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LEADING OFF: Red Sox-Rays at opposite ends, Sabathia sharp
LEADING OFF: Red Sox-Rays at opposite ends, Sabathia sharp

Off to the best start in baseball, Kevin Kiermaier and the Tampa Bay Rays host the wobbling Red Sox. Boston is just 6-13, and a real bad series at Tropicana Field could drop the defending World Series champions into a double-digit deficit. Rays manager Kevin Cash will use an opener for the third straight

MLB notebook: A's sign Davis through 2021

Oakland Athletics slugger Khris Davis signed a contract extension Thursday that covers the 2020 and '21 seasons for a reported total of $33.5 million. Davis, acquired from the Milwaukee Brewers in a 2016 trade, has a league-leading 10 home runs in 77 at-bats this season. Home runs have become the

Rangers option lefty Kyle Bird to Triple-A Nashville

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- The Texas Rangers have optioned left-hander Kyle Bird to Triple-A Nashville after his second stint in the majors this season.

Invigorated Blue Jays ready for well-rested A's

One team carries the momentum of a series win, the other the emotional lift of a signing when the visiting Toronto Blue Jays and well-rested Oakland Athletics open a three-game series Friday night. The A's were off Thursday, their third day without a game in the last six, while the Blue Jays were

After long trip, Pirates welcome Giants, Bumgarner

The Pittsburgh Pirates return home from a 5-3 road trip to open a series Friday against San Francisco, and the Giants might want to plan for something more than 27 innings. Pittsburgh has gone to extra innings six times in its first 16 games -- a first in franchise history -- and is 4-2 in those games

This Week in US Sports: Lightning handed historic loss, Red Sox massively hungover
This Week in US Sports: Lightning handed historic loss, Red Sox massively hungover

The Boston Red Sox are still struggling in MLB, while the Tampa Bay Lightning were stunned in the NHL playoffs.

Indians hope to have Lindor back vs. Braves

The Cleveland Indians will see a familiar face on Friday when they return home to open a three-game interleague series against the Atlanta Braves. Three-time All-Star shortstop Francisco Lindor will be reassessed by the team's medical staff after his three-game stint with Triple-A Columbus Clippers

Tigers' bats coming to life against White Sox

Nicholas Castellanos and Miguel Cabrera showed signs of life at the plate Thursday afternoon, a major development for the Detroit Tigers' offense. Castellanos and Cabrera combined for five hits, four RBIs and two runs scored in the Tigers' 9-7 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Thursday.

Cubs' Hendricks seeking breakthrough vs. D-backs

Right-hander Kyle Hendricks will look for his first win of the season and try to continue Chicago's hot streak on the mound when the Cubs open a three-game series against the visiting Arizona Diamondbacks on Friday afternoon. Chicago, which was off Thursday, has won seven of its past 10 games and

Khris Davis, A
Khris Davis, A's agree to deal adding $33.75M for '20, '21

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Athletics slugger Khris Davis has gotten the long-term deal he wanted.

Castellanos, Cabrera, Tigers top Chisox 9-7, end 5-game skid
Castellanos, Cabrera, Tigers top Chisox 9-7, end 5-game skid

DETROIT (AP) -- Nicholas Castellanos had three hits and drove in a pair of runs as the Detroit Tigers ended a five-game losing streak with a 9-7 win over the Chicago White Sox on Thursday.

Corbin fans nine in Nats' 4-2 win against Giants

Behind Patrick Corbin's strong start and a home run by Wilmer Difo, the Washington Nationals beat the San Francisco Giants 4-2 on Thursday afternoon to win their first home series of the season. Giants manager Bruce Bochy was ejected in the fifth inning by home plate umpire Ryan Additon after Brandon

Verlander, Astros ready to hit reset button vs. Rangers

At some point, the Astros were bound to appear mortal, sure to taste defeat again, and likely to resemble something other than a juggernaut steamrolling the rest of the American League. With a 2-1 loss at Oakland on Wednesday, Houston saw its 10-game winning streak come to an end. The Astros produced

Walker homers again as D-backs finish sweep of Braves

Christian Walker continued his late-inning magic, belting a two-run homer in the seventh inning as the visiting Arizona Diamondbacks completed a three-game sweep of the Atlanta Braves with a 4-1 win on Thursday afternoon. Walker has six homers, all of them coming in the seventh inning or later. Walker

Tigers place OF Stewart (quad strain) on IL

The Detroit Tigers placed left fielder Christin Stewart on the 10-day injured list Thursday with a strained quadriceps muscle. Stewart, 25, sustained the injury while running the bases in the ninth inning of Tuesday night's 5-3 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates. An MRI revealed no structural damage

MLB DFS Plays: Thursday 4/18
MLB DFS Plays: Thursday 4/18

Spencer Limbach finds the best MLB DFS Plays on FanDuel and DraftKings for Thursday, April 18.

