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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

Red Sox dominate Jake Arrieta early, hold on for 5-4 win over Cubs

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BOSTON -- The Red Sox displayed a video tribute to former players Jon Lester, John Lackey and Koji Uehara after the top of the second inning Friday night at Fenway Park. But they were hostile to Jake Arrieta during a five-run first and held on for a 5-4 victory over the Cubs.

At the plate

Kris Bryant gave his father and former Red Sox minor ...Read more

Late offensive spark lifts White Sox to 7-3 victory over Tigers

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White Sox catcher Geovany Soto hit a two-run single in the eighth and Tim Anderson added a two-run homer in the ninth to help lift the Sox to a 7-3 victory against the Tigers on Friday night at Comerica Park in Detroit.

Soto's hit came after Todd Fraizer and Avisail Garcia hit back-to-back groundballs at Tigers third baseman Nicholas ...Read more

Pirates offense breaks out in 12-2 victory against Marlins

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MIAMI -- As the onslaught unfolded at Marlins Park Friday night, the Pirates newcomers put on a symmetrical show. First Jose Osuna would reach base. Two batters later Gift Ngoepe would follow suit. By the time Osuna had singled in the sixth inning and Ngoepe tripled, both were 3 for 3 with two runs scored, a walk and an RBI.

That type ...Read more

Chris Sale has support of his manager, if not Red Sox offense

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BOSTON -- With 10 strikeouts Thursday in a 3-0 loss to the Yankees, Chris Sale became the fourth pitcher in Red Sox history to record double-digit strikeouts in four straight starts, joining Pedro Martinez, Jon Lester and Roger Clemens.

But it was the third time in those four starts that Sale left without the Red Sox scoring a single run for ...Read more

Jose Abreu out of lineup as White Sox open 10-game road trip in Detroit

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Jose Abreu is out of the starting lineup with a strained right hip flexor as the White Sox open a 10-game road trip Friday night in Detroit.

Abreu suffered the injury Wednesday when he slipped while trying to field a groundball. Abreu said in English on Friday afternoon that he feels "very good" and hopes to return to the lineup Saturday. He ...Read more

Jeff Conine, Tony Perez named ambassadors for MLB All-Star Game in Miami

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MIAMI -- Former All-Star MVPs Jeff Conine and Tony Perez were natural and fitting choices by Major League Baseball on Friday as ambassadors for the 88th All-Star Game in Miami.

With both having strong ties to baseball in South Florida, Conine and Perez will represent the Marlins and MLB in promoting and participating in various activities ...Read more

Angels edge A's, 2-1

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ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Kendall Graveman's return from the disabled list got off to a bit of a slow start, but the right-hander gave the Oakland A's everything they rightfully could have asked for.

Maybe even more, considering he turned in an unassisted double play, the first for an A's pitcher in 46 years.

But Graveman's six innings of two-run ...Read more

Homers again plague Padres' Weaver in loss to Dbacks

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PHOENIX -- Jered Weaver and the San Diego Padres had been able to stomach a spate of home runs this season. Most had come with no one on base. In each of Weaver's last three starts, his team had stood a chance while he stood on the mound.

In Thursday's 6-2 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks, Weaver surrendered a pair of solo shots to Chris Owings...Read more

Ted Williams' lessons passed on from Mike Bryant to son Kris

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BOSTON -- Kris Bryant looks forward to playing finally at Fenway Park this weekend after not playing in the Cape Cod League All-Star game there in 2011.

But for father Mike, the Cubs' visit to the storied baseball shrine revives pleasant memories of the non-conforming hitting trends he learned from Red Sox legend Ted Williams 36 years ago that ...Read more

Joey Gallo's game gives Rangers much more than plus power

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ARLINGTON, Texas -- Joey Gallo used to hear the reports. As a prospect, before and even after the Texas Rangers drafted him in the first round with the No. 39 pick in 2012, he was rated highly in every regard, especially power, as you'd expect, but below average in foot speed.

For the athletically gifted Gallo, the base running slight always ...Read more

Cardinals sweep doubleheader against Blue Jays with 6-4 victory

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ST. LOUIS -- After starting off the 2017 season with a 3-9 record, the Cardinals have returned to .500.

A walk-off grand slam capped off the matinee, and a 6-4 win in Thursday's night game boosted the Cardinals to a doubleheader sweep and series win over the Toronto Blue Jays. Now winners of 8 of their last 10 games, the Cardinals enter their ...Read more

Lindor's go-ahead home run in 7th lifts Indians to 4-3 win over Astros

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CLEVELAND -- Holding a one-run lead midway through Thursday night's game, Houston Astros reliever Chris Devenski carved through the Indians' lineup -- until he ran into Francisco Lindor.

Devenski, one of the top relievers in baseball, struck out five of the first nine hitters he faced and twice stranded the tying run in scoring position. But ...Read more

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