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Hefner effective as Mets rally against Phils

Hefner effective as Mets rally against Phils

ESPN.com MLB.com Updated Jun 21, 2013
Juan Lagares hit a go-ahead double, Jeremy Hefner pitched six effective innings and the New York Mets beat the Philadelphia Phillies 4-3 Friday night.
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  • Peralta finds Miller Park magic with dominant outing

    Peralta finds Miller Park magic with dominant outing

    MLB.com Jun 21, 2013
    Wily Peralta gave up two hits in seven scoreless innings in the Brewers' 2-0 win over the Braves on Friday night. Jean Segura went 3-for-4 with a solo homer.
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  • Red Sox rebound vs. Tigers behind Victorino

    Red Sox rebound vs. Tigers behind Victorino

    ESPN.com MLB.com Jun 21, 2013
    Shane Victorino homered and hit three singles, driving in five runs to lead the Boston Red Sox to a 10-6 win over the Detroit Tigers on Friday night.
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  • White Sox rough up Guthrie as Santiago goes 8

    White Sox rough up Guthrie as Santiago goes 8

    ESPN.com MLB.com Jun 21, 2013
    Hector Santiago shut down the Royals' punchless offense for a career-best eight innings, and the Chicago White Sox roughed up Kansas City starter Jeremy Guthrie in a 9-1 rout Friday night.
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  • Angels place Vargas on DL with blood clot

    Angels place Vargas on DL with blood clot

    ESPN.com Jun 21, 2013
    Left-hander Jason Vargas went on the Los Angeles Angels' 15-day disabled list Friday after a blood clot was found in his left armpit.
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  • Jays win 9th straight, now .500 on season

    Jays win 9th straight, now .500 on season

    ESPN.com MLB.com Jun 21, 2013
    Rajai Davis singled home the winning run with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning and the Toronto Blue Jays rallied for their ninth straight win, 7-6 over the Baltimore Orioles on Friday night.
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  • Tigers designate Jose Valverde for assignment after short retur…

    Tigers designate Jose Valverde for assignment after short return as closer

    yahoo.com ESPN.com MLB.com Jun 21, 2013
    As a free agent following a respectable, but not dominate 2012 season (35 saves, 3.78 ERA in 71 appearances), veteran closer Jose Valverde drew very little interest on the open market over the winter. The interest was so minimal, in fact, he eventually …
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  • Almonte impresses in first start as Yanks roll

    Almonte impresses in first start as Yanks roll

    ESPN.com MLB.com Jun 21, 2013
    Zoilo Almonte provided much-needed pop in his first major league start, homering and adding two singles Friday night that led the New York Yankees over the Tampa Bay Rays 6-2.
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  • Strasburg, Nats handle slumping Rockies

    Strasburg, Nats handle slumping Rockies

    ESPN.com MLB.com Jun 21, 2013
    Stephen Strasburg struck out nine over seven innings, Ian Desmond homered in the seventh to help give the righty his first win in June and the Washington Nationals beat the slumping Colorado Rockies 2-1 on Friday night.
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  • Kipnis lifts Tribe over Twins for third straight win

    Kipnis lifts Tribe over Twins for third straight win

    CNNSI.com Jun 21, 2013
    Kipnis lifts Tribe over Twins for third straight win
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  • Kazmir ends rocky streak with dominating start

    Kazmir ends rocky streak with dominating start

    MLB.com Jun 21, 2013
    Scott Kazmir fanned seven and allowed just one run in seven innings of work as the Tribe beat the Twins, 5-1, on Friday night at Progressive Field.
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  • Depleted Yanks get infielder Lillibridge from Cubs

    Depleted Yanks get infielder Lillibridge from Cubs

    CNNSI.com Jun 21, 2013
    CHICAGO (AP) -- The New York Yankees have acquired minor league infielder Brent Lillibridge from the Chicago Cubs on Friday for a player to be named or cash.
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  • Sneaky Good: Ace pitchers are the rock stars of baseball right……

    Sneaky Good: Ace pitchers are the rock stars of baseball right…

    CNNSI.com Jun 21, 2013
    Ace pitchers are the rock stars of baseball right now, but they can't throw every day. There are a number of unappreciated hurlers worth applauding this season, writes Jay Jaffe.
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  • Price enjoys competing in first rehab outing