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MLB's juiced baseball is juicing Triple-A home run totals too

Triple-A switched to MLB balls this season and the home run rate has skyrocketed

White Sox place starter Giolito on IL

The Chicago White Sox placed starting pitcher Lucas Giolito on the 10-day injured list with a strained left hamstring, the club announced Thursday. Giolito, 24, suffered the injury Wednesday during the third inning of his outing against the Kansas City Royals. Giolito is 2-1 with a 5.30 ERA and 23

QUICK TIP: A home run of a deal -- how to watch the SF Giants for free
QUICK TIP: A home run of a deal -- how to watch the SF Giants for free

Take yourself out to the ball game -- for FREE! Here's where you can watch the Giants play for free.

MLB DFS Bargains: Thursday 4/18
MLB DFS Bargains: Thursday 4/18

Brad Johnson runs through his DraftKings and FanDuel bargain picks for a thin evening slate on Thursday, April 18.

And That Happened: Wednesday
And That Happened: Wednesday's Scores and Highlights

This is the face you make when you walk Adam Jones -- Adam Jones! -- with the bases loaded in extra innings.

MLB roundup: Astros
MLB roundup: Astros' streak halted at 10

Matt Chapman broke a sixth-inning tie with a home run Wednesday night, helping the host Oakland Athletics snap the Houston Astros' 10-game winning streak with a 2-1 victory. Frankie Montas (3-1) gave up one run and three hits in 6 1/3 innings, and the Oakland bullpen got the final eight outs as

Tigers try to end skid vs. White Sox

Chicago shortstop Tim Anderson flipped his bat toward the White Sox dugout after hitting a two-run homer, then got mad when Royals starter Brad Keller plunked him in his next at-bat. Royals manager Ned Yost was apparently upset at White Sox manager Rick Renteria for yelling at Kansas City players.

Wednesday Sports in Brief

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A.J. Pollock hit a three-run homer in the sixth inning, and the Los Angeles Dodgers tied the major league record by homering in their 32nd consecutive home game during a 3-2 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday.

Angels welcome Mariners as both try to end skids

The Seattle Mariners will try to avoid losing seven straight for the first time in nearly four years when they open a four-game series at the Los Angeles Angels on Thursday night. The Mariners lost 1-0 against the visiting Cleveland Indians on Wednesday, finishing 0-6 on the homestand after coming in

Rays aim for three-game sweep of Orioles

The Tampa Bay Rays, one of baseball's hottest teams with eight wins in their past nine games, will try to complete a three-game sweep of the visiting Baltimore Orioles on Thursday night. Tampa Bay crushed the Orioles 8-1 in the second game of the series Wednesday, banging out three homers and five

Yankees looking to get to .500 as Royals hit town

New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone described his team's performance against the Boston Red Sox as two really strong games. After sweeping their biggest rival, the Yankees get a chance at their second three-game winning streak of the season Thursday night when they host the Kansas City Royals in

Jays look to top Twins for 1st series win of season

Toronto right-hander Clay Buchholz will make his second start of the season as the Blue Jays aim for their first series victory of the year when they play the Minnesota Twins on Thursday afternoon in Minneapolis. Buchholz (0-0, 1.50 ERA), who signed a free agent contract with the Blue Jays in early

Daily Dose: Pivetta Panic
Daily Dose: Pivetta Panic

George Bissell analyzes the fantasy fallout from Nick Pivetta's demotion, season-ending surgery for Arodys Vizcaino and more in Thursday's Daily Dose.

Giants' Bochy reflects on possible last series in D.C

The only regular-season series in the nation's capital this year takes on special meaning for Giants manager Bruce Bochy, who announced in February he will retire after this season. Bochy spent part of his youth in nearby Falls Church, Virginia, and he reflected on that when he drove to Nationals

Diamondbacks going for sweep of Braves

Arizona's Christian Walker has seen his status change dramatically over the last week. Walker struggled when he was originally inserted in the lineup to replace the injured Jake Lamb. Now that he's gotten comfortable, it may be hard to get Walker off the field.

MLB roundup: Astros' streak halted at 10

Matt Chapman broke a sixth-inning tie with a home run Wednesday night, helping the host Oakland Athletics snap the Houston Astros' 10-game winning streak with a 2-1 victory. Frankie Montas (3-1) gave up one run and three hits in 6 1/3 innings, and the Oakland bullpen got the final eight outs as

Braves, Red Sox bullpens both lose as Kimbrel sits at home
Braves, Red Sox bullpens both lose as Kimbrel sits at home

The Atlanta Braves and Boston Red Sox both lost midweek, with their pitching struggles evident.

