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Cubs hit 5 home runs, Darvish tosses 7 shutout innings in 10-0 rout of White Sox

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CHICAGO - Yu Darvish shut down the Chicago White Sox for the second time this season, leading the Cubs to a 10-0 victory Friday in the City Series at Guaranteed Rate Field.

Darvish allowed three hits and struck out five in seven innings as the Cubs snapped a three-game losing streak and lowered their magic number for clinching the National ...Read more

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Tigers can't complete comeback, fall to Royals, 3-2

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The Tigers didn't exactly get started on time in this one.

It wasn't until they were in a 3-0 hole in the seventh inning that they became engaged. But too little too late. The Royals held on for a 3-2 win Friday night at Kauffman Stadium.

The Tigers were blocked for six innings by starter Brad Keller. But when the Royals ...Read more

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Phillies lose another three-run lead in 6-4 loss to Rays

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When Joey Wendle smashed a grand slam on Sept. 17, 2017, at Citizens Bank Park, it seemed like the biggest hit that the Chester County (Pa.) native could possibly get against his hometown team.

But he found a way to top it Friday night.

With the Phillies needing to win as many games as possible in their biggest series in nine years to keep ...Read more

Pirates prospect Oneil Cruz posts bail, faces trial

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CLEVELAND - Pirates prospect Oneil Cruz posted $2 million pesos - $34,000 - in bail for his involvement in a fatal car accident that killed three people earlier this week, a spokesperson for the attorney general's office in the Dominican Republic confirmed Friday to the Post-Gazette.

Reporter Dionisio Soldevila, who is in the Dominican, first ...Read more

Pirates' Mitch Keller tosses five hitless innings, but Indians rally in ninth

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CLEVELAND - It surely would've made for a positive story, the continuing of a recent trend with their starting pitching, not to mention an obscure outing from Mitch Keller. But the Pirates winning their season-high fourth in a row was not to be.

Instead, they'll have to settle for getting one step closer to the No. 1 overall pick in 2021.

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Marlins beat Yankees in extra innings to clinch first playoff berth since 2003

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The drought is over. The Miami Marlins are heading to the postseason.

A strong start from Sandy Alcantara and a hectic sequence on the basepaths in extra innings led the Marlins to a 4-3, 10-inning win over the New York Yankees on Friday. Pair that with the Tampa Bay Rays' 6-4 win over the Philadelphia Phillies, and the Marlins are officially ...Read more

Ponce de Leon scores first win as starter, pilots Cardinals to doubleheader split with Brewers

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It took a pitcher who has been off and on the roster almost as many times as he's been asked to make a pivotal start to throw the Cardinals right to the brink of a postseason berth.

Shut out in Game 1 of a doubleheader Friday night against Milwaukee, the Cardinals got shutout innings from Daniel Ponce de Leon to guide them to a 9-1 victory at ...Read more

Mike Yastrzemski returns with a bang, Giants still control own destiny in wild-card race after win

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SAN FRANCISCO - When Mike Yastrzemski left last Thursday's game against the Seattle Mariners with a right calf strain, there was significant doubt as to whether the second-year outfielder would see the field again this season.

Yastrzemski isn't just available for the final weekend of the season. He's back to leading a Giants offense that missed...Read more

Blue Jays blast Orioles in Buffalo, 10-5

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Orioles manager Brandon Hyde expressed a simple desire in the hours before his club began its final series of 2020's truncated regular season.

"I'd just like to see us play well the last three games," Hyde said.

His wish went ungranted in the first of the trio Friday. The Toronto Blue Jays pounded the Orioles, 10-5, to open the three-game set,...Read more

Brewers bullpen shuts out Cardinals in Game 1 of doubleheader to buoy postseason hopes

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The most direct route for the Milwaukee Brewers to the expanded postseason is through the Cardinals by winning the four remaining games in this weekend series.

The Brew Crew bullpen, known for its finish, gave them the start needed.