    Price enjoys competing in first rehab outing

    MLB.com Jun 21, 2013
    Reigning American League Cy Young Award winner David Price, on the disabled list since May 16 with a left triceps strain, said he felt "great" after his first Minor League rehab start on Friday for Class A Advanced Charlotte at McKechnie Field.
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  • Garza pitches into ninth as Cubs top Astros at Wrigley

    Garza pitches into ninth as Cubs top Astros at Wrigley

    MLB.com Jun 21, 2013
    Matt Garza went eight-plus innings and the Cubs hit three home runs as Chicago beat the Astros, 3-1, on Friday at Wrigley Field.
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  • Carlos Lee, former All-Star OF, opts to retire

    Carlos Lee, former All-Star OF, opts to retire

    ESPN.com MLB.com Jun 21, 2013
    Former All-Star outfielder Carlos Lee has retired from baseball, ending a 14-year career in the major leagues.
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  • Cards' Carpenter cleared to resume injury rehab

    Cards' Carpenter cleared to resume injury rehab

    CNNSI.com ESPN.com Jun 21, 2013
    ST. LOUIS (AP) -- St. Louis Cardinals cleared pitcher Chris Carpenter to resume rehabbing from a lower back injury on Friday after the team got outside medical opinions about his comeback from nerve issues.
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  • Andrew McCutchen becomes first MLB player to get custom Beats b…

    Andrew McCutchen becomes first MLB player to get custom Beats by Dre Pro headphones

    yahoo.com Jun 21, 2013
    You must, by now, know about Beats by Dr. Dre headphones. They are the headphones of choice to celebrities, star athletes and teenagers in malls and high schools across the country. LeBron James wears them. Michael Phelps wears them. Shaun White wears t…
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  • Intercostal strain lands Tuiasosopo on disabled list

    Intercostal strain lands Tuiasosopo on disabled list

    MLB.com Jun 21, 2013
    Matt Tuiasosopo was poised to become a bigger member of the Tigers' starting lineup, earning more playing time against right-handed pitchers in addition to the lefties he has been pummeling all year. Instead, with a bad swing in the batting cage, he bec…
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  • Fowler in pain, but returns to starting lineup

    Fowler in pain, but returns to starting lineup

    MLB.com Jun 21, 2013
    Dexter Fowler's finger is still ailing him, but he returned to the starting lineup on Friday.
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  • Red Sox closer job: Uehara in, Bailey out

    Red Sox closer job: Uehara in, Bailey out

    ESPN.com MLB.com Jun 21, 2013
    The Boston Red Sox named Koji Uehara their closer Friday, replacing the struggling Andrew Bailey.
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  • Shoulder injury lands Niese on disabled list

    Shoulder injury lands Niese on disabled list

    MLB.com ESPN.com Jun 21, 2013
    The Mets placed Jonathon Niese on the 15-day disabled list Friday after the left-hander had to leave Thursday night's win in Atlanta with a partial rotator cuff tear in his left shoulder.
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  • The Sky Above Wrigley Field Today Was Spectacularly Haunting

    The Sky Above Wrigley Field Today Was Spectacularly Haunting

    deadspin.com Jun 21, 2013
    This afternoon's Astros-Cubs game finally got started a little while ago after a rain delay that lasted for 3 hours, 18 minutes. This photo might have been doctored a bit by MLB's Instagram or HDR filter, but still: Who knew those eerie, dark clouds tha…
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  • Upset! Upset! Upset! Atlanta Braves stuck with Glass Joe Title …

    Upset! Upset! Upset! Atlanta Braves stuck with Glass Joe Title after losing series to New York Mets

    yahoo.com Jun 21, 2013
    It sure has been an exciting and unlikely week in the life of Big League Stew's Glass Joe Titles, which throw shame on getting a series KO. The Atlanta Braves — a first-place team in their division — have turned the Glass Joe rankings upside down after …
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  • Matt Holliday hits home run with his fly down

    Matt Holliday hits home run with his fly down

    yahoo.com Jun 21, 2013
    Your browser does not support iframes. Matt Holliday has been slugging away in the major leagues for nearly 10 seasons, but he committed a rookie mistake Thursday night when he hit career home run No. 240. He went to the plate with the zipper on his pan…
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  • Dykstra released from prison

    Dykstra released from prison

    MLB.com ESPN.com Jun 21, 2013
    Former three-time All-Star Lenny Dykstra was released from a California prison. The former Mets and Phillies outfielder was serving time for a series of offenses that included bankruptcy fraud and grand theft auto.
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  • Mariano Rivera honored on special New Era cap marking his retir…

