Phillies fall to Braves despite Vince Velasquez' aggressive outing

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ATLANTA -- Phillies manager Gabe Kapler issued a challenge Wednesday to Vince Velasquez, a few hours before the right-hander would pitch the first six innings of a 7-3 loss to the Braves. He wanted Velasquez to pitch with intensity and fervor. He wanted him to challenge hitters with confidence.

"I'm going to attack with my fastball. I'm going ...Read more

The Royals' bullpen and Ian Kennedy wobble as Blue Jays complete sweep

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TORONTO -- Royals manager Ned Yost sat in his office at the Rogers Centre on Wednesday afternoon and shook off the idea that starting pitcher Ian Kennedy's early-season success had in any way shocked him.

Kennedy, a 33-year-old right-hander in his third year with the Royals, had only allowed two runs in 18 innings spanning his first three ...Read more

Cubs' lack of production from leadoff spot an early-season concern

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After Ben Zobrist was scratched from the top of the lineup Tuesday night because of lower-back stiffness, Cubs manager Joe Maddon wasn't sure about the severity of the injury to his valuable veteran.

But with each sputtering performance from the leadoff spot, the need for more production at the top of the order becomes more pressing.

Acquiring...Read more

Orioles lose fifth straight, 6-5 to Tigers, on Dixon Machado's walk-off homer

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DETROIT -- At least they got it in before the freezing rain began.

The way the Orioles ended up 6-5 losers to the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday afternoon at Comerica Park, however, contained all the hallmarks of a team that has come up short against almost every challenge presented to it this season. The Orioles (5-13) have been anything but a ...Read more

Hamels dominates for five innings, but Rays rally past Rangers

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Instant replay didn't make any new fans Wednesday afternoon at Tropicana Field, where one of maybe 50 fans in right field reached across the fence to catch a fifth-inning drive by Renato Nunez.

The umpires called fan interference, the replay official in New York didn't find enough evidence to overturn the call or confirm...Read more

Byron Buxton placed on 10-day DL with a migraine

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SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- Outfielder Byron Buxton was placed on the 10-day disabled list on Wednesday after missing a second straight game because of a migraine.

Outfielder Ryan LaMarre, who was already with the team as a special 26th man for the Puerto Rico series, was moved to the 25-man roster. The Twins will have one less player for ...Read more

Wednesday's Cubs-Cardinals game postponed and rescheduled for Thursday

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CHICAGO -- The Cubs took no chances Wednesday and postponed their home game against the Cardinals more than four hours before the scheduled first pitch.

With temperatures in the 30s and rain and snow forecast around the start time, the Cubs believed it was in the best interests of players and fans to reschedule the game for 1:20 p.m. Thursday ...Read more

Braves sign Jose Bautista to minor league deal

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The Braves announced an agreement with infielder Jose Bautista on a one-year, minor-league contract Wednesday. Bautista has reported to the team's extended spring training in Florida.

Bautista, who played under general manager Alex Anthopoulos in Toronto, has spent the past 10 seasons playing regularly as an outfielder.

The Braves announced he...Read more

Dodgers top Padres in 12 innings

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SAN DIEGO -- Eyes locked on the ground, Kenley Jansen trudged toward the Los Angeles Dodgers dugout. Behind him his teammates trickled off the field, a chance at victory thwarted, forced to play another extra-innings affair after Jansen's second blown save of the 2018 season. Jansen untucked his chin from his chest for a moment to scream at his ...Read more

A's celebrate 50th anniversary by romping over White Sox, 10-2

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- The Athletics celebrated the occasion of their 50th anniversary in Oakland Tuesday night with a 10-2 win over the Chicago White Sox, giving them their first series win of the season.

Rather than entertain a packed house of 46,028 with the drama of a tight game, the A's staged a five-run, two-out rally in the first inning to ...Read more

Mariners bullpen falters in 4-1 loss to Astros

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SEATTLE -- The Mariners got more than they could have hoped for from starter Ariel Miranda, who was called up from Tacoma to start Tuesday night against Houston.

