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Making a change for the better

Matt Carpenter and Mike Trout are two prominent hitters who are seeing the benefits of being more aggressive at the plate so far this season.

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Sport Science: Tripling Your Betts

Several individual plays were considered for Play of the Week, but instead the Sport Science team recognized a series of plays by Boston's Mookie Betts and called it our Performance of the Week.

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Final: Dodgers 7, Rockies 0
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Brandon McCarthy was dealing Sunday, allowing just 3 hits in 6 scoreless innings. Scott Van Slyke provided the offense, going 3-for-4 with a homer and 3 RBI to raise his OPS to 1.600 this season. Box score

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Final: Diamondbacks 5, Giants 1
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The D-backs took the series 3-1 to extend San Francisco's post-title woes. The Giants fell to 4-10, their worst start since 2000. Good news Giants fans: San Francisco made the playoffs that year. Box score

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Rangers hit double digits

The Rangers have only scored in 2 innings, but that's been enough for them to pile up 10 runs. Texas leads Seattle 10-5 at the end of the 6th. Every Rangers batter other than Rougned Odor has a hit. Follow live

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Lester throws glove to first base

A ground ball got stuck in Jon Lester's glove, so the Cubs' starter had to improvise to get the out. Lester threw his entire glove to Anthony Rizzo in time to get the runner.

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Dodgers pour it on in 6th

The Dodgers hit 3 home runs in a span of 4 batters, with only a walk breaking up the streak. Los Angeles now leads the Rockies 7-0 heading to the top of the 7th. Follow live

Padres power past Cubs

Highlight: San Diego got home runs by Will Middlebrooks and Yangervis Solarte to drop Jon Lester to 0-2 in his Chicago career.

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Orioles win, Big Papi tossed

Baltimore beat the Red Sox 8-3 and David Ortiz was ejected for arguing with the umpires.

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Mets beat Marlins, lose d'Arnaud
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New York became the first NL team with 10 wins after its 7-6 triumph over Miami. But starting C Travis d'Arnaud fractured his hand.

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Royals ejections in win over A's

  • Manager Ned Yost
  • Pitching coach Dave Eiland
  • Bench coach Don Wakamatsu
  • SS Alcides Escobar
  • RP Kelvin Herrera

Royals win wild affair

Kansas City won the finale of a testy series with the Athletics. Kendrys Morales' game-winning, 2-run double propelled the Royals to the 4-2 victory. Box score

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Strasburg baffles Phillies

Highlight: Nationals SP Stephen Strasburg bounced back after 2 poor outings to shut down Philadelphia in a 4-1 win today.

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Cespedes drives in 6 runs

Highlight: Yoenis Cespedes contributed to a 9-1 Tigers win with 2 HRs and 6 RBIs. Detroit is now 10-2.

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A-Rod pacing Yankees

Alex Rodriguez is showing no rust from his 211-game suspension. He contributed to the Yanks' 5-3 win today with a double, and a pair of walks and runs scored.

Royals-Athletics again tussling
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This beef started Friday on a hard slide by A's 3B Brett Lawrie. Benches cleared on Saturday, then again in the 8th today after the Royals threw at Lawrie. K.C. coaches Ned Yost, Dave Eiland and Don Wakamatsu, and SS Alcides Escobar and RP Kelvin Herrera were ejected today.

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Blue Jays drop Braves series
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Toronto fell below .500 as Atlanta took today's game 5-2 and the series 2-1. Jonny Gomes was the thorn in the Jays' side, driving in 4 runs for the Braves. Box score

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d'Arnaud, Blevins suffer fractures
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Catcher Travis d'Arnaud (.317 average) fractured his right hand when he was hit by a pitch and Mets RP Jerry Blevins (5 IP, 0.00 ERA) fractured his left forearm in the team's win today.

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Tigers, Mets first to 10 wins
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Detroit and New York both won today and became the only teams with double-digit victories. The Tigers had more to smile about, as their victory did not come with injuries -- unlike the Mets'.

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Strasburg brilliant in Nationals win
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Washington SP Stephen Strasburg (7.1 IP, 1 R) mowed down the Phillies in a 4-1 Nats victory. Strasburg had allowed 11 runs in his previous 2 starts.

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