    Mariano Rivera honored on special New Era cap marking his retirement

    yahoo.com Jun 21, 2013
    Mariano Rivera, in the middle of his MLB "farewell tour," has been receiving gifts from opposing teams when his New York Yankees visit. Rivera's final stop in cities has earned him prizes such as a surfboard and a gold record. Cap maker New Er…
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  • Zombies took over Petco Park last night, right from ceremonial …

    Zombies took over Petco Park last night, right from ceremonial the first pitch.

    deadspin.com Jun 21, 2013
    Zombies took over Petco Park last night, right from ceremonial the first pitch. It was The Walking Dead Night, and it had nothing to do with the Dodgers being in town.Read more...
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  • Why Baseball Needs Troy Tulowitzki

    Why Baseball Needs Troy Tulowitzki

    deadspin.com Jun 21, 2013
    On Monday night, the Colorado Rockies lost to the Blue Jays. Despite getting a strong effort from starter Jorge De La Rosa, the Rockies just couldn't muster any offense—they went 0-for-8 with runners in scoring position—and eventually fell 2-0. Tuesday,…
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  • Todd Frazier changes at-bat music to ‘Sopranos’ theme in honor …

    Todd Frazier changes at-bat music to ‘Sopranos’ theme in honor of James Gandolfini

    yahoo.com MLB.com Jun 21, 2013
    Cincinnati Reds third baseman Todd Frazier did on Thursday what a good Jersey boy should do — and paid tribute to actor James Gandolfini, who died on Wednesday. Frazier changed his at-bat song to the theme from "The Sopranos," the show in whic…
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  • Moreland rejoins Rangers for Cardinals series

    Moreland rejoins Rangers for Cardinals series

    ESPN.com Jun 21, 2013
    The Texas Rangers activated first baseman Mitch Moreland from the 15-day disabled list on Friday and he'll be in uniform for Friday's interleague series opener at St. Louis.
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  • Yankees Using Mark Teixeira's Sweat To Sell Pricey Legends Seat…

    Yankees Using Mark Teixeira's Sweat To Sell Pricey Legends Seats

    deadspin.com Jun 21, 2013
    The sales world is full of creepy pitches, but this one we got from a Yankees ticket rep hawking $1,000 Legends suite seats is especially weird. Have you ever wanted to be so close you could floss Robinson Cano's smile? (No.)Read more...
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  • Discomfort delays Soler's return to Class A Daytona

    Discomfort delays Soler's return to Class A Daytona

    MLB.com Jun 21, 2013
    Cuban outfielder Jorge Soler, eligible to come off the disabled list Friday after being sidelined with a sore left shin, was still experiencing some discomfort, and he is not expected to return to the Class A Daytona lineup for a few more days.
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  • Doc makes house call to Chatting Cage

    Doc makes house call to Chatting Cage

    MLB.com Jun 21, 2013
    Mets pitching legend Dwight Gooden stopped by the MLB.com studios in New York on Friday to answer questions from fans.
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  • Manny leaves team in Taiwan, but not retiring

    Manny leaves team in Taiwan, but not retiring

    MLB.com Jun 21, 2013
    Manny Ramirez terminated his contract in the Taiwan professional baseball league this week without a deal in place to play anywhere else, yet the former All-Star remains hopeful that he will receive an offer to either once again play in the Major League…
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  • Josh Hamilton’s exploded bat hits Danny Farquhar during Mariner…

    Josh Hamilton’s exploded bat hits Danny Farquhar during Mariners double play

    yahoo.com Jun 21, 2013
    He's OK, folks. He's OK. Seattle Mariners right-hander Danny Farquhar tried his darnedest to get out of the way of a sharp piece of bat schrapnel — jumping in the air like he just don't care — but the half-barrel still hit him on the left shin before he…
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  • Pitching staff's turnaround the key for Red Sox

    Pitching staff's turnaround the key for Red Sox

    MLB.com Jun 21, 2013
    The Red Sox lead the Major Leagues in runs scored. But the primary reason that they are a first-place team now, as opposed to the last-place team they were in 2012, can be found in the transformation of their pitching staff.
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  • Dan Uggla’s vision problems include astigmatism, and he might g…

    Dan Uggla’s vision problems include astigmatism, and he might get Lasik surgery

    yahoo.com MLB.com Jun 21, 2013
    Dan Uggla produced above-average stats, particularly for a second baseman, for the first six seasons of his career with the Miami Marlins and Atlanta Braves. He continued to hit well for the first two months of the 2012 season, his second with the Brave…
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  • Dominican outfielder, 16, prize of international crop