But the Mariners got more than they wanted from Astros starter and nemesis Lance McCullers -- and less than they needed from their own bullpen -- and it added up to a 4-1 loss to ...Read more

Angels lose Ohtani to a blister, fall to Red Sox 10-1

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ANAHEIM, Calif.--The Boston Red Sox were a real buzzkill for the Angels and Shohei Ohtani Tuesday night, the team with a prolific offense and the best record in baseball knocking the seemingly otherworldly two-way star back to terra firma.

A sellout crowd of 44,822, the second-largest since the 1998 renovation of Angel Stadium, packed the house...Read more

Phillies beat Braves as Rhys Hoskins comes through in 10th

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ATLANTA -- Rhys Hoskins crouched on the turf Tuesday night, two innings before he would deliver the decisive blow in a 5-1 win over the Braves. Hoskins took of his helmet and unstrapped his batting gloves. He had struck out for the third time. He held his hands to his head. The always unflappable Hoskins looked perturbed. It was a moment of ...Read more

Cubs lose to Cardinals, 5-3, in Anthony Rizzo's return

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CHICAGO -- Anthony Rizzo returned Tuesday night under chilly temperatures, but Ben Zobrist was scratched from the lineup as the Cubs found themselves struggling to muster enough resources against the rival Cardinals and nemesis Adam Wainwright.

Tyler Chatwood couldn't overcome control problems in low 30-degree weather Tuesday night as the Cubs ...Read more

Belt's infield single the only Giants hit, Cueto's brilliance wasted in 1-0 loss to Diamondbacks

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PHOENIX -- One starter dazzled with an array of pitches that danced and darted, flummoxed and fazed, and ultimately missed bats to the tune of 11 strikeouts in a brilliant outing.

The other starter chased a no-hitter.

Though Johnny Cueto's dynamic changeup turned him into must-watch entertainment, it was Diamondbacks starter Patrick Corbin's ...Read more

Garcia stymies Yankees, Realmuto homers in Marlins' 9-1 rout

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NEW YORK -- Turn back the clock a dozen years and there was a novice Marlins pitcher tossing nearly six scoreless innings at Yankee Stadium in a dazzling big-league debut.

That was a different Yankee Stadium, but Jarlin Garcia, in his second major league start, delivered a sterling performance Tuesday reminiscent of Anibal Sanchez's memorable ...Read more

Royals' bullpen falls apart twice as Blue Jays sweep doubleheader

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TORONTO -- Six days ago Danny Duffy stood at his locker at Kauffman Stadium and shouldered the loss in a no-decision. It was his fault, he said, that the Royals hadn't won any of his starts to that point.

"We could easily be 6-4," Duffy said. "That's a teller."

For the first time in this young, weather-beaten season, Duffy could not take any ...Read more

Francisco Lindor's crowd-pleasing home run leads Indians over Twins in Puerto Rico

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SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- The Twins wore the white pants on Tuesday, but it wasn't clear if they actually were going to be received as the home team in the Puerto Rico series.

Even as Eddie Rosario received a huge ovation from during pregame introductions, you-know-who lined up across the infield from him. And with Francisco Lindor on their side...Read more

Cubs' Rizzo lightens comments calling for fewer games: 'It's just me talking as a normal person'

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CHICAGO -- Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo tapped the brakes on comments he made Tuesday on his weekly radio appearance suggesting the regular season be trimmed from 162 games.

Rizzo, who was activated from the 10-day disabled list, told ESPN 1000 host David Kaplan that "I think we play too much baseball," adding, "Yes, guys are going to take ...Read more

Orioles waste another quality start from Andrew Cashner in 4-2 loss to Tigers

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DETROIT -- The Orioles certainly signed up for this. Andrew Cashner likely did not.

With six innings of three-run ball to notch his third straight quality start of the season, Cashner and the Orioles still came up on the wrong end of Tuesday's 4-2 loss to the Detroit Tigers on a legitimately freezing night at Comerica Park.

Cashner has given ...Read more