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Boston’s Ryan Dempster hits Alex Rodriguez but fails to get ven…

Boston’s Ryan Dempster hits Alex Rodriguez but fails to get vengeance

yahoo.com ESPN.com deadspin.com MLB.com Updated Aug 18, 2013
When Ryan Dempster hit Alex Rodriguez with a 3-0 pitch in the second inning Sunday night — after missing several times — many assumed he was upholding the honour of those who (supposedly) don't use performance-enhancing drugs in Major League Baseball. A…
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  • A-Rod paid for Bosch lawyer, attorneys say

    A-Rod paid for Bosch lawyer, attorneys say

    ESPN.com Aug 18, 2013
    Alex Rodriguez paid for Tony Bosch's attorney and later made a wire transfer for nearly $50,000 that Bosch's attorney refused to accept, Bosch's attorneys told "Outside the Lines" on Sunday.
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  • Sources: Braun sought player support in appeal

    Sources: Braun sought player support in appeal

    When Ryan Braun accepted his 65-game suspension in an agreement under the drug-testing agreement, there was a strong, angry reaction from other players.
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  • Ailing Trout departs Angels' loss to Astros

    Ailing Trout departs Angels' loss to Astros

    ESPN.com Aug 18, 2013
    Matt Dominguez hit a tiebreaking three-run homer in the seventh inning, and the Houston Astros won back-to-back series for the first time in nearly two months with a 7-5 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Sunday.
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  • Trout exits game with right hamstring tightness

    Trout exits game with right hamstring tightness

    MLB.com ESPN.com Aug 18, 2013
    Angels All-Star outfielder Mike Trout was removed from Sunday's game as a precaution when he felt "a little grab" in his right hamstring.
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  • Venable goes deep to send Padres walking off in finale

    Venable goes deep to send Padres walking off in finale

    MLB.com Aug 18, 2013
    Will Venable hit a walk-off home run in the ninth to give the San Diego Padres a 4-3 win on Sunday at Petco Park and split of the four-game series against the New York Mets.
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  • Sweet 16th: Eaton lifts D-backs past Pirates

    Sweet 16th: Eaton lifts D-backs past Pirates

    MLB.com Aug 18, 2013
    Adam Eaton's bloop double to center scored a pair of runs as the D-backs beat the Pirates, 4-2, in 16 innings on Sunday afternoon in front of a sellout crowd at PNC Park.
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  • Efficient Wainwright impresses in seven strong

    Efficient Wainwright impresses in seven strong

    MLB.com ESPN.com Aug 18, 2013
    Adam Wainwright delivered one of the more dominant performances of his season in Sunday's series finale at Wrigley Field to help the Cardinals secure a series win. Again efficient and thriving with his curveball and cutter, Wainwright led the Cardinals …
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  • Young, Donaldson pick up Milone to take series

    Young, Donaldson pick up Milone to take series

    MLB.com Aug 18, 2013
    A pair of fifth-inning home runs salvaged Tommy Milone's underwhelming return in the A's 7-3 win over the Indians to pull within a half game of the Texas Rangers in the American League West.
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  • Dale Sveum says check-swing call by umpire Phil Cuzzi ‘Easily t…

    Dale Sveum says check-swing call by umpire Phil Cuzzi ‘Easily the worst I’ve ever seen’

    yahoo.com Aug 18, 2013
    The St. Louis Cardinals needed no help in dominating on Sunday afternoon behind ace right-hander Adam Wainwright. He struck out 11* over seven innings in a 6-1 victory against the Chicago Cubs that helped the Cards take of three games at Wrigley Field.T…
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  • Phillies Finally Beat Dodgers On Walk-Off Error

    Phillies Finally Beat Dodgers On Walk-Off Error

    deadspin.com ESPN.com Aug 18, 2013
    On Friday, the Phillies fired Charlie Manuel and appointed Ryne Sandberg interim manager. He picked up where Charlie left off and was shut out in his first two games. But then Sunday rolled around and Hanley Ramirez decided to start handing out wins.Rea…
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  • Davis goes 4-for-5 as O's thrash Rockies

    Davis goes 4-for-5 as O's thrash Rockies

    ESPN.com Aug 18, 2013
    Chris Davis went 4 for 5 with his major league-leading 45th home run, Adam Jones had two-run shot among his three hits and the Baltimore Orioles beat the Colorado Rockies 7-2 on Sunday.
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  • Power burst from Davis, Jones helps clinch series

    Power burst from Davis, Jones helps clinch series

    MLB.com Aug 18, 2013
    Chris Davis and Adam Jones each hit two-run home runs and combined to go 7-for-10 as the O's won the rubber match, 7-2, over the Rockies on Sunday. Scott Feldman spun a quality start.
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  • Pedroia in Red Sox's lineup with sore ankle

    Pedroia in Red Sox's lineup with sore ankle

    ESPN.com Aug 18, 2013
    Dustin Pedroia is in the lineup Sunday for the Red Sox despite a sore ankle.
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  • Scherzer moves to 18-1 with win over Royals

