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Olney: Rangers suddenly back on track

Under first-year manager Jeff Banister, the Rangers have turned their season around with their play in May.

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Baseball is dying ... again

A Wall Street Journal report shows that participation in youth baseball appears to be in heavy decline.

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Shields nearly untouchable through 6

Jimmy Rollins singled in the bottom of the first inning for what is the Dodgers' only hit against James Shields through 6 innings. The Padres starter has 6 strikeouts and 1 walk on 61 pitches, and the Padres lead 10-0. Follow live

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Pirates starters making history

Francisco Liriano struck out 12 Mets today, making him the third straight Pittsburgh SP -- Gerrit Cole (Friday) and A.J. Burnett (Saturday) -- with 10 or more K's. They're the first Pirates trio to accomplish this since 1969.

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Padres chase Carlos Frias in the 5th

After scoring 7 runs over their previous 5 games, the Padres bats have exploded for 10 runs in the first 5 innings today against the Dodgers. Frias, who had given up 7 earned runs in 24 2/3 innings before today, was on the hook for all of them. Follow live

Liriano, Marte spark Pirates' 9-1 win

Francisco Liriano started the fun with a 6-inning, 12-strikeout performance -- Pittsburgh's third straight SP with 10 or more K's. Starling Marte ended it with a 3-run HR.

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LaRoche: Extremely frustrating. We're not just getting beat, we're beating ourselves and making good pitchers look great. Its embarrassing.

Red manager sounds off on his team

Bryan Price, who infamously ranted at the media earlier this year, had strong words for his team after they were swept by Cleveland: "I apologize for anyone from Cincinnati that drove up to watch us play. That was brutal. Were all brutal right now."

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Evan Gattis barely missed the cycle

Gattis singled, tripled and homered but couldn't come up with a double in the Astros' 10-8 win over the Tigers.

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Final: Blue Jays 8, Mariners 2

Edwin Encarnacion demolished a second-deck homer in Toronto's victory.

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Cardinals avoid the I-70 series sweep

Matt Carpenter clubbed a two-run HR for the Cardinals, who won 6-1 and salvaged a game versus the Royals. Box score

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Reds' defense blows it

Cincinnati made three errors in the field and couldn't get the bats going vs. Trevor Bauer in a 5-2 loss to the Tribe.

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Justin Upton already with career day

San Diego's LF has tied his career high with 6 RBIs and it's only the 2nd inning. Upton hit a grand slam to center in his first at-bat and followed with a 2-run double in his next plate appearance. The Padres lead 8-0 over the Dodgers. Follow live

Mother nature not a Rockies fan

Colorado and San Francisco are currently in a rain delay. The weather has not been friendly to the Rockies, who already have had four postponements and endured a number of delays this year. Fortunately, this one isn't expected to get rained out.

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Montero homers against former club

Miguel Montero smashed a 2nd-inning home run to left -- his 5th of the season -- to pull the Cubs level with the Diamondbacks. Montero spent his first 9 seasons in Arizona. Follow live

Brew crew baffled by Braves rookie

Mike Foltynewicz's 5th MLB start was by far his best, as he gave up just one run and three hits in Atlanta's 2-1 win over Milwaukee.

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No Bryce bomb today... just a game-winner

Bryce Harper went homerless today. However, he had two hits and two RBIs, one of which was the deciding run in a 4-1 Nationals win over the Phillies. Box score

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