Angels run into a runaway train

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ANAHEIM, Calif.--This is what awaits them. If the Angels are to complete their quest and qualify for the postseason, they will have to win games like this one.

They will have to best front-line starters, bullpens brimming with hard throwers, lineups swollen with power and speed. If they can get past the Oct. 3 wild-card game, they will have to ...Read more

Pence leads Giants over Rockies, 4-3

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SAN FRANCISCO -- On the night major league baseball broke its all-time record for home runs in a season, the San Francisco Giants did something out of character.

They contributed to the total.

But it wasn't Hunter Pence's go-ahead, two-run homer in the fifth inning that beat the Rockies 4-3 on Tuesday night.

After Colorado tied the score ...Read more

Rangers top M's, 3-1

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SEATTLE--On a night when a win seemed more important than vital, a baserunning mistake killed their chances to take a lead and their best reliever gave up two runs in the eighth inning to send them to defeat.

In the effort to subdue off the slow crawl toward mathematical elimination with each passing day, the Mariners obviously needed to win on...Read more

Santana's home run holds up as Brewers blank Pirates, 1-0

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PITTSBURGH -- The Milwaukee Brewers' offense continues to scuffle at PNC Park.

But with how well the pitching staff has performed through the first two games of the series, it hasn't really mattered.

Domingo Santana homered in the fourth inning, and Chase Anderson, Anthony Swarzak and Corey Knebel made it stand up the rest of the way as the ...Read more

White Sox offense can't back up Giolito's strong outing in 3-1 loss to Astros

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HOUSTON -- White Sox right-hander Lucas Giolito gave up only a pair of fourth-inning runs, but the Sox offense came up short for him in a 3-1 loss to the Astros on Tuesday at Minute Maid Park.

Jose Altuve hit a solo homer and Alex Bregman added an RBI double into deep left-center field out of reach of left fielder Nicky Delmonico for the lead. ...Read more

Hoskins delivers again in Phillies' 6-2 win against Dodgers

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PHILADELPHIA -- Rhys Hoskins does not miss fastballs. He entered Tuesday night a .301 hitter with a prodigious .771 slugging percentage against fastballs. He stepped to the plate with the bases loaded in the seventh inning of a tie game and opposed a pitcher, Pedro Baez, who could not throw anything but his fastball.

So, for nine pitches in an ...Read more

Alex Wilson's eighth-inning collapse dooms Tigers in 9-8 loss to A's

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DETROIT -- It all came crashing down in the top of the eighth inning.

The Detroit Tigers had a good night offensively. They pitched well enough to win. But a scene that has played out far too many times over the past few seasons once again took center stage late in the game.

Holding a three-run lead against the Oakland Athletics, right-handed ...Read more

Home runs are going through the roof, and theories abound

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- There are many competing theories as to why baseball was on track Tuesday to set an all-time single season record for home runs.

"Obviously guys are throwing harder," Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant said.

"Obviously the balls are a little corked up," first baseman Anthony Rizzo countered.

Obviously no one is sure ...Read more

Fowler's heroics help Cardinals sink Reds in 10 innings, 8-7

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CINCINNATI -- Having already rescued the Cardinals with a homer earlier in the game, Dexter Fowler delivered a win later with a double and a run scored in extra innings.

Fowler drove home the tie-breaking run in the 10th and then scored the needed insurance run on Paul DeJong's single. Those two runs buttressed the Cardinals against an answer ...Read more

Montgomery shines as Cubs top Rays, 2-1

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Cubs manager Joe Maddon received a very warm homecoming Tuesday night that included a video tribute for his nine seasons as Rays manager after the first inning at Tropicana Field.

The Cubs did their part as Mike Montgomery pitched six innings of one-hit ball to lead the way to a 2-1 victory.

