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Rockies' Matzek shines vs. Braves in debut

Rockies' Matzek shines vs. Braves in debut

ESPN.com nytimes.com Updated Jun 11
Tyler Matzek pitched two-hit ball for the first seven innings of his major league debut before faltering in the eighth, and the Colorado Rockies beat the Atlanta Braves 8-2 on Wednesday night.
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  • Abreu, Danks and White Sox Top Verlander, Tigers

    Abreu, Danks and White Sox Top Verlander, Tigers

    nytimes.com Jun 11
    Jose Abreu hit an early homer off Justin Verlander, then singled to start a seven-run burst in the sixth inning that sent John Danks and the Chicago White Sox over the Detroit Tigers 8-2 Wednesday night.
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  • Chen, Orioles Beat Slumping Red Sox 6-0

    Chen, Orioles Beat Slumping Red Sox 6-0

    nytimes.com Jun 11
    Wei-Yin Chen allowed four hits over seven innings, Chris Davis homered and the Baltimore Orioles beat the struggling Boston Red Sox 6-0 Wednesday night at soggy Camden Yards.
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  • Rays end 31-inning scoring drought in win

    Rays end 31-inning scoring drought in win

    ESPN.com Jun 11
    Desmond Jennings had a two-run single during a four-run fourth inning and the Tampa Bay Rays snapped a club-record 31-inning scoring drought en route to beating the St. Louis Cardinals 6-3 Wednesday night.
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  • Phillies end scoreless game with walk-off HR

    Phillies end scoreless game with walk-off HR

    Reid Brignac hit a three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth inning to lift the Philadelphia Phillies to a 3-0 victory over the San Diego Padres on Wednesday night.
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  • Yoenis Cespedes' throw, but with fire added

    Yoenis Cespedes' throw, but with fire added

    Somebody working for MLB productions added special effects to the wondrous throw that Yoenis Cespedes made Tuesday night. Instead of a baseball, he's throwing a fiery cannonball (still on the fly) to catcher Derek Norris, who's apparently wearing a Tefl…
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  • Darvish blanks Marlins, posts first career CG

    Darvish blanks Marlins, posts first career CG

    Yu Darvish pitched his first complete game in the majors, Shin-Soo Choo broke a long hitless streak with a three-run double and the Texas Rangers denied Miami's bid for a record interleague winning streak, beating the Marlins 6-0 Wednesday night.
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  • Brewers 3, Mets 1: Familiar Course to Defeat for deGrom

    Brewers 3, Mets 1: Familiar Course to Defeat for deGrom

    nytimes.com Jun 11
    Jacob deGrom, the Mets’ rookie starting pitcher, pitched six innings in his third loss of the season, with the Mets managing just two hits over the final four innings against the Brewers.
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  • Keuchel, Carter Lead Astros Over Diamondbacks 5-1

    Keuchel, Carter Lead Astros Over Diamondbacks 5-1

    Chris Carter homered twice, Dallas Keuchel pitched eight strong innings and the Houston Astros beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 5-1 on Wednesday night.
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  • Yu strikes out 10, throws first complete game

    Yu strikes out 10, throws first complete game

    MLB.com Jun 11
    Shin-Soo Choo drove in four runs, while Yu Darvish struck out 10 in his first Major League complete game as the Rangers beat the Marlins, 6-0, on Wednesday night.
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  • Ramos goes on disabled list with tight hamstring

    Ramos goes on disabled list with tight hamstring

    The Nationals placed catcher Wilson Ramos on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday because of right hamstring tightness. The team recalled catcher Sandy Leon to be the No. 2 catcher.
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  • Cueto matches career high with 12 K's in win

    Cueto matches career high with 12 K's in win

    MLB.com Jun 11
    Johnny Cueto tied a career high with 12 strikeouts over six scoreless innings as the Reds took a 5-0 victory over the Dodgers at Great American Ball Park on Wednesday night, after losing the previous two games of the series.
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  • Rays end offensive drought, split series

    Rays end offensive drought, split series

    Tampa Bay ended its offensive drought Wednesday night at Tropicana Field with a 6-3 win over St. Louis.
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  • Peralta settles in to lead Brewers past Mets