    Dominican outfielder, 16, prize of international crop

    MLB.com Jun 21, 2013
    Eloy Jimenez, the latest crown jewel of Dominican Republic baseball, is ranked No. 1 on MLB.com's list of Top 30 International Prospects. He has an ideal profile for an outfielder and is widely regarded as the prize of this year's class, which can begin…
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  • A new generation of star first baseman has taken over

    A new generation of star first baseman has taken over

    CNNSI.com Jun 21, 2013
    A new generation of young first basemen has quietly taken over the position, and they're ready to invade New York for next month's All-Star Game, writes Tom Verducci.
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  • Former major leaguer C.J. Nitkowski uses family dog to instruct…

    Former major leaguer C.J. Nitkowski uses family dog to instruct young son on sliding (video)

    yahoo.com Jun 21, 2013
    Former major leaguer C.J. Nitkowski has pitched for 17 different organizations in four countries, most notably with the Detroit Tigers. At this point in his life, at age 40, he's probably more likely to be invited to a Yankees' Old-Timers' day than to m…
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  • Last year's Deadline deals bring lasting impressions

    Last year's Deadline deals bring lasting impressions

    MLB.com Jun 21, 2013
    Looking back a year to the 2012 non-waiver Trade Deadline -- and the historic waiver deal that followed it -- there aren't any better examples of 2012 midseason deals working out than can be found in the clubhouse of the defending World Series champions…
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  • Penguins! Penguins waddle to mound at Rangers Ballpark for cere…

    Penguins! Penguins waddle to mound at Rangers Ballpark for ceremonial first pitch

    yahoo.com Jun 21, 2013
    Your browser does not support iframes. Penguins! Dressed in their finest Tennessee Tuxedoes, a pair of African penguins from the Dallas Zoo visited Rangers Ballpark on Thursday and were on the mound for a ceremonial first pitch before the Texas Rangers …
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  • O's agree to terms with first-round pick Harvey

    O's agree to terms with first-round pick Harvey

    MLB.com Jun 21, 2013
    A day after inking No. 37 overall selection Josh Hart, the Orioles have agreed to terms with the No. 22 pick, right-hander Hunter Harvey.
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  • Today's MLB starting lineups: June 21

    Today's MLB starting lineups: June 21

    MLB.com Jun 21, 2013
    Every lineup, every day, as they are made public by the clubs.
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  • These Diamondbacks fans have 99 problems, but custom jerseys ar…

    These Diamondbacks fans have 99 problems, but custom jerseys aren’t one

    yahoo.com Jun 21, 2013
    If you're having custom jersey problems, this couple feels bad for you, son. The Arizona Diamondbacks spotted this pair at a game recently — presumably a guy and his ladyfriend, presumably Jay-Z fans — and shared their photo via Instagram. It's a nod to…
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  • The Juice: Bullpens implode as Tigers beat Red Sox on Jhonny Pe…

    The Juice: Bullpens implode as Tigers beat Red Sox on Jhonny Peralta walk-off homer

    The Juice returns for season No. 6! It's almost eligible for free-agency! Stop by daily for news from the action, along with great photos, stats, video highlights and more. This was a welcome role change for the Detroit Tigers — it wasn't their closer o…
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  • Angels rally after trailing Felix by seven

    Angels rally after trailing Felix by seven

    MLB.com ESPN.com Jun 21, 2013
    Down 7-0 in the third inning and facing Mariners ace Felix Hernandez, the Angels mounted the largest comeback of the season for a 10-9 victory on Thursday night at Angel Stadium.
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  • Ciriaco handles Dodgers in Padres' win

    Ciriaco handles Dodgers in Padres' win

    ESPN.com MLB.com Jun 21, 2013
    Pedro Ciriaco tripled in the go-ahead run in the seventh inning and hit a two-run homer in the eighth to lead the San Diego Padres to a 6-3 victory against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Thursday night.
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  • Marlins rally vs. Giants in Koehler's 1st win

    Marlins rally vs. Giants in Koehler's 1st win

    ESPN.com MLB.com Jun 21, 2013
    Pinch hitter Marcell Ozuna's two-run single gave Tom Koehler his first victory in nine career starts, and the Miami Marlins rallied past the San Francisco Giants 2-1 on Thursday night.
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  • Jays' Happ aiming for All-Star break return

