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  • 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...

  • Hall of Famer Martinez to have number '45' retired at Fenway

    BOSTON (AP) — Pedro Martinez's Hall of Fame career took off in the late 1990s in a ballpark usually know for offensive numbers. From Ted Williams to Carl Yastrzemski to Jim Rice, the Boston Red Sox have retired numbers — placing them along the facade of the right-field roof deck in hitter-friendly Fenway Park. The seven retired Red Sox...

  • Braves avoid sweep with 3-2 victory over Cardinals

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — More than four years after Adonis Garcia defected from Cuba, he hit his first major league home run. His timing could not have been much better for the Atlanta Braves. Garcia broke a 2-2 tie when he led off the sixth inning by homering on a 1-0 fastball from Michael Wacha that carried the Braves to a 3-2 victory over the...

  • Phillies beat Cubs 11-5 for series sweep

    CHICAGO (AP) — All of a sudden, the major league-worst Philadelphia Phillies don't look so awful. Ryan Howard homered for the second straight day, rookie Aaron Nola got his first win and the Phillies beat the Chicago Cubs 11-5 on Sunday to complete a three-game sweep. Maikel Franco also went deep as the Phillies (37-63) finished with 17 hits...

  • Rockies hit 5 homers, power way over Reds

    DENVER — Nolan Arenado, Ben Paulsen and Carlos Gonzalez each homered in a 10-run third inning Sunday to help the Colorado Rockies beat Cincinnati 17-7 on a day when the Reds traded ace Johnny Cueto. It was a big afternoon for Paulsen, who finished with a career-high four hits that included a triple and two solo homers. Gonzalez also had two...

  • Johnson, Martinez, Smoltz, Biggio enter Hall of Fame

    COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. — Three pitchers who became dominant after trades and a rock-solid catcher-turned-second baseman have a new moniker — Hall of Famer. Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez, John Smoltz and Craig Biggio were inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame on Sunday and basked in the spotlight one more time with at least 40,000 fans cheering...

  • Greinke gives up run, shutout streak over at 45 2-3 innings

    NEW YORK (AP) — Zack Greinke's shutout streak for the Los Angeles Dodgers is over after the New York Mets scored against him on a grounder by opposing pitcher Jacob deGrom. Greinke retired his first six batters Sunday, extending his scoreless streak to 45 2-3 innings — longest in the majors since Orel Hershiser set the big league record with...

  • Phillies' Hamels pitches 1st no-hitter vs Cubs in 50 years

    CHICAGO — Phillies ace Cole Hamels enhanced his trade value even more, becoming the first pitcher to throw a no-hitter against the Chicago Cubs in 50 years while leading Philadelphia to a 5-0 win Saturday. There was drama down to the final out, when rookie center fielder Odubel Herrera stumbled on the warning track, but managed to lean...

  • Dodgers' Kershaw loses perfect game bid in 7th vs Mets

    NEW YORK (AP) — Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw has lost his bid for a perfect game against the New York Mets in the seventh inning on a leadoff single by Curtis Granderson. Granderson lined an 0-2 pitch for a clean hit to right field Thursday night at Citi Field. Kersshaw struck out eight in the first six innings. He is a three-time...

  • Ubaldo Jimenez hit hard early, Orioles lose to Yankees 9-3

    NEW YORK (AP) — Adam Jones was over another tough loss in New York about a quickly as Chase Headley's first-inning drive soared past the All-Star center fielder. Jones had no chance at catching Headley's three-run double off Ubaldo Jimenez, and the Orioles never recovered n a 9-3 loss to the Yankees on Thursday. New York swept the three-game...

  • Klee blog: Drink up, Rockies fans — beer prices are competitive, at least

    Are the plunging Colorado Rockies driving you to drink? Then Coors Field is a fine place to be. We've long known the ballpark at 20th and Blake was more fun house than house of wins. At least the price of beer is competitive, if the on-field product is not. The Rockies are right around the MLB average on beer prices, according...

  • Golden memory for Sky Sox infielder Pete Orr after thrilling Pan Ams victory

    What a 24 hours it was for Sky Sox infielder Pete Orr. The Toronto-area native experienced one of the biggest moments of his baseball career when he scored the winning run in Canada's 7-6 extra-inning victory over the U.S. in the Pan American Games gold-medal game on Sunday night. By Monday afternoon, the 15-year pro was already in the...

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