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Youth movement powers Kansas City Royals offense in 6-2 win over White Sox

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Kansas City Royals rookie catcher MJ Melendez singled and scored the go-ahead run in the sixth inning on his fellow rookie Emmanuel Rivera’s RBI triple, then for good measure Melendez tacked on a couple insurance runs late with his second major-league home run to help secure a series-tying victory and set up a rubber match...Read more

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Zack Wheeler's right arm and a dead baseball help Phillies hold off Padres, 3-0

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It was the hardest-hit ball of the night, but the fly ball that San Diego’s Eric Hosmer rocketed Wednesday night at Citizens Bank Park hardly made it to the warning track. He held his bat outward after connecting with Zack Wheeler’s fastball in the seventh inning of the Phillies’ 3-0 win over the Padres and watched for a moment as the ball...Read more

Marco Gonzales shows he's still major factor in changing rotation by helping Mariners take down Blue Jays

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TORONTO — Back before Logan Gilbert had thrown a professional pitch, while George Kirby was still firing fastballs at Elon University and Robbie Ray was still trying to sort out his mechanics and harness his stuff for other teams to be the pitcher worthy of a $115 million contract, Marco Gonzales stepped forward to lead the Mariners’ ...Read more

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Dodgers complete sweep, salvage winning homestand with 5-3 victory over Diamondbacks

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LOS ANGELES — It was this time last year the Dodgers began to slide.

Following a 13-2 start to the 2021 campaign, the team went into an early-summer tailspin. They lost 15 of 20 games. They squandered their season-opening momentum. And it took them close to a month to snap out of the malaise, eventually contributing to their costly second-...Read more

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Yankees have less than stellar outing, still complete sweep of Orioles

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BALTIMORE — Gerrit Cole didn’t have his sharpest stuff Wednesday night, but he really didn’t need it. The Yankees bats were not as loud as they have been, but it didn’t matter. It was enough to beat the Orioles, 3-2, at Camden Yards Wednesday night.

The Yankees (28-9) have won four straight, nine of their last 10 and are 20-4 in their ...Read more

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Marlins' rally after rare struggles from Pablo Lopez falls short in extras vs. Nationals

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MIAMI — Pablo Lopez, who is in the midst of one of the best starts to a season ever by a Marlins starting pitcher, wasn’t anywhere near himself on Wednesday night.

The Marlins, however, picked up their starter after his rare struggles led by a resilient effort from Jazz Chisholm Jr., who homered, tripled and drove in the tying run in the ...Read more

Mets maul Cardinals bullpen in 11-4 rout; Sosa, Scherzer leave game with injuries

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NEW YORK — Whatever the scoreboard ultimately said after the final out of the game, the bigger question for both teams leaving the field Wednesday night was what they may have lost from their roster — and for how long.

Cardinals shortstop Edmundo Sosa and Mets veteran ace Max Scherzer both signaled from the field to the dugout at points ...Read more

Hometown hero: Chicago native Jack Suwinski homers to help Pirates beat Cubs, avoid sweep

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CHICAGO — As the Pirates stepped off the team bus on Sunday night in Chicago, manager Derek Shelton had a brief talk with rookie outfielder Jack Suwinski.

Having also grown up around here, Shelton told Suwinski to cherish this experience and joked that he’d probably be playing for free, with his salary used to purchase extra tickets for ...Read more

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Nick Pivetta delivers dominant complete game as Red Sox win first home series of season

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BOSTON — Nick Pivetta is known to get emotional after big moments, and on Wednesday night, he deserved to get a little bit fired up. After striking out Yuli Gurriel to end the seventh, Pivetta walked off the mound with a scream and a pounding of his chest.

Lately, the Red Sox right-hander has rightfully been feeling himself.

Pivetta ...Read more

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Orioles ace John Means 'looking forward to the grind' of recovery from Tommy John surgery

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John Means is in the early stages of his recovery from Tommy John elbow reconstruction surgery, but the mustache he sported Wednesday in the Orioles’ clubhouse was in vintage form.

“Gotta keep it interesting, you know?” Baltimore’s left-handed ace said. “I was losing my mind.”

