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Shields K's 2,000, says starters have to improve
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The highlight of James Shields’ start during Oakland’s 10-2 victory over the White Sox on Saturday afternoon at Guaranteed Rate Field came in the second inning when he picked up career strikeout No. 2,000.

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Dozier's dinger helps Twins conquer Kluber
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Despite a dominant start by Indians ace Corey Kluber, Brian Dozier’s go-ahead solo home run in the eighth inning off Cody Allen proved to be the difference in the Twins’ 4-2 victory over the Indians on Saturday at Progressive Field.

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Tribe's RISP woes reappear as Ramirez rests
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By the time Jose Ramirez grabbed a bat and found his way to the batter’s box on Friday night, it was too late for the Indians. He came off the bench, rolled over a pitch for a game-ending groundout and that was that. The only fireworks that followed were of the planned postgame variety.

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Indians fall to Twins in opener as bats cool off
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The Indians returned home as the American League Central leaders, but the Twins still plan on having a say in the race this summer. On Friday night, Minnesota lefty Adalberto Mejia quieted Cleveland’s recently scorching lineup, guiding the Twins to a 5-0 win at Progressive Field.

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Fulmer's hard-luck outing a familiar tale
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The Tigers fell to the San Diego Padres, 1-0, to extend their losing streak to a season-high seven games on Friday. But when deciphering what didn’t go right on a delightful night in San Diego, don’t look at the Tigers’ hard-throwing right-hander Michael Fulmer, who allowed one run in seven innings.

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Walk-off Whit: Merrifield's 2B caps comeback
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Whit Merrifield did some quick math before the bottom of the ninth began in the Royals’ 5-4 walk-off win over the Blue Jays on Friday night. Trailing 4-1 and Merrifield due up seventh, he knew if he was going to bat again, it would be with a chance to win the game — and that’s […]

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Young's tenure in KC ends on good terms
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This was not the ending that Chris Young and Royals general manager Dayton Moore wanted, although the right-hander appreciated that the news came in person. Young was designated for assignment on Friday, capping a 2 1/2-year stint with the club, which was highlighted by a 2015 World Series championship and an unforgettable parade through downtown […]

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Fresh off shutout, Kluber out for more
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A pair of right-handers will face off in the middle of a three-game set between two American League Central foes, as Twins starter Kyle Gibson and Indians ace Corey Kluber will take the mound on Saturday at Progressive Field.

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Even-keeled Buehrle regular guy amid success
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It was a Friday night in September 2008, with the White Sox playing at Kauffman Stadium. Or at least that’s how I remember it.

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Hansen earns promotion to Winston-Salem
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While Avisail Garcia is trying to put the final touches on an All-Star campaign in the big leagues, several members of the White Sox farm system enjoyed All-Star festivities of their own.

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White Sox 7th-rounder tops No. 3 seed in CWS
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The easy way didn’t work for Texas Christian University at the 2016 College World Series, so now the Horned Frogs are trying the hard way.

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Pelfrey struggles vs. A's; bats stymied in loss
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Khris Davis and Matt Joyce homered to lead Oakland to a 3-0 victory over the White Sox.

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