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Padres torch Giants' bullpen in lopsided win

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SAN FRANCISCO -- San Francisco Giants outfielder Brandon Belt hardly moved a muscle as he watched the ball that came off of Wil Myers' bat sail over his head and land in the left field bleachers at AT&T Park an estimated 433 feet away from home plate.

Reliever Neil Ramirez nearly had the same reaction, as his 93 mph fastball right down the pipe...Read more

Triggs, solo homers lift A's over Astros, 2-1

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HOUSTON -- It was back to basics for the A's Saturday night, terrific starting pitching and a couple of home runs bringing an end to a five-game losing streak.

Andrew Triggs threw shutout ball for seven innings, striking out a career-high nine and Jed Lowrie and Khris Davis contributed the homers as Oakland turned back the American League-West ...Read more

Angels' winning streak comes to an end with 6-3 loss to Rangers

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ARLINGTON, Texas -- File the Angels' 6-3 loss to the Texas Rangers on Saturday night under the heading: "Baseball is a game of inches."

The four-run fifth inning that flipped the game for the Rangers, and ended the Angels' five-game winning streak, involved three straight hits that were all inches from being caught or foul.

That sequence put ...Read more

Nova throws a shutout in Pirates' 4-0 victory over Marlins

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MIAMI -- Whatever the Pirates hoped for when they re-signed Ivan Nova this winter, he has to have matched it. Nova deftly manipulated the Miami Marlins lineup Saturday night, throwing a shutout in the Pirates' 4-0 victory.

Nova pitched at least seven innings for the third consecutive start. Saturday, he went the distance, shutting out the ...Read more

Kemp hits 3 home runs in Braves' 11-3 rout of Brewers

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MILWAUKEE -- It had been nearly nine years since the Braves had a player hit three homers in a game.

Matt Kemp, take a bow.

Kemp hit three home runs Saturday to lead the suddenly surging and extremely streaky Braves to an 11-3 win against the Brewers at Miller Park, their fourth straight and the second night in a row the Braves have set a ...Read more

Schwarber single punctuates Cubs' 7-4 comeback victory over Red Sox

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BOSTON -- Kyle Schwarber broke out from survival mode Saturday to sheer satisfaction with one protective swing.

Schwarber poked a low and outside 0-2 pitch from left-hander Robby Scott into shallow center field for a single to score the go-ahead run in the seventh inning. It was a highlight of the three-run rally that enabled the Cubs to ...Read more

Former White Sox ace Chris Sale loves new challenge with Red Sox

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BOSTON -- Chris Sale admits to taking a peek at the fortunes of his former White Sox teammates, but he realizes the price the Red Sox paid for his current mission is too great to overlook.

"I've had a lot of admiration for this organization, even from the outside looking in," Sale said Saturday. "This is one of my favorite places to pitch. You ...Read more

Royals-Twins rained out, game postponed to July 1

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Royals, mired in an eight-game losing streak and searching for a spark, received a brief reprieve Saturday.

The team's scheduled 6:15 p.m. home game against the Minnesota Twins was postponed because of rain. The Royals and Twins will make up the game as part of a split doubleheader on Saturday, July 1.

The first game ...Read more

Mariners fail to hold early lead, fall to Indians

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CLEVELAND -- Given the circumstances of the team they were playing and who was starting against them, the Mariners couldn't have had a more ideal start Saturday.

Facing All-Star right-hander Danny Salazar and the Indians, Nelson Cruz blasted a two-run homer and Kyle Seager followed with his first homer of the season. The back-to-back, first-...Read more

Jose Abreu, Melky Cabrera hit first homers as White Sox top Tigers in 10 innings, 6-4

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DETROIT -- First baseman Jose Abreu made it clear he was ready to be back in the White Sox lineup Saturday afternoon at Comerica Park by launching his first two home runs of the season.

