigation into Anaheim Mayor Harry Sidhu, the Angels on Friday gave the Anaheim City Council 25 days to grant final approval to the deal.

In a letter obtained by the Los Angeles Times that was sent on behalf of the Angels and SRB ...Read more

Benches clear again in Yankees' 7-5 victory against White Sox

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NEW YORK — Josh Donaldson laughed to himself as he walked off the field. The Yankees designated hitter had just slid into second base. He was easily out, colliding just a little with White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson. They walked past each other, Anderson said something and Donaldson turned away, ran off the field and smiled.

Obviously, ...Read more

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Orioles reach two-year agreement with left-hander John Means to avoid arbitration

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BALTIMORE — The Orioles agreed Saturday to a two-year, $5.925 million contract with left-hander John Means to avoid arbitration, an industry source with direct knowledge of the agreement confirmed.

Means, 29, was in his first year of arbitration eligibility and was due to go to a hearing with the Orioles to determine his 2022 salary, deciding...Read more

Tigers-Guardians postponed, make-up date set for July 14

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CLEVELAND — The rains hadn't started yet, but they were undeniably coming.

As a result, the Tigers game against the Guardians scheduled for Saturday night was postponed. It will be made up on July 14. The Tigers, as a result, will lose an off day and play a four-game series at Progressive Field leading into the All-Star break.

As for the ...Read more

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Gene Collier: Matt Harvey's ban just the latest development in baseball's saddest story

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PITTSBURGH — Sentencing for former Los Angeles Angels communications director Eric Kay is set for June 28, right about the moment the 60-day suspension Major League Baseball imposed on pitcher Matt Harvey this week is set to expire, and that's just one of a thousand or more perverse coincidences in one of the saddest baseball stories in recent...Read more

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Julio Urias makes adjustments, finds 'redemption' in smooth Dodgers win

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PHILADELPHIA — Unlike the Los Angeles Dodgers’ pregame bus ride, Julio Urias’ start Friday night was smooth, seamless and stress-free.

Hours before the game, a charter bus carrying manager Dave Roberts and six players blew a tire on its way to Citizens Bank Park.

“It was my first tire bust to a ballpark,” Roberts said with a laugh ...Read more

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Angels' strikeout issues continue in 4th straight loss

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ANAHEIM, Calif. — Despite all of the encouraging numbers produced by the Angels, there is at least one troubling number that was highlighted during their 4-2 loss to the Oakland A’s on Friday night.

The Angels have been called out on strikes 116 times, the most in the majors. They looked at seven third strikes among their 13 strikeouts on ...Read more

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Darin Ruf's 2 homers aren't enough for SF Giants in loss vs. Padres

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SAN FRANCISCO — A pair of home runs from Darin Ruf and a ninth-inning rally that forced extra innings wasn’t enough for the Giants to start their home stand on a positive note.

The Giants got two Ruffian blasts off Padres starter Sean Manaea and a season-high six innings from their own hurler, Jakob Junis, but lost the battle of late-inning...Read more