Continuing their struggles with runners in scoring position, Royals lose to White Sox

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Minutes before he entertained a trio of reporters in his Kauffman Stadium office on Thursday afternoon, Royals manager Ned Yost had to sort through some papers to find his team's record.

He didn't know it off-hand. He'd been avoiding it, more than likely out of habit.

But he didn't need much of a point of reference -- he ...Read more

Ravens use first-round pick on South Carolina TE Hayden Hurst after trading back twice

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In his final draft before he steps aside after the 2018 season, Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome solidified the team at the position he once excelled at.

After trading back twice in the first round, the Ravens used the 25th overall pick in Thursday night's first round of the NFL draft on South Carolina's Hayden Hurst, who was widely ...Read more

Dylan Bundy falters as Orioles lose to Rays, 9-5

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BALTIMORE -- One of the only highlights of the Orioles' ugly season has been watching right-hander Dylan Bundy emerge into one of the American League's best pitchers, but even Bundy wasn't immune from the team's struggles Thursday night against the Tampa Bay Rays as he was roughed up for the first time this year in the Orioles' 9-5 loss at ...Read more

Mariners finally throw their true lineup on field, and it's a 5-4 winner at Cleveland

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CLEVELAND -- For the first time in the 2018 season, the Mariners rolled out all nine of their position players for the projected every day lineup. Because of injuries they had to wait till game No. 24 of their season to see what it might be really like in a game.

The early reviews were positive in the Mariners' 5-4 win over the Indians on ...Read more

Kris Bryant misses 3rd consecutive start, Kyle Schwarber HR gives Cubs 1-0 win over Brewers

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CHICAGO -- Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant missed his third consecutive start Thursday night against the Brewers as he recovers from a beaning.

Bryant, who was drilled Sunday by a 96-mph pitch from German Marquez of the Rockies, remains under evaluation and was examined by team doctor Stephen Adams before taking batting practice.

The Cubs ...Read more

Tigers' Alex Wilson, after walk-off home run: 'I didn't do my job'

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PITTSBURGH -- Alex Wilson was at a loss when trying to explain what's gone wrong.

He's just frustrated with the results and the home runs he keeps giving up.

After a horrendous spring -- which isn't abnormal for him -- he hasn't been able to correct course in the regular season.

The Detroit Tigers lost, 1-0, to the Pirates on Thursday at PNC ...Read more

Andrew Miller placed on 10-day disabled list with left hamstring strain

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CLEVELAND -- The Indians placed All-Star reliever Andrew Miller on the 10-day disabled list Thursday with a strained left hamstring and purchased the contract of left-handed reliever Jeff Beliveau.

Miller, a vital piece to the bullpen and roster, grabbed for his left hamstring on the second pitch he threw in Wednesday night's 4-1 win over the ...Read more

Cubs manager Joe Maddon doesn't want to rush Kris Bryant to return

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CHICAGO -- Kris Bryant met with team doctor Stephen Adams before taking batting practice Thursday as the Cubs await the third baseman's return.

"I don't anticipate anything awful or bad," manager Joe Maddon said once again. "We're just waiting for everyone to be on board. Once we do that, he'll be out there playing."

The question remains when ...Read more

Phillies fall to Diamondbacks as Ben Lively struggles

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PHILADELPHIA -- The phone buzzed in the Phillies bullpen on Thursday afternoon, and Drew Hutchison sprung from the bench. Starter Ben Lively was in trouble, and it was time for the long reliever to get loose. But before Hutchison could even throw a warm-up pitch, Lively's trouble -- and the Phillies' afternoon -- turned ugly.

The Phillies ...Read more

Acuna hits first home run as Braves beat Reds, 7-4

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CINCINNATI -- Ronald Acuna and Ozzie Albies might be tormenting the National League together for a long time. Braves fans saw that dream realized Thursday.

Acuna delivered a go-ahead bloop-double in the eighth inning, while Albies launched a two-run blast in the fifth, helping the team to a 7-4 win that salvaged a series split against the Reds ...Read more

White Sox reliever Danny Farquhar 'progressing' and on his feet after ruptured aneurysm

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The White Sox took the field for batting practice Friday at Kauffman Stadium wearing a shirt that reflects the wishes of the players.

