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Acuna, Albies lead Braves' big 8th to beat Cubs

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Ozzie Albies has found great success as a catalyst and Ronald Acuna Jr. has taken full advantage of his recent opportunities to deliver in the clutch. The close friends, who are MLB’s two youngest position players, fueled the eighth-inning charge that provided the Braves a 4-1 win over the Cubs Wednesday night at SunTrust Park. Albies opened the bottom of the eighth with a triple — his Major League-leading 30th extra-base hit — and scored when Acuna followed with a go-ahead single to left field off Carl Edwards Jr.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Dingers, ace end Boston's two-game slide vs. A's

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If the early power from Chris Sale (nine strikeouts in five innings) and J.D. Martinez (two-run rocket in the first) wasn’t enough for the Red Sox to put away the pesky Oakland Athletics on Wednesday night, a towering three-run shot by Xander Bogaerts helped do the job.
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Realmuto torments Dodgers again, lifts Marlins

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J.T. Realmuto has hit safely in all 21 career games he’s faced the Dodgers. The 27-year-old catcher’s lone hit on Wednesday night proved to be the difference.
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Gattis' homer backs Verlander early in Anaheim

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Evan Gattis drilled a 389-foot homer to put the Astros up, 2-0, in the second inning against the Angels at Angel Stadium on Wednesday. It was his third home run in his last five games.
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Beltre returns to DL with strained hamstring

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Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre faces an increasingly uncertain future after going on the disabled list Tuesday for the second time this season with a strained left hamstring.
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Prado goes airborne to catch bunt attempt

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Marlins third baseman Martin Prado sacrificed his body in the fifth inning on Tuesday night against the Dodgers and took a sacrifice bunt away from Alex Wood at Marlins Park.
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Bucs back dominant Williams to beat White Sox

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Adam Frazier’s home run sparked a four-run first inning, and Josh Bell had four RBIs for the Pirates. Trevor Williams continued his strong start to the season with seven innings to lead Pittsburgh to its Major League-leading seventh shutout of the season. Reynaldo Lopez lasted just two-plus innings, allowing six runs in his shortest start for the White Sox.
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Tigers rattle relief ace Miller in 5-run 7th

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The Tigers continue to show an uncanny ability to claw back in games late. On Tuesday night against the Indians, they did so against All-Star reliever Andrew Miller.
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Duffy, Gomez day to day with injuries

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Both Matt Duffy and Carlos Gomez left Tuesday night’s Rays-Royals game at Kauffman Stadium with minor injuries.
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Ramirez's 13th HR ties MLB lead, but Tribe falls

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Jose Ramirez made people take notice last year when he finished in the top three in voting for the American League Most Valuable Player Award. The Indians’ third baseman is demanding attention once again.
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How Peralta dominated his debut with 1 pitch

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The data was so surprising they double-checked it Monday morning, and yes, 21-year-old Brewers right-hander threw four-seam fastballs for 90 of his 98 pitches of Sunday’s sparkling, 13-strikeout Major League debut at Coors Field.
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Molitor: Sano not very close to 100 percent

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Miguel Sano took batting practice and ground balls prior to Monday’s matchup against the Mariners, but it may still be a bit before the Twins’ slugger returns to game action.
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LeMahieu headed to DL with thumb injury

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The Rockies placed second baseman DJ LeMahieu on the disabled list with a sprained left thumb prior to Monday’s series opener against the Padres. Infielder Pat Valaika was recalled from Triple-A Albuquerque.
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Rays hurlers rebound in big way vs. Royals

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The Rays bounced back from Sunday’s lopsided loss by playing a clean, well pitched game in a 2-1 win over the Royals Monday night at Kauffman Stadium. Sunday saw the Rays take a 17-1 loss to the Orioles. Any residual effects were seemingly flushed from the team’s collective minds, setting up Monday night’s win that required some last-minute heroics.
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Middleton exits with elbow pain, to have MRI

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Angels reliever Keynan Middleton was pulled in the eighth inning of the Halos’ 2-1 victory over the Twins on Sunday with right elbow discomfort, manager Mike Scioscia said. Middleton will undergo an MRI on Monday.
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Turner's patience, speed get Nats on board