Abreu's second-inning solo shot off Tigers right-hander Michael Fulmer and his eighth-inning shot off lefty Blaine Hardy helped the Sox top the Tigers, 6-4, in ...Read more

Pirates' Freese goes on disabled list because of strained right hamstring

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MIAMI -- The Pirates' offense took another hit Saturday when David Freese went on the 10-day disabled list because of a strained right hamstring.

"David is best suited to take the time he needs to take to come back good," manager Clint Hurdle said. "Not OK; to back in a good spot. He was in a very good spot for us to this point. We want to make...Read more

Cardinals-Reds game postponed; no makeup date set

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ST. LOUIS -- Saturday's Cardinals-Cincinnati Reds game has been postponed because of severe weather. No makeup date has been set although a club official said there would not be a doubleheader played on Sunday with more bad weather forecast.

Cardinals right-hander Mike Leake, who was to have pitched Saturday, will move his start to Sunday. ...Read more

Seager, Dodgers hustle a victory

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LOS ANGELES--He bared his teeth as he bore down on third base, but Corey Seager was not smiling. The exertion stretched his face into a rictus. Seager does not possess upscale speed, but he emptied his tank in chugging from first to third in the fifth inning of a 5-3 Dodgers victory over Philadelphia on Friday night.

After leading off with a ...Read more

Arroyo's homer propels Giants over Padres

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SAN FRANCISCO -- Bye bye, baby? Better believe it.

Christian Arroyo cannot grow a beard. He never lived in a world without smartphones. He walked up to San Francisco Giants teammate Matt Moore in the spring and told him how cool it was to watch him pitch with the Rays while he was growing up in Tampa. Moore is 27.

And yet, youth continues to ...Read more

Reddick steals the show as Astros beat A's, 9-4

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HOUSTON -- Josh Reddick had a way of stealing the spotlight when he played for the A's, and he did it again Friday playing against them in a 9-4 Astros win that sent Oakland to its fifth consecutive loss.

Even on a night when A's left fielder Khris Davis threatened to own the moment with two homers and four RBIs, former Oakland right fielder ...Read more

Skaggs' injury leaves cloud over Angels' win over Rangers

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ARLINGTON, Texas -- Just when the Angels were giving their fans reason to hope, another pitcher left a game with an injury.

The Angels' 6-3 victory over the Texas Rangers, their fifth in a row, was somewhat tainted because Tyler Skaggs, their best starter at the moment, left the game with right side tightness.

The Angels also had to take C.J. ...Read more

Freeman's 9th-inning homer gives Braves 10-8 vs. Brewers

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MILWAUKEE -- On a night when the Braves twice fought back from four-run deficits without any contributions from Freddie Freeman, the big first baseman came through when it counted most.

Freeman's line-drive two-run homer to center field in the ninth inning lifted the Braves to a 10-8 series-opening win against the Brewers on Friday at Miller ...Read more

Miguel Sano's four RBI power Twins to 6-4 comeback victory vs. Royals

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Miguel Sano delivered for the Twins in a big way twice Friday night.

Sano hit a two-run homer to start a comeback from three runs down, then came inches away from a grand slam in the eighth inning before the Twins capped their rally on a two-run double by Joe Mauer to beat Kansas City 6-4 at Kauffman Stadium.

The Twins ...Read more

Cardinals hold on for 7-5 win over Reds

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ST. LOUIS -- Dexter Fowler and Jedd Gyorko homered to back starting pitcher Lance Lynn, who allowed one run in six innings, and the Cardinals opened a three-game series against Cincinnati with a 7-5 win at Busch Stadium on Friday night.

The win was the ninth in the last 11 games and moved the Cardinals within a half game of first-place in the ...Read more

Mariners' road success continues with 3-1 win against Indians

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CLEVELAND -- Playing on the road is getting a little easier for the Mariners. They won their third straight game away from Safeco Field, getting solid starting pitching from Ariel Miranda and nice relief work from James Pazos and Edwin Diaz in a 3-1 win over the Indians on Friday.

Miranda pitched 51/3 innings, giving up one run on two hits with...Read more

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