Hendricks' 5-hitter, Bryant's 2-run homer carry Cubs, 3-0 (Yahoo Sports)

Yahoo - 8 hours 58 min ago

Kyle Hendricks hadn't thrown a complete game or shutout in his two-year big league career. Kris Bryant, who starred at the University of San Diego, hit a two-run homer on the game's seventh pitch. ''I'm going to remember this one, definitely, for a long time,'' said Hendricks, who is from up the freeway in Mission Viejo.

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Colome and DeJesus key Rays' 3-0 win over A's (Yahoo Sports)

Yahoo - 9 hours 1 min ago

The Tampa Bay Rays have used strong pitching and timely hitting to reach the top of the standings. Alex Colome and four relievers combined on a six-hitter, David DeJesus drove in two runs and the Rays beat the Oakland Athletics 3-0 on Thursday night to take sole possession of first place in the AL East. ''I think you embrace playing good baseball,'' Tampa Bay manager Kevin Cash said.

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Rangers' Rodriguez keeps Red Sox bats quiet in 3-1 win (Yahoo Sports)

Yahoo - 9 hours 2 min ago

Wandy Rodriguez's plan worked very well. Rodriguez pitched 6 2-3 solid innings, Mitch Moreland hit a solo homer and drove in two runs, and the Texas Rangers beat the Red Sox and their listless offense 3-1 on Thursday night. ''Really nice pitching by Wandy tonight,'' Rangers manager Jeff Banister said.

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Dickey leads way as Blue Jays beat Angels 8-4 (Yahoo Sports)

Yahoo - 9 hours 2 min ago

The Blue Jays haven't enjoyed many solid pitching performances this season. The right-hander snapped a two-start losing streak with a complete game, Edwin Encarnacion hit a three-run home run and Toronto beat the Los Angeles Angels 8-4. ''Dickey was outstanding.'' Danny Valencia added a solo homer as the Blue Jays won for the second time in nine games.

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McCann hits leadoff HR in 11th, sends Tigers over Astros (Yahoo Sports)

Yahoo - 9 hours 3 min ago

DETROIT (AP) -- James McCann hasn't hit many homers in the major leagues. But when he has connected, he's done it with style.

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Big days for deGrom, Duda lead Mets over Cardinals 5-0 (Yahoo Sports)

Yahoo - 9 hours 35 min ago

The reigning NL Rookie of the Year retired his final 23 batters following a first-inning single, and Lucas Duda hit two long homers to nearly the same spot Thursday during the New York Mets' 5-0 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals. In his latest stingy start at Citi Field, the only blemish was Matt Carpenter's clean single with one out in the first. John Mayberry Jr. put the slumping Mets lineup on the scoreboard with an RBI single in the fourth.

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Braves take advantage of Smith's ejection to beat Brewers (Yahoo Sports)

Yahoo - 10 hours 22 min ago

Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez doesn't regret calling out Milwaukee reliever Will Smith for breaking a rule that some pitchers might break every night. ''It was about as plain as it could be,'' Gonzalez said. You could see it in the dugout.'' Julio Teheran pitched seven strong innings and the Atlanta Braves took advantage of Smith's seventh-inning ejection for using rosin and sunscreen illegally in a 10-1 victory Thursday night.

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Brewers' Smith ejected for having rosin, sunscreen on arm (Yahoo Sports)

Yahoo - Fri, 2015-05-22 03:12

Milwaukee Brewers relief pitcher Will Smith was ejected for having rosin and sunscreen on his right forearm in the seventh inning Thursday night of a 10-1 loss to the Atlanta Braves. Smith confirmed that he put the substance on his forearm before warming up in the bullpen on a brisk night. ''It was chilly and kind of windy,'' Smith said.

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Bumgarner homers off Kershaw, Giants again blank Dodgers (Yahoo Sports)

Yahoo - Fri, 2015-05-22 00:44

Madison Bumgarner acknowledged that hitting a home run off Clayton Kershaw was a little out of the ordinary. Bumgarner homered, pitched 6 1-3 solid innings and helped the San Francisco Giants shut out the Los Angeles Dodgers for the third straight day, 4-0 Thursday. ''He's the best pitcher in baseball,'' Bumgarner said.

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Dodgers suspend infielder Arruebarrena for rest of season (Yahoo Sports)

Yahoo - Fri, 2015-05-22 00:35

Arruebarrena was suspended by the Los Angeles Dodgers for the remainder of the season on Thursday for what the team said was ''repeated failures to comply with his contract.'' Club officials declined further comment. The Dodgers designated him for assignment on Dec. 31, and when he cleared waivers he was sent outright to the team's Triple-A affiliate. The 25-year-old Cuban remained at extended spring training and did not play in any minor league games this year, when his deal calls for a $3 million salary.

