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Homer-happy Cubs down Phils behind Lester

Homer-happy Cubs down Phils behind Lester

MLB.com Updated 13 hours ago
The young and the old showed off their home run swings as 24-year-old sluggers Jorge Soler and Kris Bryant each hit a solo shot and veteran David Ross belted a three-run blast to power the Cubs to a 6-2 victory over the Phillies on Friday at rainy Wrigl…
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  • Hamels' 12-Game Win Streak Ends as Pirates Top Rangers 9-1

    Hamels' 12-Game Win Streak Ends as Pirates Top Rangers 9-1

    nytimes.com 7 hours ago
    Clint Hurdle and his Pittsburgh players and coaches tipped their caps as a show of respect toward Jeff Banister before the Texas manager's first game against the organization he called home for 29 years.
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  • Brewers Win 9-5 to Hand Reds Their 11th Straight Loss

    Brewers Win 9-5 to Hand Reds Their 11th Straight Loss

    nytimes.com 7 hours ago
    Steady veteran Aaron Hill sticks with the same approach at the plate for the Milwaukee Brewers, regardless of the opponent, or whether he's on streaking or slumping.
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  • Hitting his 100th home run special for David Ross, Cubs

    Hitting his 100th home run special for David Ross, Cubs

    ESPN.com nytimes.com 10 hours ago
    Hitting his 100th home run special for David Ross, Cubs
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  • Piscotty, Cardinals Slam Scherzer, Nationals 6-2

    Piscotty, Cardinals Slam Scherzer, Nationals 6-2

    nytimes.com 10 hours ago
    As Jaime Garcia rediscovered his winning form, pitching counterpart Max Scherzer lost the strike zone and then the game by allowing yet another home run.
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  • Odor starts serving 7-game suspension; Profar up

    Odor starts serving 7-game suspension; Profar up

    MLB.com 16 hours ago
    Second baseman Rougned Odor's eight-game suspension has been reduced by one game to seven, and Odor will begin serving the suspension on Friday night, when the Rangers open a three-game series with the Pirates at Globe Life Park.
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  • Bryant dusts off first-base mitt as Rizzo rests

    Bryant dusts off first-base mitt as Rizzo rests

    MLB.com 18 hours ago
    The Cubs' Anthony Rizzo got a "mini All-Star break" while Kris Bryant got a chance to break in his first baseman's glove on Friday.
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  • Ankle injury proves to be short-lived for Franco

    Ankle injury proves to be short-lived for Franco

    MLB.com 18 hours ago
    Maikel Franco's prediction was right. The Phillies' third baseman said his right ankle is doing great, and he was in Friday's lineup against the Cubs just as he said he would be after exiting Wednesday's 8-5 win against the Tigers.
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  • The Cardinals Lost Their 24th Game

    The Cardinals Lost Their 24th Game

    deadspin.com nytimes.com 20 hours ago
    Bryce Harper and Danny Espinosa each socked home runs Thursday night as the Washington Nationals beat the St. Louis Cardinals, 2-1.Read more...
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  • Braves make tough decision to option Kelly

    Braves make tough decision to option Kelly

    MLB.com May 27 (yesterday)
    After the Braves burned through the bullpen through the first nine innings of Wednesday's 13-inning loss to the Brewers, Casey Kelly accepted the task of pitching the final four innings. Unfortunately for Kelly, this unexpected development provided the …
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  • Brewers dampen Braves' spirits with sweep

    Brewers dampen Braves' spirits with sweep

    MLB.com May 27 (yesterday)
    Ryan Braun and Jonathan Villar homered as the Brewers added to the Braves' home woes and completed their first three-game series sweep of the season with Thursday night's 6-2 win at Turner Field.
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  • Mike Leake restores order, but a loss is a loss for Cardinals

    Mike Leake restores order, but a loss is a loss for Cardinals

    ESPN.com May 26 (yesterday)
    Mike Leake restores order, but a loss is a loss for Cardinals
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  • Bryce Harper crushes giant home run to third deck at Nats park

    Bryce Harper crushes giant home run to third deck at Nats park

    yahoo.com May 26 (yesterday)
    Prior to Thursday's game against the St. Louis Cardinals, Washington Nationals slugger Bryce Harper was probably pretty frustrated with his recent performance. The 23-year-old came into the contest hitting just .194 during the month of May, and had only…
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  • Harper busts homer slump with monster shot

