Pirates take advantage of Padres' miscues to win series opener

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PITTSBURGH -- A misplayed fly ball contributed to Eric Lauer allowing another big inning, and a misplayed grounder doomed the Padres to a 5-4 loss to the Pirates on Thursday.

The Padres scored early and threatened throughout the night but lost the opener of a four-game series against the leaders of the National League Central because they ...Read more

Cubs-Braves game postponed, no makeup date announced

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ATLANTA -- Thursday night's game between the Cubs and Braves was postponed due to inclement weather.

No makeup date was announced, as the Braves postponed the game after a one-hour, 20-minute delay.

Before the game, the Cubs promoted left-handed reliever Randy Rosario from Triple-A Iowa and optioned infielder David Bote to Iowa.

Rosario, 23, ...Read more

6-2 loss to Red Sox extends Orioles' club-record-tying road losing streak to 13 games

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BOSTON -- The Orioles' road losing streak continued Thursday night where it began more than a month ago against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park.

Their 13th straight loss away from Camden Yards -- a 6-2 setback that tied the franchise record for consecutive road losses -- was much like the others, with the Orioles trailing early and frustrated...Read more

Andrew Triggs departs with forearm injury in A's win over Blue Jays

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TORONTO -- Andrew Triggs departed early from his start against the Blue Jays Thursday with right forearm nerve discomfort.

The right-hander had just gone 2-0 to Justin Smoak with a runner on with one out in the third inning when Jonathan Lucroy quickly ran out for a mound visit. Manager Bob Melvin and trainer Nick Paparesta came out to the ...Read more

Marlins Man says Royals violated Americans with Disabilities Act by blocking elevators

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Laurence Leavy, better known by his Twitter moniker Marlins Man, believes the Royals are not compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act for fans who sit in the Crown Club seats at Kauffman Stadium.

Leavy, who rose to fame by wearing orange Miami Marlins gear to 2014 World Series games at Kauffman Stadium, was in Kansas City earlier this...Read more

Caleb Smith struggles with command as Marlins lose to Dodgers, 7-0

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MIAMI -- Marlins left-hander Caleb Smith embarked on the best stretch of his brief major-league career simply by throwing strikes. He refused to nibble on the edges of the strike zone. Instead, he trusted his pitches would garner swings and misses.

Smith did. Until Thursday.

During the Marlins' 7-0 loss to the scuffling Dodgers in front of 13,...Read more

Rangers scratch Cole Hamels from Thursday start with neck stiffness

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CHICAGO -- The Texas Rangers have scratched left-hander Cole Hamels from his scheduled Thursday start against the Chicago White Sox.

Doug Fister, who was slated to pitch Friday, will start in Hamels' place. Fister is on regular rest as the Rangers had an off day Monday.

Friday's starter is to be determined. It could be Hamels, depending on how...Read more

Astros' Verlander shuts down Angels again

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ANAHEIM, Calif. -- They had the tying run on second base in the eighth inning and on first base in the ninth, the go-ahead run at the plate both times Wednesday night at Angel Stadium.

Close but nothing more was all the Los Angeles Angels could produce in another tight, flustering loss to Justin Verlander and the Houston Astros.

This one ended...Read more

With mom by his side, Franmil Reyes looking to stick with Padres

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SAN DIEGO -- A mother emerged from the tunnel leading out to the field at Petco Park and searched for her boy. At 6-foot-5 and 275 pounds, Franmil Reyes is one of the most imposing figures to ever pull a Padres jersey over his broad shoulders, but his easy smile stretched even further across his bearded face as he spotted his mother.

On a big ...Read more

After bullpen blows lead, J.T. Realmuto propels Marlins past Dodgers

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MIAMI -- Now, they're even.

With the Marlins' 6-5 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers in front of 5,721 on Wednesday night at Marlins Park, Miami forced an unwanted situation on the defending National League champions. The two teams are tied in the standings, both with identical 16-26 records about a fourth through the season.

The Marlins ...Read more

Tyler Chatwood's strong outing wasted in Cubs' 4-1 loss to Braves

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ATLANTA -- Tyler Chatwood pitched one of his best games since joining the Cubs, but a lack of clutch hitting and an eighth-inning meltdown by the bullpen proved costly Wednesday night in a 4-1 loss to the Braves.

Carl Edwards Jr. allowed a tie-breaking single to Ronald Acuna Jr. in the eighth and walked Tyler Flowers with the bases loaded, and ...Read more

Carpenter, Fowler lead Cardinals to win over Twins

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MINNEAPOLIS -- It's become customary for Cardinals manager Mike Matheny to let his position players know who is in the lineup and where before the game, often with a message he sends to their phones the night before. It allows the hitters to prepare some and never arrive at the ballpark surprised.

No such text came Tuesday night.

Or Wednesday ...Read more

Bartolo Colon stymies Mariners in Rangers' 5-1 victory

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SEATTLE -- What's worse: Being shut out and shut down by the oldest pitcher in baseball for basically eight innings on your way to scoring one run?

Or taking your very real rally hopes of being down just one run in your final at-bat and crushing them under the weight of your own mistakes?

Well, if you're the Mariners, it doesn't matter what's ...Read more

Clippers' staff combines efforts to examine best NBA prospects for draft

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CHICAGO -- With the NBA lottery drawing behind them, the Los Angeles Clippers will turn their attention to the league combine and what knowledge they can gain about potential draft picks.

The Clippers have the 12th and 13th picks in the June 21 NBA draft, but preparation starts much earlier as they interview prospects and watch them play with ...Read more

Dodgers hopeful Hill can make next start

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MIAMI -- The Los Angeles Dodgers plan to reincorporate a pair of left-handed pitchers into their roster on Saturday against Washington, with Rich Hill scheduled to make his start despite a blister issue and reliever Tony Cingrani expected to leave the disabled list where he has been recovering from shoulder inflammation.

Hill completed a ...Read more

Royals' starting pitching woes continue as Rays sweep series

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Jason Hammel's struggles, in many ways, are the Royals' struggles as a whole.

In an MLB season that has featured more strikeouts than ever before, the Royals -- for another day -- lagged in that all-important aspect during a 5-3 loss to Tampa Bay on Wednesday afternoon at Kauffman Stadium.

Let's start with Hammel. Though he...Read more

Marlins CEO Derek Jeter frustrated but optimistic following first quarter of season

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MIAMI -- Derek Jeter understands the irony of his feelings through the first quarter of the baseball season. The first-year Marlins CEO and part-owner has asked the fan base to trust the rebuilding process, to remain faithful through what should be hard times.

Entering Wednesday night's game against the Dodgers, Jeter's Marlins were 15-26. They...Read more

Rangers' Joey Gallo on third base: 'I hate it'

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SEATTLE -- For those whose TV bottom lines were filled with the big news from Tuesday at Safeco Field, the Texas Rangers placed their future Hall of Fame third baseman on the 10-day disabled list.

Adrian Beltre aggravated the same left-hamstring strain that put him on the DL in April, and rookie Isiah Kiner-Falefa was back at third. The Rangers...Read more

Bauer delivers eight shutout innings as Indians blank Tigers, 6-0

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DETROIT -- One solution to ease the burden on a struggling bullpen is a dynamic outing from a starting pitcher, and the Indians' Trevor Bauer delivered one in a 6-0 win over the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park on Wednesday.

Bauer (3-3) took a no-hitter into the fifth inning and cruised with a sizable lead all day. He tossed eight shutout ...Read more