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  • La Lob returns as White Sox lose to Yankees 13-6

    CHICAGO (AP) — La Lob is back. Adam LaRoche resurrected the eephus pitch made famous by his father, pitching a perfect ninth inning Friday night for the Chicago White Sox in a 13-6 loss to the New York Yankees. A first baseman who was the designated hitter, LaRoche had four hits and made his his first mound appearance since 2003 at Double-A...

  • Teixeira homers from both sides as Yanks rout White Sox 13-6

    CHICAGO (AP) — Mark Teixeira is on a hot streak, and it doesn't seem to matter whether he's swinging right- or left-handed. Teixeira homered from both sides of the plate for the record 14th time, hitting his 10th grand slam and a two-run homer that led the New York Yankees over the Chicago White Sox 13-6 Friday night. "It's been good since...

  • Kennedy watches wife give birth on FaceTime, then pitches

    MIAMI (AP) — Ian Kennedy expected to miss Friday's start against the Miami Marlins to be with his wife Allison, who was in labor with their fourth child. Bad weather delayed Kennedy's flight to Southern California, and he wound up pitching seven innings as the San Diego Padres beat the Miami Marlins 8-3 in 11 innings Friday night. "It was...

  • Dietrich's HR in 9th off Kimbrel not enough for Marlins

    MIAMI (AP) — Derek Dietrich's tying home run in the ninth against Craig Kimbrel was not enough for the Miami Marlins. A.J. Ramos forced home the tiebreaking run with a bases-loaded, four-pitch walk in the 11th inning, Jedd Gyorko added a two-run single and the San Diego Padres beat the Marlins 8-3 Friday night. "You felt the momentum was...

  • Cueto gets no-decision as Royals lose 7-6 to Blue Jays

    TORONTO (AP) — Johnny Cueto got the job done in his Kansas City debut. For once, the vaunted Royals bullpen couldn't finish the job. Josh Donaldson singled home Troy Tulowitzki in the 11th inning, and the new-look Blue Jays rallied to beat Kansas City 7-6 on Friday night and hand Cueto a no-decision. Kansas City outfielder Lorenzo Cain said...

  • Rays could have used Jepsen in 7-5 loss to Boston

    BOSTON (AP) — On the day reliever Kevin Jepsen was traded to Minnesota for a pair of prospects, the Tampa Bay Rays' middle relief faltered. Jake McGee, one of several pitchers picked by manager Kevin Cash to fill in for Jepsen, gave up a go-ahead, two-run home run to Mike Napoli in the seventh inning as the Rays lost to the Boston Red Sox 7-5...

  • Napoli home run helps Red Sox beat Rays 7-5

    BOSTON (AP) — No wonder Mike Napoli wanted to stay with the Red Sox: That home run he hit off the top of the Green Monster would not have been out of any ballpark but Boston's. "It was a nice Fenway homer," Napoli said on Friday night after his two-run drive in the seventh inning gave the Red Sox the lead for good in a 7-5 victory over the...

  • Dodgers bolster pitching in huge deal with Braves, Marlins

    ATLANTA (AP) — The first-place Los Angeles Dodgers bolstered their pitching staff on the eve of the trade deadline, completing a 13-player deal with the Atlanta Braves and Miami Marlins that sent two starters and two relievers to the NL West leaders on Thursday. Clinging to a half-game lead over San Francisco, the Dodgers acquired right-hander...

  • Giants get RH Mike Leake from Reds for another playoff run

    CINCINNATI (AP) — After whiffing on Cole Hamels, the San Francisco Giants got starter Mike Leake from the Cincinnati Reds for a pair of prospects on Thursday night. The defending World Series champions acquired one of the hottest pitchers in the majors. The 27-year-old Leake has allowed only two earned runs in his last four starts, all...

  • Justin Upton hits 3-run homer in ninth, Padres beat Mets

    NEW YORK (AP) — Justin Upton's three-run homer through a driving rain with two outs in the ninth inning set off a raucous dugout celebration. If it was the last time this group of Padres was together this season, the send-off was appropriately lengthy. Upton's go-ahead drive before the second of two rain delays in the ninth completed San...