    Peralta settles in to lead Brewers past Mets

    MLB.com Jun 11
    Wily Peralta ended up tossing 6 1/3 innings of one-run ball at Citi Field on Wednesday night, leading the Brewers to a 3-1 win over the Mets to set up a rubber game on Thursday.
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  • Harrison exits with left ankle discomfort

    Harrison exits with left ankle discomfort

    MLB.com ESPN.com Jun 11
    Pirates second baseman Josh Harrison was removed from Wednesday's game vs. the Cubs in the third inning with discomfort in his left ankle.
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  • Roundup: Hughes Continues Hot Stretch

    Roundup: Hughes Continues Hot Stretch

    Kendrys Morales had three hits, and the Minnesota Twins beat the Blue Jays, 7-2, on Wednesday, giving Phil Hughes his first win at Toronto in almost three years.
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  • Giants deal left-hander Huff back to Yankees

    Giants deal left-hander Huff back to Yankees

    MLB.com Jun 11
    The Giants returned David Huff to where they found him, sending the left-hander to the New York Yankees for cash considerations Wednesday.
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  • Speed skater Alvarez signs with White Sox

    Speed skater Alvarez signs with White Sox

    In Olympic speed skater Eddy Alvarez, the White Sox might have their most unique two-sport star.
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  • Collins ejected after Mets lose challenge

    Collins ejected after Mets lose challenge

    Home-plate umpire Gary Cederstrom ejected manager Terry Collins in the bottom of the fifth inning on Wednesday when the Mets skipper continued to argue after losing a challenge.
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  • Beltran feels 'good' after first throwing session

    Beltran feels 'good' after first throwing session

    MLB.com Jun 11
    Carlos Beltran seemed to be amused by the attention being paid to his brief throwing session on Wednesday at Safeco Field, the first time he has aired out his right arm since being sidelined with a bone spur last month.
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  • A's outscoring opponents at otherworldly rate

    A's outscoring opponents at otherworldly rate

    MLB.com Jun 11
    The Oakland Athletics have outscored opponents by an impressive 124 runs this season, a rate that history shows bodes well for the two-time defending American League West champions.
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  • Knee feeling good, Springer returns to lineup

    Knee feeling good, Springer returns to lineup

    MLB.com Jun 11
    Astros rookie George Springer, who leads the club in RBIs and on-base plus slugging, returned to the lineup Wednesday against the D-backs after missing the two previous games in Arizona with a sore right knee. He hit second behind Dexter Fowler and ahea…
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  • Wainwright's MRI shows no structural damage

    Wainwright's MRI shows no structural damage

    Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright returned to St. Louis on Wednesday for an MRI on his right elbow, and the results showed no structural damage.
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  • Gordon turns two after terrific sliding catch

    Gordon turns two after terrific sliding catch

    MLB.com Jun 11
    Dodgers second baseman Dee Gordon made a spectacular catch in shallow right field to rob Brayan Pena of a hit and double-up Brandon Phillips off second, ending the second inning in Los Angeles' game against the Reds at Great American Ball Park on Wednes…
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  • Rangers reach deal with first-rounder Ortiz

    Rangers reach deal with first-rounder Ortiz

    MLB.com Jun 11
    The Rangers announced the signing of their first pick in the 2014 First-Year Player Draft on Wednesday. Luis Ortiz, a right-handed pitcher from Sanger High School in California, was selected with the 30th overall pick in the first round.
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  • Royals ride Ventura, four sac flies to fourth straight

    Royals ride Ventura, four sac flies to fourth straight

    Yordano Ventura is turning out to be just about what the Royals expected: pretty darn good. Ventura breezed through seven innings against the Indians as the Royals notched a fourth straight victory, 4-1, and took the two-game series from the Tribe in fr…
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  • Tigers agree to terms with first-round pick Hill

    Tigers agree to terms with first-round pick Hill

    MLB.com Jun 11
    The Tigers won't have to wait long to get their first-round pick in the fold. Multi-tooled outfielder Derek Hill and the team have agreed to terms on a deal that includes a $2 million signing bonus, MLB.com has learned.
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  • Dodgers' Ramirez scratched for shoulder

    Dodgers' Ramirez scratched for shoulder

    ESPN.com Jun 11
    Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez was scratched from Wednesday night's starting lineup with irritation in the AC joint of his right shoulder, the team announced shortly before its game against the Cincinnati Reds.
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  • Jonathan Papelbon's 300 saves not a milestone

