Acuna hit by Urena’s first pitch; Braves, Marlins brawl

ATLANTA (AP) — Ronald Acuna Jr.’s streak of leadoff homers in three straight games ended when the Marlins‘ Jose Urena hit him with his first pitch on Wednesday night, triggering a melee that led to benches and bullpens for Atlanta and Miami emptying twice. Urena and Braves manager Brian Snitker were ejected. Snitker had angry words for the pitcher as he led the first exodus from Atlanta’s dugout toward the mound. Urena’s fastball hit Acuna’s left elbow, leaving Acuna in obvious pain. Trainer George Poulis hovered over Acuna, who sat…

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Tuesday’s Sports in Brief | FOX Sports

COLLEGE FOOTBALL COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — The University of Maryland acknowledged that the football player who collapsed during practice and subsequently died did not receive proper medical care and the school must accept “legal and moral responsibility for the mistakes.” Maryland also parted ways with strength and conditioning coach Rick Court, who resigned in the wake of the death of offensive lineman Jordan McNair. Athletic director Damon Evans acknowledged “mistakes were made” by the training staff in the treatment of McNair, who was hospitalized on May 29 after a…

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Cooperstown stirs emotions for dad of young baseball player

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (AP) — Two places have triggered tears of joy in my life: The Vatican and Cooperstown. I wasn’t surprised when it happened in my mother’s homeland while kneeling and praying in St. Peters as the nephew of a Roman Catholic priest and the great nephew of a Dominican nun. Even though I’m an emotional Italian-American, I did not expect to have my emotions tugged as they were last month in upstate New York. With my wife, our son, daughter and her friend, we broke up a nine-hour drive…

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Indians OF Martin recovering from serious infection

CINCINNATI (AP) — Cleveland Indians outfielder Leonys Martin is recovering from a bacterial infection that team president Chris Antonetti described as “life-threatening.” Martin is in stable condition at the Cleveland Clinic. Antonetti provided an update on Martin’s status when he addressed the team prior to Monday’s series opener against the Reds. Doctors determined Martin had a bacterial infection that entered his bloodstream and created toxins that damaged his internal organs, compromising their function. Antonetti says it was “very serious.” But he says Martin has made a lot of progress in…

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Bote’s grand slam in 9th lifts Cubs over Nationals 4-3

CHICAGO (AP) — The celebration was under way by the time David Bote flung his helmet high into the air on his way home. Teammates were already jumping up and down, ready to mob him at the plate. The fans were in a frenzy, too. Nothing like a game-ending grand slam to get the festivities started. A pinch-hitting Bote smashed one against Ryan Madson with two outs in the ninth inning to lift the Chicago Cubs to a 4-3 victory over the Washington Nationals on Sunday night. Bote’s long drive…

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LEADING OFF: Scherzer vs Hamels, Wright returns, Sale back

A look at what’s happening around baseball today: MAX MATCHUP Nationals ace Max Scherzer (15-5, 2.28 ERA) will try to become the first 16-game winner in the majors when he starts the Sunday night game at Wrigley Field. Owner of three Cy Young Awards, he also leads the majors in strikeouts this year with 216 in 161 2/3 innings. Cole Hamels starts for the Cubs — he’s allowed just one earned run in 11 innings during the first two starts since being acquired from Texas. SALE SET Red Sox ace…

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Price fans 10 to help Red Sox beat Orioles 5-0 in Game 1

BALTIMORE (AP) — David Price struck out 10 over six sparkling innings, Jackie Bradley Jr. hit two solo homers and the Boston Red Sox beat the Baltimore Orioles 5-0 Saturday in the opener of a split doubleheader. Eduardo Nunez also went deep for Boston and Xander Bogaerts had three hits and scored twice. The Red Sox have won eight of their last nine games and 12 of 14 to improve their major league-best record to 83-35. Price (12-6) scattered five hits and walked none to win his sixth straight start…

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Palka leads off 9th with home, White Sox beat Indians 1-0

CHICAGO (AP) — Daniel Palka led off the ninth inning with a home run, Carlos Rodon matched a career high by throwing eight innings of scoreless four-hit ball and the Chicago White Sox beat the Cleveland Indians 1-0 on Friday night. Palka launched a 1-2 pitch from Neil Ramirez (0-2) six rows up into the left field seats for his 18th homer. The shot ended Chicago’s three-game losing streak. Jace Fry (1-2), the White Sox’s third reliever, got the last two outs for his first major league victory. Rodon and…

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Pirates hit 3 HRs to back Nova in 10-5 win over Giants

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Ivan Nova had little problem extending Pittsburgh’s streak of strong road starts. Three home runs, including a milestone shot by David Freese, gave the right-hander all the cushion he needed. Nova allowed two runs in six innings, Freese hit his 100th career home run, and the Pirates beat the San Francisco Giants 10-5 on Thursday night. “Guys got balls over the plate and when we had them we nailed them,” Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said “And Nova was spot on through four. Some small misfires in…

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