  • Scherzer, Papelbon lift Nationals past Marlins 1-0

    MIAMI (AP) — Jonathan Papelbon's debut with the Washington Nationals was just as they envisioned. It was perfect, just like his season so far. Max Scherzer scattered three hits over seven innings, Papelbon got his first save for Washington with a flawless ninth inning and the Nationals beat the Miami Marlins 1-0 on Thursday. "To be honest,...

  • Lester strikes out 14 to lead Cubs over Rockies 3-2

    CHICAGO (AP) — Jon Lester said he wasn't counting his K's, but he sure dominated like a big-time, big-money starter. Lester (6-8) struck out 14, one shy of his career high and the most for a Cubs pitcher in more than a decade, leading Chicago over the Colorado Rockies 3-2 Wednesday. The 6-foot-4 left-hander struck out seven of his first eight...

  • Archer loses perfect-game bid, Rays fall to Tigers 2-1

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Chris Archer wasn't quite perfect enough. On a day when the Tampa Bay right-hander retired his first 19 batters in the longest perfect-game bid in franchise history, Justin Verlander outlasted Archer and the Detroit Tigers beat the Rays 2-1 Wednesday to avoid a three-game sweep. "I've thrown better games...

  • Nationals land Papelbon in trade, fall to Marlins 4-1

    MIAMI (AP) — The Washington Nationals have a new closer, landing All-Star Jonathan Papelbon from the Philadelphia Phillies. That means their newly demoted closer isn't happy. And the NL East race is shaping up to be a whole lot of fun down the stretch. On the night the Nationals got Jayson Werth and Ryan Zimmerman back from long stints on...

  • Yankees use 11-run inning in 21-5 comeback win at Texas

    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi figures he will never see another game like this one, especially after trailing 5-0 in the first inning. The Yankees charged back in a hurry, with an 11-run second inning and 8 1-3 hitless innings of relief to overcome the Texas Rangers 21-5 on Tuesday night. "Strange," Girardi...

  • Syndergaard dominates, Mets hit 2 homers to beat Padres 4-0

    NEW YORK (AP) — Noah Syndergaard had the fans on their feet and the Padres in the palm of his hand. With one pinpoint pitch after another, he nearly turned a sour day for the New York Mets into a thrilling night at Citi Field. Syndergaard retired his first 18 batters in the rookie's latest overpowering performance, and New York got two-run...

  • One pitch hurts Garcia in Cardinals' 4-0 loss to Reds

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — Back from a long stint on the disabled list, Jaime Garcia matched zeroes with Mike Leake for five innings. One pitch doomed the St. Louis Cardinals lefty. Joey Votto's three-run homer in the sixth was all the Cincinnati Reds needed in a 4-0 victory Tuesday night. "I guess it wasn't good enough," Garcia said. "I've got to do a...

  • Votto's shot, Leake's arm pace Reds past Cardinals 4-0

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — If that was Mike Leake's final turn in the rotation with the Cincinnati Reds, he ended with a flourish. "Now it's make or break," Leake said after throwing eight innings of four-hit ball in a 4-0 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday night. "I mean, that's either the last start or I'm back. It's three more days until...

  • Klee: Colorado Rockies trading Troy Tulowitzki a sign of baseball things to come

    DENVER - This was most definitely not the Jeff Bridich the Colorado Rockies introduced to their soured, cynical fandom 10 months ago as the new general manager. That guy, whoever he was, came across as timid, almost scared he would offend someone, as if uncertain what end of the puppet strings he was on. Hired from within, linked tightly to...

  • Wong's slam paces Cardinals' 4-1 win over Reds

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — Kolten Wong came through with the bases loaded. When faced with the same predicament, Lance Lynn minimized the damage. Wong hit a grand slam that backed Lynn's seven resourceful innings and led the St. Louis Cardinals over the Cincinnati Reds 4-1 Monday night. "I told myself, don't get beat by the fastball," Wong said. "It...

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