    Scherzer moves to 18-1 with win over Royals

    MLB.com ESPN.com CNNSI.com Aug 18, 2013
    The way Max Scherzer was pitching on his way to his 18th win, he didn't need much more than Miguel Cabrera's backing in Sunday's 6-3 win over the Royals at Comerica Park.
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  • Reds' Bailey tosses gem against Brewers

    Reds' Bailey tosses gem against Brewers

    ESPN.com Aug 18, 2013
    Homer Bailey allowed one run and three hits in eight innings, and the Cincinnati Reds beat the Milwaukee Brewers 9-1 on Sunday.
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  • Ramirez, Santiago get White Sox by Twins

    Ramirez, Santiago get White Sox by Twins

    ESPN.com Aug 18, 2013
    Alexei Ramirez homered and had three RBIs, Hector Santiago won for the first time since June 21 and the Chicago White Sox beat the Minnesota Twins 5-2 on Sunday.
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  • Braves edge Nationals, extend NL East lead

    Braves edge Nationals, extend NL East lead

    ESPN.com MLB.com Aug 18, 2013
    Julio Teheran pitched around trouble through six scoreless innings and a tired Atlanta bullpen held on as the Braves beat the Washington Nationals 2-1 on Sunday.
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  • Lobaton caps series with second walk-off

    Lobaton caps series with second walk-off

    MLB.com Aug 18, 2013
    Before the Rays' series against the Blue Jays, Jose Lobaton never had a walk-off hit. He now has two after he hit a home run to right field in the 10th inning Sunday to give his team a 2-1 victory Sunday at Tropicana Field.
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  • Three for one: Eric Sogard turns in three defensive gems in one…

    Three for one: Eric Sogard turns in three defensive gems in one inning

    yahoo.com Aug 18, 2013
    The Oakland A's couldn't put enough offense together against Ubaldo Jimenez and the Cleveland Indians on Saturday night, but they did flash a little leather in their 7-1 loss. Or should I say, shortstop Eric Sogard flashed some leather, particularly in …
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  • Torre: MLB needs to earn back fans' trust

    Torre: MLB needs to earn back fans' trust

    ESPN.com Aug 18, 2013
    Joe Torre believes Major League Baseball is working on winning back fans' trust when it comes to cleaning up its reputation regarding performance-enhancing drugs.
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  • Wade Miley fooled by Diamondbacks teammates with lottery prank

    Wade Miley fooled by Diamondbacks teammates with lottery prank

    yahoo.com Aug 18, 2013
    Your browser does not support iframes. Even Major League Baseball players try their hand at the lottery looking for a quick sum of cash. In fact, for Arizona Diamondbacks left-hander Wade Miley, it might even qualify as a part of his routine or even a h…
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  • Mets' Mejia on DL as elbow surgery looms

    Mets' Mejia on DL as elbow surgery looms

    ESPN.com Aug 18, 2013
    The New York Mets placed Jenrry Mejia on the disabled list Sunday, a day after the right-hander departed his start against the San Diego Padres in the fourth inning with elbow discomfort.
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  • Emphasis on development, Castro returns to lineup

    Emphasis on development, Castro returns to lineup

    MLB.com yahoo.com Aug 18, 2013
    Starlin Castro was back in the Cubs' starting lineup Sunday, because manager Dale Sveum felt the shortstop had been punished enough when he was pulled from Saturday's game for a mental gaffe that resulted in a run.
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  • MLB Notebook: Kershaw on historic pace

    MLB Notebook: Kershaw on historic pace

    MLB.com Aug 18, 2013
    At his current pace, Clayton Kershaw could join Pedro Martinez in 2000 as the only qualifying pitchers since 1893 to finish a season with a WHIP at or below 0.860, an ERA at or below 1.80 and a hits-per-nine at or below 5.80.
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  • Andrelton Simmons covers ridiculous ground to turn 6-3 double p…

    Andrelton Simmons covers ridiculous ground to turn 6-3 double play

    yahoo.com Aug 18, 2013
    The Washington Nationals needed 15 innings to secure a much needed 8-7 victory over the Atlanta Braves on Saturday night (into Sunday morning), but there's a decent chance they would have wrapped it up one inning sooner had it not been for the single-ha…
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  • With No. 40, Miggy matches DiMaggio all time

    With No. 40, Miggy matches DiMaggio all time

    MLB.com Aug 18, 2013
    Miguel Cabrera hit another career milestone Sunday with No. 40 on the season, tying Joe DiMaggio for 77th on the all-time list with his 361st career home run.
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  • Max Scherzer temporarily ties the single-season winning percent…

    Max Scherzer temporarily ties the single-season winning percentage record

    CNNSI.com yahoo.com Aug 18, 2013
    The Tigers' Max Scherzer tied the single-season winning percentage record on Sunday, another superlative in an already sterling year.
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  • ‘Field of Dreams’ to be home of independent baseball team

    ‘Field of Dreams’ to be home of independent baseball team

    yahoo.com Aug 18, 2013
    They built it for the movie "Field of Dreams" and people have come from all over the world to see it firsthand. Now they're redeveloping the entire complex in Dyersville, Iowa, and as a result an independent baseball team will soon call it hom…
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  • Braves adjust rotation after Medlen used early

