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Cubs provide power to support Jon Lester's complete-game victory over Giants

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CHICAGO -- Cubs manager Joe Maddon remains immune to suggestions regarding his daily lineup and his preference for resting players.

"The difference with our group regarding constructing a lineup daily is a lot of teams may have bench players who they really don't want to play," Maddon said. "We have bench players who (we) really want to play. ...Read more

Rockies roll past reeling Phillies, 8-2

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PHILADELPHIA -- Ty Kelly popped up in the sixth inning of an 8-2 loss to Colorado on Tuesday night and smashed his bat into pieces before returning to the Phillies dugout.

It was the perfect symbolism for the team's current dreadful stretch. The Phillies have lost 16 of their 20 games this month, allowing eight runs or more in seven of those ...Read more

Members of Willie Stargell's family angered by decision to auction memorabilia

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Members of Willie Stargell's family, including several children and grandchildren, are angered by his widow's decision to auction some of the Hall of Famer's possessions.

Memorabilia for the auction, which begins Wednesday, is being donated by Willie Stargell's second wife, Margaret Weller-Stargell. But Dolores Stargell, who was married to the ...Read more

Shoemaker cruises to lead Angels to 4-0 victory over Rays

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Before Matt Shoemaker took the mound on Tuesday night at Tropicana Field, Mike Scioscia foreshadowed what was to come.

"He's closer to being where he was last year than he ever was," the Angels manager said.

Shoemaker then delivered on the promise, dominating for most of his 61/3-inning outing in the Angels' 4-0 victory...Read more

Rangers done in by walks in 9-6 loss to Red Sox

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BOSTON -- The Boston Red Sox scored seven runs in the fifth and sixth innings Tuesday night, and the Texas Rangers' offense couldn't keep up despite collecting 13 hits in a 9-6 loss at Fenway Park.

Andrew Cashner allowed five runs in five innings, and four walks cut short his outing. All four Boston runs in the sixth came with two outs, as six ...Read more

Royals hit four home runs in 6-2 victory vs. Yankees

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NEW YORK -- Inside the clubhouse, they call him Boni. The nickname is pronounced like Bonnie, and, yes, it is not overly creative. It is the first four letters of Jorge Bonifacio's last name, shortened and altered, and for now, that will do. For in the first 27 games of his young career, the 23-year-old Bonifacio has offered more substance than ...Read more

Mariners routed again, 10-1 by Nationals

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WASHINGTON -- Coming into the game, a lopsided outcome was somewhat predictable. Given the potent Washington Nationals' offense and the current state of the Mariners' starting pitching, which borders somewhere between not good and Class AAA, allowing a mass of runs seemed to be more than just a possibility.

And yet when it happens in such a ...Read more

Santana tosses two-hitter as Twins blank Orioles, 2-0

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BALTIMORE -- Ervin Santana became the first Twins pitcher since Carl Pavano in 2010 to record two complete-game shutouts in the same season on Tuesday, strangling the Orioles offense on just two harmless singles in the Twins' 2-0 victory at Camden Yards.

Santana surrendered a second-inning single to Wellington Castillo and a fifth-inning single...Read more

Cleared to throw, Jameson Taillon completes bullpen session

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ATLANTA -- On Tuesday, two weeks after undergoing surgery for testicular cancer, Pirates right-hander Jameson Taillon was cleared to return to the mound. He threw a 25-pitch bullpen session with catcher Chris Stewart at SunTrust Park, watched by the Pirates training staff and coaches.

Taillon called the day "a really good step." His recent ...Read more

Diamondbacks veteran Zack Greinke shuts down White Sox in 5-1 loss

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PHOENIX -- The Chicago White Sox met Arizona Diamondbacks right-hander Zack Greinke on Monday at Chase Field, and it didn't end well for the club's brief winning streak.