    Jonathan Papelbon's 300 saves not a milestone

    CNNSI.com Jun 11
    Jonathan Papelbon reached a milestone by earning 300 saves, but it's not as spectacular as it sounds.
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  • Gennett has experience leading off

    Gennett has experience leading off

    MLB.com Jun 11
    Scooter Gennett last batted leadoff regularly while in the Minors during the 2011 season, and he'll rely on that experience after being moved to the top of the Brewers' lineup.
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  • Nationals showing baseball what they're made of

    Nationals showing baseball what they're made of

    MLB.com Jun 11
    Maybe the Nationals are going to end up being exactly who we thought they were. That would be a team with virtually no serious flaw, a team capable of playing deep into October. At the moment, that's exactly what they are.
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  • Potomac Nationals giving away Jayson Werth bobblehead with real…

    Potomac Nationals giving away Jayson Werth bobblehead with realistic beard

    yahoo.com Jun 11
    Although Jayson Werth did not make his way up through the Washington Nationals minor league system and was at no point a member of the Potomac Nationals, Washington's Single-A affiliate in the Carolina League will be honoring the outfielder with a bobbl…
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  • Injury-plagued Rangers put Scheppers on DL

    Injury-plagued Rangers put Scheppers on DL

    ESPN.com Jun 11
    Texas Rangers reliever Tanner Scheppers is going back on the disabled list because of right elbow inflammation less than a week after a return from the same problem.
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  • Lee feels OK after first throws since May 18

    Lee feels OK after first throws since May 18

    MLB.com Jun 11
    Tuesday was the first time Cliff Lee had thrown since May 18, when he threw 6 2/3 innings against the Reds. Lee said his left elbow, though improving, was not fully recovered from its strain.
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  • Slumping Machado moved to No. 7 spot

    Slumping Machado moved to No. 7 spot

    MLB.com Jun 11
    An impending suspension isn't the only issue for Manny Machado as the Orioles third baseman is also mired in a slump that has seen his batting average drop to .222, the lowest it's been this month.
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  • Dodgers' Billingsley has 2nd rehab setback

    Dodgers' Billingsley has 2nd rehab setback

    ESPN.com Jun 11
    For the second time in less than two months, Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Chad Billingsley has had a setback in his rehabilitation from Tommy John surgery.
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  • Scuffling Olt out of Cubs' lineup vs. Bucs

    Scuffling Olt out of Cubs' lineup vs. Bucs

    MLB.com Jun 11
    Hitless over his last seven games entering Wednesday, Cubs third baseman Mike Olt did not start vs. the Pirates.
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  • Mets sign 16 of their 39 Draft picks

    Mets sign 16 of their 39 Draft picks

    MLB.com Jun 11
    The Mets announced Wednesday that they have inked 16 of their 39 draftees, including third-round shortstop Milton Ramos out of American Heritage (Fla.) School.
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  • Is there merit to baseball's unwritten rules?

    Is there merit to baseball's unwritten rules?

    CNNSI.com Jun 11
    SI.com's Ted Keith and Stephen Cannella debate the merits of some of baseball's unwritten rules.
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  • Can Dodgers repeat 2013 run to catch Giants in National League …

    Can Dodgers repeat 2013 run to catch Giants in National League West?

    CNNSI.com Jun 11
    Last year, it took a historically hot run for the Dodgers to win the NL West. Can they pull that off again?
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  • Gregory Polanco's debut MLB jersey goes for $26,100 at auction

    Gregory Polanco's debut MLB jersey goes for $26,100 at auction

    Gregory Polanco made his major league debut for the Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday night, and the results were mixed. Polanco went 1 for 5 with a run scored and a strikeout, and he misplayed a tough (for a rookie in his first game) fly ball in right fiel…
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  • The ongoing adventures of Yasiel Puig: He goes to zoo, tangles …

    The ongoing adventures of Yasiel Puig: He goes to zoo, tangles with snake

    yahoo.com Jun 11
    As fun as Yasiel Puig is to watch on a baseball field, his off-the-field adventures are pretty fun too. It's like the guy is on a reality show where he goes around the country and experiences new things — like snow or minions or Dale Earnhardt Jr. Puig'…
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  • Cubs sign top Draft pick Schwarber to deal

    Cubs sign top Draft pick Schwarber to deal

    MLB.com Jun 11
    The Cubs announced Wednesday they have signed their first-round pick, Indiana catcher Kyle Schwarber, who was selected fourth overall in the First-Year Player Draft.
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  • Yasiel Puig meets Dale Earnhardt Jr.

