Royals top Jays in rain-delayed game

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KANSAS CITY, Mo.--The wait for a spot in an MLB rotation lasted six years in the minor leagues, stints with eight teams and a busted Rule 5 selection. So it's only fitting that Kansas City Royals right-hander Glenn Sparkman was forced to wait a couple of additional hours Thursday.

Worth it.

After a 2-hour, 14-minute rain delay, the Royals ...Read more

Twins feast on Tigers pitchers in romp, 15-8

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MINNEAPOLIS -- The Twins battered a beleaguered Detroit pitching staff on the way to a 15-8 victory at Target Field on Thursday night.

Logan Forsythe went 5-for-5. Jorge Polanco, Miguel Sano and Ehire Adrianza each hit home runs as the Twins pulled away in the opener of a four-game series against the Tigers.

The only issue for the Twins was ...Read more

Phillies salvage doubleheader split against Mets after getting torched in opener

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PHILADELPHIA -- Zach Eflin was money -- about $20,000 worth -- on Thursday night.

It wasn't that Eflin pitched so great for the Phillies. He gave up four runs, two in the first inning, on seven hits, five of which went for extra bases, and left with two outs in the sixth inning. As Eflin's best starts of the season go, this one doesn't make the...Read more

Elon Musk's company proposes 3.6-mile tunnel to Dodger Stadium

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LOS ANGELES -- Billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk's tunneling company on Wednesday announced a proposal to build another tunnel in Los Angeles, a 3.6-mile underground route that would carry fans between Dodger Stadium and a nearby Metro subway station.

The Boring Co. said the Dugout Loop would be a "zero-emissions, high-speed" transportation ...Read more

Cardinals can't overcome early deficit in 5-4 loss to Nationals

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ST. LOUIS -- A late comeback wasn't enough for the Cardinals to overcome early mistakes. They committed three errors and fell, 5-4, to the Nationals. The loss snapped an eight-game win streak for Mike Shildt's club.

Former MVP Bryce Harper, who is hitting just .243, strung together a three-hit night for the Nationals and drove in three. He ...Read more

Braves' win streak snapped on three unearned runs in ninth

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ATLANTA -- Julio Teheran just needed a little help.

Despite his performance on the mound and at the plate, he didn't get it.

The Braves allowed three unearned runs in the ninth inning in a 5-3 loss to the Rockies Thursday night at SunTrust Park.

Teheran trailed the Rockies by a run in the fifth inning despite the right-hander surrendering ...Read more

Jon Lester and Ian Happ help Cubs to 1-0 win over Pirates

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PITTSBURGH -- Jon Lester made amends Thursday night for his recent struggles.

Lester (13-5) scattered five hits over six innings, and Ian Happ hit a home run in the fourth inning that enabled the Cubs to seize a 1-0 victory over the Pirates and extend their lead in the National League Central to 3 1/2 games over the idle Brewers.

Lester struck...Read more

Joe Maddon applauds Cubs' quick pursuit of speedster Terrance Gore

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PITTSBURGH -- Manager Joe Maddon was pleased that the Cubs aggressively pursued speedster Terrance Gore before the Aug. 31 trade deadline.

"That's one of the things you want to be proactive with," Maddon said Thursday, recalling that the Cubs acquired Quintin Berry and Leonys Martin in previous seasons.

Acquired on Wednesday from the Royals in...Read more

Cubs' Kris Bryant progressing toward Sept. 1 or earlier return

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PITTSBURGH -- Kris Bryant's deliberate rehab has progressed to the point where he could rejoin the Cubs before 25-man rosters can expand Sept. 1.

"I'd like to believe it's possible," manager Joe Maddon said. "At the best, before (Sept. 1)."

Bryant, who hasn't played since July 23 because of left shoulder inflammation, awaits clearance to face ...Read more

Dodgers' Yasiel Puig suspended two games

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LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig has been suspended for two games, Major League Baseball announced Thursday.

