Dodgers rally from five-run deficit for walk-off win over Twins

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LOS ANGELES -- After his hit rolled into the outfield, Justin Turner disappeared inside a cloud of resin powder and a mob of teammates. In the final act of a comeback from a five-run deficit, Turner smacked a walk-off single to secure a 6-5 Los Angeles Dodgers victory over Minnesota on Wednesday night.

The Dodgers are in the midst of a five-...Read more

Padres beat Mets with early offense, stellar defense

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SAN DIEGO -- Last week, Manuel Margot became a father. His wife, Rachell, gave birth to the couple's first child. They named their son Diamond.

On Wednesday, Margot and the San Diego Padres had a gem of a game.

In a 6-3 victory over the New York Mets, the rookie center fielder homered in his first at-bat, tripled in his second and contributed ...Read more

Cubs trounce White Sox, 8-3

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CHICAGO -- The Chicago Cubs got a strong pitching performance from Jake Arrieta and a big night at the plate by Anthony Rizzo en route to an 8-3 victory over the White Sox on Wednesday night at Guaranteed Rate Field.

The Cubs have now won two of the three meetings thus far in the City Series with the finale set for Thursday night at The Rate. ...Read more

Marlins set franchise record with 22 runs in win over Rangers

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ARLINGTON, Texas -- Perhaps everybody should have seen it coming, the way the Miami Marlins' 22-10 win over the Texas Rangers on Wednesday started, when Dee Gordon launched the first pitch of the game from Rangers righty Yu Darvish nearly 400 feet into the stands in right field for a home run.

But that was just the beginning. No one could have ...Read more

Brewers' bullpen falters in 8-5 loss to Nationals

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WASHINGTON -- This showed why Milwaukee Brewers general manager David Stearns acquired relief help earlier in the day.

Ruining a brilliant start by Jimmy Nelson, the Brewers' bullpen blew up in horrific fashion in the eighth inning Wednesday night, allowing the Washington Nationals to score seven runs and come away with an 8-5 victory at ...Read more

Brewers veer away from acquiring young talent to add veteran reliever Swarzak

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WASHINGTON -- The Brewers made official Wednesday morning what had leaked out the previous evening: They have acquired veteran reliever Anthony Swarzak from the Chicago White Sox.

In exchange for Swarzak, the Brewers sent minor-league outfielder Ryan Cordell to Chicago. Cordell, 25, was playing at Triple-A Colorado Springs but has been on the ...Read more

Cardinals finish sweep of Rockies behind balanced hitting

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ST. LOUIS -- The Cardinals returned to Busch Stadium for their first series in over two weeks in desperate need of a series win to convince their front office that they could continue to contend this season.

Wednesday, they accomplished something better: a sweep.

The Cardinals took the third game from the Rockies, 10-5, to finish off their ...Read more

Phillies trade Pat Neshek to Rockies for three Single-A prospects

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Pat Neshek was the Phillies' most sought-after trade chip, and he has found a new home.

The Phillies, after Wednesday's game, traded Neshek to the Colorado Rockies for three low-level minor leaguers -- a starter, a reliever and a shortstop. Neshek will head to Denver and pitch in a contender's bullpen while the Phillies opened a spot in their ...Read more

Phillies shut out Astros behind Aaron Nola's pitching gem

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PHILADELPHIA -- It was just six weeks ago that concern lingered around Aaron Nola as his ERA soared and his back tightened a season after he was sidelined with an elbow impingement. Perhaps Nola was not the pitcher the Phillies had hoped he was after he raced two summers ago through the minor leagues.

And it took just six weeks for those doubts...Read more

Eric Hosmer erupts for five hits, grand slam in Royals' 16-2 win over Tigers

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DETROIT -- As the baseball soared through the night, Eric Hosmer took a moment to admire his work. He held his follow-through pose for a split second. He shifted his eyes toward the night sky, tracking the orbit of his blast. Moments later, he broke into a trot, peering at his teammates in the first-base dugout.

