Braves make rotation change for series opener vs. Red Sox (May 25, 2018)

BOSTON — Massachusetts native Sean Newcomb was in line to make a homecoming start for the Atlanta Braves at Fenway Park on Friday night. Instead, he will wait until Saturday as manager Brian Snitker has moved Julio Teheran into the Friday start against the Boston Red Sox and he did it for good reason. Newcomb, a rookie, has thrived when given an extra days’ rest. Article continues below … In fact, he is 4-0 with a 1.91 ERA while making seven of his previous nine starts with an extra day…

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Suarez’s grand slam leads Reds over slumping Pirates 5-4 (May 24, 2018)

CINCINNATI (AP) Eugenio Suarez hit a grand slam off Ivan Nova – who dropped his sixth straight start against Cincinnati – and Jesse Winker added a solo shot Thursday as the Reds pulled away to a 5-4 victory over the slumping Pittsburgh Pirates. The Reds took two of three in the series, completing a 3-4 homestand. Pittsburgh has dropped five of six. Luis Castillo (4-4) gave up four hits in six innings, including a two-run homer by David Freese. Castillo has allowed two earned runs or less in each of…

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Profar 3-run double trumps 4 Yankees HRs in 12-10 Texas win (May 23, 2018)

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Jurickson Profar had a bases-clearing double to put the Texas Rangers ahead to stay in a wild, series-clinching 12-10 win over the New York Yankees, who matched a major league record with four more homers Wednesday night. Gleyber Torres became the youngest Yankee ever to homer in three consecutive games and Aaron Judge hit a 471-foot blast as New York became only the third team in major league history with 21 homers in a five-game stretch – 12 of those in Texas. Torres, a 21-year-old second baseman…

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Minnesota Twins recall outfielder Ryan LaMarre from Triple-A

A day after designating pitcher Phil Hughes for assignment, the Minnesota Twins filled his roster spot Tuesday by promoting outfielder Ryan LaMarre from Triple-A Rochester. This will be LaMarre’s third stint with the Twins this season. He began the year on the opening day roster and was sent back to Rochester on April 13 only to be recalled three days later. LaMarre was optioned back to the Red Wings on May 10. In 20 games with the Twins, LaMarre is 11 for 34 (.324) with two runs, three RBI, three…

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Padres rookie Franmil Reyes hits first career home run

WASHINGTON– In what has been a difficult start to the Padres‘ three game set against the Nationals in D.C., rookie Franmil Reyes provided a cool moment with a big swing. With the Padres down 6-0 in the top of the fourth, the 6’5″, 275-pound Reyes cracked an opposite-field two-run home run off Nats left-hander Gio Gonzalez. The home run was the first of the outfielder’s major league career. The ball left Reyes’s bat at 108 miles-per-hour and traveled 398 feet into the right-field seats. The home run has been the lone…

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Cleveland’s bullpen blues keeping AL Central in play

Two years ago, the Cleveland bullpen led the way when the Indians overcame significant injuries in their starting rotation and won the American League pennant. Now, the fickle nature of relief pitching is holding the AL Central favorites back. After Sunday night’s 3-1 loss at Houston, Cleveland’s relievers are 3-11 with an AL-worst 5.72 ERA. It has been a precipitous drop for a team that had the best bullpen ERA in all of baseball while storming to 102 wins a season ago. In fact, the Indians ranked in the top…

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Braves end Jose Bautista experiment following veteran’s lackluster performance

The Atlanta Braves took a no-risk flyer by signing veteran slugger Jose Bautista back in mid-April, and following 12 major-league games the organization elected to turn the page at third base. The team released Bautista on Sunday morning, general manager Alex Anthopoulos announced. Bautista, who transitioned back to third base to make the Braves roster, did not provide MLB-quality production during his time in Atlanta. The 37-year-old slashed just .143/.250/.343 with two home runs and never seemed to regain his timing at the plate. With his glove being, at best, a downgrade from Atlanta’s other…

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Rangers place LHP Matt Moore on DL, recall RHP Ariel Jurado

CHICAGO (AP) — The Texas Rangers have put left-hander Matt Moore on the 10-day disabled list with right knee soreness. The Rangers recalled right-hander Ariel Jurado from Double-A Frisco. The 22-year-old Jurado was scheduled to start Saturday night against the Chicago White Sox in his major league debut. He was 1-1 with a 2.57 ERA in six starts for Frisco this season. Moore has felt discomfort in the knee since spring training. He allowed five runs on five hits in 3 2/3 innings on Friday night against the White Sox.…

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Choo hits grand slam as Rangers pound White Sox 12-5

CHICAGO (AP) — Shin-Soo Choo hit his first grand slam in eight years, leading the Texas Rangers to a 12-5 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Friday night. Choo made it 9-3 with his drive against reliever Chris Volstad in a five-run third inning. He also singled and scored in the fourth and walked twice. Jurickson Profar and Joey Gallo each drove in three runs for Texas. Jesse Chavez (2-0) and two other relievers combined for 5 1/3 scoreless innings following a shaky start by Matt Moore. The Rangers…

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