    Harper busts homer slump with monster shot

    MLB.com May 26 (yesterday)
    Call it the Big Bang Theory. Everybody knew Bryce Harper's home run drought wouldn't last much longer, and it ended with quite a bang during Thursday's 2-1 victory over the Cardinals.
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  • Pirates' broadcaster details mid-game argument with Tony LaRuss…

    Pirates' broadcaster details mid-game argument with Tony LaRussa

    yahoo.com deadspin.com May 26 (yesterday)
    Arizona Diamondbacks Chief Baseball Officer Tony La Russa hasn’t managed a baseball game in more than four seasons, but he’s still willing to go to extraordinary lengths to defend his record in the job. La Russa entered the broadcast booth of the Pittsb…
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  • Harrison's 2-Run Double Helps Pirates Top Diamondbacks 8-3

    Harrison's 2-Run Double Helps Pirates Top Diamondbacks 8-3

    nytimes.com May 26 (yesterday)
    Josh Harrison came off the bench to hit a two-out, two-run double in the sixth inning to help the Pittsburgh Pirates defeat the Arizona Diamondbacks 8-3 on Thursday.
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  • Pirates' Vogelsong out of hospital, visits ballpark

    Pirates' Vogelsong out of hospital, visits ballpark

    ESPN.com May 26 (yesterday)
    Pirates' Vogelsong out of hospital, visits ballpark
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  • Even in a deep funk, Cardinals pitchers insist on accountabilit…

    Even in a deep funk, Cardinals pitchers insist on accountability

    ESPN.com May 26 (yesterday)
    Even in a deep funk, Cardinals pitchers insist on accountability
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  • Villar's hit in 13th sends Brewers past Braves

    Villar's hit in 13th sends Brewers past Braves

    MLB.com nytimes.com May 26 (2 days ago)
    After facing the Braves' entire bullpen and the guy who had been scheduled to start on Saturday, the Brewers claimed a 3-2 victory courtesy of Jonathan Villar's go-ahead single in the 13th inning on Wednesday night at Turner Field.
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  • Brewers' win in extras took shape in key 8th

    Brewers' win in extras took shape in key 8th

    MLB.com May 26 (2 days ago)
    There's no sport that's more stat-driven than baseball and that can lead to all kinds of number craziness. The Brewers' 3-2 win in 13 innings over the Braves on Wednesday night at Turner Field certainly fit the crazy quotient. The eighth inning alone wi…
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  • Freese, Bucs rally past D-backs with big 5th

    Freese, Bucs rally past D-backs with big 5th

    MLB.com May 26 (2 days ago)
    A day after showcasing their lineup's full potential, the Pirates displayed their resilience. David Freese's two-run homer punctuated a four-run fifth inning as the Bucs stormed back to beat the D-backs, 5-4, on Wednesday night at PNC Park.
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  • Dodgers Beat Reds 3-1 Behind Kazmir to Complete 3-Game Sweep

    Dodgers Beat Reds 3-1 Behind Kazmir to Complete 3-Game Sweep

    nytimes.com MLB.com May 26 (2 days ago)
    The Los Angeles Dodgers finished a three-game sweep of the last-place Cincinnati Reds and extended their winning streak to a season-high four games.
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  • Video - The Art Of Pitch-Framing 02:24

    The Art Of Pitch-Framing

    Mar 21
    Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy explains the finer points of pitch-framing
  • Video - Miguel Montero Excited For New Rotation 02:26

    Miguel Montero Excited For New Rotation

    Mar 20
    Cubs catcher Miguel Montero is ready to work with the new rotation for the team and explains what needs to be worked on in spring training.
  • Video - Epstein's 'Mission Impossible' 00:54

    Epstein's 'Mission Impossible'

    Mar 8
    William Rhoden explains how Theo Epstein went from the Boston Red Sox's "boy wonder" to undertaking an impossible mission as the president of baseball operations for the Chicago Cubs.
  • Video - Lester Impressive In First Cubs Outing 01:42

    Lester Impressive In First Cubs Outing

    Mar 6
    Jon Lester got his Cubs career underway with his first appearance on the mound in a spring training game.