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Back in the leadoff spot for the third straight game, Trea Turner demonstrated once again how his skill set plays so well there.
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Votto, Suarez homer; Reds finish 4-game sweep

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After an April that was a month to be forgotten, May has turned into a reset for the Reds as they swept the four-game series against the Dodgers with a 5-3 victory and ran their winning streak to six games. Joey Votto and Eugenio Suarez each delivered two-run shots, while starter Luis Castillo struck out eight in six innings.
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Harper crushes 13th HR to retake NL lead

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Bryce Harper crushed his 13th home run of the season to retake the National League lead and join Mookie Betts and Manny Machado atop the Major League leaderboard.
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Power stays on as Cubs roll to 5th straight victory

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Javier Baez provided a spark in the leadoff spot, and Anthony Rizzo continued his May surge with a three-run homer to back Jon Lester and lead the Cubs to an 8-4 Interleague victory over the crosstown-rival White Sox on Saturday at Wrigley Field. Willson Contreras continued his red-hot pace. He drove in three runs — including a pair on his third homer of the series, giving him 10 RBIs over the first two games vs. the Sox — to help the Cubs win their fifth in a row. Chicago now has outscored its opponents, 50-15, in the five games.
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Story smacks two homers, drives in 4 vs. Crew

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Coors Field has yet to turn friendly for the Rockies, but Trevor Story certainly feels at home there. Story launched two home runs and an RBI double and had all of the Rockies’ RBIs as they jumped out to a 4-0 fifth-inning lead over the Brewers on Saturday night.
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New-look Nats lineup backs Stras' 9-K start

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Trea Turner, Bryce Harper and Anthony Rendon batted first, second and third for the second game in a row — and the second time this season — in the Nats’ 2-1 victory over the D-backs on Saturday, and they played a major role in both runs.
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Morton K's career-high 14, improves to 5-0

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Evan Gattis, Brian McCann and Carlos Correa all homered, but the story was Charlie Morton, who was pitching on an extra days’ rest. He hurled seven strong innings with a career-high 14 strikeouts, lifting the Astros to a 6-1 win over the Rangers on Saturday at Minute Maid Park.
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Late GM Towers enters Padres Hall of Fame

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The Padres have spent the past three days toasting the 20th anniversary of their 1998 club — a team that won 98 games, a National League pennant and is widely regarded as the best in franchise history. On Saturday, they bestowed a considerable honor on “the architect” of that squad, late general manager Kevin Towers, who died in January.
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Albies hits 12th HR, ties with Bryce for NL lead

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Ozzie Albies added to the splendor of this year’s accomplishments with a solo homer off Marlins right-hander Dan Straily during the third inning of Friday night’s game at Marlins Park. The Braves second baseman’s 12 homers matches Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper for the National League lead
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A's hammer Gray, overpower Yanks with 4 HRs

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A’s slugger Khris Davis reintroduced himself to Yankees pitcher Sonny Gray the only way he knows how. Matt Chapman followed suit in the same inning, with their home runs sending Oakland to a 10-5 victory on Friday night.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Back-to-back HRs in 9th rescue Mets in Philly

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In one inning at Citizens Bank Park, the Mets erased everything that came before. Wilmer Flores opened the rally with a one-out single off Phillies closer Hector Neris, who then surrendered back-to-back homers to Michael Conforto and Devin Mesoraco — the latter’s first hit in nine at-bats as a Met.
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Fowler looks forward to playing in Bronx

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Dustin Fowler’s Major League debut ended in cruelly abrupt fashion last June 29, as the outfielder — then playing for the Yankees — violently slammed into a wall down the right-field line at Guaranteed Rate Field in Chicago, sustaining an open rupture of the patellar tendon in his right knee.
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Albies' slam part of 7-run ATL burst in 6th

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Ozzie Albies added to his impressive power production when he drilled his first career grand slam during the sixth inning of Thursday night’s game against the Marlins at Marlins Park. The shot over the right-field wall highlighted a seven-run frame that included Freddie Freeman’s two-run shot.
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Hanley making his presence felt vs. Yanks

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After losing the first two games of their showdown against the Yankees, the Red Sox struck early in hopes of taking Thursday night’s series finale.
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Minor tweaks resurrecting vintage Gordon