The Cubs were able to rest ...Read more

Nationals ace Scherzer too much this time for Braves and Gohara

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ATLANTA -- When Braves prospect Luiz Gohara faced Max Scherzer a week ago in Washington, the kid earned his first major league win and out-pitched the two-time Cy Young Award winner on a night when Atlanta handed Scherzer one of his worst losses in an 8-2 rout.

It was a good bet that Scherzer wasn't about to have anything resembling a repeat ...Read more

Orioles waste Gausman's gem in 1-0, 11-inning loss to Red Sox

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BALTIMORE -- Although not officially, the tone of this Orioles season has taken a turn to the future.

The Orioles entered Tuesday night's game against the Boston Red Sox closer to the American League East cellar (21/2 games) than the second and final AL wild-card spot (51/2 games) with 11 games left in the regular season. While it would take a ...Read more

Marlins rally against former closer Ramos in ninth, top Mets in 10th on Realmuto's homer

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MIAMI -- With a three-run lead entering the bottom of the ninth inning, the New York Mets were in position Tuesday to formally put the Marlins' playoff hopes to rest.

It undoubtedly delayed the inevitable, but the Marlins denied their division rival the satisfaction as they rallied against A.J. Ramos, their former closer traded to New York in ...Read more

Royals' Ian Kennedy returns in 5-2 loss to the Blue Jays

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TORONTO -- About a week ago, as his right shoulder ached and his season lay in ruins, Royals starter Ian Kennedy stood in front of a mirror.

He had put up a putrid 9.57 ERA in the month of August and logged two mediocre starts in September. He would sit 10 days to rest a fatigued rotator cuff. It was the kind of performance that could spur some...Read more

Jake Arrieta all but set to rejoin Cubs' rotation Thursday in Milwaukee

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- After throwing a 25-pitch bullpen session with no pain, Jake Arrieta is ready to rejoin the Cubs rotation Thursday night in Milwaukee.

"The idea is just to see how I bounce back and respond," Arrieta said Tuesday. "And I anticipate to feeling very good, and the plan is to be out there Thursday."

If Arrieta reports ...Read more

Jung Ho Kang speaks about DUI arrest, return to baseball

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Jung Ho Kang has not spoken much publicly since the drunken-driving arrest last year that caused him to lose his U.S. work visa and miss the entire 2017 Pirates season.

In a series of interviews with the Korean Yonhap News Agency, however, the third baseman expressed regret about his actions and opened up about a wide range of issues related to...Read more

Hunter Renfroe homers in return as Padres top D-backs

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SAN DIEGO -- Hunter Renfroe doesn't belong in the Pacific Coast League. If he didn't prove as much as the circuit's MVP a year ago, a two-week sampling after a surprising yet deserved demotion reiterated that fact.

Renfroe had hits in more than half his regular season at-bats with Triple-A El Paso. Nearly half of those went for extra bases and ...Read more

Blame Game: Pointing fingers for Rangers failures in 2017

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ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The body is still warm, but it's never too early to start the autopsy.

What went wrong for the Texas Rangers this season? They're three games under .500 with 13 remaining and their post-season hopes are flat-lining.

Of course, no single player can torpedo a club's season, so this isn't about putting all the blame on one (or ...Read more

Buck Farmer, Tigers' pitching beat up by Athletics in 8-3 loss

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DETROIT -- Before the Detroit Lions kicked off on Monday Night Football, the Detroit Tigers were down big.

As metro Detroiters waited for the local game of the night, Buck Farmer was battered, the Tigers' offense was once again tamed and the upstart Oakland Athletics opened a three-game series with an 8-3 win at Comerica Park.

Farmer's night ...Read more

Bundy squanders early lead and Orioles lose late to Red Sox, 10-8 in 11 innings

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BALTIMORE -- On a night when Dylan Bundy seemed to have it all together, the Orioles scored in each of the first four innings against the first-place Boston Red Sox and took a five-run lead into the fifth.

What could go wrong?

That, of course, is something of a trick question in what has become a nightmarish month of September. Just about ...Read more


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