White lettering on the black T-shirt reads "PRAY FOR 43" with "FOR DANNY" on the left sleeve.

One week ago, reliever Danny Farquhar collapsed in the Sox's dugout due to a ruptured aneurysm.

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One bad inning costs Jason Hammel, Royals in loss to Brewers

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- For the second night in a row, a Royals starting pitcher deflected a comebacker off a body part.

Jason Hammel was the victim Wednesday at Kauffman Stadium.

The perpetrator: former teammate and current Brewers center fielder Lorenzo Cain.

Cain turned Hammel's 92 mph two-seam fastball, a pitch Hammel has rediscovered this ...Read more

Wacha strikes out eight as Cardinals coast past Mets, 9-1

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ST. LOUIS -- In a burst of three tightly-bunched rallies helped along by power and a few Mets errors, the Cardinals gave starter Michael Wacha far more run support than he needed Wednesday.

Wacha, finding his footing, struck out eight and pitched six superb innings to lead the Cardinals to a 9-1 victory against the New York Mets at Busch ...Read more

Trevor Richards owns the spotlight as Marlins defeat Dodgers, Kershaw

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LOS ANGELES -- Trevor Richards was so awed by Dodger Stadium that he stood alone on the top step of the dugout and took snapshots of the empty diamond as if he was some tourist. And why not? The small-town pitcher the Marlins discovered purely by accident said it was his first time he had pitched west of Oklahoma and that Dodger Stadium felt ...Read more

Kendall Graveman's first quality start not enough vs. Rangers

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ARLINGTON, Texas -- The A's finally saw what they wanted to see out of No. 1 starter Kendall Graveman, but the end result still left them disappointed.

Graveman grinded out his first quality start of the season, allowing three runs on six hits with four walks and seven strikeouts over six innings of work in a 4-2 loss to the Rangers, snapping ...Read more

Cubs fall to Indians with Kris Bryant again out of lineup

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CLEVELAND -- Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant did not start Wednesday night for the second consecutive game as he recovers from a beaning Sunday.

The decision to rest Bryant was made Tuesday night, but the Cubs couldn't recover in a 4-1 loss at Cleveland.

"(Bryant) is not bad," manager Joe Maddon said. "He's fine. It's just one of those things. ...Read more

Alex Cobb's struggles continue with fateful fifth inning as Orioles fall to Rays, 8-4

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BALTIMORE -- This was seemingly the night that Alex Cobb had finally found his footing, keeping the ball on the ground against his former team and holding the Tampa Bay Rays to one run through his first four innings Wednesday at Camden Yards.

As rain intensified while Cobb took the mound for the top of the fifth, the sky fell on Cobb's outing. ...Read more

Phillies beat Diamondbacks on Aaron Altherr homer off Zack Greinke

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PHILADELPHIA -- Aaron Altherr raised his right arm and pointed a finger to the sky. He had come through -- again -- against one of baseball's best pitchers. Altherr touched first base and watched his three-run land over the center field wall in a 5-3 win over Arizona. Altherr's resurgence continued.

The outfielder struggled through the first ...Read more

Who needs Babe Ruth? Comiskey telegram nixing a 1914 White Sox deal up for bid

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For the Cubs fan who seemingly has everything, here's a gift for Mother's Day or Father's Day to consider if price is no issue:

A telegram in which White Sox owner Charles Comiskey rejects the opportunity to acquire Babe Ruth in 1914 for what today would be roughly $400,000 is up for sale with a New Jersey-based auction house.

The missive is ...Read more

White Sox fall to Mariners, lose for 16th time in last 19 games

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CHICAGO -- The game started with such promise.

Yoan Moncada creamed Felix Hernandez's first pitch into the seats beyond right field. The 394-foot laser marked Moncada's first leadoff home run and the first for the White Sox this season.

"I put the barrel on the ball and made good contact," Moncada said. "That was it."

Indeed, that pretty much...Read more