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BOSTON — After a little improbable run of fun and winning baseball coming out of the All-Star break, the Yankees have fallen back into reality. The Yankees’ offense stalled with runners in scoring position, they were dealing with yet another key injury and their ace Gerrit Cole couldn’t hold off the Red Sox. After a gut-punch, devastating loss on Thursday, the Yankees were beaten soundly, 6-2, ...

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CLEVELAND — The Rays were off to a good start Friday night. A two-error play by Cleveland led to three runs in the second inning, and a home run by new addition Nelson Cruz in his second at-bat gave them an early four-run lead. They eventually let that get away, but they ended the night happy anyway, rallying in the ninth for six runs and a 10-5 win. PInch-hitter Joey Wendle singled in the ...

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DETROIT — Texas Rangers right-hander Mike Foltynewicz allowed 10 runs and recorded just five outs in his last start. While the Detroit Tigers didn't put him through the same agony Thursday, they made him uncomfortable in series finale. The Tigers (47-51) jumped Foltynewicz for three runs in the first inning, setting the tone for a 7-5 win over the Rangers to sweep the four-game series at ...

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CHICAGO — Max Kepler's home run bumped the right-field foul pole a few yards above the outfield fence, about as close as you can come to a simple foul ball. Jorge Polanco's homer went farther but had just as unique a finish: It was caught. By Tyler Duffey. As he warmed up in the Twins' bullpen. There are all kinds of ways to hit home runs, but they all count, and the Twins are happy their ...

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Yermín Mercedes, the American League Rookie of the Month in April whom the Chicago White Sox optioned to Triple-A Charlotte on July 2, indicated he might be stepping away from baseball in an Instagram post Wednesday. An image reading “it’s over” was posted on Mercedes’ account with a caption in Spanish, part of which translates to “I am away from baseball indefinitely.” The caption also ends ...

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LOS ANGELES — Since the end of spring training when the Giants left a slew of relief pitchers with major league experience off of their Opening Day roster, the club has been chasing greatness in the bullpen. Twenty three pitchers have appeared in relief for the Giants this season, and when the second half began on Friday in St. Louis, it seemed as if Gabe Kapler finally had the club’s best ...

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — No player in the Rays lineup can quicken the pulse as fast as Randy Arozarena, who bashed two more home runs Wednesday against the Orioles. They were thundering, majestic big flies ― three in two days and seven of his 13 homers this season have come against the lowly Orioles. Though a small sample size, it conjures up memories of his postseason barrage last October and ...

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ATLANTA — Chris Paddack was tired of waiting until after he was bad to be good. “I haven’t had a start where I haven’t let up a run,” he said late last Friday night in Washington after another outing where he got in trouble early. “I want to get back to that dominance.” The Padres right-hander went out Wednesday afternoon and threw five scoreless innings at the start of a 3-2 victory over the ...

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CINCINNATI — The Mets finally got a taste of what it’s like to have dominant performances from both sides of the ball. Marcus Stroman held Cincinnati to one hit over eight shutout innings and the offense crushed three home runs in the Mets’ 7-0 win over the Reds in Wednesday’s series finale at the Great American Ball Park. Stroman struck out seven batters, walked just one batter and used an ...

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LOS ANGELES — The Giants' bullpen has been so good in recent weeks that it seemed like an extended run of excellence couldn’t possibly continue. Sure enough, it didn’t. On a night when four Giants hitters blasted home runs and two high-leverage arms, Jarlín García and Jake McGee, came through with strong performances, two others melted down in an 8-6 walkoff loss at Dodger Stadium. ...