Puig was suspended for "fighting and inciting a bench-clearing incident" in Tuesday's game against the San Francisco Giants, according to a statement from the league.

Puig and Giants catcher Nick Hundley were ejected. Both ...Read more

Marlins pitcher Jose Urena suspended after hitting Ronald Acuna Jr. with opening pitch

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Marlins pitcher Jose Urena has been suspended six games after hitting Braves outfielder Ronald Acuna Jr. with the first pitch of Wednesday night's game -- an event that set off a benches clearing skirmish between the two teams.

Major League Baseball announced Urena's suspension will begin on Friday barring an appeal. The Marlins pitcher was ...Read more

Orioles' Adam Jones clears trade waivers, opening door for potential August deal

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BALTIMORE -- Orioles outfielder Adam Jones has cleared trade waivers, according to an industry source.

Running players through trade waivers in August is a common practice and is necessary to precipitate a deal after the July 31 nonwaiver trade deadline. But it doesn't mean a player will be traded -- only that he's available to be dealt.

Even ...Read more

Dodgers stop five-game slide with 4-3 win over Giants in extras

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LOS ANGELES -- Kenley Jansen wandered into the press box as the game turned to the eighth inning. Surely, this game finally would be the one in which the Los Angeles Dodgers would not suffer another painful bullpen failure, with their All-Star closer confined to the disabled list.

Jansen said hello, asking if the press box was the ugly section....Read more

Forsythe fuels Twins' 6-4 victory vs. Pirates

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Logan Forsythe reportedly was included in the Brian Dozier trade last month mostly for financial reasons. Now he's giving the Twins their money's worth.

The second baseman, sent to Minnesota by the Dodgers in order to avoid increasing L.A.'s payroll, delivered a pair of clutch singles on Wednesday, one that tied the game and the ...Read more

Gomber goes six strong in Cardinals win over Nationals; Carpenter leaves after being hit

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ST. LOUIS -- As Austin Gomber walked off the mound following his sixth inning of work, Yadier Molina draped his arm around the lefty's shoulder and patted his head. The rookie had done his job, hurling six scoreless innings and propelling the Cardinals to a 4-2 win.

Marcell Ozuna got the Cardinals off to a scorching start in the second inning, ...Read more

Phillies beat Red Sox behind Wilson Ramos' impressive debut

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PHILADELPHIA -- Wilson Ramos stood at second base on Wednesday night with his fists clenched as two more runs scored and his new teammates rushed to the top of the dugout step and his new mascot danced on the dugout and his new fans rocked his new ball park.

This introduction -- a wild 7-4 win over the Red Sox -- was delayed by nearly two weeks...Read more

Acuna hit to open game, 'unwritten rules' overshadow Braves sweep

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ATLANTA -- The Marlins' attempt at slowing Ronald Acuna was an outdated means of getting even, a gesture that needs to be left behind if baseball hopes to progress.

And it still didn't even work: The Braves won, 5-2. But the actual game was overshadowed by what occurred during the home team's first plate appearance.

Acuna entered Wednesday on ...Read more

Cubs solid all around while bouncing back for an 8-4 win against the Brewers

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CHICAGO -- A lengthy winning streak sparked by consistent starting pitching and run production might not arrive this season for the Cubs.

But at this point, being good enough may be good enough for the Cubs to hold serve in the National League Central Division.

After an 8-4 win over the second-place Brewers on Wednesday afternoon at Wrigley ...Read more

Ronald Acuna Jr. hit by pitch in first at-bat, causing near brawl

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The Marlins found a way to stop Ronald Acuna Jr. from hitting a lead-off home run, and it resulted in benches clearing.

Jose Urena hit Acuna on the first pitch on the bottom of the first in Wednesday's game, prompting chaos. Acuna remained down holding his side near his elbow, visiting with trainers as more conflict unfolded in the infield.

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