All Wednesday night at Comerica ...Read more

Seven-run eighth inning lifts Indians to 10-4 win against Angels

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CLEVELAND -- Indians rookie Bradley Zimmer came through in a key moment again Tuesday night, giving the Indians a one-run lead in the seventh of a close game. Soon thereafter, the Indians turned it into a shellacking in a 10-4 win against the Los Angeles Angels Wednesday night.

The win extended the Indians' winning streak to six games.

Facing ...Read more

Chris Sale stymies Mariners as Red Sox take series finale

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SEATTLE -- There was Chris Sale: a veteran, a master of the strikeout, a pitcher in complete control of his form and, of course, the starter for the Red Sox on Wednesday.

There was Andrew Moore: a rookie, still learning, a pitcher whose stuff is better on the whole than any individual parts and, of course, the starter for the Mariners on ...Read more

Pirates fall to Giants, 2-1, after Marte's miscue

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SAN FRANCISCO -- On Wednesday, a Gold Glove winner's misplay made the difference.

When a routine fly ball dropped right next to Starling Marte, it broke a tie in the Pirates' 2-1 loss to the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park. The play rendered moot a solid outing by Trevor Williams, who settled down after control issues in the first, and meant ...Read more

Blair gives up 5 runs early, D-backs rout Brave, 10-3

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PHOENIX -- Aaron Blair was not good in his major league season debut Wednesday, but plenty of the Braves right-hander's teammates weren't a lot better in a listless 10-3 loss to the Diamondbacks at Chase Field that completed a three-game series and the western two-thirds of a three-city trip.

Making a fill-in start after Jaime Garcia was traded...Read more

Orioles continue to sink with series loss at Rays as trade deadline nears

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- After the Orioles continued to tread water in a muddled playoff race by losing their series at the Tampa Bay Rays, manager Buck Showalter refused to place added importance on the team's upcoming series in Texas -- the club's final three games before the non-waiver trade deadline.

On the surface, he wants his players to ...Read more

Pirates will take a closer look at Gregory Polanco's offseason training

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SAN FRANCISCO -- The Pirates' strength and conditioning staff is re-evaluating Gregory Polanco's offseason training regimen in light of his second trip to the 10-day disabled list because of a strained hamstring.

"First and foremost we want to get him back for this season and hopefully through a run in November," head athletic trainer Todd ...Read more

White Sox place Avisail Garcia on disabled list

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CHICAGO -- White Sox right fielder Avisail Garcia has a strained ligament in his right thumb and will be placed on the disabled list, general manager Rick Hahn said Wednesday before the City Series game against the Cubs at Guaranteed Rate Field.

Garcia's recovery is expected to take at least a couple of weeks. Hahn said a replacement player ...Read more

Rangers hoping Wednesday's start isn't Darvish's last

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ARLINGTON, Texas -- Depending on a person's preferences, the 1 in the Texas Rangers' 1-2 rotation punch started Tuesday night at Globe Life Park.

The 2 in that equation, others' 1, is started Wednesday in the series finale against the Miami Marlins.

That's how Cole Hamels and Yu Darvish lined up last year as the Rangers took the American ...Read more

Dodgers' win is delayed, but not denied

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LOS ANGELES--Justin Turner is the redhead with the easy smile that belies the lethal bat. Corey Seager is the steady hand, Cody Bellinger the dashing newcomer, Alex Wood the confident understudy, and Kenley Jansen the man who turns out the lights, night after night.

The star is Clayton Kershaw, and now is the time for the Dodgers to rally ...Read more

Bumgarner finally gets a victory as Giants rout Pirates on Nunez trade night

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SAN FRANCISCO -- For one night, anyway, the San Francisco Giants looked like a team that everyone may vaguely remember. A pretty darned good one.

Madison Bumgarner was dealing, and adding a little extra with the lumber. Buster Posey and Joe Panik were delivering clutch RBI hits. Denard Span and Eduardo Nunez even teamed up for a double steal.

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