Milwaukee shut out the Cardinals, 3-0, in Game 1 of the doubleheader Friday at Busch Stadium. Christian Yelich ...Read more

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Thom Brennaman quits Reds booth after using anti-gay slur on air

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Thom Brennaman won't be back next year with the Reds, as the longtime play-by-play announcer said Friday he was quitting. He was suspended for booming "one of the f-- capitals of the world" into a hot mic during a Reds-Royals doubleheader last month.

Brennaman never really copped to being the type of person who throws around anti-gay slurs ...Read more

Mets-Nationals game postponed due to weather, will be played as part of Saturday doubleheader

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With a loss Friday, the Mets would have been eliminated from postseason contention.

Now, that is completely out of their hands for the night.

Due to inclement weather, Friday's Mets-Nationals game was postponed. It will be made up as part of a doubleheader on Saturday at Nationals Park.

Game 1, the postponed contest, will begin at 3:05 p.m. ...Read more

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Paul Sullivan: White Sox Nation unloads on manager Rick Renteria after the team gets swept in Cleveland

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CHICAGO - Ozzie Guillen curled up in the fetal position on his TV couch Wednesday after the Chicago White Sox lost on a walk-off home run for the second straight night in Cleveland.

"Tough loss tonight!" the former Sox manager and current NBC Sports Chicago analyst said in a tweet that included a photo of him lying on the couch.

After the Sox ...Read more

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Royals will feel the void as their 'big brother' Alex Gordon walks away into retirement

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. - There's a famous quote from Jackie Robinson that reads, "A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives."

Perhaps it's a tad heavy-handed in reference to a retirement, but it's also an appropriate prism through which Alex Gordon's baseball life, and his impact on the Kansas City Royals, can be assessed and...Read more

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Dodgers can thank Rich Hill for Walker Buehler's blistering return in win over A's

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LOS ANGELES - To combat a pesky blister that sent him to the injured list twice in the past month, Los Angeles Dodgers right-hander Walker Buehler sought the advice of an expert, Minnesota left-hander and former teammate Rich Hill, whose 3 1/2 years in Los Angeles (2016-2019) were marred by blisters on his pitching fingers.

Hill, 40, would do ...Read more

Molina reaches 2,000 hits as Cardinals top Brewers 4-2

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ST. LOUIS - Yadier Molina's two singles didn't figure in the scoring Thursday night as the Cardinals downed the Milwaukee Brewers 4-2 at Busch Stadium. But they made history.

After Molina legged out an infield single in the second inning for career hit No. 1,999, he singled to right center off righthander Justin Topa in the seventh inning for ...Read more

Pablo Lopez gets redemption, Marlins beat Braves and Miami's playoff hopes get a boost

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ATLANTA - Pablo Lopez's opportunity for redemption and the Miami Marlins' need for a critical win converged on Thursday.

It was at this ballpark, three starts and 15 days ago, that Lopez took the mound and had the worst start of his three-year career as a Major League Baseball pitcher. The Atlanta Braves shelled him for seven runs over 1 2/3 ...Read more

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Royals' bats bail out rookie pitcher Kris Bubic as they defeat the Tigers in series opener

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. - For whatever reason, the Kansas City Royals' offense simply hadn't provided much offense when rookie left-hander Kris Bubic took the mound this season. Thursday night, the offense finally bailed him out.

In his previous start last weekend in Milwaukee, Bubic gave up one unearned run and took the loss. The Royals entered the ...Read more

Yankees struggling to put it together again in the lead-up to postseason

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BUFFALO, N.Y. - Only too happy to leave Western New York, the Yankees bolted for home Thursday night, having assisted the Blue Jays' longshot postseason dreams.

But it promises to be a short stay in the Bronx.

Toronto officially entered the eight-team AL tournament with a 4-1 win at empty Sahlen Field, the Blue Jays' temporary home during this...Read more

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White Sox let a late lead slip away and fall to the Indians 5-4, their 6th loss in 7 games

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The Chicago White Sox couldn't hold on to a late three-run lead Thursday and lost to the Indians 5-4 at Progressive Field in Cleveland.

The Sox scored three runs in the top of the seventh to take a 4-1 lead, but the Indians answered with four in the bottom of inning on the way to completing a four-game sweep. Jose Ramirez drove in the go-ahead ...Read more