Scherzer wins 12th, Tigers beat Angels 6-4 (Yahoo Sports)

Yahoo - 4 hours 34 min ago

The day after the Detroit Tigers traded for Texas Rangers closer Joakim Soria, Joe Nathan made a point of showing why he is still manager Brad Ausmus' No. 1 option in the ninth inning. Nathan struck out the side on 12 pitches to secure Max Scherzer's 6-4 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Thursday night in the opener of a four-game series between two of the top three teams in the majors. The six-time All-Star posted his 21st save in 26 chances after Joba Chamberlain gave up a run on Josh Hamilton's sacrifice fly in the eighth. It's up to Brad to make decisions like that, so I'm just going to go out and compete when they allow me to.'' Nick Castellanos drove in the tying and go-ahead runs with a double in the sixth inning against Garrett Richards and Scherzer won his fourth straight decision.

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Young hits 3-run homer in Orioles' 4-0 victory (Yahoo Sports)

Yahoo - 4 hours 58 min ago

SEATTLE (AP) -- - Wie-Yen Chen threw one of his finest games in the major leagues, allowing just five hits over eight innings in Baltimore's 4-0 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Thursday night. ''That was a little bit of a momentum change there,'' Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. ''Then he showed how to get people out after that.'' Delmon Young hit a three-run homer in the Orioles' four-run third inning and that was all Chen needed as he scattered five singles, walked one and struck out three, matching his career high for innings pitched. His 11 wins ties him for third-most in American League.

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Aoki's 14th-inning hit lifts Royals over Indians (Yahoo Sports)

Yahoo - 5 hours 36 min ago

After four hours, 23 minutes and a dozen pitchers combining to throw 397 pitches, Nori Aoki gave the Kansas City Royals a win. Aoki singled home Lorenzo Cain in the 14th inning to lift the Royals to a 2-1 victory over Cleveland after Indians starter Corey Kluber carried a perfect game into the seventh inning on Thursday night. Cain opened the 14th with an infield single and stole second before Aoki delivered the winning hit off John Axford on a full-count pitch with one out. ''I was just trying to stay aggressive,'' Aoki said.

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Garza rebounds from poor outing, Brewers win 9-1 (Yahoo Sports)

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Matt Garza was fuming after his previous start, the shortest of his career when he recorded just one out and allowed five runs. Garza allowed two hits in eight innings, and Ryan Braun hit one of three homers for the Milwaukee Brewers in a 9-1 victory over the New York Mets on Thursday night. ''His last start probably upset him enough that he had a lot to prove tonight, and he threw the ball well,'' Mets manager Terry Collins said. Jonathan Lucroy and Khris Davis also connected for the Brewers, who took a 6-0 lead after three innings against Dillon Gee (4-3) to win their fourth consecutive game.

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Saltalamacchia, Alvarez lead Marlins past Braves (Yahoo Sports)

Yahoo - Fri, 2014-07-25 02:53

Jarrod Saltalamacchia knows most teams don't get many chances to beat Atlanta Braves closer Craig Kimbrel. Saltalamacchia drove in the go-ahead run in the ninth inning, Henderson Alvarez won for the first time in three starts and the Miami Marlins beat the Braves 3-2 on Thursday night. ''He threw me a lot of sliders tonight, which is not what he's done in the past, but I'd swung over a slider two nights ago and struck out,'' Saltalamacchia said. He made a mistake and I was able to do something with it.'' In taking three of four games, the Marlins won just their second series in the last 10 against the Braves at Turner Field.

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Indians' Kluber is perfect through 6 innings (Yahoo Sports)

Yahoo - Fri, 2014-07-25 02:12

KANSAS CITY (AP) -- Corey Kluber of the Cleveland Indians has had his perfect game broken up with a one-out single in the seventh inning by Omar Infante of the Kansas City Royals.