Choo, Rangers edge Angels to complete sweep

Shin-Soo Choo had two hits, including a two-run triple in the decisive fifth inning to lead the Texas Rangers to a 5-4 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Wednesday night in Arlington, Texas. Choo, who raised his batting average to .345, was instrumental in Texas sweeping the three-game series between

Cruz drives in 2 to help Odorizzi, Twins beat Blue Jays 4-1
Cruz drives in 2 to help Odorizzi, Twins beat Blue Jays 4-1

Two starts ago, on a soggy mound in Philadelphia, Jake Odorizzi let the rain derail his pitching and didn't finish the first inning. The weather in Minnesota Wednesday night didn't deter him, and neither did Toronto's lineup. Nelson Cruz had two hits and two RBIs, helping Odorizzi and the

Chapman, A's stop Astros' winning streak at 10

Matt Chapman broke a sixth-inning tie with a home run Wednesday night, helping the Oakland Athletics snap the Houston Astros' 10-game winning streak with a 2-1 victory in Oakland, Calif. Right-hander Frankie Montas (3-1) took a three-hitter into the seventh and the Oakland bullpen got the final

Jones helps Diamondbacks edge Braves in 10 innings

Adam Jones walked with the bases loaded and Arizona exploited the struggling Atlanta bullpen for the second straight night as the visiting Diamondbacks took a 3-2 win over the Braves in 10 innings. The winning rally came against Jesse Biddle (0-1), whose throwing error allowed Tim Locastro to reach

Pirates take down Tigers in extras for second straight night

Colin Moran knocked in the go-ahead run in the 10th, and the Pittsburgh Pirates edged the host Detroit Tigers in extra innings for the second consecutive night, 3-2 on Wednesday. Josh Bell was the only other Pirate to record an RBI. Nick Burdi (2-1) pitched an inning of scoreless relief to notch the

Hamels dominates as Cubs sweep Marlins

Cole Hamels pitched seven scoreless innings to lead the Chicago Cubs to a 6-0 win over the host Miami Marlins on Wednesday night. All six Cubs runs scored on two-out, opposite-field hits as Chicago completed a three-game sweep. Daniel Descalso went 2-for-3 with three RBIs, and Javier Baez went 2-for

Nationals start fast, hang on to defeat Giants

Juan Soto and Howie Kendrick hit homers in the first inning and Matt Adams and Kurt Suzuki went deep in the seventh as the Washington Nationals held on to beat the visiting San Francisco Giants 9-6 on Wednesday. Adams hit a three-run homer off lefty reliever Travis Bergen to give his team a 7-2 lead

Red Sox's Pedroia exits due to knee ailment

Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia exited Boston's Wednesday road game against the New York Yankees following the top of the second inning due to left knee discomfort. Pedroia, who flied out to right field in his second-inning at-bat, was replaced by Eduardo Nunez at second base. "In the

Nationals start fast, hang on to defeat Giants

Juan Soto and Howie Kendrick hit homers in the first inning and Matt Adams and Kurt Suzuki went deep in the seventh as the Washington Nationals held on to beat the visiting San Francisco Giants 9-6 on Wednesday. Adams hit a three-run homer off lefty reliever Travis Bergen to give his team a 7-2 lead

Pirates take down Tigers in extras for second straight night

Colin Moran knocked in the go-ahead run in the 10th and the Pittsburgh Pirates edged the host Detroit Tigers in extra innings for the second consecutive night, 3-2 on Wednesday. Josh Bell was the only other Pirate to record an RBI. Nick Burdi (2-1) pitched an inning of scoreless relief to notch the

Lowe, Choi, Diaz homer to help Rays beat Orioles 8-1
Lowe, Choi, Diaz homer to help Rays beat Orioles 8-1

Brandon Lowe, Ji-Man Choi and Yandy Diaz homered and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Baltimore Orioles 8-1 Wednesday night. Choi reached based four straight times on two hits and two walks, and Mike Zunino had three of the rays' 13 hits as they won for the eighth time in nine games. Yonny Chrinos (

Gardner's slam lifts Yankees to sweep of Red Sox

Brett Gardner hit a grand slam off Ryan Brasier with one out in the bottom of the seventh inning, and the New York Yankees rallied for a 5-3 victory over the Boston Red Sox on Wednesday night to complete a two-game sweep of at Yankee Stadium. The Yankees loaded the bases on two walks and a single by

How A
How A's Khris Davis changed batting stance to become MLB's best slugger

"Whenever I made that adjustment, it clicked right away and I haven't changed much since then."

Yoan Moncada says he
Yoan Moncada says he's fine after early exit, while Lucas Giolito's status is more of a mystery

Lucas Giolito and Yoan Moncada both made early exits in Wednesday's game, though at the moment the outlook seems rosier for the third baseman than it does for the starting pitcher.

Gardner slam lifts Yanks over Red Sox 5-3 for 2-game sweep
Gardner slam lifts Yanks over Red Sox 5-3 for 2-game sweep

Brett Gardner hit a grand slam off Ryan Brasier in the seventh inning for his 100th career home run, and the New York Yankees rallied to beat the Boston Red Sox 5-3 Wednesday night for a two-game sweep of the reeling World Series champions. J.D. Martinez hit a first-inning home run off Yankees starter

Highlights from the Red Sox
Highlights from the Red Sox' 5-3 loss to the Yankees

Nathan Eovaldi gave the Red Sox a strong start, but the bullpen couldn't keep it together as they fell to the Yankees again on Wednesday night, 5-3.

Reds' Joey Votto pops out to first for 1st time in career

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A remarkable baseball streak ended Wednesday when Joey Votto innocuously popped out to first base.

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