July 22, 2014

MLB – NL: What to expect in the second half

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    Team-by-team look at what went right, wrong and how to fix it for the second half for the National League: NL EAST WASHINGTON NATIONALS What went right: Pitching. The Nationals lead the majors with a 3.08 team ERA. What needs attention: A beaten-up lineup finally got healthy but needs to stay that way [...]

MLB Roundup: Detroit Tigers beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 4-1 on Wednesday.

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DETROIT (AP) — Max Scherzer pitched seven impressive innings, outdueling Zack Greinke and helping the short-handed Detroit Tigers beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 4-1 on Wednesday. Detroit was without sluggers Miguel Cabrera and Victor Martinez, but the AL Central-leading Tigers scored two runs in the first inning and Scherzer (11-3) made the lead hold up. [...]

MLB Roundup: Athletics beat the Toronto Blue Jays 4-2 Sunday to complete a four-game sweep.

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OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Jeff Samardzija pitched seven strong innings to win his Oakland debut and the Athletics beat the Toronto Blue Jays 4-2 Sunday to complete a four-game sweep. Samardzija, acquired a day earlier in a trade with the Chicago Cubs, received several standing ovations. He was cheered during pregame warmups and again after [...]

MLB Roundup: Washington Nationals roughed up the Chicago Cubs 13-0 on Saturday

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    WASHINGTON (AP) — Gio Gonzalez pitched eight sparkling innings and Ryan Zimmerman tied a career high with four hits and drove in three runs as the Washington Nationals roughed up the Chicago Cubs without recently traded Jeff Samardzija for a 13-0 victory Saturday. Jayson Werth and Anthony Rendon added three hits and two [...]

MLB Roundup: Castro powers Cubs past Pirates 6-3

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CHICAGO (AP) — Starlin Castro hit a three-run homer, and Edwin Jackson got the better of Charlie Morton, leading the Chicago Cubs to a 6-3 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Friday. Chris Coghlan added a solo shot as the Cubs opened a 10-game homestand with their fourth win in five games. Last-place Chicago is [...]

MLB – National League Roundup: Chicago Cubs broke loose, routing St. Louis 17-5 Monday night

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    ST. LOUIS (AP) — Junior Lake homered, doubled twice and drove in six runs as the Chicago Cubs broke loose, routing St. Louis 17-5 Monday night and forcing the Cardinals to finish with infielder Daniel Descalso as a relief pitcher. After the Cubs totaled just four runs while getting swept in a three-game [...]

MLB – National League Roundup: San Francisco Giants beat the slumping Atlanta Braves 3-1

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ATLANTA (AP) — Brandon Belt, Buster Posey and Michael Morse led off innings with home runs, and the streaking San Francisco Giants beat the slumping Atlanta Braves 3-1 on Saturday night in a matchup of first-place teams. The NL West-leading Giants have won four straight and eight of nine. The Braves, who lead the NL [...]

MLB – National League Roundup: Chicago Cubs beat the St. Louis Cardinals 6-5 Friday

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    CHICAGO (AP) — Anthony Rizzo hit a two-run single in the first that ended Adam Wainwright’s scoreless streak at 25 innings, and the Chicago Cubs beat the St. Louis Cardinals 6-5 Friday for their third win in four games. Wainwright (5-2) had allowed six runs in 45 innings coming in, but the Cubs [...]

MLB – National League Roundup: Drama in Nationals 4-3 loss to the Cardinals

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    WASHINGTON (AP) — Nationals star Bryce Harper was pulled by first-year manager Matt Williams after failing to run out a grounder in Washington’s 4-3 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals on Saturday. Harper hit a grounder back to pitcher Lance Lynn in the sixth inning, jogged to first base and took a right [...]

MLB – National League Capsules: Reds beat Cardinals 4-0, avoid sweep

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ST. LOUIS (AP) — Billy Hamilton had three hits and his first two steals, and scored easily after tagging up on a shallow outfield pop fly to support a strong outing from Mike Leake in the Cincinnati Reds’ 4-0 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday. Leake (1-1) allowed four hits and a walk [...]