Fresh, healthy Kyle Hendricks excited about return to Cubs rotation

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Cubs starter Kyle Hendricks had an interesting theory as to why tendinitis suddenly flared up in the middle finger of his pitching hard.

"Flipping the bird to people, maybe it was too much of that," Hendricks said with a hearty laugh before the Cubs faced the Cardinals on Sunday night at Wrigley Field. "Driving in Chicago ..."

Actually, it was...Read more

Clayton Kershaw's early exit with back tightness looms over Dodgers' 5-4 victory over Braves

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LOS ANGELES -- Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw left his start after two innings on Sunday because of tightness on the right side of his lower back, opening a vein of concern as his team marches toward a fifth consecutive National League West title.

His early exit overshadowed a 5-4 victory to split a four-game series with the Atlanta ...Read more

Rangers revitalize hopes with sweep of Rays

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Hold on a second, people. This thing ain't over yet.

The Texas Rangers got off the mat this weekend after taking a standing eight count earlier in the week.

Whether it was smelling salts, a slap in the face, or just a realization that time is running out, the Rangers rallied for three comeback wins over the Tampa Bay ...Read more

Braves tie on Adams' 3-run HR in 9th, but lose to Dodgers in 10th

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LOS ANGELES -- The Braves shocked the Dodgers and closer Kenley Jansen with a three-run ninth inning Sunday capped by Matt Adams' two-out homer that erased a 4-1 deficit and sent the game to extra innings at Dodger Stadium.

But the Dodgers have the best record in the majors for a reason, and they won 5-4 on Logan Forsythe's bases-loaded walk-...Read more

Wil Myers homers again as Padres beat Giants

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SAN FRANCISCO -- Wil Myers, a supremely gifted baseball player, has appeared in 487 major league games, but only once has he homered in three straight. He unlocked the achievement Sunday in a 5-2 victory over San Francisco, in a year that has seen the Padres first baseman fall mostly short of expectations, in a season with plenty left on the ...Read more

Tigers outlast Twins, 9-6, head home after winning road trip

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MINNEAPOLIS -- The Detroit Tigers scored enough insurance runs to beat the Minnesota Twins.

Victor Martinez and Alex Presley hit RBI singles and Twins lefty Craig Breslow gave up a bases-loaded walk to Ian Kinsler in the ninth.

The Tigers beat the Twins, 9-6, at Target Field this afternoon and finished 4-3 on the road trip.

The insurance runs...Read more

Ivan Nova hit hard, Pirates offense silent in 13-3 loss to Rockies

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DENVER -- To take advantage of the Coors Field jet-stream requires putting the baseball in the air. The Colorado Rockies had the right idea Sunday, when they banged five home runs in a 13-3 win, while the Pirates hit just eight balls out of the infield and lost back-to-back games for the first time since July 1-2.

Right-hander Ivan Nova was ...Read more

Merrifield, Moss come up clutch as Royals record fourth walk-off win in eight days

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Banished to the minor leagues in April, Whit Merrifield has spent the last four months illuminating the folly of that decision. He has grown into a central part of the Royals' offense, shoring up the leadoff spot. He has played splendid defense at second base. He has offered an element of grit and athleticism and speed, and ...Read more

Nick Williams' two-run homer blasts Phillies past Brewers, 6-3

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PHILADELPHIA -- Nick Williams boarded a New York City subway train three weeks ago after making his major-league debut and pondered his future as the car rumbled back to Manhattan.

Did I make a good impression? How long am I going to stay here? Are the Phillies going to send me back to Triple A?

It's safe to say that Williams -- who drove in ...Read more

Braves' Dickey knows trades are possible, hopes they're not disruptive

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LOS ANGELES -- R.A. Dickey knows how well the Braves have played for the past 2 1/2 months and especially since mid-June despite a toughening schedule, and the veteran knuckleballer hopes they can avoid any potential disruptions and keep it going.

