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Greg Dobbs was baseball's best pinch hitter. He uses those same skills in 'the big leagues of finance.'

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PHILADELPHIA — His hand was stinging, but Greg Dobbs did not mind. He went undrafted six years earlier, signed for $30,000, spent four years in the minors, reached the majors, and then was waived by Seattle after playing sparingly over three seasons. Perhaps, Dobbs thought, that was it.

So imagine how Dobbs felt nine months later circling the...Read more

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Tarik Skubal, Detroit Tigers best Oakland A's 7-3 to open four-game series

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The Detroit Tigers defeated the Oakland Athletics 7-3 in the first of a four-game series, thanks in large part to an excellent performance from pitcher Tarik Skubal and a productive night from the offense.

Skubal was sharp on the mound from the jump. He knifed through Oakland’s batting order, racking up 10 strikeouts and allowing just a pair ...Read more

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Emmet Sheehan flashes, then fizzles in hitless start as Dodgers beat sloppy Giants

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LOS ANGELES — Dave Roberts climbed the dugout stairs, walked across the infield and, for the seventh time in his eight years as the Dodgers manager, took the ball away from a starting pitcher who had yet to give up a hit.

For perhaps the first time in the now-notorious trend, there were almost no dissenters to the decision.

In what was a ...Read more

Ozzie Albies eclipses 100-RBI mark as Braves blow out Nationals

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WASHINGTON – The Braves piled on the Nationals early. Their starter, Max Fried, spun a gem. For the most part, Atlanta’s bullpen cruised.

It went according to plan for the Braves, who defeated the Nationals, 10-3, on Thursday in Washington. Atlanta is 98-55.

1. When he played baseball as a young boy in Curaçao, Ozzie Albies had a coach ...Read more

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Gerrit Cole bolsters Cy Young case with dominant win over Blue Jays

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NEW YORK — Likely pitching his final game in the Bronx this season, Yankees ace Gerrit Cole flirted with perfection Thursday night against the Blue Jays and again bolstered his case for his first-ever Cy Young Award.

The right-hander dominated Toronto over eight innings, surrendering only one run on two hits while striking out nine in the ...Read more

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Mark Vientos homers again in Mets' loss to Phillies

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PHILADELPHIA — Mark Vientos keeps hitting home runs and Jeff McNeil has continued his power surge, but the Mets were out-pitched by the Philadelphia Phillies in the series opener. They fell 5-4 on Thursday night at Citizens Bank Park in the first game of a four-game series, despite the best efforts of some of the New York hitters.

McNeil came...Read more

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Orioles fall to Guardians, 5-2, reducing AL East lead to 1.5 games as boom-or-bust September continues

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CLEVELAND — Orioles manager Brandon Hyde did not hide his rooting interests after watching the Tampa Bay Rays rally for an afternoon victory against the Los Angeles Angels.

“We just came up a little short,” Hyde quipped, as if he or his players had any role to play in the Angels blowing a late lead to the team chasing Baltimore in the ...Read more

Pirates outlast Cubs in another wild one to take series from playoff hopefuls

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CHICAGO — Wild and wacky games against the Cubs have not been hard to find this season for the Pirates. But actually beating Chicago has proven difficult. It had happened just twice in 12 tries prior to Thursday.

While it was not without its frustrating moments, drama or missteps, the Pirates outlasted the Cubs to close the season series in ...Read more

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Mac Cerullo: Officially eliminated from playoffs, Red Sox couldn't overcome their obvious flaws

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In the end, the Red Sox were exactly who we thought they were.

Entering the season, the prevailing opinion among outside observers was the Red Sox were an average club who might show improvement from 2022’s last place showing, but ultimately one that wasn’t good enough to take a meaningful leap towards contention.

Now officially eliminated...Read more

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Paul Sullivan: The 'Royalization' of the White Sox is full steam ahead

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CHICAGO — Whenever Chris Getz hears Lorde sing “Royals,” he must feel compelled to sing along at the top of his lungs.

On his first day as Chicago White Sox general manager, Getz revealed manager Pedro Grifol, his former coach with the Kansas City Royals, would be retained. Among his first front office hires, Getz is reported to be ...Read more

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The Kansas City Royals made some significant trades this year. A review of the biggies.