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Manfred says Yanks have grounds to not pay A-Rod bonus (Yahoo Sports)

Yahoo - Fri, 2015-05-22 00:31

Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred said he thinks the New York Yankees have grounds not to pay Alex Rodriguez a $6 million marketing bonus for tying Willie Mays for fourth place on the career home run list. When Rodriguez signed a $275 million, 10-year contract with the Yankees in December 2007, the sides also agreed to a separate deal that called for $6 million each for up to five milestone accomplishments, payable within 15 days of designation by the team. The accomplishments were contemplated to be Rodriguez hitting home runs 660, 714, 755, 762 and 763.

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Manfred understands why minority interviews skipped (Yahoo Sports)

Yahoo - Fri, 2015-05-22 00:29

New baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred said he understands why the Milwaukee Brewers and Miami Marlins did not interview any minority candidates when they hired new managers this month. Then-Commissioner Bud Selig told teams in April 1999 they had to consider minorities when hiring a manager, GM, assistant GM, director of player development or director of scouting. Milwaukee replaced Ron Roenicke with Craig Counsell, and Miami general manager Dan Jennings took over from Mike Redmond.

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Sandoval likely to return for series vs. Angels

Major League Baseball - Fri, 2015-05-22 00:06
Shane Victorino was a scratch Thursday due to general soreness centralized to the left calf, but the good news for the Red Sox is that third baseman Pablo Sandoval, who was belted on the left knee by a pitch Tuesday, should return to the lineup for the opener against the Angels on Friday night.
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Tucker finds perfect time for first homer

Major League Baseball - Fri, 2015-05-22 00:04
The Astros have had a habit of hitting home runs this season, and Thursday afternoon's 6-5, 11-inning loss to the Tigers at Comerica Park was no different. Preston Tucker forced extras with the first home run of his Major League career, going deep off closer Joakim Soria in the top of the ninth.
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Trout develops aptitude for hitting high pitches

Major League Baseball - Thu, 2015-05-21 23:58
In Wednesday's fifth inning, Mike Trout took a chest-high, 94-mph fastball from Drew Hutchison and blasted it way over the center-field fence for his 11th home run of the season. It wasn't necessarily the result that was so impressive -- thought it traveled 412 feet and carried an exit velocity of 107 mph, according to Statcast -- but what it represented.
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Semien welcomes chance to work with Wash

Major League Baseball - Thu, 2015-05-21 23:45
When it comes to infield defense, newly hired Athletics coach Ron Washington has one of the most impressive teaching resumes in recent baseball history. And there's nobody who stands to benefit from Washington's knowledge more than A's shortstop Marcus Semien.
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De La Rosa sets franchise mark in shaky start

Major League Baseball - Thu, 2015-05-21 23:44
Left-hander Jorge De La Rosa surpassed Ubaldo Jimenez as Colorado's career strikeout leader during an otherwise unremarkable start in the Rockies' 7-3 victory over the Phillies on Thursday.
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Tanaka throws three scoreless in rehab start

Major League Baseball - Thu, 2015-05-21 23:43
Yankees ace Masahiro Tanaka successfully began his Minor League rehabilitation assignment at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Thursday night with three scoreless innings, throwing 25 of his 41 pitches for strikes. Tanaka threw 29 pitches in a bullpen session on Monday at Nationals Park and reported no issues. He has been on the disabled list since April 29 with right wrist tendinitis and a right forearm strain.
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Pearce slam, Hardy's RBI lift Orioles past Mariners 5-4 (Yahoo Sports)

Yahoo - Thu, 2015-05-21 23:22

Six hours after the scheduled time of the first pitch, Baltimore Orioles manager Buck Showalter spoke with admiration about the way his players and the Seattle Mariners handled a tight game and a lengthy rain delay. ''It's a grind game for both teams,'' Showalter said. It's just so easy to give in.'' The Orioles and Mariners combined to use 13 pitchers Thursday in a duel that lasted 3 1/2 hours and ended with Baltimore escaping with a 5-4 victory.

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MadBum hits 415-foot HR off Kershaw

Major League Baseball - Thu, 2015-05-21 23:22
Madison Bumgarner broadened his hitting exploits in the third inning of the Giants' series finale Thursday against the Dodgers by delivering a two-out home run off Clayton Kershaw, Los Angeles' ace left-hander.
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