But Dickey also knows that fellow starting pitcher Jaime Garcia and others could be traded at any ...Read more

Corey Kluber dominates again, Indians complete sweep of Blue Jays

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CLEVELAND -- Another start, another franchise record broken by Corey Kluber.

Kluber turned in yet another dominant performance, and the Indians easily took care of the Toronto Blue Jays 8-1 on Sunday to complete a sweep of the three-game series at Progressive Field.

Kluber cruised all day, allowing just one run on five hits and two walks and ...Read more

Marlins lose to Reds, miss first sweep in Cincinnati in 14 years

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CINCINNATI -- Giancarlo Stanton's aim was truer than Tom Koehler's.

While Stanton threw out two runners with pinpoint-accurate throws on Sunday, Koehler's throwing misfire on a potential inning-ending double play came back to haunt him in the Marlins' 6-3 setback to the Reds.

The loss prevented the Marlins from completing their first sweep of ...Read more

Marlins don't plan on trading core players until ownership situation clears up

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The Miami Marlins intend on retaining their best players until the team's ownership situation clears up, president of baseball operations Michael Hill said Sunday.

That hasn't stopped other major league clubs from checking in on the Marlins' core pieces -- Giancarlo Stanton, Christian Yelich, Marcell Ozuna, J.T. Realmuto, Dan Straily and Justin...Read more

O'Day and Brach falter as Orioles let Astros come back for 8-4 win

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BALTIMORE -- Camden Yards quickly fell quiet Saturday night after Houston Astros third baseman Colin Moran was carted off the field after getting hit in the face by his own foul ball in the sixth inning. The crowd then dropped into disbelief when the pinch hitter who replaced him, Marwin Gonzalez, hit the eventual game-winning three-run homer ...Read more

Santana helps lift Brewers to 9-8 victory over Phillies

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PHILADELPHIA -- Just when the game appeared to be slipping from the Brewers' grasp Saturday night, Domingo Santana delivered a clutch RBI single in the ninth inning to help Milwaukee pull out a 9-8 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park, halting its season-high losing streak of six games.

It looked like for a while that ...Read more

Six-run lead helps Twins hold off Tigers' rally

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Stories were told. Backs were slapped. Ovation after ovation rained upon them. The heroes of the 1987 World Champion Twins were celebrated on Saturday. And fans took it all in, from never-seen-before movies recorded by Dan Gladden, to Jeff Reardon's first pitch.

Then the current Twins took the field wearing the same caps as the ...Read more

Francisco Lindor hits walk-off home run, Indians top Blue Jays in 10 innings

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CLEVELAND -- The storybooks would barely believe it.

Francisco Lindor committed an error in the top of the 10th inning that nearly cost the Indians dearly. A few minutes later, he crushed the walk-off home run in the bottom of the 10th, lifting the Indians to a 2-1 win against the Toronto Blue Jays.

And he did it just seconds before heavy ...Read more

Rangers win again as club's top brass considers options

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Texas Rangers general manager Jon Daniels is open to be influenced by his players.

In fact, he'd love nothing more than their actions dictate how he handles the looming July 31 trade deadline.

The most influential action, in this case, is to start winning. Daniels was on hand along with other club executives Saturday ...Read more

Cubs offense comes through for Jon Lester with three-run rally in eighth

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CHICAGO -- It never occurred to Kris Bryant that he has some pretty impressive recuperative powers.

The third baseman made a triumphant return to the lineup Saturday to lead the Cubs to a thrilling 3-2 come-from-behind victory over the Cardinals at Wrigley Field.

Playing just three days after suffering a left pinky finger injury that was ...Read more

Tigers' Kinsler unfazed by latest trade rumors

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Ian Kinsler sat in a chair in the visiting clubhouse at Target Field on Saturday afternoon and listened patiently as reporters asked him about the latest trade rumor.

Buster Olney of ESPN tweeted Saturday afternoon; "The Brewers are digging into the possibility of acquiring Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler."

Kinsler does have a...Read more

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