    Jays' Happ aiming for All-Star break return

    ESPN.com Jun 21, 2013
    "Man, that was eerie," Toronto pitcher J.A. Happ told ESPN Thursday night about seeing footage of Tampa pitcher Alex Cobb take a shot to the head at Tropicana Field five weeks after he did.
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  • Cards' Lynn ties for league lead with 10th win

    Cards' Lynn ties for league lead with 10th win

    ESPN.com MLB.com Jun 21, 2013
    Lance Lynn earned his 10th victory to tie for the NL lead, Matt Holliday homered and drove in two runs, and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Chicago Cubs 6-1 on Thursday night.
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  • Better than a walk-off: Rangers stop A’s rally on dramatic nint…

    Better than a walk-off: Rangers stop A’s rally on dramatic ninth-inning relay to home plate

    yahoo.com Jun 21, 2013
    Very often, we highlight walk-offs — the game-winning homer or the well-placed single that brings home a go-ahead run. What happened in Thursday's Texas Rangers-Oakland Athletics game was the anti-walk-off. And, in fact, it was far more exciting. The Ra…
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  • Pagan carted off field in first rehab game

    Pagan carted off field in first rehab game

    MLB.com Jun 21, 2013
    Outfielder Angel Pagan, who has been absent from the Giants' lineup since May 25 with a strained left hamstring, had a setback during the first game of his rehab assignment with Class A San Jose at Stockton. Pagan was unable to run out a grounder to sec…
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  • North Carolina ousts rival N.C. State in Omaha

    North Carolina ousts rival N.C. State in Omaha

    MLB.com Jun 21, 2013
    Top-seeded North Carolina rebounded from a previous loss to North Carolina State in Omaha, Neb., by defeating the Wolfpack, 7-0, in an elimination game at TD Ameritrade Park.
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  • Felix Hernandez wears Angels memorial patch for Dr. Lewis Yocum

    Felix Hernandez wears Angels memorial patch for Dr. Lewis Yocum

    yahoo.com Jun 21, 2013
    Los Angeles Angels players mourn the loss of team doctor Lewis Yocum, who died May 28, in part by wearing a patch on their uniforms that honors him. A circle shape stitched to the jersey, just above the heart, the patch is dark blue and says "Dr. L…
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  • Oswalt solid but drops debut vs. Nationals

    Oswalt solid but drops debut vs. Nationals

    MLB.com Jun 21, 2013
    On Thursday in his first Major League start of the season, Roy Oswalt fanned 11 -- the most by a Rockies starter this season. However, he also gave up four runs on nine hits, and the Rockies lost their fourth straight, 5-1, to the Nationals.
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  • Zimmermann limits Rox as bats come up big

    Zimmermann limits Rox as bats come up big

    MLB.com Jun 21, 2013
    Jordan Zimmermann dominated the No. 2 offense in the National League, striking out nine and allowing just six hits and one unearned run in a 5-1 win Thursday night.
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  • The MLB Weekend Top 10: Beautiful, Soaring Cardinals

    The MLB Weekend Top 10: Beautiful, Soaring Cardinals

    grantland.com Jun 21, 2013
    We suffered through a bit of a downer last weekend, but the rebound is looking great. I forcefully recommend watching every minute of each game listed...
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  • Video - Strasburg Leads Nationals Past Rockies 00:30

    Strasburg Leads Nationals Past Rockies

    Jun 21
    Stephen Strasburg struck out nine over seven innings in the Nationals' 2-1 win over the Rockies.
  • Video - Blue Jays Walk Off Against Orioles 00:31

    Blue Jays Walk Off Against Orioles

    Jun 21
    The Blue Jays rallied to beat the Orioles 7-6.
  • Video - Kershaw, Dodgers Fall To Padres 00:28

    Kershaw, Dodgers Fall To Padres

    Jun 21
    Clayton Kershaw surrendered four runs over six innings in the Dodgers' 5-2 loss to the Padres.
  • Video - Goldschmidt, D-backs Crush Reds 00:31

    Goldschmidt, D-backs Crush Reds

    Jun 21
    Paul Goldschmidt hit two home runs as the Diamondbacks captured their third straight win with an 11-5 victory over the Reds.

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  • Doc Rivers-to-Los Angeles Clippers talks off again, according to sources

    Jun 21
    The on-again, off-again talks between the Los Angeles Clippers and Boston Celtics -- this time regarding Boston coach Doc Rivers -- are off again as far as the Celtics are concerned, according to sources close to the process.