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Johnson could find home again with Orioles

Major League Baseball - Fri, 2014-07-25 02:00
Could Jim Johnson make a return to Baltimore? "That's completely in Oakland's hands now," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said of Johnson, who was designated for assignment by the A's on Thursday The O's were rumored to have interest in a reunion, engaging in talks with the A's while the right-hander was still on their roster.
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Tigers pay the price to get Soria

Major League Baseball - Fri, 2014-07-25 01:57
Tigers president/general manager Dave Dombrowski asked former Texas teammates Ian Kinsler and Joe Nathan for their thoughts on Joakim Soria while he was weighing trade options and got rave reviews on the veteran reliever who was acquired by Detroit on Wednesday.
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Hughes day-to-day with right shin contusion

Major League Baseball - Fri, 2014-07-25 01:42
Twins right-hander Phil Hughes left Thursday's game against the White Sox in the fourth inning after being hit by a comebacker from Adam Dunn. He is considered day-to-day.
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Salty steps up after Alvarez subdues Braves

Major League Baseball - Fri, 2014-07-25 01:42
Henderson Alvarez put to rest any doubts about his sore left shin Thursday night, and he once again pitched at an All-Star level. The right-hander allowed two runs in eight innings and played the role of stopper in the Marlins' 3-2 win over the Braves at Turner Field. Alvarez kept Atlanta in check, and catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia delivered the crucial hit.
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Hughes leaves after taking liner off ankle (Yahoo Sports)

Yahoo - Fri, 2014-07-25 01:26
Minnesota Twins right-hander Phil Hughes left the game against the Chicago White Sox on Thursday night in the fourth inning after taking a comebacker off his right ankle. White Sox slugger Adam Dunn led off the fourth with a sharp chopper right back at Hughes. The starter had no chance to get out of the way before it plunked him on his ankle, and Hughes was immediately stunned by the impact.
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Machado improving, rests for third straight game

Major League Baseball - Fri, 2014-07-25 01:20
Manny Machado was sidelined for the third consecutive Orioles game Thursday, but the third baseman said his back is getting better and he is hoping to play during the four-game series against the Mariners.
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Overturned call gives Miami inning-ending double play

Major League Baseball - Fri, 2014-07-25 01:12
Some fancy footwork by Garrett Jones worked in the Marlins' favor in a overturned call against the Braves in the sixth inning at Turner Field.
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Rockies aren't in active talks about Stubbs

Major League Baseball - Fri, 2014-07-25 00:59
The Mariners, who are seeking a right-handed bat as they try to keep pace in the American League postseason race, have shown interest in Rockies outfielder Drew Stubbs. However, multiple Major League sources said Thursday the Rockies are not in active talks with any club about Stubbs.
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Ng gets second interview for Padres GM opening

Major League Baseball - Fri, 2014-07-25 00:54
The Padres had their second interview Thursday with Kim Ng, senior vice president of baseball operations with Major League Baseball, for their general manager vacancy. Ng had her first interview with the team on July 11.
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Samardzija's gem, Moss' grand slam fuel A's romp

Major League Baseball - Fri, 2014-07-25 00:28
Jeff Samardzija threw eight innings in the rubber match against the Astros, allowing five hits while striking out six and walking none as the A's cruised, 13-1. Brandon Moss clubbed his third career grand slam, all of which have come this season.
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Mariners get Morales back from Twins

Major League Baseball - Fri, 2014-07-25 00:20
The Mariners acquired first baseman/designated hitter Kendrys Morales from the Minnesota Twins on Thursday in exchange for right-handed relief pitcher Stephen Pryor.
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Zimmerman discusses latest injury with MLB.com

Major League Baseball - Fri, 2014-07-25 00:19
MLB.com caught up with Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman on Thursday evening to talk about his latest setback.
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Tejada sits as precaution after getting hit in head

Major League Baseball - Fri, 2014-07-25 00:06
Though Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada was out of the Mets lineup Thursday, manager Terry Collins said it was simply a precaution a day after Tejada was struck in the helmet by a 94-mph Taijuan Walker fastball.
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Moss powers A's past Astros 13-1 (Yahoo Sports)

Yahoo - Fri, 2014-07-25 00:02

A warm day helped Brandon Moss reach another milestone and it helped Jeff Samardzija enjoy even more run support. Moss hit a grand slam and the Oakland Athletics gave Samardzija more run support than he has had all season in a 13-1 victory over the Houston Astros on Thursday. ''I didn't realize it went over the fence,'' Moss said. Chris Carter hit a home run for the Astros, who fell to 2-4 since the All-Star break.

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