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Smolinski’s 3-run pinch-hit HR leads A’s past Giants 13-11 (Yahoo Sports)

Oakland Athletics pitcher Ryan Madson, from left, celebrates with Stephen Vogt and Josh Phegley after an interleague baseball game against the San Francisco Giants in San Francisco, Tuesday, June 28, 2016. The Athletics won 13-11. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

After nearly 4 hours and more than 350 pitches in a topsy-turvy game that featured nearly as may momentum swings as big hits, Oakland closer Ryan Madson said the only games he enjoyed more in his career were when he won a championship. Pinch-hitter Jake Smolinski hit a go-ahead, three-run homer during Oakland’s five-run eighth inning and Madson survived a dicey ninth for a six-out save that carried the Athletics to a 13-11 victory over the San Francisco Giants on Tuesday night. ”It was a whirlwind game,” Madson said.


Posted on 29 June 2016 @ 7:09 am

Greinke leaves early with injury, Phillies rally for 4-3 win (Yahoo Sports)

Philadelphia Phillies' Maikel Franco tosses hit bat after striking out against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the seventh inning of a baseball game Tuesday, June 28, 2016, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)

On a night when Arizona ace Zack Greinke left early with tightness in his oblique muscle, the Philadelphia Phillies finally won another series. Greinke departed after two innings and Philadelphia rallied with two runs in the ninth inning to beat the Diamondbacks 4-3 on Tuesday night, ensuring the Phillies’ first series win in their last 13. Andres Blanco had an RBI single and Frank Howard drew a bases-loaded walk off closer Brad Ziegler (2-3), who blew his second save in his last three tries after converting 43 in a row.


Posted on 29 June 2016 @ 6:29 am

Jones, Kim, Davis homer in Orioles’ 11-7 win against Padres (Yahoo Sports)

Baltimore Orioles' Jonathan Schoop is safe at third while advancing on a wild pitch as San Diego Padres third baseman Yangeris Solarte stops a late and off-target throw during the fourth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, June 28, 2016, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)

Adam Jones and the Baltimore Orioles wore out Petco Park in a rare visit to the San Diego Padres’ big downtown ballpark. Jones hit a leadoff homer against his hometown team and Hyun Soo Kim and Chris Davis also homered for the Orioles, who beat the Padres 11-7 on Tuesday night for their sixth straight victory. The Orioles lead the majors with 123 homers, including 54 in June.


Posted on 29 June 2016 @ 6:14 am

Houston blasts Lincecum, routs Angels 7-1 for 9th win in 10 (Yahoo Sports)

Houston Astros' Jose Altuve, left, tries to avoid the tag as he slides off second base before being tagged out by Los Angeles Angels second baseman Johnny Giavotella (12) during the fifth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, June 28, 2016, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

While the Houston Astros are rocketing up the AL standings, the Los Angeles Angels are plummeting at roughly the same rate of speed. Tim Lincecum tried to change things Tuesday night, but both teams kept going their separate ways. Carlos Correa hit a three-run homer in the first inning, and the Astros beat Lincecum and the Angels 7-1 for their ninth win in 10 games.


Posted on 29 June 2016 @ 6:06 am

Giolito impresses in rain-shortened debut as Nats beat Mets (Yahoo Sports)

Washington Nationals' Bryce Harper celebrates his two-run home run during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the New York Mets, Tuesday, June 28, 2016, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Calm and collected on the outside, Lucas Giolito was so anxious about making his major league debut that he kept going into manager Dusty Baker’s office to ask when the game would start. Rain delayed it almost an hour and then cut Giolito’s outing short, but when he was on the mound he was dominant as the Washington Nationals beat the New York Mets 5-0 on Tuesday night. ”I never saw rain in the forecast at all,” Giolito said.


Posted on 29 June 2016 @ 5:22 am

Cubs play 3 relievers in LF while beating Reds in 15 innings (Yahoo Sports)

Chicago Cubs relief pitcher Travis Wood throws in the 15th inning of a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds, Tuesday, June 28, 2016, in Cincinnati. The Cubs won 7-2. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Manager Joe Maddon’s move was so wacky that even his own players laughed. Kris Bryant singled home the tiebreaking run in the 15th inning, and Maddon used three pitchers in left field while Chicago beat the Cincinnati Reds 7-2 on Tuesday night in the longest game of the season for both teams. With the Cubs out of position players, relievers Travis Wood and Spencer Patton (1-0) alternated between left field and the mound in the 14th inning, which ended with Patton getting the final out.


Posted on 29 June 2016 @ 4:55 am

Cardinals’ offense comes alive in 8-4 win over Royals (Yahoo Sports)

St. Louis Cardinals Jhonny Peralta is congratulated in the dugout after scoring in the second inning of a baseball game against the Kansas City Royals, in Kansas City, Mo., Tuesday, June 28, 2016. (AP Photo/Colin E. Braley)

Cardinals manager Mike Matheny could have come up with more promising road trips than one against the red-hot Cubs and World Series champion Royals, with a long flight to Seattle smashed right in between. This was a tough ask,” Matheny said after an 8-4 victory over Kansas City on Tuesday night evened their four-game, two-city series. Just about everybody in the Cardinals lineup contributed to the offense, while Michael Wacha (4-7) allowed four runs over six bumpy innings – he served up nine hits and three walks.


Posted on 29 June 2016 @ 3:57 am



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