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Cain’s strong outing leads Giants past Nationals 3-1

SAN FRANCISCO — Matt Cain didn’t think his 100th career victory would mean much to him until he finally got it. Cain pitched five hitless innings for No. 100 and the San Francisco Giants held the Washington Nationals to three hits in a 3-1 win Sunday. Cain (3-6) struck out five and walked four...
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Mariners

Lester squeezes in deciding run, Cubs beat Mariners in 12

CHICAGO — Travis Wood got four outs and made an impressive catch in left field. Pitcher Jon Lester made the winning play — at the plate. Five Chicago Cubs played two or more positions. Manager Joe Maddon went deep into his bag of tricks to steal one from the Seattle Mariners. Lester drove in...
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Oakland Athletics A's

Kluber, Napoli lead Indians past A’s 8-0 for sweep

CLEVELAND — Corey Kluber admitted there was an extra buzz in the Indians’ clubhouse before Sunday’s game against Oakland. Acquiring one of the best relievers can do that to a team. “There was definitely a good vibe,” Kluber said after limiting the Athletics to five hits over seven innings in an 8-0 win. “You...
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San Francisco Giants

Nationals hold off Giants’ rally in 9th in 4-2 win

SAN FRANCISCO — With his team chasing the Chicago Cubs for the best record in baseball, Washington manager Dusty Baker is willing to do whatever it takes to keep the Nationals close — even if it means pulling closer Jonathan Papelbonin the ninth inning. While it might not be the move he cherishes, it’s one Baker may...
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San Francisco Giants

Bruce homers in 5th straight game, Reds beat Giants

SAN FRANCISCO – Jay Bruce insists he isn’t sitting around and savoring his home run streak. “There’s no time for that,” he said. “You do that in this game and it’s too late.” Bruce homered in his career-high fifth straight game, connecting off Madison Bumgarner and leading Dan Straily and the Cincinnati Reds over the slumpingSan Francisco Giants 2-1 on Wednesday. Bruce hit...
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Mariners

Cole pitches 3-hitter, Pirates rout Mariners 10-1

PITTSBURGH – Gerrit Cole never obsessed about pitching a complete game, but was happy to get his first one. Cole pitched a three-hitter and slumping Andrew McCutchen had a three-run home run among his three hits as the Pittsburgh Pirates rolled to a 10-1 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Wednesday night. “It was good, a really good feeling,” Cole said. “You...
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Oakland Athletics A's

Davis homers twice, Crisp goes deep as A’s beat Rangers 6-4

ARLINGTON, Texas – Coco Crisp and Khris Davis got Oakland off to a quick start against Yu Darvish. Then came their big blows against a hard-throwing reliever to clinch the fourth series in a row for the Athletics. Crisp and Davis both hit two-run homers in the eighth off Matt Bush and the A’s beat the AL West-leading Texas Rangers 6-4 on Wednesday...
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San Francisco Giants

Cain hits better than he pitches as Giants beat Reds 9-7

SAN FRANCISCO – Matt Cain‘s first win in more than two months didn’t come easily and it certainly wasn’t enough to put to rest concerns about the back end of the Giants’ rotation. Hitting a three-run homer, though, had the three-time All-Star and former staff ace feeling a lot better about things. More importantly, it...
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Mariners

Hernandez overcomes shaky start, Mariners top Pirates 7-4

PITTSBURGH — The strained right calf that sidelined Felix Hernandez for a third of the season is healed. That doesn’t mean the ace is all better, and he knows it. It will take time for the 2010 AL Cy Young Award winner to regain his form, yet there’s a grit that he showed in...
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Oakland Athletics A's

Gray area: 8 Ks, 1 bad inning as A’s win 6-3 at Rangers

ARLINGTON, Texas — When Bob Melvin went to the mound in the fifth inning, he wasn’t going to take Sonny Gray out of the game. The Oakland Athleticsmanager had a reminder with a pep talk. “You’ve got to remind him who Sonny Gray is,” Melvin said. “Sonny Gray is one of the best pitchers in the American...
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