Professional baseball

Chicago White Sox catcher James McCann, left, celebrates with starting pitcher Lucas Giolito after the team's baseball game against the Houston Astros Thursday, May 23, 2019, in Houston. Giolito threw a four-hitter as the White Sox won 4-0. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
May 24, 2019 - 12:24 am
HOUSTON (AP) — Lucas Giolito was forced to speed up his pace near the end of his last start for the Chicago White Sox because of rain. The results were so good he decided to try it again Thursday night against the Houston Astros, even though there was no need to rush in the climate-controlled...
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Minnesota Twins' Jonathan Schoop follows the path of his three-run home run against the Los Angeles Angels during the second inning of a baseball game Thursday, May 23, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
May 23, 2019 - 11:49 pm
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Miguel Sano and Jonathan Schoop each hit two of Minnesota's franchise record-tying eight home runs and the Twins hammered Matt Harvey and the Los Angeles Angels 16-7 Thursday. C.J. Cron homered, doubled twice and singled twice for the Twins. Max Kepler, Jorge Polanco and...
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Cleveland Indians' Leonys Martin, top, and Oscar Mercado collide while going after a ball hit by Tampa Bay Rays' Kevin Kiermaier during the sixth inning of a baseball game Thursday, May 23, 2019, in Cleveland. Kiermaier hit a three-run home run. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
May 23, 2019 - 10:27 pm
CLEVELAND (AP) — As he sprinted madly around the bases, Kevin Kiermaier wondered when he'd stop. He never did. Kiermaier legged out a three-run, inside-the-park homer when Cleveland outfielders Oscar Mercado and Leonys Martin collided, and Ryan Yarbrough handled the Indians' struggling lineup into...
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Minnesota Twins' Miguel Sano watches his two-run home run against the Los Angeles Angels during the seventh inning of a baseball game Thursday, May 23, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
May 23, 2019 - 9:39 pm
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — C.J. Cron believed in spring training that the Minnesota Twins were going to have a good offense this season. Their hitting hasn't just been good, it has been powerful. The Twins tied a franchise record with eight home runs and beat the Los Angeles Angels 16-7 on Thursday to...
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Atlanta Braves' Austin Riley follows through on an RBI single off San Francisco Giants' Reyes Moronta during the 13th inning inning of a baseball game Thursday, May 23, 2019, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
May 23, 2019 - 9:21 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Austin Riley has been at the center of Atlanta's recent power surge and did it again with his fifth home run in nine games to set a modern-day franchise record. Riley's single five innings later was equally pivotal and helped the Braves keep rolling. Riley hit a game-tying home...
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Philadelphia Phillies' Jean Segura hits a two-run home run against the Chicago Cubs during the fourth inning of a baseball game Thursday, May 23, 2019, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
May 23, 2019 - 6:32 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — Jean Segura and J.T. Realmuto homered off Jon Lester, and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Chicago Cubs 9-7 on Thursday for a split of the four-game series between division leaders. Andrew McCutchen added two hits and two RBIs as Philadelphia won for the fifth time in seven games...
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Miami Marlins' Garrett Cooper hits a grand slam in the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers in Detroit, Thursday, May 23, 2019. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
May 23, 2019 - 6:08 pm
DETROIT (AP) — A day after hitting his first major league home run, Garrett Cooper connected again. In grand fashion, too. Cooper hit a grand slam with two outs in the ninth inning and the Miami Marlins won their sixth in a row, rallying past Detroit 5-2 Thursday to finish a terrible homestand for...
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New York Mets' Carlos Gomez reacts while running the bases after hitting a three-run home run off Washington Nationals relief pitcher Wander Suero during the eighth inning of a baseball game, Thursday, May 23, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
May 23, 2019 - 5:41 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Turns out, the only thing Mets manager Mickey Callaway lost this week was his voice. Days after New York's front office declared support for its criticized, second-year skipper, Callaway's players rallied for another startling victory Thursday and a four-game sweep of the division-...
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Pittsburgh Pirates' Josh Bell scores on an RBI double by Melky Cabrera, off Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Antonio Senzatela, during the first inning of a baseball game in Pittsburgh, Thursday, May 23, 2019. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
May 23, 2019 - 5:21 pm
PITTSBURGH (AP) — After scoring just three runs in the first two games of their series with the Colorado Rockies, the Pittsburgh Pirates' offense broke out in a big way on Thursday, setting new season highs for runs scored and margin of victory in a 14-6 win. The offensive explosion was needed...
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Boston Red Sox starting pitcher pitcher Ryan Weber (65) works against the Toronto Blue Jays during the first inning of a baseball game in Toronto on Thursday, May 23, 2019. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)
May 23, 2019 - 5:01 pm
TORONTO (AP) — Red Sox manager Alex Cora was hoping to get four or five decent innings out of spot starter Ryan Weber. The unheralded right-hander gave Boston a whole lot more. Weber pitched six impressive innings to earn his first career win as a starter, Steve Pearce homered and had three RBIs...
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