Without baseball as he recovers from his season-ending ...Read more

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Phillies' Bryce Harper will likely remain a DH until at least after the All-Star break

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PHILADELPHIA — Bryce Harper's tenure as the Phillies' everyday designated hitter will continue for at least the remainder of the season's first half. The doctor who administered Sunday's platelet-rich plasma injection told Harper Wednesday that he should be prohibited from throwing for six weeks, two weeks longer than the original plan.

The ...Read more

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Yankees slugger Aaron Judge bet on himself, and so far it's worked in his favor

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BALTIMORE — Aaron Judge made it clear that he did not want his season evaluated series-by-series, day-by-day through the lens of a contract extension he turned down. The Yankees slugger said that is why he wanted it all worked out by opening day and why he wouldn’t be talking about it.

Through 36 games, it could not have been more in Judge�...Read more

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Rockies rally to snap 12-game skid to Giants behind solid pitching, C.J. Cron's 10th homer

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DENVER — The recipe for the Rockies to somehow get back into contention amid their May freefall played out like clockwork on Wednesday at Coors Field.

In a 5-3 victory that broke a 12-game losing streak to the Giants, Colorado got solid starting pitching, a lights-out-performance by the bullpen, error-free defense and one huge hit. First ...Read more

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Twins cap off series in Oakland with 14-4 rout of A's

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OAKLAND, Calif. — As he defended the Twins' demotion of Royce Lewis to the minors on Wednesday, Rocco Baldelli felt the need to throw in a timely reminder.

"Well, we're getting Carlos Correa back," the manager pointed out.

Boy, were they ever.

Correa come off the injured list with a single, a double and a walk, scoring twice and driving in ...Read more

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Vahe Gregorian: KC Royals' Tuesday night victory stood for just that, in more ways than one

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Over a disconcerting and disorienting 24 hours, the Royals had dismissed Terry Bradshaw from his role as hitting coach (inconveniently after they’d amassed 26 runs in three games at Colorado) only to muster three runs in their next two games and sag to 12-22.

In the second of those, a 3-0 loss to the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday afternoon at ...Read more

Braves blow late leads, fall to Brewers

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MILWAUKEE – The Braves were a strike away from winning their first road series.

The Braves led by four runs after three innings, by a run after eight and by a run after 10. The Brewers continued clawing back.

In the ninth, Kolten Wong battled Kenley Jansen before finally ripping a run-scoring triple to tie the score. And luckily for Jansen ...Read more

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Paul Sullivan: Beef between Tim Anderson and Ozzie Guillén? It's up to White Sox to make sure it's not a bigger distraction.

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CHICAGO — Ozzie Guillén talks too much?

In other news, the earth is round.

The former Chicago White Sox player and manager — and current NBC Sports Chicago analyst — once again has been accused of excessive verbiage, this time by shortstop Tim Anderson.

After Guillén casually mentioned Tuesday night that Anderson should’ve played in...Read more

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Drew Rasmussen sharp as Rays beat Tigers again

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Drew Rasmussen delivered another strong start as the Rays beat the Tigers 6-1 Wednesday afternoon at Tropicana Field.

Rasmussen worked five shutout innings, scattering four hits and striking out seven while registering a career-best 20 swings-and-misses in throwing 61 of his 87 pitches for strikes.

Rasmussen is now 4-1...Read more

Athletics get key hits from Brown, Murphy in seventh and beat Twins

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OAKLAND, Calif. — The Athletics got enough offense from some slumping hitters Tuesday night to support their pitching staff and beat the Minnesota Twins 5-2 before a crowd of 3,460 at the Coliseum.

With the score tied 2-2, Seth Brown and Sean Murphy delivered the deciding blows as the A’s improved to 16-23. Minnesota, leaders in the ...Read more

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Giants bats' erupt for 10 runs, 12th straight win vs. Rockies

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DENVER — As the saying goes, no lead is safe at Coors Field.

Even with offensive outbursts up and down their order, the Giants were left sweating in the late innings of an eventual 10-7 win over the Rockies, extending their winning streak against Colorado to 12 games dating back to last season.

The Giants had to call on closer Camilo Doval ...Read more