    Yasiel Puig meets Dale Earnhardt Jr.

    yahoo.com Jun 11
    A rain delay occuring before the Los Angeles Dodgers played the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday night provided NASCAR star Dale Earnhardt Jr. an opportunity to meet Yasiel Puig and — as they say — vice versa. After taking a series of left turns, Dale Jr. fou…
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  • Farrell, Matheny fill All-Star coaching staffs

    Farrell, Matheny fill All-Star coaching staffs

    ESPN.com MLB.com Jun 11
    Ron Gardenhire will be in the dugout with the AL All-Stars at his home stadium.
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  • Dozier exits, day to day with back tightness

    Dozier exits, day to day with back tightness

    MLB.com Jun 11
    Twins second baseman Brian Dozier left Wednesday's game against the Blue Jays in the fourth inning with lower back tightness and is day to day.
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  • Rangers continue campaign against The Wave with hilarious 'wave…

    Rangers continue campaign against The Wave with hilarious 'wave warning'

    yahoo.com Jun 11
    The Texas Rangers are against The Wave, have been for a few years now. They join a good number of people in sports who think The Wave is a silly waste of time that distracts fans from the game. Valid point? Sure. Fun police? Yeah, that too. Which ever s…
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  • Moustakas hopes homer gives him boost

    Moustakas hopes homer gives him boost

    MLB.com Jun 11
    A few inches more to the right and Mike Moustakas would have had just a long foul ball instead of a home run in Tuesday night's 9-5 win over the Indians. The drive hit the outside of the foul pole for a two-run homer -- Moustakas' first blast since retu…
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  • Whee! Padres go tarp sliding in Philly

    Whee! Padres go tarp sliding in Philly

    yahoo.com Jun 11
    Check out the length that Evereth Cabrera gets on his head-first tarp slide Tuesday night in Philadelphia. Much better than teammate Yasmani Grandal, who went first. Cabrera would have kept going, but he ran out of tarp. In curling, overshooting your ma…
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  • The Grand Slam: Ichiro catch robs Mariners, Papelbon gets 300th…

    The Grand Slam: Ichiro catch robs Mariners, Papelbon gets 300th save

    yahoo.com Jun 11
    A couple of older gentlemen who play for the New York Yankees would like you to know: They've still got it. Ichiro Suzuki made a great jumping catch to rob his old team, and Derek Jeter got a key double and scored the go-ahead run on Jacoby Ellsbury's e…
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  • Red Sox sign outfielder Torres to Minor League deal

    Red Sox sign outfielder Torres to Minor League deal

    MLB.com Jun 11
    The Red Sox signed veteran outfielder Andres Torres to a Minor League contract on Wednesday. Torres, who last played with the San Francisco Giants in 2013, is a career .242 hitter in 650 big league games.
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  • Today's MLB starting lineups: June 11

    Today's MLB starting lineups: June 11

    MLB.com Jun 11
    Every lineup, every day, as they are made public by the clubs.
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  • Interleague Play remains intertwined in game's fabric

    Interleague Play remains intertwined in game's fabric

    MLB.com Jun 11
    Interleague Play has become an everyday event, etched into the daily slate and sprinkled -- only slightly more liberally than when it began in 1997 -- throughout each team's season schedule. Some 4,395 games and counting later, it's obviously here to st…
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  • Pipeline preview: Tennessee's Bryant aims to stay hot

    Pipeline preview: Tennessee's Bryant aims to stay hot

    MLB.com Jun 11
    As the All-Star break approaches in the Southern League, Tennessee third baseman Kris Bryant, the Cubs' No. 2 prospect, leads the circuit in all three Triple Crown categories, as well as hits, runs, on-base percentage and slugging percentage. Bryant, th…
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  • Hall of Famers drawn to Cooperstown

