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Long ball sparks Cardinals' win

Matt Carpenter's two-run home run in the sixth inning helped the Cardinals salvage the finale of their three-game series against the in-state rival Royals.

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Baseball is dying ... again

A Wall Street Journal report shows that participation in youth baseball appears to be in heavy decline.

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Liriano, Marte spark Pirates' 9-1 win

Francisco Liriano started the fun with a 6-inning, 12-strikeout performance -- Pittsburgh's third straight SP with 10 or more K's. Starling Marte ended it with a 3-run HR.

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LaRoche: Extremely frustrating. We're not just getting beat, we're beating ourselves and making good pitchers look great. It’s embarrassing.

Red manager sounds off on his team

Bryan Price, who infamously ranted at the media earlier this year, had strong words for his team after they were swept by Cleveland: "I apologize for anyone from Cincinnati that drove up to watch us play. That was brutal. We’re all brutal right now."

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Evan Gattis barely missed the cycle

Gattis singled, tripled and homered but couldn't come up with a double in the Astros' 10-8 win over the Tigers.

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Final: Blue Jays 8, Mariners 2

Edwin Encarnacion demolished a second-deck homer in Toronto's victory.

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Cardinals avoid the I-70 series sweep

Matt Carpenter clubbed a two-run HR for the Cardinals, who won 6-1 and salvaged a game versus the Royals. Box score

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Reds defense blows it

Cincinnati made three errors in the field and couldn't get the bats going vs. Trevor Bauer in a 5-2 loss to the Tribe.

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Justin Upton already with career day

San Diego's LF has tied his career high with 6 RBIs and it's only the 2nd inning. Upton hit a grand slam to center in his first at-bat and followed with a 2-run double in his next plate appearance. The Padres lead 8-0 over the Dodgers. Follow live

Mother nature not a Rockies fan

Colorado and San Francisco are currently in a rain delay. The weather has not been friendly to the Rockies, who already have had four postponements and endured a number of delays this year. Fortunately, this one isn't expected to get rained out.

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Montero homers against former club

Miguel Montero smashed a 2nd-inning home run to left -- his 5th of the season -- to pull the Cubs level with the Diamondbacks. Montero spent his first 9 seasons in Arizona. Follow live

Brew crew baffled by Braves rookie

Mike Foltynewicz's 5th MLB start was by far his best, as he gave up just one run and three hits in Atlanta's 2-1 win over Milwaukee. Box score

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No Bryce bomb today... just a game-winner

Bryce Harper went homerless today. However, he had two hits and two RBIs, one of which was the deciding run in a 4-1 Nationals win over the Phillies. Box score

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Trevor Bauer keeps dealing

For the third straight start the Indians SP went 7+ innings and allowed just one run. Cleveland beat the Reds 5-2. Box score

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Keep Mike Napoli in Fenway Park

Napoli homered, doubled and drove in 4 runs in the Red Sox's 6-1 win over the Angels. He entered Saturday's game hitting .389 with 4 HRs in the first 5 games of Boston's homestand.

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With his single in the 8th, Ichiro now has 2,876 career Major League hits, tied with Mel Ott for 41st place on the all-time list.

A's win, but Gray leaves early

Athletics SP Sonny Gray had to leave today's 7-2 win over the Rays after 5 innings due to a bruised right ankle. The injury occurred on a comebacker.

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