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Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Felix Hernandez reacts after allowing a soft bunt-single by Texas Rangers' Carlos Tocci during the third inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018, in Arlington, Texas. The Rangers won 11-4. (AP Photo/Brandon Wade)
August 10, 2018 - 12:38 am
HOUSTON (AP) — Seattle's Felix Hernandez has lost his spot in the rotation in the wake of his latest terrible start in a season filled with struggles. The right-hander, who threw a perfect game in 2012, will pitch out of the bullpen for the first time in his career. He's having the worst season of...
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Houston Astros starting pitcher Justin Verlander (35) talks with home plate umpire Nic Lentz (59) after being called for a balk during the second inning of the team's baseball game against the Seattle Mariners on Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
August 10, 2018 - 12:26 am
HOUSTON (AP) — Justin Verlander got pushed around by the Seattle Mariners early Thursday night, and then umpire Nic Lentz sent him off for an early shower. Certainly not what the former Cy Young and MVP Award winner had in mind for his first shot at career win No. 200. Seattle jumped on Verlander...
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Minnesota Twins relief pitcher Fernando Rodney celebrates after the Twins defeated the Cleveland Indians 3-2 in a baseball game Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2018, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
August 09, 2018 - 9:37 pm
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The Oakland Athletics have acquired closer Fernando Rodney from the Minnesota Twins. The A's sent minor league right-hander Dakota Chalmers to Minnesota on Thursday to complete the deal that adds more depth to Oakland's stellar bullpen. The 41-year-old Rodney is 3-2 with 25...
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Cleveland Indians teammates mob Michael Brantley after he hit the game-winning RBI-single in the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Minnesota Twins, Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018, in Cleveland. Greg Allen scored on the play. The Indians won 5-4. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
August 09, 2018 - 5:39 pm
CLEVELAND (AP) — Michael Brantley knew what was coming after giving the Cleveland Indians their second straight walk-off victory over the Minnesota Twins. Brantley was mobbed by his teammates as he rounded first base following his ninth-inning single that gave Cleveland a 5-4 win Thursday...
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Cleveland Indians' Francisco Lindor, center, is welcomed by teammates after he hit a walk-off three-run home run against the Minnesota Twins in a baseball game Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2018, in Cleveland. The Indians won 5-2. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
August 08, 2018 - 9:50 pm
CLEVELAND (AP) — Francisco Lindor connected for a three-run homer with two outs in the ninth inning as the Cleveland Indians again moved 10 games ahead of Minnesota in the AL Central with a 5-2 win over the Twins on Wednesday night. Lindor, who struck out with the winning run at second base in the...
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August 08, 2018 - 8:50 pm
A look at what's happening around the majors Thursday: LOSING GROUND Struggling Seattle turns to ace James Paxton as it opens a series against AL West-leading Houston. The Mariners have lost seven of nine overall and three of Paxton's past four starts dating to July 7. Paxton (9-5, 3.51) will...
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New York Yankees' Miguel Andujar (41) gestures after hitting an RBI against the Chicago White Sox during the 13th inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018, in Chicago. The Yankees won 4-3 in 13 innings. (AP Photo/David Banks)
August 08, 2018 - 12:05 am
CHICAGO (AP) — Miguel Andujar homered and singled in the go-ahead run in the 13th inning, Sonny Gray won in his first relief outing since 2013 and the New York Yankees beat the Chicago White Sox 4-3 on Tuesday night. Andujar had three hits, including a go-ahead single in the 13th, and Giancarlo...
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Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Jameson Taillon hugs catcher Francisco Cervelli after the team's baseball game against the Colorado Rockies, Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018, in Denver. Taillon threw a complete game and the Pirates defeated the Rockies 10-2. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)
August 08, 2018 - 12:03 am
DENVER (AP) — It was Jameson Taillon for Pittsburgh and Chad Bettis for Colorado on Tuesday night at Coors Field. An intersection with special significance. Taillon beat Bettis in a matchup of pitchers who battled testicular cancer last year, and the Pirates hit three homers in a 10-2 victory over...
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FILE- In this June 26, 2018, file photo, St. Louis Cardinals relief pitcher Greg Holland throws during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Cleveland Indians in St. Louis. The Washington Nationals have signed the free agent reliever Greg Holland, whom they hope can regain his effectiveness and provide leadership in the clubhouse. Holland was 0-2 with a 7.92 ERA in 32 games with St. Louis before being designated for assignment on July 27. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)
August 07, 2018 - 12:17 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Nationals hope veteran reliever Greg Holland can return to form and use his postseason experience to help Washington make a playoff run of its own. Holland has appeared in 12 postseason games, including the 2014 World Series with Kansas City. That, along with his 186 career...
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New York Yankees starting pitcher Lance Lynn (36) throws the ball against the Chicago White Sox during the first inning of a baseball game, Monday, Aug. 6, 2018, in Chicago. (AP Photo/David Banks)
August 06, 2018 - 11:15 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — Lance Lynn was sound asleep while the rest of the New York Yankees hopped on a flight to Chicago after perhaps their most difficult loss of the season. With his new team in desperate need of a lift, he delivered. Lynn pitched two-hit ball into the eighth inning in his first start...
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