    Hall of Famers drawn to Cooperstown

    MLB.com Jun 11
    It's special every year when new Hall of Famers are inducted. For those like Phil Niekro, there's an enduring magic that draws them back at various times through the year.
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  • Braves' J. Upton exits with hamstring injury

    Braves' J. Upton exits with hamstring injury

    ESPN.com Jun 11
    Atlanta Braves outfielder Justin Upton has left Tuesday's game against Colorado with a strained left hamstring.
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  • Beckett stymies Reds after outlasting delay

    Beckett stymies Reds after outlasting delay

    Josh Beckett allowed two hits in six shutout innings and four Dodgers had two hits each as Los Angeles defeated the Cincinnati Reds 6-1 on Tuesday night in a game delayed more than 2 hours by rain.
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  • Cowgill's shot in 14th gives Halos fifth straight win

    Cowgill's shot in 14th gives Halos fifth straight win

    Collin Cowgill's walk-off home run in the 14th inning lifted the Angels to a 2-1 victory over the A's on Tuesday night at Angel Stadium, marking their fifth win in a row and pulling them within 2 1/2 games of the American League West leaders from Oaklan…
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  • Moss is making opposing baserunners pay

    Moss is making opposing baserunners pay

    MLB.com Jun 11
    A's right fielder Brandon Moss had his third outfield assist in five games on Tuesday night at Angel Stadium, when he threw out Albert Pujols at the plate in the sixth inning.
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  • Fister Leads Nationals Past Bumgarner, Giants 2-1

    Fister Leads Nationals Past Bumgarner, Giants 2-1

    Doug Fister flipped the script from his previous start in San Francisco during the 2012 World Series, tossing seven scoreless innings to help the Washington Nationals beat Madison Bumgarner and the Giants 2-1 on Tuesday night.
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  • Yankees 3, Mariners 2: Jeter Starts Two Rallies and Ellsbury Ca…

    Yankees 3, Mariners 2: Jeter Starts Two Rallies and Ellsbury Caps a Victory

    nytimes.com Jun 11
    Jacoby Ellsbury’s run-scoring single on an 0-2 pitch in the eighth drove in Derek Jeter — who also singled and scored in the first — to lift the Yankees in Seattle.
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  • Twins' bats, Correia overpower Jays for win

    Twins' bats, Correia overpower Jays for win

    ESPN.com Jun 11
    Brian Dozier hit a two-run home run, Kevin Correia won for the first time in four starts and the Minnesota Twins beat the Toronto Blue Jays 4-0 on Tuesday night.
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  • Marlins Beat Texas 8-5 for 13th Win in a Row vs AL

    Marlins Beat Texas 8-5 for 13th Win in a Row vs AL

    nytimes.com Jun 11
    Christian Yelich set career highs with four hits and four RBIs for the Miami Marlins, who beat the Texas Rangers 8-5 on Tuesday night for their record-tying 13th consecutive interleague victory.
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  • Video - Phillies Walk Off On Brignac's Home Run 01:00

    Phillies Walk Off On Brignac's Home Run

    Jun 11
    Reid Brignac's three-run homer lifted the Phillies to a 3-0 win over the Padres.
  • Video - Rays Double Up Cardinals 00:48

    Rays Double Up Cardinals

    Jun 11
    The Rays topped the Cardinals 6-3 to snap their four-game losing streak.
  • Video - Brewers Breeze Past Mets 00:27

    Brewers Breeze Past Mets

    Jun 11
    The Brewers beat the Mets 3-1 to pick up their 20th road win of the season.
  • Video - Davis' Two-Run Blast 00:23

    Davis' Two-Run Blast

    Jun 11
    The Orioles' Chris Davis hit a two-run home run in the first inning to give Baltimore a 3-0 lead against the Red Sox.

Sports Columnists

  • Miami Heat discussing options to target Carmelo Anthony in free agency

    Jun 11
    The Miami Heat's immediate focus remains overcoming a 2-1 NBA Finals deficit, but discussions have begun within the organization about trying to grow their so-called Big Three into a Big Four, according to sources close to the situation.
  • Sources: Melo has opt-out deadline of June 23

    Jun 11
    Carmelo Anthony has until June 23, essentially one week before the start of free agency, to notify the New York Knicks if he plans to opt in or out of the final year of his current contract, according to sources familiar with the terms of his deal.