    Braves adjust rotation after Medlen used early

    ESPN.com Aug 18, 2013
    The Atlanta Braves have changed their rotation for their upcoming series at the Mets after they had to use starter Kris Medlen in relief during Saturday night's 15-inning loss to the Nationals.
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  • Someone Is Lying In This A-Rod Circus

    Someone Is Lying In This A-Rod Circus

    deadspin.com Aug 18, 2013
    Actually, circus is no longer a useful word. We just need to make up a new one to describe what is going on between the New York Yankees and Alex Rodriguez because it is an absolute colossterfuck. Rodriguez's lawyer, Joseph Tacopina made several serious…
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  • Today's MLB starting lineups: August 18

    Today's MLB starting lineups: August 18

    MLB.com Aug 18, 2013
    Every lineup, every day, as they are made public by the clubs.
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  • Stras ejected after throwing behind Simmons twice

    Stras ejected after throwing behind Simmons twice

    MLB.com ESPN.com Aug 18, 2013
    Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg threw three wild pitches in the bottom of the second inning against the Braves and was ejected by home-plate umpire Marvin Hudson on Saturday night. The last two wild pitches were thrown behind Andrelton Simmons,…
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  • Harper scratched, but enters game vs. Braves late

    Harper scratched, but enters game vs. Braves late

    MLB.com Aug 18, 2013
    At 2 p.m. ET on Saturday, outfielder Bryce Harper was in the starting lineup, hitting leadoff for the Nationals. By 5 p.m., however, Harper was scratched from the lineup because of a left triceps injury, which occurred when he was hit by a Luis Avilan p…
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  • LaRoche's blast caps wild, victorious night for Nats

    LaRoche's blast caps wild, victorious night for Nats

    MLB.com Aug 18, 2013
    Tension filled the air at Turner Field between the Nationals and Braves on Saturday night. Before anyone knew it, right-hander Stephen Strasburg and manager Davey Johnson were ejected from the game long before the Nationals defeated the Braves, 8-7, in …
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  • Hamilton HR gives Angels walk-off win in 10

    Hamilton HR gives Angels walk-off win in 10

    ESPN.com MLB.com Aug 18, 2013
    Josh Hamilton homered with one out in the 10th inning to give the Los Angeles Angels a 6-5 victory over the Houston Astros on Saturday night.
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  • Alex Rodriguez far cry from victim his lawyers are attempting t…

    Alex Rodriguez far cry from victim his lawyers are attempting to portray

    nydailynews.com Aug 18, 2013
    There is no dumber narrative in this baseball summer, not one, than the one about Alex Rodriguez being a victim of Major League Baseball and the New York Yankees and life’s circumstances, in no particular order. And by the way? That narrative does not s…
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  • Alex Rodriguez drama starting to take toll on Yankees season

    Alex Rodriguez drama starting to take toll on Yankees season

    nydailynews.com Aug 18, 2013
    The day began with the threat of on-field fireworks, the possibility that John Lackey might make some sort of statement by plunking Alex Rodriguez with a pitch. It ended more predictably with A-Rod creating more chaos, indirectly declaring this now to b…
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  • Ubaldo flirts with no-no as Tribe sinks A's

    Ubaldo flirts with no-no as Tribe sinks A's

    MLB.com Aug 18, 2013
    On Saturday night, Ubaldo Jimenez became the living definition of "effectively wild" while leading the Indians to a 7-1 victory over the A's at the Coliseum. There was no shortage of traffic on the bases, but Jimenez simultaneously flirted wit…
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  • Padres' new padre Hundley helps derail Mets

    Padres' new padre Hundley helps derail Mets

    MLB.com Aug 18, 2013
    Nick Hundley hit a two-run home run in his first game since becoming a father to lead the San Diego Padres to an 8-2 victory over the New York Mets in the third of a four-game series at Petco Park on Saturday night.
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  • Profar, Rangers thump King Felix, Mariners

    Profar, Rangers thump King Felix, Mariners

    ESPN.com Aug 18, 2013
    Jurickson Profar hit an RBI single before scoring on a suicide squeeze in Texas' five-run inning off Felix Hernandez, and the Rangers went on to a 15-3 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Saturday night.
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  • Video - Trout Leaves As Angels Fall To Astros 00:31

    Trout Leaves As Angels Fall To Astros

    Aug 18
    Mike Trout left the game with hamstring tightness, and the Astros beat the Angels 7-5.
  • Video - Padres Walk Off Against Mets 00:32

    Padres Walk Off Against Mets

    Aug 18
    Matt Harvey pitched six solid innings, but Will Venable hit a walk-off home run in the ninth to lift the Padres to a 4-3 win.
  • Video - D-backs Top Pirates In 16 Innings 00:31

    D-backs Top Pirates In 16 Innings

    Aug 18
    Adam Eaton hit a two-RBI double in the 16th inning to lift the Diamondbacks past the Pirates in a marathon.
  • Video - Bailey Shines As Reds Top Brewers 00:33

    Bailey Shines As Reds Top Brewers

    Aug 18
    Homer Bailey struck out eight in eight innings to help the Reds beat the Brewers 9-1.

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