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Trout rolling as Angels face Blue Jays

Already the owner of two American League Most Valuable Player awards by age 25, Los Angeles Angels center fielder Mike Trout is showing there’s always room for improvement. Trout is having the best offensive month of his major-league career heading into the second game of a four-game series against

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Astros stick with short bullpen vs. Royals

Houston Astros manager A.J. Hinch occasionally bristles at conventional methodology, particularly given the availability of superior data and how its dissemination shapes decisions. For instance, last Friday in Kansas City, the Astros (50-26) recalled …

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A’s face White Sox, aim for fifth straight win

The Oakland Athletics will go for their season-high fifth win in a row when they open a four-game series against the Chicago White Sox on Thursday night at U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago. Oakland (38-36) has achieved a four-game winning streak on four …

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D-backs open 4-game series in Pittsburgh

The Arizona Diamondbacks open a four-game series Thursday against the Pittsburgh Pirates, and by the time they move on to Miami, their rotation could look different. As in, more intact. Right-hander Zack Godley (7-5, 4.77 ERA) is scheduled to face Pitt…

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Jays’ Aaron Sanchez returns home to take on Angels

Aaron Sanchez will likely have friends and family in the stands when the Toronto Blue Jays open a four-game series at the Los Angeles Angels on Thursday night. Sanchez will also have plenty of motivation to keep the Blue Jays rolling. A right-hander wh…

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Chicago Cubs, Los Angeles Dodgers go for series win after doubleheader split

CHICAGO — If Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon had his druthers, his team wouldn’t have played a pair of games Tuesday. But as the Cubs head into Wednesday’s series finale against the defending National League champion Los Angeles Dodgers, Maddon certainly won’t complain about having the opportunity

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Atlanta Braves try to stay hot against Toronto Blue Jays

TORONTO — Atlanta Braves first-year general manager Alex Anthopoulos was not sure how well his new team would do this season. “You know what, we didn’t know what to expect,” the former Toronto Blue Jays general manager Anthopoulos said before the opener of a two-game series at the Rogers

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Cardinals, Phillies series to be decided in seventh game

The Philadelphia Phillies and the St. Louis Cardinals will play the rubber match of their current series and their season series Wednesday afternoon. The teams have split the first two games of their series at Citizens Bank Park and are 3-3 against one…

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Chicago White Sox, Cleveland Indians to close out series

Another day, another roster move involving the Cleveland Indians’ bullpen. Prior to their 6-3 win over the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday, the Indians placed reliever Evan Marshall on the 10-day disabled list with right elbow inflammation. To replace Marshall on the roster, the Indians selected the

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Diamondbacks aim to make quick work of Angels

Matt Koch will aim for his fourth consecutive victory on Tuesday night, and the Arizona Diamondbacks will try for a two-game road sweep of the Los Angeles Angels. Arizona (40-32) won the series opener 7-4 on Monday night to extend its lead in the Natio…

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Injury-riddled Indians aim to extend White Sox skid

CLEVELAND — The Cleveland Indians’ injury-riddled pitching staff will go into the second game of their three-game series against the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday missing another arm. Reliever Evan Marshall was removed from Monday’s game in the eighth inning with right elbow soreness. “The

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Cardinals, Luke Weaver look to end Phillies’ three-game win streak

Luke Weaver’s best start of the season came last month against the Philadelphia Phillies. Weaver will try to emulate that success Tuesday night as the Phillies face the St. Louis Cardinals in the middle of a three-game series at Citizens Bank Park. The 24-year-old Weaver (4-6, 4.52 ERA) allowed just

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Red Sox, Twins begin series after getting a day off

After splitting a four-game weekend set in Seattle, the Boston Red Sox return to work Tuesday night when they open a three-game series against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field. The Red Sox went into their off day on Monday just a half-game behind th…

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Tigers can reach .500 with win over Reds

The Detroit Tigers certainly weren’t supposed to be here at this stage of the major league season. Not at all. Only a season after finishing 38 games behind in the American League Central with a 64-98 record and a veteran roster led by one of the major league’s highest-paid players in Miguel

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Braves’ Mike Soroka to make “second debut” at Toronto

Canadian right-hander Mike Soroka says his start Tuesday for the Atlanta Braves at the Rogers Centre will be like making a second debut. The 20-year-old from Calgary will be making his fifth major league start, but Tuesday night in the opener of a two-…

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Boston Red Sox show support for World Cup squads

June 18 (UPI) — Boston Red Sox players sported jerseys from several different World Cup teams during a recent road trip after facing the Seattle Mariners. Red Sox pitcher Joe Kelly even sported a referee outfit ahead of the team’s trip to Minneapolis, where they will play a three game series against

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