The Sox managed just four hits and struck out 12 times against Greinke in a 5-1 loss to the Diamondbacks, ending the good vibes started with three straight victories against ...Read more

Giants collect seven extra-base hits, narrowly avoid another bullpen meltdown vs. Cubs

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CHICAGO -- Scars heal and seasons begin anew. But some bad memories never fade.

The Giants will not forget the way the Chicago Cubs strutted past their bullpen and kicked beach sand while eliminating them from the NL Division Series last October. In the first meeting between the two clubs this season, the Giants nearly held a dramatic re-...Read more

Tigers unable to back up Michael Fulmer's solid night in 1-0 loss to Astros

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HOUSTON -- They landed in Texas around 4 a.m. Monday morning, a bumpy flight in the books, and arrived in their hotel rooms around 5 a.m., one heck of a tired bunch following a Sunday night loss to the Rangers.

The Tigers' offense looked the part Monday night.

As expected, their bats sagged in the first game of what will be a grueling 10-day ...Read more

Red-hot Cameron Maybin leads Angels to win over Rays

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Cameron Maybin apparently wants to hang on to the leadoff spot.

Maybin, who insisted that it's not coincidence that he got hot when the Angels put him at the top of the order, homered and reached base four times in the Angels' 3-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Monday night.

With two hits and two walks, Maybin is ...Read more

Phillies get clobbered by Rockies as frustration sets in

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PHILADELPHIA -- These are the nights, in a month full of them, that can test even the most patient. A thick haze descended Monday night upon a half-full stadium, and it was hard to see progress. It is there, Phillies general manager Matt Klentak said. But no one can dispute that the Phillies have underperformed.

The frustration mounted during ...Read more

Twins battle back to pound Orioles, 14-7

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BALTIMORE -- Kyle Gibson demonstrated Monday he still needs work on getting ahead of hitters, and he's still got problems working out of trouble. But his timing? Couldn't be better.

Gibson returned to the Twins and was credited with his first victory since Sept. 13, but it wasn't exactly the triumphant homecoming he or the team envisioned. ...Read more

Mariners hit the road looking for any signs of a potential turnaround

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WASHINGTON --Manager Scott Servais knows it's a cliche and he regrets using it as often as he has in recent weeks. At times, he's even apologetic. But this is where he and the Mariners find themselves now.

"I know you guys are sick of me saying it, but you have to take it a day at a time," Servais said again on Sunday before and after a third ...Read more

Inciarte gets 5 hits, Matt Adams homers for Braves in win

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ATLANTA -- The Braves are going to miss Freddie Freeman for the next two or three months, but at least they got a big dude with serious power to pick up some of the slack while Freeman is out.

Matt "Big City" Adams gave the Braves and their fans a glimpse of what he can do with a mammoth two-run homer Monday night in his second game with the ...Read more

Braves' Teheran works on slider, next start moved to Wednesday

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With the severe disparity in his home and road splits continuing to grown, Julio Teheran took his between-starts bullpen session to the SunTrust Park mound Sunday and focused on sharpening the slider that's not been nearly as effective for him this season.

The Braves' two-time All-Star pitcher threw under the watchful eye of pitching coach ...Read more

White Sox top prospect Yoan Moncada appears in Chicago, just for doctor visit

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PHOENIX -- Yoan Moncada caused a minor social-media stir Monday morning when he posted a photo of himself with a filter that showed he was in Chicago.

However, the top White Sox prospect did not arrive to prepare for a big-league call. Instead he was seeing a Sox specialist to examine his sore left thumb, which landed the infielder on the ...Read more

Sean Rodriguez reflects on offseason car crash, time with Pirates

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ATLANTA -- Sean Rodriguez, the Atlanta Brave, looks much like he did the past two years in Pittsburgh. The main differences may be the additional streaks of gray mixed in his long black hair and beard, byproducts perhaps of a winter during which Rodriguez and his family relocated in free agency and were involved in a harrowing car crash near ...Read more

 

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