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The Kansas City Royals were active in the trade market this year, making multiple trades to reshape their overall roster for the future.

The Royals acquired stalwart pitcher Cole Ragans from the Texas Rangers, for instance. They also picked up outfielder Nelson Velázquez and relief pitchers James McArthur and Taylor Hearn.

“That was a ...Read more

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Cardinals blanked by Brewers as Miles Mikolas gives up six in series-ending loss

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ST. LOUIS — Cardinals pitcher Miles Mikolas couldn’t stop the slide that started after the club got Adam Wainwright to his historic milestone, and he received no offensive support in his quest to right the ship as the Cardinals suffered a series-clinching loss to the Milwaukee Brewers.

Mikolas gave up six runs in five innings, and the ...Read more

Dieter Kurtenbach: The SF Giants' playoff hopes are dead. You only needed to watch one player to understand why.

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The Giants’ 2023 season is over.

Not literally, of course. The Giants still have 10 games to play. But those games won’t mean much of anything.

Not after Wednesday’s 7-1 loss to the Diamondbacks.

San Francisco needed to go to Arizona — a rival for a National League wild card spot – and win both games in a 20-hour series against the ...Read more

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Will Clayton Kershaw and Adam Wainwright be last pitchers to reach 200 wins?

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It's a bizarre twist. A win for an MLB pitcher has never held more value precisely because its value has plummeted.

Adam Wainwright logged his 200th victory Monday and was widely celebrated for reaching a milestone that would have elicited yawns years ago.

The win came via an unexpectedly outstanding performance by the 42-year-old St. Louis ...Read more

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Rays rally in ninth to walk off Angels, win 3-game series

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — In the Rays’ increasingly more challenging bid to win the American League East, they know they are going to need some help from teams beating the first-place Orioles.

But they also have to help themselves.

It took a while, but they finally did so Thursday, rallying in the ninth inning for a 5-4, walkoff win over the ...Read more

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Goose evades fowl ball at Dodger Stadium. Will a flying object doom team like in 2022?

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LOS ANGELES — The moment produced pause, puns and fun on the fly. Oh, and reminders of a similar intrusion that immediately preceded the Dodgers' demise in last year's National League Division Series.

David Peralta lifted a towering fly ball down the left-field line in fowl, er, foul territory Wednesday against the Detroit Tigers that nearly ...Read more

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Bill Shaikin: Charley Steiner, Rick Monday still on (radio) call after all these years

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I wish I had not been startled by the words. Alas, the modern announcer has been trained to be inoffensive above all.

Seldom is heard a discouraging word, at least about the home team. Tell it like it is, unless it might upset team executives or players.

Not that Charley Steiner or Rick Monday, the Dodgers' radio broadcasters, much care. The ...Read more

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Tigers avoid sweep, hold off Dodgers for 4-2 win

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LOS ANGELES — The Tigers didn’t leave L.A. quietly.

They managed to avoid getting swept by the N.L. West champion Dodgers Wednesday night with a plucky 4-2 win.

Carson Kelly, Tyler Nevin and Kerry Carpenter each had two hits. Kelly and Andy Ibanez delivered clutch two-out RBI hits and a very taxed Tigers’ bullpen managed to lock down the...Read more

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Yankees' Jasson Domínguez undergoes Tommy John surgery; Michael King strikes out 13 in loss to Blue Jays

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NEW YORK — Jasson Domínguez underwent Tommy John reconstruction surgery as expected on Wednesday, the Yankees announced. The procedure also included the addition of internal bracing, a newer method for repairing torn ulnar collateral ligaments.

“Officially bionic,” Domínguez, already known as The Martian, wrote in an Instagram post ...Read more

Cardinals fall behind early and can't recover in 8-2 loss to the Brewers

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ST. LOUIS — The Cardinals played their first game this season after having been officially eliminated from the postseason. The combination of injuries and being out of contention gave their lineup some strong spring training split squad vibes.

Ultimately, a slow start by starting pitcher Zack Thompson proved too much for the Cardinals to ...Read more