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Anyone expecting to read that Royals outfielder Alex Gordon has made some dramatic mechanical changes that seem to have resurrected his offense will be greatly disappointed.
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Trumbo's late knock, Davis' HR snap O's skid

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Mark Trumbo capped a two-out rally in the eighth inning with a two-run single to snap the O’s skid. Chris Davis went deep for the second straight game for Baltimore, while Lucas Duda homered and drove in all three Royals runs. Andrew Cashner allowed three runs over six innings for the O’s, while Royals lefty Eric Skoglund gave up three runs in 6 1/3 frames.
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Blue Jays go doubles-crazy in 8th to top M's

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The comeback kids are at it again. The Blue Jays are three games above. 500, and their performance late in games is the main reason why. Toronto picked up its 12th come-from-behind victory of the season with a four-run rally in the bottom of the eighth to steal a victory away from the Mariners on Wednesday night. Josh Donaldson and Yangervis Solarte doubled in the eighth, and Kevin Pillar added an RBI single to secure the 5-2 win.
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Slumping Harper gets 1st break from lineup

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Bryce Harper was out of the Nationals’ starting lineup for Wednesday night’s series finale against the Padres after playing in each of the team’s first 37 games. The day off coincides with Harper being hitless in his last 19 at-bats, tied for the longest hitless drought of his career.
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Bats back Barria as Halos end trip with shutout

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With a boost from Zack Cozart at the top of the order, the Angels bats came alive Wednesday, scoring four of their first five runs on the long ball and pairing the offensive onslaught with stellar starting pitching from Jaime Barria in an 8-0 blanking of the Rockies to earn a split in the two-game set.
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Nola fans career-high 12 in win vs. Giants

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Aaron Nola continues to turn in masterful performances for the Phillies. He struck out a career-high 12 batters in seven innings Tuesday night in a 4-2 victory over the Giants at Citizens Bank Park.
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After mother's death, Piscotty returns to A's

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There’s a certain comfort and solace in routine. The A’s hope they can offer one of their own just that, along with an abundance of support during a most difficult time.
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Shipley placed on DL with elbow inflammation

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Braden Shipley’s return to the Major Leagues was put on hold before it even got started.

The right-hander underwent an MRI and was diagnosed with right elbow inflammation, sending him to the 10-day disabled list after receiving a cortisone injection. Right-hander Silvino Bracho was recalled in a corresponding mo
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Leonys out with swollen knee; to get MRI

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The Rangers couldn’t stop Leonys Martin from running all over Globe Life Park on Monday. On Tuesday, a swollen left knee did. Indeed, the injuries are piling up for the Tigers. After losing Miguel Cabrera, Alex Wilson and Jordan Zimmermann to the disabled list on their current weeklong road trip, they’ll now have to be concerned with their leadoff hitter and center fielder. Martin will undergo an MRI exam to see if there’s any damage at the back of his left knee, an area that has been sore for a while but swelled up on him after Monday’s 7-6 loss.
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MLB's best seasons by teenagers

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MLB.com is looking back at some of the most impressive teen campaigns in baseball history from Bryce Harper to Ken Griffey to Dwight Gooden to Bob Feller to Ty Cobb. Here are 20 of the best seasons ever by teenagers — 10 hitters and 10 pitchers.
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Leonys has big game in old stomping grounds

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Leonys Martin had plenty of returns to his old home at Globe Life Park as a member of the Mariners, but he never had a game like this. Back in Texas for the first time as a member of the Tigers, Martin put on an all-around show Monday, making a four-star diving catch and hitting a clutch two-run homer against the Rangers.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Mets hit 4 homers, hold off Reds to snap skid

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There is perhaps no cure for an ailing offense quite like Great American Ball Park, this smallish stadium just ashore from the Ohio River. Before arriving here, the Mets scored at least one run in six of the 54 innings they played on a winless homestand. Monday, they scored in each of their first five, taking a 7-6 game from the Reds to snap their six-game losing streak.
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Early runs propel Miami to 4th straight series win

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With Starlin Castro and Co. supplying the early offense, the Marlins were able to dispatch of the Reds, 8-3, on Sunday to take the series at Great American Ball Park. Dan Straily went four innings, before having his outing shortened by the rain delay. Joey Votto collected four hits for the Reds, including a two-run home run.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog