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Morales puts on power show in Royals' win

Royals DH Kendrys Morales had two homers and all five RBIs against the Cardinals in a Show-Me State series opener featuring the best two records in baseball.

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Morales blasts Royals to league lead

Kendrys Morales' 2-run blast gave Kansas City a 5-0 win over St. Louis. More importantly, this is the first time the Royals have had baseball's best record at least 40 games into a season since Sept. 9th, 1980. (via Elias)

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Giants split Rockies open in 9th

Brandon Belt's 3rd hit of the night was a double to center, then Hunter Pence followed with a double of his own. Brandon Crawford couldn't keep up, but his RBI single tacked one on all the same as the Giants topped off the 9th with a Matt Duffy 2-run blast to end a 4-run 9th. Follow live

Final: Angels 12, Red Sox 5

Chris Iannetta hit a 3-run blast in the 5th, part of a 9-run Angels inning, to help L.A. move within 4.5 of division-leading Houston. David Freese collected 2 RBIs to give him a team-leading 27 on the season. Box score

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D-backs grind back in the 5th

Nick Ahmed just collected his first career home run, a left field shot off an 87 mph Jon Lester fastball to tie the game at 2. Follow live

Final: Royals 5, Cardinals 0

Kendrys Morales collected 2 home runs off of Lance Lynn and racked up all 5 RBIs for the Royals to give Chris Young (6 scoreless innings) his fourth win of the season. Box score

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Orioles extend Marlins' skid

Jimmy Paredes went 3-for-5 to raise his average to .353, Manny Machado had a key 2-run double in the 8th, and the Orioles beat the Marlins 8-5. The loss was the 7th straight for Miami (16-26). Box score

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Samardzija dominates Twins

Jeff Samardzija gave up 2 runs over 8 innings while striking out 9 in the White Sox's 3-2 win over the Twins in Chicago.

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Final: White Sox 3, Twins 2

Jeff Samardzija struck out 9 and allowed just 3 hits over 8 innings of 2-run ball (and threw 118 pitches) in Chicago's win. The game was tied until J.B. Shuck's 8th-inning sac fly. Box score

Fielder's 2 home runs lift Rangers

Prince Fielder homered twice and the Rangers held off a late Yankees rally attempt in a 10-9 win. Alex Rodriguez tied Babe Ruth for 4th on the all-time RBIs list (1,992) in the loss.

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Braun sparks Brewers' rout of Braves

Ryan Braun went 3-for-3 with a 2-run HR and 2-run double, and 4 pitchers combined for a 3-hit shutout as the Brewers cruised past the Braves 11-0 in Atlanta.

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Final: Brewers 11, Braves 0

Ryan Braun belted a 2-run homer in the 1st and drove in 2 more runs in a game where six Brewers collected RBIs as struggling Milwaukee ended their 2-game slide. Box score

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Rangers hold on for win vs. Yanks

The Rangers and Prince Fielder (2 HRs, 4 RBIs) led by as many as 7 runs early, but after late HRs from Garrett Jones and Mark Teixeira had to sweat out a 10-9 victory over the Yankees tonight in the Bronx. Box score

Freese adds to Angels total

David Freese's sac fly in the 8th brought home Albert Pujols, his 27th RBI on the year. Freese is on pace for his first career 100-RBI season. Angels lead the Red Sox 12-5 in the 9th. Follow live

Belt's HR sets new career mark

Brandon Belt's home run off Rockies starter Kyle Kendrick tonight was calculated at 437 feet, the longest of the Giants first baseman's career. San Francisco leads 3-0 in the 7th. Follow live

Moss sparks Indians' home win

Brandon Moss hit his 7th home run of the season and later added a 2-run double as Cleveland extended its winning streak to 4 with a 7-3 win over the struggling Reds.

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Final: Rays 5, Athletics 2

Chris Archer went 5.1 innings, giving up 6 hits and 1 run while striking out 8. But it was Evan Longoria's 3-run blast in the 5th that gave Archer the run support needed to claim his 5th win of the season. Box score

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